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Journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan and the modern black experience

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Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles-based author and journalist who is renowned for addressing issues of race head on and with a deft touch.

In her new book, "Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line," Kaplan turns her keen eye and unique literary voice to topics that encompass the full range of the modern African American experience. The book features thirty-three essays about a wide range of topics that originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Salon.com and elsewhere. Subjects range from the mundane to the tragic – including stories about Hurricane Katrina, Tiger Woods and Serena Williams, as well as new essays about President Barack Obama and Kaplan's personal struggles with depression. But the common thread is Kaplan’s ability to distill life in the 21st century down to its complex and beautiful absurdity.


Erin Aubry Kaplan, author and contributing editor, op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times