Posted on 06/15/2021 at 07:59 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Even if you’re not especially interested in James Baldwin, the news of a never-aired 1979 profile of him might hold a bit of interest.

That’s because, according to Literary Hub, the ABC 20/20 crew showed up, cooked breakfast for Baldwin, woke him up, and then interviewed him before he had a chance to drink any alcohol.

Unfortunately, the profile’s producer — Joseph Lovett, who went on to become an acclaimed documentarian — was told that the work he’d done would be shelved because no one was interested in the “has-been” Baldwin.

The ten-minute segment wasn’t destroyed, though, and you can watch it online now.

Among Baldwin's best-known works are Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.

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