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Honestly Toni Morrison could write her drink order on a napkin and I would love it. Since this book only took me a day to read, I will likely go back and read it again Contained in it s 111 pages is so much that cannot possibly be absorbed in one read through From the introduction through to the end of the 6th lecture, there is so much that we still need to learn, that I still need to learn To deconstruct the Other , we must know her and face her and realize that she is us Race is the classification of a species, and we are the human race, period I highly recommend this Since this book only took me a day to read, I will likely go back and read it again Contained in it s 111 pages is so much that cannot possibly be absorbed in one read through From the introduction through to the end of the 6th lecture, there is so much that we still need to learn, that I still need to learn To deconstruct the Other , we must know her and face her and realize that she is us Race is the classification of a species, and we are the human race, period I highly recommend this book Toni Morrison has long been on my list of authors to read but I never seem to have time to make for her Now I will this book was beyond any expectations I had I can truly say that this slim volume has opened my eyes wide to so many issues in which we make other people Others who are not like us and hence do not deserve the same consideration we give to those we consider like Us This book should be right alongside The True Believer by Eric Hoffer highest recommendation. DISCLAIMER I have not read this book, which is the transcripts of a series of lectures Morrison gave about the themes that preoccupy her books But I feel like it s not getting any press anywhere, and how can that be, when people need to know that there s a new ToMo book out in the world And even better, with an introduction by Ta Nehisi Coates Consider yourself informed now.Backlist bump Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi CoatesTune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new DISCLAIMER I have not read this book, which is the transcripts of a series of lectures Morrison gave about the themes that preoccupy her books But I feel like it s not getting any press anywhere, and how can that be, when people need to know that there s a new ToMo book out in the world And even better, with an introduction by Ta Nehisi Coates Consider yourself informed now.Backlist bump Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi CoatesTune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books Separating the us from the other has been used to strengthen the us in order to have a common enemy It s a strategy to peg groups of people against each other Toni Morrison s reviews this concept of othering with examples in literary works of her own and of other authors This collection of essays is very current in the light of the political climate in the USA, but also on a grander scale due to globalization and the refugee crisis in Europe. I honestly put this on my reading list because, I mean, it s Toni Morrison But it gets 5 stars not just because it s Morrison, but because she is genius This tiny book packs so much into just a few pages For a lover of Morrison s body of literature this is a treat or an invitation for those new to Morrison I have often been troubled by the way that celebrated white writers have treated race and the Other in their work and Morrison articulated it in a way that I never could I highly recomm I honestly put this on my reading list because, I mean, it s Toni Morrison But it gets 5 stars not just because it s Morrison, but because she is genius This tiny book packs so much into just a few pages For a lover of Morrison s body of literature this is a treat or an invitation for those new to Morrison I have often been troubled by the way that celebrated white writers have treated race and the Other in their work and Morrison articulated it in a way that I never could I highly recommend this book .Free Epub ⚉ The Origin of Others ⚒ America s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging What is race and why does it matter What motivates the human tendency to construct Others Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines Readers of Morrison s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books Beloved, Paradise, and A MercyIf we learn racism by example, then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America, both negatively and positively Morrison writes about nineteenth century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century National Book Award winner Ta Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison s most personal work of nonfiction to date The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus fear Chinas New Dawn borders روز هزار ساعت دارد the mass movement of peoples Judge Dredd the desire for belonging What is race and why does it matter What motivates the human tendency to construct Others Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid Drawing on her Norton Lectures Lo Zingarelli Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others In her search for answers Bordeaux Legends the novelist considers her own memories as well as history Human Trial II politics World Directory Business Information Web Sites and especially literature Harriet Beecher Stowe Swimming with Sharks Ernest Hemingway Im Fine and Neither Are You William Faulkner The Rampa Story Flannery O Connor BENAAMI and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines Readers of Morrison s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books Beloved The Civilized Tribes Paradise Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and A MercyIf we learn racism by example Eternal then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America Dream Nights with the CEO (Secret Desires, both negatively and positively Morrison writes about nineteenth century literary efforts to romance slavery Sharks Have Feelings Too contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood She looks at configurations of blackness Vastu Shastra notions of racial purity Jewish Images in the Comics and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative Expanding the scope of her concern Songs In The Key of J she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century National Book Award winner Ta Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison s most personal work of nonfiction to date In this short book based on a series of lectures by Toni Morrison the issue of othering is explored through her own personal experiences and the experiences of characters in her novels Whether you enjoy this book or not will depend on how familiar you are with Morrison s works If you ve read many of her works, you will understand the references she makes If you haven t, the references might go over your head. Brilliant The Origin of Others is a collection of Morrison s reflections and explorations of race, otherness, and identity across the themes of her work She also deconstructs and interrogates the portrayal of Blackness and how slavery is romanced in 19th century literature Though a short 111 pages, The Origin of Others contains so much potency This is the sort of book to read, reflect, and absorb slowly. While I liked this a lot, it felt like Morrison could have gone a little deeper Maybe it s only meant to serve as an intro to her works, as opposed to fully fleshed out analytical essays Worth reading 3.5 stars The Origin of Others is a collection of lectures, delivered at Harvard University in 2016, that serves as a potent and relevant read The lectures explore the theme of Othering, that is the act of defining creating the outsider It s funny how this book feels simultaneous While I liked this a lot, it felt like Morrison could have gone a little deeper Maybe it s only meant to serve as an intro to her works, as opposed to fully fleshed out analytical essays Worth reading 3.5 stars The Origin of Others is a collection of lectures, delivered at Harvard University in 2016, that serves as a potent and relevant read The lectures explore the theme of Othering, that is the act of defining creating the outsider It s funny how this book feels simultaneously dense and spare In talking about the Other, Morrison focuses on race, and begins by explaining how slavery was romanced in literature to render it acceptable she mentions that brute force was another way of accommodating it She goes on to talk about the need for an Other to define one s self , and how identifying the stranger elicits the intended response an exaggerated fear of the stranger.I particularly enjoyed how she tied the purpose of Othering to mass migration and how that draws attention to borders, and how the political maneuver to control this involves the act of Othering because of a disintegrating sense of belonging There is so much to quote from this collection However, I sometimes felt like the lectures essays ended abruptly and that there wasMorrision could have expounded on It feels almost as if she held herself back from saying