"I write about non-fiction alternate histories, moments of possibility that got squashed. That’s what my next book is about. It’s about a guy who showed up in South Carolina in 1735 and basically looked around and said, “You know this thing you’re doing, of decimating the Indians and enslaving Africans on a mass scale while alienating a poor-white underclass? It’s a terrible idea!"
— John Jeremiah Sullivan, in an interview with Critical Mob