Gerald Early received his PhD in English literature from Cornell University. He is best known for his works critiquing American culture. He begins the interview by reading a passage from his nonfiction book Daughters. He discusses the creation of Daughters and the themes of class and race that were prevalent in the book. He talks about being the editor of Lure and Loathing, and about his essay “The Almost Last Essay on Race in America,” which touches on the O.J. Simpson trial. Early discusses jazz as an influence on his writing, his work as a nonfiction writer, and his creative process while writing. He concludes the interview by talking about his poetry.