Annus Mirabilis, or Year of Wonders

Dear Friends and Readers, Is it possible? Is our Annus Mirabilis almost over? Really? 2020 is not going to jump back and take another swipe at us, sink down with us to the bottom of the ocean, turning off our living daylights?

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‘I Hate Men’

‘We should have the right not to like men,’ says Pauline Harmange

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner’s The Tople School makes you despair a little about parenting.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF POLITICAL BLACKNESS

POST 2. History is a tale of many ‘Accidents.’ Today I’m thinking of something one can call ‘Accidental Political Blackness.’ Accidental Political Blackness is a part of my history. And a part of brown people’s history. Tomorrow is Juneteenth. On June 19th, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, TX to inform slave-owners that President Lincoln had actually freed all slaves TWO YEARS before that. The slave-owners were incensed, horrified, terrified, mortified, but compelled to obey. Still, they got those two extra years of political whiteness. ‘Accident’ of history, one might say, at least of History as written by…

Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island, a gripping literary and environmental thriller

When sea creatures are beaching and dying, species and humans are becoming refugees, forests are burning, storms are destroying, oceans are rising, crops are failing and viruses are prowling, it could be because humans are still not listening to ancestors.