Expanding the Black Canon

“She got off the train, thinking that she never felt really human until she reached Harlem and thus got away from the hostility in the eyes of the white women who started at her on the downtown streets and in the subway. Escaped from the openly appraising looks of the white men whose eyes seemedContinue reading “Expanding the Black Canon”

The Science Fiction We All Should Read

“Maybe the Dutch smiled like that when they gave trinkets to people of the Carnarsee—a band of the Lenape—and laid sole claim to what all others had shared for millenia. Probably every ethnic group he meets thinks he’s one of theirs, at least partially. It’s a subtle, manipulative bit of magic, and Bronca resents theContinue reading “The Science Fiction We All Should Read”

The Art of the Short Story

“What’s your field?” I asked. “Daisies,” he said. “I happen to be in the field of daisies.” What an answer! How often does one meet, in this black place, a man, woman, or child who can think up a pastoral reply like that? Grace Paley, “Faith in a Tree” I’ve been working on short storiesContinue reading “The Art of the Short Story”

Diary of a Fellow Writer

“I spend much of the night thinking over the whole question of running the house successfully, and tell myself–not by any means for the first time–that my abilities are very, very deficient in this direction.” -E.M. Delafield. Diary of A Provincial Lady I bought Diary of A Provincial Lady at a used bookshop in ScotlandContinue reading “Diary of a Fellow Writer”

Escaping into Austen

I had to write a few drafts of this post before I liked it. It’s too hard to concentrate on writing right now; a week ago I had a job and I lived in London, and now I’m unemployed and I’m staying with my parents in America until all of this calms down. Regardless, I’veContinue reading “Escaping into Austen”