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The World Doesn't Reuire You Stories Established by the leaders of the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid nineteenth century Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding In lyrical prose and singular dialect a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations—like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice and the water women who lure men to wet deathsAmong its residents—wildly spanning decades perspectives and species—are David Sherman a struggling musician who just happens to be God’s last son; Tyrone a ruthless PhD candidate whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring once segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim an all too obedient robot who serves his Master As the book builds to its finish with Special Topics in Loneliness Studies a fully realized novella two unhinged professors grapple with hugely different ambitions and the reader comes to appreciate the intricacy of the world Scott has created—one where fantasy and reality are eternally at war

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The World Doesn't Reuire You Stories
  • Rion Amilcar Scott
  • 12 February 2016
  • 9781631495380

About the Author: Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection The World Doesn't Reuire You NortonLiveright August 2019 His debut story collection Insurrections University Press of Kentucky 2016 was awarded the 2017 PENBingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review Crab



10 thoughts on “The World Doesn't Reuire You Stories

  1. says:

    This is an incredibly ambitious collection the kind of book where the writer takes huge risks and doesn't look back There is a lot to admire in these stories and the fictional world of Cross River that serves as the backdrop The surreality works really well and the angry wit makes the writing so very sharp One thing I struggled with is that at times there wasn't a sense of authorial control The big ideas were there but I wanted behind the big ideas Anyway I truly cannot wait to see what Scott does next There is nothing like this book out in the world right now and few writers are producing work of such intelligence edge and creativity

  2. says:

    Edit 8119 This review was initially posted on 6919 but after seeing it get shouted out by Goodreads I've seen a review bomb effort undertaken by some dummy accounts giving this book 1 star ratings I just wanted to let people know that since I posted one of the earliest reviews of this book which I acuired at BookExpo America in MayThanks to WW Norton for the ARC at BEA 2019This book was phenomenal Rion Scott has written a collection of short stories here all in different styles in different time periods all set in the same place a fictional area in Maryland founded by slave rebels We see this region through various different periods of turmoil past present and future They all have elements of a magical realist style with an African American lens I'll admit some of the stories were enticing than others If it had just finished with that I would probably give this a four and be done thereBut the last story which was significantly longer almost half the book was what took this over the top and made it so much better in my opinion The final chapter deals with the story of a disgraced English professor whose personal and professional life collapses amidst a spiral of lies loneliness and despair The section touches on themes brought up throughout the previous chapters and it's non linear timeline rotation of POVs different styles normal conversational fiction and digital epistolary and brilliant prose was a grand slam to close the book It really made me think long and hard about what it means to be lonely to be loved to be successful and to be respected That final section would have made an excellent book on it's own but mixed with an already solid short story collection made this one of the best books I've read this year Highly highly recommend

  3. says:

    Rion Amilcar Scott is one of my favorite living authorsThe World Doesn't Reuire You is Scott's second short story collection yet it is the one where a lot of readers were introduced to him due to a change in publisher from his first collection TWDRY published by LiverightNorton Insurrections published by University of Kentucky Press Liveright is the larger press of the two If he were a rapper than you might say that TWDRY is his major label debut and of course as expected he knocked his major label debut out of the parkWithin the 11 stories and the 150 page novella contained in this book we revisit the home of Scott's first short story collection Cross River Maryland A town that you won't find on your maps app but one that you will be convinced you can visit after you spend some time with this collectionIn Cross River you come across the likes of David Sherman the last son of God who hilariously learns that God answers all prayers and sometimes God's answer is no You'll meet LN Jim I'll let y'all find out what LN means who is literally programmed to be fine with his oppression Dr Reginald Chambers the professor who goes rogue to teach his students at Freedman's University about one of the strongest themes in this collection lonelinessLoneliness is a theme we come across but also the lengths we will go to create something original the ways those who are oppressed go around oppressing others in a fashion akin to their oppressors We are introduced to some of the mythology of folklore of Cross River such as the water women the screechers You will also get reintroduced to a form of music created in Cross River that was touched on in Insurrections RiverbeatI think TWDRY is best consumed after reading Insurrections due to the things you will be glad to see for a second time but if you come across Scott's major label debut first then you might as well give it a spinThis genre defying versatile overall innovative collection deserves to go platinum

  4. says:

    Rion Amilcar Scott’s story collection The World Doesn’t Reuire You is one of the most astonishingly smart collections I’ve ever read I don’t think I’ve read anything as brutally intelligent as Scott’s stories Even before I finished the book I wanted to gather all of the literature wonks I know and force them to read this collection as fast as humanly possible so that we can talk about what the stories have to say how they are constructed and what the hell we’re supposed to read next because this collection is just so damn good Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss for review consideration

  5. says:

    uirky in an Ishmael Reed kind of way A heavy helping of satire with a steady stream of wisdom This short story collection is unlike any I’ve read in recent memory mainly because it is so left field in a positive way That magical realism pops up here and becoming a thing in fiction and really informs the entire collection I’m still on the fence as a fan of that device though it works well here Although the stories are separate they are all connected to the fictional Cross River And never has a fictional community been built to such a feeling of real as in this work Rion Scott kicks off the fun with David Sherman the Last Son of God he writes “God is from Cross River everyone knows that He was tall lanky; wore dirty brown clothes and walked with a limp he tried to disguise as a bop” Once the hilarity of it starts it rarely lets up with laugh out loud outrageousness such as the The Nier Knockers a story that subtly pokes fun at serious scholarship exhibiting that damn near anything can be a dissertation “I looked at the title and fell into an amusement a raw laughter so deep and pure that I was cleansed when it began to subside ‘Nier Knocks A Brief Cultural History’”By the time you get to the story on Loneliness Studies you will be wondering what the fcuk is Rion Scott trying to tell us Everything from religion to scholarship gets skewered here and all of it will have you shaking your damn head A bit of a warning this is not for the easily offended there is no doubt some content may be considered offensive so come into this book with an open mind and discerning heart and enjoy the crazy community of Cross River a place rich in mythology history a community college and it’s own sound Rion Scott is now on the “Writers to watch” radar Thanks to Netgalley and Liveright Publishing for an advanced DRC Book will hit the market on Aug 20 2019

  6. says:

    If given the choice to have a conversation with any author dead or alive at this very moment I would pick Rion Amilcar Scott In his collection of stories The World Doesn't Reuire You Scott masterfully mixes a bizarre cocktail of satire magical realism and a world that only he could create After each story I literally said to myself “How tf did he do that?” His story telling skills are on a whole different level This collection can and will make you uncomfortable but its powerful and stimulating I highly recommending this collection especially the last story Loneliness Studies it’s the longest story in the collection this one had me thinking hard about the human emotion

  7. says:

    I opted to sit with this book awhile before deciding to write a review Prior to reading this work I had never heard of Rion Amilcar Scott nor had I any knowledge of his debut Insurrections The book was chosen for its cover which is absolutely captivating and its blurb I was intrigued by the concept of a generation of people with an enduring connection to a place like Cross River; a place that is of course fictional but one that also inspires a curious sort of mindsetLet me tell you this is not the sort of book you pick up on a whim and read You need to be in the mood for it; a fact I discovered very shortly into the first story the one about God's last sonAfter reading it I walked away for a day before reading the next story because I felt overwhelmed by the messages I needed someone to talk to about what I'd read and see if they understood it the same or perhaps interpreted it altogether differently This is a work that offers an experience and so much of that experience is subjective It would be an injustice to interpret the stories because you truly need to read them for yourself What I can say is there will be people who rate it low for its abstraction and others who'll opt out because it's such a dense read I admittedly thought of doing the latter because of how overwhelmed I felt; like I needed a guide to walk me through each story and point out what may have been lost in my own translationI suggest reading this with a friend There's so much discussion worthy material within this collection This is particularly true where the last story is concerned it takes up over half the book as I found it had a lot to say about the academic world and how it treats its professors and students at the collegiate levelIf you like a challenge and can appreciate receiving it in a manner that may cause some mild discomfort then this book is for you Just be sure you're ready to give it the proper amount of your attention and don't jump ship before you've given it time to truly set its course Thank you to Edelweiss and Liveright Books for the opportunity to read and review this Advanced eGalley Opinion is my own and was not influenced

  8. says:

    I was hooked from the very first story This book grabbed me and spoke to me in a way that no book has done in a truly long time This collection of essays covers coming of age and fables stories all wrapped into a beautiful collection that explores slavery love and connection mixed in with African American history and experience The themes are uniue and powerful often leaving me with deep thoughts and analysis A thought provoking and strong collection

  9. says:

    My only need to stand as I did not in perfection nor in mastery nor even in competence but in constant work and growth Ugly words carelessly arranged can derange us just like beautiful words in beautiful order Ugly derangement saps us and depletes us devolves us to our base selves rips feathers from the wings we've gained from all our beautiful derangement Rion Scott sows together a powerful tale of what it means to be human This collection of stories brings to the light loneliness friendship hate love racism sexism slavery and even hope Scott's writing is elegant and bold constantly leaving you wanting In the face of life every character is met with heavy challenges that pushes them Will they grow from it or break down? Guide others or tear them down? Heartbreaking yet humorous Scott's vivid writing brings to life what it means to live in a world that treats you with disregard What hooked me the most was the last and longest story Special Topics In Loneliness Studies is a breathtaking story about a professors deterioration into loneliness Eventually even our silences between our silences kept their own silences This students is lonelinessLoneliness is a basic human emotion but what power we let that emotion have over us is what shapes us Knowing that we all feel it do we let it bring us together or isolate us and become a thing of rage and self destruction? This book is raw imaginative and bold Scott's writing demands to be heard

  10. says:

    I don’t know why there are so many overtly fake accounts giving this book 1 star

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