Bittersweet Before Photos, from Space

Recently we discovered with a mixture of joy and sadness these images on google maps, which is apparently at least two years out of date. The wings circled below are now demolished. The largest, on the right, was the section of the house where Baldwin lived and wrote.   Many of...

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Feeling the love in Saint-Paul de Vence

  Je viens de rentrer à Paris après quatre jours à Saint-Paul de Vence, la localité de La Maison Baldwin.  Comme d’habitude, j’ai commencé ma visite par la maison même. Ils ont coupé les mauvaises herbes (qui étaient jusqu’à mon cou la dernière fois que j’étais là), donc le paysage...

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Let’s Dance. #BaldwinOnTrump

YOU LOOK UP FROM THE PAGE, STARTLED RIGHT OUT OF THE TEXT BY THE RELEVANCE OF THIS AUTHOR’S IDEA.   Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. #BaldwinOnTrump — HisPlaceInProvence (@MaisonJimmy) August 20, 2016 YOUR BRAIN IS LIKE: HELLO, IDEA! YOU STAND FROM THE BARSTOOL...

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friends and money and political power

Before I gave it all up to become a writer, I led the glamorous life of a professional fundraiser. Along the way I learned a few secrets of the trade. I became familiar with the slimy underbelly of fundraising practice that keeps our email inboxes flooded with trickster subject lines and our physical mailboxes crammed with the corpses...

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Read It Again, Baby.

As a Happy Birthday to our One & Only, we remember last spring’s tournament of literary sex writing, hosted by LitHub, in which Giovanni’s Room was voted best erotic passage. « The judges said the passage was chosen « almost unanimously. » ALMOST? we ask. Okay, he was up against Jeanette Winterton, DH Lawrence and...

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Now Hiring!

Job Opening: Online Community Organizer Our generous donors have stepped up: we’re now able to hire a key staff person. Help us spread the word! Post to your favorite job boards! His Place in Provence is looking for a native French speaker who is fluent in English, who has impressive...

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A Parking Lot Where His Desk Once Stood

The photo above shows the house before its partial demolition. Beyond the palm tree is the wing the developer destroyed, where James Baldwin wrote If Beale Street Could Talk and An Open Letter to My Sister Angela Davis. If you compare the two images closely, you can see that an entrance...

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