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Some of My Best Friends

Essays on Lip Service

Read by Tajja Isen

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A fearless and darkly comic essay collection about race, justice, and the limits of good intentions.

In this stunning debut collection, Catapult editor-in-chief and award-winning voice actor Tajja Isen explores the absurdity of living in a world that has grown fluent in the language of social justice but doesn’t always follow through.

These nine daring essays explore the sometimes troubling and often awkward nature of that discord. Some of My Best Friends takes on the cartoon industry’s pivot away from colorblind casting, the pursuit of diverse representation in the literary world, the law’s refusal to see inequality, and the cozy fictions of nationalism. Isen deftly examines the quick, cosmetic fixes society makes to address systemic problems, and reveals the unexpected ways they can misfire.

In the spirit of Zadie Smith, Cathy Park Hong, and Jia Tolentino, Isen interlaces cultural criticism with her lived experience to explore the gaps between what we say and what we do, what we do and what we value, what we value and what we demand.

About The Author

Photograph by Karen Isen

Tajja Isen is a writer, editor, and voice actor. Her essays and criticism have appeared in dozens of outlets across the US and Canada. She is the editor-in-chief for Catapult magazine, the former digital editor for The Walrus, and has also edited for Electric Literature. She is the coeditor of the essay anthology The World As We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate. A voice actor for over two decades, Tajja can be heard on such animated shows as Atomic BettyThe Berenstain BearsSuper Why!Go Dog GoJane and the Dragon, and many others. You can follow her on Twitter @TajjaIsen.

About The Reader

Photograph by Karen Isen

Tajja Isen is a writer, editor, and voice actor. Her essays and criticism have appeared in dozens of outlets across the US and Canada. She is the editor-in-chief for Catapult magazine, the former digital editor for The Walrus, and has also edited for Electric Literature. She is the coeditor of the essay anthology The World As We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate. A voice actor for over two decades, Tajja can be heard on such animated shows as Atomic BettyThe Berenstain BearsSuper Why!Go Dog GoJane and the Dragon, and many others. You can follow her on Twitter @TajjaIsen.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (April 19, 2022)
  • Runtime: 7 hours and 29 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797143446

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