Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Gender · Performance & Arts · Political · Whiteness & racism

arts & spirits of cloth

Black Style by Carol Tulloch My rating: 5 of 5 stars I ordered this online and I wasn’t expecting the content to be so great (fashion books can be so much marshmallow). My only complaint is that it’s such a slim volume, though its lack of heft did make it easier to read in bed… Continue reading arts & spirits of cloth

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A really important book

No Place to Call Home: Gypsies, Travellers, and the Road Beyond Dale Farm by Katharine Quarmby My rating: 4 of 5 stars Quarmby discusses the history of GRT* persecution drawing heavily on the work of Romani academic Ian Hancock and other historians. British legal history includes waves of hostility towards ‘vagrants’ and ‘itinerants’ and Gypsies… Continue reading A really important book

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Dreaming from a dark place

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a compulsive page-turner for me. Compared with at least one contemporary USian perspective, say, that of the low waged service worker, Lauren lives in one version of utopia: a close-knit community, like a village, shaped by an ethics of… Continue reading Dreaming from a dark place

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Short Strong Stalks

The Granta Book of the African Short Story by Helon Habila My rating: 4 of 5 stars Helon Habila has done a damn fine job of selecting a diverse and striking stories for this in my opinion, but he has made one editorial decision that didn’t suit me: putting the pieces in reverse chronological order.… Continue reading Short Strong Stalks

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Writing Back Historically

From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra My rating: 4 of 5 stars Mishra’s approach here can’t be faulted; it would be preposterous to offer the sweeping statements and crisp conclusions of the sixth chaper Asia Remade without carefully laying the foundations in the previous five, painstakingly excavating the neglected work and histories of… Continue reading Writing Back Historically

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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