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Daniel José Older

How We Love is By Roasting Each Other

Humor reminds me a lot of magic, in that there's no way to quite replicate it. There’s a power to that”

The humor in Daniel José Older’s writing makes his characters come alive. Whether in the playful banter of books like Shadowshaper, in his spiritual practice of Lucumí, or alchemizing tragedy into comedy as a paramedic in New York City, he sees humor as key to finding a storytelling voice.



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  • Daniel José Older

    Daniel José Older

    is The New York Times bestselling author of Salsa Nocturna, The Bone Street Rumba series, and the young adult novel Shadowshaper. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Salon, and BuzzFeed.