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Ego trip's big book of racism
Jenkins, Sacha.
First edition.
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New York : Regan Books, [2002]

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xi, 292 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
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PN6231.R25 E37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ferociously intelligent one moment, willfully smart-ass the next, ego trip's Big Book of Racism is a glorious, hilarious conflation of the racial undercurrents that affect contemporary culture at every turn. This one-of-a-kind encounter with the absurdities, complexities, and nuances of race relations is brought to you by five writers of color whose groundbreaking independent magazine, ego trip, has been called "the world's rawest, stinkiest, funniest magazine" by Spin.

Filled with enough testifying and truth to satisfy even the good Reverend Sharpton, ego trip's Big Book of Racism is a riotous and revolutionary look at race and popular culture that's sure to spark controversy and ignite debate.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Due to our strong personal convictions, we wish to stress that this book in no way endorses a belief in racism. We just hate everybody." So proclaim the folks behind this often funny, often offensive and appropriately bitter book, which does hate a few people by name: Cameron Diaz, Don Cornelius, even Elvis. There are a few culls from the now-defunct ego trip magazine's pages, but most of the content is new and shameless: there's list journalism ("Professor Griff's Favorite Jewish People Some of Whom Also Happen to be Friends"; "60 Notable Moments in Interracial Luv 'N' Lust"), essays ("Fear of a Black Pool Party"), parodies of some easy targets (TV Guide, magazine quizzes) and some harder ones (MAD Magazine, which is itself an organ of parody), and digs at some others that deserve it (professional sports). The writing is sharp and to the point, and though there's plenty of silly stuff ("Who are the Black Muppets?"; the "hidden hate" in Wite Out and watermelon seeds), the underlying message is dead serious: racism pervades every aspect of culture, from travel books to television. Anyone who can call himself Chairman Mao must have a very thick coat of irony to protect himself-as should prospective readers, some of whom will remember ego trip's Book of Rap Lists, "hip hop's answer to the telephone book, you pity-party patsies." 3-color illus. throughout. (Oct. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved