James Baldwin is as relevant as ever. Treat yourself with these books
On Sunday, the legendary US writer would have been 96, yet his works still resonate decades after his death
Sunday marked the anniversary of American novelist and activist James Baldwin’s birthday. He died in 1987, the year I was born.
For most of my life I knew little to nothing about him. Sure, my parents owned a couple of his novels and would bring up his name in those quasi-intellectual, rambling conversations adults have when their friends come over, but at that time I was too young to care. The Ninja Turtles were on and SA had solved racism in 1994, so what did a kid on the opposite end of the world care about what a gay activist from civil rights America had to say.
In 2018, the film adaptation of Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk was released and mother dearest could not have been more excited. She dusted off old copies of whatever Baldwin novels she could find around the house and bullied us into doing some reading. ..