February 11, 2020

Valerie Miller
1 min readAug 13, 2020

Happy Black History Month! Today’s book rec is Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat acting as illustrations. It’s not a story for kids as much as a mantra or an affirmation, a declaration of courage and willpower. The paintings seem like an organic extension of the poem, complementing them very well. I don’t know much about Basquiat, but his work has a contagious vitality and energy, and I want to see more of it.

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