© 2013 James Gayles
Born in the year of the Rat and on the same day (August 2) as me, James also happens to be an entity mate. Though I never met him, Merlin did. As we drove from actor, Joe Morton’s Upper West Side tiny apartment from his annual Halloween pumpkin kill in 1982 – we were en route to Times Square and Frederick Jones’s where we would first meet, had also met Joe Morton for the first time that night – Merlin spoke lovingly of James Baldwin whom he had met the year prior through a Black American writer friend of Frederick’s whom I never met as he had died in a car crash in July 1982. James ever will remain one of my favourite writers. Of course, it goes without saying that whilst he was alive, I dreamt often of James thanks to our being entity mates.
Happy birthday entity mate.
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