I shifted my face back into my own, raising a hand to my lips as Azriel knelt before her. I kept up my litany of praying, beseeching the Cauldron to make my womb fruitful, on and on— Azriel gently removed the gag from her mouth. “Are you hurt?” She shook her head, devouring the sight of him as if not quite believing it. “You came for me.” The shadowsinger only inclined his head.
A collection for Mother’s Day of photographs by the great Diane Arbus, born May 14, 1923. “I mean, it’s very subtle and a little embarrassing to me, but I really
believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed
Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you’re working. Tell them it’s research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.
Photo: Ishmael Reed in 2015. (Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
Happy 79th birthday to author, poet and activist Ishmael Reed! Reed is known for his satire and political and social commentary. His 1976 novel
Flight to Canada tells the story of three slaves on the run, and his 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo was a National Book Award finalist. Check him out, you guys!
“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to
grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after
– Douglas Adams, born March 11, 1952. (The universe misses you.)
continues Maya Angelou’s personal story,
begun so unforgettably in I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings…Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given
birth to a son. But the next few years are difficult ones as she tries to find
a place in the world for herself and her child.
in this third self-contained volume of
her autobiography…Maya Angelou moves into the adult world. Maya struggles to
support herself and her son through a series of odd jobs and weathers a failed
marriage to a white man before landing a gig singing in one of the most popular
nightclubs on the San Francisco coast.
Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move
to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and
writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in
the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world
in 1962 the poet, musician, and performer
Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining
a community of “Revolutionist Returnees” inspired by the promise of
pan-Africanism…lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to
be an African American on the mother continent, where color no longer matters
but where American-ness keeps asserting itself in ways both puzzling and
opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa
to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to
California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she
arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.