Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toni Morrison on writing

"After I finished The Bluest Eye , which took me five years to write, I went into a long period of ... not deep depression but a kind of melancholy. Then I had another idea ... and the whole world came alive again. Everything I saw or did was potentially data, a word or a sound or something for the book, and then I really realized that for me writing meant having something coherent in the world. And that feels like ... not exactly what I was born for, it's more the thing that holds me in the world in healthy relationship, with language, with people, bits of everything filter down, and I can stay here."

Toni Morrison

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