Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

"why do you think that is?"


You claim not to read books anymore, yet you seem extremely well-read. How do you account for that?


There are big gaps in my literary knowledge. I’ve never read anything by Faulkner. I haven’t read anything by William Gaddis or James Baldwin. I tried to read True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, because I met him, but I didn’t buy his style. I tried to read a Cormac McCarthy book and thought, Why doesn’t this cocksucker use quotation marks? I picked up another Cormac McCarthy book and saw that there were six or seven consecutive pages in Spanish. I didn’t know what it meant. My name isn’t Juan Ellroy, OK?


You’ve been criticized at times for being racially insensitive. Why do you think that is?

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 201, James Ellroy.