A Conversation With Paul Beatty

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Paul Beatty’s new novel is an acerbic and absurdist look at what it means to be black in America. The Sellout is laced with cutting insights about race, slavery, Oreo cookies, and segregation, and it’s set here in Los Angeles. Madeleine talks to the author about his work and inspiration, including those old iconic maps in the Thomas Guide.

Credits

Guest:
Paul Beatty - author, 'The Sellout'

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal