Every writer must acknowledge and be able to handle the unalterable fact that he has, in effect, given himself a life sentence in solitary confinement. The ordinary world of work is closed to him — and that if he’s lucky!
‘Do you want this job?’ the woman asked.
‘Yes, ma’am,’ I said, afraid to trust my own judgement.
‘Now, boy, I want to ask you one question and I want you to tell me the truth,’ she said.
‘Yes, ma’am,’ I said, all attention.
‘Do you steal?’ she asked me seriously.
I burst into a laugh and then checked myself.
‘What’s so damn funny about that?’ she asked.
‘Lady, if I was a thief, I’d never tell anybody.’
— richard wright, “black boy”
➜ My Life as a Writer
Philip Roth talks about rereading his own work, accusations of misogyny and not winning the Nobel Prize.
The young especially live according to beliefs that are thought up for them by the society’s most unthinking people and by the businesses least impeded by innocent ends.
➜ Malcolm X - The Playboy Interview
playboy’s archives are incredible:
The Playboy Interview with Malcolm X from May 1963. Read the full text here.