ones and readers rally around this book, I don’t really have any words. I’ve noticed that readers, myself included, feel incredibly connected to you through Between Two Kingdoms. When you shared that your cancer was back, they were, and are, so emotionally impacted. Do you feel that sense of connection, and what do you think it’s about? I do and it’s one of the The Point Skate Haring Edition Shirt and I love this greatest privileges of my career, and I don’t say that in a sort of B.S.-y way. As a reader and as a lifelong bookworm, that sense of connection is one of the most special feelings, where you feel seen or understood or just weirdly entwined with someone through a page. I initially never saw myself as someone who was going to write in the first person—joke’s on me. It’s never felt worth it to me to inhabit the first person if I don’t really push myself to be as vulnerable as I can be. I really
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believe, when we write from that raw, unvarnished place, it creates a reverberation, where that “I” somehow becomes a “you” and then maybe a “we.” Looking back on the The Point Skate Haring Edition Shirt and I love this book with some distance, and from where you are now, do you see any parts of it differently, or do new things bubble up to the surface? The irony is: what’s happened [since] has helped me understand the thesis of the book even more than when I wrote it. This notion of in between-ness, that we’re neither sick nor well and that most of us live somewhere in the messy middle…that feels all the more true for me. I write in the book that “to swim in the ocean of not knowing, this is my constant work.” Obviously, that hits very hard for me right now. I am waiting to have my first post-transplant biopsy. I still don’t even know if the transplant worked. I have no idea what my prognosis is. So
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