What’s Up Zo? #1: 2 More Months

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This is my own version of the Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Personal Update

Yo! So it’s been a while since I’ve talked about something other than books. For those of you who were around since before The Saturday Reading List – or those who just like to read all of a blogger’s post in one go – I graduated from college about year ago. In that time, I began my first job out of college working in the realm of education policy.

As a child of a teacher, education in and out of the classroom has always been really prominent in my life. Though I have always known I didn’t want to become a teacher like my mother, I held a certain amount of respect for educators and an interest to learn more about some of the unseen parts of education. I thought going into a more policy role would be interesting and help me figure out what I would do next in my journey through adulthood.

Though my boss and coworkers are the best, I did realize that my interests and heart laid with my first love: psychology. So, in a little over two month’s time, I’ll be working on getting my Masters in Counseling Psychology.

I’m mostly excited though a bit nervous – especially since I’m already at risk of missing a deadline for one of the forms that I need to turn in. It’s been a crazy and hectic year with lots of ups and downs, lessons learned, lessons forgotten, and many moments of rediscovering myself but overall, I’m looking forward to going back to school and talking to people who are equally interested and invested in learning more about and improving the world of mental health.

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Just gotta wait two more months…

Currently Reading

Ugh…such a loaded question. According to Goodreads, there are too many books I’m currently reading. To make things easier, I’ll just post the books that I’ve cracked open in the last week or so.

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

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From Goodreads: “The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.”

Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape by Jaclyn Freidman and Jessica Valenti

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From Goodreads: “In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the “No Means No” model—an approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today.

Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yesaims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media,Yes Means Yes is a powerful and revolutionary anthology.”

Jump by Michel Sauret

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From Goodreads: “Christopher took his first leap of faith at the age of five. He jumped off the tree in his backyard, right into his father’s arms. It was only the first branch up, but his father ruffled his hair, held him tight and said he had the faith of a boy twice his age. Each year on his birthday, Christopher takes another jump. Each time, a little higher up that tree. Land safely, and he might earn God’s pleasure. But one year, Christopher breaks his leg, and suddenly it’s his little sister who seems to please their parents best. Distance grows between him and his father, especially as a sexual addiction takes root in his heart, launching him into a dangerous free-fall. Desperate for escape, Christopher looks to college, thinking he might find God on his own terms. Yet as he becomes entrenched in the secular haven of higher education, he discovers the “Cathedral of Learning” is no more of a savior than a tree. He flees once more, hitchhiking with an atheist set on his own spiritual journey. But as they end up in Selma, Alabama, Christopher and his new friend land in a church that won’t let them get away.”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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From Goodreads: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.”

A Podcast You Need To Listen To 

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Code Switch is a relatively recent podcast by NPR. Despite its newness, I think the podcast started off to a great start with its first episode entitled, “Can We Talk About Whiteness?”. I know, the first episode title made me go “um…what?” however,for me, this episode was very enlightening and kind of humbling for me as a person of color thinking about how to, at the very least, engage my white friends in conversations one-on-one about race in a way that’s neither patronizing (to them or myself) but also not on me to be their only source of everything “black people” (because, sorry to disappoint, I’m not).

Though the podcast has only 5 episodes, I really appreciate the topics so far that the podcast have covered as well as the range of voices and cultures included in each episode.

Listen to the first episode here:
http://www.npr.org/player/embed/476876081/480084184

The Song I Just Keep Repeating…

 

This song plus Orange is the New Black equals all the FEELS!!!! Enough said.

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Well, that’s all for now folks! We’ll see if this turns into a weekly/monthly/whenever I feel like it deal. Stay tuned!

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