Our Beloved has Gone Home

We Will Miss Our Ms. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Photo from Nobel Foundation archive
Toni Morrison, nee Chloe Wofford, Black River Historical Society
Cincinnati Gazette, January 29, 1856

“Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.”

Toni Morrison

As you might imagine, I wanted to be Toni Morrison, as far as writing goes. I read and studied her work, her voice and style. I can eke out some literary prose but that doesn’t feel as right to me as genre, slushy pulp lit. It doesn’t really matter because at the end of the day, only Toni Morrison could ever be Toni Morrison. Her voice was hers alone. Anybody trying to imitate her would be just that, an imitator. Here’s a great interview on Charlie Rose.

… perspective of a Gen X woman exploring her happy

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