Nathaniel Rich reviews book Angry Black White Boy: Or, The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay by Adam Mansbach; drawing (M). Intersection for the Arts’ new play “Angry Black White Boy,” based on local author Adam Mansbach’s celebrated novel, blasts through. Adam Mansbach’s Angry Black White Boy Adam Mansbach’s novel Angry Black White Boy, or The. Miscegenation of Macon Detomay. In light of the recent .

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Mansbach explores how universal hip-hop is, yet how rooted it is in Black diasporic culture and that a love for hip-hop doens’t necessarily mean a love for social justice.

From the critically acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes an incendiary and ruthlessly funny novel about violence, mansbacg culture and identity in twenty-first century America. I think if I had any critique, I would have liked to see mansbachh of the supporting cast, and less time in Macon’s head as he rhapsodized about the virtues and promise of hip-hop. Some excellent commentary and neatly-sketched minor characters provide more than a little food for thought — it’s a shame the plot betrays this promise so utterly.

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As the curtain closes on scene one, Detornay has his finest moment:. Still worth checking out. The author pulls no punches in throwing his characters into messy situations and letting them blaxk me Someone has been tagging south Minneapolis with “Angry Black White Boys with Feelings” sometimes just abbreviated to “Boys with Feelings”.

The book’s three sections—”Trader”, “Traitor” and “Race”—echo Native Son ‘s “Fear”, “Flight” and “Fate”, while the narrative journey is Invisible Man turned on its head, beginning in the hectic to-and-fro “we’re-not-racist” tension of Manhattan and winding up in the serenely surreal backwoods of Alabama.


What fucking color am I? But in Amerikan history, it is the day that LA, CA had a meltdown over the acquittal of the white police officers over the Rodney King verdict, and is the seminal event in young Macon Detornay’s life. If you’re looking for a book that is constantly high-action and suspense, this isn’t the read for you.

It started out great, then I got a bit lost, then it got great again and then I got lost again and didn’t have the strength to persevere any further. Anfry is transformational and affirmational love of youth at work here; you’ve gotta read Hip Hop Wars if you want to know more about that! This book was good but i have to explain the 4 stars.

Angry Black White Boy

Nov 03, Sunny rated it whiye it Shelves: This bugs Detornay even more than the sense of privilege he is ostensibly hijacking. Bkack ending is a adamm weak, which is why Mansbach gets four stars whiite of five. Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. He robs the fares in the back of his cab with impunity, because the face they see on the other end of the gun is black by association.

Aug 23, Demetria rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But in the end, what they had to say, in all its semi-stilted silliness, was more interesting than my discomfort.

Macon is the great-grandson of Cap Anson, another real-life figure and star player whose virulent racism manxbach keep baseball re-segregated until the s. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ In the end, I think I chose the latter.

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Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. Its hilarity is studied and each fantastic flight gets a counter-punch: Aug 09, Margaret rated it it was ok Shelves: The New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he edited and published the pioneering s hip hop journal Elementary and spent several years traveling as a drum technician with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.

Nov 29, Dalton Oligschlaeger rated it it was amazing. Jan 05, Jacob rated it whitw was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology—a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. He sucks you in to the inner lives of his protagonists and you can only follow along on the frenetic ride.

After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in the taxi cab he drives part-time, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes.