Webcrawl Wednesday, 8.07.19

I’ve never read Toni Morrison, in part because finding her books was impossible in pre-Amazon India (and still is difficult today). This explainer of her literary oeuvre from the NYT is an excellent starting point from which to change that, though.

I’m always here for a good GRRM drag, and the others are pretty funny, too: Hemingway’s For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn, reimagined by other authors.

I recently finished Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism (full review coming soon!) and one of the key takeaways for me was how important cutting down and being intentional with my media consumption is in the age of the 24/7 disaster news cycle. Here are a few tips for creating a more balanced media diet of your own.

This is from 2013, but I still love this takedown of the American obsession with French beauty this and French lifestyle that, where for French read cis blonde skinny White upper-class woman with flawless skin and three outfits rather than, y’know, Josephine Baker or Miss Dominique. (I would totally be down for all the articles about how to be French like Josephine Baker, though.)

I just finished Isle of Blood And Stone by Makiia Lucier, a historical YA novel in whose world leprosy still exists. Imagine my surprise when the same week I ran across this NYT article explaining that the disease still exists in India, and this fascinating behind-the-scenes interview with Apoorva Mandavilli, the journalist who wrote it.

The world can be a scary place sometimes, so I’m going to wrap up with this classic Mr Rogers quote: Look for the helpers.

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