"But the media is comprised of people, and those people have been acculturated in a country that does not value black lives or the tenor of black anger and grief. This is a culture that does not care about black anger and grief unless it inconveniences them."
THE BLACK EMERALD is released and i write a bunch of stuff about it
#the black emerald
So this is a little belated because I Was Traveling and then I Was Recovering From Travel. But my new book, THE BLACK EMERALD, is finally released from INSTAR BOOKS. Right now it is available as an ebook in epub, mobi, and PDF format. If it gets to 500 copies sold, OR Books is pledged upon its honor to release it as a paperback. I guess we are at 32 copies now, so DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR A PB EDITION ANYTIME SOON, but the ebook is pretty fancily done and features illustrations! (And if it hits I think like 200 sales I’m gonna do a limited number of hand-bound copies / probably gonna do that anyway in secret.)
Basically this is two long novella-ish things and a bunch of short stories exploring different kinds of despair, the kinds of good effects despair can have in our lives and on our friendships, and possible reasons why we might want to take steps to get away from it. I think it is kind of a “transitional work” in key ways, but I’m proud of it, and you should check it out!
From here on I’m gonna write at length about this collection. I’m doing this in part because I like reading this kind of thing so hopefully at least someone else will to, but also because at the present moment I’m terrified that there will be actually no reviews of it or press relating to it at all, despite people having said they’d review it/interview me about it. I do care about this stuff and don’t want this book to just like vanish as some dumb extraneous thing I did—it is legit an important book to me—so maybe if I talk some about it, its qualities as a specific text instead of “a friend’s book” will become maybe more apparent, and you will become curious about it??? Curious enough to pick up a copy??? WHO CAN SAY / READ ON IF YOU THINK THIS IS YR KINDA THING.
"Abbi and Ilana are the idols of a largely underserved and under-chronicled female id. Men have managed to get away with prolonged adolescence, on the screen and in life, in a way that women haven’t. “Women always have to be the eye rollers, as the men make a mess,” Poehler said. “We didn’t want that. Young women can be lost, too.”"