Category Archives: literature

Review of Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

I have long been familiar with Dr. Saidiya Hartman’s brilliance; first through Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (1997) and then through Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Coast (2008). As a post-doc, I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Octavia Butler!

Happy birthday Octavia Butler!! The genius writer Octavia Butler would have been 72 years today! An interview with Ms. Butler on “Transcending Boundaries” An NPR interview with Ms. Butler and an essay by her. She was the recipient of several … Continue reading

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Wondering: Has Peele read Butler?

Let me state up front, just so we’re clear, I loooove Octavia Butler. She seems to make her way into my consciousness at least once a day, whether it’s through what I’m reading or a podcast I’m listening to, or just … Continue reading

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Review of Nafissa Thomas-Spires’ Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ short story collection Heads of the Colored People (2018) is incredibly SMART!! All of the stories are amazing—expertly crafted and honed works of literary genius. Some of them are very clearly connected by the individuals who are their subjects … Continue reading

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Bonus! Review of Well-Read Black Girl and If Beale Street Could Talk

I’ve been thinking a lot about service lately; more specifically, I’ve been thinking about how people serve their communities in ways that ring true to them and are impactful. While there are things that we do that we can easily … Continue reading

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Review of Washington Black

The simply named Washington Black (2018) by Canadian Esi Edugyan , though expansive in its reach, takes place over a mere four-year period. In that short period of time young Washington, or Wash as he is called by Christopher (Titch) … Continue reading

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Review of Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

I first learned about James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul (2017) from the incomparable Levar Burton’s brilliant podcast “LeVar Burton Reads”. You’ll remember Mr. Burton from his long-running children’s program Reading Rainbow, as well as his work on Roots, and Star Trek.  On the podcast, … Continue reading

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