Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones

A lot of people they don’t know that Africans even named the stars, that different peoples, different so-called native peoples, have their own names for the stars, and have star charts just as accurate as the Chinese star charts, which are more ancient than the European star charts or even the Arabic ones or the star charts of the New World civilizations. Everybody’s got their own cosmology. Everybody’s got their own description of the universe.More Gayl Jones quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you tell a story you automatically talk about traditions, but they're never separate from the people, the human implications. You're talking about your connections as a human being.More Gayl Jones quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I learned to write by listening to people talk. I still feel that the best of my writing comes from having heard rather than having read.More Gayl Jones quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't like that word 'discovery.' ... Sinatra was the first one to call Ray Charles a genius, he spoke of 'the genius of Ray Charles.' And after that everybody called him a genius. They didn't call him a genius before that though. He was a genius but they didn't call him that. ... If a white man hadn't told them, they wouldn't've seen it. ... Like, you know, they say Columbus discovered America, he didn't discover America.More Gayl Jones quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I believe that all literatures can have political uses and misuses. Sometimes politics can enhance, sometimes it can get in the way of imaginative literature. . . . I'm not sure one can be a creative writer and a politician -- not a "good" politician.More Gayl Jones quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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