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What doesn't kill you makes you blacker : a memoir in essays / Damon Young.

Young, Damon, 1978- (author.). Young, Damon. Nigger fight story. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Street cred. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Bomb-ass poetry. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Your turn. (Added Author). Young, Damon. No homo. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Driver's ed. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Three niggas. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Obama Bomaye. (Added Author). Young, Damon. Broke. (Added Author). Young, Damon. How to make the internet hate you in 15 simple steps. (Added Author).

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Summary:

For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the "being straight" thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly Black to "Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies." And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 305.896073 .Y696w 2019 (Text) 37814003315372 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 10/26/2020 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 921 YOU (Text) 37838000615054 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 11/24/2020 In process -
Hood River County Library 305.8 YOU 2019 (Text) 33892100603191 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 04/02/2019 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062684301
  • ISBN: 0062684302
  • ISBN: 9780062684318
  • Physical Description: 307 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Living while black is an extreme sport -- Nigger fight story -- Street cred -- Bomb-ass poetry -- Your turn -- No homo -- Driver's ed -- Three niggas -- Obama bomaye -- Broke -- How to make the internet hate you in 15 simple steps -- Banging over bacon -- Yolo -- Living while black killed my mom -- East liberty kutz -- Thursday-night hoops -- Zoe.
Summary, etc.:
For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the "being straight" thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly Black to "Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies." And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white.
Subject: Young, Damon, 1978-
African American men > Biography.
African American journalists > Biography.
African American men > Social conditions.
United States > Race relations.
Racism > United States.

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