Most of my stories, if not all of them, have some basis in real life. That's the kind of fiction I'm most interested in. I suppose that's one reason I don't have much respect for fiction that seems to be game playing.
Sometimes, I feel that Manhattan in particular has gotten really tame and gentrified or something.
The symbolic value of having an African-American president has certainly eased some racial tensions in America, but they're not gone.
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