All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Twenty-Four--Breaking the Cycle


In the 24th episode of All in Good Storytime, we read the end of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. In these chapters, J.D. Vance speeds through undergrad at Ohio State University, attends law school at Yale, and meets his future wife. In this episode, we discuss the numerous ways that J.D. dismisses racial issues including a notable assertion that the white working class didn't dislike Obama because he was black but because he was alien to them due to his fancy education. We also revisit J.D.'s experience at college with a student who criticized the American military and how this was a missed opportunity for a fruitful conversation between the two of them. Instead of complaining about this uneducated classmate in his memoir, he could have taken the time to share his own personal experiences in the military and how they contradict his assumptions. Or, he could have spent more time in his own memoir proving that those negative assumptions about the American military are false beyond sharing a few sentences on the matter. Finally, we discuss the role of the government and individual accountability in addressing the issues that plague the white working class from fragmented families to substance abuse. We end by discussing Cracker Barrel and how it is an incredible restaurant chain.


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