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The Redneck Way of Knowledge

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This intoxicating book by the author of The Revolution of Little Girls combines autobiography, reporting, and the dressed-up lies we call fiction. An underground classic since its initial publication, it is the wildly funny personal testament of Blanche McCrary Boyd, sixties radical and born-againÀ Southerner, a lesbian with an un-P.C. passion for skydiving and stock-car r ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 15th 1995 by Vintage (first published 1982)
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Emilia P
Apr 23, 2011 Emilia P rated it liked it
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Aw man, the copy I got was too old to have a Dorothy Alison foreword. Curses. This is a bunch of pieces about Southern life that Boyd wrote for the Village Voice around 1980. I kind of love this era of tough lady sort of disillusioned with mainstream feminism but still sort of old-fashioned butchness. Is that a thing? Is that a genre? I hope so. There's stuff about fancy drinking parties and politics and seeing the pope and going to car races. But the most interesting thing turns out to be the s ...more
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Apr 19, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
"Being a white Southerner is a bit like being Eichmann's daughter: People don't assume you're guilty, but they wonder how you've been affected."

Entertaining, disturbing, vivid essays on Southernism, alcoholism, Republicanism, racism, lesbianism, Communism, and various other belief systems. Oh, and also the Rockettes, the pope, and alligator attacks.
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Sep 02, 2008 Hope rated it really liked it
I read this book several years ago and loved it. I don't know what I would think of it now, but the fact I still remember it says a lot. I read a LOT of books and most of them just fade from memory. This one stuck.
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Jul 10, 2008 Diaman rated it it was amazing
Messy lesbian fun!!!
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With a couple of nice parts. But mostly: eh, do not read.
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Blanche McCrary Boyd (born 1945) is an American author whose novels are known for their eccentric characters.

Among the awards Boyd has won are a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993–1994, a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship in 1988, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1982–1983 and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford Univer
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