We had defended ourselves since memory against everything and everybody, considered all speech a code to be broken by us, and all gestures subject to careful analysis; we had become headstrong, devious and arrogant. Nobody paid us any attention, so we paid very good attention to ourselves.

–Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

(via the dopest ethiopienne)

I got to bask in Professor Morrison’s presence for the third time on Friday afternoon. I then got to see pieces of her original handwritten manuscripts, saw the words she crossed out when she changed her mind, the notes she thought to add upon a second or third read. I am humbled by how profoundly lucky this makes me.

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