No Name in the Street

Everything that charmed me reminded me of someplace else, someplace where I could walk and talk, someplace where I was freer than I was at home, someplace where I could live without the stifling mask—made me homesick for a liberty I had never tasted here, and without which I could never live or work. I was free only in battle, never free to rest—and he who finds no way to rest cannot long survive the battle.

James Baldwin, ‘No Name in the Street’.

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