Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2 bks


letter to jimmy by Alain Mabankou
A writer and professor weaves a letter to James Baldwin with biographical details and explores his own relationship to Baldwin's work.
This book is a strong biography but I felt Mabankcou could have delved  more into his own feelings on the author. He does this occasionally and effectively but I would have loved more insight. Nonetheless, I think this is a useful and engaging look at race in America through the narrower lens of Baldwin's life and career.





























the ongoing moment by Geoff Dyer
An author, fairly inexperienced with photography, describes types of photographs organized by subject matter. It is mostly but not exclusively early American photography.
I liked the structure of this book and would like to read more about photography (any suggestions?) but I think Dyer's prose sometimes drifts carelessly into a self-satisfied tone which can be off- putting. 

6 comments:

  1. Cool, might check out that biography. I love when people who write biographies share details on why they chose to write a biography of that particular person and the effect they had on them :) xoxo

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  2. How did you edit those pictures?

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    1. hi there! I use the online photo editor "befunky"

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  3. Hi, love your pictures! I have a site on Weebly that I don't update very often. Do you think Blogger is a good choice for starting a personal blog? I don't want to do it on tumblr. Thanks a lot :-)

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    1. hi there! I think blogger is a good option-- its fairly personalize-able, my only qualm being that it comes with a lot of presets that are annoying to get rid of. I would recommend it but I've also heard good things about wordpress. Good luck!

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