At a glance:
- Author: Colson Whitehead
- First Published: 2001
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: July, 1996
- Setting: Talcott, West Virginia
- Characters: J. Sutter, Pamela Street, Alphonse Miggs, John Henry, Lucien Joyce, Dave Brown, One Eye, James Moses
- Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism
- Subjects: African Americans, North America or North Americans, Northeast, U.S., United States or Americans, Journalism or journalists, Racism, Twentieth century, 1990's, Collecting or collectors, West Virginia
- Locales: West Virginia
The main character of John Henry Days, Colson Whitehead’s second novel, is a hack journalist, J. Sutter, involved in his own man-against-machine contest. The machine in this case is not a mechanical steel driver, but something quite abstract: It is, generally, the media machine of American culture. More specifically, it is “The List,” maintained by a public relations man, of freelance journalists who travel to all-expenses-paid events for the free food and drinks, and who can be counted on to hand in a few hundred words of puff to their respective media outlets. J....
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