But what I loved most about Baldwin’s writing was that he didn’t make me feel, as a young white guy, that I had no right to be thriving on his work and taking it all so personally… I could see my large family and myself mirrored in the world of James Baldwin’s fiction.
Posts Tagged: James Baldwin
Stacie Williams reviews Kiese Laymon’s HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA today in The Rumpus Book Review....more
Happy birthday to James Baldwin, who would have been 89 today.
A pioneering author of fiction, essays, plays, and poetry, Baldwin explored what it meant to be black and gay long before such themes became acceptable to the mainstream.
He left behind a legacy of bravery and political activism, as well as classic works like Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room....more
Though I have doubted my talent, I’ve never doubted my conviction that this was the path I had to be on. Writing is like my Siamese twin: freakish, alive, weighty, uncanny. Were we to be separated, I doubt that I could survive it....more