Sunday Stories: “Discovering a Terrible Truth”

Discovering a Terrible Truth by Jamie Iredell At a cubicled desk he calculated, entered the numbers, filled the forms with his name, a name he would forget. His ties came with stripes and paisleys. His coffee smelled of strong earth. He’d come to this city for work after four years shoving his head in books on a quadrangled, cottonwood-lined campus. He was duded up in fine wool slacks, his teeth gleaming from the dentist, a ticking watch slipped into his […]

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“I’ve Always Been Fascinated With History”: An Interview With Jamie Iredell

The last time I spoke with Jamie Iredell, he’d just released a collection of essays. Two years have passed since then; Iredell‘s latest book is the haunting, confessional Last Mass, in which he juxtaposes the often-harrowing history of Catholic missionaries in California with his own relationship to Catholicism. It’s a powerful work in which Iredell moves seamlessly from the present to the past and back again, accruing the weight of history along the way. I spoke with him via email to […]

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