When Even The Greatest Of Writers Grapples With Self-Doubt

For anyone that does creative work, Gabrielle Bellot’s poetic piece at LithHub is a salve for the times when we’re plagued by artistic self-doubt. In relaying her own struggles and in deconstructing the work of W.B. Yeats and Derek Walcott, Bellot finds solace and inspiration in two other writers who also sought to shed the “thick coats of impostors.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,435 words)

James Baldwin’s Harlem Through a Child’s Eyes

Gabrielle Bellot on James Baldwin’s children’s book, Little Man, Little Man, written for his nephew, Tejan: “[It] brings to life many of Baldwin’s arguments as it dissolves rigidly drawn lines between children’s and adult literature.”

Published: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,458 words)

Volcano Dreams

After being rejected by a flirtatious acquaintance, Gabrielle Bellot examines her pain and trepidations, realizing that years after transitioning, she needs to stop allowing others to define her and dictate what’s considered worthy of love.

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,785 words)

Jean Rhys Had to Leave Her Home to Truly See It

The author of Wide Sargasso Sea was an eternal exile, but that otherness, and the Caribbean, deeply influenced her writing.

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 26, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,962 words)

The Forgotten Black Woman Behind Betty Boop

The comic character Betty Boop is enjoying a renaissance, with new cartoons, a new trademark red lipstick, and women’s fashions on offer. Gabrielle Bellot explores the original inspiration for Betty Boop — a black jazz singer named Baby Esther Jones — whose signature voice and scat-inspired patter inspired not only Betty’s look, but her signature phrase, “Boop-oop-a-doop.” As Bellot says, Boop was far more than just a cartoon character — quite the opposite — as the first feminist depicted in animated film.

Published: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,978 words)