WAM!NYC August Book Club

Date: August 26, 2014
Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm
Location: The Oracle Club
Address: 10-41 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 *Ring buzzer #1 to your left
Where: New York City
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We’re glad to announce the next WAM!NYC Book Club selection! We’ll be reading and discussing WHITE GIRLS by Hilton Als.

From Booklist: With roots in Barbados and Brooklyn and a deep immersion in the endless identity issues attendant upon being a gay man of color, bold, versatile critic and New Yorker staff writer Als continues the inquiry he launched in his first book, The Women (1996). Here’s a clue to the layered and spiked complexities of this essay collection: one of the “white girls” Als portrays is Truman Capote, another is Michael Jackson as well as Flannery O’Connor and silent film star Louise Brooks. Jennifer Lee, Richard Pryor’s widow, appears in Als’ bristling portrait of the brilliant performer. He also portrays with fresh insight Marshall Mathers III, that is, Eminem. Als is pyrotechnic, lifting off the page in a blast of stinging light and concussive booms that somehow coalesce into profound cultural and psychological illuminations. More covertly scorching is the long, wrenching essay “Tristes Tropiques,” an exploration of love and friendship, fear and fascination during the AIDS epidemic. Whether his subject is his mother, himself, or seminal artists, Als is a fine, piercing observer and interpreter, a writer of lashing exactitude and veracity

Bring a snack or drink to share with the group!

Pro tip: We invite those who come out to the book club discussions to choose the next book for us to read together — so don’t miss your chance to argue for your pick.

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