“But the grandeur of life is that attempt:” Toni Morrison on what survival can look like

At a literary talk, moderator Juan Williams asked Toni Morrison and Frank McCourt this question: “How do you survive whole in a world where we are all victims of something?” Morrison’s answer offers an approach to living that can be shaped by hopefulness and imagination. She said, “Sometimes you don’t survive whole, you just survive… Continue reading “But the grandeur of life is that attempt:” Toni Morrison on what survival can look like

Toni Morrison had enduring friendships with Angela Davis and Fran Lebowitz. That’s range. Angela Davis on Toni Morrison: “I have always been impressed by her ability to be so focused and to inhabit the universe of her writing while not neglecting the universe that involves the rest of us.” Fran Lebowitz on Toni Morrison: “People… Continue reading

Thinking of Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”-Audre Lorde “I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.” -Toni Morrison Audre Lorde and… Continue reading Thinking of Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison