James Baldwin’s Birthday

The Smithsonian noted that this is the birthday of James Baldwin, one of the greatest analysts of U.S. racism, and much more about humanity and life in the US, ever:

Essayist, novelist and playwright James Baldwin in Harlem in New York City. After stints as a preacher and railroad worker, Baldwin turns to writing. In 1948 he moves to Paris where he produces, among other works, his famous essay collection on race in America and Europe, Notes of a Native Son (1955). He dies in France in 1987 at age 63.

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  1. Hillbilly

    Perhaps the best description of Baldwin I’ve ever heard was one that a colleague mentioned to me a few months ago. A social and literary critic (not sure exactly who it was) dubbed James Baldwin a “silk razor blade.” I definitely agree with that…


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