Title: Don't You Weep, Don't You Moan
Author: Richard Coleman
Cover artist: Samson Pollen
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Best things about this cover:
- "We'll make our first incision ... here."
- "I'm just putting the final touches on my remarkably realistic head sculpture. . . there. Done."
- "Do those shoes look shined to you, you incompetent !@#@#!"
- Can you tell I'm just trying to think of captions that don't involve her demanding oral sex.
- This woman could be the slightly classier sister of Tombolo lady. Derisive sneer. Half akimbo stance. Tramptacular outfit. Etc.
- I love the abrasion and fraying on this cover - really drives home the "raw desire"
- The song is "Don't You Weep, Don't You Mourn" - it's a Negro spiritual about delivery from oppression - which makes this title ... man, I don't know. I want to say "sacrilicious."
- Wait, is this lady black? Oh, dear lord, one of the interior blurbs discusses "the power of Negro emotions ... the raw, primitive passions, the splendid crudity ..." So the Charlotte Observer observes. The New York Times approaches the topic in characteristically elliptical and ironic fashion, mentioning the novel's "great color and variety."
- This novel's approach to coding / masking race is freaking me out, frankly. Check out the back cover:
Best things about this back cover:
- "swamp girl!"
- "seething b(l)ack streets!"
- OK, Washington Times, let me get this straight: Barbarity is at the top of the arc and brutality is at the bottom? "Sorry, blacks, you may go only as high as barbarity. At least it's beautiful barbarity. Be grateful."
"Dis sho is good fish," he said