Scott Saul, an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixtiesand, most recently, Becoming Richard Pryor(HarperCollins), a biography of the performer. For Scott Saul’s multimedia archive of Richard Pryor’s life, go to www.becomingrichardpryor.com.
Behind Richard Pryor’s jokes and barbs was a man yearning to be free.
At Berkeley in 1964, Mario Savio embodied the need to speak and act in the face of doubt.
Eliot Weinberger's enigmatic essays save him from becoming a prisoner of his polemical style.
Sweet Land of Liberty is a bold, if decidedly underdramatic, rewriting of civil rights history.