Sunday, March 7, 2021

This is One Way to Dance by Sejal Shah


Sejal Shah’s various identities — as a woman of color, a feminist, a teacher, a daughter — swirl together in this touching collection of essays, where she is unafraid to be deeply vulnerable and authentic. My favorite captures Shah’s visit to the Burning Man festival. Newly unemployed and rudderless, Shah aims for a personal catharsis of a sort in the middle of the desert. “All my life, I have been biking with brakes on. I wanted to just go,” she says of the experience. It deeply illuminates how the weight of every carefully calibrated decision can sometimes smother a spirit.

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