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Episode 53: Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

This week is a Tom pick—Jesmyn Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, which recounts the deaths of five young black men in her hometown of DeLisle, Mississippi. We talk about de facto segregation in the American South, writing about family members, and amateur sociology. We also bring back our Sticks and Stones segment, read a couple more donor rejections, and try to figure out what happens in the 4th dimension.


If you want to take advantage of the special offer code we mentioned in the episode, here’s the place to go to pre-order a copy of Lee Klein’s book, Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck. While you’re there, we hope you’ll consider picking up an issue of Barrelhouse, and also our first poetry collection, Justin Marks’ You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored.

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