Ishmael Reed is one of my favorite writers as commentator, thinker, journalist or novelist. since sometime when I got mature enough -- sophisticated enough -- to appreciate him; alas that took until sometime late into the 80's, I think, coz he's so subtle and that includes his sense of humor. He's not what anyone could call politically correct, which can be uncomfortable -- but he's pretty equal opportunity that way.
Here is part one of his first interview in 10 years.
He speaks to some of the issues that have been discussed this week around the fraudulent memoir, though being Reed, it's Simon (The Wire) and Price (Clockers and The Wire among other works about gang violence), among others he goes after -- for making money off the poverty and violence of black people. Full disclosure just in case: I deeply admire the work of both Simon and Price. But I'm a woman. The capacity to admire and enjoy opposites, antagonists and contradictions , like multi-tasking, is hard-wired into my system.
Reed's among those who doesn't believe that racism is over in this country. Highly recommended reading for anyone. You / me agreeing with him is not his objective. Making you think is.