The Hilarious Brilliance of 'The Inconvenient Indian'

By Peter d'Errico
Indian Country Today

king_inconvenient coverThomas King (Cherokee and Greek) is an amazing, funny, provocative writer. His award-winning fiction works, some under pseudonyms, explore the worlds of Native life in North America. His writing is full of psychological and sociological insight, expressed through a wide range of characters and settings.

King's latest book, The Inconvenient Indian (UMinn Press), steps away from fiction, but maintains and intensifies his trenchant approach to the cultural divide that separates Native peoples from Western civilization. Amazingly, his non-fiction prose is as sharply humorous as his fiction, while yielding nothing to those who laugh at Native cultures. The humor is not by way of cheap laughs at the white man, but rather a tool by which King manages to cut into the absurdities of the long and continuing Anglo invasion of the continent.

Read the full review.

University of Minnesota Press Podcast


Art and Posthumanism: Cary Wolfe in conversation with Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard.


Life in Plastic: Petrochemical fantasies and synthetic sensibilities, with Caren Irr, Lisa Swanstrom, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Daniel Worden.


Live: A book launch for We Are Meant to Rise at Next Chapter Booksellers features Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Douglas Kearney, Melissa Olson, Said Shaiye, and Kao Kalia Yang.