Jamil Smith

619 days ago

I reviewed Jesmyn Ward's new anthology THE FIRE THIS TIME. It's my first byline in The New York Times.

Jesmyn Ward’s Anthology of Race Builds on the Legacy of James Baldwin


THE FIRE THIS TIMEA New Generation Speaks About RaceEdited by Jesmyn WardIllustrated. 226 pp. Scribner. $25. In James Baldwin’s day, they called it the “Negro Problem” — shorthand for racial tension, that unfortunate term publicized in Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 study “An American Dilemma.