[Review of the book The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer]

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Adina L. Riggins, University Archivist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
Web Site: http://library.uncw.edu/

Abstract: While best known for her music, Janelle Monáe is also a film actor, fashion designer, and social justice activist for Black and LGBTQ+ communities. As a long-time science fiction fan, she drew inspiration from the classic film Metropolis for her first full-length studio album.1 In 2018, her Dirty Computer album earned critical acclaim forits pop funk sound, drawing comparisons to Beyoncé and Prince. In an accompanying 45-minute musical sci-fi film Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture],Monáe appears as Jane57821, fighting for survival and sexual liberation in a society that hates outsiders. The Memory Librarian expands on themes from Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture] and presents five stories coauthored with sci-fi/fantasy writers Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renee Thomas.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
book review, libraries, library science, Janelle Monae

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