Cecil Brown

Cecil Brown is senior lecturer in urban studies at Stanford University where he is also a researcher at The Spatial History Project. He is author of the novel The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger, originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1969.

Posts by Cecil Brown

With James Baldwin at the Welcome Table

Apparently, Jimmy had been given an advance of $100,000 for If Beale Street Could Talk with the promise of another $200,000 on completion. I gathered that he was anxious to get it done. It seemed as if he needed the seclusion of this special place to write about the tragic life of black Americans.

Interview With Toni Morrison

The Common Reader remembers the iconic African-American novelist Toni Morrison in this 1995 interview: “Black writing has to carry that burden of other people’s desires, not artistic desires but social desires; it’s always perceived as working out somebody’s else’s agenda. No other literature has that weight.”