THE HEROIC REMNANT gathered together in the Saint Louis morning for a final round of papers and discussions. Authors from Charles Chesnutt to Gayle Jones, from Jean Toomer to Octavia Butler, all came in for detailed analysis and friendly contention. New discoveries for me included the Guy Endore novel of the Haitian revolution, BABOUK, which, according to William Scott, was known to C.L.R. James. I enjoyed a lunch conversation with poet/critic Tyronne Williams, before heading back to afternoon sessions of Ellison, Whitehead, postmodernism and new approaches to the canon. The symposium closed out with a visit from the actors of near-by Harris-Stowe University, a lively troupe given to historical re-enactment.
Then it was back to the airport, a final visit with Loretta Woodard, and back home to work.