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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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May 21, 12

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I haven't re-read Black Skins, White Masks recently enough to write a thorough review of it, but since I've added it to my list of Favorites, I should say something.

This is one of those books that should be read very slowly, because there's something to think hard about on every page. When I find myself disagreeing with something Fanon says, that's a signal that I need to slow down, read again, and think more. This isn't to say that Black Skins, White Masks is infallible wisdom -- some of Fanon's attitudes about women are definitely outdated, for starters -- but it is a very, very rich text.

Ever since I read the last lines of this book, years ago now, I've intended to get a paraphrase of them as a tattoo:

"My final prayer: O my body, make of me always one who questions!"

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