Cornel West's Recs

So, I promised I would pull out all the literary and musical references in Cornel West's wonderful interview so that everyone could get their library in order... Here 'tis, in the order that he mentioned them, and a couple of Dr. West's notes on a few of them.

The interview, by the way, is well worth a second listen.

Soren Kierkegaard
Franz Kafka ("You know, we're all vanishing organisms and disappearing creatures in space and time - that death sentence in space in time that Kafka talked about with such profundity.")
Curtis Mayfield
The Temptations
Stephen Sondheim (" it not just West Side Story, but Follies, Company, Sweeney Todd, Passion. You can go on and on.")
Sarah Vaughan
James Cleveland
Aretha Franklin
Marion Williams
The Main Ingredient
The Whispers
Blue Magic
James Brown
Aretha Franklin
Luther Vandross ("...that music helped me preserve my sanity, help me preserve whatever dignity I was able to preserve, helping to keep going.")
B.B. King
Ma Rainey
Bessie Smith
Leroy Carr
Bruce Springsteen
Bob Dylan
Janet Joplin
Daryl Hall ("my dear, dear brother's a blues man too..")
Talib Kweli
Rah Digga
Jill Scott
Gerald Levert
Prince ("Prince, of course — collaborating with the musical genius of our time in some ways with Prince himself — late, great Gerald Levert.")
George Clinton
Anton Chekhov
John Coltrane
Ludwig Van Beethoven ( a poet of tones, just like Coltrane's a poet of tempo.")
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Eudora Welty ("one of the grand American Jacobean writers.")



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.