Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life

The Scientist Social Club talked with the author.

The Scientist Social Club
May 28, 2021

The Scientist Social Club recently sat down with Brandon Taylor, the author of Real Life. His critically-acclaimed debut novel follows a graduate student named Wallace through a late-summer weekend in a Midwestern college town. As he copes with the aftermath of a mishap in the lab, Wallace, who is Black, also deals with subtle and not-so-subtle racism and a sense of alienation from his friends and struggles to decide whether he should stay on in his PhD program. We talked with Taylor, himself a former graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about how his own experiences in academia informed the story.


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