Andre Dubus III is a Louisiana-born American writer who most recently published 'Townie: A Memoir' in 2011. In this captivating and intellectual talk, Andre Dubus discusses the nature of violence and the toll it takes on the human spirit.
Drawing on personal experiences from his own violent youth, Dubus reflects on his upbringing with his single mother family and how he still wrestles wrestles with the notion of the "modern man." Even in his "fist-fighting days," he says he has always hated violence and always felt at a spiritual level that what he was doing was negative.
Andre Dubus III discusses the nature of what he feels a person must do spiritually and psychologically in order to hurt someone else, comparing the collision of private spaces to that of piercing a membrane.