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3 Things I Learned About Writing: Analyzing Toni Morrison’s BELOVED

1. Use personification to set a tone. “124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom” (3). BELOVED has one of the most famous opening lines in literature. And what does it do? It personifies the house. The post 3 Things I Learned About Writing: Analyzing Toni Morrison’s BELOVED appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Peter Sellars to Introduce Toni Morrison

last monthMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Theater and festival director Peter Sellars will introduce author Toni Morrison at the Edward MacDowell Medal ceremony.

Baton Rouge and a Reservoir of Wrongs

There is a scene in Toni Morrison’s novel “Song of Solomon” in which a character named Guitar explains to the protagonist Milkman that violence inflicted without repercussion is not a matter of morality, but mathematics. The tide of black death at the hands of white people, he reasons, sets the world at an imperfect ratio. He then explains the corrective.

Laila Lalami's Great American Novel: 'Song of Solomon' by Toni Morrison

To ask about The Great American Novel is to invite a debate about every portion of the phrase. Why use the definite article, which suggests that only one book can lay claim to the title? What parameters do we use to define greatness? In this era of global migration, some of which is documented...

Rebecca Carroll's Great American Novel: 'Sula' by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison once said: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Nowhere is this more vividly true than in the pages of “Sula,” Morrison’s 1973 novel about the stunningly Orphic friendship of two black girls growing up in a small Ohio...

Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates Discuss Art And Social Justice

Prolific poet Sonia Sanchez invited two literary greats -- iconic author Toni Morrison and acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates -- to have a conversation about art and social justice at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Writing Is a Dangerous Pursuit

“We might not win. And yet we have to commit ourselves to the struggle, because there’s nothing else besides struggle.” Toni Morrison talks about literature and activism with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sonia Sanchez. The post Writing Is a Dangerous Pursuit appeared first on The Millions.

Aloha, Past

Toni Morrison, in her essay “The Site of Memory,” writes: All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like that: remembering where we were, what valley we ran through,… Continue reading ?

Ellen Pao’s next act targets Silicon Valley’s ‘bro’ problem

At the top of Ellen Pao's Twitter feed is a quote from the author Toni Morrison, part of which reads "if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." Pao may no longer hold the same traditionally powerful roles she's held in the past -- either at Silicon Valley venture capital […]

WHCD Party Invites: Eric Podwall’s Speakeasy

4 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Drinking in secret with Matthew Morrison, Tony Romo and others.

Toni Morrison Wins the 2016 Edward MacDowell Medal

5 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Toni Morrison will be presented with her award on August 14; this event will be open to the public.

Hero teacher schools GOP lawmaker for trying to censor Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel

5 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A Virginia Republican who wanted to let parents opt their children out of assigned reading called the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved “moral sewage,” according to Gawker. Virginia State Senator Richard Black called the book, by celebrated author Toni Morrison, “moral...

State Senator Emails AP English Teacher to Offer His Thoughts on Beloved (Too Many Breasts)

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

When Toni Morrison’s Beloved was published, in 1987, Margaret Atwood, writing in the New York Times Book Review called it a “triumph.” She wrote of the novel, which has come to be considered one of the most important of the contemporary...Show More Summary

Virginia’s Governor is trying to decide whether Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is a pornographer

5 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Don’t ban these books, they’re part of the solution | Opinion By Tom Deignan Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is currently deciding whether Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is a pornographer. Last month, both houses of the Virginia Legislature passed a bill requiring schools to warn...

Influential Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

5 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Did you know that Toni Morrison's writings have been influential for Junot Diaz?

What Toni Morrison Can Teach Us About Human Connections

6 months agoTechnology : The Goods

Easy as it is to distance ourselves from strangers, the more human thing to do is take a risk and approach. With caution.

Literary Icon Toni Morrison Receives $25,000 PEN/Saul Bellow Award

Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison has been awarded the 2016 $25,000 PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction. She adds the award to her 1988 Pulitzer Prize ( for Beloved), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2012), Nobel Prize in Literature (1993) and many other honors. Show More Summary

PEN America to Honor Toni Morrison

6 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

PEN America has revealed the winners for its 2016 PEN Literary Awards.

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