Toni Morrison in Her Own Words

June 24, 2019

A new documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, pays tribute to Toni Morrison’s illustrious, inspiring career and gives the author a chance to reflect on her decades of writing. For NPR, Andrew Lapin takes a closer look at the documentary and how it approaches such a iconic subject. “One of the film’s best qualities is how it turns the story of Morrison’s ascent to the literary canon into the story of how a novelist finds sovereignty: the freedom to write stories from the perspective they deserve, not the one imposed upon the work by white people. Which also means, as many subjects point out, the freedom to go through life without desiring the approval of people who don’t know how to read your work anyway.”

Image credit: Angela Radulescu

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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