Friday, December 2, 2011

I want to be best friends with authors

I've always wanted to be best friends with Steinbeck.
I would live outside for a year if it meant I could spend an evening at the home of Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss.
Going across Europe with Somorset Maugham would be then only experience I need for a life time.
But lately, I have a new literary crush.
Toni Morrison
That woman is a genius. Pure and Simple.
at her 80th birthday party

Nobel Lecture by Toni Morrison - Media Player at Nobelprize.org
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." She's old now. I don't think that makes her any less awesome.
I finished Song of Solomon on Monday. Between that and Beloved, Toni Morrison is my new hero. She's such a genius because she writes so the reader has to feel. It's this interesting mixture of things that are horribly painful and realistic, like a slave woman being raped, and things that are mystical and spiritual  like a woman without a navel and a man who can fly. Combined, I read her literature with feelings, not with my intellect. I don't give a shit that the rain represents baptism, because my heart is being changed as Hagar's dreams are soiled.
I want to have lunch with Morrison. I would give up my first-born to have lunch with her.
I think I'm going to invite her to speak at Commencement. She won't, but I want to invite her, none the less. Because it might be my only shot at meeting her. And she's my only living literary crush.

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