Literary Gymnastics w/ Toni Morrison + a juicy salad and buttery ciabatta
Friday, March 8, 2019
Toni Morrison’s writing is both delicious and nourishing, much like this tasty, antioxidant-rich salad I enjoyed on an off day from work. The toasted, buttery ciabatta was not exactly nourishing, but since I substituted coconut oil for butter, I’m claiming the nutrients from that.
Continuing my read of Morrison’s THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD: SELECTED ESSAYS, SPEECHES, AND MEDITATIONS and both enjoying and feeling edified by it.
A comfy chair + THE CONSERVATIONIST by Nadine Gordimer
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Sitting in a comfy chair and reading THE CONSERVATIONIST by Nadine Gordimer. So there’s a body at the beginning. An unidentified body. I’m intrigued. I am reading too many books at once but loving them all.
I was supposed to read this for the Runwright Reads (@karen_runwright) Book Club weeks ago, but I'm late, of course. Hey, what else is new?
Old Photo, New YouTube Video | October 2018 Reading Vlog
Saturday, February 23, 2019
I snapped this photo while filming my February Reading Vlog. I'll hopefully post that video sometime before Christmas, but for now you can click on the link in my profile to watch my October 2018 Reading Vlog, aptly titled “Struggling with TAR BABY.” I'll be posting the November one soon as well as my TAR BABY book review video. So don’t turn that channel now!
Check out my Starry Night Elf Blog feature! | Favorite childhood novel (Click on the link in my profile to view the feature on StarryNightElf.com.) Wednesday, March 13, 2019
I am currently an adult services librarian at a public library, but not too long ago, I was a children’s librarian. I have worked as a children’s librarian both here in Houston as well as in New York City. My absolute favorite part of the job was planning and performing storytime programs. Darling, you haven’t lived until you’ve put on a children’s storytime at the library. For me, storytime day was Show Day, and I even listened to a playlist of showtunes and other high-octane jams to get my mind right before the show. I loved seeing all those bright, shining young faces every Wednesday and Thursday morning for Toddler Storytime and Preschool Storytime (and some weeks Baby Storytime, Family Storytime, and Early-Toddler Storytime too.)
Speaking of children’s books, this month, my friend Jorie, the Starry Night Elf behind The Starry Night Elf blog, has featured readers sharing childhood book faves in honor of Read Across America month. I’ve shared two of my faves with Jorie, and the first one is up today on her blog! She’ll post another one of my faves later this month, so stay tuned.
Click on the link in my profile to visit StarryNightElf.com and read about the book that made me fall in love with the novel. Visit Jorie on IG @blogstarrynightelf.
Watch my YouTube channel “Vernitra’s Book Club."
New YouTube Video | “Struggling with TAR BABY” // Reading Vlog | October 2018
Monday, March 11, 2019
Guess what… I just posted my October 2018 Reading Vlog video on my YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll see me reading the novel TAR BABY by Toni Morrison as well as doing some other things. The next video I’ll be posting is my November 2018 Reading Vlog in which I finish the book. After that I’ll share my TAR BABY Book Review video.
Who knows, with all this get-it-done juice coursing through my veins, maybe I’ll even roller-set my hair before the next millennium.
Click on the link in my profile to watch the video.
I saw the Neil Burger directed film THE UPSIDE starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman. The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between a boisterous yet affable ex-con (Hart) and the much older and reserved quadriplegic (Cranston) he takes in his charge. The movie definitely has its cliche moments, but overall I enjoyed it, and I’m writing it down as a feel-good film experience.
I especially loved the opera moments in the story and found myself both moved and lifted during more than one opera scene.
Writers and societies in “Peril” | THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD by Toni Morrison
Friday, March 8, 2019
This morning, after getting my cardio on with 30 minutes of aerobics (like, old-school, Jane Fonda-style aerobics), I finished the introductory piece “Peril” in Toni Morrison’s THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD: SELECTED ESSAYS, SPEECHES, AND MEDITATIONS.
Consisting of remarks made by the author upon receiving the 2008 PEN/Borders Literary Service Award, “Peril” is an incisive piece in which Morrison emphasizes the necessity of the writer’s work in a society. Acknowledging how truthful storytelling threatens the powerful and the predatory, Morrison bemoans the suppression and erasure of the writer’s voice and warns the reader of the societal dangers of such silencing.
I basically highlighted the entire piece. Moving on to the next... __________________________________