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Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service

Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service

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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.

Author: Tajja Isen
Publisher: Atria/One Signal Publishers
Published: 04/19/2022
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.86lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.32w x 0.94d
ISBN: 9781982178420

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 11/01/2021 pg. 23
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 02/28/2022

About the Author
Tajja Isen is a writer, editor, and voice actor. Her essays on books, race, and representation have appeared in dozens of outlets across the US and Canada. She is an editor for Catapult magazine, the former digital editor for The Walrus, and has also edited for Electric Literature. A voice actor for over two decades, Tajja can be heard assuming various guises and accents on such animated shows as Atomic Betty, The Berenstain Bears, Super Why!, Go Dog Go, My Big Big Friend, Jane and the Dragon, and many others. You can follow her on Twitter @TajjaIsen.

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