James Baldwin improvises like a writer, at You Tube

Several months ago the L.A. Times’ Carolyn Kellogg pointed out how amazing it is that long-dead authors can “continue to exist, in shadowy form, on You Tube.”

Today I uncovered several videos of the great James Baldwin. The one above is my favorite. It makes me wish he could have lived to see Obama inaugurated.*

* But I reckon he’d be pretty angry that the president-elect asked that bigot Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration. (Sorry, the Bishop Gene Robinson invitation doesn’t dull the sting.)

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