First Listen: Lizz Wright, 'Grace'

Aided by producer Joe Henry, the jazz and gospel singer strikes a balance between ecstasy and empathy on her sixth album.
Lizz Wright's' Grace is out Sept. 15 Source: Courtesy of the artist

One of my favorite courses in grad school was "Theology and the Body." We spent the better part of a semester pondering the legacy of Western mind-body dualism and the hierarchical ways of thinking that it spawned, which elevated spiritual and intellectual pursuits (associated with masculinity) above physicality and embodied existence (associated with femininity) and was used to justify the strict discipline of fleshly impulses. It's a very old idea, but one that still holds currency among concerned with governing how bodies are presented

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