From anime to MLK, here is everything I read or watched in February 2021.
BJ Novak makes me want to be a better writer. He makes me want to care less and write more. One More Thing… is a selection of short stories ranging from single paragraphs about missed connections on the train, to epics about cereal box prize winners, with the rematch between the tortoise and the hare…… Continue reading Just Read: One More Thing… by B.J. Novak
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 first started to generally care about things when I was 16 years old. I use the term “generally care about things,” in lieu of “got interested in politics” because I think there’s an important distinction there, and I think it’s a distinction that is not only becoming increasingly important as we grow more and…… Continue reading Just Read: A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Giovanni’s Room tells the story of an American living in Paris as he struggles to define and understand his relationships with the men he meets while there.
My monthly digest of what I’ve read and watched in January 2021.
Why We’re Polarized tackles the nature of our ongoing fear and hostility toward the “other.”
If there is one lesson in humility that has stayed with me, and likely will continue to stay with me for the rest of my life, it is the one taught to me by Ms. Reid, my English teacher from age 13-16. We had been set a class essay on a Shakespeare play; I forget…… Continue reading Just Read- Ecocide: Kill The Corporation Before It Kills Us by David Whyte
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.