Colson Whiteheads The Intuitionist wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. This marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.onist, was published in 1999 and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Clubs New Voices Award. In 2001, he published John Henry Days, a startlingly original retelling of the famous story from American folklore. The novel received several honors and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, a collection of his essays, The Colossus of New York, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Whiteheads writing continues to attract awards, rave reviews, and a devoted, avid readership. In between books, he produces reviews, essays, short stories, and cultural commentary for a number of distinguished publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harpers, and Granta. He is the recipient of a coveted MacArthur Fellowship (dubbed the genius grant) , a Whiting Writers Award, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
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In our interview, Colson Whitehead shared some fascinating facts about himself: Where do I get my ideas? Usually I come across some strange fact in a book, or article, or tv show and think, Thats weird, wouldnt it be kooky if...? I like to write in the nude — I find the gentle breezes tickle the fine hairs of creativity. Here are some of the things I like: staying in the house all day, screening phone calls, keeping the shades drawn. Deglazing. Oh, how I love to deglaze. Heres what I dislike: performance art, people who walk slowly in front of me, romantic comedies, panel discussions.