This week in journalism, Sept. 7, 2016


A few weeks ago I started following the perennial Wesley Snipes on Twitter. He tweets delightful, uplifting stuff like that lovely message above. Thank you, Blade.

Anyway, here are my favorite stories I read this week.

  1. Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature” by Steven Pearlstein for The Washington Post, 9/2/16: Many parents want their children to pursue majors that promise careers with hefty salaries, and many don’t think humanities studies count. Pearlstein points out the fallacies of that thinking in his critique on “helicopter parenting.”
  2. When this is over, you will have nothing that you want” by Garrison Keillor for The Chicago Tribune, 8/31/16: Keillor’s blistering message to Ivanka’s dad. No anti-Trump advocate could have said it better themselves.
  3. The Public Trial of Nate Parker” by Jeannie Suk Gerson for The New Yorker, 9/2/16: An examination on “The Birth of a Nation” actor and director Nate Parker’s 1999 rape case and America’s handling of sexual assault/rape in the context of race.
  4. How Harambe Became the Perfect Meme” by Venkatesh Rao for The Atlantic, 9/6/16. A think piece on what the Harambe meme says about our “post-everything” society (My favorite of the week, perhaps).
  5. The conclusion of “Framed“, a series by Christopher Goffard for The Los Angeles Times, started 8/28/16. Featured in my list last week, the Times released the remaining chapters on the well-reported drama between a PTA mom and a psychotic couple in Irvine.

Non-news bonus: “Points of Contact” poem by Kyle Dargan for The New York Times Magazine, 8/31/16.

Stay inspired, my friends.


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