MTS 17: Parenthood and the confluence of son & father with James Chesbro


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In this episode, I talk with writer James M. Chesbro. James is the author of A Lion in the Snow: Essays on a Father’s Journey Home. His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, America, The Washington Post, The Millions, Essay Daily, and The Huffington Post. Essays from A Lion in the Snow were chosen as notable selections in The Best American Essays series 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, as well as The Best American Sports Writing 2014.

In the episode we talk about:

  • Making sense of things in a private journal
  • Mourning the loss of a parent while trying to keep children alive at the same time
  • The confluence of the role of son and father, feeling like a kid forever
  • How becoming a father allowed him to learn about and understand his own father who passed away before he had kids
  • How the memories that we attach to objects allow them to take on a life of their own
  • Jamie's book, A Lion in the Snow, Essays on a Father’s Journey Home compiling an essay collection
  • Finishing a project, even when it takes almost a decade, has to be an obsession
  • The importance of books about men for men and exploring emotions as men
  • / jamie_chesbro on Twitter & Instagram

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