NPR's Steve Inskeep
calls Colson Whitehead
's new novel "comic but profound." Set in Manhattan, Zone One
takes place in the aftermath a pandemic outbreak that has turned much of the world's population into plague-ridden zombies.
In advance of an upcoming on-air interview for Morning Edition
, host Inskeep conducted an online interview with the author via Twitter. They discussed Whitehead's inspirations, his setting, working habits -- and even the fate of his characters. ("Yes," Whitehead tells Inskeep, "Zone One
is also about porn stars discovering the heroes inside them. Wait -- that sounds bad!")
The interview stretched over several days, mostly using #zoneone
as a hashtag. Like many conversations on Twitter, the discussion settled into a comfortable rhythm after a staccato start (with one abrupt interruption for childcare duties on the first day). I took a few liberties with the timeline to make the conversation easier to follow. I also added comments from others when they became part of Inskeep and Whitehead's back-and-forth.
I'll add Inskeep's on-air interview below after it airs next week.