kink and curl affirmations abound! this isn't only a kinky/curly/nappy hair guide; it's a book that helps to alter the willing mind's thinking towards...morekink and curl affirmations abound! this isn't only a kinky/curly/nappy hair guide; it's a book that helps to alter the willing mind's thinking towards working with beautiful textures rather than a lifelong war with the self. (less)
One of the most amazing and truly holistic discussions of nutrition I have ever come across. Shaped the trajectory of my raw foodist journey forevermo...moreOne of the most amazing and truly holistic discussions of nutrition I have ever come across. Shaped the trajectory of my raw foodist journey forevermore. (less)
Like reading my way through a 445 page dream. This book affected me profoundly. I found it therapeutic as a trip to a desolate coast. Oceanic imagery...moreLike reading my way through a 445 page dream. This book affected me profoundly. I found it therapeutic as a trip to a desolate coast. Oceanic imagery of Oceania abounding, Hulme engages the reader on a quirky journey alongside a solitudinous woman living in self-imposed exile in a tower by the sea. Trying lifelessly to reconnect with her art, she crosses paths with a shipwrecked, special needs child from another world and his adoptive father-caretaker. Traverses the not so simple side of life, love, relationships daring to challenge superimposed hardlines of right and wrong. (less)
This is a revolutionary piece of literature on many levels, most significant for me in it's violent rupturing of stylistic strangleholds, a venture in...moreThis is a revolutionary piece of literature on many levels, most significant for me in it's violent rupturing of stylistic strangleholds, a venture into subcutaneous and imagined layers of language. She uses the very things a traditional English teacher would downgrade a student for to her advantage (incomplete, backwardness, cascading and decorative sentences) and the results are uncharted and breathtaking. I feel like I can write more freely because of this author's dancerly meanderings on paper, through which she seems to achieve an unusual concurrence of literary self-pleasuring and grandoise mesmerization of her readers through universalisms. I feel I've uncovered a mirror through which I am reminded of my primordial creativity, the universalizing of specificities, literature like paint splatters, paper gumbo. There are portions of this text that seem to frame some of my experiences with a precision I've never before encountered in literature and for this I am indebted to this groundbreaking work of literature, that as ironically handed physically to me by someone who said they "just couldn't get into it." (less)
I never thought I would describe a book as orgasmic until I came across Dave Hill’s Prince: A Pop Life. Delightful revelations, myth-busters, and narr...moreI never thought I would describe a book as orgasmic until I came across Dave Hill’s Prince: A Pop Life. Delightful revelations, myth-busters, and narratives from those in Prince's inner-circle combined with Hill’s fluffy journalistic writing style and insistence on getting into the nitty gritty give weight and rollercoaster excitement to the text. The one thing lacking, but not at the fault of the author is the first hand perspective of Prince himself. But as the narrative reveals, this mysterious or “purple” curtained silent front to the world Prince maintains is one of the factors that drives his controversy, and which enables him to be such a legend and such and enigma, effectively not detracting from the book’s mission.
Dave Hill has a tremendous gift for language and unbelievable ability to construct precise descriptions of Prince songs in written text. To be able to transfer even some of the essence of a Prince song into journalistic English is indicative of more than generous writing talent, but a sixth sense for the ins and outs of music.
The greatest awareness I will take from reading this book is that of how big Prince really is, how grand and successfully anticolonial (if one looks at the U.S. music industry as a colonized space) Prince's project continues to be. I already knew him to be a revolutionary, but not this revolutionary. And to operate as a revolutionary while exhibiting marketing genius seems almost incompatible, strange but true. A lot of things I used to think were just luck or having the right connections with regards to Prince’s success are only attributable to the man himself. This text is the best written account of his self-construction and self-liberation processes (and the grey betwixt and between) I have ever come across spanning his beginnings through 1988/Lovesexy era. (less)
I read this during a multiracial literature frenzy I went on, most of which consisted of narratives and fictional perspectives from various points of...moreI read this during a multiracial literature frenzy I went on, most of which consisted of narratives and fictional perspectives from various points of black-white biraciality. This book stood out to me because it has more layers, and deals with more shades of gray more wholeheartedly than other books I came across. It's a story of biraciality in the context of transracial/cultural adoption, and therefore also a coming to terms with family concepts/finding roots story, and all of this occurs on many unexpected levels. There is also a degree of sophistication in McKinley's autoethnography which has wider, dare I say "sociological" applications. Overall an amazing "couldn't put it down" text. Really McKinley's project is personal and revolutionary and I feel privileged that she has archived her oddyssey and made it accescible.
I learned that everyone has to grapple with polymorphous family concepts, and that a better approach than trying to fit into pre-existing stencils of android families, is a self-defining one. I also got the gust of fresh wind in discussions of multiraciality I was looking (and looking, and looking...) for.(less)
The best Latin American history book on earth! "The most heartening response came not from the book pages in the press but from real incidents in the...moreThe best Latin American history book on earth! "The most heartening response came not from the book pages in the press but from real incidents in the streets. The girl who was quietly reading Open Veins to her companion in a bus in Bogotá, and finally stood up and read it aloud to all the passengers. The woman who fled from Santiago in the days of the Chilean bloodbath with this book wrapped inside her baby’s diapers. The student who went from one bookstore to another for a week in Buenos Aires’s Calle Corrientes, reading bits of it in each store because he hadn’t the money to buy it. And the most favorable reviews came not from any prestigious critic but from the military dictatorships that praised the book by banning it." (Afterword by Eduardo Galeano) (less)