Tony Tulathimutte


“For starters, why did we ever pretend novels by straight white guys about straight white guys spoke for entire generations?”

—Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens, “Why There’s No ‘Millenial’ Novel,” in the New York Times

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Jacqueline Woodson by Umans

“Losing a teenager to [Edwidge] Danticat is not really losing a teenager.  The child that re-emerged was a bit deeper, a bit kinder.”

—Jacqueline Woodson, on her daughter’s reading habits, “A Year in Reading: Jacqueline Woodson” at The Millions



Angela Flourney by Duncan

“If they think that you’re just kind of there to bleed them dry, so you can have things to write about, like Taylor Swift, obviously that would breed resentment.”

—Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, on whether drawing from life is a “distancing” act, at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Flournoy appeared with Garnette Cadogan, Alexander Chee, and Amanda Rea for a reading from Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Family, hosted by John Freeman.




“First, I’m going to tell you about the author of this story, Brooklyn-born science-fiction writer Robert Sheckley, a guy who is not as well-known as he should be outside of science fiction. He was a prolific guy—he wrote two dozen novels, hundreds of short stories—one of those kind of pulp guys, just cranking stuff out...very witty and weird satirical writer.”

—Paul Giamatti, introducing his reading of Sheckley’s “Pilgrimage to Earth” at Symphony Space. Colleagues Billy Porter, Kathryn Erbe, and Jane Kaczmarek performed stories by John Collier, Daphne du Maurier, and Tove Jansson (respectively) for “Paul Giamatti Curates Stories from the New York Review of Books Classics.” (l-r) Jane Kaczmarek, Paul Giammati, Kathryn Erbe, and Billy Porter at the Symphony Space event on Dec. 8



“Buying text by the pound may be cost efficient, but in my dotage I’ve grown allergic to tomes. In this recoil from literary fat, I have company, if the recent success of slender offerings like Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’ is any guide. Lifting weights when a pillow at night makes the tendons in my forearm ache, and like everyone else of late, I have the attention span of a gnat.”

—Lionel Shriver, author of The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, in “Who Read What,” a year-end book review at the Wall Street Journal




“Not everyone in the world shares my sense of humor. That’s how the world works. People are different. If we were all the same, we’d all be making out with one another all the time and we’d never get anything done.”

—Gabourey Sidibe, from the forthcoming memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (May 2017), whose cover was ceremoniously unveiled in December (Twitter)