Debut author Naima Coster on working with Morgan Parker, the whiteness of publishing, and literary self-determination.
“Friendship is here to delight and expand and challenge and deepen you, not to be a hand dragging you back into the pit.”
People I hardly knew implied that without children, I was failing as a woman, a Muslim, and a human being.
“Think of yourself as Beyoncé, or Lin-Manuel Miranda: Everyone wants to be friends with them, and that’s not possible.”
If many voters had emptied their minds of reason and empathy, had these spiritual tourists not done the same?
Deep fantasies aren’t fantasy at all. They can reveal who we actually are.
“God is sometimes easier to please than our fellow humans.”
What I wanted to say about Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” has everything to do with the movies and TV series I love.
“I trusted him, as students must their teachers, and he betrayed my trust.”
“The fracturing of our political reality is a wound a long time in the making.”
“Taking care of our bodies is a privilege when it should be a right.”
How to find an agent? Try cocaine and yelling. JK
Can writing change the shape of our organs? Do brains warp into book-making shape?
To all the wonderful would-be authors out there: Do as I say, not as I do.