In my effort to write something, I’ve been thinking hard recently about what I read and why I read it, and I’ve decided it must say something truthful, and it must be eloquent. And I realize these two things are very hard to integrate, being eloquent about the truth. I think it must be one of the most difficult things to do, and that’s why I regard Ralph Ellison and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf–and not many others–as brilliant. There are many eloquent writers. There are a decent number of truthful writers. But to do both is something else.