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Some of the topics have been lost to history--much of the 80s hip-hop White examined in minute detail has vanished from cultural memory--but his razor-sharp evaluations of Brian De Palma, Spike Lee, Marky Mark, Michael Jackson, Stephen Spielberg, and many other golden greats have stood the test of time. White, who must surely be the only man to ever work as a columnist for the Catholic-Conservative National Review and The Advocate at the same time, is an iconoclast who is all too frequently ...more
I'm an enormous fan of Armond White, but I found this book difficult to get into. I read in it White trying to extend and radicalize, if possible, a 60's racial critique increasingly inappropriate for this 90's landscape. But White's concise and elliptical style (rightly) makes a lot of demands on the reader, so I'm not going to dismiss the possibility that the fault lies in my comprehension. And in any event, there are still a few great reviews in here.