I recently read Helen Oyeyemi’s novel Gingerbread, which was like reading a lucid dream. It’s the first book of hers I’ve read, and I’m still thinking about it. It is modern, smart, funny, and filled with enchantment mashups (think hidden land like the island in Lost mixed with gingerbread houses, but sophisticated). The book, as I … Continue reading From Helen Oyeyemi to the Brothers Grimm
Unlike my naive belief growing up that use of racial slurs by White people was a litmus test for racism, I’m realizing embarrassingly late in life that racism goes far deeper than using the n-word or showing blatant racist disdain for Black people. Our entire country, every system, every sector, is built on a structure … Continue reading Unlearning Racism
I just nerded out big time when I came across this line in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, where the main character writes a blog called Raceteenth or Curious Observations by a Non-American Black on the Subject of Blackness in America: And she signed on to WordPress, and her blog was born The whole passage, … Continue reading Not the point, but I squeed
My husband, our daughter, and I sailed our little day sailer, Egretta, today on a sunny blue-sky day with white puffy clouds and Irish green hillsides. Our daughter was excited to wear a new swim top she bought for the vacation we won’t go on because of the pandemic. We’ve had lots of rain and … Continue reading First Sail of the Season
Originally posted on Charlescearl's Weblog:
When they ask you why Atlanta was burning last night, tell them it was an uprising. If you want a quick answer, you can quote the economist Thomas Piketty Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands… Continue reading Why is Atlanta burning?
Time has slowed down since the pandemic began. Weekend errands, drives to and from the aquatic center, and swim meets are all gone. We planned to sail on Saturday. We had the boat hitched up and drove further away from our house than we have in 72 days now. But the highway was closed, and … Continue reading Weekend of green leaves, books, and flowers