Writer's shame on behalf of white race is palpable

  • Article by: KATY READ , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2009 - 6:04 PM

Eula Biss explores the racial divide in this award-winning book from Graywolf Press.

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ppk007Feb. 28, 0912:07 PM

This is just manufactured nonsense from someone too young to have a clue. What a farce. It should be mentioned that the "award" she won is nothing but a right to publish the book. She's not a good writer, and the book is mostly nonsense from a punk.

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avidreaderMar. 8, 0911:13 AM

Biss poses hard questions that cannot be evaded by hurling epithets back at her. Incident after incident exposed layers of my experience that I had not seen before. I need not agree where she seems to be headed. I say “seems to be headed” for Biss asserts few, if any, policy remedies. This is not a book of political punditry and it will not settle for an easy political correctness. The issues raised cannot be addressed from the distance sought in the certitudes of the political right or left. Neither will be sufficient. The hopeful dimension of the book emerges from her refusal to reduce differences to a zero-sum game. There are no simple winner and losers, whether economic or moral. There is anger, but it does not merely vilify. At the very least, she earns the right to be heard, especially through her willingness to question herself. Willingness to question herself, leads her to listen deeply to others. This is sorely needed in a world that can only debate by hurling epithets like “punk” at those with whom they disagree.

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