Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 10: A Letter To Someone I'd Like To Meet

Dear El Debarge......


Dear Toni Morrison,

There is no greater author in this world. I am humbled by your ability to take a simple plot and whirl it into a tapestry of symbolism and interpretation. Each time I pick up The Bluest Eye or Sula, I am caught up in a world so different from my own, yet so familiar....I have lived this life.

Recently, I read an article about dating rules. A (very smart) woman explained how she uses you as a relationship litmus test--any man who thinks Toni Morrison is a musician or an athlete gets kicked to the curb. I feel that way too.

In my eyes, you are more prolific than any "superstar" will ever be. You changed the world with a typewriter, a pen and your mind. Fifty years from now, people will still be debating the significance of Pecola's blue eyes.

Top that, Beyonce.

When I grow up, I want to be just like you.

Your Biggest Fan,


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