Toni Morrison Was Going To Write A Memoir, But Decided Her Life Wasn't Interesting Enough
Toni Morrison turned 80 this year. She has written 10 novels, 2 plays, and has edited or written no fewer than 7 works of non-fiction, including several anthologies. She was nominated for a Grammy, and has won the Normal Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Nobel Prize for Literature, a Pulitzer, and about 20 other awards. Before she was an author, she was an editor at Random House, where she edited works by Angela Davis.
But, she said during a recent reading of her newest novel, Home, at Oberlin College, she would rather write fiction than a memoir. Because her life (the one that involves the Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize), she says, just isn't that interesting.
Asked if she had any plans to write a memoir about growing up in Lorain, she said she'd actually signed a contract for her next book to be a memoir.
"But then I canceled it," she said. "My publisher asked me to do it, but there's a point at which your life is not interesting, at least to me. I'd rather write fiction."
Which forces me to wonder: if Toni Morrison isn't interesting enough for a memoir...is anyone?
Confidential to Toni Morrison: I would read the pants off a memoir by you and would find it highly interesting, I swear.
Confidential to Snooki: You wrote a memoir, right? That's....cute.
To leave a comment