What got me thinking in July

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, which is a shame. I love keeping everyone abreast of the things that I’ve been reading around the web, because it gives you a bit of insight into the person I am outside of my book reviewing.  I’m starting with this because July 10th was Bahamian Independence Day, meaning big celebrations in my house. However, the link isn’t about our Independence Day– instead, it’s about the travel warning that urges young male citizens to “exercise extreme caution” around American police. If nothing else, that article sets the tone for the…

Ten diverse sites you NEED to bookmark

Hey there everyone! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by The Broke and Bookish. Check out their site for more things like this! This week’s topic allows me to deviate from the norm, and give y’all a sense of what I’m doing when I’m not doing book-related things. Make no mistake: while this is a “diverse” list, each of these are phenomenal sites even without that modifier. In no particular order, here are my top 10 diverse time suckers:

Instead of reading, I watched Confirmation. It was worth it.

I’ve been a little bit slow with books this week. I’ve finished Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, but still haven’t finished The Association of Small Bombs. I was set to do so tonight, but there’s a good reason why I haven’t. Confirmation. For those unaware, Anita Hill was a law professor who accused then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in the workplace. The film, starring Kerry Washington, dissects the case from beginning to end, providing details that were unknown to many. The film is more unbiased than this post will be, humanizing Thomas while still leaving his character stoic…

What got me thinking in March

I write a lot about books, but here’s some of the other stuff I read this past month! Hopefully this will be a new monthly feature. Check it out, and let me know in the comments what got you thinking this month.

Audio Gems in ‘The New Yorker Fiction’s’ Archive

My 9-5 job gets pretty monotonous– I just can’t help it! Thank goodness for “The New Yorker: Fiction” podcast. I don’t listen to it as a podcast, instead opting to go on the website and scour the cities for familiar authors and titles. Here, acclaimed authors read portions of other authors work before discussing the story with host Deborah Treisman. It’s simple, but yet oh so perfect. Authors are reading short stories and/or excerpts, making it a great fit for people looking for something to keep them awake while they’re…uploading several thousand documents to an internal database, for example. Interested? I knew you would…