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The Opposite of Hate: A Reading List

We are living through one of the most divisive periods in American history, with hate-filled rhetoric fueling disagreements on a wide range of issues — from LGBTQ rights to immigration policy… More

Hilton Als on James Baldwin

I had wanted to dislike him more than I do in order to have some distance from his influence, but it is an influence I have absorbed. More

Nikki Giovanni: Making James Baldwin

Never deny what your heart knows is the truth. Never turn your back on what your mind knows is right. Never refuse to hear the cry of the angry… More

Carl Hancock Rux Reads James Baldwin

To celebrate James Baldwin's birthday, here's a 2001 recording of poet, playwright, and novelist Carl Hancock Rux reading Baldwin's work at PEN America's Twentieth-Century Masters Tribute event. More

Nikki Giovanni: Making James Baldwin

"Never refuse to hear the cry of the anguished, or the laughter in the blues." Nikki Giovanni pays tribute to James Baldwin. Listen to this week's #PENpodcast in honor of… More

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