I am generous in spirit and have a desire and capacity for intimacy.
I think critically about society's norms and embrace living differently.
Both of these ways of being are important to me.
I've also been spending a lot of time in Cuba, especially Havana, in the last few years, and it's starting to feel like a second home--even though I am much more often in NY. I haven't quite figured out exactly how my life there fits into my life as a whole. But I am starting to see some connections, and I am interested to see how they will evolve.
Walking slowly (unless it's cold outside)
Moving to music
Talking and listening
Books: Edward Jones, The Known World; Naipaul, In A Free State; Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; I like lots of Amitav Ghosh's writing. I've read some great short story collections recently: by Dagoberto Gilb and Tania James. More recently: Paul Beatty, The Sellout, Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Abilio Estevez, Distant Palaces, and Imbolo Mbue, Behold he Dreamers.
A couple of years ago I came upon a collection of music from Angola in the 70’s and then coincidentally got introduced to more contemporary music from Angola through a dance community. Some other favorites: Roxy Music, Alfredo de la Fe, Orishas, Patti Smith, Neil Young. I never cease to be moved by Miles Davis, Kind of Blue.
I thought The Wire was powerful. I watched the last season with Spanish subtitles so I could practice my Spanish. But watching some of it again recently I wasn't entirely comfortable with its representation of race.
sweets (I could live without them but don't want to)
That's only five but four of them are pretty significant.
--I'm working on a project on the beginnings of colonialism in the Caribbean, so I'm thinking a lot about how slavery was first imagined and practiced and how capitalism developed in relationship to it.
--Spending time in Havana, I am struck by the absence of advertisements and the space that opens up for other forms of artistic expression.
--How to imagine and communicate forms of social justice.
--How to be more creative and open.
--Ways to deemphasize productivity and instead focus on possibilities for creativity, engagement, and a more equal distribution of resources