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This is the long-awaited moment when Robert Reid-Pharr really 'lets his hair down' (not the best cliche for a black man) and demonstrates that he is so much more than an academic literary critic (and he does a damn fine job of that, mind you.) Signifying on that ancient but alive racist statement "Once you go black, you can never go back", so often heard by (gay and straight) whiteboys with a chronic case of jungle fever, Reid-Pharr moves breathlessly through the 'genres' of queer studies, black studies, critical whiteness work, and cultural studies. His position as a great American social and cultural critic is fully consolidated with this text. His prose is lucid; his style is engaging and any one of the essays/chapters here *should* and could be reprinted in any venue; from Essence to The New Yorker (if only!) and from The Village Voice to Harper's. One can only hope that this book will be sufficiently widely read that Reid-Pharr can become, for lack of a better comparison, the gay Michael Eric Dyson. Most significantly, for this reader, is that this book embodies the revolutionary impulse in black studies to at once reach an academic audience and also a mass, popular audience. In other words, this book should be in airport bookstores, not completely relegated to the sub-section of 'black masculinity studies' (to which it certainly makes an important contribution)