LeRoi Jones’s Radio and the Literary “Break” from Ellison to Burroughs

  title={LeRoi Jones’s Radio and the Literary “Break” from Ellison to Burroughs},
  author={Karen Harrison},
  journal={African American Review},
  pages={357 - 374}
  • K. Harrison
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • Art
  • African American Review
T opening pages of The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones (1984) depict a deeply visceral encounter with radio: “I pulled a big brown radio down, also on my head. . . . Another scar, still there. The radio had a knob missing and the metal rod sunk into my skull just left of my eye” (2). LeRoi Jones (later Amiri Baraka) doesn’t make much of the episode—only asking, half mockingly, “Ah, these multiple head injuries . . . is something beginning to occur to you?”—but its placement at the beginning of his… 

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