Wilson’s “Four B’s”

5 Jan
From the New York Times:august-wilsonx
“In a 1999 interview in The Paris Review, Mr. Wilson cited his major influences as being the ‘four B’s’: the blues was the ‘primary’ influence, followed by Jorge Luis Borges, the playwright Amiri Baraka and the painter Romare Bearden. He analyzed the elements each contributed to his art: ‘From Borges, those wonderful gaucho stories from which I learned that you can be specific as to a time and place and culture and still have the work resonate with the universal themes of love, honor, duty, betrayal, etc. From Amiri Baraka, I learned that all art is political, although I don’t write political plays. From Romare Bearden I learned that the fullness and richness of everyday life can be rendered without compromise or sentimentality.’ He added two more B’s, both African-American writers, to the list: the playwright Ed Bullins and James Baldwin.”
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