My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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’

Reviews, The Books, The Life

Book Review: A Little Life

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

Adulting, Quotes, The Books, The Life

The Only Trick of Friendship

"'You won't understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are -- not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving -- and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to… Continue reading The Only Trick of Friendship

My Reading List, The Books

#TopTenTuesday – Poolside Reading

  So I've stumbled across this thing called a "writing meme" - I can't find a definition or a site that compiles a list of them in one place. But, they are essentially trending writing prompts.  The first one I found, while perusing other writerly blogs, was Top Ten Tuesdays, hosted by That Artsy Reader… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – Poolside Reading

The Books

Reaping the Rewards of Close Reading

The very first day of my Critical Reading and Writing: Short Story Writers class last semester, my teacher had us read "Close Reading," the first chapter from Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer, and "Good Readers and Good Writers" by Vladimir Nabokov.  My courses stressed the importance of "reading closely," -- like a writer, not a… Continue reading Reaping the Rewards of Close Reading

My Reading List

Where In the World Have I Been?

I don't believe I've written a post since last MAY!!! What an eventful span of time it's been.  My computer went on the fritz.  Geek Squad estimated it would cost $300+ to fix.  So  I stopped using it, relying solely on my phone for the internet.  Then, one day I decided to turn my laptop… Continue reading Where In the World Have I Been?

Quotes

Lord, In My Heart

Lord, In My Heart For Countee Cullen   Holy haloesRing me round Spirit waves onSpirit sound Meshach andAbednego Golden chariotSwinging low I recite themin my sleep Jordan's coldand briny deep Bible lessonsSunday school Bow before theGolden Rule Now I wonder If I tried Could I turn myCheek aside Marveling withAfterthought Let the blow fallSaying naught Of my true Christ-like control And the nature of my soul Would I strike withrage divine Till… Continue reading Lord, In My Heart

Quotes

“The graduation…

"The graduation at Fort Hare offered a moment of introspection and reflection. I was struck most forcefully by the discrepancy between my old assumptions and my actual experience. I had discarded my presumptions that graduates automatically become leaders and that my connection to the Thembu royal house guaranteed me respect. Having a successful career and… Continue reading “The graduation…