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9 Responses to Contact/Submission

  1. Mary says:

    Just read your essay “How to Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America: A Remembrance”.

    Thank you. Thank you for writing that.

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  3. Jane says:

    Since Gawker changed formats, I can’t seem to log in and voice my appreciation. I teach high school English at a continuation/credit recovery school and I organize my instruction around thematic units. I would love to include the piece from Gawker in one of my units — with your permission, of course. If you’re okay with that, please let me know. If you would like further insight into the unit topics before you decide, I’d be happy to share the instructional plans so that you can provide input on the shape the unit takes. I think my students will really identify with this, and it fits in with two different units I have taught, am modifying, and plan to teach again this year.

    It was a breath-taking article, and I really think my students would enjoy reading your writing; it could be a keystone in so many interesting discussions and reflections.

  4. Wonderful essay. I appreciate the bravery and honesty. I think the impulse of African American writers to edit internally stops us from getting the most out of the writing experience.

  5. Kirby, Oberlin, Class of '78 says:

    Loved your “How to Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America: A Remembrance”. As a 55 Black Man, I am glad I am not young. My life in D.C. was idyllic compared to what brothers dealt with back in your day and now. Is it worse? Probably? Maybe? I don’t know. I’ve lived in Brooklyn since 1994, mostly in Williamsburg, Bushwhick and now Greenpoint, none of them black ‘hoods, but mixed, with hipsters on my tail. I honestly think that there is a war on black youth. I have no kids, but if I did, I’d encourage them to go north – to Canada, where I have a couple of friends. I’d tell them don’t let the self-hate get to them, and stay away from those who would drag them down. Easier said than done.

    America is going to get worse for us. The types of people and situations you describe, the racism, institutional oppression, may – nay, will – get worse, especially for young brothers. If you’re in your 30′s you’ve missed out on the overuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals the zombiefy kids of color. It’s a mess.

    Love your piece and I would encourage you to turn it into a graphic novel or screenplay. All the best, and I’ll keep on checkin’ this blog.

  6. sara says:

    I don’t usually bother with articles that take me longer than 5 minutes to read. They’re usually full of shit and rehashing something I’ve already read, already heard expressed more concisely, more poignantly, with more feeling and more authenticity and more ownership. I finished reading “How to Slowly Kill Yourself…” on Gawker. I’m from the miserable south as well (though not as miserable and not as southern as you, and under completely different circumstances). I wanted to thank you for writing your essay, and encourage you to say more if you have more to say. Your essay is well written and uncompromising. Good on you.

  7. Lenny says:

    I just read your essay on Gawker and would like to say thank you. I felt like your essay was a 21st century Invisible Man. Thank you again.

  8. Jesse Dye says:

    I just read an essay of yours at, “A Writer’s Confession to a Late Uncle Who Lives On in His Characters”.

    I wanted to tell you that, from an old, Southern, white guy, your story moved me tremendously. It’s good to be reminded that despite the many differences that seem to separate us, we really aren’t that different after all.

    You have cleared my annual year end melancholy. Thank you!

  9. Dawn James says:

    Loved your article on the fake male feminist and thought I would share a brilliant but harrowing piece on the same subject, calling out countless similar types, including several who are actually famous for being male feminists. The piece is by a very respected human rights journalist working. Read it and cringe:

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