The House where James Baldwin lived

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James Baldwin/2: Hate, Change, Art

In one of the comments to yesterday’s post on James Baldwin, our friend Sheree suggested that I reread her article on that author, which I had already appreciated in the past.
Since today I simply wanted to publish three quotes from Baldwin, here they are as an introduction to that interesting and informative post:

“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.”

“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety.

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up.”

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In uno dei commenti al mio post di ieri su James Baldwin, la nostra amica Sheree mi ha suggerito di rileggere un suo articolo su quell’autore, che avevo già apprezzato in passato.
Poiché oggi volevo semplicemente pubblicare tre citazioni di Baldwin, lo faccio come introduzione a quel post interessante e ricco di informazioni:

“Immagino che uno dei motivi per cui le persone si aggrappano al loro odio così ostinatamente sia perché sentono che, una volta che l’odio se ne sarà andato, saranno costrette ad affrontare il dolore”.

“Ogni vero cambiamento implica la rottura del mondo come lo abbiamo sempre conosciuto, la perdita di tutto ciò che ci ha dato un’identità, la fine della sicurezza”.

Tutta l’arte è una specie di confessione, più o meno diretta. Tutti gli artisti, se vogliono sopravvivere, sono costretti infine a raccontare l’intera storia, a vomitare l’angoscia”.

View from the Back

The French Riviera has attracted not just artists but also writers. In particular, Saint-Paul de Vence became a destination of choice for French culturati soon after Cannes hosted its inaugural film festival in 1946; it was a tranquil haven for the celebrity overspill.

Following the lead of previous brush-wielding frequenters such as Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Miró – who had traded artworks, some still on display, in return for board and lodging at the Colombe d’Or – the place became a veritable haven for writers, painters and thinkers seeking sun, creative inspiration and a quiet rural life.

All left their mark on the village and are remembered fondly. But the one artistic arrival who came to call the village home, and yet does not get the recognition he merits, is the American writer James Baldwin (‘Jimmy’ to his friends), who came here in 1970.

The American writer and humanist was…

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45 thoughts on “The House where James Baldwin lived

      1. Very very interesting article on James Baldwin. His quotes are awesome and reflect his great wisdom. Thank you so much, dear Luisa, for introducing me to great personalities like him. It’s very inspiring and interesting. You are doing a wonderful job. ♥️♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰

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  1. Insightful quotes again. We have to let go of the hate and just agree to disagree. Being right is not going to resolve anything, if friendship and family are lost. Happy Wednesday Luisa. Allan

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      1. Luisa ! All quotes of Janes Baldwin are , of course , unparallel in all respects . But the last quote suit us all more if we look back at the Arts of Renaissance . All art is a kind of confession ….. Confession of all deeds of his life by the artist . Last resort before an artist is to tell about the truth of his life , of his surroundings , of all his deeds in his life whether good or bad . Then comes out a real art out of such Confession from the artist as such . Luisa ! Your approach to blogging is unique and unparallel in all respects . Thanks !

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  2. Il primo aforisma mi ha colpita molto: ci si ostina, come dice l’aforisma, a voler continuamente restare aggrappati all’odio e ci si dimentica di quanto questo sentimento possa essere brutto e causare dolore e sofferenza se rivolto sia verso sé stessi che verso gli altri. Bisognerebbe imparare ad odiare di meno perché spesso questa spasmodica e continua voglia d’odio porta sempre a dei risultati negativi.

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