Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)

 Dr. Negash assigned this book in our 7000 writing class and like any flustered grad student, I decided that I’d read an article or two about it and read the real book later. The one thing that made me come back to this book outside of course my professor’s swearing by it, is the confusionContinue reading “Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)”

Baking Cakes In Kigali – Book Review

         In fast-paced texts that darted from phone to phone, Marina invited me to a talk that she thought I was going to be interested in. Yaa Gyasi was speaking at the University of Michigan and Marina thought I had to be there. I’d read and reviewed Homegoing and I was more thanContinue reading “Baking Cakes In Kigali – Book Review”

Book Review I, The Sympathizer – Viet Nguyen

I stared at the paperback and suspected immediately that the name Nguyen in Vietnam must be as common as the name Mensah in Ghana. ‘Ngu…yen’ I slowly stressed each syllable while completely throwing away any remote knowledge of the uselessness of some letters in some French words. Studying French for years had taught me better.Continue reading “Book Review I, The Sympathizer – Viet Nguyen”

Willie Lynch’s Letter on ‘How to Make a Slave’ and Personal Musings

A friend and I had an extensive conversation in which I literally forced him to agree that racism had a hand in the original plan of slavery. We had time on our hands, and we were high from shoving down what would later turn into poop. We were bursting with a raw desire to tossContinue reading “Willie Lynch’s Letter on ‘How to Make a Slave’ and Personal Musings”

Feminism is not a ‘One size fits all’

Before falling into the temptation of providing a definition of feminism and its attendant compulsion to be bound by the definition, I would like to use this post to help our new generation of feisty lady feminists understand that feminism is not only limited to the literal fight against the male species.  The ideology is not aContinue reading “Feminism is not a ‘One size fits all’”

Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa

Note from the blurb ;- “he (the writer) lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create.” One of the truest reasons for my huge attraction to fiction is my recognition of the existence of inspiration all around us. There are storiesContinue reading “Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa”