Jared Yates Sexton | Episode 16

We're back! Welcome to Season two! We've got really great guests coming up on this season, and for our first episode, we decided to swing for the fences.

Originally, we had planned for Jared Yates Sexton to come on our first season but due to scheduling issues, it wasn't possible until now. Recorded in a comfy room of the Hyatt in Midtown right after Jared had read at MailChimp, for their Get Lit at MailChimp series, we sat down to talk with Jared about what it was like to go from writing prose to the style of journalism in his newest book, The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage.


Jared Yates Sexton is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere. His book The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage is available from Counterpoint Press. Currently he serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.

“Fiction is about hiding behind the shield and veneer of fiction," was how he described it when giving us the reason that a fiction writer can never be elected to political office. That safety would be cut to shreds in the news scroll. This was something Jared had to think about since he was asked to run (and declined). 


In what is a very great and inebriated conversation things gets heavy into the thick weeds of existentialism by way of Erich Fromm and trying to understand the desire to be removed from society through supporting the deconstruction of a shared society. In between stops are made on the great literary lyrics of Warren Zevon.

We hope you enjoy the episode.