Five Star Friday's 227th Edition Is Brought to You By Toni Morrison

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the rub between publishing and the web, a fight against prejudice, finding healing through telling one's own story, our violent remaking of Jesus, a surprise boxing student, the importance of being seen through the eyes of those who love you, the freeing power of forging your own path, and

Toni Morrison

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Angela Radulescu

In order to be as free as I possibly can, in my own imagination, I can't take positions that are closed. Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it, to open doors, sometimes, not even closing the book — leaving the endings open for reinterpretation, revisitation, a little ambiguity.
     — Toni Morrison, Essence magazine, February 1998

Happy Friday!

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[Updated] An Open Letter to Weddings Unveiled Magazine

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Anne Almasy

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I hope you will read this and really take it to heart. I hope you will see your decision through the eyes of someone who is gay. I hope you will see it through the eyes of someone who has dear friends and family members who are gay. I hope you will see it through the eyes of history, for surely someday very soon your decision will seem archaic and absurd.

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Fear, Loathing, Desire — And The Self-Destructing Work of Art

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Aaron Miller

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Medium

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...independent content providers (the kind who run websites that don't really bind authors in writing or legally acquire rights), will never accrue a critical mass of content by well-known authors whose work is also published by large publishers, because that work will be diligently removed when the time comes.

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When There's Always Another Story

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Elora Nicole

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You see, there’s danger in a single story and thisplease hear meis the problem with the purity culture.

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DJesus Uncrossed: Tarantino, Driscoll and the Violent Remaking of Jesus in America

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David R. Hensen

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Patheos

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The truth is, deep down, I suspect we like DJesus the Uncrossed better than Jesus the Crucified. It's the same reason why we like Tarantino films as opposed to actual history.
In the wake of horror, we like revenge.
In the aftermath of the unspeakable, we like scores settled.

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Raging Taurus

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Trudging Through the Fire

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I'm teaching this girl with Down's Syndrome a move I learned from an crazed Vietnam war vet bouncer in Santa Fe, over twenty years ago. How awesome is life?

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On Being Seen

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Claire Bidwell Smith

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I know that my big lesson in life will always be about learning how to see myself, without needing others to help me do it. And now I know that’s something I want to try to teach my girls as well. But for now? While they're little like this? I'm going to keep making sure they know I'm watching, even when they think I'm not.

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The Snare of Perfectionism

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Brave Writer

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My connection to my kids matters the most.
When we are connected, no matter how we’ve arrived at that space, I know we’re okay.
And that feels perfectly fine to me.

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