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Typical Wednesday. Woke up, folded laundry, got dressed, took the bus downtown, bought a bagel. At the office, I asked the computer to do some statistics, made some tables, attended a meeting, and read some articles. Back to campus for a slice of Pagliacci and a GPSS meeting. Then to Solstice to finish reading Beloved. I found the ending section very moving and, as a whole, the novel was very good. I will probably need to re-read it before I can write anything meaningful about it.

As I was switching gears to work on the delayed epidemiology paper, a girl asked to look at Beloved. She then proceeded to tell me how she really doesn't like any women authors and can't recall reading any books by black men. She couldn't even think of a novel by an African-American man, and Toni Morisson was the only woman she'd read and found o.k.. So, I didn't really know what to say except to name some authors of color, mention something about post-war multi-culturalism, and go home.


Wow, what did the girl look like? Dude, I think you met my highschool English teacher! Small world....
I also prefer (20th century) novels by men, but seriously, hello, Ralph Ellison? Invisible Man is one of the best novels of the 20th century, hands down.
oh. that was the best part of the exchange. He is the first1 author that I mentioned when she couldn't think of a novel by an African-American man. She really didn't believe me about Invisible Man2 not being written by H.G. Wells. Incidentally, this is both her favorite author and the author whose style she claims to share.

Yeah. Strangers never talk to me. It used to bother me just a little, but now: not so much.

[1] (O.K., this isn't true. I actually mentioned Richard Wright first).
[2] Burying my head in shame for not having read this.
Okay, so I was trying to think of Richard Wright's name (I could think of the title of one of his works, Native Son, but not his name. I'm actually not surprised that she thought that Invisible Man1 was written by H.G. Wells, there was also some confusion about this issue in my 11th grade English class. But still. Omj. What about Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston? Where did this girl come from?

Strangers never talk to me, and I realize it's because I put out a general "Strangers, don't talk to me" vibe. It used to bother me more, and sometimes still does, but I think it's mostly good. I think it sometimes keeps me safe, and mostly keeps me from being annoyed.

1. I don't think you should bury your head in shame for not having read Invisible Man although I am a little surprised. You should read it, it's real good, and you will probably get more out of it now than I did as a 16 year old high school junior. Have you read Their Eyes Were Watching God? That's a real good one too.