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James Baldwin

6 articles
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Stranger in the Village

On being black in an all-white Swiss village.

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The Harlem Ghetto: Winter 1948

On “the Negro’s ambivalent relation to the Jew.”

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A Report from Occupied Territory

On police brutality in New York and the race riots of 1964.

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An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis

“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can…”

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James Baldwin: The Art of Fiction No. 78

“No one works better out of anguish at all; that’s an incredible literary conceit.”

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Giovanni's Room [Excerpt]

During a train ride, a man reflects on his past lovers.

"I have not thought of that boy—Joey—for many years; but I see him quite clearly tonight. It was several years ago. I was still in my teens, he was about my age, give or take a year. He was a very nice boy, too, very quick and dark, and always laughing. For a while he was my best friend. Later, the idea that such a person could have been my best friend was proof of some horrifying taint in me. So I forgot him. But I see him very well tonight."