My Black History Month festivities here in the House of Love will include a long-overdue focus on African-American literature.
I posted on Arnold Rampersad’s biography of Ralph Ellison back in August. Now, I’m pleased to present another cool audio bite for you literate folks.
The 1999 Random House audiobook edition of Ellison’s great novel, “Invisible Man,” features actor Joe Morton reading the complete text.
I’m streaming a 4-minute excerpt on my Vox blog.
In this excerpt, the narrator boards a bus in South Carolina, bound for New York City. He is surprised to see “the vet” – a trash-talking, “shellshocked” war veteran he’d met in a seedy black bar called the Golden Day. That earlier encounter had ended with the narrator witnessing a violent beating.
Click here to enjoy Joe Morton’s lively reading.