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