Fuel for the Fire: February 19th

This week's fuel comes from Zadie's Smith's newest collection of Essays, Feel Free: "As the departing president well understood, in this world there is only incremental progress. Only the willfully blind can ignore that the history of human existence is simultaneously the history of pain, of brutality, murder, mass extinction, every form of venality and... Continue Reading →

What A Week: February 12th-18th

It was another week of varied and eclectic reading! I'm still devouring books at a rapid pace, although, to be fair, I live alone and listen to audiobooks while cooking, eating, and walking the dog. That's a lot of extra reading time. My favorites this week by far were This Will Be My Undoing by... Continue Reading →

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

In Red Clocks, Leni Zumas imagines a terrifying and all-too-easily-plausabile future in which the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty and property to all embryos from the moment of conception. Abortion is illegal in all states and women caught can attempting abortion or assisting in abortions can be charged with murder. Red Clocks was... Continue Reading →

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times edited by Carolina De Robertis

Radical Hope is a collection of letters--to ancestors, children, strangers, and friends--written in the wake of the 2016 election. The collection includes work from 31 diverse writers, and their voices represent the best of America. The book is divided into three sections. "Roots" addresses the past, and includes letters mostly written to ancestors, grandparents, and... Continue Reading →

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing is a powerful blend of memoir, cultural critique, self-reflection, and celebration. Jerkins explores the experience of black girlhood and womanhood through a kaleidoscope of lenses. She writes frankly about sex, relationships, and dating, and the intersection of blackness and womanhood and sexuality. She writes eloquently about the various spaces she's... Continue Reading →


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