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.
"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.