Americanah

You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country. If you write about how people are really affected by race, it’ll be too obvious. Black writers who do literary fiction in this country, all three of them, not the ten thousand who write those bullshit ghetto books with the bright covers, have two choices: they can do precious or they can do pretentious. When you do neither, nobody knows what to do with you. So if you’re going to write about race, you have to make sure it’s so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn’t read between the lines won’t even know it’s about race. You know, a Proustian meditation, all watery and fuzzy, that at the end just leaves you feeling watery and fuzzy.

—Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Ziad Ezzat

Ziad is a graphic designer and web developer with a degree in Economics. Wait, what? Based in scenic Oakland, California, he currently works as Creative Director for an investment firm in San Francisco. In addition to design and monies, his interests include books, music, motorcycling, photography, travel, cats, and serial commas.