One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker

I just finished reading The Color Purple for the first time. The timing is no mere coincidence. Alice Walker is now getting some pretty bad press for her apparent endorsement of David Icke, a "professional conspiracy theorist" according to Wikipedia and whom critics call a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, which of course he denies. But don't they… Continue reading One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker

On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

Do you ever read books to understand the other side? I would take a wager and say most of us do not. I mean, why would we? If we believe we're in the right and the other side is wrong (which I think is human nature to some extent; otherwise, can you imagine how life… Continue reading On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

On the importance of memoirs

I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much… Continue reading On the importance of memoirs