An open letter to Glenn Ligon
I guess because of your dry wit and wry observations, I have not given you your "teeth." Your take on runaway slave posters, placing yourself as described by friends and associates as the runaway, or your tribute to Henry "Box" Brown, the man who mailed himself to freedom, have intrigued me. But it was in the interview with Thelma Golden, where you mention that quoting Richard Pryor was scary, that I found my missing piece. There is something in the way that I laugh when I listen to Pryor that is relieving. His every punch line is like a daredevil outrunning the hell-hounds once again. You're right, Pryor is scary.
For your part as the impetus to the "post-black" movement, for your haunting texts and textures, for deciding that AMERICA is the best theme for your retrospective — you scare me. I wrote this to say you scare me, Glenn Ligon. And I like it.
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