Toni Morrison talked about writing, race relations, and journalism in a conversation with Hilton Als at the New Yorker Festival last week, and the highlights areavailableonline. Als has also written an illuminating profile of Morrison for the magazine.
"The day you follow me to that mound of oyster shells on the beach is the day I realize muscle and bone have been at war for a long, long time." The Saturday Rumpus essay by Ashley Inguanta is tender and poetic. Some pastiterations are also well-worth a revisit.
"It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a great artist creative" but The Atlanticmakes a strong attempt and cites the story behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an example of what can happen "when experience, openness, and the right neurology come together."