Very Good in Very Good DJ in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First Edition. Hardcover. viii, 278pp. Great-looking first edition dust-jacketed hardcover copy with NO library stamps. "In 35 essays, Lester shares his thoughts on myriad subjects. The first and largest section of the book includes essays on writers, including Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Merton, and James Baldwin. There is a scathing criticism of the racism in Huckleberry Finn and a delightful montage of ideas and anecdotes from Lester's lifelong love affair with books. "To Be a Writer and Be Black" chronicles his anger and disillusionment with the black movement and his eventual dismissal as a contributor to their cause. In the section on "Race, " Lester's identity as a Jew as well as a black American gives him a unique point of view. One article gives much food for thought on a less common aspect of racism in America, while others denounce both Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson as anti-Semites, unfit to serve as leaders in the black movement. The final section, sharing the book's title, is a series of short articles on sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious subjects ranging from windchill factor (totally unnecessary) to teenage suicides. Readers will find these always interesting and informative, sometimes fascinating, and often touching. Lester says the reader enters "a relationship of intimacy with the writer, and if the writer has written truly and if we give ourselves over to what is written, we are given the gift of ourselves in ways that surprise and catch the soul off guard. " Lester has written truly. "-Rosie Peasley, Library Journal.
Arcade/Little, Brown, 1990. 276 pages. 2nd printing. Hardcover. Fine in Fine-dustjacket. ISBN: 1559700599 Another of Lester's political and spiritual gut-checks, this one spanning the decade of the 80s. Essays touch on numerous subjects, including race and racism. Essays also on James Baldwin, Louis Farrakhan, Thomas Merton, Henry Miller and Jesse Jackson.
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