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Stephen Colbert Is Turning One Of His Popular Segments Into A Book

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is a longtime evangelist of new books. During his tenure at “The Colbert Report,” he hosted authors like National Book Award winner Phil Klay, and literary darlings Toni Morrison, John Green and Michael...Show More Summary

Beloved, Black Women, and the Limits of Freedom

Beloved Jenn M. Jackson "...[To] get to a place where you could love anything you chose - not to need permission for desire-well now, that was freedom." This Women’s History Month, I re-read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s 1987 national bestseller and 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction. Show More Summary

Meghan Markle's friend says she has not changed since dating Prince Harry

Lindsay Roth is described by People as Meghan Markle's "best friend," as the outlet explains that the two met in a "Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern University." People states, "The two became fast friends and have stayed that way for over 15 years." Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

A Writer Turns To Toni Morrison To Get Past The Fear Of A White Audience

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"I've known for a long time that as a black person, some white people expect a performance from me, something that might confirm what they think they know about my identity.... What surprised me was that these questions took up so much imaginative space, and did it so quickly, and were in fact so […]

Lazy weekend poll ~ Toni Morrison’s birthday 2017

2 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

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…

25 Famous Women on Their Immigrant Roots

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ali Wong, Toni Morrison, and more.

Connecticut White Privilege Essay Contest Sparks Outrage Among Privileged White People

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

Yellow Cabs and Strip Clubs:New York Sells Inequality

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

Toni Morrison Has Written a Post-Election Essay

5 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Since the results of the 2016 presidential election were announced, a number of writers and celebrities have shared their reactions.

Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump's Election

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

Toni Morrison in The New Yorker: "Making America White Again/The choices made by white men, who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status."

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

Quick Takes: Toni Morrison on the Election of Trump

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 privi…

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 […]

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[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

Excellent Reads: Words on the Tombstone

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 […]

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom."

Aftermath

“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.

Sixteen ‘New Yorker’ Writers, Including Toni Morrison In A Fierce Essay, Write About The Aftermath

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“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?”

Emma Watson left Toni Morrison books in the London subway with secret notes

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...

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