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Any writer, looking back over even so short a span of time as I am here forced to assess, finds that the things which hurt him and the things which helped him cannot be divorced from each other; he could be helped in a certain way only because he was hurt in a certain way; and his help is simply to be enabled to move from one conundrum to the next–one is tempted to say that he moves from one disaster to the next.

James Baldwin 
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James Baldwin 
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"Autobiographical Notes," 1955 http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/b/baldwin-essays.html
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