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Questions about the works of the American novelist Colson Whitehead (born 1969) or his life as a writer.

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Meaning of "Frankie Ears" in "The Intuitionist"

One prosaic gent outside the room, went by the name of "Frankie Ears" on account of the vestigial, flaplike things on the sides of his face This is from The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead....
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Meaning of "They don't have alibis" in "The Intuitionist"

The traffic at quitting time is a bother. Radio station WCAM equips men with binoculars and positions them at strategic overpasses to describe the gnarls and tangles. Lila Mae is never able to ...
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Meaning of "They’re that important" in "The Intuitionist"

This part of Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist has been troubling me for a few days. The trip is everything to elevator inspectors—the bumps and shudders, not the banalities of departure and ...
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What does "trip" have to do with "radio waves" in "The Intuitionist"?

In Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist, after the elevator of Briggs building had fallen, the Chairman of the elevator inspector's guild was holding a press conference at the entrance of the HQ. ...
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Dialogue without quotation marks in Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist"

Chuck’s theory is that the Safety’s reemergence is part of an oozing conservatism observable in every facet of the elevator industry, from this season’s minimalist cab designs to the return of the ...
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What would “before” mean here?

I’ve just started reading Colson Whitehead‘s Intuitionist and found this. Big Billy Porter is one of the Old Dogs, and proud of it. On many occasions Lila Mae has returned to the Pit from an errand ...
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