Off to a fantastic start!
Y‘all, I really enjoyed this. I found it cruising my library‘s Overdrive. From the title and prologue, I thought it would be about the intersection of being gay and being a Christian, but he deftly wove in race, being from the South, and pop culture. He even touched on politics, see names for a certain world leader above. He hit the right note between serious and funny. 4.5⭐️
Omg, I totally remember these! Does anyone else? I remember them being so scary. Now I know they‘re ridiculous, but as a kid 😬😬😬
I too am a southerner whose faith has been worn away by those that would prefer to beat you with a Bible than love like Jesus. I also feel very at home at the altar of Beyonce, so Michael Arceneaux's book called to me. Arceneaux is funny and honest here in a broken open kind of way. Reading this felt like belonging, as though seeing someone work through the shit of life with grace and wit proved it's possible for us lesser mortals.
This was a great mix of essays. Combining funny and moving and from a voice we hear from so rarely. A working class, gay black man who grew up in a religious household.
This sounds like it should be all doom and gloom yet whilst touching he will also hit you with a zinger that will make you laugh out loud. I don‘t have enough space here to say why I liked this so much so maybe just give it a go.
My book choices are often inspired by what is happening in the world. I follow a few feminist blogs and the Kevin Hart thing is still happening with a rare misstep from Ellen. I decided to listen to a book by someone those sort of comments do affect and I have to say it‘s interesting.
I‘m not religious so hearing about it from someone who felt their religion sometimes tolerated them is hard going for me.
Today‘s little #libraryhaul is all about the essay.
1. I need to clean my keyboard.
2. Yes, probably. That could always change.
4. What‘s a bedroom? I‘ve gone so minimalist that I no longer even have a bedroom.😂
5. The ham and sides my sister made last night.
Placed a hold on this. I just listened to his NPR interview and enjoyed it: Fresh Air with Michael Arceneaux On Growing Up Black, Gay & Catholic In Texas http://rssr.link/fLHq
I loved this book. I‘m sure Beyoncé loved this book. What more do you need?
I have enjoyed Arceneaux‘s essays in the past, but this collection did not do it for me. Some essays were great but most seemed self indulgent to me. He was not speaking to me or trying to connect at all with my demographic.
Sometimes you just read the dedication and know you‘re going to love the book...