Things American: From Post-Black to Postmortem–The Tragic Death of Trayvon Martin


Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal are further proof that Obama’s two-term presidency and the spike in interracial marriage have not magically transformed America into some post-racial Shangri-la free of the demons of prejudice and discrimination. The country is post-black, as cultural critic Touré demonstrates in his book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? Blacks, he […]

Introducing “Things American”

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Introducing “Things American”: As you know, we’re fiction people. We’re American Short Fiction, after all. But Kurt Vonnegut warned: “Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.” And, in truth, we’re also interested in the broader experience of what it is to be an “American”–that funny, fuzzy-edged word. Inspired by our determination to…not do what Vonnegut said, we’re introducing the “Things American” series […]

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