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Go ahead; laugh at the wigger. He’s an easy target. With his new book, Angry Black White Boy: Or, The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, Adam Mansbach takes lips and breath to this always inflatable stereotype and blows it—and everything else—up. The book is sweetest when it concerns the emotions of its central wannabe, Macon, as he seeks kinship with black buds through kind buds, hiphop lyrics, and bullshit. The author doesn’t risk going too deep—which is what this topic deserves (especially because Norman Mailer’s “The White Negro” needs a serious, nonracist update). Instead, Mansbach makes his Columbia-student narrator rob white yuppies who hail his cab, organize a “Day of Apology” to black people, and set Manhattan boiling. It’s all sorta funny in a fiction-workshop kind of way, though it’s also made slightly annoying by Mansbach’s insistent use of slang. Some of it is phat and some it is whack (“Macon had smoked the crack of dawn”). All of the Rakim references in the world don’t mean a thing if your character doesn’t swing, for real. Still, despite all Mansbach’s narrative bling, he succeeds in making you not chuckle (for once) at the phenomenon of the Suburban Gangsta. Hear Mansbach rock the mike at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)