Tony Morrison, Paris Review, Zamir discussed on The Paris Review

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Interview with Tony Morrison for the Paris Review when I first read jazz thought to myself from the very first encounter it makes us hungry hungry for something more some experience it contains that we did not know need wanted one if you're in it you can't get out of it whoever you may have been before did you intend to have this effect on all of us ended the novel do this to you in writing it I'd like to think that I create an appetite and then fulfill it especially with jazz because what music does and what the quality that I wanted to exist was you know that sense you get the the musician has more but he's not going to give it to exercise restraint kind of holding back not because it is not there or because what has exhausted it but because of the riches and because it can be done again and that sense of knowing when to stop this is a learned thing I didn't always have it you're novels are known for their extraordinary beauty the beauty of their language and their inclusion of beauty as part of life how do you handle beauty fiction this is something that has preoccupied me for a long time I think of beauty as an absolute necessity I don't think it's a privilege or indulgence it's not even quest I think it's almost like knowledge which is to say it's what we were born thank finding incorporating and then representing beauty is what humans do Weirdo without authorities telling us what it is I think it would exist in any case the bartle and the wonder of being in displace which is part of it you're feeling doing breath is this overwhelming beauty summer natural some of its men made some of its casual some of its Zamir glands is an absolute necessity I don't think we can do without it any more than we can do without.

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