“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
– Junot Diaz
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
– We Should All Be Feminists
Like many people, I have a lot to thank Beyoncé for. One of those things is introducing me to one of my favorite authors. Continue reading
I like beautifully written prose. I like reading non-fiction that educates me without alienating me first. I also like sharing books that I thought were particularly well-written or that left me thinking about what I’d read for quite a while after; so I decided to compose a list of the three best books I read in 2016.