“There’s no doubt that a writer’s background, one’s personal experiences as well as the collective experiences of one’s race and people and country resonate in the work. But ultimately I think it’s the writer’s own inner landscape that shapes and influences most.”
I wouldn’t have guessed that this book would be the breakthrough, that’s for sure. I thought Delicious Foods was the dark, ambitious, difficult, less compromised and strange second novel, a.k.a., the flop, the “cult favorite, ” if it gets that lucky.
by Sonya Chung
Depicting racial discrimination is just a way of starting a conversation about a power relationship or power food chain, really that is hardly exclusive to black Americans and white Americans… Almost everybody’s likely to be someone’s nigger.
“Well, contentment is possible, in life and in fiction, but happiness? Happiness is a madness. I mean, happily ever after? What’s that? What would that be like? That would be like a cartoon.”
by Athena Kildegaard
There’s an exuberant and yet restrained variety to Foust’s sonnets. Anyone eager to see what’s possible with the form in the 21st century will find an excellent model in Paradise Drive.
I am deeply aware that “truth” can be debated; all I can do as a writer is convey the truth that I’ve deduced from evidence. Each person coming to that evidence may find a different way of expressing inferences. A biography, after all, is the intersection of my own biography—my experiences, people I’ve known, my personality— with that of my subject.
by Forsyth Harmon
In 1954, at age 70, Chanel staged a comeback. From 1955 to 1971, she produced 30 collections. By the late 50s, she’d canonized her signature pieces: smart trouser, cap-toed shoe, pert hat, shoulder bag.