Tag: books

The Integration Success Stories

On April 19, 1971, the Senate began debate on legislation that had the potential to foster meaningful integration in American schools. The bill was Connecticut senator Abraham Ribicoff’s baby. He thought that supposedly haphazard, so-called “de facto” segregation was a myth. Instead, he believed that all segregation was traceable to law or public policy. It […]

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Turn Off the Procrastination Station

A dizzying array of thoughts indeed. Each one was cleverly designed to keep me from addressing the issues that I know will arise as I explore the concept of procrastination. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it this way: Definition of procrastinate transitive verb : to put off intentionally and habitually intransitive verb : to put off intentionally the doing […]

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George R.R. Martin Doesn’t Think HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Was Good For His Books

HBO Months have past and everyone is still talking about how Game of Thrones should have ended. That’s because HBO’s hugely popular fantasy series, which came to an end after eight seasons in mid-May, had become an integral part of popular culture. So, of course, everyone is going to have an opinion about how showrunners […]

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George R.R. Martin Says He Can Finally Finish the Books Now that ‘GoT’ Is Over

The cast of Game of Thrones may be a little “upset” about all those extremely negative reactions to the eighth and final season earlier this year, but George R.R. Martin is feeling pretty happy that the show is done, apparently. On Sunday, the Observer published an interview with Martin talking about the fact that Game […]

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Take a Look, It’s in a Book: Our Forever President Drops His 2019 Summer Reading List

Photo: Barbara Davidson (Getty Images) I spend a lot of time studying successful people. I want to know where they went to school, who their mentors are, what their daily routine consists of, what they eat, hell, what brand of toilet paper do they use? But one of the things I’m most curious about is […]

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The Harsh World of Offshore Borders

There are the borders that register quickly as borders—red, metal spikes jutting from dusty hills, glinting spirals of razor-wire—and then there are borders that don’t. There are borders roiling in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, where naval and coast guard vessels intercept thousands of people fleeing danger in makeshift boats. There are the borders of refugee […]

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10 Essential Books That Illustrate Toni Morrison’s Literary Legacy

Literary legend, educator, and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison died on August 5, leaving an indelible mark on the world with her poetic writing that spoke truthfully and powerfully of the Black experience. In addition to bringing to life characters through whom she skillfully discussed the themes of racism, slavery, violence, and class, her work challenged […]

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Surprise ‘Fleabag’ Book Is Coming This Fall

Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t going to give us a third season of Fleabag, or a chance to see her perform her one-woman show after her London run ends next month, or even to see a filmed version of the stage show since it’s only screening in U.K. and Canada. But worry not, everybody—a Fleabag book is […]

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The Case of the “Disappearing” Poet

From Hollywood movies to children’s books, there has probably never been more discussion of how people of color are represented in American culture than there is right now. Efforts like #OscarsSoWhite or We Need Diverse Books have called attention to the fact that white performers, authors, and characters continue to dominate mainstream movies and books. […]

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Lucasfilm’s First Non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in Years Is a Children of Blood and Bone Adaptation

Zélie as she appears on the cover art for Children of Blood and Bone.Image: Rich Deas (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers) Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio has been laser-focused on two of its biggest franchises: cycling up a whole deluge of Star Wars films, and getting going on a continuation of […]

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Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity

Fact and fiction are interminably wound up in Natalia Ginzburg’s novels. In a preface to an early novel, Voices In The Evening, she clarified that the characters in the story “are not alive, nor have ever lived, in any part of the world.” Family Lexicon, the most autobiographical of Ginzburg’s books, was to be read […]

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