Ron David
Hoboken, New Jersey

Recent works: Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader’s Road Map to the Novels, 2000; Jazz for Beginners, 1995; Opera for Beginners, 1995; Arabs & Israel for Beginners, 1993

Writers to read: Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Noam Chomsky, Bob Dylan, Thomas Paine.

Quote: My Americanized sensibility is mostly about facts, blunt language, irreverent humor and zero tolerance for bull-slingers. To me the issue is not whether one writes “Arab–American literature,” but whether one has the courage to speak the truth to people who don’t want to hear it. To write as an outspoken Arab is an act of heroism.

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