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…

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…

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…

Catcher In the Why We Need to Uplift Minority Writers

After having somehow managing to slide through high school without ever having read the “classic,” The Catcher in the Rye, I really cannot say that I’m sorry I waited this long. I don’t have that much to say about the story. I have thought about it from every which angle over the last few days,…

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Kevin was crazy. And scary as hell. Reading this book now, amidst the current climate in this country regarding school (and really mass) shootings, I was struck all the more by the very premise. A boy is born to a mid-thirties Manhattan woman and her husband. She doesn’t really want to have a kid, but she…

February Bookend Wrap-Up

Sorry that I’m tardy to the party! Let me tell you, February was short but I got a LOT done, hunty. I finished six whole books…and did I mention that I went to Bali and Singapore too? It was lit. Of course, I have been derelict in posting my February wrap-up, but I promise, it’s…

An American Autumn

A few months back, when I saw that Tayari Jones was releasing a new novel in February, I knew it was going to be a great Black History Month—and I hightailed it over to Amazon to pre-order my copy. I had read her three previous novels, and I met her when she came to Spelman…