Thursday, May 21, 2009

Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor, and background

Forgot to mention an interesting interview with the author Colson Whitehead in a New York Times Book Review podcast (podcast link here) from a few weeks back. Whitehead, whose new book Sag Harbor is out now, talks with Sam Tanenhaus about background ("black boys with beach houses") which links to my arguments on afro punk and "indie" in the sense that personal backgoround is more complex than black and white (note his comment on "authentic black experience"). A quite obvious point, really, but nonetheless one which seems to escape some critics of "indie".

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