John Freeman and Nicole Aragi’s combined library is the happy merging of bookishness as vocation and avocation.
If I tell you that Nicole Aragi and John Freeman have not one but two rolling-track library ladders—in the living room and in the bedroom—by which to ascend to the top of their fiction-packed floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, you will understand why I was loath to leave their Chelsea apartment after visiting it on a warm Sunday morning for the purpose of writing this column. That Aragi laid on a full Middle Eastern breakfast, complete with cups of potent Arabic coffee, only made departure a sadder prospect.
Aragi is a literary agent whose clients include Jonathan Safran Foer, Manil Suri, Edwidge Danticat, and Junot Díaz. Freeman is a critic and the president of the National Book Critics Circle, where he is leading a campaign to keep book coverage a vital part of the national print media. Their combined collection is
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