Sadia Ferdous

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    Books by Black Authors and Why You Should Read Them

    In the wake of recent global uprisings on the Black Lives Matter movement, people have turned to books about and written by black people to further educate themselves on the subject. Perhaps the article could talk about a list of books that sheds light on the topic, and why the book is relevant today. While I can think of a list of authors such as Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and a few others, it might be interesting to see a list of both classic and contemporary books that are worth reading and why. It might also be interesting to do a research on lesser known authors or books/short stories published by anonymous sources and look into why you think they were anonymously published or why you think the author/the work did not recieve as much attention as it should have.

    • Good topic! I'd add some recent YA offerings by black authors or featuring black characters. Actually, you could probably write a whole article on that genre alone. – Stephanie M. 5 days ago
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    • As a Black writer, especially of speculative fiction, I would love for a piece like this to shed some light on some of the hidden gems of Black speculative fiction that would be of particular value in this historical moment. I'm sure just exploring this singular angle would be more than enough for a piece on its own. – therisingtithes 4 days ago
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    This was an interesting topic! I love that you mentioned the kawaii culture and how that is relevant to the anime. I had never really considered how important the cutesy factor of the entire show it, but I absolutely love the juxtaposition. Good work!

    Aggretsuko: Sugar, Spice, and Death Metal's Nice

    This made me rethink the series in a way I hadn’t thought about before. I watched the show a while back, so I can’t say I remember everything about it, but from what I can recall, I did find the sexual implications as well as the graphic scenes of suffering and pain to be very uncomfortable. However, I also found that to be the series’ strong point, to be able to handle those scenarios in a way that many other anime could not. That said, someone in the comments also mentioned how the author/creator was simply trying to play out their fetishes, which has now made me reconsider my entire position on the series. I would like to see how the anime handles the content from the manga in the upcoming season though.

    Made in Abyss: Gender Politics

    This was an interesting read. I was wondering if you read the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale and if you thought any differently about it. I know that things aren’t much better in Gilead 20 or so years after Offred’s time, but I also found it to be a much more hopeful of a conclusion compared to how The Handmaid’s Tale was. That might have partially been because the book was written so far apart from the first book, but I also thought that The Testaments was also for a whole other set of audiences. Your article made me ponder on this for some reason. I would love to hear what you think.

    A Life Measured: The Parasitic Nature Of Capitalist Dystopia