Jeffrey Eugenides: “You write your first book in a great state of innocence.”

This video, part of The Paris Review’s My First Time series, moved me as a writer … but also as a person living life.

It’s of Jeffrey Eugenides talking about the internal process of writing his first novel THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. And about so much more.

“Each book that you write, you swim a long way from the piers at a certain point—you just don’t know what’s going to happen. If I learned anything with The Virgin Suicides, I just learned if you keep going, you’ll figure out how to shape the thing.”

Watch the entire six-minute video here on The Paris Review’s YouTube Channel: