Ishmael Reed

was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1938 and grew up in working class neighbourhoods in Buffalo, New York. He is one of America’s most renowned black writers, the author of more than twenty books which cut across all genres, especially black experimental fiction. In 1970, his anthology 19 Necromancers from Now, brought together many of the black writers who were rarely permitted into the standard collections of Afro-American literature. Reed issued “a metaphysical attack on the imagination and urged the new black writers and critics to flee ‘the cultural slave quarters’ and develop non-Western literary standards.” Two of his books have been nominated for the National Book Awards, and book of poetry, Conjure (1972), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His novels include: The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967), Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), Mumbo Jumbo (1972), Reckless Eyeballing(1986), Japanese Spring, and Airing Dirty Laundry (1993). His latest anthology Multi-America: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace was published in 1998. Ishmael Reed lives in Oakland, California.
Yellow Back Radio Broke-down (part)

Folks. This here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick. A bullwhacker so unfeeling he left the print of winged mice on hides of crawling women. A desperado so onery he made the Pope cry and the most powerful of cattlemen shed his head to the Executioner’s swine.