Colson Whitehead’s Two Types of Books

April 10, 2019

“There’s only two kinds of books, shit you like, and shit you don’t like,” Colson Whitehead told the crowd in his lively AWP Keynote. Summarized by Evan Allgood at Vulture, the speech gives out noteworthy writing advice (“Tackle a story that you’re scared to begin, that you don’t know if you can pull off.”), as well as general wisdom useful for all (“If it tastes like shit, it’s cultural appropriation.”).

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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