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Graywacke
No Name in the Street | James Baldwin
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While not Baldwin‘s best essay collection(see The Fire Next Time), this is a favorite for me. It‘s melancholy, an end of an era book. Baldwin writes about the assassinated (Medgar Evers, MLK, Malcom X), the incarcerated (Huey Newton, etc), and about his failed attempt to make a movie on Malcolm X (his script was the basis of the 1990‘s movie). By 1971 the beaded hippie era has faded, and their failure reflects in other American failures.

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Graywacke Baldwin had met and spoken with all these lost heroes of the Civil Right era and sees it all as a failure and as both a national and personal loss. America is still sick and in denial. Trump would not surprise him. It‘s a slow, single essay mulling on this, with an intense and powerful conclusion. Glad to have read it. (edited) 1d
BarbaraBB Great review. Well spoken. (edited) 1d
Graywacke @BarbaraBB thanks, b. ☺️ 1d
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Graywacke
No Name in the Street | James Baldwin
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A little free time when work sends me to maybe not the most beautiful place in Mexico. Baldwin is mulling over the lives and meanings of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, both of whom he knew. And he‘s continuing his attacks on the the lunacy of American conservatives, the American south, Hollywood and, especially, the inauthenticity of American liberals (his main readers?). Huh - that‘s practically a review...

GingerAntics That actually sounds really interesting. I agree with all of that. 3d
Graywacke @GingerAntics Baldwin was a special and perceptive essay writer. He‘ll get you thinking. 3d
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masofia
No Name in the Street | James Baldwin
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No Name in the Street is an absolutely essential book. At times, it‘s a very personal account of the civil rights era and the emotional effect it had on James Baldwin. It also sheds light on greater truths about American society that everyone should hear. This is a great book to read with The Fire Next Time. It is full of sharp insights and incredible writing.

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Michellesibs
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This book is basically the notes, essays, letters etc etc that James Baldwin had planned to pull together for his book 'Remember this House' which remained unfinished at the time of his death.
See my full review gere:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2877565514?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Graywacke Have you seem the movie? 3mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke No but this week I will watch it to put the book more into context 3mo
Graywacke @Michellesibs haven‘t read the book ... didn‘t know there was one. But I saw the movie earlier this year. Baldwin was striking in person. 3mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke And bizarrely I didn't realise there was a film until I opened the book 😂 what a pair 😂 But you have it the right way round, without seeing the film the book has little to offer unfortunately 3mo
MyNamesParadise I watched the movie as well and absolutely loved it. James Baldwin was one of a kind. 3mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

Dyson has written an interesting and wide-ranging book centered on 1963 meeting between RFK, James Baldwin, and a number of other prominent civil rights activists. It ranges beyond this meeting, however, to encompass modern activism and the Obama and Trump presidencies, among other topics. It is well worth a read.

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RamsFan1963
No Name in the Street | James Baldwin
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Imagine being lost in a city and you come upon this sign, it's the stuff of bad dreams

#WanderingJune #WhereTheStreetsHaveNoName @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen For sure!!! 4mo
MrBook 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! 😄 4mo
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BarbaraBB Ha ha! 4mo
Tanisha_A Sounds like an apocalyptic premise! 4mo
BooknerdsLife 🤣🤣 4mo
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Nebklvr
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A more academic styled read about historical figures who fought racism which bleeds into the present day artists, intellectuals, and politicians fighting for freedom. It was hammered home that the Black elite are expected to stand for their people while white stars are allowed to be just themselves.

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Nebklvr
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The more things change....

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Nebklvr
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Lin-Manuel Miranda quote.