James Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924, and died in France in 1987.
He was an extraordinarily eloquent writer, on topics such as race in America, sexuality, and the role of the artist in a society.
A well-loved copy of the 1962 essay titled 'The Creative Process' hangs on my studio wall, and I try to reread it at least once a month, especially times when resistance hits hard.
"The state of birth, suffering, love, and death are extreme states — extreme, universal, and inescapable. We all know this, but we would rather not know it. The artist is present to correct the delusions to which we fall prey in our attempts to avoid this knowledge. It is for this reason that all societies have battled with the incorrigible disturber of the peace—the artist. I doubt that future societies will get on with him any better."
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