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White Tears

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For our discussion of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears, we return to the question: can America overcome its sin of racism? Or will our collective inability to deal with the consequences of our actions win the day?

White Tears is a genre bending look at white male hipster culture, a ghost story of untold American stories, a revenge tale, a dive into the depths of collectors of the Blues, a beautifully written story about friendship, greed, race, music, New York City, the South … if you have not read this novel, beware – this podcast it mostly spoilers!

We dive into the themes Kunzru explores in this complex novel, relish the strong prose, question the role of cultural memory and American identity.

Featuring Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro (@AngeMarieH), Aubrey Hicks (@AubreyHi), and David Sloane (@dcsloane53)

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Special thanks to Penguin Random House for review copies of this critically acclaimed novel!


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Links & further reading:

Families Left Behind: The Hidden Costs of Incarceration and Reentry
Race Records: The Birth Of Black Blues and Jazz
Long Lost Blues by Peter C. Muir

Next Month …

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is part true crime part memoir. The author writes “It’s about a murder, it is about my family, it is about other families whose lives were touched by the murder. But more than that, it is about how we understand our lives, the past, and each other. To do this, we all make stories.



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This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.

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