Article for Vice: “Saving the House of James Baldwin”
Sometime after I finished college, a borrowed paperback of Dharma Bums turned me into a Beatnik junkie. It sent me on a literary scavenger hunt through San Francisco. If Allen Ginsberg or Jack Kerouac so much as sneezed somewhere, I wanted to find it.
I used to think there was something special about the space an artist inhabited. And I still do now.
A couple years ago, I wrote a piece for Vice about one of those special places: the house of American author James Baldwin, in Saint Paul de Vence, France.
The home of the famous ex-pat author was caught up in a development deal with the French real estate firm Socri. It’s fate was undetermined at the time the piece was published back in 2017. Since then, I haven’t heard news of what happened to Baldwin’s home, which he lived in during the later years of his life until his death in 1987.
You can find that story here.
Also, shout out to Trent Christensen, the Los Angeles artist who drew the illustration for this article. You can find more of his work at www.gentletrent.com.