Friday, January 28, 2011

Good Reads: Missed Stories & Lost Ones

There are three writers that I hold near and dear to my heart, that I've let down.

1) Toure: I've read his "Soul City" and camped out by a screen near you for his articles, but I must've missed the memo on "Never Drank the Kool-Aid." I picked up my autographed copy at a cozy bookstore in the depth of downtown Brooklyn. I must say, in my hip-hop literature draft pick, this compilation of articles on emcees, politicians, and other famous figures takes a close second to M.K. Asante Jr's "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop." (God I love that book.)

2) I'm a Hughes fan. The biggest Langston groupie you will ever meet! I've read his short stories, philosophies, and almost all of his poems. Still, I'm just coming across "Not Without Laughter"--a novel. I hung off his prose like a reluctant leaf during the fall. God I've missed this man.

3) I've immersed myself in bell hooks' (she likes it lowercase) work these past two months. An expert on feminism, love, and pedagogy; she's written a book for every important question I've ever asked.

I apologize authors. I've bought and borrowed these tales and I'm drowning in them as I write this. Hope you can forgive me.: