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On Losing That Lovin' Feelin'

“The call for forgiveness is a painfully familiar refrain when black people suffer. White people embrace narratives about forgiveness so they can pretend the world is a fairer place…Black people forgive because we need to survive.

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Remind Me What it Means to be Human

In the Fall of 2015, my university intends to discuss a summer reading book of amazing essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America… 1,264 more words


The Sellout, Paul Beatty

I didn’t know who Paul Beatty was a few weeks ago, when I suddenly became aware that he’s been canonized as our funniest, most relevant literary writer on the black American experience. 903 more words

Kiese Laymon, “Our Kind of Ridiculous”

“If white America entitlement meant anything, it meant that no matter how patronizing, unashamed, deliberate, unintentional, poor, rich, rural, urban, ignorant, and destructive white Americans were, black Americans were still encouraged to work for them, write to them, listen to them, talk with them, run from them, emulate them, teach them, dodge them, and ultimately thank them for not being as fucked up as they could be.”


What I'm Reading Lately

Some books I’ve been reading since the secular New Year:

Didion, Joan – The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion wrote a painfully honest book about the year following her husband’s sudden death. 337 more words


Weekend Reading

Here are some short stories, essays, interviews, and reviews to satisfy your weekend literary craving:
Mary Ruefle’s essay, My Private Property, in The Kenyon Review. 155 more words