Wednesday, November 26, 2014

James Baldwin's Hyberbole

Dear the late Mr. Baldwin,

Your reference to the Holocaust in your complaint that Angela Davis was photographed for the cover of Newsweek in 1970 that the New York review of Books saw fit to republish

You look exceedingly alone—as alone, say, as the Jewish housewife in the boxcar headed for Dachau,

was probably dealt with adequately at the time.

Slavery was and is evil.  It endnagered lives for sure.  But it wasn't certain death.

Why NYRB saw fit to highlight your letter now is one matter (hint).  That your hyberbole is repeated is the problem.


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