In Franklin’s telling, we are not just born, but fervent in our existence. ...more
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The babysitters inspired me, and Kristy’s entrepreneurial vision seemed plain yet elegant; easy-to-follow, too. ...more
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Destiny O. Birdsong discusses her debut poetry collection, NEGOTIATIONS.
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Each sentence is calculated; each word explodes. ...more
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In the eyes of some, we’re worse than disease vectors: we are the disease. ...more
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“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”
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Billy-Ray Belcourt discusses his new book, A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY.
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I can’t relax. Bullets are on my mind. ...more
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She wants us to know the mental and emotional labor is exhausting. ...more
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Faylita Hicks discusses her debut poetry collection, HOODWITCH.
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Malcolm Tariq discusses his debut poetry collection, HEED THE HOLLOW.
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Kendra Allen discusses her debut essay collection, WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET.
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Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his debut novel, WE CAST A SHADOW.
Tags: A Confederacy of Dunces, drugs, humor, humor writing, J. Isaiah Holbrook, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Michelle Alexander, New Orleans, parenting, police brutality, police violence, racial violence, Racism, satire, skin color, skin lightening cream, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Trayvon Martin, We Cast a Shadow, White Supremacy, writing humor
Chaya Bhuvaneswar discusses her debut story collection, WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS.
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A good man doesn’t leave someone to die in the desert, and when he uses God’s name, he does it to bless, not to kill. ...more
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I praise everyone I can still touch, their warmth a violent protest against the cold weapons of death. ...more
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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe. ...more
Tags: A Change is Gonna Come, Alabama, All Kinds of Kinds, Am I Wrong, America, american south, Arizona, black women, Box of Rain, California, Chicago, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, Free Fallin', grateful dead, Harry Potter, Hole, I'll Take You There, Indiana, Janis Joplin, Jason Mraz, John A. Williams, John Mellencamp, Kentucky, KKK, Lake Michigan, Lana Del Ray, leesa cross-smith, Long Way Home, Love Someone, Malibu, Me and Bobby McGee, Miranda Lambert, Music, music playlists, Nico and Vinz, Nina Simone, obama, Ohio, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Paul Simon, Pink Houses, playlist, Poldark, race, racial violence, Racism, road trip, Sam Cooke, Sinnerman, Soul Kitchen, South Dakota, The Doors, The Staple Singers, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, travel, Utah, West Coast, Wyoming, YouTube
What is so extraordinary about this collection is its lyricism, its humanity, and its urgency. ...more
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I left the car by the roadside and ran up the slope, in tears now, reaching the picnic tables and swings and, as bright and vivid as in my dreams, my purple-shaped climbing frame, exactly as I remembered it. ...more
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With a deep understanding of colonizing narratives, Emma Bracy at Hazlitt assembles historical and personal snapshots to form a record of the ongoing dehumanizations that have led to this continuing moment of white violence against black and brown peoples: My grandfather’s contributions to aeronautics had a permanent impact on the science and practice of human-powered […]