ton i morri son
chloe ardelia anthony wofford
18 febbraio 1931 - Lorain Ohio U.S
5 agosto 2019 - new york
scrivere è una resa
una resa all'immaginazione che la tv non concede
che scriviamo sprigiona la nostra creatività
if there's a book that you want to read
but it hasn't been written yet
then you must write it
quando ho cominciato a leggere da scrittrice mi sono resa conto di un aspetto ovvio: il soggetto del sogno è il sognatore . la costruzione di un personaggio "africanista" è riflessiva : una straordinaria meditazione sul proprio io. una vigorosa esplorazione delle paure e delle bramosie che risiedono nella coscienza di chi scrive.
Scrivo ancora prima
dell'alba. Giro le spalle a panorami
naturali troppo attraenti, prendo matita e blocchetto e rimango lì,
completamente sola : io e la
mia scrittura .
Scrivere è un processo lungo
e costante di lettura. Leggere è un atto di resa,
ci si arrende perché si entra completamente in un mondo immaginario .
E’ profondamente stimolante, richiede di usare la propria
immaginazione: esattamente la qualità che non è richiesta quando si
guarda la televisione, perché lo schermo ti dà già tutto, i colori,
i suoni, i dialoghi, l’immagine. In un libro siete voi che lavorate,
così si allarga il vostro pensiero, la vostra immaginazione e questo
aumenta la vostra capacità di essere persone creative nel mondo .
sometimes ideas arrive
through reading contradictory things in history books or newspapers
- sometimes it's a response or reaction to current events .
But that only explains where some of the themes come from . I can't explain inspiration .
A writer is either compelled to write or not . And if I
waited for inspiration I wouldn't really be a writer .
Writing novels is the world to me .
world can be OK or not OK, beautiful
or not beautiful, but I am in control
When I'm writing, nobody's telling me what to do
The expectations are high because they are mine and that is a kind
of freedom I don't have anywhere else . Nowhere .
I recognize failure
which is important - some
people don’t - and fix it, because it is
data, it is information, knowledge of what does not work .
NO PLACE FOR SELF-PITY
- NO ROOM FOR FEAR IN TIMES OF DREAD
- ARTISTS MUST NEVER CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT .
It's not profound regret.
It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that
you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on .
did you write in the middle of
You have to be a little tough, and rely on yourself . And tell people No .
I am trying to write less that means more,
that says more . For me it is extremely important .
For the clarification, not only of the past, but of who we are
as human beings .
The question was posed, as though it were
a desirable thing to do, to write about white people or to
write ' not write about race ' that's what that
means to me. And that it was more difficult to do, a
higher level of artistic endeavor, or it was more
important and that I was still writing about marginal
people ... as though our lives have no meaning and no depth
without the white gaze . And I've spent my entire
writing life trying to make sure that the white gaze was not the
dominant one in any of my books .
I’ve never been interested or impressed by evil itself But I have been confounded by how attractive it is to others and stunned by the attention given to its every whisper its every shout.
Evil has a
blockbuster audience while goodness
The Work You Do, the Person You Are - tm 2017
There is no civilisation that did not begin with art
Whether it was drawing a line in the sand
painting a cave or
They didn't say,
'Oh my God,
I can't write about black people' - it didn't stop them' ...
- Tolstoy doesn’t write books for girls in Lorain, Ohio. He just writes books, and he assumes all these things .
- African American writers, they all seem to be needing to be persuading or confronting white men.
I didn’t have to
glorify or demonize. I could just write
about complicated people.
It’s important, therefore, to know who
the real enemy is, and to know the function, the very serious
function of racism, which is distraction. It keeps
you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over
again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and
so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head
isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact
that it is. Somebody says that you have no art so you dredge that
up. Somebody says that you have no kingdoms and so you dredge
that up .
There is no such things
is a construct -
a social construct. And it has benefits.
Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves can
feel better because of it. It can describe certain kinds of behavior
that are wrong or misleading. So
racism - has a social function. But
race can only be defined as a human being.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate
«è una questione di razza, è ancora una
questione di razza».
https://youtu.be/6S7zGgL6Suw - TM takes white supremacy to task
reviving stories of African-Americans
brutalized in the 20th century - Princeton University
As a college student
in Washington, in the 1950s, Toni Morrison said she was confused by
Your imagination is more powerful than the rage
It really is ... The rage is just 'whoosh' but then there's this other thing
I'm calling it knowledge here but it really
anche nell'america di obama l'eguaglianza è un miraggio
... per i neri la razza
conta ancora e serve ad affossarci
No longer are we pioneers ... No, we are multitudes
And society is clearly
the better for our peaceful invasion
Toni Morrison receives an doctor of literature honorary degree
during Princeton University's 266th
But Morrison is nothing if not canny
Brandishing the fact of slavery and
playing on America's collective shame, Morrison has cowed her
would-be critics. We know that horrors as bad or worse than any she
describes actually happened. (Morrison's inspiration for Sethe was
an escaped slave named Margaret Garner, who is the subject of Steven
Weisburger's new book, "Modern Medea.") But this is history as
bludgeon, perfectly captured by the novel's dedication: "Sixty
Million and more (the figure denoting the Africans who died on the
middle passage). As Stanley Crouch pointed out in his withering
essay on the book, 60 is 10 times six. In Morrison, we are dealing
with a writer who measures suffering by numbers.
slavery has torn apart one's heritage,
when the past is more real than the present, when the
rage of a dead baby can literally rock a house, then the traditional
novel is no longer an adequate instrument. And so Pulitzer
Prize-winner Beloved is written in bits and images, smashed like a
mirror on the floor and left for the reader to put together. In a
novel that is hypnotic, beautiful, and elusive, Toni Morrison
portrays the lives of Sethe, an escaped slave and mother, and those
around her. There is Sixo, who "stopped speaking English because
there was no future in it and .... Baby Suggs, who makes her
living with her heart because slavery "had busted her legs, back,
head, eyes, hands, kidneys, womb and tongue;" and Paul D, a man with
a rusted metal box for a heart and a presence that allows women to
cry. At the center is Sethe, whose story makes us think and think
again about what we mean when we say we love our children or freedom.
The stories circle, swim dreamily to the surface, and are suddenly
clear and horrifying. Because of the extraordinary, experimental
style as well as the intensity of the subject matter, what we learn
from them touches at a level deeper than understanding.
Il mio lavoro mi costringe a riflettere come scrittrice afro americana
in un mondo determinato dalle
categorie di genere sesso e razza
I’m writing for black
people … I don’t have to apologise
Nella mia vita ho assistito a cambiamenti importanti
ma le questioni razziali non sono una cosa superata
Nonostante negli Stati Uniti ci sia un presidente nero come Barack Obama
festivaletteratura mantova 2012
https://youtu.be/k4U2MzXjvZw - book festival 2011
http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/05/senior-day-video - senior day 2013
I am a
writer and my faith in the world of art is intense but not irrational
nor naïve - because art takes us and makes us take a journey beyond
price beyond cost into bearing witness to the world as it is and as it
The Work You Do -
the Person You Are
I knew how to scrub floors on my knees and how to wash clothes in our zinc tub, but I had never seen a Hoover vacuum cleaner or an iron that wasn’t heated by fire.
fb/nobelprize - 2017
La nuova narrativa
Narcisista. Gli scrittori parlano solo di sé.
Toni Morrison cancels memoir contract due to 'not interesting' life
Mi sembrò subito un uomo singolare e diverso
da tutti gli altri. Non mi era mai
capitato di trovarmi di fronte a un tipo tanto saggio, erudito e
insieme forte, duro e coraggioso. Emanava un vigore fisico e morale
Parlo del simbolo.
altruisti che hanno rischiato tutto sfidando le
gerarchie razziali e usando il potere non per se stessi ma per
cambiare il mondo. Sono loro i semi che hanno fatto germogliare il
fiore della nuova America.
Martin Luther King
didn’t have any guns, he didn’t blow up
anything, he didn’t lynch anybody. He trained boys and girls to
just sit there and accept insults. That is a thing that is bigger
than hope. It is survival and it is resistance and it is triumph.
sarah: make america great again.
definitions belong to the definers - not the
The visionary language of the doomed reaches heights of linguistic ardor
with which language of the blessed and saved cannot
18 febbraio - auguri toni !
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