Reads & Reviews

I recently rekindled my love of reading, so here follows some short form on: Books, essays, articles, etc. Sometimes movies and music.

Currently Reading

October 2020

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
First Hemingway book (and I believe his most famous?). It wasn't anyhere close the most amazing book I've read, but it was good and I enjoyed the read. It felt poignant and contemplative.

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
My first Barthes book and I'm hooked — It did not disappoint. Parts of it felt, in a good way, like it could only be read fast. Barthes certainly has a style and it really works for me. It's at times a very personal — and relatable — analysis of photographs with regards to his late mother, and I loved his definitions of various aspect of photography as a guideline throughout the book. I need more Barthes, clearly!

September 2020

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
What an absolutely amazing read. James Baldwin is immediate, analytical, empathic, empowering, and smart. A very insightful, current, and important book.

August 2020

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Famed as one of the most legendary and foundational pieces of Cyberpunk. I found it, initially, difficult to read, but about a third of the way through, it clicked. Gibson's wonderful and amazing style isn't just that. It's a world building device. Yes, while beautifully written, it's difficult to follow, but it also makes the world more unique, more developed, and lived in. You'll either love or hate Gibson's style. Personally, I loved it. Neuromancer lived up to the hype!

The Tradition by Jericho Brown
Awesome collection — Loved the middle part the best followed closely by the last part. My favorite poems were "The Legend of Big and Fine", "Token", and "Duplex: Cento". Jericho's work on the duplex really shines through and is masterful.

River Hymns by Tyree Daye
Wow wow wow! This is the best collection I've read in a long while. So melodic, transportive and emotional. Tyree is a master.

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
Angela Davis is amazing!! This book was such a good read and I learned so much. Her writing is engaging, on point, and stirring. Highly recommended!

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib
Loved this collection — I think my favorite poem of the collection is "Watching a fight at the New Haven dog park, first two dogs and then their owners". I can't wait to read more by Hanif.

Essayism by Brian Dillon
I can't express how much I love this book. A love letter to the essay saturated with style, passion, personality and personal struggles. It was relatable on many levels. I'll re-read this many times.