Friday, January 04, 2019
James Baldwin wrote a book that follows a young boy named TJ through Harlem, along with a boy called WT and a bespectacled girl nicknamed Blinky. The book was illustrated by the French artist Yoran Cazac and was written in a childlike version of black American vernacular. Subtitled “A Story of Childhood,” the American edition described it as a “children’s book for adults and an adults’ book for children,” making explicit its extraordinary multiplicity: for kids and yet not for them.
More: The New York Review of Books