Toni Morrison on blues, spiritual, jazz and writing

Toni Morrison is one of my favourite writers and her quote below is the essence of her novel Jazz:

“Sometimes I hear blues, sometimes spirituals or jazz and I’ve appropriated it.  I’ve tried to reconstruct the texture of it in my writing – certain kinds of repetition – its profound simplicity”.

Source: Paul Gilroy, “Living Memory: An Interview with Toni Morrison,” in Paul Gilroy, Small Acts (London: Serpents Tail,

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About lillianavon

I am a Zambian-born playwright and the founder/director of the Bournemouth Literary Festival. My articles and short stories have been published in UK magazines and I have been featured in newspapers, magazines and radio.
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