Afronauts, to infinity and beyond! … More Afronauts


Kiwi Reads | A review of Chappy by Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace’s latest novel, Chappy, evokes this concept of beauty in the mundane at a masterful level, using powerful subtlety to create a world universal and relatable with sincerity and quiet depth. … More Kiwi Reads | A review of Chappy by Patricia Grace

Reading List 2015

Here are the books I read in 2015. I’ve noted regions next to the titles, in some cases to highlight the author’s origin or indicate the viewpoint from which they write; in others the location is like a character in and of itself, and shapes the narrative as much as any of the people or … More Reading List 2015

Review of Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things

People, Places, Things is a twee, matured-hipster 2000s version of the classic hapless dad movie from the 90s with a criminally underused cast of comics. Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is woe-befallen graphic novelist cum professor whose partner leaves him for an off-Broadway monologuist, a career that out-Brooklyn’s Clement’s own. He struggles to cope, co-parent his … More Review of Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things

Ta-Nehisi Coates schools, discusses race on NPR’s Fresh Air

The Case for Reparations introduced me to Ta-Nehisi Coates, and his latest interview with Terri Gross has piqued my interest in his new book, Between the World and Me. I love hearing someone breakdown concepts that have trouble articulating, especially to people who are hearing/thinking about them for the first time. One highlight of the … More Ta-Nehisi Coates schools, discusses race on NPR’s Fresh Air

Be still my Wildheart

Miguel’s latest is an operatic masterpiece with a pure California feel: trippy guitars, inventive melodies with Pet Sounds complexity, sex. “Coffee” and “NWA” “FLESH” are my current faves. Miguel here is uninhibited, sometimes wailing in Prince-like falsettos and other times emitting deep, guttural, slurred lyrics. The only strike I can give it is the album … More Be still my Wildheart

Men We Reaped

Ward’s latest is a memoir tells her life story through the deaths of four men whom she loves. Ward writes about their deaths as casualties of systemic racism which she explains in an easily digestible way, complete with statistics – presumably included for those always clamoring for proof. These southern Black men are depicted as … More Men We Reaped