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Book Title: Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present|
The size of the: 39.76 MB
Edition: Ecco Press
Date of issue: December 31st 1990
The author of the book: David Foster Wallace
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780880012553
Read full description of the books Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present:Two Harvard-bound white dudes aware of their status as middle-class Harvard-bound white dudes write on a musical movement for working-class black people, and apologise for being middle-class white dudes writing about a black movement, etc. Their self-awareness does nothing to diminish the cooler-than-thou dude-we-are-so-street tone of this book which is now 23 years out of date culturally, and the usually endearing traits of DFW’s non-fiction here seem to irritate—using initials instead of forenames, endless dash-inflicted-phrases, that word up tone. No. Sorry. Even DFW and his lawyer/novelist friend (whose intro replicates the streetwise cool-dudeness! in 2013!) cannot save this little mistake.
Read information about the authorDavid Foster Wallace worked surprising turns on nearly everything: novels, journalism, vacation. His life was an information hunt, collecting hows and whys. "I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today," he once said, "of which maybe 25 are important. My job is to make some sense of it." He wanted to write "stuff about what it feels like to live. Instead of being a relief from what it feels like to live." Readers curled up in the nooks and clearings of his style: his comedy, his brilliance, his humaneness.
His life was a map that ends at the wrong destination. Wallace was an A student through high school, he played football, he played tennis, he wrote a philosophy thesis and a novel before he graduated from Amherst, he went to writing school, published the novel, made a city of squalling, bruising, kneecapping editors and writers fall moony-eyed in love with him. He published a thousand-page novel, received the only award you get in the nation for being a genius, wrote essays providing the best feel anywhere of what it means to be alive in the contemporary world, accepted a special chair at California's Pomona College to teach writing, married, published another book and, last month [Sept. 2008], hanged himself at age 46.
-excerpt from The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky in Rolling Stone Magazine October 30, 2008.
Among Wallace's honors were a Whiting Writers Award (1987), a Lannan Literary Award (1996), a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction (1997), a National Magazine Award (2001), three O. Henry Awards (1988, 1999, 2002), and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.
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