@Jazmine Hughes whenever i get in a stupid facebook argument about whether the american justice system/america is racist, i inevitably just end up posting the amazon link to the new jim crow. ugh if only everyone would read it though!!!
you ONLY read nonfiction?! noooo!!! ta-nehisi coates is not a woman but i'm reading his memoir right now and it is so.fucking.good. the empathy exams is certainly a good rec. the self unstable by elisa gabbert & spectacle by susan steinberg are in a similar vein although maybe slightly fiction-y. i'm sure you've read the new jim crow which is probably my most-recommended text for obvious reasons. i also just read solnit's the faraway nearby and it was lovely.
BUT THANK YOU for reading lists! they're the best part of this time of year!!! adding all to my goodreads as we speak.
oh also, i started white teeth but never finished it ugh i'm a monster.
this was wonderful. except maybe number 4 but also i'm a curmudgeon.
@shalalas exactly! i understand the difference between author and character but sheesh, when every woman in your story is first defined by her body and later brutalized, it's quite the pattern.
@Jazmine Hughes well it is like my life's work to read books SO IN MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION, *walks behind podium* but yes i actually agree. it's good, i think, but i think its hype made me expect more. it always irritates me when people try to pull of DFW-esque footnotes and they invariably can't use them as deftly and it just becomes a real nuisance. also, every woman in the book has been gruesomely raped/beaten/both, which, i'm always just like "ugh, cmon."
i'm in! right after i finish the brief wondrous life of oscar wao, which everyone should tell me their thoughts on also.
i thought this was just going to be makeup artist weird storytime and i was 100% fine with that. but also thanks for the link!
i was real proud of blaz for speaking up on this. that gawker article was fucking astounding. jesus christ. the number of murders claimed as absolutely impossible "suicides," the number of cops found guilty then given mistrials and acquitted. horrific.
i posted it on facebook and got some latent idiot on the "this should be about police brutality, not race" track. it's hard to keep trying to educate people but i gotta believe it's worth it to talk it out. just, ugh.
thanks for posting this. oof.
@AmandaElsewhere ME TOO