I want to study creative writing and philosophy. Since my freshman year in college everyone has been telling me that the two don't mix. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing it. The problem is, I'm not well read enough. If someone asked me what Bad Faith is, I couldn't even give them a clear response. I need to remedy that.
I was listening to this wonderful lecture by James Baldwin today.
"What a writer is obliged to at some point realize is that he is involved in a language which he has to change. For example, for a black writer, especially in this country, to be born into the English language is to realize that the assumptions of the language- the assumptions at which the language operates are his enemy."
I would like to learn another language or two. I would like to be able to read and understand literature and philosophy in two other languages maybe three. German, French and an African language... don't ask me which one. (Note: It's not that I assume German or French would NOT be be enemy of a black writer, ha!)
I have a lot of work to do.
Lhea's To Do List:
1. Read everything James Baldwin ever wrote/said
2. Read everything Richard Wright ever wrote/said
3. Read everything Angela Davis ever wrote/said
4. Read everything Ralph Ellison ever wrote/said
5. Read everything Cornel West ever wrote/said
6. Read everything Lewis Gordon ever wrote/said
7. Read everything Ernest Allen, Jr ever wrote/said
8. Read everything WEB Du Bois ever wrote/said (That might take while, he lived a long life)
9. Read everything Satre ever wrote/said
10. Read Husserl
11. Read Heidegger
12. Read De Beauvoir
13. Read everything Dostoevsky ever wrote
14. Read Kafka
15. Read Camus
*Sigh* I'm so behind. But, I have to start somewhere... So while I'm 24 I'll start by reading the following authors
1. WEB Du Bois
2. Cornell West