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"Energy Monster" is an essay I wrote a decade ago about depression and my relationship to my daughter Natalie. I am re-publishing it now because I am writing a prologue or addendum that I will publish here in the summer.
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This is a piece that is on The Atlantic online website. Click on the title of the piece and you'll jump to the story about a man being lynched by my grandfather and three other men.
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How the Past Shackles the Present: April 4th
April 4 th by Laban Carrick Hill   Hate’s such a strong
word, dear , mom scolded when I expressed strong distaste at little
stones for supper, back when Our Boys in
the National Guard were called into the streets, Memphis burning, those people turning to vi...
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Perfect Mark
I
am gullible. Always have been, always will be. I will believe almost anything
at least for a while. At seventeen, I moved to NYC and got a job as a messenger
my first week. The man who hired me asked, “You know the city, right?”             I lied.       ...
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Origin Story Part IV
            “Okay, William, I’m done for the
week,” called a woman across the hall. “You here, right?”             William got up from his desk and
stepped into the hallway. “I’ll be here, Miz Jackson. Don’t worry. I’m not
going anywhere.”             She n...
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Origin Story Part III
            I had no idea who Laverne Edwards
was.             “Mrs. Edwards was nurse,” said Mrs.
Frances Edwards, Larry’s mom. Laverne
Edwards was a nurse at Tipton Country Hospital, where Grandfather Joe died. “She
just started on and Mrs. Hill accused h...
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Energy Monster
In lieu of posting a new post on my memoir, I am posting an essay on depression and my relationship to my oldest daughter that I wrote a decade ago. It won a couple of awards and had been available in an online anthology of essays, but that was taken down i...
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My latest post in my memoir blog: Home Trained. It focuses on how trust can deceive you.
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The final installment on the death of Grandfather Joe.
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On the trail of the death of Grandfather Joe, this post takes us one step further.
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Digging deep into my grandfather's death, the story takes a surprising turn. This is the latest installment in my memoir blog Home Trained.
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Laban Carrick Hill is exploring growing up in a family that was on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement and swung from prosperity to poverty. He is currently a high school teacher in Vermont. He is a co-director and co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana, a nonprofit based in the Ghana and the US. Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award); Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave, Poet (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award), America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America (2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award), Casa Azul (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age 2007), and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (National Book Award Finalist).