Each week, our newest employee, Akande X, picks a book or zine or something from the store and uses it as a jumping off point for a short piece of nonfiction, a poem, or an essay. We'll release these on a roughly weekly basis whenever Akande's working. We hope you enjoy!
Nature, a zine by Jeffrey Cheung
In this piece I wanted to utilize the same style Jeffery uses in his illustrations- simple abstractions from daily life. These are the observations I had of a trip to Washington, D.C.
Boy, they had all of us fooled. In between the legs of the dead man Lincoln and by George Washington's penis (tell me that’s not a huge white penis) sprouting like a monumental deathly lilac out of the ground.
A painfully beautiful Yoruba woman studying medicine talked to me about Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.
They say Washington, D.C. is built after ancient Egypt.
A Trump youth who threw himself down the steps of the Lincoln memorial four at a time, his parents were not in sight.
A short black man struck a conversation with me and my grandmother during a festival. He told us how this street was once the parade grounds for the Masons, then the Klan, then the gentrifiers. We can see those pictures on Howard’s campus.
I saw the president speak. Nothing much to say there (keep shufflin!).
A young Asian woman had trouble finding which platform to board the blue train on. In retrospect, I did not see a lot of Asians there.
Walking through Washington D.C. is a Marxist wet dream.
The Mecca is all that it is said to be.
Pick up a copy of Nature at the shop (as well as tons more of Jeffrey's zines). Find more of Jeffrey Cheung's work here!