Pearl Cleage On When Someone Read Her Journal


From a Published Journal

January 23, 1972

“A journal is a very weird thing. I remember when Kris found part of my journal and read it, I felt really bad, but of course didn’t say anything to her about it. How can somebody read a journal that you have really put shit into that you don’t intend for other folks to read? When A.B. asked me what was in the folder and I said, ‘My Journal,’ I felt like I had been exposed in some kind of weird sex crime or something; like I had discovered my fly was open.”

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs, by Pearl Cleage


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Bakari Chavanu

is the creator of NaJoWriMo, and is the author of the interactive iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life