I pre-ordered a Freewrite Traveler. In the spirit of transparency, I must admit: I am ashamed that I spent this much on what may essentially turn out to be a wireless keyboard (although I was excited to catch it on discounted pre-sale and to also find an additonal savings coupon code on Reddit that worked,… Continue reading So I Did A Thing….
One time, in my graduate Creative Writing program, a classmate referenced Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club so casually that I immediately sensed he or she hadn't read it. I hadn't either. Do not be alarmed - this was not a reading assignment. The person speaking hoped to draw a comparison between the actual assigned work… Continue reading Those Women We Almost Seem To Know
This past Saturday, Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls...., died at the age of 70. In tribute to her legacy, I wanted to share this piece as tribute to her, written in March 2015. I was 24 at the time the piece was written. I fell in love with the title. I was… Continue reading for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisabeth Salamander and Michael Blomkvist are back, though with new actors playing them and a new director to guide them. Director Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe") has taken over the helm of the Millennium series, which is based on the Swedish crime novel trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson. It is believed… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Dear Fall, You actually arrived on Saturday, September 22. Which means I am late. I am always either early or late -- I have not quite mastered the art of being on time. Or being consistent. Which is why it's been a good month and a half since my last post. But isn't the adage Better… Continue reading Dear Fall…. A Brief Update
I must confess, this week's #BookToMovieTrailer is actually not a book to movie. But, it stands out because author Gillian Flynn (most noted for Gone Girl) co-wrote the screenplay with director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave). Variety describes the film as "a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’
So, here's the thing -- this book has been on my radar since not long after Angie Thomas made her phenomenal literary debut in Black History Month 2017. But I did not read it. I thought I wasn't interested. Until I saw this trailer. It is because of this trailer that I made The Hate… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘The Hate U Give’
This past Wednesday, August 2, would have been James Baldwin's 94th birthday. In honor of that, director Barry Jenkins (most noted for "Moonlight") tweeted a first look trailer for his upcoming adaptation of Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. I was in 6th grade the first time I read about Tish and Fonny. It is my… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Last Friday, The New York Times published the article "Missing Malcolm X Writings, Long A Mystery, Are Sold." Long but fascinating story short: several pages (I believe I read somewhere 3 never-before-seen chapters) of The Autobiography of Malcolm X were sold to the Schomburg Library in New York. The manuscripts come with comments in the margins written by Alex… Continue reading Who Is Gregory J. Reed?
Title: A Little Life Author: Hanya Yanagihara Pages: 720 Rating: 4.5/5 *Mild spoiler included below* If you've explored my site recently, you have encountered A Little Life in several of my recent posts (see here and here). I participate in a two-person book club and, at the suggestion of my friend, read A Little Life for the… Continue reading Book Review: A Little Life