There’s this majestic passage in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk:
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“What I was learning was beginning to frighten me to death. If you look steadily into that unblinking blue, into that pinpoint at the center of the eye, you discover a bottomless cruelty, a viciousness cold and icy.
My text appeared in the Collector’s Booklet, as part of the DVD (Music Box, 2018) of Daniela Thomas’s Vazante:
Vazante is a piercing portrait of the exploitation and suffering that mark slaveholding societies. The plot takes us to the early 19th century, on the eve of Brazil’s independence from Portugal.… Read the rest