Happy 83rd Birthday to Toni Morrison, our greatest living writer.
I nearly failed English my junior year of high school, and in order to get a D, I was forced to read and write papers about two books over summer vacation. One was a Shakespeare play; the other was The Bluest Eye. I’d already read Song of Solomon, which I’d loved even though I felt like a lot of it flew over my head. But The Bluest Eye was exactly what I needed. It was, as John Leonard wrote in the New York Times, nightmare and music.
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