9780316666435

Portable Promised Land : Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780316666435

  • ISBN10:

    0316666432

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2002-07-01
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co

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Summary

A debut collection of short stories takes place in the utopian world of Soul City and includes such tales as "The Sad, Sweet Story of Sugar Lips Shinehot" and "Afrolexicology: Today's Bi-Annual List of the Top 50 Words in African American." 25,000 first p

Author Biography

Toure is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His fiction has appeared in The Source, Callaloo, and Zoetrope: All Story, where he won the Sam Adams Short Story Contest, and his essays have been in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Essence, and Tennis Magazine, as well as Best American Essays of 1999 and Best American Sports Writing 2001. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Table of Contents

Prologue 1(2)
The Steviewondermobile
3(6)
A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love
9(16)
The Breakup Ceremony
25(7)
The Sad, Sweet Story of Sugar Lips Shinehot, the Man with the Portable Promised Land
32(15)
Afrolexicology Today's Biannual List of the Top Fifty Words in African-America
47(13)
Blackmanwalkin
60(3)
Attack of the Love Dogma
63(10)
My History
73(8)
The Playground of the Ecstatically Blase
81(24)
The African-American Aesthetics Hall of Fame, or 101 Elements of Blackness
95
Solomon's Big Day
105(11)
A Children's Story
It's Life and Death at the Slush Puppie Open
116(8)
How Babe Ruth Saved My Life
124(9)
We Words
133(9)
My Favorite Things
Soul City Gazette Profile: Crash Jinkins, Last of the Chronic Crashees
142(7)
A Guest!
149(4)
You Are Who You Kill
153(15)
The Black Widow Story
Young, Black, and Unstoppable, or Death of a Zeitgeist Jockey
168(18)
The Black Widow Prequel and Sequel
Once an Oreo, Always an Oreo
186(8)
The Black Widow Finale
The Commercial Channel: A Unique Business Opportunity
194(7)
Falcon Malone Can Fly No Mo
201(17)
The Sambomorphosis
218(14)
They're Playing My Song
232(20)
Yesterday Is So Long Ago
252(1)
Shout-Outs 253

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