Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What I've Been Reading: Hunger by Roxane Gay

I just read Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay, a book she describes as a memoir of her experience living in a clinically defined “super morbidly obese body” (a BMI greater than 50).  The type of body in which people feel compelled to offer unsolicited diet and weight loss advice, going so far as to replace items in her cart at the grocery store for “healthier” options.  The type of body in which she cannot shop at Lane Bryant.  The type of body that demands she purchase two seats on a plane.  The type of body that a scale at the doctor’s office cannot accommodate. The type of body that many chairs cannot accommodate.  The type of body that we have collectively decided is deserving of shame and derision and consequently, the shame and derision that Gay has internalized in her body.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

What I've Been Listening To: SZA

I must confess that I’m not a music aficionado.  I can’t identify a Nina Simone sample on a Kanye track without the help of Genius.com.  I don’t describe beats as “hiccuping” or synthesizers as “glitched-out” with the finesse of a Rolling Stone editor.  But I know what I like: clever bars and a beat that makes me unconsciously diddy bop (thus my proclivity for trap); and what I don’t like: aggressive techno and country music.

And what I love?  SZA. Ctrl.

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