“I felt myself being dragged by the feet across the pavement. My chest was on fire. My blouse was purple with blood. I was convinced that my arm had been shot off and was hanging inside my shirt by a few strips of flesh. I could not feel it.”
“In 2017, people ask if racism is over, and why African Americans can’t “get over” slavery. In 1979, Octavia Butler knew that historical link was strong and doesn’t let go.”
“I am self-conscious beyond measure.”–Roxane Gay
Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston can be a hilarious read at times, all while giving insight into 1930s Floridian black communities in the swamps. Yet, this collection can struggle because it ultimately doesn’t know how to be what it wants to be.
Hurston was wired by Lippincott stating they wanted to publisher her book. She explains her reaction: “I never expect to have a greater thrill than that wire gave me. You know the feeling when you found your first pubic hair? Greater than that.”
The most intense part of Coming of Age in Mississippi is the anticipation.
Overall, the writing is superb and the story has many interesting moments, but the focus on Sula and Nel takes away from much of the rich places Morrison could have gone.
Both versions of Hidden Figures have value, but the audience for each is not the same.
Evans’s prose has depth and variety…
I feel so blessed (okay, sometimes cursed, but mostly blessed) …