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Never Drank the Kool-Aid

Essays

Picador

His name is Touré—just Touré—and like many of the musicians, athletes, and celebrities he has profiled, he has affected the way that we think about culture in America. He has profiled Eminem, 50 Cent, and Alicia Keys for the cover of Rolling Stone. He's played high-stakes poker with Jay-Z and basketball with Prince and Wynton Marsalis. In Touré's world, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits beside Condoleezza Rice who sits beside hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur, and all of them are fascinating company.

Never Drank the Kool-Aid is a collection of essays that chronicles Touré's unparalleled journey through the American funhouse known as pop culture. His essays are filled with creative, arrogant, kind, ordinary, and extraordinary people, most of whom happen to be famous. Touré sees through the artifice of their world and understands the genuine motivations behind their achievements—to see who they truly are as people.

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"Touré's an exceptional journalist. . . . He is--if you can imagine it--Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve."--Tom Wolfe, author of I Am Charlotte Simmons and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

"Touré is one of our nation's most astute and witty observers of the American scene. Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor--and his brilliant command of so many aspects of pop culture--make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read. Never Drank the Kool-Aid is a Touré-de-force!"--Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler if You Hear Me and I May Not Get There with You

"Touré came to Rolling Stone as an intern in 1992. He was a lousy intern--we fired him--but a great writer and we soon hired him back. From 50 Cent to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., we sent Touré out on stories and he got it, whatever it was, every time. His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy."--Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Touré is the author of the novel Soul City and the story collection The Portable Promised Land. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tennis Magazine, The Best American Essays, and Da Capo Best American Music Writing, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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