Monday, 23 May 2016

Introduction to James Baldwin

I have never read James Baldwin - there is no reason, so many books are (necessarily, due to time and energy) unread - but after seeing this twelve minute film by Sedat Pakay, From Another Place (1973), I was mesmerised, and bought Giovanni's Room. I did not know that Baldwin spent significant time in Istanbul. The film is exquisite, his voice seduced me and I had to have him.

Hillary Johnson, author of Osler's Web, has also recommended that I read Negroland, a memoir by Margo Jefferson, an American journalist and critic.


jfderry said...

Baldwin's The Fire Next Time is unmissable if you want to climb inside his head. It goes very well with a modern perspective from Claudia Rankine's Citizen An American Lyric.

nmj said...

Hey, Thanks for the recommendations!