Saeed Jones is an American poet whose debut collection Prelude to Bruise was named a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Jones is also executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed.
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Ties That Bind by Sarah Schulman explores the concept of "familial homophobia," a cultural crisis that has not had a name until now. Schulman draws on her personal experience, research, and social engagement to offer a practical and attainable vision of transformation. This groundbreaking work is an essential addition to our understanding of homophobia and is a must-read for anyone seeking to learn more about this important issue.
I highly recommend reading the book “Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences” by @sarahschulman3. She examines familial homophobia as a “cultural crisis, rather than a personal or an individual problem.” – source
This cultural analysis offers an unexpected compassion towards Michael Jackson's life and the notorious trial that surrounded him. Margo Jefferson brings her sharp intellect and incomparable insight to shed light on the media circus that drew us in. Jefferson reads between the lines of Jackson's autobiography and published accounts of his childhood, leaving us with thought-provoking questions about child stardom and fame.
I’m reading an EXCELLENT book right now. Can’t recommend it enough for people interested in first-rate cultural criticism. ON MICHAEL JACKSON by Margo Jefferson. – source
This comprehensive political history chronicles the groundbreaking activism of ACT UP and American AIDS activism. This unlikely coalition of activists from all backgrounds changed the world in just six years with their multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. Let the Record Show, based on over two hundred interviews with ACT UP members, offers a revelatory exploration of the coalition's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate impact on society. A must-read for today's activists.
The way I feel about Sarah Schulman’s book LET THE RECORD SHOW mirrors how I felt the first time I read THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS by Isabel Wilkerson: deeply grateful for the author’s work, stunned at the pervasive erasure we endure AND desperate to put a copy in everyone’s hands. – source
Also recommended byRabih Alameddine
Discover a thrilling tale of a man's journey to start a new life with his loved one after being locked away for three years. But tragedy strikes, forcing him to accept a job from an enigmatic man named Mr. Wednesday. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of an epic war for the soul of America. Don't miss out on this suspenseful and captivating read.
@wordes Oh, I loved the book. – source
Also recommended byTim Ferriss
This remarkable book delves into the little-known history of the mass migration of black citizens in search of a better life, who fled the South for northern and western cities from 1915 to 1970. Through the stories of three unforgettable individuals, author Isabel Wilkerson brings this epic journey to life, painting a vivid picture of how it changed America forever. With stunning historical detail and access to new data and official records, The Warmth of Other Suns is a definitive account of a crucial period in American history.
I don’t trust people who haven’t read THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS. It’s one of the most important and excellent books written in the last century: – source
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Explore the depths of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia in this captivating collection of poems. The author masterfully weaves each theme into his words, showcasing the power of breath and cadence to calm even the strongest hunger. This is a must-read for anyone searching for a poetic journey through the human experience.
People often ask me for book recommendations. Here’s one: NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong. – source
Also recommended byTim Ferriss
Experience a post-apocalyptic world where a devastating flu pandemic has destroyed civilization as we know it. Follow Kirsten Raymonde, a member of The Traveling Symphony - a small troupe of actors and musicians dedicated to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they come across a violent prophet threatening their existence, they must fight for survival. With a unique timeline that jumps between life before and after the pandemic, uncover the twist of fate that connects them all in this National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist.
Someone asked for book recommendations and, without knowing it, @IsaacFitzgerald and I both said STATION ELEVEN by @EmilyMandel! – source
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