There are glances in Zurich, where I am spending the summer, and there are glances in New York City, which has been my home for fourteen years. There are glances all over Europe and in India, and anywhere I go outside Africa. The test is how long the glances last, whether they become stares, with what intent they occur, whether they contain any degree of hostility or mockery, and to what extent connections, money, or mode of dress shield me in these situations. To be a stranger is to be looked at, but to be black is to be looked at especially.
Emma Straub and I had a fantastic reading at McNally Jackson. It’s such a beautiful store and the crowd was warm and enthusiastic. Also, fashionable.
Also, someone needs to give me and Emma a talk show, stat!
It’s true! These two are delightful, and I can’t wait to read their novels.
Also, completely fun to bump into Peter (literally, as each of us were queuing up for the signing) and witness this great moment.
We discovered some Museum visitors that look an awful lot alike the artworks they are looking at. Coincidence? Which artwork at the Museum best suits your style?
“The Ballet Class,” c. 1880, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
“White and Black,” 1955, Ellsworth Kelly, Collection of the artist © Ellsworth Kelly
“A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon,” 1942, Marc Chagall © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
“Untitled XXI,” 1982, Willem de Kooning © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
“Red,” 1955-56, Sam Francis © Samuel L. Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
“Umpferstedt II,” 1914, Lyonel Feininger © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn