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Author: Brandon Harris Narrator: Brandon Massey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062681430
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A young African American millennial filmmaker’s funny, sometimes painful, true-life coming-of-age story of trying to make it in New York City—a chronicle of poverty and wealth, creativity and commerce, struggle and insecurity, and the economic and cultural forces intertwined with "the serious, life-threatening process" of gentrification.

Making Rent in Bed-Stuy explores the history and sociocultural importance of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn’s largest historically black community, through the lens of a coming-of-age young American negro artist living at the dawn of an era in which urban class warfare is politely referred to as gentrification. Bookended by accounts of two different breakups, from a roommate and a lover, both who come from the white American elite, the book oscillates between chapters of urban bildungsroman and a historical examination of some of Bed-Stuy’s most salient aesthetic and political legacies.

Filled with personal stories and a vibrant cast of iconoclastic characters— friends and acquaintances such as Spike Lee; Lena Dunham; and Paul MacCleod, who made a living charging $5 for a tour of his extensive Elvis collection—Making Rent in Bed-Stuy poignantly captures what happens when youthful idealism clashes head-on with adult reality.

Melding in-depth reportage and personal narrative that investigates the disappointments and ironies of the Obama era, the book describes Brandon Harris’s radicalization, and the things he lost, and gained, along the way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hard-won insights into the divided loyalties of middle-class African-Americans, and a convincing description of a twenty-first-century New York City where only the rich can thrive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the twenty-first century.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Brandon Harris’s first book is a wide-ranging meditation on race, poverty, bohemia, and film history. It’s the introduction to American letters of a brilliant, funny, antic voice-and a rebuke, in a form newly discovered, to the people James Baldwin once called our ‘morally bankrupt and desperately dishonest countrymen.’”

    Keith Gessen, a founding editor of n+1 and the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men

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About the Author

Brandon Harris, has worked as a film critic and programmer, producer and director, screenwriter and educator. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New Yorker, New Republic, The Guardian, Vice, the Daily Beast, Variety, N+1, and Filmmaker Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in New York City.