This bitterly funny memoir reads like an expos of the power structures in Americas higher education system: whos got it, how theyre abusing it, what everyone else is willing to do to get it, and the social cost of doing educational business this way. We follow our protagonist, Kassie, as the academic world reshapes her life, her worst secrets and most humiliating mistakes revealing deep problems of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We watch as she alienates her family by hanging her qsnobbishq nose over books; as she embarks on an adulterous affair with her instructor; as she comes to terms with her racist attitudes toward her own inner-city students; and as she abandons her principles for the sake of her career. A scathing and fierce work, at once sorry and triumphant.Ita#39;s a gun. A little gun. Gray metal shining on the shiny veneer of fake wood. With what may be an ivory handle. I dona#39;t know a fucking thing ... Therea#39;s a gun. On the table between us. Someone put it there. aWhat in the hell is that?a I say. aTwenty- two, a he says. aLittle pea shooter. ... He never touches a red pen to my writing.
|Title||:||Talking Out of School|
|Publisher||:||Dalkey Archive Press - 2008|