For the writer, there is nothing quite like having someone say that he or she understands, that you have reached them and affected them with what you have written. It is the feeling early humans must have experienced when the firelight first overcame the darkness of the cave. It is the communal cooking pot, the Street, all over again. It is our need to know we are not alone.
Virginia Hamilton (b. 1936), African American writer of children's books. The source, which was published as an essay in 1976, was originally a speech delivered at the Library of Congress on November 17, 1975. Illusion and Reality.