Scar Stories: The Toll of Colon Cancer

“When Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer, Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country’s most renowned historians of racism, felt moved to speak up about his own fight against a disease that disproportionately afflicts Black men. He decided to reveal the scars from his own surgery—to wear them as visible signs of triumph over adversity. Here, alongside six other patients and survivors, he bares his wounds—and reckons with the disease’s lasting effects on his body and his spirit.”

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 22, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,140 words)

On Owning Many Books

“I know that book collections become a pantomime of erudition, or a flex, as I often think when walking past the lit windows of tony brownstones in Brooklyn and catch sight of a large built-in bookcase. And yet when I have ever passed one without the tug of desire?”

Author: Mik Awake
Source: Popula
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,358 words)