Take the Knee

I spend a lot of time on #BlackTwitter, #FeministTwitter, #LGBTQIA, #MuslimTwitter, and #SocialistTwitter learning from voices who are marginalized by the American Experiment (I spend a fair amount of time learning on #NativeTwitter as well, but I’d like to think I also offer some education in that area). This advice on how white men can…

On Sherman Alexie and Testicles

In between Sherman Alexie’s reading at Books & Books and his reading at Palmer Trinity the next day, he won the National Book Award for Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  I worked both events just to be close to him. I couldn’t speak a word to the man. Then I attended a trade…

Hard Truth About Writing: Diana Abu-Jaber Edition

On page 76 of Diana Abu-Jaber’s forthcoming memoir, Life Without a Recipe, she perfectly articulates every writer’s secret fear. Good excuses are everywhere when you’re too scared to do something.  Pick them like berries off the bushes- too hard; too late; too expensive.  Anything but admit it’s inside of yourself: you’re too scared.  I accuse…