This is one of the few books I've read that challenges the way I think, and how I listen.
As I read, I occasionally recall Baldwin's comment in the Autobiographical Notes: "I want to be an honest man and a good writer." His honesty, it seems, has created the "good writer".
The train of thought that creates each essay is exhilarating. It reminds me of teenage years, when one felt an unsupported opinion had a hidden agenda, and supported opinion - the result of accurate observation, and the desire to incorporate it into one's life - made one glad, and thankful. I am thankful for this book....Continua