Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chatting On the Upper Westwide

This month begins The Year of James Baldwin in commemoration of what would have been the renowned author's 90th birthday.

"Harlem Stage, Columbia University School of the Arts, and New York Live Arts have partnered to mount a citywide, multi-disciplinary slate of programming exploring his life and work. Other collaborators include: New York University; The New School and its Vera List Center for Art and Politics; The Poetry Society of America; The Harlem Book Fair; The National Black Theater; and others to be announced as the year progresses."


Jake is joining Colm Toíbín, celebrate Irish author and the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, "in a dynamic conversation" about Baldwin's book Another Country and "its enduring relevance."


"Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions—sexual, racial, political, artistic—that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s."

"It portrayed many themes that were taboo at the time of its release including bisexuality, interracial couples and extramarital affairs."


Could this be the reason for many of Jake's trips up to the Columbia campus? Discussion and lit crit chats reading and preparing for the year of James Baldwin?



What is also interesting is that Jake is teaming up with openly gay Toíbín, who's writings include themes of "the preservation of a personal identity, focusing especially on homosexual identities" to talk about James Baldwin and a book with themes of bisexuality.

This is far from the Reeke Jake of yore. But where is this Jake going?



Jake Gyllenhaal and Colm Toíbín:
In Conversation
The Year of James Baldwin Thurs, May 1, 7 PM
Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 104 & 106
435 W 116th St (@Amsterdam Ave)

24 comments:

another country said...

Alyssa's favorite book

http://instagram.com/p/dDTqBcQf9u/

Special K said...

Thanks for proving my point that this has been in the works for a while. Because Alyssa tried everything she could to make it look they were together and Jake had nothing to do with her after those photo ops around Prisoners.

ohmeohmy said...

And Jake's Mom commented on her instagram giving her a thumbs up.
Mom made Jake read the book in prep for the tribute I bet. And of course its at Columbia where he dropped out , she and Maggie are alumni and her husband before Stephen taught.

get your facts straight said...

stop change facts SK, Alyssa and Jake have been inseparable since July, and they got back together in February there are a lot of sightings of them around NY and he brought her to that Pussy Riot event, where they were "hand in hand "

ohmeohmy said...

They never "broke" up imo. Nasty comments on her Twitter, etc from his alleged fans may have something to do with it.
Mom also arranged the q&a for Jake for New York magazine and Denby and the Actors Studio because of het connections.

oh please said...

stop with this fantasy about Jake's mom in disguise on Alyssa's instagram is too stupid for words

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prairiegirl said...

Stop it right there, buster


Neither Special, nor M&M, nor I were the first to ever say that was the matriarch posting as ohmioheeniemeanie. Someone else brought that here.

Stop your dadgummed outright lying.

Special, please consider striking off that comment at 17:40. It's an outright lie.

chiming in said...

Oh, give it up troll. It was Alyssa who outed Naomi on her very own Instagram post from August 31, 2013. You just make sh*t up and hope people don't call you on your very own fantasies. Or, should I say delusions.

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for real? said...

It's ridiculous, if it was naomi, which I doubt strongly, this only proves that they were a real couple

prairiegirl said...

A real couple? Oh my lord, the troll really has crossed over to the dark side. You're seeing it right here, folks.

Talk about desperate. And incredibly sad.

I needed a good laugh said...

this only proves that they were a real couple

Hahahahahahha! The troll is really losing it now.

Naomi The Enabler said...

No it proves that Naomi is part of the scheme of shipping hetero Jake. Which we've known all along. She, in fact, has been one of the main pushers of "normal" Jake.

Methodical Muser said...

You just make sh*t up and hope people don't call you on your very own fantasies. Or, should I say delusions.

Or, should we say, "Contractual Obligations."

doctor spock said...

No it proves that Naomi is part of the scheme of shipping hetero Jake. Which we've known all along. She, in fact, has been one of the main pushers of "normal" Jake.


And it is for this reason she arranges for him a lesson with a openly gay writer about one of the greatest symbols and heroes of the gay-themed literature such as James Baldwin
Really brilliant as a strategy, what will be the next move of the perfidious Naomi,to make Jake super straight? Lead the gay pride parade?

prairiegirl said...

LOLLLL!!! Wow, the venom is spitting out now, isn't it?

And we all have a front row seat. Boy, something is up, isn't it? Something is cooking. Not sure what, but somebody is awfully worked up over a pretty harmless post.

It will reveal itself at some point.

ohmeohmy said...

Lol! They hate Naomi. And although posted a passage from the book in question and Naomi commented, I doubt she put a gun to his head to appear on the panel.

He and members are either alumni or have/had taught at Columbia.

I hope some African Americans will be added as well

Special K said...

From everywhere I have read NO ONE has mentioned how Jake took on this project.

I think he is more than capable of speaking for himself and making decisions on his own projects.

He doesn't need his mother to set up things for him. If anything it's his management team who would make those types of inquiries if he chose to go that route, that's what he pays them for.

So you can take you mini-novella and shelve it somewhere else.

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mama boy Jake said...

Why does the troll want to continue to emasculate Jake and portray him as a mother dependent grown man? Isn't that sort of...well, gay?

psycho said...

a mother dependent grown man? Isn't that sort of...well, gay?

or norman bates

the real m said...

Poor troll is really desperate if he is trying to sell the beard still being in the picture. We have not seen hide nor hair of her since Prisoners came out. Jake only needs the beards for the 5 or 6 weeks of movie promo. Then they are tossed aside.