Jun 18, 2021Liked by August Cosentino

There is a big claustrophobic world of subterranean stories by African American writers. Ralph Ellison’s titular Invisible Man creates a sub-basement retreat for himself, complete with light & power. In nonfiction, Grand Central Winter by Lee Stringer details a stretch of his city years spent precariously sleeping and storing his few possessions in a sort of shallow rafter at the top of a subway tunnel - I no longer own the book, so can’t offer more specifics, but Stringer goes into mesmerizing detail on how he managed to do this. I’m certain a curious reader will find more examples.

Disappearing when we want to and reappearing when we’re ready is another privilege people who aren’t poor or despised (or both) take for granted.

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Jun 15, 2021Liked by August Cosentino

Richard Wright is the reason I became a writer AND have had a life long interest in racial issues. “Black Boy” devastated me as a 12 year old growing up in 1970s New Jersey.

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