By Wayne Pharr

ISBN-10: 1613749198

ISBN-13: 9781613749197

Within the early morning hours of December eight, 1969, hundreds and hundreds of SWAT officials engaged in a violent conflict with a handful of Los Angeles–based individuals of the Black Panther occasion for Self-Defense (BPP). 5 hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, 3 SWAT staff participants and 3 Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the neighborhood that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory, and a key explanation for that victory used to be the activities of a 19-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP: Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Pharr's riveting tale of lifestyles within the la department of the BPP and offers a blow-by-blow account of the way it ready for and survived the big assault. He illuminates the historical past of 1 of the main committed, dynamic, vilified, and distinctive chapters of the BPP, filling in a lacking piece of Black Panther historical past and, within the procedure, developing an attractive and hard-to-put-down memoir a couple of time and position that holds great fascination for readers attracted to African American militancy.

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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.

Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....

It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.

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