Thursday Quotables: The Bluest Eye

Yesterday I picked up the next book on my TBR shelf for July, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, expecting an exceptional book. Somehow, beyond comprehension, I found something so much more, something that rattled and changed me in the deepest depths within me. I won’t say much more about it now, because you’ll read it …

Thursday Quotables: The Garden of Evening Mists

Many people who know me, especially those who know me as an academic, know that I am obsessed with memory studies. Memory, to me, is a beautiful facet of the human condition. It helps us navigate our own identities, to create who we are, and to connect to other people. We learn how to remember, …

Thursday Quotables: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

 As those of you who read my Sunday Post know, I’ve been slowly working my way through Jackie Copleton‘s A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. Even though it’s totally my style, both in terms of the quietness of the writing and the subject matter, it hasn’t really been grabbing me. That probably has more to do with my …

Thursday Quotables: Breath, Eyes, Memory

  I was inspired to read (or rather, listen to–I’ve got this on audiobook) this book because I listened to Edwidge Danticat do a reading at my alma mater, and was struck by the poignancy of her writing and the fearless manner in which she voiced her perspective on Haitian culture. If that was true when …