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We feel it. He thinks he can just swan in and buy it off the shelf? This pathology of whiteness is the foundation for a novel that spends the bulk of its narrative delving into the American past by going back to the South and exploring the roots and routes of black music and Jim Crow. When Seth records a chess player in the park humming an old blues song to himself, Carter convinces him to mix the song and brand it as the work of a bluesman, Charlie Shaw.

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This act is part of a longer American legacy of co-opting the blues, which Kunzru identifies as a capitalist obsession with possession. In one such expedition, Carter is beaten unconscious in a mysterious encounter in the Bronx, bursting their bubble of protection. Kunzru employs stylistic risks as he forgoes a strictly linear narrative; he does not distinguish which character is speaking, and he confuses the time period in which the plot takes place, thus revealing the ways in which the present is intricately woven with the past. Kunzru has listened closely to the sounds most attuned to American life, and his novel pays homage to the legacy of the blues that permeates much of the American present.

As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically. They fall short of tragedy only in that they provide no solution, offer no scapegoat but the self. Believe I buy a graveyard of my own Believe I buy a graveyard of my own Put my enemies all down in the ground.

Put me under a man they call Captain Jack Put me under a man they call Captain Jack He wrote his name all down my back. Everything about it is dead and buried.

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No one cares if you like black people. The novel contains similar examples — examples of what happens to human beings, in the name of protecting the illusion of whiteness. Mom once wrote a poem of the same name [Everything but the Burden] to decry the long-standing, ongoing, and unarrested theft of African American cultural properties by thieving, flavorless whitefolk. A jeremiad against the ways of Our music, Our fashion, Our hairstyles, Our dances, Our anatomical traits, Our bodies, Our Soul continue to be considered ever ripe for the plucking and the biting by the same crafty devils who brought you the African slave trade and the Middle Passage.

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See our disclaimer. Gangs are a blemish on our society and cause much distress to those who are around them. They sell drugs, commit acts of violence, and influence our children. We need to learn how to fight back, not with more police or longer sentences, but at the heart of gangs, which is their recruitment ability. We can only do this by arming our children and ourselves with the necessary tools.

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