Private: Robert Birnbaum interviews Edwidge Danticat

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. It’s an expression choukèt laroze; it really means somebody who breaks or shakes the dew. That’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 rosée, 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.