room 220

If We Could Just Be More Like Iowa

A review by Jeremy Tuman   Many people understand that wealth inequality, the gap between the poorest and wealthiest members of a society, has drastically increased in recent years, both in the United States and in other countries. We know, for instance, that C.E.O.-to-worker pay was quantified fifty years ago in double-digits, around twenty to one, If We Could Just Be More Like Iowa


“How do you know if you’re innovating, if you don’t know that you’re imitating?” (paraphrased from Kiese Laymon’s Facebook page).  I’m starting this month off with this paraphrased quotation for a few reasons. For writers and thinkers, social media definitely exists as a legitimate space for writing and the hashing out of new ideas. Paradoxically, the internet SOUND

Beyond The Magic Negro

Castle Rock’s Henry Deaver represents a major change I began reading Stephen King, at the age of 10. On a whim, I picked up his novel, IT during a library trip—that was how I got my hands on most of the work my parents wouldn’t have approved. The story was rich, dark, surprising, and inescapable. In Beyond The Magic Negro

SIGHT: Ayiti Chérie

Kouzen Azakamede, also known as Azaka, Zaka Mede, Zake, is the Haitian Vodoun loa/lwa of agriculture, farming, crops, harvest, healing, seeding, growing, and thoughtful cultivating of land. He is petitioned for good plentiful harvest, abundance in sharing a good harvest, productive farm work, healing of lands and people/communities through herbal and land honoring and necessary SIGHT: Ayiti Chérie


If you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not reality whose myth are you? Sun Ra, Prophetika : Book One SOUND—It has been the principle creative organizing tool of the Black community in New Orleans for centuries. This month, violinist, composer, and scholar, Sultana Isham explores the history of Black SOUND