Hilton Als' essays about gender identity, race awareness, African-American gay men and masculinity will give readers severe whiplash. He does indeed discuss several white girls, Flannery O'Connor for one, but then he also explores the white-girlness of Truman Capote, Michael Jackson and Eminem. The chapter on Richard Pryor is my absolute favorite and is followed by a confusing and bizarre fictional rumination about Richard Pryor's sister. Don't try to find a rhyme or reason to White Girls, just enjoy.
Jan 2, 2014