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#299: If We Can Soar

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Good morning, loyal readers, and thank you for reading today’s issue of The Highlighter. If you like history, or acknowledge history’s impact on the present, you’ll appreciate how this week’s articles talk to each other. “If We Can Soar,” the lead article, focuses on flight and liberation, telling the story of Cornell Norwood and other fanciers of Birmingham Roller pigeons in South Central over the past 50 years. If you’ve never seen these birds roll, you’ll be astonished.
Scared of birds? No problem. Take in a thoughtful essay about what history is (and isn’t), or spend time with another thoughtful essay considering which history we should (and shouldn’t) teach. Or skip those pieces, head all the way down to the bottom, and celebrate one woman’s journey of body positivity. Please enjoy!
+ You can listen to Article Club favorite Barrett Swanson, author of Lost in Summerland, on this week’s episode of the Longform podcast. He talks about his new book, a compilation of articles, three of which I have featured in the newsletter. “Lost in Summerland” (#225) is still my favorite, but “The Anxiety of Influencers” (#294) and “Men at Work” (#218) are pretty great, too.

If We Can Soar
History As End
Highlighter favorite MJ enjoys naps, doing tricks for treats, and peeing in the apartment when his owners, Angelina and Clem, are not around. Want your pet to be featured in the newsletter? hltr.co/pets
Highlighter favorite MJ enjoys naps, doing tricks for treats, and peeing in the apartment when his owners, Angelina and Clem, are not around. Want your pet to be featured in the newsletter? hltr.co/pets
The Importance Of Teaching Dred Scott
Why I Shared My Nude Photos On The Internet
+ Reader Annotations: Loyal reader Matt shared that he appreciated last week’s article, “Abolish High School.” But he rightfully questioned the piece’s title, given that author Rebecca Solnit calls for reform rather than eradication. “I do see how using abolish in the title is much more gripping than reform or something of that nature,” Matt wrote. “But I feel like that word is too bold and has too many other morally significant associations historically than to use in this article’s context.” You’re right on it, Matt! Thank you for reading the piece closely and offering your perspective. Loyal readers, if an article moves you, hit reply and let me know.
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