Toni Morrison

 
The fraternity of lived genius
The fraternity of lived genius
When I was a precocious, somewhat mercurial child, my mother was a devout follower of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her curiosity and wanderlust...
EDITORIAL: Morrison’s grace of imagination
EDITORIAL: Morrison’s grace of imagination
‘She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.” Taken from...
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” — Toni Morrison
Media freedom too easily taken for granted
Media freedom too easily taken for granted
The understanding of media freedom and freedom of expression that some South African political party officials and civil servants promulgate ought...
Shange paid the price for her honesty
Shange paid the price for her honesty
There have been very clear moments when the loss of a famous person felt personal. This year, the deaths of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Hugh...
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Now your lonely is somebody else’s. Made by somebody else and handed to you. Ain’t that something? A secondhand lonely.” —...
Unplug me from fallacious arguments about race
Unplug me from fallacious arguments about race
Sometimes I wish I could unplug myself from South Africa. Participating actively in public discourse opens us up to a lack of generosity, dangerously low levels of empathy, dishonesty and headache-inducing, unnecessarily bad arguments, including endless popular fallacies....
Flying home: He was always free
Flying home: He was always free
“My meaning is specific: [Song of Solomon] is about black people who could fly. That was part of the folklore of my life; flying was one of...
Eight years of Obama through Coates
Eight years of Obama through Coates
The advent of social media has ushered in what we know today as “call-out culture”, where any misinformation or ignorance communicated through...
Toni Morrison's Beloved, 30 years later
Toni Morrison's Beloved, 30 years later
Published originally by Alfred A Knopf in September 1987, Toni Morrison’s masterpiece Beloved is a deeply moving, multilayered epic in...
Paul Beatty: Exploring race without limits
Paul Beatty: Exploring race without limits
During a conversational interview with Man Booker prize-winning author Paul Beatty in late August, he relates a story about going to hear author...
Peace talks mediated by music, being Insecure and Morrison wisdom are on our Lists
Peace talks mediated by music, being Insecure and Morrison wisdom are on our Lists
The Play ListsCory Henry, The Revival: I have been checking out Cory Henry. It was by mistake. I...

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