Junot Diaz on Toni Morrison 

Junot Diaz and Toni Morrison. Source: NYPL

“Besides the fact that you can out-write any motherfucker on the planet sentence by sentence…. that little fact always puts me to bed comfortable, no matter what the hell is going on in the world. I always lay in bed and I’m like, the best writer in the world is of African descent. Peace.”

-Junot Diaz talking with Toni Morrison: December 2013, New York Public Library

Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz in Conversation: NYPL Live

Carol Abraczinskas. Source: Chicago Tribune 

“Pencil. Always pencil. I really prefer how a scientific specimen looks when drawn with a great range of tone.” 

Scientific illustrator Carol Abraczinskas discusses her favorite medium, the process of creating scientific illustrations for publication, and her definition of the word ‘artist’.
Never met a scientific illustrator? Meet Carol
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Legendary Encounter 

This photograph is fascinating. Does it document Frida and Josephine’s first meeting? What did they talk about? There is speculation of an affair between them, but neither claimed the other as a lover. 

Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker were uniquely 20th century creations. They were artists and libertines, masters at captivating public interest and subverting cultural norms.

Massive historical events shaped them: the Mexican Revolution for Kahlo and the Great Migration and Paris between the world wars for Baker. 

Frida and Josephine live on as icons for outrageous women compelled to be themselves.  

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