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The author of the bestselling essay collection I Can’t Date Jesus is still battling with one of modernity’s most persistent devils: debt. Through unflinching essays on his finances (particularly his student loans), his dating life and his family—all laced with humor and pop culture—Michael Arceneaux explores his sense of insecurity in a nation designed to make a gay Black man from a working-class family feel not just endlessly uncomfortable but also unsafe. He describes the eating disorder he developed as a means of finding one part of his life he could control. Sharp, hilarious and, above all, honest, Arceneaux’s essays have become an essential means of understanding the nature of American anxiety and hope.

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