“the library has this already? isn’t it brand new?”
oh yes, boyfriend to the nation-the library is fantastic. not only is it already in circulation, but i joined the queue (i guess i sound like a brit because we’re part of their commonwealth, and not because of football) before it was officially released. this was also the case for rza‘s book, btw. i literally laughed out loud many times, and loved the way that collaboration was utilized and acknowledged, all the way to the footnotes. also, i also have fond memories of boozing with my daddy-specifically the shot of beer he’d give me every night for dinner to counteract the daily cup of coffee that my mother and grandmother let me have at the grocery store. neither of them knew about the upper/downer that they were feeding their four-year-old, but such is the reality of immigrant parents that couldn’t afford to live separately during their divorce.
there are some truths that are true even if people believe otherwise. but sometimes it’s our job to say things in another way, in a funny way, in order to make the point more palatable. i witnessed a great lecture by angela davis about the missed opportunity of making police brutality a public issue in the aftermath of the henry louis gates jr. fiasco, but here is mister thurston‘s amazing way:
“Undoubtedly, incidents of a racial nature will occur on your watch, and you will be tempted and expected to comment on them. Avoid this instinct. Remain silent on the most intense racial issues. Occasionally, you can comment, but do so in a more symbolic fashion, perhaps by inviting the aggrieved parties to your home for a beverage, awkward conversation, and photo ops.” (195)