"The terrible thing is that the reality behind these words depends ultimately on what the human being (meaning every single one of us) believes to be real. The terrible thing is that the reality behind all these words depends on choices one has got to make, for ever and ever and ever, every day." James Baldwin on the artist's struggle for "integrity." Here's a bonus piece from The Millions on Baldwin, race, and fatherhood.
This week in lit news: VIDA, the organization that's been counting appearances by women writers in major literary journals since 2010, will expand their 2014 count to include data on race/ethnicity.
Recommended Reading: Ottessa Moshfegh on eating mayonnaise for the first time.