Friday, February 21, 2020

A notebook on Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers

My second book, Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers, is published by the University of Virginia Press. It's been a long journey to this point, so I'm excited for the book to finally appear. In many respects, Bad Men is a book about creativity, specifically how large numbers of black writers are inspired by bad men and vulnerable black boys.

[Related: Book trailer]

For information about aspects of the book, see links to the following entries:

• 28 Days & Ways of Thinking about Bad Men & Vulnerable Black Boys

Contents of the book
Bad Men as creative touchstones for outstanding compositions
Preface -- Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers
Bad Men: Book summary
Bad Men & Creativity
Writing about a poetic trilogy of bad men

Writing the book
Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers
From the Black Arts Enterprise to Bad Men
Some guidance from Mark Anthony Neal's Illegible Black Masculinities
Cornelius Eady, Tyehimba Jess, Bad Men, and the Slow Hunch

Presentation of the book
Those Bad Men postcards
The Mark Anthony Neal Blurb
The Candice Jenkins Blurb

Concentrated Cultural Catalogs

Connections to other works
Stagger Lee, Murder Ballads, Laura Morris, and me

1 comment:

Protiti Khan said...

Congratulations Howard! I can't wait to read this. You have always been such an inspiration to me and I have been awaiting your book since the day I met you in 1998 on the greens of Tougaloo. No one that insightful and wise beyond their years doesn't write a book! I am thinking of you in these times of unrest and uprising and all that I learned from you about your lived experience and that of the American Descendants of Slavery in the south. I'm old now, and the years have not been easy on me, but I'm still going to a protest this evening in solidarity with the black community that once took me in, welcomed me, and taught me a history that few people get to learn. There are some student debts, that you cannot repay in money. I know you know that. Congrats again and peace and stay safe brother.