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Nikita Gale, SOME WEATHER (Rain), 2021
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CIRCA:
Nikita Gale’s new work for the Piccadilly Lights is informed by the words and ideas of numerous black female writers, including Christina Sharpe and Toni Morrison. What do you think is the importance of these thinkers today?

ZOÉ WHITLEY:
I think public intellectuals are important. There are writers like Sharpe and Morrison whose words impact vast swathes of society and influence the course of future cultural production as a result. Just as with visual artists whose images affect us so deeply, creative thinkers help us reconsider things we thought we knew, conceive ideas we may have never considered before, and they present brand new propositions – sometimes all at the same time.

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Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon", 1977

Song of Solomon is a 1977 novel by American author Toni Morrison, her third to be published. It follows the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead III, an African-American man living in Michigan, from birth to adulthood.

This novel won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's popular book club, and was cited by the Swedish Academy in awarding Morrison the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature. In 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course named it the 25th best English-language novel of the 20th century.

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