Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Slumberland

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A Novel

by Paul Beatty

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    Jun 2008, 256 pages
    Aug 2009, 256 pages

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Unless you are exactly as hip as Paul Beatty, Slumberland is rife with Googlable moments, as DJ Darky riffs about jazz and hip-hop and funk. Here are some of the references that anchor the plot.

Sixteen hours into a marathon rave, DJ Darky reaches into his crate and pulls out a record that a fellow DJ fears will stir a riot among a bunch of white frat boys expecting industrial music rather than South Bronx hip-hop. The song that he plays is Stezo's "It's My Turn," which was all over the radio in the summer of 1989. It seems utterly quaint and tame in retrospect: "Extra extra, read all about it / It's me Stezo that has been doubted / I came to make you move and groove and get down / There's no way that the crowd can sit down." To view the video (lots of funky dancing in front of the World Trade Towers), click here.

The first song that DJ Darky programs into the Slumberland's jukebox is Oliver Nelson's jazz standard, "Stolen Moments," from his 1961 album, The...

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