These first two weeks of January has required some HEAVY ESCAPISM:
- Lorrain Hansberry was an intellectual-badass and radical;
- How many big dreams can you fit in a Chicago kitchenette-apartment?;
- Highly recommended day-trip to supernaturally-integrated Cairo c.1912
Imani Perry wrote a thorough, and evocative biography on the brief life and ambitious work of Lorraine Hansberry. There’s so much I didn’t know about her – her activism especially has sent me down a rabbit hole and has only engorged my TBR list.
I’ve been using this PBS documentary video (not official, link here) as reference material for ink sketches. These I plan to put together into a zine eventually.
I got the audio-recording of the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. Compared to audiobooks, there’s something about the “radio-play” format that’s more… I’m not sure what exactly, but it’s a different type of imagination required as an audience.
The insinuation that if the Younger’s moved across the color-line they’d inevitably be engaging in white mob violence, jarred me back to current events through sheer irony. How surreal to get to see a white mob attempt a coup on their own Capitol. Most tragic is that they weren’t expecting repercussions for their actions.
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (P. Djèlí Clark) blasted past all expectations! HIGHLY ENTERTAINING ADVENTURE! It was so satisfying to read a well constructed, efficiently told story! Basically a combination of police procedural, alt-history, and sci-fi.
I’m still marvelling at how he pulled all that adventure (not to mention the worldbuilding! *swoon*) in under 100 pages. Master class on word economy here!
And that’s it for this week – I’ll be back with another post next week! Sign up below if you’d rather get an email summary of 3 drawings each week.