States of Possibility


Whenever I finish a book and I get to the last day of writing the first draft and I only have two pages to go, I put on Purple Rain and Daydream Nation. That’s my ritual. Whenever I put those albums on back to back, I know I’m in the home stretch.

Over at Hazlitt, Vicky Mochama speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new novel, The Underground Railroad—his process, inspirations, anxieties, and hopes in bringing a novel about slavery to contemporary audiences.

Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →