“I don’t want to die poor” quips the student loan industry with humor
Arceneaux does not shy away from any subject, and this book offers readers a look at his past, his financial woes, his sexuality and his love life, the harsh realities of self-employment (yes, I sighed while writing this), racism. , her her mother’s constant struggle to stay afloat, her father’s alcoholism and her own struggles with an eating disorder. Throughout it all, he maintains a dark sense of humor and the idea that there is something better, something that he will achieve through hard work.
The thing that does I don’t want to die poor an exceptional reading is the voice of Arceneaux. He writes as if he was telling you, his friend, a story. It makes you want to spend more time with him, listen to his stories, and marvel at how people can share so much just because demographics put you in the same situation. For Arceneaux, life has not been easy, and his writing shows it. Luckily for readers, every painful detail he shares is balanced out with a superb review, a masterful turn of phrase, a fun use of popular culture, or a few phrases that get to the point of a social issue and expose it. heart with unfailing honesty:
“It’s lovely to believe that we live in a meritocracy, but a lot of certain types of success is dictated by everything else besides perceived special talents and abilities. those who lack it. “
Arceneaux’s sincerity shines here. His style too. He captures readers in an essay when he explains how his eating disorder stems from his “desire to feel like I have control over some aspect of my life.” In another, he explains how “gay people have to deal with the reality that our heterosexual counterparts have experiences in their teens and twenties that many of us will not have until much later in life.” However, and most importantly, from time to time he will show that he is writing to get a point across and that he is not there to please anyone. For example, when he talks about the time when he thought he was a rapper, he deconstructs hip-hop to unmask homophobia. His lyrics aren’t sweet: “I forgot I can’t be a ** ga in hip-hop because I’m af ** got.”