A Little Immortality | Daily Quote (GR)
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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the world, but then you read.”
I had to step outside for a cigarette to think of something to follow, and having read some of Baldwin’s work it surprises me that knowing what he wrote above he was somehow able to set a new precedent for that self-same heartbreak and pain. He is one of the few writers that gives urgency and immediacy to his work. You get swept up as a reader, as a human, and as a fellow soul on this bleak and sometimes disparate planet. In that regard, he receives a very high honor — a little immortality to replace his mortal life.