Damon Young


Damon Young, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post Magazine, writes about the angst, anxieties and absurdities of American life – specifically culture, class, money, and race. He is the author of “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays,” which won the 2020 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He is also the co-founder of the culture blog VerySmartBrothas and was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a columnist for GQ. He has written for the Atlantic, Esquire, NY Mag, the Undefeated, Ebony, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Young is the creator and
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My son could get shot, my son could be the shooter: An American dilemma

As long as guns and violence remain essential to American male-making, all of our sons are at risk to be seduced by it.

June 20, 2022

I tried it: The day I wore ‘hoochie daddy shorts’

I anticipated catcalls, impromptu photoshoots and compliments on my “bravery.” No one cared — and my thighs were cold.

June 13, 2022

I’m still haunted by the U2 spyware on my iPhone

I’m in my car ready to listen to Pusha T or “Still Processing,” and then Bono appears, like a haunted Irish pirate, to scream “YOU’RE GONNA SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT!”

June 6, 2022

Understanding America’s cruelty toward women on abortion

Cruelty is more American than compassion.

May 31, 2022

Cowardice is the point of white supremacy, too

White supremacy is an ecosystem built around the idea of never having to fight fair.

May 26, 2022

I avoided covid for two years. Until now. Here’s what I’ve learned.

I started to think it just wasn't going to happen. I was (very obviously) wrong.

May 23, 2022

A bidet changed my life! Why don’t I own a bidet?

When there’s a bidet available, I bidet. I bidet hard.

May 16, 2022

The Whitest thing I’ve ever seen

The "slap" said 10,000 words. How some (White) people reacted to it said even more.

May 9, 2022

No, I will not switch airplane seats with you

I do plenty of good deeds! Just not that.

May 2, 2022

A letter to that man who emailed me to correct my grammar

This was fun to write. But I feel bad for you. Because I wish you had better sentences.

April 25, 2022