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Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Graphic The Valley, the memoir The End of Boys, the nonfiction text Let Them Be Eaten By Bears, and the forthcoming YA novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh and Too Shattered For Mending (Random House, Knopf).
A former troubled teen, Hoffmeister was expelled from three high schools, lived for a short while in a Greyhound bus station, was remanded to a recovery and parole program, and completed a wilderness experience for troubled teens. He now runs the Integrated Outdoor Program, serving teens of all backgrounds, taking them into wilderness areas to backpack, climb, spelunk, orienteer, and whitewater raft.
He lives with his wife and daughters in Eugene, Oregon.

This is kind of crazy. Since I’ve written for few big places (VICE, the Huffington Post, etc.), I got a call from someone who wanted to remain an unnamed source, a person who wanted to keep his identity off the record. This is what I can tell you: he was the lead speech-writer for Donald Trump last year.


Here’s his story – written in his own words – and given to me to post:



I guess I can tell...

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The End of Boys

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Graphic the Valley

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Just reread it (again) and it's always good.
Love this short story collection.
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My Life and Hard Times
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Such a brilliant, short memoir. 86 pages of hilarious.
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Incredible. Heart-breaking. Lyrical and (truly) dazzling.
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“I know that I've lost something now because this keeps happening, and I feel as if this is all I ever come to, to this place, this knife, this feeling, almost killing, and I wonder that I'm not drunk because I feel fucked up and cold and hot, and this man, the drunk man, he's backing away from me toward a parked car and he trips over the parking meter and stumbles and takes a few steps and there's a wall he can follow along and he's scuttling back into the doorway of the bar and his off-white shirt gets hazy like cottonwood down floating off the river back home but it's hot in the spring there, back home, when the cottonwoods are dropping, and nothing about this night is even warm at all except my fist around the handle of the knife that's still cold, and there's the smell of the river water, the water in the air, and water everywhere, over my eyes and the city and the night, and I wonder why the water's not frozen because it's cold, cold every night here, so fucking cold, and no amount of weed will warm me up because I'm a long way from home and my bed and my room and my house and my family and anything and everything and everyone that I have ever loved, and I can sleep on a dirty floor with gum and spiders and garbage and wrappers and ants and dust and spit and cum, and I can sleep here and wake up, and I can sleep here and wake up again, but no amount of sleeping and waking will ever make it right.”
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, The End of Boys

“Math is for followers, for sheep, for people who are obsessed with right and wrong, with black and white. And since I’m not naturally inclined to racism, I don’t enjoy mathematics.”
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, This Is the Part Where You Laugh

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