Ijeoma Oluo: Behind the Book

Ijeoma Oluo
Writing, life, and writing life
Created 16 Aug 2021
  • Capitalism Sucks, But Don't Be Shamed For Your Hustle
    06 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 27 1
    Image description: a photograph of a Black woman resting on a couch, with an open book laying on her stomach. Credit: JGI/Jamie Grill, getty images Rest is crucial. We all need rest. We need the funda...
  • Your Worst Writing Nightmare
    05 Jan 2022 • 21 min read • 21 4
    Description: Image of a young child sitting at a computer with a paper bag over his head with a frowny face drawn on it. Credit: RichVintage, getty images One of the most common concerns that aspiring...
  • Sometimes Writing is Just a Job
    29 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 28 7
    Image description: a close-up photo of an open book with nails sticking out of the pages. Credit: Zoonar RF I have always loved words. I’ve always loved books. Before I learned to write actual words I...
  • But What If A Pinecone Hits Her In The Head?
    23 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 49 12
    I mean, how could you not fall in love with this face?? Image description: a photograph of our 7 month old puppy laying on our bed, looking at the camera with a little doggie smile on her face. After ...
  • I'd Rather Be In Palm Springs
    21 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 16 24
    Image description: a picture of my two big kids being little kids in a pool in giant unicorn and avocado floaties. Hey y’all! Because it’s the holiday week I’m going to go a bit light on these posts. ...
  • My Icky Sticky Evolving Relationship With Consumerism
    16 Dec 2021 • 14 min read • 45 9
    Ashes to ashes and all that. Image description: a photograph of our bedroom after our house fire. I feel like a lot of us consume in ways that we don’t fully investigate. We are aware that consumerism...
  • Introducing: Your Worst Writing Nightmare
    14 Dec 2021 • 13 min read • 13 3
    Image description: Frustrated brown-skinned student working in classroom. Credit: JGI/Jamie Grill, getty images Hey look - it’s a new mini-series! I’ve decided to write about some of your worst writin...
  • Love at Forty
    09 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 50 14
    Image Description: a photograph of Ijeoma and Gabriel standing together by the waterfront, gray hair and all. I was near forty when I fell in love for the first time. 37, to be exact. I had loved peop...
  • Part 2: What's It Like To Write A Book?
    07 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 17 1
    image description: Stack of books on table. Credit: mrs, getty images Ok, so I know that I said I would save future installments of the “what’s it like to write a book” series for the next time I was ...
  • So Different And Yet Exactly The Same
    03 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 51 10
    family portrait of my partner and I and my two kids walking on the beach. Credit: April Appah @aprilappahphotography Yesterday was my younger son’s 14th birthday. As I sat at the breakfast table yeste...
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