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James Baldwin

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  • Review: 'Skylight' by José Saramago

    Review: 'Skylight' by José Saramago
    In her introduction to "Skylight," Spanish journalist Pilar del Río notes that in 1953, José Saramago sent a manuscript to a publisher, where it languished in a slush pile for 36 years. The publisher, while moving offices, discovered the manuscript,...
  • Reader of the Week: Gabriel Bump

    Reader of the Week: Gabriel Bump
    Who I am Gabriel Bump from South Shore. One unique thing about me I power through books I love. I need to slow down and savor them. But I guess that's what second, third, and fourth reads are for. I loved "Beyond the Game: The Collected...
  • 'Through a Lens Darkly' tackles a photographic divide in America

    'Through a Lens Darkly' tackles a photographic divide in America
    The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans...
  • Review: 'The Republic of Imagination' of Azar Nafisi

    Review: 'The Republic of Imagination' of Azar Nafisi
    In 2003, Azar Nafisi dazzled the world with "Reading Lolita in Tehran." It's the Iran-born author's passionate exploration of literature and intellectual freedom told through the story of brave women who secretly read and discussed American novels in...
  • Rage in Missouri over grand jury decision

    Rage in Missouri over grand jury decision
    To the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court's much-reviled decision in the matter of Dred Scott (1857) remains the stark reality in America in 2014: Black persons have no rights that a white police officer is required to respect, including the right to life. ("...
  • Acknowledging climate change in GOP's best interest

    Acknowledging climate change in GOP's best interest
    November has been a good-news/bad-news month for the climate struggle. The U.S. and China just inked an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but that accord is imperiled by the American electorate. We have just entrusted Congress to a...
  • State Colleges Need Resources — Not Transformation

    State Colleges Need Resources — Not Transformation
    I have been teaching a long time, so I felt I was past "firsts." Then, I received my first letter from prison. I had this student a few semesters ago in a developmental reading and writing class, and he was very upfront about the electronic monitoring...
  • A case for reading political fiction

    A case for reading political fiction
    In an understandably cynical mood about the fractured state of American government, one might be inclined to wonder: When so much of politics and what politicians say is fiction to begin with, what does a reader need with political fiction? Fiction as...
  • Belafonte Electrifies Governors Awards, Issues Challenge to Hollywood

    Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night's Governors Awards, citing Hollywood's often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow...
  • The greatest bookstore in the world

    The greatest bookstore in the world
    In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century...
  • Poet Claudia Rankine ruminates on the body politic in 'Citizen'

    Poet Claudia Rankine ruminates on the body politic in 'Citizen'
    Claudia Rankine's laugh comes out of the body as an explosion of complex contradictions: mirth, disappointment, irony, dismay. Sitting in her living room in Claremont, where she is a professor at Pomona College, the 51-year-old poet relies on laughter...