It’s been a heavy week. I don’t think it’s just me. I’ve noticed a weight with friends, family, and colleagues. It’s an in-between state, maybe, a languishing
. A hope for an end to the pandemic, but a realization that we’re still very much in the middle. An acknowledgement of a verdict that brought accountability, but a recognition that justice is still far off. And loss, plenty of personal loss, close to home. I hope you’re finding time to process, rest, be with friends, be alone, reflect, do whatever’s right for you.
If reading is helpful, I’ve got articles for you. This week’s lead piece
by Ibram X. Kendi on compliance is a must-read, but even more powerful is “Seeing in the Dark
,” by Breai Mason-Campbell. She captures the feelings of accumulated collective grief and the bitter truth that white people, at any moment, may bow out of the struggle for justice. Then after a pet photo break, Ashon Crawley shares his thoughts on Lil Nas X and Delphine Minoui offers some hope on the power of reading to build community. Please enjoy.
+ I invite you to try out Article Club
— whether it’s this Sunday, for our discussion
of Bill Buford’s “Baking Bread in Lyon
,” or in upcoming months, when we’ll welcome authors Lauren Markham, Amirah Mercer, and Caitlin Flanagan. If you like to read deeply and want to connect with other thoughtful people, I’m certain you’ll appreciate Article Club.
+ You’ve weighed in: Saturday is officially Highlighter Reading Day, when the majority of you take the time to sink into the articles. If you’re an aspiring reader, VIP Martha
is planning a friendly event that will support you and your reading goals. In the meantime, please reach out and say hi, whether by email or by voice message (like VIP Angelina