At Galerie, Michelle Sinclair Colman reveals the contents of Toni Morrison’s 1,200-plus book collection at her Manhattan apartment, which is currently for sale. The details (and the photographs!) of the Beloved author’s personal library are a book lover’s dream: “Her entire multi-stack collection is alphabetized by the author’s last name. She edited as she read. She owned a beautiful, gold, illustrated copy of Song of Solomon with the bookmark on Chapter Four.” Colman continues, “The three books on her bedside table are Robert A. Caro’s Lyndon Johnson biography, David Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story, and Stephen King’s Revival. She had a few never-returned library books; the most interesting was a copy of her own book, The Bluest Eye, from the Burnaby Public Library, with copious notes, underlines, and cross-outs on every single page.”
As part of a collaboration with several international magazines, Full-Stop is publishing Babelsprech International, a series of articles on poetry around the world. In the latest edition, Karel Piorecký writes about contemporary Czech poetry, drawing a line between the pre- and post-Communist periods. Related: John Yargo on the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
At McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a disgruntled Laura Jayne Martin rants about why she is tired of sharing an apartment with poet William Carlos Williams.
The shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 has been announced. This list features Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo, and three other books by Spanish and Norwegian authors.
At The Awl, a gritty interview with Daily News crime reporter Kerry Burke (who was once featured in a Bravo “reality show” Tabloid Wars that I loved but that was sadly cancelled). Burke says, “I’m not a very nice person. I’m not from a nice place. At the same time, I love these people. These are my people.”