Our Imaginings: Passing through the Moving Image

Philip Roth has denied that his book The Human Stain, was in any way inspired by the life of Anatole Broyard – and yet there are striking similarities between Colman Silk and Anatole Broyard. Bliss Broyard, in her memoir, One Drop imagines what it might have been like when her father told his mother that he was going to live as a white man.

This scene from the film The Human Stain, seems to capture the moment. It features Wentworth Miller and the incomparable¬† Anna Deavere Smith – both exhibiting fine acting chops. Wentworth Miller himself is of multiracial heritage – his father is African-American, Jamaican, English, and German descent; his mother is of Lebanese and Dutch descent. He can sing and act – and he’s gorgeous. I hope his career does well.

Bliss Broyard on her father and her memoir.


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