On Keeping a (Writing) Notebook (or Three)
Randon Billings Noble on the importance of keeping a notebook: “But my writing notebooks keep me writing — through rejection, triumph, inspiration, and disenchantment…”
“In my snowglobe universe there is a dwarf that just twirls and twirls, two pairs of boots stomping in unison on dusty floorboards, and a light snow that falls on everyone’s shoulders. I am Holden Caulfield, and somehow a dirty bar became my Natural History Museum.”
Beyoncé and Beyond: On Forms of Blackness
“I don’t think we should police people’s performances of blackness.” Michelle R. Smith reflects on Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance of “Formation,” and defends the song’s complicated relation to black histories and experiences.
Wish I Were Here
Author J.D. Riso realized early on that 9-5 life wasn’t for her — and went traveling. Her evocative blog is a chronicle of wanderlust, with all its detours, dead ends, hitchhikers, kitschy roadside attractions, and unexpected destinations.