Very Brief Observation On The Year by Alexander Chee October 16, 2007 Filed under: writers writing Everyone this year, everywhere I go, is talking about James Baldwin. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
I haven’t mentioned him in months!
I’d say start bucking the trend and bring up Langston Hughes.
This isn’t skinny jeans, Lance. It’s a spontaneous cultural moment.
Or another way of putting it might be, I think it’s interesting that so many different kinds of writers are looking to Baldwin’s work for courage in these times.
but, I’m sitting here wondering…
why the wait.
and even; what next.
and, even skinny jeans can speak of something else… a society in search of a moment to break from what they all know in their hearts needs to be broken from.
no disrespect meant in the lighthearted…
I actually read Baldwin for the first time this year–such is the life of a teenager who read Lord of the Rings nine times: you catch up on stuff. I wrote a poem about it, actually….interesting that you bring up courage. Hmm….
Any recommendations on what to read of Baldwin’s after Giovanni’s Room?
Lance: I was also being light-hearted!
Lee: Ha! Also nine times here.
Chris: Oi. I think after Giovanni’s Room, a good place to go is the essays: The Fire Next Time, for example.