Ishmael Reed has been described as cavorting "like a black bull in the china shop of Western culture," and The Reed Reader is a collection of the sharp, jagged results of his rampage. In it, one of the most renowned African American writers offers a generous sampling of the brilliant and witty satire, the politically charged, wildly imaginative storytelling, and the caustic cultural criticism that have become his trademarks. In these excerpts from his celebrated novels, poems, plays, and essays, Reed displays an ironic wit, a cold, keen eye for economic exploitation, a hilarious sense of the absurd, and a slender but persistent optimism for the determined souls who transcend their environment and penetrate illusions by daring acts of will. The Reed Reader is the cumulative representation of an astonishing career, a powerful testament to Reed's many and enormous literary gifts.
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About the Author
Ishmael Reed is the award-winning author of nine novels, plus numerous books of poetry, essays, plays, and an opera libretto. He lives in Oakland, California.
Table of Contents
|from The Free-Lance Pallbearers||3|
|from yellow Back Radio Broke-Down||17|
|from Mumbo Jumbo||31|
|from The Last Days of Louisiana Red||59|
|from Flight to Canada||69|
|from The Terrible Twos||91|
|from Reckless Eyeballing||111|
|from The Terrible Threes||133|
|from Japanese by Spring||151|
|Airing Dirty Laundry||179|
|God Made Alaska for the Indians||203|
|300 Years of 1984||235|
|Bigger and O.J.||247|
|Soyinka Among the Monoculturalists||267|
|The Fourth Ali||281|
|Shrovetide in Old New Orleans||305|
|The Preacher and the Rapper||457|
What People are Saying About This
From the Author of How Stella Got Her Groove Backand Waiting to Exhale
Ishmael Reed is a genius and one of our most gifted and brilliant satirists, and his fiction, non-fiction, and poetry alike resurrects the dead. Much can be learned reading his work, which stands the test of time.
From the Author of Straight No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman
Ishamel Reed has elevated American satire to a new level, one that Mark Twain would appreciate. The sweep of his work has both grandeur and genius, and even when you disagree with him, he has you laughing, often at yourself. His always provocative writing has humanity, humor, power, and vision. A true original.