Uncollecting Update May 2020

Well, as always, I’ll start with my numbers for the month …

Media consumed # (remaining/total)
Comics Read: 22 (230/355)
Trade Paperbacks/Graphic Novels Read: 4 (41/77)
Books Read: 7 (129/154)
Movies to Watch: 2 (60/78)
TV Shows Completed: 0 (17/17)
Podcast Episodes Remaining: 147

I probably should have written this post about a week ago, but the news had me taking a break from posting here because in light of everything, it seems very privileged and frivolous to do so. And this is something that I think a lot of people who write, podcast, or create other content on the Internet are going to struggle with. Hell, I don’t even feel comfortable writing this paragraph because I really don’t think it’s appropriate to make any of this about me in any way.

That being said, I did want to do my routine update post because the routine and upkeep of said routine is something that has been keeping me mentally healthy. Well, as mentally healthy as I can be at the moment, anyway. For routine’s sake, I’ll say that the consumption has gone down mostly because work’s been very busy and I expect June to see a lot more reading and listening getting done.

More importantly, I broke my mandate yesterday to order two books–Colson Whitehead’s Nickel Boys, and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. Whitehead’s novel won the Pulitzer Prize and I’ve seen a number of my fellow AP Lit teachers praise it; The Color of Law is a book I’ve been interested in reading because of my fascination with the history of the suburbs (and it might wind up being a good companion to The Power Broker). I ordered both of these from Books and Crannies in Martinsville, VA. It’s an independent, Black-owned bookstore, and they will ship your books to you, so if you’re looking for a book, I encourage you to check them out or use this list from lithub to order from a Black-owned bookstore near you (I chose Books and Crannies because it’s a small-town Virginia business).

And if you’re curious about what you could order, especially if you’re like me and want to continue to educate yourself about the struggles of BIPOC, here is a great set of anti-racism resources to choose from. It might be overwhelming and you might not know where to start, so my advice would be to pick something in a genre or topic that interests you. If you like reading drama, pick up or watch A Raisin in the Sun. If you’re a Harper Lee fan, check out The Hate U Give. If you like reading American history, pick one of the many books available about Black history. Then branch out from there.

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