It’s been way too long! But here’s a short list of some things I’ve read and been moved by in the past few months.
- It Will Look Like a Sunset is a woman’s painful account of life in a marriage with domestic abuse.
- The First Shampoo Hair Show: I enjoyed this short story by Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
- This critique on Thoreau was funny in parts, scathing in others, but always insightful and excellently written!
“Nor was he interested in subjecting his claims to logical scrutiny. And that is the second problem with basing one’s beliefs on personal intuition and direct revelation: it justifies the substitution of anecdote and authority for evidence and reason.”
- For the writers; in this one Kent Haruf talks about his journey into becoming a writer and then Anna Pitoniak tells us what she learned about writing from being an editor.
- Aeon says the cure for insomnia might be falling in love with sleep again. What do you think?
- Drownings is a short story that did something to me.
- Socrates followed a few truck drivers around Nigeria, takes a peek into their dangerous and x lives; he writes about it here.
“The trailer is so slow that I can count the number of trees on the road; I can count the number of people we pass, the number of cars that leave us on the road, the number of girls, less than ten years old, carrying luggage on their heads. The trailer is so slow that I am tempted to believe by the time we get to Kano, Kano will have moved a day ahead of us because we arrived late.”
- Because this so short, here’s Ifeoluwa’s 2016 reading list that I highly recommend!
- Carmen Machado surely isn’t a new name if you’ve been following Saturday Mind Travels. She’s back again with this amazing piece on big bodies. The boldness and glory of taking up space.
- Bim Adewunmi reminded us of this hilarious Buzzfeed gem on what your animated boyfriend could be like. I’d like me some Mr. Fox, please!
- Ottessa Moshfegh on writing, depression and Lena Zavaroni. Must-read.
“When she’s singing you can see into her mouth, which looks like the mouth of a child. I find that really moving, somehow. She’s not a woman, though she’s certainly not a child anymore. She’s something else. Like an angel of pain.”
- Ending with this beautifully choreographed video from Jennah Bell; enjoy: