Reflections on the Half-Life of Marrow

So, who were the people of Peoples Temple? What were their fears and aspirations? Where did they locate joy in their lives and what were their vices? Who and how did they love? I wrote to these questions as a series of human stories, stories linked by the subjects’ common denominator – Peoples Temple – but linked even more broadly to the “people” part.

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I started writing Marrow because I was curious. As I’ve noted in most interviews, Peoples Temple loomed heavy in my imagination because of the imagery of it – specifically of the people whom I believe are de-centered in the historical record and even in the way that historical record usually names Peoples Temple and its participants: Jonestown.

So, who were the people of Peoples Temple? What were their fears and aspirations? Where did they locate joy in their lives and what were their vices? Who and how did they love?

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