Humorist and former model Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be. I wrote a book review of “I’m Down” by Mishna Wolff. It’s a memoir about a super- white kid growing up in pre-gentrification Central District. A memoir by Mishna Wolff, I’m Down is one of the most eclectic and thought- provoking works to have been released in recent times. This text was published by.
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Navigating her way through these waters – living in one world and going to school in another – Mishna Wolff emerged with a strong sense of self and a gift for recalling how it feels to be a kid. I think that it was a very well-written book.
Wolff mines this material for humor, but woflf something weird and unintentionally telling going on here. One quibble I have is that the whole book is told in the same voice and that voice is an adult’s.
Apr 12, Robin rated it really liked it. Eventually, she finds a small group of friends who bond over drawing and fantasy stories think elves and wizards. Eh, it was only okay.
I’m Down (book)
He wanted his children to act black. People think this book is funny? Wolff tells the story of her upbringing with amazing humor and calm. The neighborhood had changed from white to black, and her father decided that the family should be black too.
See 2 questions about I’m Down…. The other, bigger problem with the memoir is that Wolff seems mad as hell–at her father, mainly–and grapples with keeping a lid on her anger hard. These two kids should have been bonding over the fact that none of their parents seemed to give a fuck about them, but instead mishna looks down her nose xown the girl because she thinks anyone who owns two TVs has no right to feel sad.
Central District stars in Mishna Wolff’s “I’m Down” (warning: not music)
May 16, Tracey rated it it was ok Shelves: Fuck Mishna, girl, listen to me: In some ways, her experience featured a lot of the typical b. I was always sort of embarrassed but also sort of never fit in and didn’t want to be made fun of because unlike Mishna, I didn’t fight, I didn’t cap, I didn’t do anything to insert myself.
But good lord, reading about how she was “raised” made me want to go back in time, find her, and rescue her from those weak, pathetic, selfish people who did not deserve to be parents. Fuck, if these were my neighbors, I would have called myself. Mishna Wolff gives an honest accounting of a rather remarkably mixed-up time in her life.
Central District stars in Mishna Wolff’s “I’m Down” (warning: not music) | The Seattle Times
Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. To go flying out the back of the damn van.
Confident of being black, her white father raised Mishna and her sister in a very African American and Ghetto environment where the trend was to diss other people and speack with incorrect grammar. And the whole place was covered in light cream carpet—which I tiptoed onto like it was hot lava.
It’s also reminsicient of Jeanette Wall’s The Glass Castle, where a fantastically accomplished woman lingers over the memory of her childhood poverty in a way that seems a tiny bit off-putting. Given bh premise of the book, this is more than a little discomfiting, especially once her stepmother Yvonne starts accusing Mishna of being a “racist”.
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In the meantime, she joins a swim team and soon excels at the breaststroke. This is also the place where Mishna makes her first interaction with upper class white children from rich families. I hated this book so much. The trip itself is given exactly one sentence. What happened in high school? I believe that she may have stayed in a black neighborhood but she didn’t LIVE in a black neighborhood.