01 October 2012

The Survival of James Baldwin : Notes of an Artist

James Baldwin, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama
One writes out of one thing only — one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.

-James Baldwin, "Autobiographical Notes", 1952
James Baldwin and Marlon Brando at the Lincoln Memorial, 1965
James Baldwin, 1963