Telling Stories

Chris Abani: February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:14

“Art is essential,” he says. “It’s what is human in us. People have always tried to create narratives. Through stories, rock painting, sons. Trying to make sense of what it means to exist in this often-painful life, what it means to be human. Art becomes a way to meditate the terror. It connects us. Like James Baldwin said, ‘Your pain has no meaning unless you can connect it with someone else’s pain.'”

Black Issues Book Review, May-June, 2005 by Michael Datcher

Durban, 4am is oddly compelling as well.