#RecentReads: THE DARK FANTASTIC

“An emancipatory Black fantastic requires interrupting the dark fantastic cycle in order to create new paradigms. It requires mentoring diverse talent, actively acquiring new stories, and then moving toward culturally sustaining visions of editorship, marketing, reviewing, librarianship, book retailing, and literacy education. It requires publishing, Hollywood, education, libraries, and merchandising to acknowledge the ways that they have been complicit in reproducing the known world for every generation in the stories that we tell our children, teens, and young adults.But, ultimately, emancipating the dark fantastic requires decolonizing our fantasies and our dreams.” I think this quote perfectly summarizes what the problem is—and how to solve it. Or, at least, how to start trying to solve it. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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A DEEPLY DISCIPLINED HALF-ASS

Let’s talk about creativity! More specifically, the book that kind of changed my whole perspective on it. This book itself is magic. It takes many of the ideas long associated with creativity and making art and offers a new way of seeing them — a lighter, more pleasurable, achievable way. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

How is it already July? Anyway, we’ve reached the halfway point of 2019! It’s time to pause and take a look at how it’s been so far and what we expect to achieve before it ends. Not in life, though, no — I’m only talking about books. You might have bumped into this tag already but, if you haven’t, here’s the deal: it consists of 15 questions about your reading year, how it was so far and your expectations for the next six months. Since there’s nothing I like to talk about more than books, here are my answers: Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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