What I’ve Been Reading: October 17-24

Know My Name

by Chanel Miller

I returned to Chanel Miller’s Know My Name to listen to it this time around. It is still as powerful and moving as when I read it last year: it is a book between a “I wish this never happened to anyone” and “I’m glad she wrote this after it happened.”

This read, the quote that stood out to me most was, “Denying darkness does not bring anyone closer to the light” (311).

If we thought gays were filled with scorn and shade, just wait until you read about these gay penguins. I always love when there’s levity brought to the field of writing, and Amanda Arnold in “There’s Drama in the Queer Penguin Community” delivers. Read this one with a mimosa.

Katy Waldman’s article is a book review of a book detailing an intellectual history of the Trump era. I find her review to be smart and quick, brining us such ruminating lines as “One of the book’s standout preoccupations is whether Trump is an asteroid or a fungus” and “incentives of a culture that is designed to keep talking long after there’s anything left to say.”

I have Casper tur Kuile’s The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices on my reading list right now (I’ll probably write about it next week or the week following), so I thought it would be good to return to this article. I saw it circling in divinity school circles when it was published a few months ago.

The article talks about how divinity school graduates (along with others) have teamed up: “They blend the obscure language of the sacred with the also obscure language of management consulting to provide clients with a range of spiritually inflected services, from architecture to employee training to ritual design.”

I’m of many minds on this article – from “spirituality just trying to survive Capitalism” to “spirituality adapting to the Free Market (lol)” to “eff you, Luther, who needs to separate secular and sacred.” But it’s the least to say that it is an interesting idea. We’ll see how it goes, eh?