On Sherman Alexie and Testicles

In between Sherman Alexie’s reading at Books & Books and his reading at Palmer Trinity the next day, he won the National Book Award for Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  I worked both events just to be close to him. I couldn’t speak a word to the man. Then I attended a trade…

Banned Books Week 2015

Unlike Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is often banned due to its content (indeed, it was the most banned book in 2014), Alexie’s Ten Little Indians and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven were pulled from classrooms in Tucson, Arizona under “H.B. 2281.”  The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES…

Sherman Alexie Wrote This Just for Me

The first story in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances involves a guy who tragically, accidentally, kills an intruder – a black teenager who has never been in trouble with the law.  Right wing pundits praise him for his heroism, left wing pundits cry racial bias.  Sitting at home, watching live coverage of the intruder’s family holding a vigil,…