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Arthvr Alleyne’s SCRIBBLIN’ AT THE AUTOMAT is a fictional account of one such conversation between these two dynamic cultural icons. Alleyne’s portrayal of this conversation between Baldwin and Avedon takes place at a critical juncture in each artist’s respective careers; Baldwin shouldering the burden of the black writer, anxious as to how his next work will be received by the literary world and the public at large after the success of Go Tell It on the Mountain and Avedon already successful as a photographer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar, set to take the reigns of Vogue Magazine and be the trendsetter in fashion for the next quarter century.

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