“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 Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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