September 03, 2002

About Damn Time!

Slammin' Maya

One reason for the controversy is simply that the review was in the L.A. Times, and to be seen mainly by whites. Black publications rarely print tough reviews, and those who write them in mainstream publications will hear from everyone involved. But most black publications are sensitive to the fact that black readers are famously thin-skinned, and so they rarely give any occasion to be deluged with e-mail.

While I'm glad that someone put some teeth in to a review of Angelou's "prose/poetry," I'd wish a larger conversation about the sorry state of Black letters and journalism was begun. I'm too lazy to write about the subject(s) though.

Posted by ronn at September 3, 2002 09:01 PM