(Buy this book here) One person’s game can be another’s torment. Aaron Trammell is a professor of informatics and the editor of Analog Game Studies. He puts this background to good use in this book, analyzing what play really means in a racialized context and a racist society. He pulls from theory, philosophy, cultural wisdom,Continue reading “[REVIEW] Repairing Play: A Black Phenomenology, by Aaron Trammell”
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[REVIEW] Manhunt, by Gretchen Felker-Martin
(Buy this book here.) (EDIT: I tend not to read other reviews before I write my own, and it’s come to my attention that there are a lot of trans readers and writers that have very pointed #ownnormal critiques of this book. In the interest of practicing what I preach, before you read this review,Continue reading “[REVIEW] Manhunt, by Gretchen Felker-Martin”
Last Week In Books: What is Diversity, Really?
Let’s just get right to the bookish news for this week. Thanks for reading, beautiful people. Quick reminder to check out the Equal Opportunity Bookshop, where your purchases earn commissions that keep this blog drowning in pages and paragraphs. Peace!
[Review] Honey and Spice, by Bolu Babalola
(Buy this cute book here.) This would make a really cute movie. Kiki Banjo hosts the hottest campus radio broadcast for Black students at a PWI. Malakai Korede is a transfer student and an up-and-coming filmmaker. Both of them are fit, fine, and have no time for relationships. But when professional opportunity comes knocking, theseContinue reading “[Review] Honey and Spice, by Bolu Babalola”
Last Week In Books: Oh, Bother?
Two months into the year and the drama in the book world is legion, beautiful people. I’m working on a mega-roundup of it all for next week’s LWIB, but this week, let’s focus on a few of the nicer things to read and one very weird Winnie the Pooh reboot. And that’s this week’s roundContinue reading “Last Week In Books: Oh, Bother?”
Last Week In Books: Roald Dahl, Many Migrations, and Stop Sending Me That Pedro Pascal Bookshelf Picture
Greetings, fellow readers. I spent President’s Day weekend at Boskone 60, where I spent a significant amount of time cursing both my forgetfulness and my commitment to ebooks. This is because I met both Nalo Hopkinson and Andrea Hairston(if you don’t know who they are–I have a booklist or two for you). I forgot myContinue reading “Last Week In Books: Roald Dahl, Many Migrations, and Stop Sending Me That Pedro Pascal Bookshelf Picture”
[REVIEW] How High The Moon, by Karyn Parsons
(Buy this book.) I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but my current day job is in an ESL school. Perhaps this is a bit too on-brand, but I’m always telling my students that if they want a good English vocabulary, they need to read. Our school even has a little library that IContinue reading “[REVIEW] How High The Moon, by Karyn Parsons”
[LAST WEEK IN BOOKS] Love, Immigration, and Leave Prince Harry Alone
So last week I posted a review of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare and it’s attracted a whole new spate of fellow readers. Welcome! It’s also attracted a lot of people with nothing better to do than post nasty comments about people so famous they’ll never meet either of us, and to those folks I say;Continue reading “[LAST WEEK IN BOOKS] Love, Immigration, and Leave Prince Harry Alone”
[REVIEW] Spare, by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex
(Buy this book from my shop.) I’m not much of a royal watcher, despite having lived in Britain for some years in my late twenties and early thirties. The only members of the family I’ve ever paid any attention to are the late Princess Diana and her youngest son, and I really only started payingContinue reading “[REVIEW] Spare, by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex”
[Last Year In Books] What I Read in 2022, and How I’m Reading in 2023
Finally, I’m getting around to making a post about my last year in reading, and what I hope to read in 2023. 2022 was a bear of a year for me, fellow readers. It was also a banner year, in many ways. I’ve alluded to my personal struggles on Instagram and also in this readingContinue reading “[Last Year In Books] What I Read in 2022, and How I’m Reading in 2023”