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Open Books Open Minds - PYM: A Novel by Mat Johnson

The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2013/2014

By Mat Johnson

An Interview with Mat Johnson

"Johnson often describes himself as an “Octoroon” or a “Mulatto,” despite the terms’ seeming lack of political correctness. He grew up near Valley Green, a section of Wissahickon Valley Park, in the Germantown and Mt. Airy sections of Philadelphia. “I used to identify as an African American,” he says, “and then in the 1990’s the ‘proper’ word was ‘interracial,’ but that can refer to anyone of any two different races. Just to mess with people, it’s more fun to use a term like Mulatto because it gives the sense of another race, which is what I am.”