Darryl Pinckney


Darryl Pinckney, a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He lives in New York City.

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  • Dancing Miss

    July 17, 2013

    On the anniversary of Billie Holiday’s death, Darryl Pinckney remembers Elizabeth Hardwick’s portrait of the singer, which first appeared in the March 4, 1976 issue of The New York Review.

  • Singing of Adultery and Apartheid

    January 30, 2013

    Can Themba's "The Suit," a sparsely told tale of betrayal, was adapted for the stage in South Africa in the early 1990s. Peter Brook's version is now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in the Harvey Theater.

  • Misremembering Martin Luther King

    December 15, 2011

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, DC looks like heroic sculpture from the China of Chairman Mao. InThe Mountaintop, a play by Katori Hall now on Broadway, Dr. King is offered yet another tribute his memory could maybe have done without. In Hall’s well-meaning, but naive play about an imagined conversation between King and a maid at the motel where he stayed on the night before he was killed, King’s last hours on earth become an occasion for tribal laughter and warm black feelings. The Mountaintop is so focused on reconciling us--and him--to his death, that Hall seems uninterested in how she might be exploiting King’s legacy.

  • James Fenton interviewed by Robyn Creswell

    May 17, 2012, 7 pm

    Robyn Creswell, the poetry editor of The Paris Review, and a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, will interview the poet James Fenton on stage at the New York Pubic Library.