"Reid-Pharr brilliantly puts the ambivalences of bodily pleasure back into the serious business of identity politics.”
-Project Muse Book Review
"Considering political events, publications, social movements and cultural developments that emerge from the early 1960s through the end of the twentieth century, Robert Reid-Pharr looks outward so as to interrogate the very self he is understood to comprise. The result is a sort of anti-memoir of black gay male experiencea sustained rumination that so insistently inhabits the terms of that identity that it explodes them from the inside, making it impossible for any of us to bear them in quite the same way that we previously had."
-Phillip Brian Harper,author of Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations
"Startling and provocative. . . . Reid-Pharr presents a cogent analysis that combines the personal with the political, the intellectual with the emotional and the erotic. . . . Reid-Pharr's ability to move these works-and their themes-from the limited analysis of the academy into a broader realm of lived experience and social context that makes them, as well as Reid-Pharr's own thoughts, vital and genuinely consequential."
"Repeated readings are richly rewarded."
"A wonderful thing of work and play, feeling and thought, that moves through my brain as though I needed to be reminded of why I chose life as an intellectual. Reading Black Gay Man I realized once again that we all do indeed need to be reminded that to think, write, and read about identity, in this moment of fear and hysteria around a ‘different' world, is to assist a necessary articulation: the new trying to make itself out of—not separate from—the carcass of the old."
-Wahneema Lubiano,Duke University
In nine essays on Afrocentrism, anti-Semitism, and other aspects of identity and intellect, Reid-Pharr (English, Johns Hopkins U.) seeks to expose the "essentially impermeable and thus impure nature" of all American identities. "Moreover," he writes, "even as I demonstrate repeatedly the excessive lengths to which many have gone to reproduce the boundaries of various articulations of the self, I continue to emphasize my belief that the great joy of living in the modern world is the recognition that all processes of naming, all names (black, gay, man), are ultimately monuments to the impossibility of ever fully distinguishing self from other. ... We always find the universal." With a thoughtful foreword by science-fiction author Samuel R. Delany (Princeton U.). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Startling and provocative...Covering a wide range of topics--black
anti-Semitism, the Million Man March, interracial sex, the black
family, gay male identity and lesbianism--Reid-Pharr presents a
cogent analysis that combines the personal with the political, the
intellectual with the emotional and the erotic...The vitality and
importance of this collection resides in Reid-Pharr's ability to move
these works--and their themes--from the limited analysis of the
academy into a broader realm of lived experience and social context
that makes them, as well as Reid-Pharr's own thoughts, vital and
genuinely cons uential.