Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Life, From Her Point of View

The first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer prize winner for penning Beloved and a mentor to millions, among many other things, Toni Morrison lived unapologetically but with unmatched empathy, intelligence and insightfulness. She famously told Terry Gross (of NPR’s Fresh Air) that she “regret[s] everything” about her life. She explained in a 2015 interview, “Now that I’m 84, I remember everything …

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan “has the status of an icon,” noted the Swedish Academy upon honoring the singer/songwriter with the announcement that he will be this year’s Nobel Prize recipient in literature. This statement is undeniable. From Dylan’s decade upon decade of musical—though arguably poetic—contributions and the movements that they spawned or spurned, his impact has been global. “For 54 years now he has been at it …

Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

After a remarkable career spent reporting on the Soviet Union, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Through a combination of literature and journalism, Alexievich expertly highlighted the lives of female Russian soldiers in World War II, the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the Soviet-Afghan War—among other critical events. The Nobel Prize committee acknowledges her for her “polyphonic …