This seems so generic. Like it’s one of those black and white cans on the shelf just labeled “beans” or “peas”. Its “Black American Reference Book”

And is it trying to be complete? Like, “OK, here’s all of black American knowledge. Everything you need to know. All right here in this green book. Enjoy!”

Also, is this a book about black Americans, or for black Americans? That could really be clearer…


So nicely packaged. Kind of makes me want to whitewash a fence. You know, if I had a fence. And if whitewashing was something people still did (outside of politics, of course).

Maybe I should use that definition, which according to the internet (which knows everything), would require me to, I guess, stand near the fence and “gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data.” Or, alternatively, I suppose I could instruct “the non-Caucasian fence to conform to White or Western culture”.

I can’t decide if either of those options would be harder or easier than just painting the fence…

Regardless, I instead choose to let the fence be itself, to make up its own mind, and embrace its own cultural norms. That’s just how I roll.

Hey. Psst. Hey!

February 23, 2011

I’m over here.

…but isn’t it more amusing to think that this is Wyclef Jean’s Latin Works? Like maybe from his high school Latin class.

So, about the orange book…

February 19, 2011

Just based on my experience with America, I feel like this should be a much slimmer volume…


February 17, 2011

So the 2 rows of shelves that I pass through most often are Religion and Psychology, which makes me wonder if someone trying to tell me something.

This book seems like it combines both those concepts:

It actually sounds like quite the page- turner.

Because being naked and unaware…well, therein lies the road to ruin.

And when it comes to other people’s nakedness (depending on venue and proximity, of course)…that’s not really the kind of thing you should ignore either.

Naked Awareness should totally be a thing. Like Carl, the mini-mart manager on Family Guy. He knows which actresses get naked in any given movie, as well as exactly when said nudity occurs. That guy totally has naked awareness.

And on an unrelated note (other than in the photo above, that is), what is Compassion Yoga? I’m picturing a woman who is upset, maybe alone and crying on a park bench, and some dude comes up and starts doing yoga at her. You know, in a compassionate way. To make her feel better. As you do…

Nobody wears hats anymore

February 15, 2011

So, this title really doesn’t give me a lot of insight into the subject matter of this book

Is it some sort of rumination on the evils of haberdasheries? Are we talking real hat or metaphorical hat? And how exactly can a hat be lewd? It’s all so mysterious.

Of course, now I’m picturing a red-devil, Beelzebub type dude in a sharp Rat Pack-looking suit and hat– toothpick in his mouth, maybe flipping a coin and leaning up against a lamppost. (Apparently, the Antichrist in my mind is starring in a 1940s gangster flick.  Or he’s like Sky Masterson or somebody.)  But, in terms of the hat, I’m just seeing a normal 1940s style lid–a fedora, perhaps — which is not in any way lewd. I mean, really…what is a lewd hat?

All I can come up with is maybe some kind of trucker hat with an obscene message on it (like Frank on 30 Rock is always wearing), but that doesn’t square with my brain’s Antichrist-is-a-hep-cat image.  I guess he’s actually either a redneck or an ironic hipster.


(also, to the yellow book to the left…I like to think that during the reign of this Elizabeth, at least some tolerance is practiced.  Although, I’m not above an off-with-their-heads style smack down when it’s called for.  I’m benevolent like that.)

This seems…really specific

February 15, 2011

Also, did somebody just like write the title on the spine with one of those white-out pens? It’s got a very do-it-yourself vibe.

None taken

February 14, 2011

Or maybe it’s a tale about a particularly low scoring football game.

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