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White Girls (Paperback)

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Essays in the second person, essays in the fictionalized first, essays about Richard Pryor and Louise Brooks, essays about people we don't know, have never heard of -- but Als knows them, oh so well. He knows you too, trust me. 

— Mairead


"The read of the year." --Junot Diaz

White Girls, Hilton Als's first book since The Women 16 years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of "white girls," as Als dubs them--an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Michael Jackson and Flannery O'Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.

About the Author

Before working at The New Yorker, Hilton Als was a staff writer for The Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for Swoon and Looking for Langston. The winner of writing awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists and the Guggenheim Foundation, he lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781940450254
ISBN-10: 194045025X
Publisher: McSweeney's
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 340
Language: English