February 11, 2012

Black Review #1


This is my copy of Black Review #1, edited by Mel Watkins. It includes Shane Stevens’ social commentary essay, “The White Niggers of the Seventies.” It’s not incredibly difficult to track down, though you’re probably looking at 15 or 20 bucks for this slim paperback. It’s worth it for Shane’s essay alone. Not only does he deliver some some sharp insights into race relations, but he offers a few hints at his own life.

Thanks to Stevens’ essay, I discovered another literary feud (see post on Ishmael Reed) and tracked down the letters that were exchanged back and forth. Again, if I can raise the cash for my research trip, I suspect I might unearth more details. After reading the letters, I have a hard time believing that it ended there.
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