Monthly Archives: July 2020

Footage of Greil Marcus interview with Justin Desmangles

With Before Columbus Foundation’s Chair Justin Desmangles, American Book Award Recipient Greil Marcus discusses his new book Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby, published by Yale University Press. This event was originally aired on Thursday, June 18, 2020 via Crowdcast and hosted by City Lights Booksellers.

A Conversation with Jimmy Santiago Baca

His awards include the American Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, the Cornelius P. Turner Award and the 2019 XII Encuentro de Escritores Award, along with many other national and international awards.

His latest book, Laughing in the Light, was published earlier this year by Museum of New Mexico Press. Interviewed for Alibi:

Joy Harjo Responds to Supreme Court Ruling Returning Native American Lands

The U.S. poet laureate reflects on the return of Oklahoma lands to Native American governance. Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. From the New York Times:

Ishmael Reed Responds to Criticism of The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda

Ishmael Reed’s latest play, The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda criticizes the Broadway smash hit Hamilton for its revisionist depiction of history. In a new article, Reed examines critiques of his own play and analyzes how recent protests for Black civil rights have changed the meaning of this conversation. From CounterPunch:

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda Online Screening

Poet, playwright and MacArthur Fellow Ishmael Reed speaks truth to Disney and the Great White Way with this epic theatrical rebuttal to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” Watch the provocative AUDELCO-winning production that ignited a firestorm, and caused Time Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times and Vice News to question why Miranda left the Founding Fathers’ slaveholding and mistreatment of indigenous people out of his Broadway show. Directed by Rome Neal; originally staged at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. This free screening will happen on July 14 at 8PM (EST).Help support this project by donating at (and enter the word “Haunting” in the donation memo.) Reserve your tickets here:

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