Juno Diaz reaction to a list of recommended books for people between 20 and 30:
Despite having one of my books on this list this thing seems to have been randomly generated. Where is Hong-Kingston’s The Woman Warrior? Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony? Jessica Hagedorn Dogeaters? Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren? Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian? Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things? Edwidge Danticat’s everything? Octavia Butler Kindred or Dawn? Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets? Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider? Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek? Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy? Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man? Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children? Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son? Haruki Murakami’s everything?? Los Brothers Hernandez’s Poison River and The Death of Speedy? García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera? Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine? Gish Jen’s Typical American? Dictee? This Bridge Called My Back? I could go on but its time to go find some grub …
Woody Herman was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country’s most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led “Thundering Herds” that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. For his 100th birthday, here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.