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Cordel pós-muderno

Bem, quase exatamente cordel. E que agora não só ganhou o mercado editorial "de verdade," como pelo visto também as bibliotecas públicas da Gringolândia.

Urban fiction's journey from street vendors to library shelves and six-figure book deals is a case of culture bubbling from the bottom up. That is especially true in New York, where the genre, like hip-hop music, was developed by, for and about people in southeast Queens and other mostly black neighborhoods that have struggled with drugs, crime and economic stagnation.

Writers like Mark Anthony — who at 35 is Miller's contemporary and the author of "Paper Chasers," based on his youth in Laurelton — found themselves being rejected by agents and publishers. So they paid to self-publish their books, with rudimentary designs and cheap bindings, and sold them on 125th Street in Harlem, or on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, around the corner from the borough library's main branch. Soon, a stream of people — high school students, first-time library users, the library's own staff — were asking for the books. And the librarians went out on the street to buy them.

"If there's some cultural phenomenon going on out there and it's not in here, we want to know why," said Joanne King, a spokeswoman for the Queens Library.

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