Rachel Kushner — American Writer born on December 30, 1968,

Rachel Kushner is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers... (wikipedia)

I have crashed on a motorcycle that was going at 140mph, so I know what it feels like.
I'm a very interior person. I love silence. I revel in it. I'm happy that way.
My mother told me many stories about her childhood in Cuba. Living there had a profound impact on her and how she regards herself.
I begin a book with imagery, more than I do with an idea or a character. Some kind of poetic image.
Danzon is my favorite Cuban music, played by a traditional string orchestra with flute and piano. It's very formally structured but romantic music, which derives from the French-Haitian contradance.