Category Archives: Baldwin (James)

Lit’s Ten Most Sensitive Guys

To match my 10 strongest literary women characters, here are my 10 most sensitive male characters.

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Harper Lee’s White Liberal Fantasy

Important though it was, “To Kill a Mockingbird” was also a white liberal fantasy.

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Brothers Bonding over a Father’s Illness

Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” about two brothers learning to bond, captures some of the bonding I am doing with my second brother over our father’s illness.

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Tiger on the Prowl Again

After years of quietude, Tiger Wood is once again as hungry as a–well, you know what. James Baldwin describes it.

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Horror Steps onto the Court

The horror of witnessing Kevin Ware’s horrific basketball injury reminds me of a moment of comparable horror in Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues.”

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The White Liberal in Civil Rights Lit

White Liberals suffer a downward spiral in 1960′s Civil Rights Literature, from heroic Atticus Finch to “Radical Chic” Leonard Bernstein.

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Aristotle Wrong about Tragic Heroes

Revealing his prejudices, Aristotle tries to limit those whose suffering can be labeled tragic.

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Why Obama Hatred? Ask Ellison, Baldwin

What causes Obama-derangement? Ellison’s “Invisible Man” and Baldwin’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain” offer explanations.

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Inside These Wrappings, a Brighter Life

Spiritual Sunday Yesterday we had a white Christmas in Sewanee, Tennessee, where I am visiting my parents.  The world was brown when we went to bed and white when we awoke.  The symbolism of Christmas snow lies in the promise of wiping everything clean and starting anew.  Grace appears to enter our fallen world. That’s […]

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