Literary Birthday – 23 November – Gayl Jones


Happy Birthday, Gayl Jones, born 23 November 1949

Five Quotes

  1. When you tell a story you automatically talk about traditions, but they’re never separate from the people, the human implications. You’re talking about your connections as a human being.
  2. I don’t think there are many of us who are true to our possibilities.
  3. I learned to write by listening to people talk. I still feel that the best of my writing comes from having heard rather than having read.
  4. I was and continue to be interested in contradictory emotions that coexist … I think people can hold two different emotions simultaneously.
  5. I believe that all literatures can have political uses and misuses. Sometimes politics can enhance, sometimes it can get in the way of imaginative literature… . I’m not sure one can be a creative writer and a politician — not a good politician.

Gayl Jones is an African-American writer. Her works include The Healing, Corregidora, and Eva’s Man.

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by Amanda Patterson

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