The complexity of Lorraine Hansberry's loneliness even while she had dear friends in James Baldwin and Nina Simone, and even while she was famous and invited to highest intelligentsia circles, was among the topics that Dr. Imani Perry discussed in her Schomburg panel this evening. She shared her writing process and her long idea gestation practices.
We got to glimpse her practice in effect: Her writing partner, sounding board, colleague, and longtime friend Dr. Eddie S. Glaude. Very awesome to witness how Perry and Glaude's intellectual exchange models what Lorraine shared w Jimmy Baldwin. 👏🏽
Go, GO, GO! to a LOOKING FOR LORRAINE book event. Dr. Perry depicted Lorraine Hansberry's archive and her life in terms of *abundance*, rather than deprivation. What a paradigm shift in how to approach a writer who died tragically young (age 34)! She filled her talk w similarly brilliant insights and under-discussed topics: her international politics; her radical friendships, e.g. Paul Robeson and older, brink of expat life W.E.B. DuBois.
👏🏽 The evening was even more sublime bc I circumvented my own dogged loneliness. I reanimated a 15yr+ friendship, by attending the talk w/ Cheryl Beredo, now Curator of Rare Manuscripts, Archives, snd Images at Schomburg. I swear she looks the same, she says the same of me. We agreed to tell everyone we know Angela Bassett's secret. 😉 💖
A sublime evening. I even asked my first question at a Schomburg Q+A. If you know me from my Ithaca years, then you know I'm lit.
And I feel more self accepting after I heard Hansberry struggled in school. And that she had a capacious mind, which read and thought expansively all at once.
Finally, I am inspired by Hansberrys eclectic mind and Dr. Perry's writing practices and emulate Perry's writing practice and routine to sit w ideas for weeks or months at a time.
I can't wait to read my book copy! #bookrec #LorraineHansberry #ImaniPerry #inspired #shomburg #JamesBaldwin #blackradicals #archivists #blackarchives #schomburg #blackwomenwriters #readblackwomen #jamesbaldwin #friendship #princeton #cornell Mary Pat B. appreciation thread.