Ventures Category

Gordon Parks at Jack Shainman Gallery

There are countless images of young white men joyfully swimming around naked: Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Thomas Eakins. But how many photos of black youth playing nude in the water can you name?

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15 screenwriting lessons from Bridgerton

The only reason we know the name of the Duke’s mother is because the badass that is Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) says her name before she passes. The main story of Daphne’s suitors continues as this backstory to the Duke and all he owes to Lady Danbury becomes the subplot.

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Coming Out Reading 10/9!

Tomorrow 5-6pm Coming Out Reading at Lehman College!
Come hear the sui generis Mariam Bazeed, JK Chukwu, Edgar Gomez, and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan 🙂 Zoom link in flyer.

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‘In Praise of Fragments’ by Meena Alexander

Syntax of flesh and stone and root

Anchoring us to ordinary earth.

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“On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.”

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“You can’t make a difference in the world by going to parties.”

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Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’ and The God of Illusions

Introductory talk given at Shakespeare & Co. on April 13, 2020 to Donna Tartt’s brilliant novel The Secret History ***spoilers ahead!*** A good way of introducing Donna Tartt’s debut novel is the working title, which for most of the 8 to 9 years Tartt spent writing this, was The God of Illusions. That title I […]

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In a sparse and beautiful page-long prologue, we encounter a violent act against Kayden Kelliher, a 17-year-old Geshig High School basketball star. His death, brought on by gang violence and communal depression, haunts the town in this story of violence, redemption, and self-determination.

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Sarah Viren’s “Mine”

One of the best book of narrative essays I’ve read in years.

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