Never Drank the Kool-Aid: Essays

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Social Science - 416 pages
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His name is Touré--just Touré--and like many of the musicians, athletes, and celebrities he's profiled, he has affected the way that we think about culture in America. He has profiled Eminem, 50 Cent, and Alicia Keys for the cover of Rolling Stone. He's played high-stakes poker with Jay-Z and basketball with Prince and Wynton Marsalis. In Touré's world, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits beside Condoleezza Rice who sits beside hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur, and all of them are fascinating company.

Never Drank the Kool-Aid is the chronicle of Touré's unparalleled journey through the American funhouse called pop culture. Its rooms are filled with creative, arrogant, kind, ordinary, and extraordinary people, most of whom happen to be famous. It is Touré's gift to be able to see through the artifice of their world and understand the genuine motivations behind their achievements--to see who they truly are as people. This is a searingly funny, surprisingly unguarded, and deeply insightful look at a world few of us comprehend.

 

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Never drank the kool-aid: essays

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This collection of essays and journalistic features doesn't differ much from other anthologies by contemporary pop culture writers. Not only does Tour� dish on intimate moments shared with ... Read full review

awesome

User Review  - lovelee - Borders

such an interesting and realistic take of our "celebrities". one of thoes books ive never forgotten ive read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Im Audi
13
2 Sensitive Thugs
19
3 Big Willies
73
4 Icaruses
115
5 Almost Famous
171
6 Get Up Get Out and Get Involved
231
7 Microphone Fiend
295
8 Strange Fruit
315
9 Somehow Theres Love in the Hiphop Nation
331
10 Boys Will Be Boys
359
11 Who Do You Think You Are?
375
12 I Cant Take It
399
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About the author (2007)

Touré is the author of the novel Soul City and the story collection The Portable Promised Land. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tennis Magazine, The Best American Essays, and Da Capo Best American Music Writing, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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