Friday, May 15, 2020

Notes of a Native Son (1955) by James Baldwin. COVID-19 Recreational Reading

Notes of a Native Son (1955) by James Baldwin

In preparation for a planned (and cancelled) business trip to Paris, I wanted to read Baldwin's classic work, part of which discusses his experiences in France. Since I've been reading a lot of essays lately, this seemed like a good fit. Many years ago, I read his Giovanni's Room, but not much else by him. These essays explore Baldwin's life in New York and Paris.

The seminal quote, more relevant now than at the time Baldwin wrote it, is: "I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." (Autobiographical Notes).

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