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Never Drank the Kool-aid : Essays (06 Edition)

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Staff Pick

Wildly entertaining, Touré's profiles of some of pop culture's superstars penetrate the glitzy veneer offering insight into their truer selves. Fast paced, thoughtful, and often times laugh-out-loud funny, this enjoyable collection successfully captures the complexities of American culture.
Recommended by John E, Powells.com

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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.

Review:

"Touré's an exceptional journalist....He is — if you can imagine it — Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve." Tom Wolfe, author of I Am Charlotte Simmons and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Review:

"Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor...make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read. Never Drank the Kool-Aid is a Touré-de-force!" Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler if You Hear Me and I May Not Get There with You

Review:

"Touré came to Rolling Stone as an intern in 1992. He was a lousy intern — we fired him — but a great writer and we soon hired him back....His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy." Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine

Review:

"In the end, this book is less about any subject than it is about the author himself. The selections are arranged thematically, so you slowly become immersed in his world through his interviews before encountering more personal thoughts." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Fascinating bits of off-the-cuff sociology abound....[T]his is a wholly involving and piercingly intelligent examination of contemporary popular culture." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
1. I'm Audi
It Was a Wonderful World (Biggie Smalls, The Village Voice)
 
2. Sensitive Thugs
The Family Man (Eninem, Rolling Stone)
The Life of a Hunted Man (50 Cent, Rolling Stone)
DMX Drives Crazy, but He Loves You (Rolling Stone)
I'm Scared to Death, but I Gotta Live (Biggie Smalls, Rolling Stone)
The Toughest Record Exec Ever (Dick Griffey, XXL)
 
3. Big Willies
Best Rapper Alive (Puff Daddy, The Village Voice)
Hiphop's Biggest Kid Grows Up (Russell Simmons, Playboy)
The Power of Radio (Andre Harrell, unpublished)
Al Sharpton Has a Dream (Playboy)
Ships Passing in the Night (Barack Obama and Colin Powell, Suede magazine)
 
4. Icaruses
Invincible Man (Tupac, The Village Voice)
The Ivy League Counterfeiter (Cliff Evans, Rolling Stone)
The Greatest Tennis Player You've Never Heard Of (Al Parker, Jr., Tennis magazine)
Inherit the Wind (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rolling Stone)
The Mystery of Lauryn Hill (Rolling Stone)
 
5. Almost Famous
A Woman Possessed (Beyoncé, Rolling Stone)
The Next Queen of Soul (Alicia Keys, Rolling Stone)
Lauryn in Love (Lauryn Hill, Rolling Stone)
Kurt Is My Copilot (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rolling Stone)
 
6. Get Up, Get Out, and Get Involved
Jay-Z Has Got Guts (Rolling Stone)
Do You Like My Jesus Piece? (Kanye West, Rolling Stone)
You Can Call Him Prince (Icon Magazine)
Wynton Marsalis Wants to Kick Your Ass (Icon Magazine)
Just Jen (Jennifer Capriati, unpublished)
 
7. Microphone Fiend
"Crack Is Responsible for Hiphop" (Ahmir Thompson, aka ?uestlove, The Believer)
 
8. Strange Fruit
Condoleezza Rice Is a House Negro (Suede magazine)
Show Me the Money (Michael Jordan, The Village Voice)
The Five-Mic Personality, or Why I Hate Mary J. Blige (Vibe)
 
9. Somehow, There's Love in the Hiphop Nation
I Live in the Hiphop Nation (The New York Times)
Love Your Niggas (The Village Voice)
Are Gay Rappers Too Real for Hiphop? (Caushun, The New York Times)
Hiphop Famiglia (Junior M.A.F.I.A. and the Wu-Tang Clan, The Village Voice)
No Drinks in '96! (Funkmaster Flex, The New Yorker)
 
10. Boys Will Be Boys
Trainspotting (The New Yorker)
Night Moves (The New Yorker)
Bling-bling Makes the Dictionary! (unpublished)
An Invitation to Carnal Russian Roulette, or Memoirs of a Sexual Desperado (The Bastard on the Couch)
 
11. Who Do You Think You Are?
What's Inside You, Brother? (The Best American Essays 1996)
A Funky Fresh Talented Tenth (unpublished)
The Blackest Tennis Club in the World (Tennis magazine)
 
12. I Can't Take It
At Jam Master Jay's Funeral (unpublished)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312425784
Author:
Touri
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Tour
Author:
Toure
Author:
Tourc)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.21 x 5.6 x 0.85 in

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Product details 416 pages Picador USA - English 9780312425784 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Wildly entertaining, Touré's profiles of some of pop culture's superstars penetrate the glitzy veneer offering insight into their truer selves. Fast paced, thoughtful, and often times laugh-out-loud funny, this enjoyable collection successfully captures the complexities of American culture.

"Review" by , "Touré's an exceptional journalist....He is — if you can imagine it — Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve."
"Review" by , "Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor...make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read. Never Drank the Kool-Aid is a Touré-de-force!"
"Review" by , "Touré came to Rolling Stone as an intern in 1992. He was a lousy intern — we fired him — but a great writer and we soon hired him back....His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy."
"Review" by , "In the end, this book is less about any subject than it is about the author himself. The selections are arranged thematically, so you slowly become immersed in his world through his interviews before encountering more personal thoughts."
"Review" by , "Fascinating bits of off-the-cuff sociology abound....[T]his is a wholly involving and piercingly intelligent examination of contemporary popular culture."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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