The Catalogue: No. 3

Friday, May 18, 2018

This week in the feels.

1. Canon Fodder | The Washington Post
"Books by immigrants, foreigners, and minorities don't diminish the 'classic' curriculum. They enhance it." Another stunning piece by Viet Thanh Nguyen (who was also featured in Catalogue No. 1), the literary world's echo of Uzo Aduba's "if they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka." 

2. "The duty of the writer is not to be tricked, seduced, or goaded into verifying by imitation or even rebuttal, other people's fantasies. In an oppressive society it may well be that all fantasies held by the oppressor are destructive to the oppressed. To become involved in them in any way at all is, at the very least, to lose time defining yourself. To isolate the fantasy we must cleave to reality, to what we know, we feel, we think of life. Trusting our own experiences and our own lives." | Alice Walker

3. Speak Now, or Forever. Hold Your Peace | Patricia Smith
"Two weeks after 17 students were gunned down in Parkland, Fla., hundreds of worshippers clutching AR-15s slurped holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pa." 

4. Father's Touching Letter on Daughter's Wedding Day | South China Morning Post
The video that had all the women in my family in tears. If you've never seen an Asian wedding, there's a private ceremony in which the bride and groom kneel at their parents' feet to thank them for their upbringing and promise continued filial obedience. Then the parents exchange a few touching words, and this Taiwanese father killed me: "if there comes a day when you don't love her anymore... tell me. I will take her home." 

5. When I was applying for prestigious jobs and getting rejected (more on that later), my boyfriend sent me a Star Trek quote: "it is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life." It gave me, who spent a lifetime tethering self worth to achievement and accolades, solace. May you find some in this too, should you need it.

With great love,

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