Debriefing, with Susan Sontag

Reading Susan Sontag has always felt like gentle rain coming down on you midday, on a quiet street with no shade in sight, no umbrella on hand. So you soak all of it in. You let her words seep through your pores, a place where water meets itself. After reading her diaries and journals, I…

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Multitudes, with Gordon Parks

This week’s inspiration: fashion, lifestyle and (most importantly) movement photographer, Gordon Parks. It wasn’t until I started poring over Volume 26 of the Kinfolk magazine that I found about him, in spite of his magnanimous work behind the lens. Moved by the same current of wanting to document and expose what his own eyes saw,…

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A Fiery February Reading List

Ok–we are headed shortly towards the end of the month so I know this post is hella late but I swear I have really good reasons why I’m posting this just now. I’m still adjusting to the rhythm of the new year (as in slowing down) and to be completely transparent, I’m just about finishing…

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Living Out Our Truths, with Gucci Mane (A Book Review of “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane”)

I remember hearing Wasted for the first time in 2009, at the height of my Lil Wayne obsession (specifically Tha Carter III) and I couldn’t help but mouth off the catchiest line ever: Rock-star lifestyle, might don’t make it, living life high every day clique wasted Granted that I wasn’t really living a rock-star lifestyle (I was…

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Beyond the Rice Fields with Naivo

Ravinkazo nanintsana Ka ny lasa tsy azo ahoana Fa ny sisa ampanirina Leaves falling There’s no protecting those that drop But those that stay are made to grow (Malagasy Hainteny) First, an embarrassing confession: I am woefully ignorant about Madagascar, the Malagasy people and the Malagasy culture. It wasn’t until I signed up for Restless Books monthly…

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