Featured as one of Summer 2018s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media.In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Cant Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and Im Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soulsearching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.It hasnt been easy being Michael Arceneaux. Equality for LGBT people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being black in America iswell, have you watched the news? With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of todays boldest writers on social issues, I Cant Date Jesus is Michael Arceneauxs impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in todays America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in...
|Title||:||I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||257 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé Reviews
Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review.
I haven’t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain and I loved that book last year.
This guy is hilarious as hell and he kept me laughing while reading. The style of the book feels as if we are having dinner and he’s telling me about his life. It’s v ...more
It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important.
Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pick it up if that's your sort of thing. It definitely is mine.
I'll write out two quotes that I liked. The first because it's how I think of straight people (i.e., they are irrelevant to me):
"...because as a little B ...more
3.5 stars here.
"It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all over it as they eat it. Early self-awareness is a blessing only if who you are comes with a support system and an education. If you don't have those, it's easy to find yourself feeling stuck and sullen. I learned a certai ...more
This was really cute! Don’t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one.
I’m trying to stay brief, so I’ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he’s encountered outside of his native Houston, Texas.
I say “wordy” since he often tries harder than he should with the run-on humor, and these attempts land too heavily. However, for every “okay, I get the joke” moment, there were three where he genuinely had me crack ...more
So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that you do need to read them all fairly close together in time because all of them are parts of a whole. There’s a flow there that you miss out on if you just do them individually. (Otherwise, they’d just be articles ...more
This review contains spoilers.
I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and while listening to the episode I went to order the book and realized that I already ordered it. I just needed it in my possession. It was worth the wait. This book is an amazing read. Prior to hearing Arceneaux on the po ...more
I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race, sexuality, religion, politics, culture, LGBTQ community...and yes, even Beyoncé. From childhood to adulthood, it's there. Honest, funny, sensitive, heartbreaking, perspective-altering, and unapologetically in your ...more