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

Running in December, with a cough, and in hijab

I ran outside in December! It was, I will admit, unseasonably mild today. When I checked the forecast on Friday and saw that it was going to be in the 50s today, I thought, "I hope I feel better by Sunday. Gotta try to make a December run on the trail, if I can. How… Continue reading Running in December, with a cough, and in hijab

That Post-Hajj High

I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of… Continue reading That Post-Hajj High

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?