HUGE list of free (!!) books by black authors and revolutionaries. includes writings by toni morrison, james baldwin, assata shakur, angela davis, malcolm x, audre lorde and frantz fanon.
how do you highlight book passages on instagram? I didn't find any pen option that are see-through, it's always opaque[[MORE]]
Oh, super easy! It’s not on instagram though. So I just screenshot the text I’m reading—either on PDF or ePub with an ePub reader app, and, on iPhone at least, when you go to your photos, you can:
Edit > little ellipsis button in the right corner > Markup, and then you get a few “pen” tools on the screen. When you select the highlighter, you can choose the width of the line, and the opacity of your chosen colour (which you can change as well, on the far right). I use it at half opacity and highlight the stanzas I like best, like I would do in real life on a paperback (and wobbly-ly, might I add), and only then upload the image to the instagram stories thing.
Nota Bene: okay so I have a few James Baldwin and Ibram X. Kendi excerpts in my drafts and just… if it’s cavalier or unwelcome in any way for me to quote them, because it’s not my place, or because these are excerpts—meaning necessarily lacking the context of their whole—just pinch me hard and I’ll shut them down, alright? The goal is to share and highlight and encourage to go further, as it always is, but intention doesn’t always equal message, and obviously this doesn’t have the tranquille innocuousness of fiction.
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Hello! I've been reading War of The Foxes after reading Crush- devouring Crush, really, I adore it. I re-read so much of it and still do on occasion. The problem is, I picked up War of the Foxes, expecting it to be just as raw and aching, but most of it isn't really making me feel anything. The poems are blending together. The only one I can genuinely say I've liked much so far is Landscape With a Blur of Conquerers. Is it possible I'm not thinking about/reading it the right way?
You know, I don’t think there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to read a book. Of course, one can draw more from some given works by contextualising them, or by having shared references, etc. But at the end of the day, and especially with poetry, it either resonates with you or it doesn’t. It might just, at one point—you’ll change and your reading eye will too. But don’t beat yourself up because you’re not enjoying it as much as you think you ought.
If that’s any consolation, I didn’t think War of The Foxes was on par with Crush either. It’s not that it felt lesser, really, but I was… aware of being sidelined by it? I thought War of The Foxes was much more controlled than Crush (which, in its rawness, also has its clumsiness—both of them interesting, though), but much less textured, too. Sometimes it… grazes… something? But it rarely ever conveys it fully, to me at least.
I’ve wondered too if it’s something to do with maturity (mine)—I felt the same when comparing Autobiography of Red, which I love, then its sequel, Red Doc>, which was published 10 years later or so. Like War of The Foxes, Red Doc> left me with an off-feeling, or, because it came after Autobiography of Red and Crush respectively, a sense of the former work being slightly… tainted? Stifled? by the neutral passivity and detachment of its successor. Bittersweetness at the strange lapse between the two. But in both cases, their authors had grown more mature (in years and in writing) in the interval, and outgrown the described turmoil, and were writing after coming to terms with it. Writing about that very detachment I was grudging them. So, yeah. I’m not dismissing the possibility that maybe, those will be for me (and for you?) not now, but a little later?
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2020 is getting weirder and more terrible by the month.
I know I’m one of the lucky ones, but I don’t think there’s anybody out there unaffected by what’s going on in the world around us.
So I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. To you, the people reading this.
I have got my share of wonderful mails and messages of how much this story has meant to you, or helped you through difficult times. What I hope you realize, is how much you have helped me in return.
I’m am a queer introvert. I have Asperger. I don’t get people, let alone talk to them. Actually talking to readers is not something I ever did before. In fact, I was warned against it, again and again. I shouldn’t read reviews, they’d break my heart. I shouldn’t interact with fans, they’d turn against you in a heartbeat. I shouldn’t comment on things, that would be taken as me having favorites and lead to infighting. And you know what? None of that advice was wrong. I’ve messed up. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve misunderstood. There’s been fights, some I never even knew existed until afterwards, and some I’ve been the cause of without noticing. I know I’ve hurt some people I never wanted to hurt.
And yet… I wouldn’t do things differently. It’s worth it.It’s worth the risk. It’s worth the pain. Because if I hadn’t, I would have missed out on this whole journey. On you. On seeing you grow as artists, writers and people, on making your own shit, on making friends and making connections. On taking what you want from this story and chucking the rest and going ‘my characters now’. I love it. It’s amazing.
So thank you. All of you.
and the opening of the window no more difficult
than the wakening from a little sleep.
Hey, thought I’d share a few useful links here, if that can help a fraction. Jane Mount compiled a short-list of elementary reading on BLM and Anti-Racism HERE, and if you can’t buy them, you can still get your hands on a few:
- James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
- Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time
- Ibram X Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me
& of course, you know where to find the donations lists (here by @mothpoem), a comprehensive (?) justice resource master-list (compiled by ambivalcnt) and here’s something super constructive shared by Arabelle Sicardi over on instagram: 26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets.
hello! what translation of rimbaud’s poetry do you recommend reading?
Hey! Actually, I haven’t read Rimbaud in translation (you know, French oblige), so I don’t have a first-hand recommendation… but if I had to buy one, I think I’d go for New Directions’ translation by Louise Varese. New Directions usually push the envelope and take risk with their publishing choices, and Louise Varese also translated one of my favourite French writers, Julien Gracq, who is, like Rimbaud, extremely evocative and lexically aware*. This sounds like a good combo to me!
*plus, yay, supporting women in translation & women translational perspectives.
hi pauline! I was wondering if you have any book recs for fans of avatar: the last airbender? I'm so in the mood for complex characters and misty mountain temples
You did succeed in making me want to rewatch Avatar, but I’m afraid I’m not gonna be much help in terms of book recs—then again, fantasy is a bit out of my wheelhouse. The only things that comes to mind are Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan? If you squint a little, maybe Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl Moving Castle, Pullman’s His Dark Materials, William Goldman’s The Princess Bride? And I think some of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels could do the trick, but I don’t know them enough to give you more direction. Also, Avatar’s comics are really good if you can get your hands on them, and there’s an exquisite tinge of Pullman and Avatar and Le Guin in Lena Nguyen’s Shepherds of Haven.