Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyReclaiming Babel with Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison

  • Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:00:00    Permalink
    “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language.
    That may be the measure of our lives.”
    -Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture 1993

    On the heels of her 1993 Nobel Prize, literary giant Toni Morrison gave the customary Nobel Lecture in Stockholm, Sweden. Her talk took the form of a myth about a wise, blind women and an attempt by two young women to mock her blindness. In her discussion of language, with its awesome capacity for both oppression and sublimity, she eventually reached the subject of the Tower of Babel.

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