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Ishmael Reed for The New York Times - Cure the Canon of Literary Agoraphobia

In this week's Room for Debate section, Ishmael Reed discusses the books college students should read in their literature classes."That’s what fiction can do. Take you into the experience of others, where you might find difference but also commonality."http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/08/31/what-should-college-fres...

Feature about Ishmael in the Contra Costa Times

The Contra Costa Times recently ran a feature about the career of Ishmael Reed and also mentioned his new book, THE COMPLETE MUHAMMAD ALI. Read more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_28585362/oakland-litera...

Ishmael Reed Gets in the Ring

A review from CounterPunch of THE COMPLETE MUHAMMAD ALI."Ishmael Reed is one of the English language’s most important contemporary writers. His novels reveal a witticism and ironic sense found in very few other writers of the period. His essays and articles challenge commonly held dogmas in both mainstream thought and among those outside the popular mind. An intelligent reader of his works cannot help but be challenged by the points he raises, his use of the language, and the courage present.

"Who are the Real Censors?" by Ishmael Reed for Counterpunch

"Both John A. Williams and Toni Morrison have commented about the trickle-down theory of minority tokenism. This is how it works.

David Duchovny and Ishmael Reed

Actor and now-author David Duchovny was planning to writing a PhD dissertation on Ishmael Reed."You abandoned your PhD at Yale… what was it about?The title of the dissertation that never will be was: Magic and technology in contemporary fiction and poetry.

50th Anniversary Celebration of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.

"Poet Ishmael Reed took an alternative position on the fabled recording, and said the album has been-over analyzed through the years. He later revealed that he was more of a Charlie Parker man. 'I’m glad he [Coltrane] was a superior musician because the poem is pretty hokey,' said Reed." Click here.

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