[KINDLE] ❄ Conversations With James Baldwin (Literary Conversations Series) By James Baldwin – Golanvideoagency.info
a wonderful collection of interviews and articles displaying Baldwin s consistency of thought, philosophy and critical engagement with the American racial dilemma A must read for anyone seriously interested in the life and times of an American icon. When it comes to Baldwin s interviews I think I prefer watching and listening to them to reading them Tone is so important in an interview and it doesn t come across as well in written form I appreciate these interviews because they flesh out his thoughts on some of his books and they show some of the fire he had especially in the interview with the English man, it seems like in written form they just spent an hour yelling at each other I think the problem I had with this book is actually mentioned in the introduction Many of the ideas and themes are repeated over and over again in the interviews If anything I come out impressed at how consistent Baldwin was in his answers over the years.For people that are really into James Baldwin I would recommend this For people just getting into him I would say start with his fiction or essays and work up to this down the road. i love this book if you ever wondered just how much Baldwin understands human behavior all you have to do is read this book. Since first reading The Last Conversation with James Baldwin, I have come to admire himand seek out his speeches, debates, other recorded conversations, etcthan his written works His eloquence, both in thought and language, his evolution as a writer, thinker, man, and admirably, his consistency through out the years it s simply inspiring This extensive collection of conversations allowed me to see and discoverof James Baldwin than anything I have read of or by him so far In addition to all the beautiful and powerful things I ve known and loved about him for years, I also got to see the flaws, sad ironies, disconnects, etc of his journey This, of course, didn t lessen my admiration for him rather, it offered a fuller humanity of Jimmy Baldwin.Interestingly and annoyingly enough, most of these interviews asked about why he left America underneath some of these questions lay a resentment, a weakly disguised objective to devalue his criticisms arguments writings in general about the American problem because he left it behind as if an extended period of physical absence severs all ties or revokes any right to take a critical look at what was left behind I reject and resent this view As Jimmy explains, with which I fully agree from personal experience, If I hadn t gone away, I would never have been able to see it, and if I was unable to see it, I would never have been able to forgive it The American hubris that centers the U.S and the American experience as a focus and savior of the rest of the world is also, sadly, present here, esp in the early interviews Thankfully, this transforms over the years as Jimmy s encounters with the world expand, particularly after his milieu in the Civil Rights movement or the 1960s slave insurrection, as he prefers to call it and travels to Africa A favorite conversation from this collection is his dialogue with Chinua Achebe on defining an African Black aesthetic A lot of thought provoking gems from a meeting of such minds e.g Art is unashamedly, unembarrasingly, if there is such a word, social It is economic The total life of man is reflected in his artthose who tell you Do not put too much politics in your art, are not being honest If you look very carefully you will see that they are the same people who are quite happy with the situation as it is What they are saying is not don t introduce politics What they are saying is don t upset the system They are just as political as any of us It s only that they are on the other side This conversation happened mere 38 years ago it s incredibly timeless and timely I m acutely aware of our collective loss in Jimmy s and Chinua s permanent physical absence, though their works continue to stay relevant and inspire a new generation of witnesses.I can t recommend James Baldwin s works enoughthan his novels plays essays, or along with them, I should say, I d recommend reading watching his interviews This specific collection is an excellent place to start I can think of no late 20th century literary figure withnuance and foresight into the subject of America than James Baldwin who, to the extent that in baffling his contemporaries, was able to blow the future wide open This is a great collection of his dialogues and interviews, where he has dropped pearl after pearl of heavy truth I had a fantastic time reading it. Speaking to the most heartbreaking and pernicious way in which all bigotry infiltrates the psyche and shrinks it from the inside, Baldwin and Achebe ruminate on the long, erotic, unended wrestling of art and politics What I particularly enjoyed however, was the dialogue between Baldwin and Giovanni on the complexities of race and what it means to be an empowered human being That this time capsule of genius and prescience has fallen out of print is a tragic testament to the commercialist rift between the profit of culture and the value of culture. This Collection Of Interviews With James Baldwin Covers The Period, From The Year Of The Publication Of Nobody Knows My Names, His Fourth Book, To Just A Few Weeks Before His Death It Includes The Last Formal Conversation With HimTwenty Seven Interviews Reprinted Here Come From A Variety Of Sources Newspapers, Radio, Journals, And Review And Show This Celebrated Author In All His Eloquence, Anger, And Perception Of Racial, Social, And Literary Situations In AmericaOver The Years Baldwin Proved To Be An Easily Accessible And Cooperative Subject For Interviews, Both In The United States And Abroad He Frequently Referred To Himself As A Kind Of Trans Atlantic Commuter Whether Candidly Discussing His Own Ghetto Origins, His Literary Mission And Achievements, His Role In The Civil Rights Movement, Or His Views On World Affairs, Black And White Relations, Vietnam, Christianity, And Fellow Writers, Baldwin Was Always Both Popular And ControversialThis Importa James has become my favorite You really get insight into his mind, while also learning some of his writing practices This book offers great insight into Baldwin s mind and spirit I enjoyed it. 27 1961 1987 Chinua Achebe .