This quibble does not mean I felt the book needed to lose any stars in my rating, however. I found it interesting to read about Coates’s struggles as a writer, and I want to share this selection from an interview he gave about writing and the writing process.
via yt Cropper As a writer myself, I found it incredibly heartening to hear such a gifted writer discuss his struggles with the craft.
He admits that this “voice inside” him, this question, would “eventually overshadow the work, or maybe it would just feel like it did” (118).
I would argue he is one of the most lucid and persuasive writers of his generation, and perhaps because of it, he has attracted an audience he didn’t necessarily believe he would attract.
To a sagacious and a discerning eye, madness is a kind of divine sense.
The madness of poets and philosophers is often described as divine frenzy.It’s as much about writing as it is about issues of race in the time of America’s first black president.The title comes from Thomas Miller, an African American congressman who served South Carolina during the South’s period of Reconstruction: We were eight years in power.The prefaces to each essay are the writer at the height of his critical powers, both of his own work and of the current historical moment.Of the collected essays, I agree with Coates’s assessment regarding “The Case for Reparations”: “I thought I was at my best when I could combine the reporting and the essay., where Coates has been making waves as “America’s best writer on race,” an assessment he admits makes him “retch” (117).He doesn’t explicitly say so, but I suppose it’s partly the fact that so many white people turn to him as the authority, the purveyor of “the black perspective.” I wonder if he feels like, as a character in ” (118).It’s clear he is confused by this attention, but one need only read the pages of to understand why the attention confuses him.He is accustomed to a white America that does not listen to the complete story of itself. He has a gift for laying those myths bare and reminding us to consider what we would prefer to forget.Conversely too much of practical outlook (sense) is a kind of madness.That is how the discerning eyes of poets and philosophers view them, but sadly, the majority view prevails in this, as in all oilier things in life.