Book review: 'We Speak for Ourselves' by D. Watkins

'We Speak for Ourselves' book cover

With this wide-ranging collection of essays, his third book in four years, D. Watkins, Ed '11 (MEd), returns to the casually captivating voice and no-BS attitude of his 2014 essay "Too Poor for Pop Culture" that kick-started his career. The Salon editor-at-large and University of Baltimore writing lecturer takes a look at the contemporary American political landscape, activism, police, and the kinds of challenged schools, food deserts, and poverty that affect the disinvested East Baltimore neighborhoods in which he grew up—from the perspective of the people who live there. He continues to be completely sobering, addictively readable, and nimbly able to move from humor to horror and back again.