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Episode 463: Mitchell S. Jackson


Mitchell S. Jackson is a journalist and author. His profile of Ahmaud Arbery, ”Twelve Minutes and a Life,” won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

”What is 'great'? 'Great' isn’t really sales, right? No one cares what James Baldwin sold. So: Are you doing the important work?”


Show notes:

  • @MitchSJackson
  • mitchellsjackson.com
  • Jackson on Longform
  • 00:00 "Twelve Minutes and a Life" (Runner’s World • Jun 2020)
  • 01:00 Pafko at the Wall (Don DeLillo • Scribner • 2001)
  • 03:00 "Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Minutes: What Videos and 911 Calls Show" (Malachy Browne, Drew Jordan, Dmitriy Khavin and Ainara Tiefenthaler • New York Times • May 2020)
  • 12:00 "We Went to Vegas to Wring Joy From Heartbreak" (New York Times Magazine • Sep 2021)
  • 16:00 Survival Math (Scribner • 2020)
  • 24:00 The Residue Years (Bloomsbury • 2014)
  • 29:00 "Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Spanbauer Share Writing Secrets" (Jeff Baker • Oregonian • May 2014)
  • 34:00 "When Michael B. Jordan Promises to Come Home, He Means It" (Esquire • Nov 2019)
  • 36:00 "Chris Rock's Plan for Immortality" (Esquire • May 2021)
  • 44:00 "Prison" (Richard Just, Editor • Washington Post • Oct 2019)
  • 44:00 "Calendars" (Washington Post • Oct 2019)
  • 45:00 Olio (Tyehimba Jess • Wave Books • 2016)

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 2021-11-03  1h1m