One thing critical race theory opponents can’t do is prevent people from disclosing their own ancestors’ participation in enslavement & genocide. That’…
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Books by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Honorée Fannone Jeffers, Rebecca Donner, and Lilly Dancyger. Also: James Coan cartoon; Meg Conley; Undone. And my book will…
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Stonehenge & ancestors debate, part 3000; animated faces of our ancestors; Morgan Jerkins on theft of sacred Gullah land; spirits in the work of Mira J…
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On Jung and family symbols, including some of mine: black cats and mugwort, acorns and oaks, cardinals and quartz, clover and seashells. Also singing.
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I’m a magpie. Instead of shiny things I collect other people’s stories about families and ancestors and echoes. Here are a few I’ve particularly treasu…
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“Maybe I’m just like my father,” Prince sang the year I turned thirteen. “Too demanding,” “too bold.” At stoplights, in malls, on rides at the county f…
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Several years ago, my agent mentioned that she was working with a writer whose work I would love: Sarah Smarsh (photo by Paul Andrews). After we hung u…
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Today is the writer Alexander Chee’s birthday. Some years ago, he showed me his family’s jokbo—gorgeous bound genealogical books. The dandy with the fl…
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"I will that all my land, stock, and property of every description except my negroes be sold."
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“I am haunted,” the philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote, by “fear of the family ghost, which seems to seize on me with clammy invisible hands to av…
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Book Recommendations, a Bible Story, and More
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In her memoir Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, the journalist Alex Wagner condemns the unreliability of ancest…
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