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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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Aug 01, 2007

it was amazing

fanon takes psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and his incredible mind and goes amazing places; evades being bogged down by psychoanalytic dogma, while using its concepts to tease out a living constellation of power relations and problems of race and representation. so apt and agile and fascinating that it gets my 5 stars despite its raging sexism, ablism, homophobia.

The first lines are just stunning.

"The explosion will not happen today. It is too soon... or too late.
I did not come with timeless truths.
My consciousenss is not illuminated with ultimate radiances.
Nevertheless, in complete composure, I think it would eb good if certain things were said."
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