Collected Stories: Essays I Adore

An essay on becoming a rose gardener; taken from Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. I love this style of writing, so deeply, and I loved seeing the many raw truths of becoming a gardener for the first time reflected here. The Rosary by Alexander Chee:

“But as the summer of Karen kicked off, it became clear that people of color in America, and especially Black people, were no longer prepared to accept the alibi offered by unconscious bias. Soon, social media feeds began to fill again with testimonials of abuse from people of color, not so much #MeToo as #YouToo. You, too, have been racist, the moment of reckoning warned, and your co-workers and underlings are not going to keep your secrets for you any more.” This article takes us on the Karen journey and its impact on society. The Year of Karen: How A Meme Changed the Way Americans Talked About Racism:

“It’s funny how innovation and coming up with better products is considered positive, yet changes in archaic systems like education or prison system or systems of governance is considered an assault on tradition and culture. As though tradition requires that we continue upholding systems of harm because it would be tragic to lose them.” We Don’t Need White Award Shows To Celebrate Our Achievements by DarkSkyLady:

This essay’s brilliant title is just the beginning of the story’s wondrous, poignant adventurous moment in time. The Successful Candidate Will Not Have a Dead Bird in Her Pocket by Claudia Ulloa Donoso:

I was fascinated and appreciative reading the story behind Garth Greenwell and RO Kwon’s book ‘Kink’ which they “hope will help in the work of destigmatizing kink by making it more visible, , and encouraging people to listen to their desires, to seek whole sexual lives.” It’s Time to Talk More About Kink – And Take the Shame Away From It by RO Kwon:

“Patriarchy reserves for itself the power to offend, the power to be obscene.” “What would the world look like if the energy spent policing women’s language, was expended instead into policing the violence of patriarchy.” “I swear because I insist that my language be as free as I want to be.” Why I Say Fuck by Mona Eltahawy:

Usually, in a full-time role, you’ll be called into a meeting every so often to reflect on your progress. Sometimes, if you’ve excelled, you’ll be rewarded with a pay rise and a change of job title. Freelancing is very different: not only are you far less likely to receive pats on the back (ever), but you run the risk of feeling stagnant without the boost of validation from a boss-like figure. James Cartwright speaks to some freelancers about how this feels, and how you can learn to promote yourself in your own way. Stuff They Don’t Tell You –
Do Freelancers Get Promoted? by James Cartwright

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