Here's what the critics have to say about William Upski Wimsatt's previous work:
Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer.--The Atlantic
Wimsatt's charisma stems from his courage.--Cornel West Bomb the Suburbs
and No More Prisons
are cult classics deftly reflecting the hip-hop generation's maturation.--Miami New Times
A refreshing voice for Generation X.--Library Journal
Ahead of the curve.--Spin
As a potty-mouthed graffiti writer from the South Side of Chicago, William Upski Wimsatt electrified the literary and hip-hop world with two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation, Bomb the Suburbs
(1994) and No More Prisons
(1999), which, combined, sold more than ninety thousand copies.
In Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs
, Wimsatt weaves a first-person tour of America's cultural and political movements from 1985-2010. It's a story about love, growing up, a generation coming of age, and a vision for the movement young people will create in the new decade. With humor, storytelling, and historical insight, Wimsatt lays out a provocative vision for the next twenty-five years of personal and historical transformation. Never heard of Billy Wimsatt before? Your life just got better. William Upski Wimsatt
is the author of Bomb the Suburbs
and No More Prisons
. A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, and political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in dozens of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences. He founded the League of Young Voters, worked for Barack Obama in Ohio, and co-organized the first-ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House. He was honored as a visionary by Utne Reader
and included in The Source
's Power 30 list. He lives in Brooklyn.
William Upski Wimsatt: William Upski Wimsatt is the author of two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation: Bomb The Suburbs and No More Prisons (more than 90,000 combined sold). A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in hundreds of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences. He founded the League of Young Voters, worked for Barack Obama in Ohio, coorganized the first ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House, and was honored as a "Visionary" by Utne Magazine, and "Power 30" by The Source. He lives in Brooklyn.
"Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs is a book for middle-aging youth activists who are still passionate about fighting for a revolutionary new society, but recognize the importance of a visionary long-term, sustained movement in achieving change. Simply put, Billy Wimsatt has grown up. [...] And he wants us to grow up, too."
--Pete Redington, CounterPunch
"Wimsatt's level of sincerity and enthusiasm is refreshing and bracing, and the book stands as a reminder that anybody who wants to help improve the world can find plenty of ways to get busy, and also have a great time doing it."