Founded by the descendants of freed sla"They shoot the white girl first.
With the rest they can take their time." So begins this visionary work from a storyteller.
What a gift.”—The Tampa Bay Times“Brilliantly incisive essays, speeches, and meditations considering race, power, identity, and art…
Powerful, highly compelling pieces from one of our greatest writers.”—Kirkus (starred review)“Morrison turns a critical eye on race, social politics, money, feminism, culture, and the press, with the essential mandate that each of us bears the responsibility for reaching beyond our superficial identities and circumstances for a closer look at what it means to be human.”—Booklist (starred review)“Some superb pieces headline this rich collection…Prescient and highly relevant to the present political moment…”—Publishers Weekly Peril Part I THE FOREIGNER’S HOME The Dead of September 11 The Foreigner’s Home Racism and Fascism Home Wartalk The War on Error A Race in Mind: The Press in Deed Moral Inhabitants The Price of Wealth, the Cost of Care The Habit of Art The Individual Artist Arts Advocacy Sarah Lawrence Commencement Address The Slavebody and the Blackbody Harlem on My Mind: Contesting Memory— Meditation on Museums, Culture, and Integration Women, Race, and Memory Literature and Public Life The Nobel Lecture in Literature Cinderella’s Stepsisters The Future of Time: Literature and Diminished Expectations Interlude BLACK MATTER(S) Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Wish that one of the most informed, smartest, most successful people in your profession walks into your living room, pulls up a chair and says, “This is what I’ve been thinking. The bursts of rumination examine world history, skirt religion, scour philosophy, racism, anti-Semitism, femininity, war and folk tales…There’s even a tidbit or two about her closely guarded personal life.
But the real magic is witnessing her mind and imagination at work…
In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison’s oeuvre.
Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015).
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.