In today’s bookselling marketplace, the success of one popular African-American literary form seems to out-rule the emergence of another. The canon of American letters is still a severely segregated and exclusive club and by no means solely because of the literary industry. The larger problem is how the average American defines identity with an antiquated and inaccurate polyglot of race, sex and class. Who and where you come from and how you look still has so much to do with who you are allowed to be, and how much harder you’ll have to work to be who you really are.
ASPHALT| By CARL HANCOCK RUX | Atria Books | 255 pages | $24 hardcover