1. “The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.” Bomani Jones sits down for a chat with the Pulitzer Prize finalist.
“The [James] Baldwin thing, for me, was intentional. I love The Fire Next Time. You’ve got this essay in book form; dude is using journalism, using first person, the history, the literary criticism, all just kind of mashed together. He’s talking about the most essential conflict of his day. Now here we are in this era, and motherfuckers are uploading videos of people getting choked to death, beaten on the street, black president. This seems like the moment for that form. Where’s that book? My editor said to me, ’The road is littered with motherfuckers who tried to do that.’ My agent knew Baldwin. She said, ’You just don’t come across as a Jimmy.’ [Laughs] But she said, ’I think you can do it.’ I tried the first time; it did not work. Second time, did not work. Third time—we’ve got something there.”