The New York Times Book Review interviewed author and professional provocative person Ayaan Hirsi Ali for its "By the Book" column this week. Here is part of the Q&A:

Whom do you consider the best writers — novelists, essayists, critics, journalists, poets — working today?

Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy, William Langewiesche, Jeffrey Goldberg, Charlie Rose, Megyn Kelly, Asra Nomani and Anderson Cooper.

That is a set of people! Some of them write things—Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West; Dispatches From the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival. Those sorts of things.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali will not be pigeonholed.

Who do you consider the best writers working today?

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