I like stories where normal people are in abnormal situations, and that's what appeals to me about history.
The black church will accept anybody.
John Brown was clearly flawed in real life. He did some terrible things, but he did some things none of us would have had the heart to do. His moral leanings were unquestionably admirable.
I was in a special class in high school for truants. They made us stay together all day. Once a week, they would send us to a guidance counselor. He would sit me in his office and he would try to talk to me.
When I was younger, I was ambitious. Now I'm not ambitious anymore. I just want to be happy. Does that make sense?
I'm proud of 'Miracle at St. Anna' and I loved it; there's no question in my mind it's as good as any movie that came out in 2007.
I wish all critics, no matter their color, were more sophisticated when it comes to the moral questions a film like 'St. Anna' is trying to raise.
I read more history books than anything else.
As far as making a living, if plumbing earned more, I'd probably do it. At least you can leave the job at home once the tools are put away. A writer works in his mind 24/7.
Most of my work is done when everyone else is asleep.
My father died in 1957, just before I was born. My mother went to her Jewish aunt, who slammed the door in her face.
Being a best-selling author doesn't make you a millionaire. It's not like Stephen King.
I'm hot on the Jewish book club circuit. How many black authors do you know who can say that?