Marlon James Knows It’s Over

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When you’re 15 and a reject, you’re looking for communion, even if you would never admit it. I wanted a painting of myself, but I got a mirror instead.

Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, on his intimate relationship with the Smiths’s “I Know It’s Over.”


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