Hello all and welcome back to our weekly salon. Each week I'll post query. I'll do my best to present interesting topics and if I fail, send me a topic.
What a week: whitewashing, boycott, new campaign and a POC challenge. Lots and lots of talk about why book covers matter or don't, that reading is political and questions about the responsibility of public reading.
This week's query is to break down the collective and social implications of larger issues raised to the personal. Our query: Is reading political for you? If someone scanned your personal library, what do you think their overall impression would be? When you reflect on your collection, what do you see? Is the absence of color/diversity an issue for you? Has this week's controversy given you pause? Did it cause you to reflect on the social and political debates raised this week? Will your reading and blogging change or remain the same?
I'm not going to rehash what I've said this week. While I would not change anything I said or did, the week was emotionally draining. If you don't know how I feel, read my Open Letter, see our new Readers Against WhiteWashing page and know that I am participating in one more challenge when my plate is already full.
If you looked at my personal library, you'd find lots of color and lots of women. If you scanned the jacket covers, you'd learn what has shaped my politics and activism. You'd find spiritual texts and self-help books. When you fight like I do, you need to be fed. You'd learn I love art including black and white photography. You need beauty after confronting ugliness all the time. You'd see my largest single collection is poetry because I am drawn to writers who do so much with very little space. My collection says I'm a woman who has grown and desires to understand the world around her. That's what I think you'd see.