Studs Terkel to James Baldwin, 1961: “Who are you, now?”
Baldwin: “Who, indeed. Well, I may be able to tell you who I am, but I am also discovering who I am not. I want to be an honest man. And I want to be a good writer. I don’t know if one ever gets to be what one wants to be. You just have to play it by ear and . . . pray for rain.”
Taken from this couldn’t-be-more-wonderful piece.