I confess to not always living up to the aspirations of James Baldwin. Not everything I write has moral intentions.
What happens between teacher and student, as well as between parent and child, between intimates and colleagues, at its best involves changes that bring “more enlightened living in the world.”
As a writer I’m with Richard Powers in finding more fulfillment in preparing myself as a receptacle for the creative experience than in producing a daily word count.
Trust the pen, trust the paper, trust the words into sentences into paragraphs, into essays and books. Something is said.