Exceptional Happenings

Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there. …Umph. That’s almost music. Truman Capote. From In Cold...

Wouldn’t you call that a problem?

“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...