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United Nations report "confirms"--Fatwa on American Woman Novelist Kola Boof News Release: A report presented on the floor of the United Nations confirms that a "Fatwa" was issued against the life of American writer Kola Boof as early as July of 2002...by the government of Sudan! To obtain a transcript of the actual United Nations

Robert Stone

Robert Stone

"And sometimes the epigraph becomes too heavy for the story and sometimes it seems too overwhelmingly portentous for the story. If it approaches sidewise, it's more effective."

Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby

"my work would never have been published anywhere ten years ago (although maybe that would have been a good thing), but it found a readership in a group of similarly disgruntled, displaced readers who wanted something else."

Percival Everett

Percival Everett

"People who like my work like my work for all the reasons that I would want them to like it. And the people who don't like it, dislike it for all the reasons I would want them to dislike it."

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

"One of the great parts of being an American writer is that so much is going on here. It is exciting to the rest of the world, too. When I am in Europe people are quite excited about American fiction, and there is a sense that American writers are doing all kinds of different things—which they are."

“May 1 is May Day, celebrating the observance of spring and the renewal of life…” –May 1, 2003

May 1 is May Day, celebrating the observance of spring and the renewal of life and Labor Day everywhere in the world except the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. Once again, workers of the world unite! May is National Book Month (www.nationalbook.org) and Get Caught Reading Month (www.getcaughtreading.org). Also, like a bad version of David Foster

ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer

"I think people tend to racialize, and in some contexts that is necessary. In the context of just being human and falling in love and all of the things that human beings do, I don't necessarily think it should erupt. It's a horrible thing when it does because it means that the racists have won."

Alston Chase

Alston Chase

"As I looked at Kaczynski and his thinking, what I saw was this pattern that seemed strikingly similar of that of terrorists—virtually every form from the KKK to bin Laden. And one has this very historical sense, the sense that they see themselves as players in history."

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