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Left of Black Interview: Ed Pavlić of 'Who Can Afford to Improvise?'

24th February 2016

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Ed Pavlić, author of Fordham Press’ Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listenerswas recently interviewed on an episode of Left  of Black on The Root, and the interview has now been published.  Tsitsi Ella Jaji, a Duke Professor, speaks with Pavlić about his Fall 2015 book, and together they zero in on lyricism and what that is.  They discuss how Baldwin referred to himself as a poet, even though he did not write much poetry at all.  Going off of this fact, Jaji and Pavlić focus on what it really means to be a poet and how to make a difference on the world with your work.

For a preview of Pavlić’s interview, you can click on the picture below.

In order to view the complete interview, you can find it here.

If you are interested in Ed Pavlić’s Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners, be sure to check out Fordham Press’ website for this title and others like it.

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