READING LIST: DURGA CHEW-BOSE
Durga Chew-Bose is a Brooklyn-based writer, and a remarkable one at that. After fangirling on her work for several months (and, more recently, admiring her book-lined apartment walls via Instagram - creepy as that makes me sound), I contacted Durga to ask if she might be willing to supply a Reading List for May. Gladly, she accepted. Check her recommendations, and then read her work!
THE LAST THING I READ
Online: Adult's panel on consent.
This panel is thorough, essential, and should be read not in one sitting, but over time.
In real life: Alice Walker’s Dedication in the Zora Neale Hurston Reader: “On Refusing to Be Humbled by Second Place in a Context You Did Not Design: A Tradition by Now”.
Was feeling especially inspired after a breakfast I hosted that turned into a lunch, dinner, all-day hang. I did not want to lose that feeling, so I woke up and turned to Alice Walker and to Zora Neale Hurston, whose quote – “I love myself when I am laughing. And then again when I am looking mean and impressive.” – I’ve stuck beside my mirror in my bedroom.
THE THING I'M READING NOW
Vivian Gornick’s new memoir, The Odd Woman and the City
She is a force in my reading and writing life. I’ve committed so many of her sentences to my memory and while I am loving her memoir, I’m also reading it slowly, so as to make it last longer.
THE BOOK OR ARTICLE THAT CHANGED THE WAY I WORK
Her rigor, insight, and day-to-day thoughts, are always so striking. Diaries, more so than essays, have influenced the way I write. Much of that has to do with inching towards claiming my “I.”
THE BOOK I ALWAYS REREAD
Marguerite Duras, The Lover
The Lover has one of my all-time favorite sentences about writing, ever. “Sometimes I realize that if writing isn’t, all things, all contraries confounded, a quest for vanity and void, it’s nothing.”
THE BLOG I ALWAYS REVISIT
Arabelle’s tumblr represents that fine balance of maintaining resistance in a world that will not have us as we are, while basking in daily affirmations.
WHAT I PLAN TO READ NEXT
My friend Sarah keeps sending me pictures of paragraphs (our preferred form of communicating) and so, I’m can’t wait.
CLICK CLICK CLICK (THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD READ ONLINE RIGHT NOW)
1. Zadie Smith: Find Your Beach.
I keep this essay as an open tab on my computer all the time. When my computer crashes, sometimes the first thing I Google is this essay, even before my Gmail. A matron saint tab, so to speak.
2. Doreen St. Felix: The Prosperity Gospel of Rihanna.
Read everything Doreen writes. Follow her on Twitter.
Read everything Ayesha writes. Follow her on Twitter. My life changed forever after we became friends.