I don’t often use my tumblr for serious things… but I figured, with this? Why not.
So, I’m interested because being a part of that “white, hetero, and cis” crowd I don’t share that the feeling the Schiller’s post was “not for me” nor did that feeling even occur to me as a way to feel (I facepalm over things like this more and more frequently). But what of Schiller’s invitation to suggest readings to him (which Fobazi has done here)? What about having to find somewhere, some place to start this discussion?
I think reading out of the box is a great idea, no matter what background/perspective you’re coming from. As much as I can see adejesus’s perspective on Schiller’s original post, I still think that we can all happily benefit from “diversifying” our lit, whatever that means to us.
To me, it means not only authors of different backgrounds, but also picking up different types of books. For me, this means a (wait for it) YA novel here and there - I never read them (unless they’re written by friends, like this awesome novel by Sean Joyce). I’m also not a huge fantasy/sci fi person, so maybe I’ll even add that to my year’s reading.
As an aside, I love how deeply LIS folks think about issues like diversity and understanding.