Silent Sunday, 23 January 2022

Thanks to Jez for the Silent Sunday Challenge!

The prompt is to find a picture that needs no words, right? Or one that encapsulates the theme of “silence”? Here’s one from her archives. Self (in the red coat) was looking at the other woman on the bank. Turned out she was Filipina, too. Self just had a feeling.

On the Prague River, May 2019

Tour, Monticello

The decision to use “human” as the primary descriptor rather than “slave” was a small yet intentional move. He desvribed the games the children played on warm Sunday afternoons (the only day of the week they did not have to work), the songs enslaved workers sang late into the evenings, the celebrations they took part in when someone was married. What reverberated throughout was the humanity of the enslaved people — their unceasing desire to live a full life, one that would not be defined simply by their forced labor.

How the Word Is Passed, p. 13

January Reads: A Comparison of Now and Then

2022

  • My Heart: A Novel, by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the verse translation by Simon Armitage
  • All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, by Rebecca Donner
  • Castle Shade, #17 in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, by Laurie R. King
  • How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning of the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith

2021:

  • Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran, by Sharnush Parsipur
  • The Relentless Moon, #3 in the Lady Astronaut Series, by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, by Reed Hastings with Erin Meyer
  • High as the Waters Rise, by Anja Kampmann, translated from the German by Anne Posten

How the Word Is Passed: Prologue

There are six words in the title of this post: She can link to the Six-Word Saturday Challenge, hosted by Travel with Intent. YAY!

After years of Black people being killed by police and having their deaths broadcast in videos streamed across the world, after a white supremacist went into a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine people as they prayed, after neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protect a Confederate statue and reclaim a history born of a lie, after George Floyd was killed by a police officer’s knee on his neck, cities across the country have begun to more fully reckon with the history that made such moments possible — a history that many had previously been unwilling to acknowledge.

How the Word Is Passed, pp. 4 -5

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