Book cover of Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpeby Christina Sharpe

Critically acclaimed author of In the Wake, “Christina Sharpe is a brilliant thinker who attends unflinchingly to the brutality of our current arrangements . . . and yet always finds a way to beauty and possibility” (Saidiya Hartman).

A singular achievement, Ordinary Notes explores profound questions about loss and the shapes of Black life that emerge in the wake. In a series of 248 notes that gather meaning as we read them, Christina Sharpe skillfully weaves artifacts from the past—public ones alongside others that are poignantly personal—with present realities and possible futures, intricately constructing an immersive portrait of everyday Black existence. The themes and tones that echo through these pages—sometimes about language, beauty, memory; sometimes about history, art, photography, and literature—always attend, with exquisite care, to the ordinary-extraordinary dimensions of Black life.

Interview with the Author

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Double Shot: Christina Sharpe and Ava Chin
4/29/23            89 min

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Christina Sharpe : Ordinary Notes
5/1/23         138 min

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Episode 204: Christina Sharpe
5/11/23           33 min

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