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War Dances by Sherman Alexie
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Oct 12, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to Bean by: Sherman Alexie

Loved it.

So, on Sunday I went to see Sherman Alexie read from his new book, War Dances, at Wordstock09, and it was nothing short of great. If you’re unfamiliar with him I’d recommend any of his books, but my favorite so far is still his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a mostly hilarious coming of age story of growing up on a reservation, but going to an all white private school.

One of the great parts of his reading that that he told stories to segue into the reading, so it wasn’t just a man reading from a book that you’ve already purchased (-cough- Richard Dawkins -cough-)…

Anyhow, I’m telling you all of this because in his talk he did say one thing that made me think of you guys.
He was talking about how [politically:] lefty, white-women are the best people in the world, because behind every positive movement in this society there’s a lefty, white-women running the show. Then he said, and I’m paraphrasing,

"Especially you vegan women, you really crack me up. Don’t eat meat! Eat local! Buy Organic! You and your privileged eating choices. And another thing, I mean the temperature is low now, so we’re fine, but when the temperature is high… your Tom’s deodorant is NOT working. If you’re coming to see me read, please, on your way just stop of at the Wal-Mart,

[audience groans:]

“… and buy a stick of deodorant. You only have to apply one stripe! Just one! One strip of aluminum, and it will make me so happy that his Indian WILL shed a tear.”

I realize in retrospect that this kind of makes him sound like a DB, but it was actually pretty funny. You’ll have to take my word for it.

I’m just glad I wore my antiperspirant yesterday.
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Vernon Frank Edward wynecoop That is a ( pretty good book but it it should have a little less dramatic paragraphs in it) you hear what I'm saying. like why would you talk about drinking and stealing

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