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How, in a predominantly black sport, white fans think and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies.
David Shields is the author of several other books, including the novels Dead Languages and Heroes (available in a Bison Books edition). His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and the Village Voice. Shields, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is a professor of English at the University of Washington. Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent books are Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind and (with Cathy Birkenstein) "They Say/I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.
"One of the best books ever written on the subject of sport in America, which is to say a book that is about a great deal more than sport."oA.O. Scott, Newsday "A risky and brilliant book... It is an emotional journey into Jock Culture's heart of darkness. Shields is willing to write himself naked about the hungers and envies that move across the grandstand like the wave."oRobert Lipsyte, New York Times "Black Planet accomplishes a rare feat by tackling race head on."oSteven Hill, Chicago Tribune