I read this book in two distinct stages. The first chapter was slow going, and I put it down for a week or so. Partly because I was grappling with the question of how much a cliché of an ally it made me to read MLK during Black History Month, and partly because I just…… Continue reading Just Read: Where do we go from here? Chaos, or community? By Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am not a writer. I am, however, somebody that writes. I write thousands of words every week, in reports, in emails, in copy for the website of my employer. To me, the distinction is that I hold the writer to a different level. I write as a perfunctory task, a means to an end.…… Continue reading Just Read: Murder Your Darlings – Roy Peter Clark.
A couple of years ago, I set myself a challenge to read one book every week, followed by a review that I would then post to this website. This was, as with most arbitrary challenges of this nature, short lived. I burned out after about four weeks, not because I was struggling to read, but…… Continue reading A note to myself about reading, writing, and reflection, or: why it went wrong last time and how to make it not go wrong again.
Book a Week, week one. Vance’s story of growing up hillbilly is heralded as a unique insight into the working class mindset that led to Brexit and President Trump. I found it readable and relatable, seeing many parallels with my own experience of the area I grew up. While there were times when Vance’s political bias was glaringly obvious, and times when I would have liked him to be somewhat more self-reflective, he shares a story worth reading, in a way that made it enjoyable.