Survival Math: Notes On An All-american Family

Survival Math: Notes On An All-american Family


“A vibrant memoir of race, violence, family, and manhood…a virtuosic wail of a book” (The Boston Globe), Survival Math calculates how award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson survived the Portland, Oregon, of his youth.

This “spellbinding” ( book explores gangs and guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of addiction—all framed within the story of Mitchell Jackson, his family, and his community. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, its tender portrayals, its stark candor, and its luminous style, Survival Math reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. The primary narrative, focused on understanding the antecedents of Jackson’s family’s experience, is complemented by survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives.

“A vulnerable, sobering look at Jackson’s life and beyond, in all its tragedies, burdens, and faults” (San Francisco Chronicle), the sum of Survival Math’s parts is a highly original whole, one that reflects on the exigencies—over generations—that have shaped the lives of so many disenfranchised Americans. “Both poetic and brutally honest” (, Mitchell S. Jackson’s nonfiction debut is as essential as it is beautiful, as real as it is artful, a singular achievement, not to be missed.


  • 001 SurvivalMath Open
    Duración: 52s
  • 002 SurvivalMath Dedications
    Duración: 40s
  • 003 SurvivalMath AuthorsNote
    Duración: 01min
  • 004 SurvivalMath Prologue
    Duración: 37min
  • 005 SurvivalMath Part1 WhoAreWe
    Duración: 50s
  • 006 SurvivalMath Part1 Exodus
    Duración: 31min
  • 007 SurvivalMath Part1 CompositePops
    Duración: 22min
  • 008 SurvivalMath Part1 Matrimony
    Duración: 48min
  • 009 SurvivalMath Part1 SurvivorFile
    Duración: 27min
  • 010 SurvivalMath Part2 WhatHaveWeLearned
    Duración: 44s
  • 011 SurvivalMath Part2 Apples
    Duración: 01h03min
  • 012 SurvivalMath Part2 TheScale a
    Duración: 44min
  • 013 SurvivalMath Part2 TheScale b
    Duración: 54min
  • 014 SurvivalMath Part2 TheScale c
    Duración: 35min
  • 015 SurvivalMath Part2 TheScale d
    Duración: 46min
  • 016 SurvivalMath Part2 SurvivorFile
    Duración: 28min
  • 017 SurvivalMath Part3 WhatHaveWeEndured
    Duración: 48s
  • 018 SurvivalMath Part3 AmericanBlood
    Duración: 47min
  • 019 SurvivalMath Part3 ThePose a
    Duración: 27min
  • 020 SurvivalMath Part3 ThePose b
    Duración: 01h04min
  • 021 SurvivalMath Part3 FastTenSlowTwenty
    Duración: 01h01min
  • 022 SurvivalMath Part3 SurvivorFile
    Duración: 22min
  • 023 SurvivalMath Part4 HowDoWeProceed
    Duración: 42s
  • 024 SurvivalMath Part4 SurvivalMath
    Duración: 44min
  • 025 SurvivalMath Part4 Revision
    Duración: 36min
  • 026 SurvivalMath Part4 SurvivorFile
    Duración: 31min
  • 027 SurvivalMath Epilogue
    Duración: 23min
  • 028 SurvivalMath Acknowledgments
    Duración: 04min
  • 029 SurvivalMath Close
    Duración: 01min