The third issue of SPOOK comes out a week from today. SPOOK is a black “literary arts mash-up” founded by Jason Parham, and the theme for this run is “home.” I’ve got a piece in there about a day I traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2008. Elsewhere in the issue there’s work from great writers like Josie Duffy, Mat Johnson, Victor LaValle, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.
If you’re interested, you can pick up a copy in New York at places like PowerHouse, BookCourt, McNally Jackson, and others. You’ll also be able to order it online here.
Black writers are all around you!
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The Believer || October 2013
Searching for Dave Chappelle ten years after he left his own show.
Fast Company || September 2013
_How Amazon upended retail and plans to cement its stronghold over the industry with the national rollout of AmazonFresh, a grocery delivery service. _
Salon wants to have a more diverse roster of contributors. You should oblige them.
The #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation about digital feminism and inclusion has made it clear that more publications need to create opportunities for feminists of color to share their perspectives. To help create some of that much-needed, inclusive space, Roxane Gay will be curating work from feminists of color (note that this does not limit gender), to be published at Salon. If you’re interested in submitting your work, e-mail email@example.com.
The Hairpin || August 16, 2013
Early this week, Mikki Kendall started the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen as a way of calling out the imbalances in feminist online media that permitted the micro-infamous Hugo Schwyzer to “target” (stalk, insult, try to erase the writing of) women of color while keeping his place on major platforms at these women’s expense…
NPR || September 9, 2013
Hayao Miyazaki recently announced his intention to stop making feature-length films. His movies taught Code Switch’s Kat Chow lessons she didn’t learn at school or from family.
NPR || August 8, 2013
After each incident, after the perfunctory opprobrium is directed at the person who initially used the word, comes the invariable call for everyone — particularly in hip-hop — to stop using the word nigger. But I always wonder, given its widespread use (and the myriad ways in which people use it): How would stamping it out even work?
Gawker || July 24, 2013
Even as a juvenile delinquent who didn’t fully understand what “responsibility” meant, I understood that when Mama said “white folks,” she meant the worst of white folks. I knew this literally because there were so many different types of white folks on television, and the only white folks I knew personally at the time—Ms. Bockman, Ms. Jacoby, Ms. Raphael, and Lori Bakutis—were complicated, caring white folks who didn’t want me dead. The truth was that you didn’t have to know white folks personally to understand what the worst of white folks nudged your family to feel and do.