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Writin' is Fightin': Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper

An extraordinary collection of editorials, book reviews, and brilliant, boisterous essays from National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Ishamel Reed. Assaulting the social, political, and artistic ills of our times, this is Reed at his polemical best.

****From Publisher's Weekly

Novelist-playwright Reed's latest collection of essays and reviews lives up to its title. He laments Jesse Jackson's "Hymietown" remarks but measures it against racist slurs made by government officials. He pummels the "literary-industrial complex" for ignoring writing by nonwhites; argues that Orwell's 1984 could apply to capitalism as well as communism; and exposes underlying racist attitudes in the liberal press, on television newscasts, in city politics and schools. Sharp-edged satires condemn South Africa's Afrikaner regime and the Bernhard Goetz "subway vigilante" trial. Reed examines the incomprehension faced by Afro-American and African playwrights in the U.S. and discusses boxer Joe Louis, the film The Color Purple, Asian-American communities and why the Soviets allow Saint Nicholas to remain a symbol of Christmas. Solid, punchy and provocative, these 19 forceful essays represent a departure from the jazzy, rambling style of Reed's earlier books.
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