James Baldwin 1: Black Queer Genius / Genius Queer Black
I have been thinking of James Baldwin for a while now and am just waiting for a copy of “The Price of the Ticket“. I decided to spend August immersed in Baldwin. Today is his birthday [August 2nd 1924 – November 30th 1987] and to honour this beautiful Queer Black Man and Genius whose words are as pertinent today as 30, 40 years ago, I am publishing excerpts from his writings, interviews and anything else I can find,
every day over the next month. Note: I made a mistake in publishing this on the 1st instead of the 2nd.
“I write to describe.. ….. If you can describe it, you can control it. If you can control it, you can out wit it, get beyond it. In order to describe it you have to face it.”