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White Things
  • White Things

  • Anne Spencer

    Most things are colorful things— the sky, earth, and sea.

    Profile Picture of Anne Spencer in White Things
  • Black men are most men; but the white are free!

  • White things are rare things; so rare, so rare

  • They stole from out a silvered world— somewhere.

  • Finding earth-plains fair plains, save greenly grassed,

  • They strewed white feathers of cowardice, as they passed;

  • The golden stars with lances fine

  • The hills all red and darkened pine,

  • They blanched with their wand of power;

  • And turned the blood in a ruby rose

  • To a poor white poppy-flower.

  • Anne Spencer

    They pyred a race of black, black men,

    Profile Picture of Anne Spencer in White Things
  • And burned them to ashes white; then

  • Laughing, a young one claimed a skull.

  • For the skull of a black is white, not dull,

  • But a glistening awful thing;

  • Made it seems, for this ghoul to swing

  • In the face of God with all his might,

  • And swear by the hell that siréd him:

Welcome to Literal!

Books on Literal are a little different, they look like a group chat. Characters have profile pictures and each sentence becomes a chat bubble.

Speaking Character


There are 4 different ways to experience reading: Auto Play, Audio Support, Tap To Read, and Free Scroll.

Tap “Next” to learn more.

Auto Play

Auto Play is the default reading mode. With Auto Play, text message bubbles load automatically.

You can play, pause, or skip forward at any time.

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Audio Reader

Turning on Audio Reader adds unique audio voices for each character. Just like with Auto Play, each bubble loads automatically.

Tap the speaker icon in the control bar to turn enable Audio Support.

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Tap to Read

If you want to control when every bubble appears, simply tap the skip forward icon. Doing so will automatically pause Auto Play or Audio Reader.

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Free Scroll

At any time you can scroll/swipe. We’ll automatically pause Auto Play or Audio Reader if you scroll/swipe while either are playing.