Toni Morrison on writing

When asked what her family was doing while she was caught up in writing Beloved: “Writing is always a displacement.  It’s like walking underwater.  And everything else looks a little dim and a little far away.  It can last for a long time.  You miss things, and friends who don’t understand get mad at you.  Friends who know that you’re really not responsible during those times come back.  But children make you pay.  You have to pay them for that neglect.”



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