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In a new video just up on the NY Times' "Paper Cuts" book blog, editor Sam Tanenhaus talks with Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison about her new book, A Mercy, and President-elect Barack Obama. Morrison compliments Obama's facility as a writer — "the beauty of his language," as she calls it — and ruminates on…

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Toni Morrison would like to clear some stuff up about her now-famous anointment of Bill Clinton as the 'first black President'. She says: "I was deploring the way [he] was being treated, vis-à-vis the sex scandal that was surrounding him. I said he was being treated like a black on the street, already guilty, already…