The Week in Reading #imwayr 8/17/20

On the blog: A short slice about feeding the feral cats in my new neighborhood In reading: I’ll start with the best book I read this week, Angela Narciso Torres’s poetry chapbook, To the Bone, available as a free download from Sundress. These are gorgeous poems, full of insight and lush language and imagery and…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 8/10/20

On the blog: It’s not to late to join The Sealey Challenge I have been having fun with my new Detroit Public Library card today! One very mild pandemic benefit: closed libraries in Michigan meant that all I had to do to get a temporary library card was type in my new address and ten…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 8/3/20

You’d think that in the month I’ve taken off of blogging I would have read so many books. Sadly, no. Moving slowed me down as a reader. Entire days where I didn’t so much as open a book! But I have unpacked enough book boxes now to fill a couple of shelves, and I am…

The Sunday Six 7/5/20 #linksilove

Thought-provoking piece from Eve Ewing about why she now capitalize the “w” in white (note: Black should always be capitalized). Ewing explained on Twitter that her goal in the piece isn’t to make anyone change their mind but rather to ask people to choose intentionally and meaningfully. (Zora) It’s really demoralizing to see that so…

Spending the Morning with Dr. Anna Julia Cooper #sol20

For the past few months, ever since I read Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius and began learning from her articles and presentations, I’ve been thinking about a question she frequently centers in her work: why don’t we use a “Black and Brown model as our framework of education,” especially when we are educating Black, Indigenous…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/29/20

On the blog: Six articles worth sharing I’ll be starting Dream Job #4 this fall In reading: I was listening to Stamped on audio when Covid hit and my commute time/audiobook time decreased to zero. I just managed to finish the last 60 minutes this week. Jason Reynolds’s “remix” is really an amazing achievement, and…

The Sunday Six 6/28/20 #linksilove

Here are six important reads that came across my social media feeds in the past couple of weeks. YA novelist Tiffani Jackson reflects on “this pivotal, purposeful moment” and gives advice to young Black women who are observing and protesting and wondering what next. (Cosmopolitan) Crystal Marie Fleming shares 10 Practical Steps for Building a…

Dream Job #4: Slice of Life #sol20

My first dream job was my very first job when I was still in high school: working at a bookstore. It was a mall bookstore, small, full of flashy commercial titles, popular series, and the occasional serendipitous discovery. I still remember the day I plucked Kendall Hailey’s The Day I Became an Autodidact from the…