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You Should Be Reading Kiese Laymon

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Kiese Laymon, from How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance

…Mama and I fight over my job at Cutco and her staying with her boyfriend and her not letting me use the car to get to my second job at an HIV hospice since my license is suspended. Really, we’re fighting because she raised me to never ever forget I was on parole, which means no black hoodies in wrong neighborhoods, no jogging at night, hands in plain sight at all times in public, no intimate relationships with white women, never driving over the speed limit or doing those rolling stops at stop signs, always speaking the king’s English in the presence of white folks, never being outperformed in school or in public by white students and most importantly, always remembering that no matter what, white folks will do anything to get you.

You should be reading this guy.


You should be reading him NOW.

His collection of Essays on Amazon: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Essay On David Foster Wallace In The New Yorker

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There is a new, long, essay in the New Yorker about David Foster Wallace and, to a great degree, his work on his final, unfinished novel, although it seems to be more about the life and writing of David Foster Wallace and the depression that lead to his suicide this past fall.

I’m new to Foster Wallace. Have been reading everything I can get my hands on since I learned of him from another writer I respect. I like Foster Wallace a lot, am sorry that I wasn’t aware of him before his death, and doubt I’ll get through everything he’s written by the time the year ends. Very challenging, but very satisfying reading

I found the essay to be quite good, but the sub-title—David Foster Wallace’s struggle to surpass “Infinite Jest.”—is mis-leading and not necessarily, to steal a phrase from Ed Ricketts, and what is apparent was the aim of DFW’s writing, a “true thing.”

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 2nd, 2009 at 3:10 pm

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