Image: Exquisite Corpse drawings artist Matt Ballou made with two of his daughters – Miranda and CaiQun. Graphite on paper, 11×8.5 inches, August 2017.
Please read/listen and be prepared to discuss the following creative nonfiction and journalism pieces:
- “Honorary Dyke” – Meghan Daum
- “A Question of Identity” – Jay Caspian Kang (shorter)
- “Not Without My Brothers” – Jay Caspian Kang (longer, give yourself at least 30 minutes to read)
- Longform Podcast interview with Jay Caspian Kang (~1 hr.)
Bonus! If you’re feeling ambitious, also check out this Longform podcast interview with Meghan Daum.
Potential discussion questions:
- What was the purpose of each piece? Was it to inform, enlighten, or entertain? Did it accomplish the goal?
- Which piece did you enjoy more? Was one more “accessible” than others?
- Which piece(s) are more of a “story.” How can you tell a story apart from a piece of journalism? Can a piece of writing have elements of both?
- What is the universal story (that many if not most people can relate to) underlying each of these pieces?
- What about Daum’s essay would qualify it as a subject “unspeakable?”
- Does Kang’s personal experience add to or detract from his articles? Does it make him more or less credible as a journalist?
- What does Kang have to say about the way he goes about writing a piece, and how does he feel about editors?