A Little Satan in America: Notes in Reward of Black Efficiency
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“Whether or not heralding unsung entertainers or reexamining legends, Hanif Abdurraqib weaves collectively beautiful essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and pleasure inside Black efficiency. I learn this e-book breathlessly.”—Brit Bennett, writer of The Vanishing Half
On the March on Washington in 1963, Josephine Baker was fifty-seven years previous, properly past her most prolific days. However in her speech she was in a temper to contemplate her life, her legacy, her departure from the nation she was now triumphantly returning to. “I used to be a satan in different international locations, and I used to be slightly satan in America, too,” she informed the group. Impressed by these few phrases, Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how Black efficiency is inextricably woven into the material of American tradition. Every second in each efficiency he examines—whether or not it’s the twenty-seven seconds in “Gimme Shelter” by which Merry Clayton wails the phrases “rape, homicide,” a schoolyard fistfight, a dance marathon, or the moment in a sport of spades proper after the playing cards are dealt—has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib’s personal private historical past of affection, grief, and efficiency.
Abdurraqib writes prose brimming with jubilation and ache, infused with the lyricism and rhythm of the musicians he loves. With care and generosity, he explains the poignancy of performances massive and small, every one feeling intensely acquainted and very important, each timeless and desperately pressing. Stuffed with sharp perception, humor, and coronary heart,
A Little Satan in America exalts the Black efficiency that unfolds in particular moments in time and area—from midcentury Paris to the moon, and again down once more to a cramped front room in Columbus, Ohio.
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