This week Janet talks to Australian documentarian and newly-forged crime writer John Safran about his book, God’ll Cut You Down, in which he moves to Mississippi for a year, befriends a murderer, and is at a loss about how to write about it.
You should also check out John Safran’s “True Crime,” a six episode podcast consisting of John’s interviews with true crime writers like John Behrendt and Ann Rule, talking about how difficult and crazy writing about murderers is.
Speaking of murderers, you’re probably wondering where Mike is. Well, he’s where he always is, but he probably enjoyed his week off.
Welcome to a special, only slightly depressing Christmas episode of The Book Report, presented by The Millions!
Discussed in this episode: God’ll Cut You Down by John Safran, cowboy hats, God, whiskey, white supremacists, murder, Australia, Mississippi, The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm, Truman Capote, Walmart gift cards, Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon, nature, God (again), animals, death, Christmas, Dylan Thomas, Armageddon (dir. Michael Bay).
Not discussed in this episode: Janet is wearing a sweater that she made. Michael is filming in front of a Christmas tree that he helped decorate.
Discussed in portions of this episode that have been edited out: Redacted. December is hard. You know? It just is.