Sunday, June 25, 2017 Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

Ta-Nehisi Coates


Senior editor for The Atlantic and a memoirist.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
I'm looking to avoid a subtly demeaning subtext which holds that reading, say, Jamaica Kincaid is something you should do--like flossing or taxes or laundry. I don't want to speak for women writers, but I recoil at the idea of someone reading my book because they really should read a black author or two. I don't want to be an icebreaker at your corporation's Kwanzaa gathering.
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