Roxane Gay is a smart and funny writer who is clear and engaging. She writes like she is in a terrific, sprawling conversation with a beloved friend. Her Tumblr is a treasure map of her curiosity. She explores ideas from a uniquely nuanced perspective and new intellectual ground is uncovered. I have spent late nights reading page after page of her critiques and observations, invigorated by her wit and wisdom.
Roxane Gay’s first novel, An Untamed State is getting rave reviews all over the place. This is what some of the critics have to say:
Frank Zappa famously said, “so many books, so little time.” Perhaps with that sentiment in mind, For Harriet has published a list of the ‘7 black women science fiction writers everyone should know.’
I am now coining the phrase, “so many cookies, so little time.” One day it shall be famous or simply a well loved saying, a kindly reminder to enjoy more cookies.
"My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of “experiences.” I’m made of them. But every summer I hope to take a book to a beach and pretend that it’s only an occasional thing, a seasonal indulgence, which will be put down come September, as I return, like any civilian, to real life."
— Zadie Smith (via timeandcircumstance)
(Source: oprah.com, via timeandcircumstance)
Donna Tartt had been named to the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List 2014. Before she made the list, Ms. Tartt and some of her fellow stylish prose stylists were featured in Vanity Fair’s best dressed authors list.