Sep 21, 2020

What I’m Reading Right Now

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Fearing the Black Body: The Racist Origins of Fat Phobia, by Sabrina Strings. This book is about exactly what it sounds like it’s about, but the first few chapters start with art in 16th Century Europe. It should have been companion reading to all those whitewashed art history tomes I read in college. I’m obsessed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. Modern-day fantasy about cities that come alive, and an amazing love letter to New York. Pretty sure this book has a lot of Lovecraft influence? But nerd confession, I don’t really know shit about Lovecraft, except that he was a raging racist (which I learned while reading this book + watching Lovecraft Country at the same time). Reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Compare a book to Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca, and I will drop everything I’m doing to run out and buy it. So, yeah. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. 😬 File under “classics I never read,” and/or “Russian writers I’ve been ignoring since high school” and/or “using 2020 as an excuse to read all the books I already own.” This has been on my shelf for a long time; I flipped through it last night and it is very intimidating with a million pages and very small print. Saving it for winter.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. He has a new novel out now so he’s been on my radar more; the reviews are super interesting but I decided to start with this one first because it’s so weird.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What are y’all reading right now?

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work. 

She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.

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