Sometimes the angriest books are also the funniest. Join us for a discussion of Percival Everett’s Erasure, a book which Tom claims is one of the funniest things he’s ever read. Spoiler alert: Mike likes it, too, though he still finds some things to fight with Tom about, like how to introduce the show, and whether Tom’s tee shirt makes him a liar.
We spend some time talking about racial archetypes on the show, so we wanted to give you a link for further exploration. Here’s a great little essay about the history of the black brute archetype, illustrated with a bunch of pop culture images from over the years. Actually that whole website is worth poking around, particularly their large collection of racist memorabilia, which provides a unique (and disturbing) windows into America’s complicated racial history.
And yes, we realize we’re two white guys talking about race, but we hope we’ve done so at least somewhat intelligently. These are discussions we’ve had fairly often with our students, and with each other. And that we think more people should have, frankly, in an open and honest way.
Episode talking points include: tokenism, Bill Cosby in sweatpants, Good Times, Donovan McNabb’s smile, and the pros and cons of lying to your fans.
As always, you can stream the episode here on the site, download the mp3 file, or get it (for free) directly from the iTunes store.
Also, while you’re here, how about clicking on that novel link above, or this one, for another book we talked about in the show, Joe Oestreich’s Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. Then shop Amazon as you normally would. Anything you buy will throw a little change at us, your friendly neighborhood podcast, whether it’s one of those books, a different book, or even a flat-screen television. Amazon is sort of an evil empire, but we’re a force for good, so if you’re going to shop there, at least assuage your guilt a little by giving us that sweet, sweet kickback.
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