Myriam Gurba in conversation with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd.
A creep can be a singular figure, a villain who makes things go bump in the night. Myriam Gurba’s new essay collection, a mix of true crime, memoir, and history, is an informal sociology of creeps that surveys toxic traditions in the United States which help create the abusers who haunt our books, schools, and homes. She charts how oppression is collectively enacted, sustaining ecosystems that unfairly distribute suffering and premature death to society’s most vulnerable.
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Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the true crime memoir Mean, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. O, The Oprah Magazine, ranked Mean as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time. Publishers Weekly describes Gurba as having a voice like no other. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Time, and 4Columns. She has shown art in galleries, museums, and community centers. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd has written for such publications as The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and Pitchfork, where she is a staff contributor. The former editor-in-chief of Jezebel, she is at work on her first book for Penguin, Vaquera, about growing up Mexican American in Wyoming and the myth of the American West.