In this episode, I talk with writer James M. Chesbro. James is the author of A Lion in the Snow: Essays on a Father’s Journey Home. His work has appeared in The Writer’s ChronicleAmericaThe Washington PostThe MillionsEssay Daily, and The Huffington Post. Essays from A Lion in the Snow were chosen as notable selections in The Best American Essays series 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, as well as The Best American Sports Writing 2014.


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In the episode we talk about:

  • Making sense of things in a private journal
  • Mourning the loss of a parent while trying to keep children alive at the same time
  • The confluence of the role of son and father, feeling like a kid forever
  • How becoming a father allowed him to learn about and understand his own father who passed away before he had kids
  • How the memories that we  attach to objects allow them to take on a life of their own
  • Jamie’s book, A Lion in the Snow, Essays on a Father’s Journey Home compiling an essay collection
  • Finishing a project, even when it takes almost a decade, has to be an obsession
  • The importance of books about men for men and exploring emotions as men
  • / jamie_chesbro on Twitter & Instagram

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