Ishmael Reed Quotes

I've always wondered why European politicians as a group seemed brighter than American politicians as a group. Maybe it's because many American politicians have the race issue to fall back on. They become lazy, suspicious of innovative ideas, and as a result American institutions atrophy.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. God Made Alaska for the Indians, Afterword, Garland Publishing (1982).
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At this time in American history, we are like ghosts talking gibberish through different dimensions, and stupid men do not make good make good mediums.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. God Made Alaska for the Indians, Afterword, Garland Publishing (1982).
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American cultural institutions seem so bent on preserving the values of "Western civilization," the mythical "Whitetown," that we learn about one another's cultures the same way we learn about sex: in the streets.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin'Is Fightin,'Atheneum (1988). "Hymietown Revisited," California Magazine (October 1984).
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The price on the wanted poster was a-going down, outlaw alias copped my stance and moody greenhorns were making me dance; while my mouth's shooting iron got its chambers jammed.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. poet. I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra (l. 20-23). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra. I bedded down with Isis, Lady of the Boogaloo, dove down deep in her horny, stuck up her Wells-Far-ago in daring midday get away.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. poet. I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra (l. 10-13). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra. Lord of the lash, the Loup Garou Kid. Half breed son of Pisces and Aquarius. I hold the souls of men in my pot. I do the dirty boogie with scorpions. I make the bulls keep still and was the first swinger to grape the taste.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. poet. I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra (l. 31-35). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Currently, U.S. society has been encouraged by its political and subsidized mass-media intelligentsia to view U.S. life as a continual "morning in America" paradise, where the only social problems occur in the inner cities. Psychologists call this denial.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "Jess Mowry," Nation (September 21, 1992).
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I'm beginning to believe that Killer Illiteracy ought to rank near heart disease and cancer as one of the leading causes of death among Americans. What you don't know can indeed hurt you, and so those who can neither read nor write lead miserable lives, like Richard Wright's character, Bigger Thomas, born dead with no past or future.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "Killer Illiteracy," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).
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In the middle of the next century, when the literary establishment will reflect the multicultural makeup of this country and not be dominated by assimiliationists with similar tastes, from similar backgrounds, and of similar pretensions, Langston Hughes will be to the twentieth century what Walt Whitman was to the nineteenth.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "Langston Hughes," Newsday (September 25, 1988).
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If the British prose style is Churchillian, America is the tobacco auctioneer, the barker; Runyon, Lardner, W.W., the traveling salesman who can sell the world the Brooklyn Bridge every day, can put anything over on you and convince you that tomatoes grow at the South Pole.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Mumbo Jumbo, ch. 4, Atheneum (1972).
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