Books

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words, although it's clear that “they” haven't read some of the words I've read describing food in breathtaking, drool-inducing detail. The only thing nicer than reading about food in a book is reading about food whilst snacking. As a girl I'd arrive at meals with my nose in a book, and it was often taken away from me as I was forced to interact with my family...
Three months ago, a friend and I were talking about survival. We began discussing minorities who are forced into barbarous circumstances beyond their control and are expected to not only survive, but to do so in a society that neglects their well-being and doesn’t deem it necessary to provide a basic level of sustenance and support. We are both from Baltimore, and occasionally discuss issues that plague our communities and others like ours. As...
PHOTOGRAPHY Shan Wallace Representation is something that doesn’t really seem that important, until you don’t have it. Many young black kids grow up gifted at something, but it never occurs to them, or even their parents, what exactly those gifts are simply because they’ve never seen or heard of a person that looks like them use it. But, there are some people who find their way in spite of. One of those people is 30-year-old illustrator,...
For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...

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