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The world doesn't require you : stories

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First edition.

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New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]


"Deftly spinning genres of his feverish literary invention, Rion Amilcar Scott creates his very own Yoknapatawpha County with fictional Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of America's only successful slave revolt, the town still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. Among its residents are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God's last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. Culminating with an explosive novella, these haunting stories of the denizens of Cross River serve to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love--all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism"--


  • David Sherman, the last son of God
  • Nigger knockers
  • Electric joy of service
  • Temple of practical arts
  • Rare and powerful employee
  • Numbers
  • Loudness of screechers
  • Mercury in retrograde
  • On the occasion of the death of Freddie Lee
  • Slim in hell
  • Rolling in my six fo' - daa daa daa - with all my niggas saying: swing down-sweet chariot stop and let me riiiide. Hell yeah.
  • Special topics in loneliness studies.
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