More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers introduced me to "Hell You Talmbout," a magnificent piece of social activism by Janelle Monae and Wondaland Records from 2015. The song is primarily a roll call of Black Americans that have been murdered by the police and that it feels even more prescient right now than it did in [...]

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Like a lot of you, I often turn to music for escape when I'm stressed. I'm less interested in the science of why we do this than I am in the choices we make of what to listen to. Broadly speaking, classical music should offer the most stress release but—even though there are a handful [...]

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

"Tell me what democracy looks like," said a young black man. His words, amplified through a megaphone, carried across the intersection to where we stood. "This is what democracy looks like," came the response from the crowd that had flooded each of the four corners of our city's small downtown. We wore masks and stood [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. II: We Can Do Good

Shelter in Place, Pt. II: We Can Do Good

If last week's post got a little dark it's only because considering the inability of the sitting American president to adequately guide the American people through the COVID-19 pandemic—a failure to do his job resulting from the sheer force of his staggering incompetence and narcissism—is enough to send me into a depressive thought spiral that I, [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. I: COVID-19 and the Failure of American Empathy

Shelter in Place, Pt. I: COVID-19 and the Failure of American Empathy

Post-apocalyptic fiction rarely focuses on the fall. There's the initial outbreak, the surprising interaction between man and beast or man and nature that introduces some mutagenic pathogen to first one individual and then, rapidly, countless others. Then comes the smash cut to a hollowed out world of ghost towns and ragged survivors, a bombed out [...]