Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Reads

The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany

A few words about Oryx and Crake: it was an awful experience reading this for a couple reasons. First, and most obvious, was that Atwood clearly hadn't read any post-apocalypse fiction before. It felt very rote. Secondly, and more subtle, was the strain of Orientalism and perpetuation of gross Asian stereotypes such as the hypersexualized inscrutable "geisha" character that caters to the sexual whims of the two male protagonists. Yuck. Oryx and Crake might have been one of the most crushing disappointments of my life. I love Atwood and think she is a phenomenal writer, but that book was just awful. Put this in perspective: it took me two days to read 600 pages of Invisible Man but 3 days to read 375 pages of Oryx and Crake.

This month? Not a single straight white male. I'm quite pleased with this project. I think I can keep going for a long time. 

1 comment:

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