Wouldn’t you call that a problem?

Jan 22, 2011 | Things I wish I'd written

“So Jimmy Baldwin tells me the plot of his book, and he says to me: the writing’s going well, but I just want to make sure it’s not one of those problem novels. I said: Jimmy, your novel’s about a Negro homosexual who’s in love with a Jew — wouldn’t you call that a problem?”

Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Truman Capote, in Capote, as referenced by Javed Jahangir in this overly self-indulgent but admirably precise article.