Thursday, February 12, 2015


“Evelyn, you got any money?”

“I ain’t got none. I don’t want none. I don’t need none.”

This exchange between girls has been stuck in my head since kidhood. I heard it in Brooklyn, outside my school, P.S. 131. Being nine or ten, I didn’t know about William Carlos Williams’s idea of a vernacular language, “the American idiom,” or here, the African-American idiom. I think I just thought wow.

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