“Do Not Accept Nan Check”

Grocery shopping with my mother

Kiese Laymon
11 min readOct 11, 2018

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Photo: Nicolas Balcazar/EyeEm/Getty

At Jitney Jungle, you filled our cart with cream of mushroom soup, tuna, name-brand wheat bread, and a big bottle of off-brand cranberry juice. I asked you if I could get the latest issue of Right On! magazine because Salt-N-Pepa were on the cover. You told me you’d get me a subscription to the magazine in a few months when I turned 13, so I just read it while we…

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Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Heavy. He is also the author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America.