Ta-Nehisi Coates (born 1975) is a senior editor for The Atlantic and a memoirist. He often writes about African-American history, gaming, and current events.
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- I'm looking to avoid a subtly demeaning subtext which holds that reading, say, Jamaica Kincaid is something you should do--like flossing or taxes or laundry. I don't want to speak for women writers, but I recoil at the idea of someone reading my book because they really should read a black author or two. I don't want to be an icebreaker at your corporation's Kwanzaa gathering.
- The Damned Mob of Scribbling Women, 2011-06-03, http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/the-damned-mob-of-scribbling-women/239882/