Fourteen years ago, in An American Childhood, Annie Dillard channeled her adolescence selves to vividly capture growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Ten years later, David Sedaris dissected his eclectic North Carolina childhood in his highly irreverent Me Talk Pretty One Day. Schizophrenically inspired by both authors, this essay is a series of humorous and reflective vignettes from an occasionally delinquent and often misspent youth in Cleveland, and ruminations on the interplay of nature, nurture, and Nephi in my pretty Mormon childhood.

Brian Kagel