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James Baldwin  // Posts tagged as "James Baldwin"

04 Sep Posted by in • Margie Adam | Comments Off

The ‘Lesbian Feminist Writer’ label

The ‘Lesbian Feminist Writer’ label

Part 5 of a conversation between Margie Adam and Jewelle Gomez: MA: At some point in your career, there had to have been a moment where someone said: “Look, if you could just tone it down a little, if you could just roll the edge off your “angry lesbian feminist tirade,”  you could have a […]

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28 Jul Posted by in • Margie Adam | Comments Off

“Shut Your Faggot Mouth!”

“Shut Your Faggot Mouth!”

Part 4 of a conversation between Margie Adam and Jewelle Gomez: Margie Adam: I think of the part of the play (Waiting for Giovanni by Jewelle Gomez) where Richard Wright walks offstage hurling a vicious comment: “Shut your faggot mouth!”  In both performances I attended there was an audible gasp in the audience. I think […]

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30 Mar Posted by in • Margie Adam | 3 comments

Margie Adam & Jewelle Gomez: A Conversation

Margie Adam & Jewelle Gomez: A Conversation

Editor’s note: I am thrilled to have feminist icons Margie Adam and Jewelle Gomez on Epochalips. These two have influenced our generation by paving the way as feminists and out lesbians in the early days to continuing to share their gifts with the world today. The following is the first of several excerpts from their […]

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10 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off

What Would Jimmy Do?

What Would Jimmy Do?

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” James Baldwin I read that quote when I was much younger and it really framed how I think of political activity.  Coming of age during the Viet Nam war, I […]

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An Off Broadway Stage Manager-ess

An Off Broadway Stage Manager-ess

In the early 1980s I worked as a stage manager for plays done in Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway theatres.  I loved the collaborative nature of production: people, mostly strangers, come together to work intensely, intimately for several months, flying through the highs and lows of vulnerability necessary to creating real art.  Then closing […]

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01 Apr Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Acting is Happy Agony

Acting is Happy Agony

Agony seemed to have been one of Jean-Paul Sartre’s personal specialties but he may have been on target about acting.  The New Conservatory Theatre is doing the final casting for my play, “Waiting for Giovanni,” which explores a moment of indecision in the life of queer writer/activist James Baldwin and I’ve had the privilege of […]

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09 Jan Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Apocalypse? …Later

Apocalypse? …Later

Have you heard this?  About the apocalypse coming on 3.21.11?  I’m only asking because it seems like we should have heard something by now, that date is not that far away.  It’s even closer than the 2012 Mayan shut down date.  I saw the movie “2012” and it was not pretty! I hate to start […]

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Ode to Jill Johnston

Ode to Jill Johnston

When I arrived in New York City in 1971 after graduating from college in Boston I knew only two things for sure:  I wanted to be a writer and I was a lesbian.  I was at a complete loss as to what to do about either of my identities.  I was shy so dropping in […]

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