No Name in The Street- James Baldwin

“An old world is dying, and a new one, kicking in the belly of its mother, time, announces that it is ready to be born. This birth will not be easy, and many of us are doomed to discover that we are exceedingly clumsy midwives. No matter, so long as we accept that our responsibility is to the newborn: the acceptance of responsibility contains the key to the necessary evolving skill.” pg. 196- Epilogue

 

Hi folks,

No Name In The Street is laid out like a stream of concious diary. It’s non fiction. Baldwin jumps from different events in the 60s and 70s and seems to be working out on paper exactly just how he feels while making poignant personal observations and astute social commentary. During the period Baldwin covers in the pages, Malcom is killed, Martin is killed and Medgar is killed. It was not the best of times. It’s interesting to me how so much of what Baldwin wrote is still so relevant today. And by interesting I mean sad and disappointing. Although it’s not a shiny happy read I’d recommend this one for any Baldwin fans.

 

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