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June 6, 2022

#Non-fiction Greg Tate

by N@ncy

JUNE

FLYBOY IN THE BUTTERMILK ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY AMERICA by Greg Tate by Greg Tate Greg Tate

Finish date: 05 June 2022
Genre: Essays
Rating: B
Review: Flyboy in the Buttermilk (ISBN: 9781501136979)

 

Good news:
The book was a challenge….
for me there were many new concepts about art, literature and music
and a whole new “slanglanguage” vocabulary.

Greg Tate shows us that “criticism” can be a work of art.

 

Bad news:
Essays with words like poststructuralism and dadist in the first sentence are NOT
my idea of “off to a good start”. I have to google these words so I can
understand in simple terms what Greg Tate is going to talk about.
Many essays felt like homework.
Score: read 37 essays….and only liked 10…that is 27% of the book.

But every reader will always have their own preferences…you may like more

…essays than I did.

 

Personal:

Greg Tate (1957-2021) was leading voice on contemporary
Black music, art, literature, film, and politics since launching
his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s.
Greg Tate is a writer with an encyclopaedic knowledge!
His perspective is Afrocentric.
He is more informed by genuine enthusiasm rather than savage arrogance.
He knows too much to be ignored.

This book demands attention
….it is not a book to dip into during your morning commute on the subway or
a lazy “beach read”. If you give Greg Tate some of your reading time….he will give
you so much to learn!
PS: favorite essay Harlem When it Sizzled (pg 184)
PS: title? Who is the lonesome flyboy from 1980s in the buttermilk? ….see page 235!
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