Dear Loyal Readers,
More than 30 of you reached out with kind, thoughtful words after last week’s issue
. Thank you. I’ll keep what you said private, but please know that I’m grateful for your messages of care. I’m proud and appreciative of the reading community we have built here over the last seven years, and I look forward to continuing to grow alongside you.
Choosing this week’s articles was challenging. Should I look for pieces on gun violence or steer clear of the topic? Besides offering the best articles on race, education, and culture, what’s the deeper purpose of the newsletter in the first place? After some reflection, I did what I do: Read, and then read some more, seeking to find pieces that are well written, thought provoking, from a range of publications, and generous in spirit.
Today’s lead article, “What Bullets Do To Bodies
,” profiles Dr. Amy Goldberg, a heroic trauma surgeon who bluntly states that the only way our country will change its mind on guns is if we are shown the autopsy photos of dead children. The second piece
offers evidence to the claim that a “good guy with a gun” is not going to stop a “bad guy with a gun.” If the idea of reading those articles is too upsetting, skip to the last two selections – one about the vitriolic reading wars
and the other about a woman who wanted an abortion
before Roe v. Wade
My hope is that you’ll find at least one article worthy of your time and attention. Thank you for reading The Highlighter. Please have a good week.
P.S. Tonight’s Highlighter Happy Hour is sold out! If you didn’t get your free ticket this time, join us at our next one on Thursday, Aug. 4.