Episode 30: Brewster by Mark Slouka

Episode 30: Brewster by Mark Slouka

 

It’s 1968 in upstate New York. Jon is sixteen and a runner. He’s running from the brother who died, from the mother who hates him for surviving, from the father who stays quiet. He’s running from small-town Brewster, the kind of place that feels like it will hold you down and keep you there, the kind of place that won’t ever let you escape for something better.  Ray is seventeen and a fighter. He’s bloody, he’s damaged, and he hates Brewster too. “Of course it wasn’t really about Brewster,” Jon tells us, looking back. “Brewster just made it easy to pretend it was.” What follows is the story of their friendship - of their efforts to save each other, and all the ways they fail.

Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Mark Slouka about story and memory, truth and fiction, and the inherent tension between Slouka's sense of tragedy and his desire for redemption. 

Guest readers Sam Purdy and Jessica Sager join Oppenheimer to discuss brothers and fathers, power and pain, and what it means to run the race we run.

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