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Junior's List of Musicians Who Had Played the Most Joyous Music

(from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie)

Arnold Spirit Jr. had a realization:

“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes. 129 more words

Books & Music

'Because My Father Always Said He Was The Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play The Star-Spangled Banner At Woodstock' by Sherman Alexie

Because My Father Always Said He Was The Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ At Woodstock by Sherman Alexie, 1993

The magic trick: 283 more words

Stories

'This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona' by Sherman Alexie

This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie, 1993

The magic trick:

Interrupting the plot for an other-worldly recollection

This is the story Alexie expanded into the script for the “Smoke Signals” movie. 198 more words

Stories

'Amusements' by Sherman Alexie

Amusements by Sherman Alexie, 1993

The magic trick:

Demonstrating the way external judgments mingle easily with internal loathing

Hey, listen, the title is ironic. Or maybe at least purposely misleading. 188 more words

Stories

'What You Pawn I Will Redeem' by Sherman Alexie

What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie, 2003

The magic trick:

Plotting out an excellent story

Many of Sherman Alexie’s stories function mainly as sketches. 189 more words

Stories

'The Only Traffic Signal On The Reservation Doesn't Flash Red Anymore' by Sherman Alexie

The Only Traffic Signal On The Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore by Sherman Alexie, 1993

The magic trick:

Providing a particular, and rare, perspective

It’s easy, and fairly offensive, to write off Sherman Alexie’s fiction as nothing more than an anthropological curiosity. 283 more words

Stories