For decades the suburbs have been where art happens despite: despite the conformity, the emptiness, the sameness. Time and again, the story is one of gems formed under pressure and that resentment of the suburbs is the key ingredient for creative transcendence. But what if, contrary to that, the suburb has actually been an incubator for distinctly American art, as positively and as surely as in any other cultural hothouse? Mixing personal experience, cultural reportage, and history while rejecting clichés and pieties and these essays stretch across the country in an effort to show that this uniquely American milieu deserves another look.
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About Jason Diamond
Jason Diamond is the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and an associate editor at Mensjournal.com. His work has been published by the New York Times, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Vice, Bookforum, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
About Peter Lerman
Peter Lerman is originally from New York City where, coincidentally, these stories are set. Peter has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award® in 2020 for one of them. His specialty is nonfiction—biography, history, government and politics, business, science, medicine, and technology. In 2023 Peter recorded the first audiobook production of Upton Sinclair’s Boston: the Documentary Novel of Sacco and Vanzetti.