Robert Birnbaum’s latest interviewee is Edwidge Danticat, author most recently of The Dew Breaker. Danticat outs herself as a Chris Rock fan and rips on the politics of the Bush administration and the situation in Haiti. As for “dew breaker,” she explains that the term:
comes from the Creole. Itâ€™s an expression choukÃ¨t laroze; it really means somebody who breaks or shakes the dew. Thatâ€™s where that comes from. Creole is very forgiving of things like that. There is also an expression on the other side, gouverneurs de la rosÃ©e, people who govern the dew, who are kinder people, people of the land who nurture the land and try to control their destiny through the land.