Amtrak has begun offering writers residencies to, well, writers long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Author)
Adichie is such a skillful author that in the span of a few pages, she can make Nigeria seem like a home you’ve always known and, in turn, make moving to America a culture shock even to someone who has barely ever left her shores.
Americanah tells the story of two Nigerians falling in love and navigating life. But in Adichie’s skillful way, it’s about so much more and so much less— it’s about home. And nationalism. And belonging. And searching. And finding. It’s about the brutal and miraculous negotiations of opportunity.
If you’re looking for something as profound as her previous works — Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus — you’ll be sorely disappointed. Americanah is more observational and less sea-changing. But I’m so in love with Adichie’s prose, it hardly matters. She had me at kèdú.
A Race to Read and Review 52 Books in a Year
so, i decided to forego actual resolutions this year. instead, i’ve replaced mundane resolutions with skillsbuilding exercises. one of which was— reading more. and not must more for more’s sake, but more substantively. so that i remember what i read. enter, pajiba’s cannonball read contest. i signed up for a half cannonball (26 books). i’m going to be reading books and reviewing them and in the process- reading more substantively, writing more, and updating this blog every now and again. everyone wins! (except, perhaps for the internet…)
JB: One of the dangers of being a Black American is being schizophrenic, and I mean ‘schizophrenic’ in the most literal sense. To be a Black American is in some ways to be born with the desire to be white. It’s a part of the price you pay for being born here, and it affects every Black…
Asean Johnson is back and he’s voicing his displeasure to the Chicago Board of Education.“One thing I don’t get about this board is that you only give us two minutes to speak and you give these corporate businesses, what, an hour to speak?”“You are slashing our education. You are pulling me down. You are taking our education and our potential away. Let the community talk. Let the students talk. Let the parents talk. Let the teachers talk. Let them control this board. Don’t let the bank control this board … You are saying this is all about the kids. I’m a student myself and I’m pleading and begging that you help these parents and their low income. Help them out. Give them what the need. Give them these schools.”