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The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
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Graywacke
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#Alphabetgame #LetterF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I toyed with using Spenser‘s The Faerie Queene because it is such mind altering thing. And with Jeanette Winterson‘s Frankissstein, which is the most fun I‘ve had on audio over the past 3 yrs. But I went sacred. Baldwin was incomparable and his own fire is contained within this more than any other essay. And it‘s very relevant today.

Leftcoastzen An amazing book! Excellent choice in my humble opinion! 2mo
vivastory I agree with @leftcoastzen 2mo
Graywacke @Leftcoastzen @vivastory 🙂 😊Thanks. (Baldwin again tomorrow…with G) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1924 author James Baldwin was born in NYC. As a teenager, Baldwin followed in the footsteps of his stepfather and worked as a preacher. A meeting with artist Beauford Delaney at age 15 showed him a glimmer of what was possible, a Black man could make a life as an artist. In his 20s Baldwin escaped from the sociopolitical pressures of life in America as a Black man and moved to France, where he wrote most of his works. #HistoryGetsLIT

Graywacke ❤️ 2mo
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Scochrane26
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My first book by Baldwin. Listened on audio. I think I‘ll want to read it in print sometime because it has so much to ponder. Very interesting to learn Baldwin‘s thoughts about whites & his experiences with religions. #doublespin for June

Graywacke One I need to read again too. Powerful stuff. 3mo
Scochrane26 @Graywacke it‘s different than the present day books about racism. Definitely will be reading more of his books. 3mo
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The two essays in this classic work of American nonfiction are powerful, rousing, deeply moving, and at times both righteously scathing and unbelievably tender. I read this book expecting it to develop my understanding of racial injustice in my country—I didn‘t expect the radical spirituality the irreligious Baldwin offers here. Every other line is a gut punch and a revelation and I couldn‘t help exclaiming aloud while listening to the audiobook!

Christine Yes! Beautiful review. 4mo
underground_bks @Christine thank you so much, hard to do it justice! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Small and powerful book.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Baldwin‘s reflections on race and religion are sincere and thought-provoking. These two short essays brilliantly analyze race relations in early 1960s America and can so easily be applied today, they‘re practically prophetic. Unequipped to say more, I will leave you with this stirring quote, “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” 5⭐️

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NikkiCureton
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“God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” First published in 1963, Baldwin could easily have written this today. So much of what he wrote about then is still at issue now, and that makes me tired. Baldwin‘s writing is a treasure.

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Rita is watching the snowflakes while I finish up this book for a book club.

Leftcoastzen Lovely Rita!😻 7mo
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krismlars
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First entry in my book journal. I have a spreadsheet to keep track of what I‘ve read, but this appeals to me because I can write notes and quotes. A very thoughtful birthday gift!

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cant_i'm_booked
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Eloquent, concise and cutting; like they said: the truth hurts. Giovanni‘s Room is still close to my heart (love and subsequent abandonment at its thorniest and most dire) but Baldwin‘s essays on race relations are important, timeless reading: they slice right to one‘s moral core. The first essay, being Baldwin‘s letter to his nephew, led me to an inspired Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ 2015 article “Letter to My Son” in The Atlantic. Check it out!

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erinreads
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I love that both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books for this month are from my #NYWD22 list!

Soubhiville I loved both of those! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 9mo
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This book covered so much in such an incredibly short space. James Baldwin was an absolute talent, a fierce warrior of a writer. What a pleasure to read.

There is important content about systemic racism in this book, and a lot about the dangers of religion too. I particularly liked the quote above because it so perfectly says something I‘ve been trying to articulate to my peers and friends for years.

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JGadz11
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1962 or 2021? 😡

Nute Say it loud! 10mo
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jmofo
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An incredible human‘s birth day is just an excuse to post this photo of him being the icon he was, beautiful and not having it. So grateful he was in this world and I was able to read his writing and see videos of him speak. His work led me to read others and still teaches me.

Karisa 😍 14mo
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MandaMarie123
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“One cannot argue with anyone‘s experience or decision or belief.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks True! 🐶🐾 14mo
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Caryl
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I‘ve been meaning to read this one for quite awhile. Grateful that Baldwin is July‘s #authoramonth. I‘m inspired to read one of his novels now, and checked out Giovanni‘s Room from the library.

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Nute
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#AuthorAMonth - July - James Baldwin:

I knew that the reread journey would lead here, though there are other books that remain unexplored. This book can never be read too many times. This book states a message that continues to be as relevant today as it was some 58 years ago. Am I shocked? No, humans seem to be predisposed to a base level unkindness to one another.👇🏽

Nute So much so that now we must engage in campaigns to tell us to resist this innate tendency and choose kindness as a disposition. We convince ourselves to like one another. Will there ever be a day when there is no need for a discussion about race relations? Has God even grown weary of our derelict behaviors? It seems He has given up on the rainbow and sends not another drop water, instead it is the fire this time! It is the fire now!👇🏽 14mo
Nute It will always be the fire as long as a people remain being defined only in the space of racism. As long as a people continue to be seen through the lens of derogatory explanations of who and what they supposedly are. As long as a people are bound by the hatred and anger of misconceptions, and mistaken/biased perceptions.
I reread this book again as I shall another day because there is still so much work to be done.👇🏽
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Nute There are still so many lessons to learn. There is still a need for wisdom and guidance. There is still a hurting people. And somehow the Black Experience in America is still a broken, corrupt, shackling, unfair thing. It will take in part the truth of literature such as this that assaults the nostrils and slaps the face to awaken folks. Literature will never be enough for this awakening, but it is a start.👇🏽 14mo
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Nute The words of James Baldwin, “this brilliant dude” as a fellow Litten put it….profound and prophetic…these words are a start.
Highly recommended!
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TrishB It is shocking how relevant things remain 😞 sometimes I feel like we‘ve made no progress. 14mo
katy4peas It feels like every time we take 1 step forward, we take 2 steps back. I hope we are trying harder now, but it is a continual fight to improve things. Thanks for the rec. read! 14mo
vlwelser Definitely a brilliant dude. I look forward to continuing my James Baldwin journey. ❤❤❤ 14mo
SamAnne I didn‘t have time to fit any Baldwin in this month but plan to next month! 14mo
Nute @TrishB A very sad and maddening truth!😞 14mo
Nute @katy4peas It is the constant hope that things are better and the sad reality that things are not. I can see a fairer world and a lovelier place, but how to get there? The people that I encounter in my daily walk, it seems that there wouldn‘t be as many steps backward. But I know only a small small number of folks up close and personal. Everything else is what we think we know about people.👇🏽 14mo
Nute @katy4peas I hope that there is a greater push for positive change that surmounts the push for negative stagnation. 14mo
Nute @vlwelser Hi Vanessa! You‘re the Litten that made the statement “This dude was sort of brilliant.” I loved it. It made me smile. I hope that you don‘t mind that I referred to you. I just wanted to show solidarity!🙂 14mo
Nute @SamAnne I reread only a couple of James Baldwin‘s books this month. He is always on a repeat read cycle for me especially when encouraged by some event or opportunity. He remains so relevant and motivational. He seemed to always be hopeful that we could achieve a betterment of capabilities. Good luck with your next month‘s goal! 14mo
Eggbeater Excellent review! Now I have to read it. Thanks! 14mo
SamAnne @Nute I had not read him until this year. I read the tagged and now I want to read everything he‘s written. 14mo
vlwelser Definitely feel free to do that any time. I'm glad it made you smile. 😃 14mo
staci.reads @Nute I loved reading your thoughts on Baldwin. Thank you for sharing them with us. "It will take in part the truth of literature such as this that assaults the nostrils and slaps the face to awaken folks." Yes! Beautifully put. I believe authors will always be on the front lines, holding up the mirrors in front of us that we need to show us who we really are. 14mo
Centique Brilliantly said @Nute Can‘t add to what you‘ve already said - except I have hope. I see my kids and their friends here in NZ be better - not all of them but a lot of them, I see the work, the anger, the trauma getting heard and having impact in this generation. (Here at least). I pray it keeps going and changes the whole world 🤞🤞🤞 14mo
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I enjoy hearing his thoughts about religion. It is hard to break away from what you are taught even though you begin to doubt as an adult.

I'm very glad I got to know Baldwin this month. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Riveted_Reader_Melissa He really is impressive, isn‘t he. 1y
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vlwelser
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This dude was sort of brilliant. This is non-fiction and it sort of looks at the way people are attracted to religion in the face of hardships like racism. At least that was what I got out of it. There's plenty of other stuff in there too but the focus was religion.

#AuthorAMonth with @Soubhiville

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Skygoddess1
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This has long been on my TBR and I‘m so happy to have finally read it. While Baldwin wrote in the 1963 as the Civil Rights Movement was getting started, so much of what he had to say then is still, unfortunately, true today. Will be picking up a physical copy for sure. #AuthorAMonth #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Wow! What a powerful book and just as relevant now as it was then. Baldwin‘s perspective is sharp, clear and without reserve. Every American should read Baldwin, we are all better citizens and humans for doing so. #integrateyourshelf #Authoramonth @Soubhiville #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
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Julsmarshall
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Came across this great quote by James Baldwin our #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville That‘s impressive! 1y
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staci.reads
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Visited the American Writers Museum in Chicago today, and this was one of the murals on the wall. Thought #AuthorAMonth folks may appreciate this. @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Very cool! 1y
megnews Had no clue about this museum! Will have to add to my next Chicago trip. Thanks for posting! 1y
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TheBookHippie 🤍 I‘ve seen such great exhibits there! 1y
DivineDiana Thank you for sharing with us. ❤️ 1y
Chrissyreadit ❤️🎉❤️ 1y
Eggs ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Nute I do appreciate this post. Thank you for sharing it.🙂 1y
Bklover Thanks @Soubhiville !❤️ 1y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for sharing. This museum has been on my bucket list!! 1y
staci.reads @TheBookHippie They had a cool Ray Bradbury exhibit while we were there! 1y
TheBookHippie @staci.reads Ooo! I‘m headed in soon to see the Obama paintings and the Frida exhibit. Plus food books coffee 😅 1y
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Megabooks
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I‘m so glad #AuthorAMonth got me to read this amazing collection of nonfiction.

I was reminded of how I felt when reading Audre Lorde‘s Sister Outsider last year, which is that we are still facing many of the same problems of structural racism that we did 50 years ago. He made a great point about how important allies are in this fight.

He also wrote a lot about religion, both Christianity and Islam, and their roles in Black culture. ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ I ended up reading further on the internet about his upbringing in the Pentecostal church and his adult religious beliefs. It‘s always good when a book makes you MORE curious! 1y
Soubhiville I really liked this one too. 1y
Cinfhen Wonderful review, Meg! I agree, there‘s a lot to learn and educate ourselves with when reading Baldwin. 1y
Megabooks @Soubhiville it was fantastic! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen absolutely! learning new things is one of the best things about reading! And thank you. 😊 1y
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Baldwin describes eloquently the status of racism in the US in the 1960s - so relevant to me, being a tween and HS student at that time. My favorite part is his dinner/meeting at the home of Elijah Muhammad and members of Nation of Islam. JB is so honest and authentic

#doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville

Leftcoastzen It is a powerful book. 1y
Eggs @Leftcoastzen 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Karisa Just watched the Amazon Baldwin documentary. So good! Such a great American philosopher. He makes me want to do more 1y
JoyBlue @Karisa That's fantastic! Thanks for letting me know. I'll look for the documentary. 1y
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Caterina
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My urge to listen to some James Baldwin-themed audiobooks this month during my #audiocommute coincided unexpectedly with Baldwin being July's #AuthorAMonth! I finished my reread of The Fire Next Time, and now I'm onto The Fire This Time. Then Eddie Glaude's book, which is subtitled "James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own." I've been meaning to read the latter two for a while! Then maybe more Baldwin himself? ? @Soubhiville

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Soubhiville
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I got in a last unexpected book for #littenlisten (and a day early #AuthorAMonth book, but I don‘t mind being early for that since I‘m not collecting points.)

This is a powerful collection of essays about race and religion. Is really short, but memorable. (2hrs)

DivineDiana This is one of the James Baldwin books that I have read. A good one. 1y
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Short but pionant audiobook interlude after all those big chonkers.

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This book includes a letter to Baldwin‘s young nephew and an essay to the American people on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. It explores Baldwin's experiences with and thoughts about race, religion, racism, and the country and American people as a whole. It is so sad and convicting that much of what he denounced and of what he hoped for are still relevant in our country decades later. Short and well written.

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Litsi
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“I know it is said that history doesn‘t repeat itself, but rhymes. After reading this 60 year old essay on race relations in America, it feels like racial history gongs. Same hit. Same subject. Same effect. Ta- nahisi Coates‘ book, Between the World and Me, is an echo of this.

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Natetheworld
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After the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, I found myself frustrated. Frustrated with the battles we continue fighting and frustrated with what I did or did not understand. So, like countless Americans last year, I reached for books to educate myself. As I soaked up the words of James Baldwin, I was confronted with my own privilege and the part I play in the continuation of an unequal and unjust society.

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ncsufoxes
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February #bookspin board, 4 books for the month. Probably would have gotten a bingo but I‘m definitely a mood reader. Always fun to challenge myself in the midst of chaos of 3 kids still home & everything else.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great progress!! And I will say that some of my moodier mood readers sometimes make some of their squares be categories instead of specific titles (so like library book, mystery, ARC, romance, etc) - some framework but not quite so specific. So feel free to make the list work for you!! 2y
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stretchkev
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Baldwin is such a powerful and forceful writer.

So little has changed!

Come-read-with-me This is a brilliant book. 2y
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ncsufoxes
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When people ask the question “if you could meet anyone dead or alive” James Baldwin would be my first choice. His writing is still so relevant to today. His gift of storytelling is so profound. One book off my bingo board, #bookspinbingo #integrateyourbookshelf

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Gave me lots to think about

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These essays and letters delve into Baldwin's experiences with and thoughts about race, racism, white apathy, and religion. Although I am not religious, so the religious content didn't resonate with me, I enjoyed reading what Baldwin had to say. His words are thought provoking and his experiences continue to be relevant today. #BLM #LGBTQAuthors #POCAuthors #BlackVoices

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Susanita
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Lots of food for thought in this short book which was my 70th of the year and first in #December

I‘m ready to #sleightheshelves and #crushtherush and #readmyway to close out this crazy mixed up year with a strong book total.

OriginalCyn620 You can do it! 👍🏻 2y
TheSpineView 😊🤩📚 2y
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“america, of all the western nations, has been best placed to prove...the obsolescence of the concept of color ... if we, who can scarcely be considered a white nation, persist in thinking of ourselves as one, we condemn ourselves...to sterility & decay, whereas if we could accept ourselves as we are we might bring new life to the western achievements & transform them. the price of this transformation is the unconditional freedom of the negro.”

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James Baldwin is a personal hero of mine. With clear reasoning, profound insight, & emotional candor, Baldwin holds nothing back in spelling out root cause of racial troubles & the mindset of whites (including liberals) that created & perpetuate it. That this book is as powerful, necessary, & on-point in 2020 as it was in 1963 is both tragic and compelling. Baldwin will amaze you. He is a first-rate writer who demands attention. Give it to him.

Hamlet I also recommend watching “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on his notes for an unfinished autobiography. 2y
Suet624 I listened to the audiobook and kept thinking about folks in the 1960‘s must have responded. Such powerful statements throughout! 2y
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ncsufoxes
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When Target has buy 2 get 1 free you add more to your TBR pile (although target doesn‘t need more of my money & I know I should shop small bookstores). Looking forward to having a month off from grad school so I can get some reading done before I start on my thesis

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Heavy and sometimes overwhelming. Could have been written yesterday which is even more heart-wrenching. Worth several re-reads to take it all in.

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“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.”

I‘m only about halfway done with this essay, and some of the points Baldwin makes are truly life-altering.

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“It is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless. “