“Loving ourselves is a revolutionary act–we have to practice because the preachers and the Bibles don’t always tell us so.

“You are right, Kiese, Love can’t attained through ownership–love is a relationship that must be cultivated through honesty. The truth can hurt but a lie will never set you free. I, like you, choose truth. Please love me enough to tell me the truth.”

–Kai M. Green, in “Echo: Mychal, Darnell, Kiese, Kai, and Marlon,” from Kiese Laymon’s How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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