As a youth, Blair discovered his love for literature and storytelling because his mother made sure he never missed a Scholastic Book Club fair in elementary school. Born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, he once had saccharine visions of "Being Like Mike" and then a music business impresario a la Berry Gordy, but deep down he always knew that he'd find his way to telling stories and/or supporting others who dared venture to tell them. Throughout the years he has put his pen to work as a copywriter for clients such as Nike, MasterCard, and Jordan Brand. In his free time he can be found spilling his overpriced craft beer at a concert venue or fanning the flames of his incendiary love for basketball, vintage first pressings of Soul Jazz vinyl, and old school skate vids by Spike Jonez.
Reviews & Recommendations
A bare-knuckled love letter steeped in fatherly wisdom written to Coates's son that rendered me speechless, angry, and hopeful. Coates writes with an urgency and a sensitivity that begs to be shared with those looking toward a future in which systemic oppression has no home in this country.
Ellison broke the mold with this novel. This is one timeless, poignant, gut-punching story that deftly details the realities of African-American life in America. Ellison's writing is rife with rhythmic paranoia and steeped in a hopeful passion. Invisible Man was ahead of its time, yet still very much on time today as it was in 1952.
I dare anyone to try not to cry at this literary gift that Morrison has bestowed upon us on these pages. Song of Solomon is equal parts elegiac, heartwarming, and transcendent.