Synopses & Reviews
Over the last 20 years, Michael Eric Dyson has become one of America’s most visible—and quotable—public intellectuals. Whether in his sixteen books, or in countless newspapers, television and radio appearances, or on stages, podiums, and pulpits across the world, Dyson has spun an enchanting web of words that has caught the attention of the masses and elites alike. He has weighed in on a myriad array of topics – from faith to fatherhood, and from race to sex, as well as sports, manhood, gender, music, leadership, politics, language, love, justice, literature, suffering, death, hope, relationships and much, much more.
Can You Hear Me Now?, offers a sampling of Dyson’s sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thoughtful provoking and uplifting. Whether he is writing about Jay-Z or Barack Obama, addressing racial catastrophes or opportunities, or speaking about religion or the felicities of King’s rhetoric, Dyson’s intellect shines with insight and inspiration.
Can You Hear Me Now? captures Dyson’s incredible facility with words, and his prodigious intelligence, at a time when he has gained greater fame as a public intellectual, university professor, best-selling author, and most recently, as one of the first prominent blacks to endorse President Barack Obama. The time is ripe for his wit, wisdom and worldview, and this book is Dyson’s most accessible compendium of thinking on a broad range of topics that haunt and shape the nation.
"Having cemented himself as one of the foremost American thinkers on race, Dyson, the author of 16 books on a range of subjects from hip-hop to contemporary politics, compiles his most quotable aphorisms from speeches and articles of the last two decades. The book's topics include Barack Obama, the arts, gender, sports and music, as well as such abstract areas as justice and wisdom. The excerpts range from single sentences (e.g., 'Spirituality makes religion behave') to pithy paragraph meditations. Because of the brevity of excerpts, Dyson's pronouncements can seem vague, out of context and even trite; they don't do justice to his typically insightful and complex investigations. However, those familiar with his work may appreciate this compendium for showcasing Dyson's singular ability to draw on sources as disparate as Albert Camus, Oprah Winfrey and Louis Armstrong. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
President Barack Obama
and#147;Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison. He is an outstanding scholar and an outstanding author.and#8221;
and#147;One of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.and#8221;
and#147;Michael Eric Dyson . . . is a world-class scholar and the most brilliant interpreter of hip hop culture we have.and#8221;
Steven Nadler, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin
and#147;If any one person is continuing W. E. B. Du Boisand#8217;s idea of the engaged public intellectual on African-American issues, itand#8217;s Michael Eric Dyson.and#8221;
and#147;The ideal public intellectual for our time: translator, boundary-breaker, and healer of a war torn culture."
The Boston Phoenix
and#147;The preeminent black intellectual.and#8221;
Lawrence Bobo, the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University
and#147;Few have carried on the legacy of Du Boisand#8217;s public intellectualism as well, or with as much verve . . . as Professor Michael Eric Dyson.and#8221;
The Philadelphia Weekly
and#147;Michael Eric Dyson is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.and#8221;
and#147;Such is the genius of Dyson. He flows freely from the profound to the profane, from popular culture to classical literature.and#8221;
Dyson's latest work offers a sampling of the author's sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence o the enduring problems of humanity, from love and justice to race relations and politics.
Seventeen riffs from the inimitable Michael Eric Dysonand#133;on everything from Obama to hip-hop, from gender to leadership--and everything in between
"Before I wanted to write the world, I sought to right it," declares Michael Eric Dyson. As one of America's most visible, inspirational, and quotable public intellectuals, Dyson has weighed in on a vast array of issues. In his books and newspaper articles, over television and radio waves, and from podiums to pulpits, Dyson has brought awareness and insight to questions of culture, race, gender, and politics. Now, twenty years into his illustrious career, Michael Eric Dyson offers his fans and admirers a compendium of new and classic writing.
A provocative, lively deep-dive into the meaning of America’s first black president and first black presidency, from “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today” (Vanity Fair)
About the Author
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a Georgetown University professor, an MSNBC political analyst, and best-selling author of seventeen books. He is an American Book Award winner, and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Dyson’s writing inspired Vanity Fair to say that he is “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.”