"Left me aching and inspired.” —Stephanie Danler
On learning to let “grit” go.
“When your husband is dying and your child is on the cusp of forming actual memories, nothing in the world makes sense.”
“I didn’t have to read the papers to know who he was.”
In fiction, one needs motivations, wants, and fears; one needs cause and effect. In life, it’s messier.
“My mother’s ‘whiteness’ is disputed, by brown and white people alike, and treated as something to interrogate.”
“A baby has two superpowers: the ability to suck productive time out of a day and the ability to bleed a wallet dry.”
Millo, My American Armadillo
On Reading Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” in 2017
How to Read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’
How Watching Movies Helped Me Write a Book About Music
Between Sex Work and Poetry, a Proposition from a Writing Professor
How to Coauthor a Book and Stay Good Friends
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