July Bookend

After having a slower June, July was a busier month for me readingwise. I finished the mammoth classic, The Fountainhead, which I undertook to read at the end of last month (and that is long overdue back to the library) out of sheer curiosity. What a doozy! I also finished the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy…

The J to Halsey Street

I grew up being bounced up to my grandparents’ house in Bedstuy almost every summer from my southern homes spread between Savannah, GA and Montgomery, AL. Every trip was a shock of people, heat, cars, towers, bodegas, stoops, and family. My grandparents bought their brownstone thirty years ago, and since then have watched the world…

What We Lose

We lose a lot. A helluva lot. We all haveā€¦or will, at some point in our lives. Once you get to be a certain age, people start to die. The generations above us slowly make way for us. Sometimes they prepare us for the transition, and sometimes we are caught off-guard. The fact of death…

Ayn Rand and the Cult of Objectivism

I marinated for a while on The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, but I couldn’t get much by the way of a written post out of it because…well, I can’t write a side eye onto this page. So, I decided to make a video review of this one. Objectivism, the ideology espoused in The Fountainhead and…

Barracoon

There is something tragic about Zora Neal Hurston’s new(ish) book, Barracoon, and it isn’t written in the text. It was released earlier this year, after languishing in the vaults of unpublished works for almost 70 years. That fact tells you everything you need to know about how this country values folks of African descent and…

Boots Riley Isn’t Really Sorry to Bother Us

If you haven’t seen Sorry to Bother You yet, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, SON. Break out your Moviepass, Stubbs, Regal Crown Club, Amex, Fandango rewards, or whatever the hell, and just go. Call off work (for the day, because you need time to recoup afterwards) and treat yourself to Boots Riley’s eclectic, electric, intense,…

New to the Bookends Shelf

I’m trying to get better about letting y’all know what I’m reading, what I’m contemplating reading, what recommendations I’ve gotten, and what I’ve added to my bookshelf recently. Amazon is my new best friend (except on Prime Day when I’m stuck looking at dog photos instead of getting my Fire TV, but hey), though I…

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is going to be made into a mini-series by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and for that, we are lucky. It took me so long to review this novel mainly because I suck at life sometimes, but trust me, I whizzed through the book itself. Reading this novel was…

June Bookend Wrap-Up

Is it just me, or did June basically not exist? The time period that is typically occupied by June each year seems to have been put down, flipped and reversed because it was basically just a long ass weekend. I am almost surprised that I accomplished anything in the month of June outside of hanging…

Hollywood, We Have a Problem

If you haven’t seen the new Jurassic World movie yet, run (don’t walk) … … to the nearest trash-can and put this whole movie inside of it. The entire thing. As a matter of fact, we may need to call those junk removal people who show up on Hoarders with the big trucks and a…