More than 20 years ago in Midlothian, IL, I picked up the newspaper and started reading it to my grandparents. My Papa was shocked and my Granny said, “See Jim, some kids read, even if her father never did.”
Ever since I could read, I would write. Often I don’t have a lot to say in person (when I’m not drinking) I have always preferred to put pen to paper. I prefer it to texting, typing, recording, there is no more satisfying form of expression than ink to page and writing has been an integral part of my life, it is the most important thing that I do.
Writers have a responsibility to record the past, forecast the future, and encapsulate the present into a series of sentences for others to read and analyze and agree and disagree. I am fortunate that I have been able to work in writing, but it is not just a job for me it is my civic duty. Like how it’s my brother’s duty to defend the country, my father’s to police it, and my mother’s to bake for it, it is my purpose to write about us, our people and our stories, the experiences that comprise the eternal human narrative.
This is the story about a privileged white boy who wanted to be a drug dealer. This is the story about what’s happening in Florida and in Georgia and all over the country. This is the story about a family that pretended everything was fine while they destroyed everything they touched. This story is fiction but this struggle is true.
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