+ Reader Annotations
: Many of you, including loyal reader Luke
, loved Jia Tolentino’s stunning piece
on religion, drugs, and ecstasy. (If you missed it, you can press your luck to see if it’s chosen as one of the best articles of the year.)
Also popular was Sarah Fine’s article
on her journey as a white educator. Sorry that some of you couldn’t view my (snarky) annotations. Loyal reader Victoria
had this spot-on commentary:
I feel like that whole essay was asking for a cookie, like “look how tortured I have been as I vaguely thought about race in the US and yet continued to lead a life of tremendous privilege, even making more money off my privilege.” As my friend says often about white people emoting to prove their “down-ness” — no cookie! That is my response to her essay: NO COOKIE!
Thanks also to other readers who challenged my views on Ms. Fine’s essay, questioning my strong reaction and reminding me that maybe I was patting myself on the back as “a good white person.” (I stand by my views.)
Finally, a big thanks to loyal reader Vanessa, who read every article in last week’s issue (impressive work!), and to loyal reader Summer, who wrote this kind word about The Highlighter.
I subscribe because there’s a level of trust in the content you curate for the newsletter. There’s a lot of clickbait out there and articles unworthy of my brain cells, and I’m grateful for your thoughtfully curated essays.
Well shucks. And thank you all for sharing your thoughts! If you have a comment about an article or the newsletter in general, hit reply and tell me. I appreciate hearing from you.