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#288: White People, Black Authors Are Not Your Medicine

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Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening The Highlighter. The other day, it hit me yet again that I haven’t set foot in a school building for more than a year, which is an odd thing for me to say, given that I’ve been an educator my whole career. Many of you are in education, too, and if you’re back in your classroom, I’d love to hear how it’s going. In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for education-related articles that aren’t all about people being mean and yelling at each other.
This week’s articles are shorter than normal, but they’re outstanding nonetheless, and I hope you read multiple. The lead essay, “White People, Black People Are Not Your Medicine,” challenges the performative move of buying books for anti-racism and then never reading them — or maybe as bad, reading them to seek absolution or to be seen as a good person.
If that piece isn’t relevant to you, skip down to Roxane Gay’s article on fat shaming, Beth Nguyen’s essay on name shaming, and Jennifer Chong Schneider’s reflection on dating and relationships. And course, there’s the pet photo and the pasta podcast. Please enjoy!
+ Want to jettison your Pandemic Life, flee to France, and bake bread? If so, join Article Club this month, where we’ll be discussing “Baking Bread in Lyon,” one of my favorite three articles of 2020. Author Bill Buford will participate in our conversation (and optionally critique your sourdough). Here’s more info and here’s the sign-up form. Try it, you’ll like it!
+ Also, if Article Club sounds like too much of a commitment right now, but you’d still like to connect with other thoughtful readers and talk about the articles in a different format, please hit reply, let me know, and let’s brainstorm ways to make that happen.

White People, Black Authors Are Not Your Medicine
We Are All Fragile Creatures
Johnny Cash, who belongs to loyal reader Erin (right), partakes in all outdoor activities but enjoys kayaking the most. She thanks loyal reader Dawn (left) for her supportive coaching. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Johnny Cash, who belongs to loyal reader Erin (right), partakes in all outdoor activities but enjoys kayaking the most. She thanks loyal reader Dawn (left) for her supportive coaching. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
America Ruined My Name For Me
Swipe White
+ Pasta Update: If you’ve been following the bucatini brouhaha (see Issues #276, #277, and #278), you can set that aside and focus now on cascatelli, the new pasta in town, a creation of Dan Pashman and his Mission ImPASTAble series. Yes, by all means, please weigh in with your thoughts, especially if you’re lucky enough to sample the prized pasta.
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