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Foreword

Foreword "Rap music?" I said to the young editor who handed me the manuscript. "Did you say rap music?" "Yes," she said, "It's a reaUy good essay." "I'm sure it's interesting," I said dimly. "TU certainly. . .read it." giving headaches to inteUigent Ufe forms. No, rap music was not a likely topic. But the truth was that I knew close to nothing about it, and on the theory that any art form did read the essay. I won't go on about my response, except to say that David Foster WaUace and Mark Costello's "Signifying Rappers" deserves some kind of award for the way in which it penetrates the cloud of unknowing surrounding this popular but scorned music. Richard Selzer's essay "Crematorium" meditates on one man's Ufelong ritual of acceptance regarding death; and Diana Hume George's "Wounded Chevy at Wounded Knee" explores in a fresh way another kind of acceptance--of the terrible imperfection of one's own past relationships. that Jesse Helms hates may have more to it than meets the ear, I smug teenager, whose sole purpose was obviously to walk around As she left the office, I thought of how often I had been at a quiet place http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

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Abstract

"Rap music?" I said to the young editor who handed me the manuscript. "Did you say rap music?" "Yes," she said, "It's a reaUy good essay." "I'm sure it's interesting," I said dimly. "TU certainly. . .read it." giving headaches to inteUigent Ufe forms. No, rap music was not a likely topic. But the truth was that I knew close to nothing about it, and on the theory that any art form did read the essay. I won't go on about my response, except to say that David Foster WaUace and Mark Costello's "Signifying Rappers" deserves some kind of award for the way in which it penetrates the cloud of unknowing surrounding this popular but scorned music. Richard Selzer's essay "Crematorium" meditates on one man's Ufelong ritual of acceptance regarding death; and Diana Hume George's "Wounded Chevy at Wounded Knee" explores in a fresh way another kind of acceptance--of the terrible imperfection of one's own past relationships. that Jesse Helms hates may have more to it than meets the ear, I smug teenager, whose sole purpose was obviously to walk around As she left the office, I thought of how often I had been at a quiet place

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1990

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