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About this thing we call society In the bestselling tradition of bell hooks and Roxane Gay McMillan Cottom’s freshman collection illuminates a particular trait of her tribe being thick In form and in substanceThis bold compendium likely to find its place on shelves alongside Lindy West Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson dissects everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes Yet Thick will also fill a void on tho. Recently an incoherent commenter accused me of being a typical Karen for writing a negative review of Little Fires Everywhere and although I ll reserve the right not to be called a Karen for disliking a tedious Jodi Picoult knockoff the fact is that I probably am a Karen in some ways I m a white woman in a racist society how could I not be We white people no matter how much we educate ourselves no matter how much activism we engage in we all have blind spots And while all types of antiracist books are important the books I m most looking for now are the ones that point out my blind spots to me Thick is one of those books I m still processing a lot of it so I won t provide too many specifics here but as an example Thick made me see that The Beauty Myth an important book of third wave feminism is if not actually racist than at the very least peak white feminism Now that it s been pointed out to me this is so obvious it s embarrassing As a feminist who has always tried to be active in social justice causes in one way or another I ve been trying to figure out what I can do to be a better ally and books like Thick are exactly what I need right now This book delves into a lot of complex issues but I want to add that it s also funny and a pleasure to read Recommended

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Thick And Other Essays

Smart humorous and strikingly original thoughts on race beauty money and by one of today's most intrepid public intellectualsTressie McMillan Cottom the writer professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed now brilliantly shifts gears from running regression analyses on college data to unleashing another identity a purveyor of wit wisdom and of course Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is so very wrong. Tressie McMillan Cottom s essay collection Thick And Other Essays is thick in every sense of the word This book is thick with wit and depth and intelligence as McMillan Cottom tackles black womanhood contextualizing whiteness beauty in a capitalist society class mobility and much She engages in fascinating ways with the forces that bear down upon her from her subject position in prose that effortlessly blends the personal with the theoretical She articulates a black woman s work and importantly a black woman s worth in a society determined to devalue her To say this collection is transgressive provocative and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth Thick And Other Essays is a necessary work and a reminder that Tressie McMillan Cottom is one of the finest public intellectuals writing today

SUMMARY Thick And Other Essays

Se very shelves a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniuely her ownMcMillan Cottom has crafted a black woman’s cultural bible as she mines for meaning in places many of us miss and reveals precisely how when you’re in the thick of it the political the social and the personal are almost always one and the sa. Thick If that isn t an apt title for this collection than I don t know what is because this is a thick book Not thick in the amount of pages but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information It isn t curing cancer or solving climate change But it is giving a voice and analytical eye to the way we treat judge measure love hate and depict Black women I knew after the very first essay in this collection that I was willing to analyze and absorb everything that Cottom had to write And write she did absolutely beautifully As a Black woman I have been making it a point to not only think critically about my own situation and positioning in this disturbing time in our history but to also think critically about the experiences of other Black women I see Cottom doing the same thing in this collection but in a way so composed that I could never imagine myself capable Each of these essays take a measured look at the relationship that Black women have to different aspects of society whether it is our relationship to beauty education other ethnicities the evolving concept of being Black sexual abuse medical care These are all issues that need to be discussed because Black women are losing opportunities losing their lives and losing our patience because of how we are perceived In Cottom s than capable hands these issues are dissected and her opinions made clear for readers to obtain Now while I enjoyed this book I can tell you right now that some may find it intimidating They may feel how thick it is and shy away from it or reject it But for those willing to actually consider what she is saying they ll be hard pressed to find lies Everything Cottom discusses holds a substantial amount of weight especially in todays society I found myself fully engaged in the essays And as thick as this book is it is a relatively easy read None of these essays are too long or abstract It s simply the language she uses is descriptive and at times analytical I would highly recommend this book I think Cottom is able to put into words the concern that we should all have while existing in this political climate Even though parts of what she is saying may be painful or hit a sensitive spot for some Black women it s all well done and really well reasoned I give this book 45 out of 5 starsThank you Netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Thick And Other Essays

  1. says:

    Tressie McMillan Cottom’s essay collection Thick And Other Essays is thick in every sense of the word This book is thick with wit and depth and intelligence as McMillan Cottom tackles black womanhood contextualizing whiteness beauty in a capitalist society class mobility and much She engages in fascinating ways with the forces that bear down upon her from her subject position in prose that effortlessly blends the perso

  2. says:

    Without a doubt the best book I have read in 2019 thus far Thick And Other Essays is thick with wit intelligence and an assured self awareness Tressie McMillan Cottom addresses many topics within the realm of black womanhood including beauty standards and whiteness ethnic differences within the black community socioeconomic class an

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest This is a really excellent collection of essays written by a black woman on issues that matter for both women and people of color Better yet she gives the why behind

  4. says:

    Gritty smart original Thick is a powerful collection of essays on race and womanhood especially Black womanhood and the many injustices heaped upon Black women   Tressie McMillan Cottom shares intimate details of her own life and covers a broad spectrum about her thoughts on racism and white superiority and what is wrong with America toda

  5. says:

    I liked Thick very much and in fact there were essays here that spoke to me for me within me The writing was uite affecting Cottom is brash and intense and funny and full of facts That's what was great about the

  6. says:

    Recently an incoherent commenter accused me of being a typical Karen for writing a negative review of Little Fires Everywhere and alth

  7. says:

    Yooooooo Tressie Tressie Tressie SIS SISSSSS This whole book rocked my entire world and like just got all up in my feelings and my mind and honestly it just hit me like a ton of bricks There's so much important stuff here I'm going to buy a

  8. says:

    DNF at 26% I tried repeatedly to get into this book but its just not my usual kind of book although a good one not for me I have a sleep disorder that knocks me right out if I don't find something gripping and even on some that I do so I have to save my reading time for books that I find compelling Thanks for understanding

  9. says:

    Thick If that isn’t an apt title for this collection than I don’t know what is because this is a thick book Not thick in the amount of pages but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information It isn’t curing cancer or solving climate change But it is giving a voice and analytical eye to the way we treat judge measure love hate and depict Black women I knew after the very first essay in this collection that I was willing to an

  10. says:

    Now a Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction 2019This was dense and super interesting Tressie McMillan Cottom a professor of sociology and public intellectual writes about the black female experience in postmodern America and she offers a sharp analysis of various complex phenomena that affect her and many other black women In eight essays she tackles topics such as the capitalist logic of beauty the election of Trump the vu

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