By Faye Moskowitz
"A publication that might make you rise up and cheer."—The Detroit News
"Bridges the space among humor and depression, previous and current, Jew and gentile, to bare its author's basic humanity, deeply rooted in her unwavering love of family members. . . . Touching and compelling."—The Washington Post
"A sleek woman's historic voice, choked with the juicy style of life—knowing, loving, feeling, and clever."—Lore Segal
The Feminist Press brings again into print a literary gem.
Faye Moskowitz is writer of A Leak within the middle: own Essays and existence Stories and Whoever reveals This: i admire You, a set of news. She teaches writing at George Washington University.
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Only it did not deliver the goods; it was too informed by corrosive power relations, too mythic, to take the place of that concrete relational love that bonded black folks together in communities of hope and struggle. Black women, writing from a feminist perspective, have worked hard to show that narrow nationalism with its concomitant support of patriarchy and male domination actually helped erode an organic unity between black women and men that had been forged in strug gles to resist racism begun in slavery time.
It means that critics, writers, and academics have to give the same critical attention to nurturing and cultivating our ties to black community that we give to writing articles, teaching, and lecturing. Here again I am really talking about cultivating habits of being that re inforce awareness that knowledge can be disseminated and shared on POSTM O DERN BLACKNESS 31 a number of fronts. The extent to which knowledge is made available, accessible, etc. depends on the nature of one’s political commitments.
I mourned for that experience. I sat in classes in the integrated white high school where there was mostly contempt for us, a long tradition o f hatred, and I wept. I wept throughout my high school years. I wept and longed for what we had lost and wondered why the grown black folks had acted as though they did not know we would be surrender ing so much for so little, that w e would be leaving behind a history. Scenes in Paule Marshall’s novel P raisesong f o r the W idow re mind me of that loss; there the black couple is so intent on “making it” economically in the white world that they lose the sense of who they are, their history.
And the Bridge Is Love (Jewish Women Writers) by Faye Moskowitz