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The Redneck Way of Knowledge is about family reunions and kamikaze love affairs. It is about crashing an arts festival with two precociously decayed Charleston aristocrats and watching the Pope deliver Communion at Yankee Stadium. It is about the selves we try on and slough off on the way to becoming who we are. Throughout, Blanche Boyd travels the expressway between the realm of the senses and the state of grace, and reports on the journey in prose that combines riotous humor, diamond-hard intelligence, and savage lyricism.
Combining autobiography, reporting, and the dressed-up lies called fiction, this is the uncensored personal testimony of Blanche McCrary Boyd: sixties radical and born-again Southerner; a lesbian with a highly un-P.C. passion for stock-car racing; a graduate of Esalen and kundalini yoga who now takes her altered states "raw, like oysters." "Superb."--The Nation.