Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy is headed to theaters. Imagine Entertainment recently purchased the rights to Vance's book and Ron Howard has agreed to direct the film version with partner Brian Grazer. Vance recently moved back to Ohio, where his Hillbilly Elegy memoir is set. He said in a recent interview with WOSU:

Well I think what very often happens is that people leave the communities that they came from and they never come back, right? They never come back geographically, they never come back culturally, and you know, even if they sort of settle and permanently find themselves in a new community, I think we have an increasing problem of, even in that community, people aren't super engaged in new communities that they find themselves in.

But I do think that we should have some sense of responsibility when we find ourselves in the community, wherever that is. And for me that's always been attached to a sense of place, a sense of where I came from, and so that's one of the things that brought me back to Ohio. I mean, for me, you know, looking at the state, obviously there are a lot of exciting things happening, there a lot of exciting things happening in Columbus above all, but we also have this really significant opioid crisis here in the state.

And it's something that's touched me very personally, and I've just felt this really burning desire to try to do something about it, and frankly, I don't even know what that something is. But certainly, I felt compelled to try.