I say we teach them a lesson. What struck me as I reread this collection was how apt the word impotence is in conveying the state of mind of most of the protagonists. Impotence, powered by a subterranean rage.
ZZ Packer lives in San Francisco, and she is diligently at work on a novel. Where does the name ZZ come from? My actual name is Zuwena.
So it just kind of stuck. And if you introduced yourself as Zuwena, they would probably augment it in some way, anyway. Zena is sort of an elided form.
Is this frequent topic of conversation? All of which is my way of asking you, what is a black writer? You are identified as a black writer, right?
Yeah, I almost got into my punching mode with the last interview. They asked, "Would you consider yourself a black writer? And I am a writer. But what he meant to say was, did I consider myself a writer who writes solely for black people? Or, who is my audience?
To that I would just say, "No, I am writing for black people, but I am also writing for whites, for Chinese, for Americans. So, I think people tend to racialize and in some contexts that is necessary.
When I am writing these stories, I am really concentrating on the characters and what are their circumstances and motivations and what do they want. The emotional content is very vivid in your stories. I brought up the issue of race because it is troublesome and unresolved.
We use these stereotypes and code words especially in an area where you would think people were smarter. Is he a black writer now?
Anyway, getting back to you and your brilliant career.
I was a little troubled in acknowledgment that you thanked The New Yorker editors for taking a chance on an unknown—namely you. I wonder why you are thanking them instead of them thanking you … So, I think people tend to racialize, and in some contexts that is necessary.
For giving them something worthwhile to publish? I never thought of it that way. What august people are they that… ZZ: Of course, you feel this incredible gratitude. I still, I must say, feel this incredible gratitude.
But the small controversies that occasionally arise from their choices are indicative of how much people care about that magazine. I said, "What are you doing? I was born in Chicago.
And then we moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and so I partially grew up there, and then we moved to Louisville, Kentucky. And a lot of other places, I have lived after having graduated. Did you go from Louisville to Yale? Why did you go to Yale?
Or a school that has a freer sensibility. My impression of Yale is that it seems tight sphinctered. I was in this math and science program in the summers and one of the things they did, which was amazing, was show us all these different colleges.
There is no way in Louisville, Kentucky that I would have been able to see these colleges. So we went on these trips and they were trying to get us to these Ivy League colleges and we went around to these places. It seems as though people were completely conscious of some sort of… RB:Brownies.
ZZ Packer INTRODUCTION AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY PLOT SUMMARY CHARACTERS THEMES STYLE HISTORICAL CONTEXT Like "Ant of the Self," many of the stories are set in the past, such as "Doris Is Coming," in which a young girl stages a one-person sit-in at a soda fountain in the South.
That's the simple plot summary. ZZ Packer is young and already a very gifted writer. Just read the jacket on her collection of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. The girl has already garnered more awards, prizes, and accolades than a lot of writers do in their entire careers.
ZZ Packer's Drinking Coffee Elsewhere_In Jeopardy of Failing to Rise_April 13, _Emily Shwake 1. ZZ PACKER’S DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE IN JEOPARDY OF FAILING TO RISE Emily Shwake University of Maryland English Honors Program April 21, ZZ Packer is a young African American woman whose rise to big-city buzz and momentary media stardom began with the summer special Debut Fiction issue of .
African American author, ZZ Packer wrote "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" in The book features a collection of highly praised short stories.
ZZ Packer was born in Chicago, Illinois in , and attended John Hopkins University Writing Seminar, including The University of Iowa Writers Workshop.
When I began reading Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer, I was taken aback by the power of a good story; the kind of story that gives me a peek into a life I don’t know anything about, the kind of story that surprises me or that makes me stop a moment to contemplate what I’ve just read/5.