- Philip James Bailey
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A man who is without capital, and who, by prohibitions upon banking, is practically forbidden to hire any, is in a condition elevated but one degree above that of a chattel slave. He may live; but he can live only as the servant of others; compelled to perform such labor, and to perform it at such prices, as they may see fit to dictate.
I’m a civilized person who obeys the law and is pretty easy to get along with, but I’m more complicated than that. I use my work as a way to get all that other stuff out and experiment with feelings and ideas, and the forbidden. That’s just part of my process, I think, to identify something forbidden. That’s what lures me into wanting to do the work, write the story down.
When I was trained as a journalist, as a race-relations reporter in Nashville covering the end of the civil-rights movement, we were strictly forbidden to use the first-person pronoun. There was kind of an electric charge around it. To come out from hiding and use the word ‘I’ carried a lot of fright for me.