This collection includes a very wide variety of poets and poetic styles. A little something for everyone. As you can imagine, I really connected withThis collection includes a very wide variety of poets and poetic styles. A little something for everyone. As you can imagine, I really connected with some of the pieces, and didn't connect with others....more
This is an excellent abbreviated synthesis of the many queer NYC history books and films that I've been consuming lately. If you are looking to get inThis is an excellent abbreviated synthesis of the many queer NYC history books and films that I've been consuming lately. If you are looking to get into New York lgbt history, this is a fabulous introduction - spanning from pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village to 80s AIDS activism in Chelsea. More inclusive than most, with whole sections dedicated to Sylvia Rivera and the mysterious Stonewall Drag King, my only complaint about this book is that it lacks a connection to the political present. Much of the work started by historical figures referenced in this guide is still relevant today and is being carried out by remarkable groups and individuals (and on the exact same turf!) deserving recognition....more
I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone, unless they were specifically interested in memory research and trauma therapy. Apparently this aI don't think I would recommend this book to anyone, unless they were specifically interested in memory research and trauma therapy. Apparently this autobiography is the product of suggestive memory-recovery therapy and while it weaves actual events from Wilkomirski's childhood, the author's memories don't match up with recorded history.
That said, I read this book in middle school before the it was discovered to be a fraud, and I remember being very struck and disturbed by it. Wilkomirski's "memoir" is haunting and more than fifteen years later the images of rats ravaging decaying corpses in concentration camps still linger. The way that this book imprinted on my psyche makes me want to believe in its truth....more
This is political satire at its most extreme - no one is spared (not even the author himself) and no subject is too taboo. Japanese businessmen cum poThis is political satire at its most extreme - no one is spared (not even the author himself) and no subject is too taboo. Japanese businessmen cum political rebels take over a college campus and the surrounding town to show the students and faculty of overtly racist Jack London University that Westerners aren't the only ones who can play at imperialism. In a similar vein to Spike Lee's Bamboozled, Japanese by Spring left me not knowing whether to laugh or cry... or both.
I've been wanting to test the Ishmael Reed waters for a long time now, and although I'd always planned on reading Mumbo Jumbo first, I found this one among a sidewalk vendor's collection and decided to jump headlong. I didn't quite know what to make of Reed's writing style... It's very bizarre and unique - mixing magical realism, HEAVY political content, and more traditional narrative techniques. Japanese by Spring blends fact and fiction in way that makes it difficult to separate truth from fantasy. I spent some time trying to find any online reference to David Duke's extensive interracial porn collection, but after finding none, realized that whether or not the events in the book actually connect to reality is beside the point - Reed is always showing us some kind of truth.
Japanese by Spring is extremely thought provoking... get ready for a pretty intense head trip....more