ISBN: 1932841776
EAN13: 9781932841770
Language: English
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 0.47" H x 8.9" L x 5.98" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
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Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of Laymon's essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in the rural Mississippi Gulf Coast. Laymon's writing is unflinchingly honest, while also being smart, lacerating, and unexpectedly funny.

In How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Laymon deals in depth with his own personal story, which is filled with trials that illuminate under-appreciated aspects of contemporary American life. As revealed in the audiobook's title essay, Laymon attended three colleges before earning his undergraduate degree. He was suspended from the first of these institutions, Millsaps College, following a probationary period resulting from a controversial essay he published on campus. As the school's president described it, the Key Essay in question was written by Kiese Laymon, a controversial writer who consistently editorializes on race issues.

Controversy seemed to follow this young writer, but as he himself puts it, my job is to ask questions, to broaden the scope of American literature by broadening the Read More chevron_right

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