History for the Layman


Electric Literature’s Dan Sheehan interviews Eagles Prize finalist DW Gibson, whose recent book The Edge Becomes Center explores the gentrification of New York City neighborhoods through the oral histories of those who experienced it firsthand:

I wanted to find a way to make the subject meaningful and alive for the layman… Oral history makes that possible because it gets away from the idea of one person explaining the phenomenon and plants us squarely inside the phenomenon. I was trying to curate and frame a big, complicated conversation.

Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →