In a 2018 essay for the New York Times, I wrote about my struggles with private student loans. My second book, I Don’t Want To Die Poor, is an extension of that, and through various essays, I write more broadly about those struggles — detailing how debt of that magnitude and its repayment structure has impacted every facet of my life. I’ve heard the phrase “economic anxiety” tossed around a lot since November 2016, but unlike that white dude eating roast beef with a side of indigestion and gout at some diner in the Midwest that select hack cable news pundits and political reporters keep obsessing over, I actually economic anxiety (as opposed to a racist kinship with Sweet Potato Saddam) and write about it.
It will be released April 7, 2020, but is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold. I will update more links as they go live, but in the meantime, here are some retailer links below.
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2kfEA6p
And for a more formal description of I Don’t Want To Die Poor, you can check Simon & Schuster’s listing for it here.
There are classier descriptions of I Can't Date Jesus found all across Al Gore's Internet, but frankly, my book is more or less, a memoir-in-essays about learning how to enjoy fucking without the fear of God. I write about things like being approached for the priesthood; how I deal with sexual racism; what I make of marriage now that I have the legal right to become a divorcée; what it's like trying to create closure on your own terms with parents and the trauma of the past. Oh, and dating and thotting 'cause this isn't about being totally downtrodden and sulky. In my mind, it's like David Sedaris if David Sedaris' dad had gold teeth.
Nice people have said good things about the book over on outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Elle, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, Vulture, the Los Angeles Times, and others. And lovely folks like Roxane Gay, Janet Mock, Lena Waithe, Samantha Irby, Bomani Jones, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Kiese Laymon have all offered kind words on I Can't Date Jesus. This ain't bragging; this is please, baby, baby please buy the book type begging.