WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
I’ve made a commitment to reading only women of color for maybe ever and ever, but I did recently deviate from that and started to read Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber, an anarchist activist and Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. That plus Dead Pledges by Annie McClanahan are really helping me connect the dots between personal development, being an artist, capitalism, racial justice + climate change. So I read 100% nonfiction. Also on my nightstand right now is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, and Anarcha-Feminisms: Perspectives on Anarchist Theory magazine by AK Press.
WHAT ARE YOU listening to RIGHT NOW?
DJ Drez and Trae Sevn, Alsarah + The Nubatones, Babeheaven, Strange Familia, Shira, early Kanye, The Root by Magna Carda, and Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall as done by Leon Russell. And Solange.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment looks like saying no to a lot of stuff. Mostly social stuff. I need long, uninterrupted periods of time to be alone with my own thoughts. It’s interesting because the word “nourish” comes from nurse, the one who gives a breast for food. I do things my mom would do, I try to engage in “mothering” of myself and the children who live with me -- by trying to be more gentle, by making my home environment soft and comforting and beautiful. Rose oil and revolution. Service work is nourishing. Justice is an essential nutrient for my well-being. So I’m involved with movements like #BlackLivesMatter, Standing Rock, anti-fascist groups, and houseless folks where I live. Sex, running, stretching, art, music, humor. Humor might be the most nourishing thing of all. It helps me with all the heavier aspects of this particular incarnation.
how do you make space for play?
I make space for play by surrounding myself with really funny people. And I’m a maker, so I play a lot, and when I sell the stuff I make while playing I call it “work.” I’m silly and deeply irreverent. Even when I’ve lived in small spaces, I’ve dedicated big parts of it to making. Spending time with children will make you play, whether you feel like it or not!