• Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

    Killers of the Flower Moon is a strange read. I walked into it hoping to learn about a time and incident in history I knew nothing about. I hoped to learn about the Osage Nation,…

  • Moses Sumney’s Aromanticism

    A wonderfully talented friend of mine told me about Moses Sumney over tea a few days ago. I’m not sure what rock I’ve been under, but I’ve clearly been hibernating because I…

  • Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things

    I learned of the book Small Great Things from a black woman perusing a local Barnes & Noble a couple of years ago. She was holding it, planning to buy it because of the good…

  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

    I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background. ~ Zora Neale Hurston from How it Feels to Be Colored Me (1928) Nashville has changed me. In this space…

    Pay Attention

    Paying attention often requires some sort of empathy for the subject, or at the very least, for the speaker. But empathy, these days, is hard to…