I first heard of Sherman Alexie years ago, in college when a fellow undergraduate completed an independent study on his work. This was in the heyday of Ten Little Indians, before the success of Alexie's young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I read Ten Little Indians with pleasure, and then the dark mystery, Indian Killer, but I wasn't consumed with the Sherman Alexie fever that plagued my classmate. Today, Alexie is known as a Native American writer who writes poetry, YA novels, short stories and adult fiction with his trademark laugh-out-loud humor and deft handling of controversial issues surrounding race, sex, violence, and substance abuse. Blasphemy demonstrates the range of his talent, and has made me a late inductee to the Alexie fan brigade. The collection contains both established Alexie favorites, such as "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in ...
For a conversation with Sherman Alexie, click on the video below recorded in 2009 by BigThink.com:
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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