This is vital reading to any white person who wishes to do work in anti racism space. James Baldwin's critique of racism in the US really starts with his own understanding of Christianity and he places the blame for the continued treatment of POC at the feet of American Christianity. He also explores how Islam is seen as a haven't for Black people and what it offers them, a place to question white Christianity.
I listened to this for the first time and I can see how this book could have blown the roof off in 1963. I venture to say it still can. I need to listen to this a second time to really catch all the points that Baldwin highlights.
(Pretty cool 1967 paperback. But I was afraid to damage it, and used the collected essays.)
What to say about this? These essay reverberated through the world in 1963, the threat in title hovering over the thoughtful, powerful text. Baldwin at his best, maybe.
Fears “rose up like a wall between the world and me” - the title tie-in for Ta-Nehisi Coates.
These are fears of something “nameless and impersonal, infinitely harder to please, and bottomlessly cruel”* — which is roughly the destructive consequences/tangible dangers of the nature of American racism.
*this is quoted from previous page and not in the image.
Sometimes life can feel stagnant, and it can be refreshing to get away for a weekend. Whenever I go somewhere new, I have to check out the local bookstores. Although my boyfriend isn't much of a reader, he couldn't help but pick out something on our little trip as well. The tagged book is his new addition to our shelves (yay!) and I had to grab a couple too because I have #noshelfcontrol
"The American dream has therefore become something much more closely resembling a nightmare, on the private, domestic, and international levels. Privately, we cannot stand our lives and dare not examine them; domestically, we take no responsibility for (and no pride in) what goes on in our country; and, internationally, for many millions of people, we are an unmitigated disaster."
1963 or 2019? ?
This probably joins Wiesel's Night in terms of memoirs that pack the most power in so few pages. Baldwin reflects on key moments in his childhood through his time as a successful young writer to highlight Civil Rights-era dynamics that are glossed over in the typical historical summary, and never so eloquently explored. More like a memoir-essay that takes the best of both forms. Excited to read more of his work, including his fiction.
Just over 11 hours for #24b4monday #blackhistorymonth edition!
I don‘t even know what to say about this book, other than it‘s clearly one of the best non fiction pieces I‘ve ever read. I‘m glad it was so short cause I couldn‘t have kept breathing through a longer version, honestly. I‘ve delayed meeting my boyfriend today to go buy more James Baldwin. That‘s all I can say.
This is another one from my owner tbr I‘ve been meaning to read for ages, and what better time than the #24b4monday #blackhistorymonth readathon? I adored the last James Baldwin books I read and once I read this one I can justify buying even more
I remember the 2008 democratic primaries and Barack and Hillary were running. I remember asking 2 questions. Are we ready for a black president? Are we ready for a woman president? And then I had to look inside and realize the uncomfortable truth of what made me ask those questions. This book is full of uncomfortable truths that need to be known. He was such a genius writer in his ability to write such an exact picture. Very much a pick!!!
"What it comes to is that if we, who can scarcely be considered a white nation, persist in thinking of ourselves as one, we condemn ourselves, with the truly white nations, to sterility and decay, whereas if we could accept ourselves as we are, we might bring new life to the Western achievements, and transform them."
Good day to revisit my copy of The Fire Next Time. We need more people like #MLK.
#December1963 #winterwonderland So I dug up The NY Times bestseller list for 12/1/1963 .Tagged book was on that list.A book I love!Other jewels ,The Group :Mary McCarthy ,City of Night:John Rechy,Our Lady of Flowers:Jean Genet,The American Way of Death :Jessica Mitford 😀❤️Lovin‘ 1963. http://www.hawes.com/1963/1963-12-01.pdf
James Baldwin writes about growing up in Harlem. The dominant word of “The Fire Next Time” is “love.” For Baldwin, America‘s racial turmoil derived from solipsism: “White people, mainly, look away,” preferring barriers, and “if love will not swing wide the gates, no other power will.” #angelofharlem #winterwonderland
*solipcism- extreme egocentricity
Friday Thrifty Finds - FTF seems like it should be a thing.
For AOC, I had a tough time deciding which author to choose for #agameoffavorites I‘m offering the astonishing James Baldwin. His ability to tell his truth clearly and uncompromisingly is unparalleled. His books are amazing! (This one is one of my most favorite.) His interviews and speeches are astounding so check him out if you haven‘t. In school he was inspired by Countee Cullen.
I believe this is the most relevant quote I have read from a book in a long time:
“To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread. It will be a great day for America, incidentally, when we begin to break bread again, instead of the blasphemous and tasteless foam rubber that we have substituted for it.”
I am not sure there is anything I can say about this that hasn't already been said. It is striking how despite being written many years ago so much of it remains fresh and relevant, which is incredibly disheartening. Its not an easy read, though short, but it is a necessary one.
#ReadingResolutions Day 16: Meant to share this quote for the longest time but this is indeed the #Tragedy of our times. Way too many spineless people on earth unwilling to make a stand on life-and-death issues.
I had been wanting to read a James Baldwin book for some time. The push that I needed was the David Bowie Book Club started by David‘s son Duncan. It is a short book, divided into two parts. The first part is a letter to his nephew explaining to him what it is like to be a Black Man living in the United States. I thought of the book Ta Nehisi Coates wrote to his son. I wonder if this was the inspiration. Moving and insightful. #davidbowiebookclub
#ReadingResolutions Day 22: This was a fairly #QuickRead for the #BowieBookClub (finished it in one evening - a slim volume) but no less staggering and powerful in its portrayal of injustice and glaring inequalities - yet retaining a shred of hopefulness in the narrative, regardless.
Read this if you haven‘t; it‘s packed with power and wisdom, and is shamefully still relevant today.
Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/book-review-the-fire-next-time-...
In addition to being a novelist, James Baldwin was also an essayist and activist regarding the civil rights movement. Much of what he says here is still relevant 55 years after this was published, so this is worth a few hours of one‘s time to read and ponder and hopefully to discuss with others.
Duncan Jones‘s February 2018 selection for the #BowieBookClub.
“There are too many things we do not want to know about ourselves. People are not, for example, terribly anxious to be equal (equal, after all, to what and to whom?) but they love the idea of being superior.”
😢 . A lot of Baldwin‘s views are still sad truths today.
Next up, the second book in the David Bowie Book Club organized by his son. Still waiting for my library reserve for the first one! 😉 #davidbowiebookclub blackhistorymonth
This is the February pick of the #BowieBookClub. Such a poignant and powerful book. Highly recommended. Originally published 1962, his strong “searing” words remain relevant.
Audible‘s Daily Deal is this awesome book for less than a buck!! Niiiiicccce!!! https://mobile.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/The-Fire-Next-Time-Audiobook/B002V1J8...