Forget the winners for a moment: The real highlight of the National Book Awards ceremony Wednesday night in New York was hearing Maya Angelou break into song. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison had just presented the 85-year-old author the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. “It’s amazing,” Angelou said over and over. “It’s just […]
Author Toni Morrison honored writer Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards this evening with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. “It’s a personal pleasure to honor a friend and artist and a legend,” said Morrison, who said how wonderful it is that such a talented person doesn’t put others down. Show More Summary
Great artists and original thinkers often seem instinctually drawn to the darker hours. The writer Toni Morrison once told The Paris Review that watching the night turn to day, with a cup of coffee in hand, made her feel like a "conduit" of creativity. Show More Summary
President Obama is a well-read guy. His Facebook lists his favorite books as “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, and Shakespeare’s tragedies (“Macbeth,” “King Lear,” and, of course, “Hamlet.”) Of course, we appreciate his apparent love of literature, but we think, based on his decisions (or lack thereof) as of [...]
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in literature. She's arguably the most popular writer to win the award - worth $1.2 million and given for a body of work, not a specific title - since Toni Morrison in 1993. Alice...Show More Summary
I know that it might just be October, but it looks like some people are thinking about Christmas already! Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison has announced the release of his first-ever holiday collection entitled A Classic Christmas on November … Continue reading »
It’s that time of year when American literature fans start to wonder not only whether any American is going to take home the Nobel Prize in Literature, but if Philip Roth will finally get the one major literary award — the biggest of all literary awards — that has eluded him all these years. Even though the odds … Read More
After our plea to lift The Bluest Eye‘s recent ban, The Nation has also come to Toni Morrison’s defense. “This pervasive sexual violence is reality for tens of thousands of students, a reality the Ohio Board of Ed is looking to whitewash with this latest censorship drive,” Peter Rothberg writes.
Also: The Hugo Awards; a push to ban a Toni Morrison book from Alabama school reading lists, the best book coming out this week.
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday at age 44. Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. Show More Summary
By TMZ Staff Tommy Morrison — a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of “Rocky V” — died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night … after a long battle with AIDS. Morrion’s longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death. He tells TMZ, Morrison had… …read more
Tommy Morrison -- a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of "Rocky V" -- died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night... after a long battle with AIDS. Morrion's longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death. He tells TMZ, Morrison had…
Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight boxing champion who perhaps more famously was famous for playing Tommy Gunn in “Rocky V,” died Sunday night in Omaha at the age of 44. His former promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed Morrison’s death to the … Continue reading ?
Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is “child pornography.” They want to ban the book from schools because they [...]
Bill Holtzclaw, a Republican state senator in Alabama, wants to have Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye” removed from high school reading lists. “I have reviewed excerpts of the book and find the book highly objectionable,” Holtzclaw wrote in a letter to state...
Calling Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, "completely objectionable, from language to the content," Republican Ala. Sen. Bill Holtzclaw said it should be banned from schools, according to the Atlantic. Read full article...
That’s the breaking news this morning as NewsRadio told me was going to be widely reported in Fairfax and Newscorp papers, ahead of an announcement from Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison. Here’s Bianca Hall from The Age: The Coalition will [...]
Edited from the debate on 7.30 between Immigration Minister Tony Burke and the Coalition’s Scott Morrison was an exchange which shows Labor has no idea…
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