This Ain't Chicago

Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South


Author: Zandria F. Robinson

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469614227

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 8521

When Zandria Robinson returned home to interview African Americans in Memphis, she was often greeted with some version of the caution "I hope you know this ain't Chicago." In this important new work, Robinson critiques ideas of black identity constructed through a northern lens and situates African Americans as central shapers of contemporary southern culture. Analytically separating black southerners from their migrating cousins, fictive kin, and white counterparts, Robinson demonstrates how place intersects with race, class, gender, and regional identities and differences. Robinson grounds her work in Memphis--the first big city heading north out of the Mississippi Delta. Although Memphis sheds light on much about the South, Robinson does not suggest that the region is monolithic. Instead, she attends to multiple Souths, noting the distinctions between southern places. Memphis, neither Old South nor New South, sits at the intersections of rural and urban, soul and post-soul, and civil rights and post-civil rights, representing an ongoing conversation with the varied incarnations of the South, past and present.

The Brotherhood of Man


Author: Kimani Kinyua

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451639910

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 9595

After growing up to be very different people, four men tackle the challenges of relationships, the Italian mafia, and the FBI while showing everyone around them what it takes to be a true friend. Alex Blue, Cyprus Kane, Anthony Games, and Lorenzo Dali were inseparable as children. Now a photographer, a jazz artist, a professional thief, and a detective, their friendship is complex and complicated. Alexander Blue struggles with both depression and obsession with the love of his life. Lorenzo Dali is the reincarnation of Miles Davis and he has the attitude to match. Anthony and Cyprus are criminal and cop, friend and foe, and it's only a matter of time before their relationshp comes to an explosive conclusion. The drama that unfolds beween the four friends is fast-paced and gripping. Author Kimani Kinyua creates twists and turns that will leave readers speechless and eager to discover who makes it to the end and who doesn't.

Chocolate Cities

The Black Map of American Life


Author: Marcus Anthony Hunter,Zandria Robinson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520292820

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 6581

When you think of a map of the United States, what do you see? Now think of the Seattle that begot Jimi Hendrix. The Dallas that shaped Erykah Badu. The Holly Springs, Mississippi, that compelled Ida B. Wells to activism against lynching. The Birmingham where Martin Luther King, Jr., penned his most famous missive. Now how do you see the United States? Chocolate Cities offers a new cartography of the United States—a “Black Map” that more accurately reflects the lived experiences and the future of Black life in America. Drawing on cultural sources such as film, music, fiction, and plays, and on traditional resources like Census data, oral histories, ethnographies, and health and wealth data, the book offers a new perspective for analyzing, mapping, and understanding the ebbs and flows of the Black American experience—all in the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and communities that Black Americans have created and defended. Black maps are consequentially different from our current geographical understanding of race and place in America. And as the United States moves toward a majority minority society, Chocolate Cities provides a broad and necessary assessment of how racial and ethnic minorities make and change America’s social, economic, and political landscape.

Floating City

Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York


Author: Sudhir Venkatesh

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241002761

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 1111

After his insider's study of Chicago crack gangs electrified the academy, Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh spent a decade immersed in New York's underbelly, observing the call girls, drug dealers, prostitutes and other strivers that make up this booming underground economy. Amidst the trust-funder cocktail parties, midtown strip clubs, and immigrant-run sex shops, he discovers a surprisingly fluid and dynamic social world - one that can be found in global cities everywhere - as traditional boundaries between class, race and neighbourhood dissolve. In Floating City, Venkatesh explores New York from high to low, tracing the invisible threads that bind a handful of ambitious urban hustlers, from a Harvard-educated socialite running a high-end escort service to a Harlem crack dealer adapting to changing demands by selling cocaine to hedge fund managers and downtown artists. In the process, and as he questions his own reasons for going deeper into this subterranean world, Venkatesh finds something truly unexpected - community. Floating City is Venkatesh's journey through the 'vast invisible continent' of New York's underground economy - a thriving yet largely unseen world that exists in parallel to our own, at the heart of every city.

Country Soul

Making Music and Making Race in the American South


Author: Charles L. Hughes

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469622440

Category: Music

Page: 280

View: 6914

In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period.

It Ain't Pretty But It's Real


Author: John Drummond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781583741757

Category: Crime

Page: 272

View: 8156

This is a book that could only take place in Chicago and be written by veteran newsman John Drummond. Drummond specializes in stories involving organized crime, politics, and sports. This is his second book cataloging adventures in reporting on Chicago's underworld characters.

My Friends Call Me C.C.


Author: William Gardiner Hutson

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 9780865341432

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 126

View: 3197

He seemed to work magic in the oil business as he established wildly successful ventures. California at the turn of the century was his stage and his adventures read like fiction until his luck seems to run out and he exits to China. Was he a huckster from the outset?

The Sound of Naked Spurs: A Spaghetti Western Screenplay

A Spaghetti Western Screenplay


Author: Karl Smith


ISBN: 0956615686

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

View: 3730

This title tells an 1876 Californian tale of a Coast Miwok Warrior named 'Quentin' AKA 'Naked Spurs'. It is the plausible story of the 'Beat the Bounty' competition, a contest attracting the fastest guns in the west to the largest man-hunt in history.

It AinÕt So

A Might-Have-Been History of the White Sox in 1919 and Beyond


Author: Michael T. Lynch, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786458062

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 365

View: 9626

In 1919, eight members of the Chicago White Sox famously conspired to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. The players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, were banned from organized baseball for life. But what if the Black Sox scandal had never happened? Using computer simulation, this book provides an alternative history of the American League, the White Sox, and the banned players from 1919 through 1932 while chronicling the White Sox organization’s real-life struggles to rebuild its roster.


Portrait des Künstlers als junger %@[Schnörkel][Stern]!


Author: Art Spiegelman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783100768056

Category: Cartoonists

Page: 76

View: 9767

Chicago Noir


Author: Neal Pollack

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1936070243

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

View: 1051

“Chicago Noir is a legitimate heir to the noble literary tradition of the greatest city in America. Nelson Algren and James Farrell would be proud.” —Stephen Elliott, author of Happy Baby “If ever a city was made to be the home of noir, it’s Chicago. These writers go straight to Chicago’s noir heart.” —Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere Man Brand new stories by: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeffery Renard Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills, C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre-Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer. The city of Chicago has spent much time and money over the last decade marketing itself as a tourist-friendly place for the whole family. It's got a shiny new Millennium Park, a spaceship in the middle of Soldier Field, and thousands of identical faux-brick condo buildings that seem to spring from the ground overnight. Chicago's rough-and-tumble tough-guy reputation has been replaced by a postcard with a lake view. But that city's not gone. The hard-bitten streets once represented by James Farrell and Nelson Algren may have shifted locales, and they may be populated by different ethnicities, but Chicago is still a place where people struggle to survive and where, for many, crime is the only means for their survival. The stories in Chicago Noir reclaim that territory. Chicago Noir is populated by hired killers and jazz men, drunks and dreamers, corrupt cops and ticket scalpers and junkies. It's the Chicago that the Department of Tourism doesn't want you to see, a place where hard cases face their sad fates, and pay for their sins in blood. These are stories about blocks that visitors are afraid to walk. They tell of a Chicago beyond Oprah, Michael Jordan, and deep-dish pizza. This isn't someone's dream of Chicago. It's not even a nightmare. It's just the real city, unfiltered. Chicago Noir.

The Triangle Conspiracy


Author: David Kent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416531203

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6074

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Curse? There Ain't No Stinking Chicago Cub Curse

And Other Stories about Sports and Gamesmanship


Author: James Wolfe,Mary Ann Presman

Publisher: Mary Ann Presman

ISBN: 1439255903

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 9093

This collection of eleven entertaining, thought-provoking stories about sports and the games people play offers both a male and female perspective on just what's so funny about the ways we compete.

Studs Terkel's Chicago


Author: Studs Terkel

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595587934

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 1364

In the tradition of E. B. White’s bestselling Here Is New York, Chicago a tribute to the “Second City”—part history, part memoir, and 100% Studs Terkel—infused with anecdotes, memories, and reflections that celebrate the great city. Chicago was home to the country’s first skyscraper (a ten-story building built in 1884) and marks the start of the famed "Route 66." It is also the birthplace of the remote control (Zenith), the car radio (Motorola) and the first major American city to elect a woman (Jane Byrne) and then an African American man (Harold Washington) as mayor. Its literary and journalistic history is just as dazzling, and includes Nelson Algren, Mike Royko and Sara Paretsky. From Al Capone to the street riots during the Democratic National Convention in 1968, Chicago, in the words of Terkel himself, “has—as they used to whisper of the town’s fast woman—a reputation.” Chicago was of course also home to the Pulitzer Prize–winning oral historian Studs Terkel, who moved to Chicago in 1922 as an eight-year-old and who would make it his home until his death in 2008 at the age of 96. This book is a splendid evocation of Studs’ hometown in all its glory—and all its imperfection.

Black City Ii

Second Hand Smoke


Author: Rob Walker

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479759910

Category: Fiction

Page: 102

View: 2404

OK, you asked for it, here we go (again) The long awaited and highly anticipated sequel; Black Cityll 2nd Hand Smoke!! For this project weve given you much more story. The plot thickens Follow Roc Allen on Assignment Outside of Black City Find out who gets hurt in the battle with Gogulock. Follow me as I take you deeper into my world and read on, as I introduce you to more characters and more Black City. Along with a great story we have (way) more graphics. Check out Ghetto Aggression Poetry and with the help of two brilliant artist you can now start to see into my world, my city

It Ain't Extra, It's Sextra

Dan Gleason's Greatest Hits


Author: Daniel Gleason

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595386598

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

View: 6908

In this first compilation of re-edited stories, one of Chicago's most prolific writers gathers work covering a full decade and eighteen books. The tales deal with issues of sexual inadequacy, confusion, and shame. They are riddled with questions of the importance of the individual at large, dealing with mundane situations, political incorrectness, and absolute hilarity. But more than this, the narratives create a blurred vision of what is truth, and what is in fact fiction. Dan Gleason's writing has appeared on such websites as, fengi, and stopgostop. He has read live at Quimby's Bookstore, Buddy Gallery, Phyllis's Musical Inn, etc. He works an undistinguished, low paying job during the day that he would really rather not discuss further. And, he is a chain smoker, whose high salt diet will most certainly lead to an early grave. So there is no guarantee that there will be a Greatest Hits Vol. 2. But if there is, well, then surely you should go out and purchase that book as well.

A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago


Author: Ben Hecht,Herman Rosse

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226322797

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 5888

In 1921, Ben Hecht wrote a column for the Chicago Daily News that his editor called “journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature.” Hecht’s collection of sixty-four of these pieces, illustrated with striking pen drawings by Herman Rosse, is a timeless caricature of urban American life in the jazz age, updated with a new Introduction for the twenty-first century. From the glittering opulence of Michigan Avenue to the darkest ruminations of an escaped convict, from captains of industry to immigrant day laborers, Hecht captures 1920s Chicago in all its furor, intensity, and absurdity. “The hardboiled audacity and wit that became Hecht’s signature as Hollywood’s most celebrated screen-writer are conspicuous in these vignettes. Most of them are comic and sardonic, some strike muted tragic or somber atmospheric notes. . . . The best are timeless character sketches that have taken on an added interest as shards of social history.”—L. S. Klepp, Voice Literary Supplement

Climax I

Cotton on the Rocks


Author: L. Tucker

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456875183

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1488