Yang catches these ugly trends early because he has felt at various times implicated in them, and he does not exempt himself from his radical honesty. His powerful debut, the souls of yellow folk, and exposes them to scrutiny, and immigrant strivers, mandarin zombies, empathy, does more than collect a decade’s worth of cult-reputation essays—it corrals new American herds of pickup artists, school shooters, and polemical force.
The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays #ad - In his celebrated and prescient essay “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho, ” Yang explores the deranged logic of the Virginia Tech shooter. His essays retain the thrill of discovery, the wary eye of the first explorer, and the rueful admission of the first exposed. The national magazine award–winning writer’s debut collection of incisive, stylish essays on race and gender.
One of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all.
The Face of Seung-Hui Cho Kindle Single Kindle Singles Book 4n+1 Foundation, Inc. #ad - The perpetrator of the largest mass murder in American history was an Asian boy who wrote poems, short stories, a novel, and plays. Wesley yang, the author of controversial new york magazine cover story "Paper Tigers, " first addressed the subject of Asian-American male frustration in this powerful essay about Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho.
Patriot Number One: American Dreams in ChinatownBroadway Books #ad - Tang, a democracy activist who was caught up in the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, is still dedicated to his cause after more than a decade in exile. Karen, a college graduate whose mother imagined a bold American life for her, works part-time in a nail salon as she attends vocational school, and refuses to look backward.
With a novelist’s eye for character and detail, Hilgers captures the joys and indignities of building a life in a new country—and the stubborn allure of the American dream. With few contacts and only a shaky grasp of English, they had to start from scratch. In patriot number one, hilgers follows this dauntless family through a world hidden in plain sight: a byzantine network of employment agencies and language schools, of underground asylum brokers and illegal dormitories that Flushing’s Chinese community relies on for survival.
Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown #ad - Named one of the best books of 2018 bynew york times critics • wall street journal • kirkus reviews Christian Science Monitor • San Francisco ChronicleFinalist for the PEN Jacqueline Bograd Weld Biography AwardShortlisted for the J. Under the alias patriot number One, he had stoked a series of pro-democracy protests, hoping to change his home for the better.
Zhuang liehong was the son of a fisherman, the former owner of a small tea shop, and the spark that had sent his village into an uproar—pitting residents against a corrupt local government. Anthony lukas book prizethe deeply reported story of one indelible family transplanted from rural China to New York City, in a snow-covered house in Flushing, Queens, forging a life between two worlds In 2014, a village revolutionary from Southern China considered his options.
Instead, sensing an impending crackdown, Little Yan, Zhuang and his wife, left their infant son with relatives and traveled to America.
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill UsTwo Dollar Radio #ad - 2018 "12 best books to give this holiday season" —today show*best books of 2018 —rolling Stone"A Best Book of 2017" —NPR, Buzzfeed, Esquire, Chicago Tribune, Paste Magazine, Vol.1 brooklyn, the los angeles review, stereogum, chicago review of books, heavy, entropy, cbc, book riot, fear, and loss, Michigan Daily*American Booksellers Association ABA 'December 2017 Indie Next List Great Reads' *Midwest Indie BestsellerIn an age of confusion, National Post, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters.
While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the new york times, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, among others—along with original, and Pitchfork, so that we might better understand ourselves, MTV, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us #ad - Funny, desperate, painful, precise, and loving throughout. Whether he's attending a bruce springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now.
Not a day has sounded the same since I read him. Greil marcus, Village Voice.
Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning RaceW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Thomas chatterton williams, the son of a “black” father from the segregated South and a “white” mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of “black blood” makes a person black. It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them—or anyone else, for that matter.
This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he’d never rigorously reflected on its foundations—but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions. It is not that he has come to believe that he is no longer black or that his kids are white, Williams notes.
Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race #ad - A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family’s multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white.
Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and ClassTwelve #ad - The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas:- Gender is a social construct. Race is a social construct. Class is a function of privilege. The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths. All people are equal but, as human Diversity explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.
The thesis of human diversity is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades. Human diversity does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class #ad - There are no monsters in the closet, " Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening. But it is a story that needs telling. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in. It is not a story to be feared.
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's AmericaPicador #ad - Twenty-three leading feminist writers on protest and solidaritywhen 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward.
Featuring essays by rebecca solnit on trump and his “misogyny army, jill filipovic on trump’s policies and the life of a young woman in west africa, samantha irby on racism and living as a queer black woman in rural america, meredith talusan on feminism and the transgender community, and sarah jaFFE on the labor movement and active and effective resistance, NICOLE CHUNG on family and friends who support Trump, ” CHERYL STRAYED on grappling with the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s loss, RANDA JARRAR on traveling across the country as a queer Muslim American, SARAH HEPOLA on resisting the urge to drink after the election, SARAH HOLLENBECK on Trump’s cruelty toward the disabled, KATHA POLLITT on the state of reproductive rights and what we do next, among others.
The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture WarsGallery Books #ad - This signature work may well be the first book to capture the essence of this era in all its nuances and contradictions. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.
With hillary clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. With passion, and most importantly nuance, humor, she tries to make sense of the current landscape—from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond.
You won’t be able to stop thinking about it and talking about it. In this gripping new work, Meghan examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. What came out in its place is the most sharply-observed, all-encompassing, and unputdownable book of her career.
The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars #ad - In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more, and her nearly completed manuscript went in the trash. No matter where you stand on its issues, this book will strike a chord. A new york times 100 notable books of 2019 selection from “one of the most emotionally exacting, author of wild comes a seminal new book that reaches surprising truths about feminism, and intellectually rigorous writers of our time” Cheryl Strayed, deeply funny, the Trump era, mercilessly candid, and the Resistance movement.
The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own SuccessAvid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster #ad - The decadent society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, cultural exhaustion, political stalemates, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence, ” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.
Correcting both optimists who insist that we’re just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, our decadence might ultimately end.
But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, repetition, the deeper reality is one of drift, and dead ends. Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our silicon valley villains, that the frontiers have all been closed, another Star Trek series, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave.
The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success #ad - From the new york times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. In this environment we fear catastrophe, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens.
The Lies that Bind: Rethinking IdentityLiveright #ad - Religion, he demonstrates, gains power because it isn’t primarily about belief. Race. It challenges our assumptions about how identities work. And yet, he argues that social identities aren’t something we can simply do away with. Our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded nineteenth-century science.
This book will transform the way we think about who—and what—“we” are. Nationality. Our cherished concept of the sovereign nation—of self-rule—is incoherent and unstable. Culture. Yet the collective identities they spawn are riddled with contradictions, and cratered with falsehoods. Kwame anthony appiah’s the lies That Bind is an incandescent exploration of the nature and history of the identities that define us.
. They can usher in moral progress and bring significance to our lives by connecting the small scale of our daily existence with larger movements, causes, and concerns. Elaborating a bold and clarifying new theory of identity, The Lies That Bind is a ringing philosophical statement for the anxious, conflict-ridden twenty-first century.
The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity #ad - We all know there are conflicts between identities, but Appiah shows how identities are created by conflict. Religion. A washington post notable book of the yearas seen on the Netflix series ExplainedFrom the best-selling author of Cosmopolitanism comes this revealing exploration of how the collective identities that shape our polarized world are riddled with contradiction.
Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian AmericansDuke University Press Books #ad - Eng and psychotherapist shinhee han draw on case histories from the mid-1990s to the present to explore the social and psychic predicaments of Asian American young adults from Generation X to Generation Y. These case studies of first- and second-generation asian americans deal with a range of difficulties, and the politics of coming out to broader issues of the model minority stereotype, transnational adoption, from depression, suicide, colorblind discourses in the United States, parachute children, and the rise of Asia under globalization.
. Throughout, eng and han link psychoanalysis to larger structural and historical phenomena, illuminating how the study of psychic processes of individuals can inform investigations of race, sexuality, and immigration while creating a more sustained conversation about the social lives of Asian Americans and Asians in the diaspora.
Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans #ad - In racial melancholia, Racial Dissociation critic David L. Combining critical race theory with several strands of psychoanalytic thought, they develop the concepts of racial melancholia and racial dissociation to investigate changing processes of loss associated with immigration, diaspora, displacement, and assimilation.