The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, July 18, 2017:

 

Great art flourishes on problems or anguish or prejudice.  But the role of the writer must be very clear.  The writer must not be on the side of oppression.  In other words there must be no confusion.  I write about prejudice; I write about wickedness; I write about murder; I write about rape; but I must not be caught on the side of murder or rape.  It is as simple as that.

Chinua Achebe, in CONVERSATIONS WITH JAMES BALDWIN (1989)

The Prompter Room

For Friday, July 7, 2017:

 

Those who tell you ‘Do not put too much politics in your art’ are not being honest.  If you look very carefully you will see that they are the same people who are quite happy with the situation as it is … What they are saying is don’t upset the system.

Chinua Achebe, CONVERSATIONS WITH JAMES BALDWIN (1989)