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I've read a lot about White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, but this weekend was the first time I read that she is a descendant of Marie Laveau who was the subject of Jewell Parker Rhodes's novel, "Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau". Check out the Wall Street Journal's profile of Desiree Rogers here.

Writer Toure has a piece in the New York Times about Colson Whitehead's new novel and post-blackness. He writes that "It's time for us to hear more post-black stories like this." Whitehead's novel, "Sag Harbor," has received three reviews in the NYT in one week, each review angled towards a different audience.

I love Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm show which is broadcast from KCRW in Santa Monica, and can be found online here. Silverblatt has to be the closest reader of literature outside of an English department, and his interviews of writers are so smart and interesting because of it. An interview of Elizabeth Alexander is coming up on May 7th.

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