May 5, 2022, Thursday evening -- Reading Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

On a calm, warmish evening in Oakland, California

She is reading Fierce Self-Compassion, by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. She had read the author's previous book and liked it better. 

When I asked her about her favorite book, she said Black Paper: Writing in a Dark Time, a collection of essays by Teju Cole, a Nigerian author. She said the writing is gorgeous and the book is about race and the complexity of the current moment. 

I'm trying to remember our conversation and get everything right, but I think she said that in the book one of the things he writes about is visiting places, such as the US/Mexico border and it is by physically being there, that by going to these places, he can really feel in his body what the situation is, to really understand it.