Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Whiteness & racism

The Elegant Literature of Outrage

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass My rating: 5 of 5 stars Houston A Baker Jr introduces Douglass’ narrative by positioning it within a rich tradition in two senses. Firstly, many former slaves published accounts of their experiences – a fact that I was not aware of and… Continue reading The Elegant Literature of Outrage

Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Political · Whiteness & racism

Not your images, not your words

One Day I Will Write about This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the memoir of a book addict, and Wainaina’s savour for language glows from the first. His descriptions dance, they sing, they jump, syncopated, a lively, twisting flow like swift water, throwing rainbows of unexpected images into… Continue reading Not your images, not your words

Books · Colonisation · General philosophising · Performance & Arts · Political

New York disembodied

New York Vertical Portable Format Edition by Horst Hamann My rating: 3 of 5 stars The premise of this book is that New York is markedly vertical and thus is interestingly captured when a vertical perspective is adopted. As is customary in photography books there is nothing much written. The preface mentions a few topics… Continue reading New York disembodied

Books · Colonisation · Education · Political · Whiteness & racism

Here’s something you didn’t learn in school…

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin My rating: 5 of 5 stars These days everyone’s worried about the economy! The economy is the biggest issue for voters! Won’t somebody puh-leeeeeese think of the economy? I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember anyone… Continue reading Here’s something you didn’t learn in school…