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
Heavy stuff beautifully rendered and thought provoking.
Profound and beautifully worded. It was bit more academic than most of my leisure reads. There was some redundancy in parts of the essays, to the point where I asked myself didn’t I read this already. However, I enjoyed Ms. Morrison’s perspectives through her selected essays and speeches.
Toni Morrison is, quite frankly, a genius.
I'll keep this review short because this book is pretty much an entire mood. Herein you will find essays, writings, and speeches by Morrison from various points in her career over the last 20 years or so which detail her ideas on topics like politics, race, feminism, language, art, and writing. She also goes into depth with discussions of the construction of many of her famous novels--Sula, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye, to name a few.
Much of the essays ...more
as i was reading this book of essays i kept coming back to the fact that toni Morrison is a true intellectual. i had not read or heard her eulogy for james baldwin. SO GOOD. i might have done some crying.
Toni Morrison is obviously a brilliant writer, and I have loved many of her novels, but this compendium of essays and speeches isn’t great. She, not unexpectedly, reuses parts of speeches over and over again, and so it can get really repetitive and confusing (wait, did I read this before?). I love hearing her talk about her writing, and enjoyed her critiques of other literature, but I think her political essays are less effective. But overall it just felt like a disorganized jumble, not this wri ...more
This review was originally published for Bitch Media on February 12, 2019:
Toni Morrison began writing her seminal debut novel, The Bluest Eye, more than 40 years ago as a way to cure her own loneliness. “I never planned to be a writer,” she told Jane Bakerman in a 1978 interview in Black American Literature Forum. “I was in a place where there was nobody I could talk to and have real conversations with. And I think I was also very unhappy. So I wrote then, ...more
You ever read a book that made you feel smart as hell? Hahaha! My vocabulary has expanded, my face is clear and my edges are being so respectful.
What I liked - Toni Morrison just knows how to make you feel lost in her words. If I ever took one of her classes, I would never be bored. She speaks about art and language (and many other topics of course) in such an informative and riveting way. There were some essays in this book that made me want to photocopy them and hand them out to people to read ...more
"Canon building is empire building, canon defense is national defense."
These are my notes from reading this one:
"Note to anyone reading this with a notebook or highlighter: If you start, you will either copy or highlight the entire book, so just accept and drink it in."
"Ever find yourself slowing down on purpose so the book won't end? That's happening with this one. I realize all of this has been written or spoken elsewhere, but the feeling of "current" is ever-present. This is an urgent book ...more