Five Star Mixtape 369: Four Great Blog Posts and an Elena Ferrante Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by Black women who must be heard, the importance of self-care for Black people, paranoia about children at camp, a delightfully meandering post about a trip to see the folks, and Elena Ferrante:

by Patrick Copley [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

by Patrick Copley [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

 
The voice is part of your body, it needs your presence. You speak, you have a dialogue, you correct, you give further explanations. Writing, on the other hand, only needs a reader. It doesn’t need you.
— Elena Ferrante —
 

Happy reading!


"Enough Is Enough. Listen to These Women. Speak Up." by Val Curtis at BonBon Break:

There is nothing I can say. These women are saying it all. I KNOW these women. LISTEN and then SPEAK UP! Get their voices out there. Use whatever platform, community group or social media account you have and speak up.

"For Black People Who Don’t Know What to Do Anymore" by Shannon Barber at Medium:

I spent a lot of time pressing myself with the question what am I going to do?

I have to do something.

The answer is what I can.

"Why You Don’t See Your Kid in the Camp Pictures: 10 Possible Reasons" by Mary Laura Philpott at I Miss You When I Blink:

Conceivably, your child impaled his toe on a tetanus-spiked splinter and is now hiding in the crawlspace under a cabin like a wounded dog, and no one knows he’s there, and why did you ever agree to send him away, and HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO SAVE HIM FROM ALL THE WAY OVER HERE?

"Between a Rock and a Hard Face" by Tom Cox at Tom Cox:

"THIS BIT HERE WAS A JAMB AND THIS BIT WAS MEANT TO GO IN A WINDOW BUT WHEN THE MASON GOT TO THIS BIT, WHICH IS CALLED AN OOLITH, HE REALISED IT WAS THE WRONG SHAPE AND CHUCKED IT. AND NOW IT’S MINE. EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD HAS GOT A STORY TO IT. GENGHIS KHAN DIED OF A NOSEBLEED ON HIS WEDDING NIGHT. NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT. SOME PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN OTHER PEOPLE’S STORIES AND SOME PEOPLE AREN’T."

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