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Riot Inside Me

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In this, her second collection of nonfiction prose, Wanda Coleman continues the project she began in Native in a Strange Land (1996), a project she once described as "a tour through the restless emotional topography of Los Angeles as glimpsed through scattered fragments of my living memory." It is a sometimes antic tour, with unforgettable commentary - Coleman's "intermittent outcries, moans, shouts, and jubilations along the route."

The Riot Inside Me once again finds the author at the bloody crossroads where art and politics, the personal and the political, and L.A. and the larger world meet and trade blows before resuming their separate paths. The 26 pieces gathered here a "hopscotch" of essays, memoirs, interviews, and reports are divided into four sections. One collects autobiographical pieces, including a haunting memoir of her first husband, a moth drawn to the flames of the more extreme forms of '60s radicalism. Another section is reserved for polemics, mainly issues of Black & White; a third collects Coleman's now famous "bad" review of Maya Angelou's "Song Flung Up to Heaven" "the most controversial piece I've yet written" and a caustically funny report on its fallout. The book concludes with a group of essays on race, class, and poetry: pieces that one critic called "sardonic when it comes to politics and groups [but] tender and hopeful when it comes to individuals."


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August 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors
Author(s): Wanda Coleman
ISBN: 1-57423-200-2 / 978-1-57423-200-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine
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