46. Keeping It Real with Reggie Bailey

In this episode, Jan and Miles talk with Reggie Bailey— the man behind @reggiereads and one of the hosts of the awesome podcast, Books Are Pop Culture! We talk about Reggie’s epic story of how he got into reading and our thoughts about Deborah Appleman’s new book, Literature and the New Culture Wars. We kept it real for three + hours so this is just the first part of our convo! Stay tuned for Part 2….

2:04 How Reggie got into reading

10:17 How Reggie built his own Black canon

14:38 How Reggie Left the Mob

16:07 Challenge Me, Don’t Coddle Me

21:00 Where Reggie’s Draws the Line with Censoring Books

23:20 Are you complicit? 28:04 Why People Can’t Hold Opposing Ideas

31:17 What Reggie Appreciates in Non-Fiction Books

36:52 How Literary Beef Plays Out On Social Media

39:29 How to Actually Cancel Something…

45:04 The Brian Stevenson Paradox

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