"If you listen to me, it's real stories. It's catchy and something you can relate to."
"For many years Madam Walker was just a little footnote in history. As a woman who made haircare products, she was really consigned to something trivial."
"What grows from our head is something that we should love. The larger society can love it or not, but it's not their decision to make."
"Cowboy boots you can't wear unless you actually are a cowboy or in a Status Quo tribute band, or over 60; there's something about a retiring gent in cowboy boots that looks sort of presidential."
"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."
"War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there."
"A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence."
"World War II was a trauma that paralysed writers. It was something metaphysical, diabolical."
"If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey."