The Authenticity Hustle

One of the most insidious things that happens when a black person/poet is shamed for their “in-authenticity”, is what it does to the community who watches it silently. People might gravitate toward a writer, but instead of the methods of inquiry that most folks go through when they discover an artist they like, they become … Continue reading

“Seize The Day”at 60

Seize The Day, Saul Bellow’s novella about a failure desperate to find a humanity separate from financial success, is a masterpiece that outlives the demons of its creator. Published in 1956, it remains a stylistic tour de force, brimming with Joycean riffs, brilliant intensity, and an exquisite structure that was wildly experimental yet still fully … Continue reading