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I will be reading. I now read only one book at a time, so probably I'll finish pretty quickly. Not sure what effect that'll have on my participation, but I' m looking forward to this "missed classic."
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I'm in, FWIW
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Worth a lot. How are you doing, froglipz?
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Doing ok DWill, my Dad had to move in with us, as he's too ill to live alone now, and we have been adjusting the heck out of our lives :wink: I'm waiting for my copy of this book to arrive (I bet on two other books to win and bought those, but not this one. LoL)

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Am reading it now.
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My copy arrived yesterday! I'm jumping in to it tonight.
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I am into Book 1 Ch 3. I am enjoying the book. Baldwin has a very unique style. His use of words that do not seem to be appropriate, yet somehow are, is intriguing. It adds so much more emotion to an already emotional description. I am putting a couple other of his books on my personal reading list.

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Mr. P wrote:I am into Book 1 Ch 3. I am enjoying the book. Baldwin has a very unique style. His use of words that do not seem to be appropriate, yet somehow are, is intriguing. It adds so much more emotion to an already emotional description.
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.
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