Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and The Balloonists. Her essays have appeared in The Believer and Harper’s. Biss's work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers' Award. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago.
Eula chatted with us about being friends with a lot of writers, 50 pounds of vampire books, and why she doesn't consider herself a journalist.
In Eula's words,
"I am very self-consciously working from the personal essay tradition... Part of that tradition is a mandate to self-scrutiny and a mandate to self-reflection, and that appears sometimes in journalism, but there isn't a mandate for that in journalism. I do feel like this book fulfills that mandate, that I enter almost all of my cultural critique through self-critique."