May Day! — 60 year old white woman tries to grasp hip hop aesthetics #coloringbooksproject

  Dear Friends – Ok, this is embarrassing. I tried a couple of months ago to start educating myself about hip hop, and I got all kinds of good suggestions from friends and acquaintances as to what artists to listen to. While collecting those suggestions I looked up hip hop on Wikipedia to try to … Continue reading May Day! — 60 year old white woman tries to grasp hip hop aesthetics #coloringbooksproject

Allen’s Travels: comic questioning in Top Five — coloring books project 2015

Dear friends – I’ve been busy launching my debut novel, and haven’t had a lot of time to blog. But I have been thinking a lot about comedy, and how crucial a form it can be to do cultural work and to ask important, uncomfortable questions. I used to love the 1942 film Sullivan’s Travels-- … Continue reading Allen’s Travels: comic questioning in Top Five — coloring books project 2015

The coloring books project goes to AWP15: some (amazing) sample panels

Friends -- I've received some wonderful, thought-provoking and thought-ful responses to my previous blog post "When jews aren't white." Thanks to these comments, I'm reading Albert Memmi's novel about being a Jewish person of color in Tunis right now. I hope to blog more about this topic soon. But for now, I'd like to share … Continue reading The coloring books project goes to AWP15: some (amazing) sample panels

black masculinity, football, sex, and history: coloring books 2015, 03/10/15

Dear friends – We all know that a good book can take you out of yourself when times are hard. But a truly compelling story can do more than make you forget your troubles; it can lift your spirits and challenge your ethics, your politics, and your awareness of history. A novel that tells an … Continue reading black masculinity, football, sex, and history: coloring books 2015, 03/10/15

Coloring Books Progress Report — Rediscovering the 18th Century with Belle

Imagination! who can sing thy force? Or who describe the swiftness of thy course? Soaring through air to find the bright abode, Th' empyreal palace of the thund'ring God, We on thy pinions can surpass the wind, And leave the rolling universe behind: From star to star the mental optics rove, Measure the skies, and … Continue reading Coloring Books Progress Report — Rediscovering the 18th Century with Belle

coloring books project — 01/05/15 — no more whitewashing

Friends -- today on Facebook I saw some terrible news. There is going to be a live-action remake of the Japanese manga-turned film Ghost in the Shell. And there will be no Asian actors in it. The lead role is going to be played by Scarlett Johanson. Alot of readers complained when Jennifer Lawrence got … Continue reading coloring books project — 01/05/15 — no more whitewashing

Story Time Sunday special edition, 12/28/14 – my favorite feminist fictions of 2014

Friends – I just finished reading Dana Johnson’s novel Elsewhere, California. You have to read it. It’s generous, funny, sad, and heroic. If you are a writer who wants to write about race and class, you need to read this book. If you are a writer who wants to write about women artists, you need … Continue reading Story Time Sunday special edition, 12/28/14 – my favorite feminist fictions of 2014

Story Time Sunday, December 21st, 2014 — The Time of Our Lives

  Last night I arrived early at the annual Solstice party hosted by two of my favorite people, Marie and Joscelyne. Their younger son, Jasper, was serving as lookout at the front door and announcing when guests arrived and an adult would need to come open the door. I was standing by the bar (surprise), … Continue reading Story Time Sunday, December 21st, 2014 — The Time of Our Lives