I read this for the first time after learning one of the artists I follow, Rashid Johnson, was doing a film adaptation (now out on HBO as of March, 2019). How had I never read this? I tried to encourage friends to read or re-read it so I could have someone to discuss t with, it would have been easier to stomach with friends, but sadly it was a solo endeavor. The line that sticks with me the most is after Bigger is put in jail and he is resisting seeing the lawyer, and he says something to the effect of "I never wanted to experience a feeling like hope ever again." What are we as a society if an individual feels so powerless that they resent the mere idea of hope? This novel remains incredibly relevant.