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#206: A Year Without A Name

Is it just me, or are things busy right now? I blame my birthday month (still going!) and the start o
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#206: A Year Without A Name
By Mark Isero • Issue #206 • View online
Is it just me, or are things busy right now? I blame my birthday month (still going!) and the start of school. It’s a wild time, filled with happy and stressful moments. If you feel similarly, my hope is that you’ll take some time for yourself to read. (Works for me.)
I’m proud of today’s collection, which ranges widely in topic and tone. This week’s lead article, “A Year Without A Name,” will pull you in with its nuance and grace. I highly recommend this piece, especially if you want to learn more about trans issues.
The other articles are excellent, too. My deep admiration for The 1619 Project continues, and this week’s essay on the roots of capitalism is worthy of your attention. If you want something lighter, scroll past the photo and dive into articles on larcenous lunch ladies and melodramatic baseball traditions.
+ HHH #11 is coming up soonish, so it’s time for you to secure your free ticket! We’re meeting up at Room 389 on Thursday, Sept. 5, beginning at 5:30 pm. HHH is a great way to meet new people, deepen friendships, and talk about the articles. See you there!

A Year Without a Name
American Capitalism Is Brutal. You Can Trace That to the Plantation.
Highlighter Happy Hour is joyous and fantastic, and I warmly invite you to join loyal readers Nicki, Jonathan, Todd, and Vlad on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Room 389 beginning at 5:30 pm. Secure your free ticket now! hltr.co/hhh11
Highlighter Happy Hour is joyous and fantastic, and I warmly invite you to join loyal readers Nicki, Jonathan, Todd, and Vlad on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Room 389 beginning at 5:30 pm. Secure your free ticket now! hltr.co/hhh11
A Tale Of Missing Lunch Money: Secrets And Lies In The School Cafeteria
Creamy And Gloopy (But Not Gooey): The Special Mud That Coats Baseballs
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Jonathan shared these thoughts about “Whiteness on the Couch,” by Natasha Stovall:
I deeply appreciated this article. I’m sharing it widely with my white friends, family, and colleagues. What I am beginning to understand is that you can’t half-ass your anti-racist work as a white ally. You have to be all in. And because it is painful and difficult, you cannot do it alone. I urge white readers of The Highlighter to dive into the internal work. Read about whiteness, confront your relationship to your white identity, and talk to other white folks about it. Get help when you need it. This is a huge part of what it means to “do the work.”
Also, if you’re advanced, check out Jonathan’s highlights and annotations on the article itself. (Please feel free to do the same and email your notes to me.)
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