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Sherman Alexie on Living Outside of Cultural Borders


Sherman Alexie
If you only watch one television interview this year, make it this interview with Sherman Alexie. You will learn about ethnic cleansing, the evil of Lincoln, deeply hidden American secrets and much more all shared with a humor and sensibility that few command.

Born on a Native American reservation, Sherman Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in lauded poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades. Alexie joins Bill to share his irreverent perspective on contemporary American life, and discuss the challenges of living in two different cultures at the same time, especially when one has so much dominance over the other.

“I know a lot more about being white than you know about being Indian,” Alexie tells Bill.

When not writing, Sherman is known for his commanding stage presence. He performs standup comedy, and held the title of World Heavyweight Poetry Champion for four consecutive years. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.


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  1. Geri Carmack says

    I just watched the Bill Moyers interview; it is one of the best I have ever seen. Alexie’s description of what it’s like to be bi-polar as well as living between two worlds is fascinating. Also interesting is his use of the word Indians rather than the term Native Americans, and the effects of colonization.

    I’m going to get Blasphemy from the library. Alexie is amazing.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

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