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What to Read About ‘Green Book’ and the Other Best Picture Nominees

What to Read About ‘Green Book’ and the Other Best Picture Nominees

In his review of Spike Lee’s latest, A.O. Scott writes, “‘BlacKkKlansman’ is a furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth. It’s an alarm clock ringing in the midst of a historical nightmare, and also a symphony, the rare piece of political popular art that works in all three dimensions.” He also celebrates Lee’s enduring streak of subversion: “Is it better to work inside the system, to push against it from the outside or to smash it to pieces? This is an old, unresolvable debate, a tension that has partly defined Mr. Lee’s own career.”

‘Spike Lee Takes on the Klan’ [The New York Times]

The writer Salamishah Tillet conducts interviews with Spike Lee, John David Washington, Topher Grace and one of the film’s producers (originally slated to be its director) Jordan Peele, among others, about the production. “I knew if I couldn’t direct this, I couldn’t think of anybody better than Spike for this project,” Peele said. “It just falls right into his unique tone, which is always different. Sometimes comedic, sometimes harrowing, usually socially relevant and political.”

‘How Black Detective Ron Stallworth Infiltrated the Colorado Klan’ [The Washington Post]

DeNeen L. Brown seeks out the real-life Ron Stallworth to hear firsthand the story of how he infiltrated a local chapter of the KKK as a black man: “[The local Klan organizer] asked, Stallworth said, ‘why I wanted to join ‘The Organization,’ as they called it.’ Stallworth, who was born in Chicago and grew up in El Paso, thought about all the times in his life he’d been called the N-word. He thought about the most vile, hate-filled response he could give to impress a Klan member.”

‘Spike Lee Does Battle With “BlacKkKlansman”’ [The New Yorker]

‘With “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee Sounds the Alarm About America’s Past and Present’ [The Atlantic]

‘Spike Lee on “BlacKkKlansman” and Not Taking the Bait on Kanye’ [Vulture]

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