Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Street Lit

From: Steven Harbin (
Date: 30 Jun 2005

It seems that I've read somewhere that Hines' fictional Harlem had much more in common with the Cleveland that he had experience with than the real Harlem. Can't remeber where I read that at the moment though. I will agree that Himes was a great writer, while Goines and "Iceberg Slim" don't make that level. Steven

Jacques Debierue <> wrote:
--- In, "John Williams" <johnwilliams@n...> wrote:
> Graham wrote
> I don't think "street lit" is really a new phenomenon. Just the other day
> I was reading the entries for Donald Goines and "Iceberg Slim" ... and both
> those writers were active beginning in the late sixties. You could probably
> throw Chester Himes in there as well.
> Yeah, you could if you wanted to lump in one of the great writers of the
> past century alongside a couple of sociological curios.

On the other hand, I don't always want to read the great writers. Good ones or merely interesting ones will do. But you've given me the idea to reread Himes. And didn't Himes invent much of "his" Harlem?



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