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    I’m surprised no one has mentioned this - It’s times like this I miss Don[n]sobituary

    Beyond the Books: Toni Morrison’s Essays and Criticism
    The Nobel laureate and author of such novels as “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon” wrote extensively for The New York Times.


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    Her passing has been getting quite a bit of coverage on CBC Radio 1 today.
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    I met her in person, she was born in and raised in Lorain Ohio, my hometown.
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    I kept hearing obit and readings on the radio as I roamed about clearing up back excise taxes so that I could renew my driver's license before the old one expires when I turn 71 on Saturday.

    Cape traffic was horrific down 28 to the RMV in Dennis. For all the problems the state RMV has exhibited lately - like not even opening notification of bad motor crime against MA drivers in other states - at the office level they have kept the reforms that Gov. Dukakis implemented with sensible consumer management by friendly pleasant staff.

    Even the tax collector was friendly, especially since I led by laying my open check book on the counter . . .

    Then a long slow slog along 28 to Chatham I heard more, mused on her poems and essays, recalled how she called Bill Clinton our first black president. That latter I've now looked up.

    "Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas."
    October 5, 1998, "Talk of the Town: Comment". The New Yorker.

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    'Don't Call Her A Poet'

    Yes, her work was sometimes uncomfortable. But she recognized how critical facing the discomfort is - in the never-ending battle to keep humans civilized.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/o...sultPosition=1


    Ms. Morrison believed in a language more political than poetic. She bristled when called a “poetic writer.” Lyrical prose was less important to her than the human truths she confronted in her writing — the weight of black motherhood, the way faith endures in the face of trauma.

    “I don’t like to have someone call my books ‘poetic’ because it has the connotation of luxuriating richness,” Ms. Morrison told The New Republic in 1981. “I wanted to restore the language that black people spoke to its original power.” In her Nobel address she said that oppressive language doesn’t just “represent violence — it is violence.”

    The power of language is a resonant theme at a time when Americans are seeing how words can be weaponized to fuel violence and sow division. Ms. Morrison knew that words can be used to marginalize, but she also believed that they can be used to liberate, by telling stories that have long been cast aside.

    But these challenging narratives were not always what Americans wanted to hear. Three of Ms. Morrison’s worksappear in a tally of the 100 most banned American books, including “Beloved,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and “Song of Solomon.” That her books have stirred controversy is no surprise. Her literary characters bear testimony to the cruelties of racial and class animus in unsparing detail......
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    She got wall to wall obituary notices and reminiscences on BBC Radio.

    Of course, it could just be that this important radical black feminist is a safe topic of conversation compared to the outrage being cooked up in Downing Street.
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    Someone did mention her here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-Toni-Morrison

    She got good coverage on NPR on Tuesday afternoon. I reckon there will be some worthwhile documentaries forthcoming on Youtube and other media.
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    If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression. -- Toni Morrison
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    Toni Morrison Taught Me How to Think

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    You need to be able to read to be able to read. Especially if Toni Morrison did the writing. I at least thought I knew what it was for my eyes to sail across and down a page, through a flight of description or a feat of characterization. At 11, I thought I could read. Then I read her. My mother told me I wasn’t ready. Not for Toni. My Aunt Katie caught my little-boy eye on her brand-new, great big copy of “Beloved” and told me: That’s forgrown people. I tried it anyway. Then Toni seemed to tell me: All that reading you did before?That won’t cut it. You have to read me. She was going to make us work, not as a task, not for medicine, but because writing is an art and a reader should have a little art of his own...
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    Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump’s Election


    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/toni-...bRLgK6UoEzGPqU

    “The comfort of being ‘naturally better than’ is hard to give up.”
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