Multi-America Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace

ISBN-10: 0140259120

ISBN-13: 9780140259124

Edition: 1997

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology can heal. Reed tries to incorporate multimedia and nonlinear techniques into his writing style. He has defended his eclectic techniques with spirit, however: "Many people call my fiction muddled, crazy, incoherent because I've attempted in fiction the techniques and forms painters, dancers, film makers, musicians in the West have taken for granted for at least 50 years, and the artists of many other cultures, for thousands of years." His other published books include: six collections of poetry, including: New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007; eight collections of essays, most recently Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (2010); Gethsemane Park; The Reed Reader (2000); Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003); and six plays, collected by Dalkey Archive Press as Ishmael Reed, The Plays (2009).

Introduction
How Americans Became White: Three Examples
Becoming Post-White
Multicultural Europe: Odds, Bets, Chances
A Yoruba American in Germany
Minorities in England: A Report
A Nuyorican in South Africa: South African Diaries
"It Happens All the Time" - or Does It?
Catching the Rush-Hour Train - Sketches of Life in Japan
Now That the Iron Curtain Is Gone, Where Do We Build the Fences?
A Chicano in Philadelphia
A Chicano in Spain
The Colored Trickster and the Frida Painter
Being Mixed in America
Passing
Why Am I Still Onstage at the Cotton Club?
The African Heritage of Italian and Other European Americans - and All Peoples of the Earth
Black and Jewish Like Jesus and Me
Breaking the Silence
The Case of the Missing Italian American Writers
Is There a Renaissance in Italian American Literature?
How World War II Iced Italian American Culture
"Living in America": Politics and the Irish Immigrant
Black and Latino Relations: Context, Challenge, and Possibilities
Asian Americans: Decorative Gatekeepers?
Blacks, Browns, and Yellows at Odds
The Possibilities of a Radical Consciousness: African Americans and New Immigrants
The Interaction of the Black Mainstream Leadership and the Farrakhan Extremists
Black/Brown Relations: An Unnecessary Conflict
White Fright Over Oakland Redistricting
A Countryless Woman: The Early Feminista
Where's the Revolution?
Rashomon Road: On the Tao to San Diego
Ethnic Conflict and Harmony Between African and Asian Americans in the United States
Sexism in Asian America
Media Distortion Disorder
Crazy with the Heat
Behind the "Times"
An American Multicultural Response
Hispanics and the Media
All-American Girl and Images of Asians in the Media
Multiculturalism and the Media
Ethnic Derivatives: Tricksterese versus Anthropologetics
Guess Who's Coming to Academia?
Multinational, Multicultural America versus White Supremacy
Color at Cal
Black Male Perp: Interview with the Boogeyman
The Criminalization of Black Men
Fifty Years in America: Through Back Doors
The Border Patrol State
Cultural Work: Planting New Trees with New Seeds
Toward a Non-Racial, Non-Ethnic Society
Beyond Multiculturalism: Surviving the Nineties
One More Time
Biographical Notes
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