Crossover Appeal

E.L. Doctorow Goes Fight Club on the National Book Awards

I didn’t have the privilege of attending the National Book Awards, but from what I could gather–from Maya Angelou’s transcendent grace and wisdom, to reports of George Saunders’ moves on the dance floor–it was quite the event.

And of course, there was E.L. Doctorow’s speech.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually share a good deal of his concerns about the role of technology in our lives… but from the sound of it, there were moments when he conjured his inner-Tyler Durden for the occasion.

I wasn’t there to witness it for myself, but from what I could piece together from the bookternet, I imagine it went a little something like this:

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Minh is the author of Let Me Finish! a debut picture book that will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2016. By day he works in early childhood policy and in 2010 helped design 826DC‘s Museum of Unnatural History (the only place you can both support youth creative writing and get your daily supply of unicorn tears). He also writes about children’s lit at Bottom Shelf Books and occasionally for the Huffington Post and others. Follow him on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.