Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity

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Overview

How does it feel to be a black man in America? It hurts, but in a beautiful way.

So Shawn Taylor says?and a lot more?in this unapologetic and sharply critical exploration of the hatred and anxiety that American society harbors toward black men, and the fear and confusion that black men harbor toward themselves. Mixing humor, rage, and startling vulnerability, Taylor leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his own masculine development: negotiating his young life without a father, ...

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Overview

How does it feel to be a black man in America? It hurts, but in a beautiful way.

So Shawn Taylor says—and a lot more—in this unapologetic and sharply critical exploration of the hatred and anxiety that American society harbors toward black men, and the fear and confusion that black men harbor toward themselves. Mixing humor, rage, and startling vulnerability, Taylor leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his own masculine development: negotiating his young life without a father, getting shot, forming all manner of relationships with women. Big Black Penis, winner of the DIY Book Festival, brings the conversation on black masculinity into the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There are enough twists and curves to keep any reader titillated. [Big Black Penis] gives insight into the author’s inner workings, showing his vulnerability, fear, and concern in full—something not often granted to black men in America."  —East Bay Express

"Truth comes in many flavors. Shawn Taylor's Big Black Penis is a picnic of spicy nuggets. Open it anywhere and laugh with recognition."  —Steven Barnes, author, Lion's Blood and The Cestus Deception

"Shawn Taylor's deep questions and riveting stories give us a lens into our own culture that we desperately need."  damali ayo, author, How to Rent a Negro

"The black nerd has become the locus of pomo literary style."  —San Fransisco Bay Guardian

"An intimate and comically insightful portrait of African-American masculinity."  —Tri-County Sentry

"A great exploration into what it means to be a man in today's society."  —Pop Syndicate

East Bay Express

An engaging read.

Pop Syndicate

A great exploration into what it means to be a man in today's society.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

The black nerd has become the locus of pomo literary style.

Tri-County Sentry

An intimate and comically insightful portrait of African-American masculinity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527340
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 490,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Shawn Taylor is the author of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. He is a spoken-word performer and writer who focuses on gender, cultural identity, folklore, ancestry, and ritual. His solo performance “Slower than a Speeding Bullet” was selected as the AOL.com pick of the week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Realy?

    God is watching everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 25, 2014

    Shut the crap up

    Shut up people this is for reviews not stupid comments!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted March 10, 2014

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    Posted February 20, 2014

    Yup

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    Posted February 20, 2014

    God ia real

    Jesus Christ is real!! Why do you think there is the Holy Bible and so many prayers! He came once and will come again at the end of the world! And some people have reported seeing angels in the sky! Look it up on Youtube if you dont belive me!!!!!!!!

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    Posted February 7, 2014

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    Yeah, the first guy was right. That was a poem written by a heat crazed egyptian slave, not a message from your god. Go suck a science textbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    You idiot

    Ever heard of something called evolution? god is not real and you must have an F in science if you disagree.

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    Posted June 9, 2013

    God

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