The Known World

The Known World Edward P. Jones Why you have to read this book… Brilliant.…So utterly original that it makes most everything previously written about slavery seem outdated and pedestrian.  It belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison’s Beloved and William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner. -Atlanta Journal-Constitution One of…

The Visit

There was always the strong scent of Pine Sol that masked the stench of neglect, but this home surpassed all the intolerable places we’d visited before being sold.  Its other selling point was the open air breeze that furiously chased bad air and negativity down the long corridors and on its way.  The breeze worked…

Mirror, Mirror…

*One of the first things any image consultant will ask is: Who are you?  This is a loaded question if you consider it with the gravity it deserves.  Ideally you’ll reply with an abundance of virtues and adjectives that paint a picture of a fantastically together “you.”  Then there are folks that will be a bit more critical…

How to Clean Like a Crack Addict

This rumination on cleaning came about after my experience with a new housekeeper.  I had a three year old, a lovable, sloppy husband, and a puppy in my household all at one time.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  In stepped the cleaning woman.  We’ll call her “Rhonda” for the sake of anonymity.  After…

Slanted-Eye Malcolm X

Fresh Off the Boat Eddie Huang Read Eddie Huang’s book, to know that the title of this post is a direct quote from Huang’s dad.  He cleverly captured Eddie’s militant conviction and pugnatious attitude in this referring to him as a slanted-eye Malcom X.  Huang’s dad might have even captured a bit of Eddie’s mayhem, like dealing and petty crime, which…