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WomanistBibliophile

WomanistBibliophile

Joined March 2018

Reading towards Healing 🦋 📚73/60 • the Free Black Women‘s Library Reading challenge 23/26
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Can we imagine reconstructing our lives around a commoning of our relations with others, including animals, waters, plants, and mountains? This is the horizon that the discourse & the politics of the commons opens for us today, not the promise of an impossible return to the past but the possibility of recovering the power of collectively deciding our fate on this earth. This is what I call re-enchanting the world.

#forthemanynotthefew

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Hills of Hebron | Sylvia Wynter
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Because I couldn‘t get a hold of We Need to Learn to Sit Together and Talk a Little Culture (what a title), I picked up a copy of Sylvia Wynter‘s novel, The Hills of Hebron. I‘ve been hesitant to start reading it beyond this introduction (pictured)—it seems it might be heavy, given the subject matter, and I‘m feeling fragile and gravitating more towards light-hearted fiction atm.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Some more of the 36 books I‘ve read this year by Black women authors for #thefreeblackwomenslibrary reading challenge! I‘m already looking forward to next year‘s challenge. If you‘re not familiar with this project I highly recommend checking it out. The original chapter of the library is in NYC and there are now chapters in LA, Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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Angela Davis--an Autobiography | Angela Yvonne Davis
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It‘s nearly the end of another year of The Free Black Women‘s Library reading challenge and I‘ve been reflecting on another wonderful year of reading Black Women‘s writing. This experience (my third) has again introduced me to some wonderful, uplifting, heart-rending books in genres from afrofuturism to romance to memoir and on. Gratitude to these inspiring authors and to OlaRonke, the creatrix of #thefreeblackwomenslibrary 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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We Must Learn to Sit Down Together and Talk About a Little Culture
I‘ve been searching for this book for a while and it looks to be coming back into print soon. Reading this quote in a piece about Sylvia Wynter‘s work has only increased my anticipation at the prospect of finally holding a copy in my hands.
I think Sylvia Wynter may be my favourite writer I‘ve never read 💫

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1% is not just a number, it is a system, an economic system where unbridled greed and accumulation are seen as virtues to be rewarded. It effects an economic apartheid between the haves and the have-nots, which translates into an ecological apartheid between the lives and the live-nots. The rise of the 1% embodies a will to exclude, an urge to exterminate. Its inevitable consequences are ecocide and genocide.

#bernie2020 #forthemany

Chrissyreadit How is this book? 1w
WomanistBibliophile @Chrissyreadit it‘s excellent. Vandana Shiva writes with real clarity about the interlocked systems of finance, technology, and colonialism and how these are driving destruction of the earth and indigenous cultures. A very important writer! 1w
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At last, Intimacy did not require knowing where I came from. It was the unflinching revelation of myself to myself in the midst of being seen, if only to myself. This intimacy was to be so close to the core of my spirit I could taste it and touch it.

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‘After all, to a well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.‘

Re-reading this for the first time in over a decade and it‘s just as absorbing as when I first read it at ten years old. My son, on the other hand, found it too sad to finish listening to the whole thing; I‘ll try it again with him in a couple of years 🔮

What age were you when you first read Harry Potter?

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A corpse doesn‘t need you to remember it. In fact, it doesn‘t need anything any more. It‘s you who needs the corpse. Looking at the body you understand the person is gone. Looking at the body you see yourself, and no that you, too, will die. The visual is a call to self-awareness. It is the beginning of wisdom.

#readingwomen

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Children don‘t have to be trained into socialisation. Because it‘s a fundamental human drive, we naturally develop connectedness & compassion if our own basic needs are respected. Socialisation is the apex of the pyramid. The base is formed by secure attachment & autonomy. We often make the mistake of putting “good behaviour” ahead of attachment and individuation. This may result in compliance, but not in internal, organic growth of true morality.

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Reading the first few pages of this book and it‘s already so wonderful it‘s looking like one of my favourite reads of the year. Such vital recognition that the Earth‘s resources are both abundant and finite, that continual growth is unsustainable and veneration of nature, not money or high technology, is the only way to alter our path and save our species.

Nute Yes! for the passage that is pictured in your post and YES! for your assessment. Speak truth! Stay woke!🙌🏽 Stacking! 3w
WomanistBibliophile @Nute 💚✊🏽 3w
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I remember those runaway nights and the prayed away days...
Love‘s concern tho

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To be Two | Luce Irigaray
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"To be two means to help each other to be, to discover and cultivate happiness, to take care of the difference between us, not merely because of its role in generation, because it represents the means of humanity's production and reproduction, but in order to achieve happiness and make it blossom."
To Be Two by Luce Irigaray

#feministreading #womenintranslation

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How the World Works | Noam Chomsky
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‘Speaking truth to power makes no sense. There‘s no point in speaking the truth to Kissinger—he knows it already. Instead, speak truth to the powerless—or, better, with the powerless. Then they‘ll act to dismantle illegitimate power.‘

Why I read. Chomsky articulates something so simple, yet paradigm shifting. Truth to power is one of those phrases we take for granted, it takes bravery but is ineffective. We need to reorient our speech.

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A brief interlude to my book buying moratorium. These were too enticing to pass up; ecofeminism and Marxism are the two epistemologies needed to resolve the cataclysms of our time. Now no more new books until the Verso New Year sale...

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An excellent feminist and left-wing critique of prostitution and pornography. The contributions from feminist activists and survivors accurately and decisively uncover the brutality, racism and misogyny inherent to the sexualised objectification and torture of women in prostitution and pornography. This book is essential reading for anyone who believes these capitalist industries are empowering for women and girls.

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On “efforts to mobilise against the prostituting and trafficking of women for sexual and other abusive purposes. This is sometimes cast as solely a gender problem—yet there are hierarchies among women in the US & all over the world that contribute to a woman being prostituted or trafficked. Ethnically & socially marginal women have fewer economic options & are more vulnerable to traffickers.”
Kimberlé Crenshaw
#feministreading

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Current library books:
A reread of Matilda, a childhood favourite of mine, reading this time to my kid; it didn‘t live up to my memories of it.
Scattered Minds is the only one of Gabor Maté‘s books I‘ve not yet read, anticipating this to be eye opening.
Rereading Harry Potter with my son, so far it‘s every bit as magical as I remember.
Some more Noam Chomsky to further my understanding of the US empire and its manifold crimes, How the World Works.

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When God was a Woman | Merlin Stone
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This book was foundational to my understanding of society. That once women‘s sacredness was honoured, reflected in the worship of goddesses has become an obscured knowledge. Where once cultures venerated women as the source & givers of life, today‘s culture views women‘s bodies as flawed objects, dresses up sexual degradation as “female empowerment”. Until we reconnect the female body with divinity domination culture will continue its destruction.

readingjedi Well, Merlin Stone is just the coolest name I've seen today! 1mo
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‘Each moment you live deeply is a love story.‘
Sister Ngiem
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#dharma

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What I‘ve loved about Mary Daly‘s philosophy the way she understands Memory, how western society is premised on forgetting, forgetting that things ever were other than they now are. Once we lived in relation with our ancestors (Memory), and in relation with our forebears (Vision). Western civilisation forecloses these relations through forced forgetting, and it sets up a culture of coercion that is at odds with our deep need for tender intimacy

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‘I don‘t find any basic contradiction or any tension between being a feminist, being a pan-Africanist, being a Black nationalist, being an internationalist, being a socialist, and being a woman.‘
Toni Morrison

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Andrea Dworkin

#feministreading

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Life and Death | Andrea Dworkin
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Remembrance of our foresisters.

#feministreading

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Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible | Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinen
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Clear links have been established between racism and depression. Two uk-based studies released in 2001 revealed that [people of colour] living in majority-white areas in London were twice as likely to suffer from psychosis as their counterparts in diverse communities. Another uk study found that [people of colour] were more likely to attempt suicide if they lived in areas lacking.

Yomi Adegoke, Black Girls Don‘t Cry

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They will always be
more beautiful
than you
the people you are killing.
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You imagine if you destroy them

we will forget

how tall they stood

how level
their gaze
how straight their backs.
How even the littlest ones
stood their little ground.

Alice Walker, They Will Always Be More Beautiful Than You
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This poem reminds me of Marielle Franco, and of Berta Cáceres, women whose beauty is so much greater than the imperialists who murdered them.

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The therapist might connect the client to forms of resistance that might not be valued, acknowledged or noticed by them or those around them. The conversation might also highlight “non-actions” (such as thoughts and feelings) that are actually actions in the service of resistance. Thus the client comes to see that what they did and did not do in response to abuse and/or oppression was in fact meaningful rather than meaningless.

#selfcare

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Currently checked out from the library:
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker
Slay in Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Acevedo (quite enjoying this so far, although I‘m clearly older than the intended reader!)
Mindfulness as Medicine by Sister Dang Nghiem

#lovelibraries

SW-T Nice stack! Happy reading 😊 2mo
WomanistBibliophile @SW-T thank you! 😊 2mo
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ain‘t no apologies keeping us alive

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#blackwomanbibliophile readings for the Free Black Women‘s Library challenge

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We are a species with amnesia. ... But messages still reach us from the deep and distant past in the words of the Sages, in the deeds of the magicians, and in the mighty memorials that they left behind to awaken us at the time of the Great Return.

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Tempest | Beverly Jenkins
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Not-so-guilty pleasures... felt like I‘ve been needing a break for a while now (ummm, years now) so took a day off work for a weekend away in the city and brought this with me for some light reading 💗 #joy

Nute Take care, Cara! There is nothing wrong about realizing when comfort, relaxation and peace are needed. I wish you all things GOOD this weekend!💕 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Nute thank you! 😊 It was good to get away! 3mo
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Laugh of the Medusa | Hlne Cixous
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‘Some seeds die when one wants to assimilate them, to make them one‘s own, instead of offering them a hospitable place to take root, to develop, to blossom.‘
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#feministreading #readingwomen #womenintranslation

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Since 1949, the US has passed to Israel more than $100B in grants and $10B in special loans. This is larger than the amount of money transferred by the US to North Africa, South America and the Caribbean put together. Their joint population amounts to over 1 billion people; Israel‘s population is 7 million. Over 20 years $5.5B has been given to Israel for military purchases.
Ilan Pappé

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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Neglected libraries get neglected and this cycle provides the excuse to close them. Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.
The reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. A library is a different kind of social reality

Weaponxgirl The loss of libraries around the country is a huge loss. As is losing experienced librarians in some cases so the physical building is there but the expertise that helps makes it special is lost 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, the libraries in my county are under review, the council plans to close many and turn some into volunteer run services. The local community are campaigning against it. The library ZS writes about here was sold so it doesn‘t look hopeful for others 3mo
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I don‘t feel my path as a woman conflicts with practices I‘ve done before; it is bringing forth other kinds of awareness. I realise now that spirituality is connected to a delicate, playful, spacious part of myself which closes up in regimented situations. As a fulltime mother I couldn‘t see anything ahead of me but a life full of fatigue & loneliness. I didn‘t know where to turn. I have to create this for myself & for all women.
Tsultrim Allione

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You don‘t need to forgive a person who has hurt you in order to free yourself from the pain of negative emotions. You are not a less loving or whole person if there are certain things you do not forgive, and certain people whom you choose not to see. Perhaps you are even a stronger or more courageous person if you have leftover anger, whether from one violation or countless little micro-violations, even as you move on.

Weaponxgirl This is great advice. I work with children who have sometimes been through trauma do you think there‘s stuff in here I could apply? Also sorry I‘m now spamming your comments sections, I‘ve not been on Litsy regularly recently. 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl I think so. She writes about how children instinctively know when an apology is not genuine but don‘t intellectually understand why and how this is an invalidating experience for them. It‘s a really accessibly written book and I‘ve found it helpful myself 3mo
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‘Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. Our anger may be a message that we are being hurt, that our rights are being violated, that our needs or wants are not being adequately met, or simply that something is not right. Our anger may tell us that we are not addressing important emotional issues in our lives, or that too much of our self—our beliefs, values, desires, or ambitions—is being compromised in a relationship.‘

#feministreading

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Rose, Interrupted | Patrice Lawrence
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Slowly emerging from my reading slump with these current library check outs. Looking forward to re-reading Ntozake Shange‘s Plays One and diving into Patrice Lawrence‘s latest YA novel Rose, Interrupted. The Zadie Smith is looking a bit dauntingly dense tho—have you read it? If so I‘d love to hear your impressions in the comments! 💗

#blacklitsy #diverseYA

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How bleak, unliveable, insufferable existence becomes when we are deprived of artwork. ... Certain kinds of trauma visited on peoples are so deep, so cruel, that unlike money, unlike vengeance, even unlike justice, or rights, or the goodwill of others, only writers can translate such trauma and turn sorrow into meaning, sharpening the moral imagination. A writer‘s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.

Weaponxgirl I‘ve wanted to read this one since it first came out 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl it‘s very rare for me to buy a hardback when it first comes out, but I had a book token! And my local independent bookshop had a Qa discount, so I was supporting them! Well, this is how I justified my extravagance! 3mo
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Only a few pages in and already this book is a gem 💎
Thankful to those who recommended it to me. 💎

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The meaning of our life is Life itself. As mysterious and as precious as That to which we belong.
Remember to look directly into each other‘s eyes throughout this long day. Embrace at every opportunity. Touch often.
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Intimacy requires a clear self, relentless self-focus, open communication, and a profound respect for differences. It requires the capacity to stay emotionally connected to significant others during anxious times, while taking a clear position for self, based on one‘s values, beliefs, and principles.‘

Reading towards healing 🌱

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“Imamu,” Gail said, and when he turned to look at her, she noticed the thickness of his lips. He had been hit, beaten maybe, but the bruising was covered by his dark skin. And seeing him so calm, so cool, still arrogant, then remembering the pain she had witnessed in his eyes a few hours before, she wondered about black men and how much of their pain was hidden by their blackness.

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Nina Simone ‘was not at odds with the times. The times were at odds with her. When a person moves to their own kind of clock, spirit, flow, you‘re always in congress with yourself. The challenge is, how does the congress around you accept you? How do we fit in in the world that we‘re around, but be exactly who we are? Was Nina Simone allowed to be exactly who she was? No. Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived.‘
Attallah Shabazz

Weaponxgirl Have you seen the documentary? I thought it was pretty good 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, I watched that first and preferred it to the book. I thought it didn‘t really examine how her husband‘s abuse of her clearly had a detrimental impact on her health tho 3mo
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The Challenge for Africa | Wangari Maathai
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Tsundoku, pt.2:

The Challenge for Africa
Boys Will Be Boys: breaking the link between masculinity and violence
The Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter
Marine Lover by Luce Irigaray
Rise Up Singing
The Cushion in the Road by Alice Walker

Longing for the focus to get into these! 📚
#thriftbooks #tsundoku

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Tsundoku, pt.1:

Sanctuary by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
The Swan in the Evening by Rosamund Lehman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
Talking with Children About Things that Matter
War Games by Linda Polman
Marxism: Essential Writings

Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Trying to motivate myself to get to reading more again! 📚

Weaponxgirl The immortal life of Henrietta lacks was interesting. Particularly coming from the uk, we have free healthcare where her relatives can‘t afford basic medication. Pretty heartbreaking 3mo
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SOOTHSAYER: a woman who Dares to counter the patriarchal deadly sin of deception; Courageous Truth-sayer

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Women‘s liberationists exposing the patriarchal deceits, the cultural gaslighting, will be called many woman-shaming names by a misogynist; we womanists and feminists will celebrate each woman brave enough to speak truth to power and call her SOOTHSAYER

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