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June 26, 2005

Critical Mass

It occurs to me that I have compiled enough material to write a small book. I've already got the title. 'Keeping It Right: The Future of the Talented Tenth in the Post Civil Rights Era'.

Or something like that.

From the pages of Cobb, I'm going to assemble and repurpose 40 to 60 essays and reviews, and try to get published. I really have no excuse not to. It's time to wrap this up and create something for the non-blog universe. Especially now that I'm getting invited to conferences and whatnot, I should have an artifact.

What should I cover?

Posted by mbowen at June 26, 2005 12:57 PM

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You know you're my boy.

There are few questions that would give you LESS information than this one.

Better question?

What is the best example of an essay collection that YOU (meaning "us" readers) have read?

As an aside, it's about time. How many years ago did I tell you to actually create product??

Posted by: Lester Spence at June 26, 2005 06:21 PM

Here are the topics / headings so far:

War & Peace
Arts & Letters
Business & Finance
Science & Technology
Religion & Philosophy
Home & Family
Race & Class
Crime & Punishment
Politics & Citizenship
Heritage & Culture
Here & Now
Past & Future
Black & White

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2005 08:06 AM

Cobb, it’s an excellent idea to get years of your thoughts on paper. Perhaps you should consider self publishing? An interview with a guy who self published his way to financial independence did so using eBay, Amazon and some other online outlets. That way you keep the profits, maybe get picked up by a major publisher at a premium and so on.

Anyway, it’s great that you're going to take years of thought and sharing it with folks who are unplugged or *gasp* offline. I’d buy a copy and I’m sure others would as well if for no other reason than the diversity of your ideas.

Posted by: The Black Male at June 27, 2005 02:57 PM

For what it's worth, some of one white guy's favourites:

Effective Resonance, both for the thumbnail classification of degrees of racist offense --- itself an interesting exercise --- and for the observation about how specific offenses fit together with group-scale social power.

And the Horse You Rode In On, which is worth it for wry comment about types of ass kicking alone.

, for supporting the magnificent observation "The reason 'racism' seems to be such a squishy term is because of racism."

Public Dialog vs Single Combat because it's just full of good stuff --- and might make a good section introduction.

Reparations and the Slave Dollar, which I see you brought back recently --- the Slave Dollar is just a gorgeous idea.

Posted by: Jonathan Korman at June 27, 2005 07:57 PM

Great idea.

I wish you luck.

Posted by: Okolo at June 28, 2005 07:27 AM

Make money first: write a book that basically expounds the case for black conservatism, mixing in exposition on old school values and your experiences online. Make it autobigraphicalish in feel tracing your roots from childhood to your adult adventures in the online scene from the way back. Your perspective is unique.

You can get to all the war & peace philosophy etc in future books.

Posted by: memer [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 09:47 AM

Working title:

Entering the chambers: The case for New School Black Conservatism in the 21st Century

by Michael Cobb Bowen

Something like that. Leave it to the inside pages to say that "new school" is actually "old school."

Posted by: memer [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 28, 2005 09:51 AM