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Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic By Trey Ellis ❅ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Trey Ellis s uproariously funny debut novel Platitudes, first published in , takes on conflicts within the African American literary community Dewayne Wellington, a failing black experimental novelist Trey Ellis s uproariously funny debut the New PDF Ë novel Platitudes, first published in , takes on conflicts within the African American literary community Dewayne Wellington, a failing black experimental novelist, and Isshee Ayam, a radical feminist author, collaborate on Dewayne s latest sexist comedy Alternately telling the story about the coming of age Platitudes: & Kindle - of Earle and Dorothy two black middle class teenagers, sex starved in New York City the battling writers sneak ever, and dangerously, closer to reconciling their literary disputes This edition of Platitudes also includes The New Black Aesthetic, a groundbreaking essay by Ellis that appeared in the journal Callaloo.


10 thoughts on “Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Definitely one of the most original books I ve read in a long time There s a captivating interaction between two writers attacking the same storyline boy meets girl, boy loves girl, from two different philosophies postmodernism and African American feminism Ellis ends up writing not only from the voices of the two authors, but their literary voices, their characters voices If that isn t impressive enough, the voices change as the characters interact with and challenge one another Ser Definitely one of the most original books I ve read in a long time There s a captivating interaction between two writers attacking the same storyline boy meets girl, boy loves girl, from two different philosophies postmodernism and African American feminism Ellis ends up writing not only from the voices of the two authors, but their literary voices, their characters voices If that isn t impressive enough, the voices change as the characters interact with and challenge one another Seriously fabulous on several levels


  2. Rich Gamble Rich Gamble says:

    This is Post modern with a big capital P Trey has gone to great lengths to try and cram or ruin if you will this book with upside down bits, things like a whole multiple choice test paper as a character sits an exam didn t read and a complex structure two fictional writers writing one story which is the novel platitudes and sharing ideas with each other thing It sort of works only because Trey Ellis can actually write good prose under both these guises and the characters are still sort o This is Post modern with a big capital P Trey has gone to great lengths to try and cram or ruin if you will this book with upside down bits, things like a whole multiple choice test paper as a character sits an exam didn t read and a complex structure two fictional writers writing one story which is the novel platitudes and sharing ideas with each other thing It sort of works only because Trey Ellis can actually write good prose under both these guises and the characters are still sort of likeable I found the exchanges between the two writers the lowlight, especially the feminist chick who always seems to come in just as things get going but that s the annoying thing about po mo you re not meant to get comfortable right The Black Aesthetic essay at the end is interesting and it is refreshing to read a hip young people s novel from the black middle class which is what this is 80% of the time Worth a try if you find it in an op shop somewhere and the above musing don t put you off.


  3. Kristen Lemaster Kristen Lemaster says:

    This book is all about sex.There are lesser themes, too, like the battle between traditional Afro American writing and postmodernism craziness, the struggle for feminism in literature, and some commentary about how we are constantly inundated with culture without realizing its importance or our own values.But mostly it s about sex Isshee and Dewayne talk about sex They make their characters have sex The metafictional, intertextual, parodic genius of this book is seriously undermined by how This book is all about sex.There are lesser themes, too, like the battle between traditional Afro American writing and postmodernism craziness, the struggle for feminism in literature, and some commentary about how we are constantly inundated with culture without realizing its importance or our own values.But mostly it s about sex Isshee and Dewayne talk about sex They make their characters have sex The metafictional, intertextual, parodic genius of this book is seriously undermined by how much sex is discussed, dissected, and basically just thrown around as a plot tool I m not a fan of postmodernism anyway, but this book seemed like a waste of talent


  4. Bill Bill says:

    Boy, I loved this book when I was a kid.


  5. Steve Kettmann Steve Kettmann says:

    I loved this book in a lot of ways, and recommend it but the first half was too cluttered with writerly tricks for my taste Another reader might love each and every one of those gambits excerpts from an imaginary PSAT, for example , but for me it go in the way of the story I don t need to know Ellis talented, I need to see what he chooses to do with that talent In the end, though, I cared abou the characters and the story and found myself looking at them much differently by book s end than I loved this book in a lot of ways, and recommend it but the first half was too cluttered with writerly tricks for my taste Another reader might love each and every one of those gambits excerpts from an imaginary PSAT, for example , but for me it go in the way of the story I don t need to know Ellis talented, I need to see what he chooses to do with that talent In the end, though, I cared abou the characters and the story and found myself looking at them much differently by book s end than I did at the beginning


  6. Mwalim Mwalim says:

    This book is a wonderful example of a story within a story, where a correspondence between and experimental novelist and a womanist novelist evolves into two separate stories, woven around the same characters.The Black folks in this book are way outside the stereotypical urban Black folks, giving us a rare glimpse into the Black middle class Ellis continued this exploration through his uncreditted writing of the screenplay for Inkwell.


  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    A friend gave me this book because she knew it was so different from what I normally read Needless to say, I didn t love it Didn t even like it, really It was too post modern and self indulgent to enjoy.


  8. Michael Borshuk Michael Borshuk says:

    Fun to go back to this after several years Ellis similar to other sharp satirists I admire like Mat Johnson and Percival Everett explodes our stable understandings of race in America with a whirlwind, dialogical text that tends always toward outlandishly funny and aesthetically provocative.


  9. Jesse Rhines Jesse Rhines says:

    Great


  10. Alice Alice says:

    Somehow both a novel take on postmodern and African American contemporary lit and also v light and funny Will be readingEllis


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