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"You can't be a novelist, you can't be a creative person, if you are so cynical about the world that everything you say and write is negative," says novelist James McBride. He won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Writer James McBride; RuPaul

McBride's novel, Deacon King Kong, takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project similar to the one he grew up in. The host of RuPaul's Drag Race says loving yourself is a cornerstone of success.

"You can't be a novelist, you can't be a creative person, if you are so cynical about the world that everything you say and write is negative," says novelist James McBride. He won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead

Fresh Air Weekend: Writer James McBride; RuPaul

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