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Nobody Knows My Name by James     Baldwin
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I love James Baldwin, and I mean that in the most sincere and least hyperbolic way possible. I also respect and admire him (and his writing), and Nobody Knows My Name is quite as good as Notes of a Native Son. They should probably print his article about Richard Wright as an appendix to editions of Wright's books (are you listening Norton Critical Editions). However, I was honestly shocked at how few women were present in these essays - it was really shockingly few. On some level I can understand why . . . but it was still a gaping hole.

Besides the aforementioned memoir/essay about Wright ("Alas, Poor Richard") which contains many gems, I thought some of the most interesting essays were "Princes and Powers," "Faulkner and Desegregation," "The Northern Protestant," and "The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy." This list reveals a great deal about my own preferences, I realize.

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11/19/2010 page 117

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