Colson Whitehead Interview


“It started with a dream. I had houseguests and I heard them in the living room making breakfast one morning. I went back to sleep and dreamt that I wanted to go into the living room, but I wondered if they’d cleaned out all the zombies yet. Nice, right? I woke up and thought, yeah, that’s probably a logistical nightmare in cleaning up after the apocalypse: Who’s going to clean out all the plague-infected wretches?”

That is novelist Colson Whitehead explaining how his sixth book, Zone One, came about. The interview also reveals his movie inspirations, love of twitter, and his plan for when the zombies attack.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →