An Interview with Kenneth Lonergan

by Chad Perman

"It’s always the size of things compared to human beings that I find to be very interesting to look at artistically, and I don’t know what that’s about. I remember from a sort of a childlike point of view in a way—I’ve never felt like I’ve completely mastered what it’s like to be a grown up."

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