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#290: Compliance Will Not Save Me

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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).

Compliance Will Not Save Me
Seeing In The Dark: A Sermon On Race, Grief, Accountability, And Change
When loyal reader Rebecca left her dog Pepper with friends one weekend, he was having nothing of it. Instead, over eight hours, he found his way home — a 1 1/2-mile trek from Longfellow to Bushrod to the Oakland/Emeryville border. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
When loyal reader Rebecca left her dog Pepper with friends one weekend, he was having nothing of it. Instead, over eight hours, he found his way home — a 1 1/2-mile trek from Longfellow to Bushrod to the Oakland/Emeryville border. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Is The Lesson I Needed As A Queer Christian Kid
Hunting For Books In The Ruins: How Rebel Librarians Found Hope In Syria
+ Reader Annotations: After reading last week’s article on the classic French omelet, VIP Abby revealed that she grew up with the famous chef. She wrote, “Jacques Pépin lived in my hometown in a really cool house behind a big fence! He would often stop into my bookstore where I worked for all of high school and sign his books for us.” That makes me very happy, Abby! Did you meet Julia Child, too?
Also: I’m happy to report, the kids at Teenager Therapy got into college! (After featuring them back in Issue #277, I’ve been rooting for them.)
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