Thursday, September 10, 2009

What I'm Reading

My aunt was in town visiting last weekend. We took her to the Dekalb World Farmers Market and when upon leaving stopped at an antique shop. We went in only with intentions of "walking off" some of the food that we had eaten. Of course we burned more than calories. Kari and I bought a lovely vintage piece from the Madison Furniture Collection (more on that to come). As I was leaving I also saw this book that I am now reading. It is intense to say the least. I read the first chapter this morning. Mr. Cleaver explores a wide range of topics from race relations, politics, prison reform. The book is actually a collection of essays written from his perspective while incarcerated. As with any work of literature, historical context, sociological factors, etc have to be taken into consideration. There is always much to learn, always much to rebel against, but always something to take away for your own journey. My take away for today is a quote that ends the first chapter: "The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less". - Eldridge Cleaver

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