Brian Broome is a poet, screenwriter, and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King’s Writing Awards.
In this episode, Eric and Brian discuss his book, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir
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In This Interview, Brian Broom and I Discuss his Journey to Healing, Recovery, and …
- His book, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir
- How he was raised in an environment where men are taught to be tough and masculine.
- Understanding that parents are doing the best they can and having grace with them
- How he learned more about his father after his death when writing his book
- His journey to getting sober and healing from childhood wounds
- What sobriety looks like for him now
- Recognizing his defense mechanisms
- Learning to not be ashamed of taking medication for anxiety and depression
- How he started writing in rehab lead to becoming a therapeutic tool for him
- Being ruled by shame and how all-consuming it was
- The ideas of masculinity that remain from his upbringing
- His thoughts about masculinity not being a useful concept, but rather being human is what’s important
- External support is important, but only you can save yourself
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