Reading & Writing

I am truly afraid – still.

It has been a strange few months for me.  As I write this, I am listening to Leonard Cohen on Spotify – because: sob.  And I’m especially vulnerable to sobbing right now. This election has left me heart broken and frightened.

I used to read The Handmaid’s Tale every few years, but I loaned my copy out and never got it back.  But I am going to my local bookstore to spend some time with a good friend on Sunday, so I plan to buy a new copy then.  I recently read Reading The Handmaid’s Tale In The Year of Trump on Book Riot and know that I need a refresher.

But beyond my own rights as a white, lower middle class woman, I am worried about the rights of others that are much more vulnerable than I am.  So I’ve retreated into what brings me the most comfort: lists.  I want to share them in case anyone else is looking for a way to understand what’s happened or a way to fight against the oppression that Trump has promised throughout his campaign.  For me, the best case scenario is that it was all a lot of bluster just to get elected.  But there is no solace in knowing that his platform got so many votes.  So let’s rally around each other and not let this man and his voters do what they’ve promised, mmkay?

From the New York Times: 6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win.  Some of the books on this list look painful to read, but if it helps broaden our understanding of how this happened, then maybe we will have the knowledge it takes to bridge some gaps with others that seem so different from ourselves.

From BookRiot: Books For Rising Up.  There are a lot on this list that look so good.  I think the first one I will grab will be bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress.    I’ve loved everything that I’ve read by bell!

And on a lighter note from BookRiot: Book Cures for Your Post Election Hangover.  I’ve been considering re-reading the Harry Potter series, so this was a definite push for me.  But I also really love The Phantom Tollbooth!

It’s hard to say why, but these lists help me.  Maybe it’s because they’re proof that other people are as devastated as I am – and with more reason, given that the lives that they’ve so carefully cultivated for themselves could be in jeopardy.  But books are powerful – they give us the knowledge we need; we learn from the wisdom of those that have been there, done that; and books remind us that, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Dumbledore.

fairy-tales-are-more-than-true-not-because-they-tell-us-that-dragons-exist-but-because-they-tell-us-that-dragons-can-be-beaten

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “I am truly afraid – still.

  1. So many people feel exactly as you do, Katie. There’s small comfort in that, I guess. I have cycled through so many emotions this week, and probably will continue to do so. But at my core I am an idealistic, hopeful person, and I have to cling to that to remain sane. The book blogging community is so good! Good people are all around, and we need to band together to protect those who do not benefit from as many privileges as you and me. I’m just trying to act in my small ways and make it to midterm elections in 2018. 🙂 Buying, reading, and promoting books by marginalized voices is one way to help, and I’m going to continue to do that. Hugs to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It’s been so helpful to see that so many other people are feeling exactly like I am! I’ve been escaping to books lately and we bought digital subscriptions to The Boston Globe and The New Yorker because I want to support journalism. I am so worried that free press will be at stake soon.

      Thank you again! We will get through this!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. So many people feel exactly as you do, Katie. There’s small comfort in that, I guess. I have cycled through so many emotions this week, and probably will continue to do so. But at my core I am an idealistic, hopeful person, and I have to cling to that to remain sane. The book blogging community is so good! Good people are all around, and we need to band together to protect those who do not benefit from as many privileges as you and me. I’m just trying to act in my small ways and make it to midterm elections in 2018. 🙂 Buying, reading, and promoting books by marginalized voices is one way to help, and I’m going to continue to do that. Hugs to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It’s been so helpful to see that so many other people are feeling exactly like I am! I’ve been escaping to books lately and we bought digital subscriptions to The Boston Globe and The New Yorker because I want to support journalism. I am so worried that free press will be at stake soon.

      Thank you again! We will get through this!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Hallo Noshclgisates Mädel! Ja, Du hast recht… die Rosen sehen toll aus! Ich finde den Nostalgie Touch auch sooo schön! Auch der Küchenbuffet im letzten Post fand ich hübsch! Herzlichst und schöns w-end, LISA LIBELLE

    Like

  4. Hallo Noshclgisates Mädel! Ja, Du hast recht… die Rosen sehen toll aus! Ich finde den Nostalgie Touch auch sooo schön! Auch der Küchenbuffet im letzten Post fand ich hübsch! Herzlichst und schöns w-end, LISA LIBELLE

    Like

  5. February 15, 2010 – 6:23 am yeah, these 360 video tours are powerful and pictures just don’t work for homes. I look for house design and kitchen design ideas, as I’m building and those pictures don’t work well either. The customers call the shots and if they want videos, then it makes sense to give them what they want.Joe

    Like

  6. February 15, 2010 – 6:23 am yeah, these 360 video tours are powerful and pictures just don’t work for homes. I look for house design and kitchen design ideas, as I’m building and those pictures don’t work well either. The customers call the shots and if they want videos, then it makes sense to give them what they want.Joe

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s