Classic Remarks is a meme hosted at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. Founded and run by Briana and Krysta, Pages Unbound is one of my absolute favorite sites. So I always love when I can throw my two cents in on a Classic Remarks discussion. So, dear readers, let’s get the conversation rolling!
I have read a lot of articles and social media posts by black authors and activists over the last week who have said the same thing. In this moment in time, the role of white allies is to listen to and learn from black voices, to stand with the movement and march in solidarity, and, if needed, put our white privilege to a just use by placing our white bodies between the police and black bodies during peaceful demonstrations. What was stressed again and again is that this is not the time for white voices to lead, to speak out, and/or to make it “about us” – something, sadly, all too rare in American history. What is most important is for white Americans to listen and learn, to hear what our black sisters and brothers are saying and to follow their lead in the struggle against the sin of systemic racism. Continue reading
SO MANY amazing comic books vie for my attention each month but, realistically, there’s only so much money to go around…unless I forego food, electricity, my house, and all those other trivial things. So that means choices. (Ah, nothing like #FirstWorldProblems am I right?) One of my first blog posts was a look at the comics I’d decided to fill my file with once I returned to reading them regularly. I figured now, six months later, it would be an interesting topic to revisit! Continue reading
This week those crazy cats over at Goodreads have issued the following challenge to the world of Top 5 Wednesday writers – put together a list of your top five favorite first sentences. Sounds intriguing right?? It is! However, once I considered it, I realized this would end up being trickier than I thought. I am excellent at quoting films or shows I love – and even certain lines in literature. But, with the exception of a few classic lines, I don’t tend to remember the first sentence of even the books that are most beloved to me. But I didn’t let that stop me! So here you have it folks, my list of five favorite first sentences! Continue reading