Muse if You Must: And Then You Read

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, and then you read.

– James Baldwin

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Happy belated birthday to poet, writer and beloved radical James Baldwin. Here’s a previous post I wrote about how I’ve been inspired by Baldwin and his work.

I finished Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman last week, a book about a woman in her 70’s in Beirut whose only companions (and family) were books that filled every nook of her home. It is, infinitely, a book lover’s delight (my review will be out on Tuesday).

Here are some Libromance posts that, in Baldwin’s spirit, continue to give us worlds:

Writing as Magic, with Stephen King
An Unlikely Currency: Books
A Different Way of Looking, with Marcel Proust and Alain de Botton
Sunday Spotlight: Filipino Literature
#IAmAnImmigrant: My Story in 5 Books

Happy reading!

Sunday Spotlight

Pia Cortez View All →

Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.

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