"One of the most prevalent obstacles in our ability to heal and self-actualise is when our productivity is tied to our worthiness."
I think the studyblr community especially needs to hear this. You don't have to be productive all the time, you need rest. Recovering from internalised capitalism means unpicking all the messages from family, friends, school and workplace that have reinforced the idea that you are a commodity, and that your worth is based on what you do. Your worth is inherent.
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Classic Black Literature
I’m an avid fan of classic literature, but I feel like in the world of academia, people are very euro/white-centric and forget many amazing black authors of classic books, so here’s a small list!
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison
“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
“Native Son” by Richard Wright
“Go Tell it on the Mountain” by James Baldwin
“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
“Not Without Laughter” by Langston Hughes
“Cane” by Jean Toomer
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
“Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde
“The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson
“Through the Ivory Gate” by Rita Dove
“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry
“Passing” by Nella Larsen
“Amiable with Big Teeth” by Claude McKay
“Imperium in Imperio” by Sutton Griggs
“The Street” by Ann Petry
“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
“Narrative of Sojourner Truth” by Sojourner Truth
“The Curse of Caste” by Julia C. Collins
“Jazz” by Toni Morrison
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Classic Author Asks
Mary Shelley: Were you a goth, prep, nerd, or jock in school?
Zora Neale Hurston: Do you write in your free time? If so, then what do you write?
J.D. Salinger: What was the last movie you watched?
Alice Walker: What was the first “adult” book you ever read?
Bram Stoker: Do you prefer suspenseful horror movies, gore, or jump scares?
Oscar Wilde: What book have you read more than once?
Beatrix Potter: Do you like reading inside or outside?
Ann Radcliffe: What’s something you’re known for among your friends or family?
Lord Byron: What’s a negative quality that you can admit to having?
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Do you have a favorite poem or one you can recite?
Jane Austen: Have you ever fallen in love?
Langston Hughes: If you could be part of a literary era, which one?
Emily Dickinson: What’s the last book you were reading?
John William Polidori: What was the last book you finished?
Stendhal: Have you ever hid a book you were reading because you were embarrassed?
Charles Dickens: What book are you currently reading?
Thomas Hardy: Are you a city or country person?
Virginia Woolf: What book has been on your TBR longer than a year?
Edith Wharton: What’s your favorite season for reading?
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