Everyone was expected to follow the status quo; moronic, idiotic, and uneducated, but Alexie refused, seeing how his father read and went to school, Alexie wanted to be like his father, educated. He was strong and was not afraid of what might the other kids or parents say about him behind his back; he broke from the status quo. His family was different among others because his father went to a Catholic school, his father adored reading from westerns, spy thrillers, murder mysteries, gangster epics, etc… he could pretty much read anything he can get his hands on to.
As a little child he lived on the Spokane Indian Reservation, located west of Spokane.
His father often left the house on drinking binges for days at a time. To support her six children, Alexie's mother, Lillian, sewed quilts, worked as a clerk at the Wellpinit Trading Post and had some other jobs.
They called him "The Globe" because his head was larger than usual, due to suffering hydrocephalus as an infant. Until the age of seven, Alexie suffered from seizures and bedwetting ; he had to take strong drugs to control them. Alexie was at a low point in his life, and Kuo served as a mentor to him.
Alexie said this book changed his life as it taught him "how to connect to non-Native literature in a new way". Stories and Poemspublished in through Hanging Loose Press.
However, inhe was awarded a bachelor's degree from Washington State University. Alexie has long supported youth programs and initiatives dedicated to supporting at-risk Native youth.
They live in Seattle with their two sons. A Memoir,  was reconsidering, and in March it was confirmed that Alexie had declined the award and was postponing the publication of a paperback version of the memoir. Additionally, a number of his pieces have been published in various literary magazines and journals, as well as online publications.
Themes[ edit ] Alexie's poetry, short stories and novels explore themes of despair, poverty, violence and alcoholism among the lives of Native American people, both on and off the reservation. They are lightened by wit and humor. Quirk from the Dictionary of Library Biography, Alexie asks three questions across all of his works: What does it mean to be an Indian man?
Finally, what does it mean to live on an Indian reservation? He "blends elements of popular culture, Indian spirituality, and the drudgery of poverty-ridden reservation life to create his characters and the world they inhabit," according to Quirk.
According to Quirk, he does this as a "means of cultural survival for American Indians—survival in the face of the larger American culture's stereotypes of American Indians and their concomitant distillation of individual tribal characteristics into one pan-Indian consciousness.
Let's get one thing out of the way: Mexican immigration is an oxymoron. So, in a strange way, I'm pleased that the racist folks of Arizona have officially declared, in banning me alongside Urrea, Baca, and Castillo, that their anti-immigration laws are also anti-Indian.
I'm also strangely pleased that the folks of Arizona have officially announced their fear of an educated underclass. You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens?
Those brown kids change the world. In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now.
Common themes include alcoholism, poverty and racism. The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems  was well received, selling over 10, copies. Whereas older, traditional forms of Indian dance may be ceremonial and kept private among tribal members, the fancydance style was created by Native American veterans from World War II as a form of public entertainment.
Several prominent characters are explored, and they have been featured in later works by Alexie. According to Sarah A.Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school .
And if you're fourteen years old, like me, and you're still stuttering and lisping, then you become the biggest retard in the world.
Everybody on the rez calls me a retard about twice a day. In the following short story “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me”, Sherman Alexie tells his readers about his pain and suffering growing up in an Indian Reservation.
War Dances [Sherman Alexie] on alphabetnyc.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In his first new fiction since winning the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Nov 04, · This reading of the outstanding writer Sherman Alexie's essay "Superman and Me" is given in honor of Native American Heritage Month (November) . X.J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia developed Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Thirteenth Edition with two major goals in mind: to introduce college students to the appreciation and experience of literature in its major forms and to develop the student’s ability to think.