Day 3: Friday, March 20


Welcome to Quarantini: Day Three.

Today, your homework is to finish reading the first two chapters of Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. You can access the first chapter here, and the entire book is available for immediate access on Kindle (you can even read it on your computer).

Our discussion question is: How does the gay world of Paris in the 1950s compare to the gay world of today? Don’t forget to email your responses by Sunday to [email protected].


If you’ve already read the two chapters–or the entire book–our bonus assignment for this weekend is the documentary BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin was one of the first “freedom riders,” an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, and an organizer of the March on Washington. He was denied his place in the limelight for one reason – he was gay. Rustin’s story is a crucial part of American history, and this documentary is the perfect supplement to GIovanni’s Room

There are a few options to access it:

1. Kanopy: Free access through your public library (you’ll need a library card) or university.

2. Kweli: Free as part of a 7-day free trial.

3. Vimeo: You can rent the film by itself for $2.99.

Our bonus discussion question is: what surprised you most about Rustin’s story?

I’ll be on Facebook to discuss both the book and the film at a new time, on Monday at 3 PM ET. See you then!



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