White Flights: Jess Row

A critique of white isolation in literature, music, and film. 

“White flight” is well known as the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or gentrified downtowns. In White FlightsJess Row extends this analogy to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes. Using close readings of work from the likes of Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and David Foster Wallace, Row examines the ways writers have built up imaginative space for themselves without closely engaging with race. Going beyond criticism, Row also envisions writing and creativity as reparative work.

Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost.


Mid-Sentence presents a series of conversations with groundbreaking literary voices. Indie authors and cult favorites explore the intersections between literature and lived experience.











When: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where: New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863
Price: Free
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A critique of white isolation in literature, music, and film. 

“White flight” is well known as the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or gentrified downtowns. In White FlightsJess Row extends this analogy to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes. Using close readings of work from the likes of Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and David Foster Wallace, Row examines the ways writers have built up imaginative space for themselves without closely engaging with race. Going beyond criticism, Row also envisions writing and creativity as reparative work.

Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost.


Mid-Sentence presents a series of conversations with groundbreaking literary voices. Indie authors and cult favorites explore the intersections between literature and lived experience.

Buy tickets/get more info now