I read this book in November, long before the thought of this blog existed. I am relying on my unreliable memory and the notes I wrote about the book to create this post. I highly recommend this book and apologize for the inadequacy of this post. I have just added it back on to my reading list.
Stop on in and see my thoughts on Dave Eggers' 2009 book Zeitoun. I have enjoyed his books for a long time, and was therefore a bit surprised when I took a break from social justice themed books and ended up reading another book about social justice!
A wonderful discussion between Michelle Alexander and Krista Tippett. It is sure to generate thoughtful dialogue whether that is internal or with a trusted friend.
Just read it. It is wonderful, it is accessible, and it is important.
A review of this wonderful philosophy based book about the meaning of Justice from several different theories and schools of thought. A helpful practice for anyone looking to improve their understanding of justice and ability to speak more intelligently on the topic.
I read this back in November 2015, and it remains in the top 5 books since I started reading again. It is not the easiest read, but it is profoundly intelligent, humbling, and inspiring.
If you are unaware, Mick Foley is a former pro-wrestler, and Tori Amos is an accomplished musician. Mick Foley talks with the host of one of my new favorite podcasts Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin about many things, but the guiding topic is RAINN - Rape Abuse Incest National Network.
I love this podcast, and it is not because I love sports. Most of the athletes (like Mr. Foley) I know almost nothing about. However, it is great to hear fantastic stories of athletes doing inspiring work around a host of important issues. Athletes using their intellect, passion, and sometimes fame to make a positive difference in our world.
The Black Panthers have been all over the news I am seeing. it seemed to start with Beyonce’s SuperBowl performance, then there was this podcast in anticipation of the upcoming documentary, and Ta-NehIsi Coates just wrote an article in The Atlantic about them as well. Well, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther articles is actually about him writing the new comic book (which I’m excited about)!!!
I have been a long time listener of RadioLab. They have a wonderful mixture of storytelling that generally includes fun and interesting sound production. This episode is about debate club, which is something I have never really understood. After listening to this episode, I feel like a know enough to have a small appreciation for what it is and a small understanding of what is actually happening in a debate! Of course, I am sharing this episode because it addresses social justice issues.
If it is not, it certainly should have been a seminal work and foundation for limiting racism and prejudice in America. W.E.B Dubois wrote a masterpiece that depicts life for the African American at the beginning of the 20th Century, and a level of insight that is so difficult to grasp without the benefit of great hindsight.
I just found out about this podcast and am saddened that it appears to be finished. Although almost a month old, this is still a relevant and informative look at the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. I am looking forward to listening through the archives of episodes.
A fascinating book to start understanding the complexities of poverty.
A good talk about how many people are starting to believe we should approach our biases. A small aside, the book she mentions listening to at the beginning is one that Susan has strongly encouraged me to read.
Pretty awesome when you accidentally here about work people are doing in the distant land you happen to be visiting. I learned a lot about the informal labor market, which is a term I was unfamiliar with.
After getting my quick update on the political news in America, I was slowly getting bored with the promotion of the upcoming movie Life Animated. However, I stuck with it and both director Roger Ross Williams, and writer Ron Suskind had some very interesting thoughts to share.
Save yourself some time and scan my blog to know where to skip to.
An impressive work of non-fiction by Katherine Boo. Many themes in the book are quite similar to those we witness here in Thailand, but maybe there are universal themes of poverty. Read a few of my thoughts on the book here.
An amazing podcast featuring the author Gary Younge about the making of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech, the March on Washington, and how history has unfolded.
Jonathan Kozol has been writing about poverty in New York City for over 25 years, this is the first book I have read by him.