How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America - “You Are the Second Person” Summary & Analysis

Kiese Laymon
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The essay opens with Laymon addressing the reader as “you” (second-person perspective) even though by "you," he means himself. Your publishing agent, Brandon tells you that he will need to target other people rather than your general audience (black men). You then wonder if you are a “black writer” (130). When thinking about black art, you think about how the film Django Unchained is not true black art, due to the person who made it. As your book’s publication date approaches, you stop hearing from your literary agent. You eventually get in touch with your agent and he explains that he is no longer with the company and recommends another agent. You speak with the new agent, but eventually Brandon offers you a better book deal with his new company. The same process happens, many revisions and eventually your publication...

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