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#293: Homecoming

The Highlighter
May must be the month when things get serious in article writing land. Loyal readers, you’ve come to the right place, because today’s issue of The Highlighter is a blockbuster. Honestly, I couldn’t decide which article should get top billing. Should it be “Homecoming,” the story of an elderly man in a nursing home at the beginning of the pandemic? Or should it be “Magic Actions,” the story of the rebellion that followed the murder of George Floyd? Ultimately I had to choose, but both are outstanding, and after all, is there a rule that you can read only one?
Why all this great writing all of a sudden? It could be coincidental. But I’m thinking it has to do with time. It’s been more than a year since lockdown, and nearly a year since Mr. Floyd’s murder. Thoughtful writing takes space and perspective. I’m appreciative of Davy Rothbart and Tobi Haslett for their pieces — not to mention Clint Smith and Eric Kim, who round off this week’s edition. (All men this week? Might be a first.)
+ Guess what happens when authors get featured in Article Club? They go ahead and publish critically acclaimed, best selling books! Next Friday, Brian Broome (“79”) comes out with Punch Me Up to the Gods, and Barrett Swanson (“Lost in Summerland”) comes out with Lost in Summerland. Is it time for a Highlighter book club, too? 😀

Homecoming: A Family’s Nursing Home Dilemma
Magic Actions: Looking Back On The George Floyd Rebellion
Here’s Chris, clad in her favorite monkey hat, looking out into the distance, beaming with gobs of happiness and pride that she’s a loyal reader of The Highlighter.
Here’s Chris, clad in her favorite monkey hat, looking out into the distance, beaming with gobs of happiness and pride that she’s a loyal reader of The Highlighter.
Why Confederate Lies Live On
When I Came Out To My Parents, Kimchi Fried Rice Held Us Together
+ Reader Annotations: I’m pleased that several of you appreciated last week’s essay by Tyrone Fleurizard. “Wow,” loyal reader Lisa wrote, “ ‘How To Name Your Black Son In a Racist Country‘ was a master class in content and technique.” My thoughts, too, Lisa — thank you for sharing.
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