Recently, when a neighbor’s son started medical school, he told me he would have to learn 15,000 new words in the next four years. What I found most interesting was that as a college graduate, his vocabulary already consisted of approximately 15,000 words. Although I don’t have a precise number of new terms, skills or […]
So, my hubby and harshest writing critic, who mostly reads non-fiction, condescended to finally start reading my new novel, Afterlife in Harlem. He called me from work to say, “You left this morning before I could tell you that your prologue is really good, especially the dialogue. I’m surprised that it held my interest; a […]
Though they lived hundreds of years apart, Bill Clinton and Alexander Hamilton, two white men, were important pioneers in the Harlem community.
“Covering, The Assault on Our Civil Rights” is a compact and meticulously researched book by Kenji Yoshino, a gay Japanese law professor. It is both a memoir about the demons Yoshino wrestled before coming out and a report, with legal overtones, on what life is like for all stripes of gay people in America. […]
Notes From No Man’s Land, by Eula Biss ‘Time and Distance Overcome,’ the first essay traces the invention of the telephone and use of telephone poles to explore America’s history of racism. It’s an interesting, unusual and provocative way to approach the issue. Eula Biss successfully uses her odd ball juxtapositions in many essays, which […]