It’s Banned Books Week! Among other things. Have fun opening up a bunch of new tabs and surreptitiously reading them during work! Yeah, I know how you do.
“My Arab family is no different than yours, except maybe the way we drink our tea. Arabs drink theirs hot and sweet, and southerners drink it cold and sweet. I get the pleasure of having both.”
Ruwa Romman, The Bitter Southerner
“For women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”
Katy Howell, Ms.
The maternal mortality rate has been climbing in the U.S. (up 27% in five years!) but declining everywhere else. Here are some reasons why. (Spoiler: they are not good reasons.)
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time
How some teachers and students are strengthening and queering the curriculum:
Catherine Kulke, WBUR
What’s happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Indian Country Today
The Levine Museum of the New South hosted a program putting the Charlotte protests in historical context.
Tim Funk, Charlotte Observer
That one time a sorority girl, emboldened by school spirit, chased down an arsonist.
James Crepea, AL.com
“Seventeen years ago, Election’s portrayal of a chronically emasculated teacher’s campaign to destroy his most talented female student was darkly comedic. Today, with a dick-obsessed demagogue unleashing vitriol toward the most ambitious woman in American history, Election is downright brutal.”
Maureen O’Connor, The Cut
Books with protagonists of color are flagged for depictions of racism. Um. I’ll just let Knox explain why this is nonsense:
“Diverse books, by definition, center on the experiences of people who are not dominant in society, and it is not surprising that these stories will often include experiences that may make the reader uncomfortable in some way. It makes sense that a coming-of-age novel that centers on a teenage, Native American boy, such as The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will include racism, offensive language, and sex.”
Emily Knox, School Library Journal
Halt and Catch Fire, y’all. Why aren’t you watching it? Don’t you like Bechdel-test-busting dramas set in the 80s? Here’s a spoilery recap—there aren’t even decent think pieces about this show!—that opens with an explanation of what you’re missing (answer: SO MUCH). Reminder: ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Is So Good
Brian Grubb, UPROXX