Magazine article Book

Achieving Perfection

Magazine article Book

Achieving Perfection

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AN ARTIST ACHIEVES A CERTAIN RANK IN THE PANTHEON, and all too often the moment coincides with a marked decline of talent and relevance. What a pleasure, then, to catch up with Toni Morrison on the eve of the publication of her latest novel. If the Nobel Prize winner, revered as perhaps the most important writer working in America today, seems supremely aware of her laurels, she seems just as dedicated to not resting on them. That new book is a marvel, clearly the work of someone performing at the top of her game. Gorgeously written, confident, moody, demanding, provocative and short--particular delight in this moment of overwritten, underedited doorstops--Love will no doubt be considered among the year's best, most important reads. When Morrison was talking about the book this past May, she referred to it, only a little jokingly, as "perfect." Senior Editor Adam Langer spent time with Morrison, her friends, colleagues and admirers, as he prepared the story, which begins on page 40, about Morrison's quest for perfection. …

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