Emma Watson Announces New Book Club Selection
Emma Watson recently announced that the next selection for her book club, Our Shared Shelf, is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. In a long-form video interview, Watson and Kaur talked about the book, self-publication, family, representation, Kaur’s Internet audience, and much more.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) September 5, 2018
When Watson mentioned Kaur’s over 2.8 million Instagram followers, Kaur responded that her following was somewhat unfathomable.
It’s hard to grasp. It’s just pixels on the screen. So it comes to life only when it’s real life and two people are sitting together, we’re hugging and we’re actually having a conversation. That’s when it takes my breath away.
Watson brought up the disruptive and transgressive nature of Kaur’s work, which deals with the body, sexuality, abuse, menstruation, and more. Kaur said that even though her work has been received as radical, it never felt that way to her.
It’s crazy that it’s radical. I don’t feel like it’s even remotely radical. Every day I wake up and I’m like, I need to get some edge. Let’s do this.
Kaur also discussed self-love and confidence, describing it as a practice that must be worked on consistently.
My confidence during that time [while writing Milk and Honey] was amazing…I thought that would just stay around forever and I’d always be confident and just feel beautiful and not be down on myself all the time. And then suddenly, I don’t know how or why, but it dropped all over again. And I was like, what? How can I be sharing this message, but yet waking up every day and criticizing myself? And so I realized that self-love is a consistent thing that you have to work towards… It’s just like everyday work and you will never have it all figured out. You just have to be kind to yourself.