Gay Author James Baldwin’s House Is Now National Landmark
This is big news for gay authors and gay history. Gay author James Baldwin’s New York apartment is now officially on the list of designated historic landmarks. I’ve posted about Baldwin here on the web site more than once. If you don’t know anything about Baldwin you can check that out, here.
I think Baldwin is one of my own top ten favorite authors of all time.
Baldwin, the author of Notes on a Native Son and If Beale Street Could Talk lived in the residence at 137 West 71st Street for more than 20 years, and penned some of his most acclaimed works within its walls. During his lifetime, Baldwin spoke candidly about being a gay African-American man and made membership in both communities the cornerstone of his activism and writing.
If all you’ve ever read is mainstream fiction like Stephen King, and you haven’t read an author like James Baldwin, please do yourself a favor and read at least one of Baldwin’s books. You won’t regret it.
Madonna’s 2019 Eurovision Leads To Lawsuit
It’s interesting to note that this is one of the most positive things I’ve seen in the news about good old Madonna recently.
The lawsuit claims that Madonna’s representatives violated the terms of their agreement and reneged on financial promises. The lawsuit is reportedly for 1.375 million shekels, or $390,000. A court date has not yet been set, and Live Nation has not issued a statement.
Of course they go into much more detail. You can check it out, here.