James-Baldwin-Portrait-Paris-Review

“Plainclothes security men hovered at the main entrance of Guild Books. Their ear-buds and walkie-talkies gave them away. When I asked one of them why they’d been hired; he said that threats had been phoned in. Against Baldwin? In 1985? Apparently, some coalition of Aryan supremacists had made calls and sent letters warning that Baldwin’s appearance at Guild Books just might force them into a public display of their swastika-bearing hatred.”

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