On Sunday, March 6, 2005, Oprah Winfrey's film production of Their Eyes Were Watching God was broadcast. Halle Berry stars as Janie. Though the ambitious production has received mixed reviews, millions of TV devotees got a taste of Zora's genius. For that we can be grateful. visit the Zora Bulletin Board to discuss the movie.
Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest writers/ anthropologists of the 20th century. she could write about the most ordinary things and make them infinitely gorgeous. in Zora Neale Hurston's books, the reader empathizes, loves, hates, and mourns, because Zora makes her characters so real and human it is impossible not to. she has the rare power to write fiction that is timeless and vibrant. the relationships, the glory, the trauma, the power struggles; everything just sears itself into your consciousness.
this page has been seen in dozens of countries, over 150,000 times. many people have made its success possible. shoutouts to Dr. H.E.Newsum and Lisa Pillow of the ohio state university and everyone who has sent essays and suggestions. to the teachers who introduce us to zora, thank you; you have enriched our lives forever. all of you who have written papers/ essays/ theses on Zora (you know who you are), i will gladly publish them here. email them, whatever the length, to me, kip.
news: many new essays, which had backed up while i was living in mexico (my apologies for the delay). read them, cite them, just don't plagiarize them.
University of Southern California Professor Carla Kaplan compiled the monumental volume Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. here's what the New York Times' review said about her book and Valerie Boyd's new biography (which Alice Walker loves). The Times also has published articles about zora's rehabilitation and a group of painters from Eatonville.
as if those weren't enough, Every Tongue Got to Confess was recently published in paperback. this is, bizarrely, a new book by zora, which sat forgotten in the Library of Congress since 1927. and it's classic zora, based on fieldwork she did in the gulf states.
A new broadway musical is in development, called Eatonville. it is a stage adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a score composed by the legendary Wynton Marsalis. intriguing, but we won't ever see it unless it gets financial support. if you are interested in becoming a partner in this future broadway production, contact Paul Gavriani.
Ephemera Press has published a Harlem Renaissance Map, including our beloved zora. and though zora must be rolling in her grave at the name, there is in fact a Zora Neal Hurston-Richard Wright Foundation, a pan-African literary organization . they sponsor workshops, awards, and an annual summer writers' conference. contact Jamila White to get involved.
Eatonville's Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival was in January - if you went, send me a review. Zora's niece, Dr. Lucy Hurston, has signed a book contract with Doubleday to write a work on her family entitled Now you Cookin' With Gas.
the Zora Bulletin Board 3.0 is jumpin'. look at it, post a message or a question.
i really cannot describe zora's writing effectively, so you should check out a sample. have a look around, make yourself at home.
"I do not weep at the world -- I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
"I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes."
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
"Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much."
"Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it."
"Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural. There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man's spice-box seasons his own food."
"I want a busy life, a just mind and a timely death."
somewhere, sometime, zora said each of these
citation for this page:
Hinton, Kip Austin (ed.) (2005). Zora Neale Hurston Website. San Antonio: Dead Pripyat Records. http://i.am/zora
updated march 07 2005.