August Round Up! What I wrote, read and listened to this month

Accurate representation of my “Drafts” folder

It’s been a productive time for me on these internets lately. Here’s a list of things I wrote, read and listened to during the past month:

Things I wrote:

Bonus not written by me but written about me:

Things I read:

Click the link for the hilarious review of what is possibly the worst movie trailer.

  • “Turns Out The Best Stories About African Immigrants Are Written By African Immigrants by Bim Adewunmi. “All immigrants live a variation of the biblical act made famous by Lot’s wife: They always look back.” Stunning writing from a fantastic cultural critic.
  • This month’s book reading: Gloria Wekker’s breathtaking “White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race”. Gloria Wekker is one of the most powerful, essential voices of European (and Dutch) intellectual production. I’ll let the book description speak for itself: “In White Innocence Gloria Wekker explores a central paradox of Dutch culture: the passionate denial of racial discrimination and colonial violence coexisting alongside aggressive racism and xenophobia. Accessing a cultural archive built over 400 years of Dutch colonial rule, Wekker fundamentally challenges Dutch racial exceptionalism by undermining the dominant narrative of the Netherlands as a “gentle” and “ethical” nation. Wekker analyzes the Dutch media’s portrayal of black women and men, the failure to grasp race in the Dutch academy, contemporary conservative politics (including gay politicians espousing anti-immigrant rhetoric), and the controversy surrounding the folkloric character Black Pete, showing how the denial of racism and the expression of innocence safeguards white privilege. Wekker uncovers the postcolonial legacy of race and its role in shaping the white Dutch self, presenting the contested, persistent legacy of racism in the country.

Things I listened to:

In the meantime, have a chill end of the month and summer!