Post-Election Bibliotherapy: Five Books of Struggle & Resilience

Sunday Spotlight

With Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House, it can be easy to believe that while elections are temporary, dystopia is forever. Trump’s campaign was rife with the kind of rhetoric that so many people have been fighting against for decades: the struggle against racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, white supremacy — the struggle to defend and uplift our humanity.…

#ElectionDay2016: No Such Thing As The Right Hands

Soul + Spirit

White supremacy, or white feminism? I left my local polling place thinking about this, even after turning my ballot in. In an interview with the Boston Review, Junot Díaz spoke about global and critical dystopias and the future of literature. The past few months have been riddled with political discourse so disheartening that for the first…

Finding An Uncommon Type, with Tom Hanks (A Book Review)

Book Reviews, Fiction

I have a confession to make: I don’t really care much for Tom Hanks the actor, but I am quite impressed by Tom Hanks the writer.  When Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks was released, I was immediately intrigued. I usually ignore books by celebrities and dismiss them, with the exception of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane which…

October’s Reading List: 5 Things You Should Know

Sunday Spotlight

ima read ima read ima read –Zebra Katz While the line from Zebra Katz above is used in an entirely different context, ima take it. In the midst of intense political upheavals, a crumbling of the U.S. government at the hands of the incompetent-in-chief, I have Katz lines in my heart and head. The last…

Which to Keep, Which to Part with: My Story of Books with Marie Kondo 

Sunday Spotlight

“Books are one of three things people find hardest to let go.” –Marie Kondo I first read Marie Kondo’s acclaimed book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Amazon | Indiebound) sometime in late 2014, after it started the news cycle rounds. I was also in the process of a lot of transitions, having just started…

The Life & Death of Andrés Bonifacio, with Ambeth R. Ocampo

Book Reviews, Fil/Lit

“History does not repeat itself. We repeat history.” –Ambeth R. Ocampo These lines from Ocampo couldn’t have been more relevant today, as the Philippines is facing yet another political crisis: on May 23rd, President Duterte declared martial law in the southern part of the Philippines (Mindanao), after terrorist groups clashed with the country’s armed forces.…

The Metaphysics of Reading the News, with Alain de Botton

Book Reviews, Soul + Spirit

“Whatever happens in our classrooms, the more potent and ongoing kind of education takes place on the airwaves and on our screens. Cocooned in classrooms for only our first eighteen years or so, we effectively spend the rest of our lives under the tutelage of news entities which wield infinitely greater influence over us than…

‘Tis the Season for Cuffing: A Book Lover’s Edition

Sunday Spotlight

To be real, cuddling up with a book is how I’d really like to spend this cuffing season. With so much more titles and best of the year lists coming out, it’s enough to hole yourself up in a cozy cabin with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and the most delicious book you can…