Art as Witness

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“I believe Nina Simone tried to build that gun because that night she realized what all other-ed bodies eventually realize: a gun was already at her head. She feared a song might not be enough. The fact that this gun could not be seen didn’t make it any less real or lethal. And I wonder if it felt like comfort or a trigger being pulled to be told ‘the only thing you’ve got is music.’”

At Lambda Literary, Rumpus contributor Saeed Jones ponders the distinction between writing back and fighting back.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →