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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Happy birthday Toni Morrison, you really deserve the title of greatest living writer, among others. Your writing is intense and filled with the stories of generations. Best of birthdays to you.