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."

“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading

Tom Paine

Tom Paine

"I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I wish it hadn't been, but it was struggle to decide to do it. It never really was a question in some sense. I just wish I knew it wasn't a question."

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