Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. I pondered the committee’s decision and found myself thinking about folk singer Odetta Holmes and Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Zadie Smith has a new book! Plus, a final love letter to Michelle Obama.
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Now in paperback!)
- Changing Hearts and Minds Isn’t Enough: Writers Discuss Race in America – A roundtable with Marc Lamont Hill, Emily Raboteau, and Mychal Denzel Smith”
- PRESS PLAY: Longform Podcast #217 with writer Doreen St. Félix“It feels like there are images of black utopias that are arising. And you can’t—even if you’re not as superstitious as me—you can’t possibly think that that doesn’t have to do with the decline, the final, to me, last gasp of white supremacy. It really does feel like we’re approaching that, [but] that approach might be a thousand years.”