Guernica: Are you lazy?
Aleksandar Hemon: Yes, proudly so.
Guernica: But you tend to think out your novels a long way in advance.
Aleksandar Hemon: That’s a nice way to put it. The other way to put it is: I think about it until I have to write it. There are many things I think about that never get to the point of becoming serious. In other words, I try to talk myself out of writing, sometimes for many years, and when I run out of arguments, I write.
—Aleksandar Hemon, from this Guernica interview with Brad Fox, will speak at the PEN World Voices Festival.