Busted in New York and other essays / Darryl Pinckney ; foreword by Zadie Smith
Book | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 2019 | First edition.

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First edition.
xxvi, 384 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Foreword: thus far on the way / by Zadie Smith -- Slouching toward Washington -- Busted in New York -- Beyond the fringe -- Dreams from Obama -- Obama and the black church -- What he really said -- Deep in the bowl -- Invisible black America -- In Ferguson -- Black lives and the police -- Pilot me -- Austere and lonely offices -- The great puzzle -- The Afro-pessimist temptation -- Paris: the black maestro -- On your own in Russia -- How I got over -- Banjo -- The real Harlem -- The genius of blackness -- Black master -- Looking at Selma -- Under the spell of James Baldwin -- Moon over Miami -- Miss Aretha Franklin.
A collection of essays that blend the personal and the social, from the celebrated literary critic and novelist. In these twenty-five essays, Darryl Pinckney has given us a view of our recent racial history that blends the social and the personal and wonders how we arrived at our current moment. Pinckney reminds us that "white supremacy isnt back; it never went away." It is this impulse to see historically that is at the core of Busted in New York and Other Essays, which traces the lineage of black intellectual history from Booker T. Washington through the Harlem Renaissance, to the Black Panther Party and the turbulent sixties, to todays Afro-pessimists, and celebrated and neglected thinkers in between. These are capacious essays whose topics range from the grassroots of protest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the eighteenth-century Guadeloupian composer Joseph Bologne, from an unsparing portrait of Louis Farrakhan to the enduring legacy of James Baldwin, the unexpected story of black people experiencing Russia, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight , and the painter Kara Walker. The essays themselves are a kind of record, many of them written in real-time, as Pinckney witnesses the Million Man March, feels and experiences the highs and lows of Obamas first presidential campaign, explores the literary black diaspora, and reflects on the surprising and severe lesson he learned firsthand about the changing urban fabric of New York. As Zadie Smith writes in her introduction to the book: "How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past, like a Sankofa bird, for our present examination. These days Sankofas like Darryl are rare. Treasure him!"
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