Beloved Identity Essays

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Featuring intimate essays about his childhood abuse, life on the street, and his interest in masochism alongside riveting reporting on environmental catastrophe, political crisis, and corrupt politics, , the poet, writer, and cultural critic takes seemingly random moments — a Bruce Springsteen concert, PDA at a Carly Rae Jepsen show — and uses them to try and explore some of the most difficult questions about race, violence, and prejudice facing Americans, specifically Americans of color, today.

Featuring intimate essays about his childhood abuse, life on the street, and his interest in masochism alongside riveting reporting on environmental catastrophe, political crisis, and corrupt politics, , the poet, writer, and cultural critic takes seemingly random moments — a Bruce Springsteen concert, PDA at a Carly Rae Jepsen show — and uses them to try and explore some of the most difficult questions about race, violence, and prejudice facing Americans, specifically Americans of color, today.

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Literature could not eradicate humanity’s evils, but it could force us to wrestle with them.

Morrison’s conversation with Cornel West in 2004, at the height of the Iraq War, offers another example of her keen sense of the limits as well as the liberating powers of storytelling.

The end of summer is always a hard time of year for me because I can't stand to say goodbye to my favorite season and all of the wonderful things it brings with it, including beach reading.

The only thing that gets me through the transition is the possibility of new books, which is why I've been keeping a list of essay collections to watch out for this fall.

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