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Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event: US(a.) by Saul Williams in conversation with Miles Marshall Lewis
Sep 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
In his greatly anticipated new full-length book of poetry, “the poet laureate of hip-hop” (CNN) Saul Williams presents his ideas, observations, realizations, dreams, and questions about the state of America, the American psyche, and what it means to be American.
After living abroad for four years, Saul Williams returned to America and found his head twirling with thoughts on everything from race, class, and gender, to finance, freedom, and guns, to cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians, and everything else that makes up our country.
US(a.) is a collection of poems that embodies the spirit of a culture that questions sentiments and realities, embracing a cross-section of pop culture, hip-hop, and the greater world politic of the moment. It’s a punk rock oracular testament that speaks to the rebellious teen as well as the sheltered suburban dreamer. Saul Williams explores what social media may only hint at—the fact that times and realities have changed, yet there is a connect and a disconnect. We are wirelessly connected to a past and path to which we are, possibly, chained.
Saul Williams aims to stop and frisk the moment, make it empty its pockets, and chronicle what’s inside. Here is an extraordinary book that will find its place in the hands and minds of a new generation.