Reflection/Review of Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance, was very hard for me to read, and even more difficult to write about. I’ll open, then, by telling a story from my own experience. I was about 25-years-old and a first year graduate student. I had a rocky early childhood and two divorces already under my belt. One night … Continue reading Reflection/Review of Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

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Cousins

I am visiting my family in West Virginia. The best part about the trip is that my kids get to play with their cousins. I recently finished J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (review forthcoming) and have been thinking a lot about what it means to be an insider in Appalachia. The term “insider” is fraught with … Continue reading Cousins