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T Magazine interviewed Sheila Heti about her favorite collection of interviews, Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Third Series:

I read these interviews when I was about seventeen, and I remember I was living in a house with a few friends. I remember being in my room during the middle of the night and reading the Jean Cocteau interview and feeling like I understood something about writing or writers that I had never understood before. I think this was the first interview with a writer that I had ever read, and up until that point I sort of imagined that books were written just from the first words to the last word. I just was very naïve, and I saw that it was not that at all and that every writer had a different way of going about it; that it was much more complicated than just writing.

To read the rest of the T Magazine interview, click here.

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