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Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Fiction by African-American Writers

by Shawn Stewart Ruff (Editor), Shawn Stewart Ruff (Introduction)

Other authors: James Baldwin (Contributor), Amiri Baraka (Contributor), Ricky Birtha (Contributor), Bennett Capers (Contributor), Samuel R. Delaney (Contributor)28 more, Max Gordon (Contributor), E. Lynn Harris (Foreword), E. Lynn Harris (Contributor), Charles W. Harvey (Contributor), Carolivia Herron (Contributor), Cary Alan Johnson (Contributor), Gayle Jones (Contributor), Randall Kenan (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Catherine E. McKinley (Contributor), Toni Morrison (Contributor), Bruce Morrow (Contributor), Gloria Naylor (Contributor), Alice Dunbar Nelson (Contributor), Richard Bruce Nugent (Contributor), Maude Irwin Owens (Contributor), Shawn Stewart Ruff (Contributor), Carl Hancock Rux (Contributor), Sapphire (Contributor), Reginald Shepherd (Contributor), Brooke M. Stephens (Contributor), Wallace Thurman (Contributor), Alice Walker (Contributor), Orian Hyde Weeks (Contributor), Artress Bethany White (Contributor), John Edgar Wideman (Contributor), Jacqueline Woodson (Contributor), Richard Wright (Contributor)

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An anthology of gay and lesbian fiction by black writers. In Bennett Capers' The Truth of the Matter, a reporter realizes his true sexuality as he investigates a murder, while an excerpt from E. Lynn Harris' Invisible Life tackles the male bonding--spoken and unspoken--that goes on in fraternities.
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It's all too easy to assume that being black and gay is incompatible. However, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Jazz Age on down, the images of black lesbians and gay men have been present, though sometimes hard to detect. This anthology cuts a wide swath through the literature to clear away the mists of obscurity, just as Afrekete (LJ 6/1/95) did for contemporary black lesbian writers when it was published in 1995). Written by the likes of James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Sapphire, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, the stories in this volume project a range of tonal qualities, almost as if they were musical compositions. This is a book to return to time and again. Highly recommended.
added by shawn.stewart.ruff | editLibrary Journal (Jan 2, 1996)
 
In a 1984 Village Voice interview, James Baldwin said, "The best advice I ever got was from an old friend of mine... who said you have to go the way your blood beats." As editor Ruff translates it, this means "live life instinctively, intuitively, with integrity and an awareness of consequences, and without self deception." Organized by themes, this rich array of short stories and novel excerpts ranges...
added by shawn.stewart.ruff | editPublisher's Weekly (Jan 2, 1996)
 

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Ruff, Shawn StewartEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruff, Shawn StewartIntroductionmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baraka, AmiriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birtha, RickyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Capers, BennettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delaney, Samuel R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, MaxContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, E. LynnForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, E. LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Herron, CaroliviaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Cary AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GayleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenan, RandallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorde, AudreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKinley, Catherine E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrison, ToniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Naylor, GloriaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nelson, Alice DunbarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nugent, Richard BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Shepherd, ReginaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stephens, Brooke M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thurman, WallaceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weeks, Orian HydeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Artress BethanyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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An anthology of gay and lesbian fiction by black writers. In Bennett Capers' The Truth of the Matter, a reporter realizes his true sexuality as he investigates a murder, while an excerpt from E. Lynn Harris' Invisible Life tackles the male bonding--spoken and unspoken--that goes on in fraternities.

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