LARB Radio Hour: Peter J. Harris' "Johnson Chronicles"; Plus Dick Gregory's Autobiography

July 14, 2017

LARB's Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn talks with author Peter J. Harris about the new production of his work Johnson Chronicles: Truth and Tall Tales About My Penis, which opens in Los Angeles on July 21st. Janice and Peter discuss the work's transition from page to stage, reflect on the mythology surrounding the black male member and the role of that mythology in the ongoing de-humanization of African-Americans, and the challenges still facing artists presenting honest, intimate portraits of Black Americans. Also, author Morgan Parker returns to recommend Dick Gregory's provocatively titled autobiography.