— Yasmin Mogahed (via apoetreflects)
NYT: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
TEJU COLE: I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too."
(Hoping to do this every Friday of Lent (and beyond?) to reflect on my week/life!) Consider it a written selfie.
Feeling: stir-crazy, stuffy-nosed, dry-skinned, spring-hungry.
Reading: Smokelong Quarterly’s Best Of Anthology
Writing: a longer short story, a few lines of poetry, whiny journal entries
Listening to: Jessie Baylin, Dawn Landes, The Lone Bellow, Shovels & Rope
Dreaming about: SPRING. New stories.
Avoiding: doing our taxes + cleaning out my closet
Trying to: Be present in every moment. Take some social media breaks to spend quality time with my family/friends
Looks like sunshine tomorrow, at least in my neck of the woods…hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! xo