Join us at City Lit Books for a reading with David Masciotra from his new book Barack Obama: Invisible Man.
Barack Obama: Invisible Man tells the story of how America lost sight of a great president and tragically found a terrible one. It is a provocative and informative cultural and literary look at the life and political career of President Barack Obama. Inspired by Ralph Ellison’s masterpiece, Invisible Man, it contends that Obama’s historic status as first black president rendered the real man and leader invisible to much of America. The genuine figure of elegance and hope presented an opportunity for American growth, but due to the loaded reality of race, that opportunity was lost, and Donald Trump was able to take power. This is an important new book about Barack Obama, race, Trump, and American culture. It is unlike any other interpretation of the Obama presidency.
David Masciotra is an author, lecturer, and cultural critic. He is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour, from the University Press of Kentucky, and Metallica by Metallica, a 33 1/3 book from Bloomsbury Publishers. In 2010, Continuum Books published his first book, Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen. Masciotra is a cultural columnist with Salon and a former columnist with PopMatters. He has written about cultural issues and the arts for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Blurt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and politics for AlterNet, the Indianapolis Star, and Fusion. He has written about life and literature for The Cresset. He lives with his wife and cats in Indiana, where he teaches writing and literature courses at the university level.