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  • RATZ ARE NICE (PSP) by Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    RATZ ARE NICE (PSP)

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot…

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    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot and character, but speed and disorientation. He invited comparisons to transgressive writers like Cline and William S. Burroughs. SIGNED on the title page and very uncommon thus. Author notes and music, language and history references. 192 pp. ISBN: 1-555835546.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82891
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  • Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Although this autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem is now a classic at the time it was written, when Brown was still a young writer, just barely out of Harlem, it was a revolutionary and enlightening book. His goal was to "talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes... to talk about the experience of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society." . 415 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and reading wear, but in a dustjacket with tape repairs to the end of the spine of the dj, price-clipped, etc. Despite the flaws, a sturdy and good reading copy.

    Book ID: 37354
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  • AINT SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH. by Van Peebles, Melvin.
    Van Peebles, Melvin.
    AINT SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1973). First edition - A "novel with lyrics, a gutsy, lusty narrative of black street life the explores every aspect of ghetto agony" based on Van Peebles play of the same title. Includes an insert of 16 pages of photographs by Bert Andrews on glossy stock -"Portraits from the Underground Reservation." 156 pp

    Condition: Very good - the usual toning to both the pages and the cover, but more durable and sturdy than most paperbacks from that era. Easily readable and very scarce.

    Book ID: 86121
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