Re: Please "Check In" here to the "Another Country" book discussion!
I think some of this was the time in which the book came out. I feel like people were more apt to describe the world as they saw it and readers more apt to allow them to. Two books I feel speak to this sentiment are Junkie
by William S. Burroughs and The Road
by Jack Kerouac.
In the interviews I've watched with Baldwin speaking either to a crowd or host, he comes across patient and convinced he's right, but he's also open to listening which is very nice. He often gave a little grin as he tugged on a smoke. I think of it as his way of saying, "Yes, but have you considered..." He also formed a glaring expression I've seen amongst my friends when they disapproved of something I said. I know they love me, but are about to school me. That's classic Baldwin. Good stuff!
Before my friend's video store went out of business, I acquired I Am Not Your Negro
. It's one of my favorite documentaries. It has interviews with Baldwin speaking his thoughts on the activism of his time.