Interview: Brian Broome, author of “The Key”

Mr. Broome shares his thoughts about masculinity, sexuality, and white supremacy

  
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Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “The Key,” by Brian Broome.

Mr. Broome is one of my favorite writers. We last spoke more than two years ago, after he published “79,” one of the best pieces in Highlighter history. It was an honor to interview him again. He’s the first returning guest to the podcast!

I hope you’ll listen to the interview. It’s a good one – because Mr. Broome is thoughtful and doesn’t hold back. We talk about sexuality, racism, “good white people,” Bertrand’s ridiculousness, sports and locker rooms, the gaze of Black boys, inner hatred and inner acceptance, coming out, and how white supremacy limits possible constructions of masculinity.

Most of all, I want to appreciate Mr. Broome for generously sharing his time and thoughtfulness with us. Also, I highly recommend Punch Me Up to the Gods. I’ll be raffling off a copy this Sunday, so good luck!

After listening to the interview, please share your thoughts in the comments. What resonated with you?

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