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Airing Dirty Laundry

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Nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, Ishmael Reed now returns with a boisterous and irreverent collection of nonfiction writing. "Always provocative, sometimes infuriating, this collection reminds us that the purpose of art is not to confirm and coddle but to provoke and confront".-- The New York Times Book Review.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1993)
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Cathy
Jan 21, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
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Written over twenty years ago after the Rodney King trial, "Airing Dirty Laundry" still has relevance today. I didn't read the individual biography section, but I did read the other essays and Reed does provide an alternative viewpoint. Interesting essays were "Drug 'Experts' Don't Live with Gunfire," "Reading, Writing, and Racism," "Distant Cousins," and "Airing Dirty Laundry."
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May 16, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
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I know I read this but I don't remember a lot about it. I think that's because it's a collection of nonfiction essays so there wasn't any central theme tying them together as a story. I remember enjoying them though, and finding Reed's writing quite humorous.
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Jan 06, 2010 Lawrence Daniel rated it it was ok
I really only read Reed's chapter on playwright/director/writer/actor Bill Gunn. So little biographical info on him.
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Ishmael Scott Reed is an American poet, essayist, and novelist. A prominent African-American literary figure, Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.

Reed has been described as one of the most controversial writers. While his work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspective
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