I love to read.
On Twitter recently somebody asked what world they would like to inhabit, of the books they read in childhood, and my mind went immediately to Nancy Drew. The entire series. My own life felt unstable at times and Nancy’s world was stable. Even when she was in danger, she was never in real danger. She always found a way out of it. Her ability to follow threads past what the adults in her life were able to see and then solve the unsolveable crimes was something I admired. Looking back on it now I still see that and the comfort that I found in them, but I also notice that it was a very white world. The books I read, printed mostly between the 1930s and the 1970s, reflected a very white world. Which ok, that was a world I was familiar with anyway.
For a while I subscribed to the Haymarket Book Club and I was quickly overwhelmed by the number of books landing in my mailbox. That’s how We Do This Til We Free Us and Border & Rule landed in front of me at the same time. I couldn’t decide which to read first so I decided to alternate chapters which became a twitter thread which became an essay. And that became the substack aambe, in which I write about two books and see what they have to say to each other.
Ephemera is paid content. The world is worth saving, and sometimes we or maybe just I forget that. I get so caught up in the fight I forget about the magic. And I don’t just mean the magic of a baby’s smile or a sunrise although those things are indeed magical. I mean also those fleeting moments of community that happen or a song that makes you feel so perfect or any number of things that remind us that this world is worth saving.
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