i'm in listening mode...

what i'm reading and watching right now

A tricky thing happens when you commit to a regular newsletter. You often feel torn between the commitment you’ve made to publish each week—and the conflicting need to spend long periods of time in “listening” mode.

I could write a long post about “listening mode,” but it would sort of defeat the purpose, no?

Instead, I’ll share what I’ve been reading and watching this month. One of my artistic goals for the year is to continue to take a deeply critical look at my own whiteness, gender, and privilege, and my list of recommended reading and viewing definitely reflects that.

It’s also just a list of damn good writers and thinkers.

Essays and criticism

Pendeja, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature by Myriam Gurba

Book Publishing's New Brownface Problem by Porochista Khakpour

The Call is Coming From Inside the Becky by Sarah Elaine Smith

Dear White Women, by Martin Mandela Morrow

As a 28-year-old Latino, I’m shocked my new novel, Memoirs of a Middle-Aged White Lady, has been so poorly received by Carlos Greaves


The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum

Film and video

Canceling by ContraPoints

Maintaining Cultural Distinction in Spirituality by New Old Traditions

The (literal) cost of not believing survivors by Wagatwe Wanjuki



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