Also, this month's giveaway, on troubled ancestors. And music, books, and stories I'm thinking about.
To encourage preorders and share the spirit of my book, Ancestor Trouble, in advance of publication, I’m doing a monthly giveaway to honor books that i…
One thing critical race theory opponents can’t do is prevent people from disclosing their own ancestors’ participation in enslavement & genocide. That’…
Books by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Honorée Fannone Jeffers, Rebecca Donner, and Lilly Dancyger. Also: James Coan cartoon; Meg Conley; Undone. And my book will…
Stonehenge & ancestors debate, part 3000; animated faces of our ancestors; Morgan Jerkins on theft of sacred Gullah land; spirits in the work of Mira J…
On Jung and family symbols, including some of mine: black cats and mugwort, acorns and oaks, cardinals and quartz, clover and seashells. Also singing.
I’m a magpie. Instead of shiny things I collect other people’s stories about families and ancestors and echoes. Here are a few I’ve particularly treasu…
“Maybe I’m just like my father,” Prince sang the year I turned thirteen. “Too demanding,” “too bold.” At stoplights, in malls, on rides at the county f…
Several years ago, my agent mentioned that she was working with a writer whose work I would love: Sarah Smarsh (photo by Paul Andrews). After we hung u…
Today is the writer Alexander Chee’s birthday. Some years ago, he showed me his family’s jokbo—gorgeous bound genealogical books. The dandy with the fl…
In my ancestors’ wills, enslaved human beings are listed as property, bequeathed to wives and children alongside money, land, livestock, tools, and bed…
“I am haunted,” the philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote, by “fear of the family ghost, which seems to seize on me with clammy invisible hands to av…