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When I go to literary parties at editors’ homes, I experience the shelves upon shelves of white writers like a rebuke.

Most of what has survived to us thus far is literature written by white male writers.

Many writers are not really asking for advice — they are asking if it is okay to find a way to continue as they have.

A part of a game where writers of color, LGBTQ writers, women writers, are told to write as white men in order to succeed, and thus are set up to fail.

Alexander Chee is the author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel and an associate professor of creative writing at Dartmouth.

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