“Insights true & troubling…”I love what Hilton Als does in this virtuosic collection of essays. He effortlessly blends memoir, cultural criticism, and fiction and fearlessly tackles thorny subjects without pretending to have answers.
From the Publisher
White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women sixteen years ago, finds one of the New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of white girls,” as Als dubs theman expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Michael Jackson and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
Topics: Writers, Race Relations, Sexuality, Cultural Heritage, Literary Studies, Provocative, and Essays