Thomas Page McBee on Words and Writing

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The Dictionary Project interviews Thomas Page McBee about language, the definitions of words, and of course, his Self-Made Man column here on The Rumpus.

A tiny preview:

For The Rumpus, you write a column—or essays in installments—entitled Self-Made Man? If you were to write a dictionary entry for “self-made,” what would it say?

To construct, with awareness and authenticity, a meaningful sense of self; an imprecise, endless fashioning.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →