Philip Henderson

Philip Henderson
Berlin, Germany
November 02
Born in Atlanta and raised just outside Washington, D.C., P. Lewis graduated from Howard University in 1992. His first book, "Life of Death," was published by Fiction Collective in 1993; his second novel, "Nate," won the American Book Award in 2006. He has worked as a dishwasher in D.C., a temp in New York City and Rockville, Maryland; with these earnings he was able to get lost in Egypt, Morocco, Greece, Rio de Janeiro, Romania, Istanbul, Damascus, Havana, among other places. He is currently living in Berlin, Germany.


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AUGUST 16, 2013 5:41PM

Global McLiterature, redux

Now things have gotten so bad in the literary world that even n + 1, of all magazines, has jumped into the fray. In issue #17 the editors (including presumably Benjamin Kunkel, who has written a fairly "light" novel himself) have come out in full force against "World Literature" (aka Mickey… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2013 5:21PM

What Does "Urban" Really Mean?

It's a good question, particularly since no one has really bothered to answer it.

Many people of color would take it as a compliment; I don't. I find it insulting. In a nutshell, "urban" is just another euphenism for "nigger," or "spic." So when people talk about "urban fiction," "urban culture,"… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2013 6:46PM

The American Literary "Jahiliyya"

“There was a disturbing discontinuity between the written language of politics and poetry and the world the Arabs confronted each day.  It had become harder to write, both men seemed to be saying.  Qabbani borrowed the term jahiliyya, meaning pre-Islamic ignorance, to describe the AraRead full post »

AUGUST 5, 2013 6:02PM

An African American in Berlin

 “Home” was a one-room, 35 square meter sublet on Hasenheide. From the outside it looked fairly glamorous; the walkway was lined with stately tenement houses, old-fashioned gas lamps, and chestnut trees. The marvelous 19th century Südstern cathedral was within close walkingRead full post »

"Thug Male"? Why not just say "American Male," since this is precisely what he is?

 The “Thug Male’s” prison is, precisely, the very same prison that each and every one of us is locked up in within these United States. Some of us pretend to be doing better than theRead full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2009 8:48AM

Egypt: An African Cancer

Each day, it seems, the situation in Egypt becomes more and more ridiculous. It rarely makes American news because America is not at war with the country, number one, and number two, nothing really happens there that would interest FOX News. But oddly enough, that just might be the root ot… Read full post »