Literary

21 Jul 19
Newsy Today

Pere Calders was born in Barcelona on September 29, 1912. He spent his first years between a farmhouse in the Vallès and an Eixample house. Study in the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona. He combines his profession as a sketcher with the literary vocation. During the Spanish Civil War he was a cartographer sergeant […]

21 Jul 19
BlogBuddiez

I never intended to start this blog by talking about Friedrich Nietzsche. I wanted to start at a place that felt more like a beginning, either chronologically by talking about early philosophers or fundamentally by talking about key premises like logic or free will. I am by no means an expert on Nietzsche, and for […]

21 Jul 19
Lit Youngstown

Several years ago, NPR sponsored a 3-minute fiction contest for stories that could be read in 3 minutes or less, or fewer than 600 words. Nin Andrews was teaching a workshop and assigned the contest as a writing prompt. She sent one in, herself, and we were thrilled when Luis Alberto Urrea mentioned her story […]

21 Jul 19
NevahBlackDown

Here is the book so many have been waiting for. The book to make sense of so many others. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent follows the original tome, New Daughters of Africa, published 25 years ago to global acclaim. It was deemed a vital document then, and it takes […]

21 Jul 19
JazzyLiving

Reconstruction has always been an era in U.S. History that has intrigued me the most. For a period to have held the most promise for the United States to work towards living up to the principles and ideologies espoused by its early designers, it is also the darkest period in U.S. history which is given […]

21 Jul 19
Bunmi Anjorin-Kogbe Books & Writing

Gappahs has a brilliant collection of short stories are centered around the law and justice around Harares Rotten Row.

21 Jul 19
The A-Train

One day at a time, the elevation of promise of help is abated by the usual success of a graduate from Oxford: There is always a safe harbour to recognise environment and the distance of chronology. None knew me while I was there and so many now have I noted see a dim light of […]

21 Jul 19
You Read It Here First

When I was in high school in the 1960s (even though I only claim to be 35), I used to think that teenagers had an inordinate amount of “stuff” on their plates. In retrospect, I’ve come to appreciate that such stuff is really not much different from what any other younger generation endured (i.e., peer […]

21 Jul 19
Silver Quills Literary Services

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at Writers Block, a group of young people studying the craft of writing. When I asked what the group wanted to learn about, the answer came back overwhelmingly that they wanted to learn more about the publishing side of writing. It took some thinking to figure out […]

21 Jul 19
suziland too or obsolete childhood

It damned near took an act of Congress, but I was successful in obtaining a new library card yesterday. Mine had expired………… yes, I wrote an entire post just yesterday about the blasted thing expiring….never in my life did I expect something like that to happen. Yet, I was unable to download e-books, or even […]

21 Jul 19
Snakes in the Grass

We are not the least bit amused. Even with having to sleep with one eye open on my hammock (those pesky alligators, you know), it’s impossible to tune out all of the commotion during this fine, albeit sweltering July. The awful headlines easily found a way to invade my solitude. In my defense, I did […]

21 Jul 19
generationgbooks

This will go down as the book I was reading when all hell broke loose. I bought it on June 10, left work early in the afternoon, and lodged myself at the Willowbrook Denny’s, ate TWO All American Slams, drank too much coffee, and began to read it. By the time I left Denny’s and […]

21 Jul 19

Ryu Murakami is not Haruki Murakami. Not even close. Their books are filed together in bookshops, but that’s about as close as they’ll ever be in any way whatsoever. Ryu Murakami’s bleak tales of destructive youth in dystopian Japan are unlike any other books I’ve ever read. I’ve read a lot of books. His writing […]

21 Jul 19
Allison Meakem

I’m generally a huge fan of memoirs — particularly witty ones — which is why I thought I’d pair well with Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s newly-released set of reflective essays, which has spent the summer atop numerous bestseller charts. Never mind that I hadn’t heard of either of these women (or their podcast) prior […]

21 Jul 19
Three Worlds One Vision

“Send Her Back” – US President’s Campaign Rally – North Carolina/USA – July 17, 2019 Photo Credit: HuffPost, YouTube Video   I know about divisive racist politics. I have experienced it up close in Guyana, the land of my birth—one of the “shithole countries” that our president loves to denigrate. Divisive racist politics has crippled […]

21 Jul 19
I Didn't Come Here To Be Called Out Like This

I was listening to a podcast on Chaos Magic and it struck a chord with me. Not necessarily in terms of the core philosophy (there’s bit too much death of the ego in there for me) but the idea of invoking archetypes to shape your reality. I’ve always found archetypes very comforting, which is on […]