Sunday September 30 is the birthday of Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of greatest nonfiction writers of our day!
Whether you love or loathe his work, it’s hard to argue that he is one of the most thought-provoking essayists writing today.
His atheistic naturalism, for instance, challenges us as Christians to take the Incarnation, and our bodies, more seriously.
In honor of his birthday, we offer the following list of eight of Coates’s finest essays from THE ATLANTIC!
Hope and The Artist
Published: November 23, 2015
I’ve been thinking a lot about the implied notion that writing that does not offer hope is necessarily deficient or somehow useless. To be less coy, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea that my own writing is somehow cheating the reader because it seems so unconcerned with “hope.” I admit to having a hard time with this notion. No art I’ve ever loved takes the offering of hope (or despair) as its central mission, and a good deal of the art I detest does.
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