Picture the women in your life—the women you admire. Your grandma. Your daughter. Toni Morrison. Maria Klawe. Temple Grandin. Malala. Somaly Mam. International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate these phenomenal women and all...Show More Summary
Kevin Rudd’s Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, last year suggested as many as 10,000 boat people might be held on Manus Island under Labor’s policies:
SINCE it came to power five months ago Australia’s conservative coalition government, headed by Tony Abbott, has boasted of delivering a core election promise: “Stop the boats”. Scott Morrison, the immigration minister, says no boats...Show More Summary
Black feminist Audre Lorde would have turned 80 years old today. (She also shares a birthday with Toni Morrison, who turns 83.) Twitter is flooded with tributes, rememberances and quotes of the self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," whose contributions to feminism are immeasurable.
So many birthdays today. In addition to Audre Lorde, we’re also celebrating Toni Morrison and Yoko Ono! On House of Cards and men learning late how to deal with the ramifications of sexual assault. “LGBTQ immigrants held in detention facilities are 15 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than their heterosexual counterparts.” They are also [...]
Happy Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison and John Travolta! Ms. Morrison is 83; John is 60. Let’s see who else is celebrating a birthday. Actor George Kennedy is 89. Author Toni Morrison is 83. Movie directorMilos Forman is 82. Vocalist Yoko Ono is 81. Singer Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers is 73. Singer […]
The discussion on whether or not it’s any help to give a university your money, or funds you don’t have that you end up borrowing, so you can sharpen your skills as a writer will no doubt be reignited in the coming days and weeks with the release of the book MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. Show More Summary
She clawed a fiction out of the very soul of the Americas.
A supple storyteller, the novelist Louise Erdrich, a descendant of the Chippewa tribe, has contributed twenty-one pieces to The New Yorker since 1989. Like Toni Morrison, Erdrich writes about communities and individuals haunted by the experiences of their ancestors, or struggling to escape trapped lives. Show More Summary
Recommended Viewing: Toni Morrison spoke with Junot Díaz at the New York Public Library last week, and the organizers were good enough to record the entire conversation and put it online. The talk begins at the 40:09 mark, so you can either fast forward or click this link right here.
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.