I went to hear Paul Beatty talk at the downtown public library a couple days ago. He said a lot of nice things. First, he usually gets labeled as satire and he said he doesn't know what that means—but when he read somewhere that Nabokov's Lolita could be read as a satire, he started to be interested in the idea. Second, when considering his readers, he said he tries to "push everybody away but leave the door ajar." And then, lastly, he mentioned a line in one his books that I loved. It went something like: "His father was an autodidact, and there's no doubt he had the world's shittiest teacher."