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By Mark Isero

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#316: Black Spaces, White Spaces

On sharing space across racial difference

 
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#315: The Common Good

+ Readers’ Annotations: Several of you wrote to share your appreciation of last week’s issue on the role of work in our lives. VIP Jamie shared that she found the articles “thought provoking,” and VIP Martha, a self-professed workaholic, wrote that she was ex…

 
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#314: The Death Of The Job

+ Readers’ Annotations: Loyal reader Gena, a school counselor in Mexico City, kindly wrote to share that last week’s article about men in college has sparked conversation and controversy among her colleagues. She offered two blog posts (here and here) by Jon …

 
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#313: Back To School 📚 🏫 🎓 👨‍🏫

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy it? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.To our two new subscribers – Umar and Bink – I hope you find the newsletter a solid addition to your email in…

 
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#312: Twenty Years Later

+ Reader Annotations: Last week’s issue on Roe v. Wade led many of you to share kind notes of appreciation. Loyal reader Cindy found the lead article riveting. She wrote:I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a voice like no other on this earth to be the baby at th…

 
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#311: Roe

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy it? Or do you think we should go back to the regular format (fewer theme issues, more eclectic issues)? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.To our tw…

 
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#310: Afropessimism

+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Katherine loved last week’s Food Issue. She wrote, “I’m very into this issue. Because: I LOVE corn. I have always wanted to know why chicken is SO CHEAP! And I discovered garlic noodles when I moved to the Bay, now I can’t i…

 
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#309: The Food Issue 🌽 🥭 🍗 🍜

+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Matt appreciated last week’s Animal Issue. He wrote, “I found this to be a refreshing theme and timely. The week has been rough in the world of education. The animals are so therapeutic! Of course, I’m a bit biased as a dog …

 
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Correction: Sorry for the missing introduction yesterday!

Dear Loyal Readers,For some reason, yesterday’s Animal Issue (#308) was published with its introduction missing. Sorry about that! I’m not sure how that happened.Here’s a quick summary of the intro (from memory):Newer subscribers might be asking, “Why does a …

 
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#308: The Animal Issue 🐶 🐱 🦔 🐋 🐙 🐤

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy the theme? Or do you think we should go back to the regular format (fewer animals, more race / education / culture)? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from …

 
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#307: Actions > Words

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy the theme? Or do you think we should go back to the regular format? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.To our new subscribers Ipek and Kait, I hope …

 
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#306: Journeys Of Grief

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy it? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.If you like The Highlighter, please help it grow. I appreciate your support. Here are a few ways you can help…

 
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#305: The Fight Over U.S. History

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy it? Or do you think we should go back to the regular format? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.To our new subscribers Nabiha and C, I hope you find…

 
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#304: History And Legacy

The history that lives in our back yards

 
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#303: Black Male Valedictorians 🎓

Our media and society like feel-good stories of brilliance and resilience. But to be the exception is problematic.

 
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#302: The Endless Robbing Of Native American Graves

What compels a person to reach inside the grave of another and take what’s there?

 
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#301: Summerland

+ Audio: In addition to his writing, you might enjoy this recent interview of Mr. Swanson on the Longform Podcast.

 
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#300: Race Realist

Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Did you enjoy it? Let me know by clicking on “Yes” or ”No” below. I like hearing from you.I appreciate all of you, but as we finish up on Issue #300, I’d like to thank the newsletter’s 50 VIPs (aka “…

 
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#299: If We Can Soar

+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Matt shared that he appreciated last week’s article, “Abolish High School.” But he rightfully questioned the piece’s title, given that author Rebecca Solnit calls for reform rather than eradication. “I do see how using aboli…

 
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#298: Twelve Minutes And A Life

+ Reader Annotations: VIP Marna kindly shared that she loved last week’s lead article on sleep, “Chasing a Waking Life.” She added, “The author seemed to be speaking directly to me.” Me too, Marna. Me too. Anyone else out there in the same predicament? (I’ve …