Writin' Is Fightin': Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper

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This gathering of Ishmael Reed's essays, book reviews, and editorials brings us into the ring of debate where Reed boxes his best match against American culture. The champion of controversy challenges the arts as he see them, both from the inside and from his armchair and theater seat. He makes clear his highly publicized views on Steven Spielberg and "The Color Purple" and offers a fascinating critique of George Orwell's "1984" as well as a new look at playwright August Wilson. Reed moves in on the very premises of popular opinion to discuss society as he knows it: the state of black literature, illiteracy, black identity and the media, cultural pluralism and the modern political system. Provocative, often outrageous - always thoughtful - Reed's essays demand our attention, and even his arch detractors take up his challenge, conceding that his is a voice that must be heard. Assaulting the social, political, and artistic ills of our times, this is Ishmael Reed at his best.

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In this collection of editorials, essays, and book reviews (some from The Nation and The New York Times ), Reed shows spritely style"Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs"and an admirably uncompromising stance toward monoculturalism, The Color Purple, illiteracy, the playwrights August Wilson and Wole Soyinka, the "American literary industrial complex," and white South Africa. There are two fine reviews on Joe Lewis and Chester Himes, men who suffered but fought "America's Color Bind." Writing is fighting for Reed, as it has to be, for as he suggests in his piece on George Orwell's cultural limitations, 1984 has been with us for 300 years. Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY
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From Publishers Weekly:

Reed investigates underlying racist attitudes in politics, the liberal press, TV newscasts and schools, condemns South Africa's Afrikaner regime and argues that Orwell's 1984 could apply to capitalism as well as communism. "Solid, punchy and provocative, these 19 forceful essays represent a departure from the jazzy, rambling style of Reed's earlier books," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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