Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too i...
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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Reviews
Toni Morrison's brilliance speaks for itself, but this is a strangely edited - and perhaps overstuffed - collection. It's organized by theme, rather than chronologically, which could work well if it still included the dates and the occasions for which the speeches and essays were composed. For me, that information would have been helpful, as the context of some of the essays really does matter. Some of the pieces repurpose whole sections from an earlier work and might not have been necessary to ...more
Beautiful and though provoking. It's like being inside of Toni's head and I loved it!
A few years ago, I made it all the way to the top of Bear Mountain in upstate NY. The minute I got up there, I felt like a sudden entrapment took hold of me. How could I be in one of the most open of places and feel so constricted. But then I recognized the feeling: pure overwhelming feelings. That is what Toni Morrison’s nonfiction does to my brain.
I didn't think I would be reading this book so relatively soon. I've not read as much of her novels as I wanted and I wanted my own copy of this book over a library copy--this will definitely merit a re-read where I can sit with it a little more. So this will be my "abridged" overview.
One thing that can be said about Toni Morrison is that she has no time for modesty and all the time for hubris. She's the athlete that trash-talks, but can back it up with skill: a literary Muhammad Ali (whose auto ...more
Stunning collection of essays. I suggest it be read over time or even just as a reference when needed.
This book requires, necessitates multiple readings.
I wish an editor or someone else had persuaded Toni Morrison to change the title of her selected essays, speeches and meditations: The Source of Self-Regard. Occasionally reading it in public places, I was embarrassed to think that anyone might assume I was reading the latest book intended for the bloated New Age and self-help section of an airport bookstore. That title isn’t helped by the boring front cover of the dust jacket, for which a designer is unaccountably credited even though the “desi ...more
This is an intense book, so it seems like it's best to read it when the mood strikes you for some Toni Morrison wisdom. The parts I read were amazing (of course) and I'm happy to have all these speeches, essays, etc. in one place.