You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain Read Online Free - A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily. Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn t that . . . white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page and she s going to make you laugh as she s doing it.
Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, "2 Dope Queens," to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, "You Can't Touch My Hair" examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise."
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February 09, 2017
Is this book an American thing? It might be you have to be American to enjoy it, to get the references, like her particular brand of humour. Feel the catharsism of being berated for being racist although it's not your personal fault, if you are White but don't worry, she likes White people especi...
October 16, 2016
I was inspired to read You Can't Touch My Hair at GR friend Taryn's suggestion as a counterpoint to Jodie Picoult's portrayal of Ruth in Great Small Things. I didn't know anything about Phoebe Robinson -- who I now know is a young writer, feminist, actor and comic -- but I'm glad I read her book...
September 12, 2016
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I just read Amy Schumer's GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO, and if you follow me, you'll remember that I had some complaints. Mainly that comedians, for whatever reason, write unfunny memoirs that are either a) self-promotional, b) long, shop...
February 06, 2017
We may not be in a post racial society but I tell you what: when funky, funny Phoebe can tell us what white people do that makes her crazy, and why she doesn’t want to be anybody’s token black friend, I think we’ve moved the needle since the last century. I remember the first time an African man...
February 08, 2017
Comedian Phoebe Robinson addresses race, gender, and pop culture in this collection of eleven humorous essays. Robinson is the creator and one of the hosts of the 2 Dope Queens podcast. She also has a series on YouTube called Woke Bae. I'm behind the times and had never encountered her work befor...
June 28, 2016
Phoebe Robinson's delivers more laughs per page than any other book of essays by a female comedian in recent memory. (Yes, I'm including Tina Fey. And Amy Poehler.) Not only that, she dispenses wisdom and tackles issues that go beyond the typical "being-a-woman-in-comedy-is-hard" thing a lot of t...
October 16, 2016
Forgive me for this, but can I just say I am Super First-World Frustrated that I didn't get to listen to an audio version of this book? I knew as soon as I read that Phoebe Robinson of the 2 Dope Queens podcast had a book coming out that I wanted it in audio. I mean, why wouldn't I? I've read a b...
May 01, 2017
You Can't Touch My Hair is a good representation of today's pop culture, one replete with hostages, movie and music references. While this made it interesting for about the first 30% of the book, I found it very difficult to continue after "Dear Future Female President." While Phoebe's comedy is...
July 07, 2017
I enjoyed this very smart and humorous book. This is not the stuff of Pulitzer, but I think Robinson has something here. I appreciated this book for the intelligent commentary on race and feminism and its youthful voice. The essays are uneven in quality that vacillate between utterly personal, em...
February 06, 2017
This made some excellent points and I would not want to discourage anyone from reading it, but I think I was just not in the target audience, agewise. The relentless pop-culture references and meandering style made me feel like my brain was leaking out of my ears.