#9 Discover Authors of Colour
This collection of essays has highlights that are cutting, provocative and highly entertaining. For those essays, I rate them a five.
These come mostly at the beginning and the end of the book where Gay is talking about her own hobbies and interests and we have an insider-view on how she thinks and how she sees the world.
I found her thinking refreshing, and in some ways it was a relief to hear a woman speaking these thoughts that are so rarely expressed in modern media.
Gay encompasses wide themes in her essays - for instance: race, racism, classism, gender discrimination, privilege, rape culture and feminism. Theses themes are all blended together and Gay was unique for me in being able to do that. I found her thoughts insightful.
There is a large section in the middle of the book where Gay picks out pop culture American television series and American movies. She spends a lot of time critiquing these and I found my interest waning. That's because I've never seen these series. Though Gay writes humorously, the wit was lost on me because I couldn't relate it to the characters and episodes she was describing.
Overall, I'd say the book is worth reading to catch Gay's thoughts and enjoy her wit.
I laughed out loud at her observations of scrabble tournaments and her opponents at these contests. She is daringly honest and anyone who can make scrabble outrageously funny certainly has talent.
When I was reading the book, I often felt I was listening to a stand-up comedienne, who was using humour to better make her points.
Gay is an author I'd like to read more of. I think she would be particularly good at live events/videos.
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