Cha Cha Cha by Jane HellerPublishers Weekly
This debut novel by a publishing insider reads like a pallid imitation of Susan
Isaacs, complete with a pampered Jewish housewife as sleuth. Alison Waxman Koff and her affluent husband live by the credo of Wall Street s Gordon Gecko- greed is good- -but their financial assets in upscale Layton, Conn., vanish in the crash of 87. Alison must do without her shopping trips, her manicures and eventually her husband, who returns to his first wife. Heavily in debt, she takes a job doing what she knows best: cleaning house. She becomes a maid for Melanie
Moloney, a vitriolic, odious writer of sleazy biographies who is currently engaged in exposing the sins of Laytons leading citizen, a former Hollywood actor and U.S. senator. When Melanie is murdered, the inept local constabulary ignores the lengthy list of suspects and arrest Alison, who fights back with some unique weapons- -even enlisting the aid of her loathsome mother. Hellers pursuit of
humor is relentlessly heavy-handed, and her onslaught of lame wisecracks combines with stereotypical characters to further subvert her unsurprising story.
THAT'S THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT 'CHA (Original Full-Length Album
Anzzia Magazine. Listen to? Anzzia: When did you realize then, because you started out writing and journaling, when did you realize that you had serious music talent? Cha Cha: I still don't even know. It sounds weird hearing me say that.
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Remember to Bring Tea! In the simplest terms, Cha Qi is the life force of the tea. In China there is the concept of Qi, the 'breath' or life force of all things: the earth has Qi, plants have Qi, my cats have Qi, the air has it, the plants, everything has it. The food we eat imparts Qi into us as does the tea we drink, but if it is everywhere, what makes it special? Here is where it gets really fun, or really confusing, you can pick. Cha Qi is experienced differently by everyone.
Do ya remember that feeling where you know so many people but have no friends and community? That was surely us a few years ago - a season of our lives as newly weds where many of our friends had moved away. We still knew a lot people, but had zero community. So we started inviting people over for meals and tea. It took a lot of intentionality and vulnerability, but it quickly became the way we live our lives. Maybe that is where you are right now. We get it.
In some ways, Cha'ves Jamall , a rising artist in Bushwick, is just like every other queer Black person I love and know. Because of our brushes with a society that simply won't let us be — one that often demands we compartmentalize the trauma resulting from oppression and marginalization — we live in a perpetual state of duality. We play respectability politics on accident, and on purpose for survival. And we only dare to express ourselves when said expression can be consumed by the white world as a shiny package wrapped by a candy-coated bow. This can lend itself to a particular kind of brilliance and knowing about the world's machinations that only other Black queers can understand.