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The Resource What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
Title
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
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A Finalist for the NAACP Image AwardLonglisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the EssayAn NPR Best Book of the YearA Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite of the YearFrom the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in AmericaFor Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the "being straight" thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly Black to "Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies." And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity
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Young, Damon
Nature of contents
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Literary Criticism
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Nonfiction
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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780062684332
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optical disk
Label
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:a6730cd7-dbdb-4fde-be55-5b0e8a5a51c8
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780062684332
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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