It's Toni Morrison's birthday! We're celebrating with our same old weekend lazy poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the fragrance you think best fits your favorite Toni Morrison novel, whatever. Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ali Wong, Toni Morrison, and more.
The subject of white privilege could not be avoided during the 2016 election; it was Toni Morrison who wrote an essay for the New Yorker about how the fear of losing white privilege directly (if subconsciously) led to the ascent of Trump. Show More Summary
I get angry about things, then go on and work. ? Toni Morrison Gloria Steinem often reminds us that the strongest predictor of whether a country will be violent within its borders, or in its use of military force, is not poverty or access to natural resources, not religion or gradations of democracy - it is violence against its female citizens. Show More Summary
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."
Since the results of the 2016 presidential election were announced, a number of writers and celebrities have shared their reactions.
Toni Morrison has written a powerful essay in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, and it gets right to the heart of why Trump won. In a piece titled “Mourning For Whiteness” from the November 21...Show More Summary
Spoiler alert if you haven't read William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom," but Morrison seems to think it's valuable in understanding what just happened in the election. Here's how her essay ends:On Election Day, how eagerly so many white...Show More Summary
For White Americans who have any interest in understanding the perspective of their African American brothers and sisters, it all starts with listening to voices like Toni Morrison. She’s not interested in making anyone feel more comfortable…simply telling her own truth. So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many... Read more »
TONI MORRISON: Mourning for Whiteness. So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble. On Election […]
[Content Note: Misogynoir] Bridget Todd at Bullshitist: "What Did I Ever Do to Anybody Except Be Black and Exist?"[CN: White supremacy; eliminationist violence] Toni Morrison at the New Yorker: "Making America White Again."[CN: Islamophobia;...Show More Summary
Via commentor LAMH, Toni Morrison, in the New Yorker, on “Making America White Again“: This is a serious project. All immigrants to the United States know (and knew) that if they want to become real, authentic Americans they must reduce their fealty to their native country and regard it as secondary, subordinate, in order to […]
"Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom."
“So what now? Well, first and foremost, we need to feel.” The New Yorker has essays from sixteen writers including Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Mary Karr, and Gary Shteyngart on the causes for and effects of Trump’s win. The post Aftermath appeared first on The Millions.
“The sad plight of grown white men, crouching beneath their (better) selves, to slaughter the innocent during traffic stops, to push black women’s faces into the dirt, to handcuff black children. Only the frightened would do that. Right?”
Books helped make "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson a star. Now she's paying literature back by leaving free books with personal notes in London subway stations. Watson plantedcopies of Maya Angelou's memoir "Mom & Me & Mom" around the London Underground on Tuesday, she revealed on her Facebook...
“Everything’s crashed. It’s like somebody put this great cage of idiocy over the whole country. …I have to deal with it the only way I can. I’m very happy, very enthusiastic, and very focused only on the work and, of course, friends and people.”
Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, the first American to be awarded the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. Little is known about Dylan’s thoughts on digital innovation in journalism, but we tried anyway, because wall-to-wall election coverage means there’s nothing else of interest going on in the future-of-news game. (This...
The Nobel Prize for Literature is a big deal! Before Bob Dylan was announced as this year’s Nobel laureate, no American had won the award since Toni Morrison in 1993. The Swedish Academy isn’t exactly quick to honor songwriters, so Dylan’s honor is truly rare. And if you win the award, you get to show […]
“Though Dylan was long rumored to be a contender for the Nobel, the possibility had attained a kind of mythical, some might say comic, status. And after waiting 23 years for an American to win the literature prize — Toni Morrison was our last one — wouldn’t the Swedes finally recognize DeLillo or Philip Roth […]