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Worshippers of Elon Musk have flocked to the middle of nowhere in Texas to watch SpaceX’s attempts to build a space-worthy rocket — and to find friends: For the first couple of months as a Texas resident, [Nic] lived in his car on the beach, where he had camped during his first stay. All he […] 


Based on thousands of pages of documents, a reporting team reveals how colleges and universities are using AI technology to surveil student protests: Documents from Kennesaw State show campus police tracked demonstrators’ online activity for days with Social Sentinel before a contentious 2017 town hall. Brandy White, a criminal intelligence analyst in KSU’s police department, […] 

A Mother’s Charge

A haunting story about a mother desperate to raise her son the right way — despite a past she cannot put behind her and living in the heart of cowboy country, where toxic masculinity is a way of life. He might be able to change the world, Sarah often says, if she can figure out […] 

‘These Kids Are Dying’ — Inside the Overdose Crisis Sweeping Fort Bragg

A staggering total of 109 soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg died in 2020 and 2021. In this important investigation, Seth Harp reports on record deaths at the U.S. Army’s largest base, including homicides, suicides, and accidental fentanyl overdoses. Otherwise healthy soldiers, like Matthew Disney, have been found “unresponsive” and slumped over in rooms and parked […] 

How Drew Barrymore Became a Bizarro Fixture of Daytime TV

A sympathetic look at Drew Barrymore’s chaotic world; Rachel Syme’s essay comes with the honesty characteristic of Barrymore herself. The show’s open sentimentality—and copious shed tears—are offset by its crackle of unplanned clumsiness. Bouncing off the walls one moment and breaking down the next, Barrymore seems to be barely holding on as sentiment threatens to […] 

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With Old Traditions and New Tech, Young Inuit Chart Their Changing Landscape

For generations, hunting and being deeply in tune with the land have been essential parts of Inuit culture in the Hudson Bay region of northernmost Canada. As the coastline changes, Inuit youth are combining next-generation tech and tools with the Indigenous wisdom of their elders to chart the evolving marine landscape — and make it […] 

America’s Most Remarkable Kid Died in Newcastle, Utah — His Legacy Never Will

The story of a child prodigy who was almost beyond belief. As Daryl Gibson points out, if anyone was going to save this world, it was Kevin Cooper — until his untimely passing at 14 years old. With his parents’ OK, he used funds from a loan, and an insurance settlement related to the rabbits, […] 

The Maintenance Race

In this fascinating piece, Stewart Brand recounts the journeys of three sailors competing in an around-the-world race in 1968, their very different approaches, and the important role of maintenance in their voyages. Every piece of equipment on board, and the structure of the boat itself, would be stressed for months on end. Since going ashore […] 

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – #Historical Aislish Sinclair, #Crime Jane Risdon

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Over the course of the summer months I will be sharing the recommended authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf along with their books and a selected review.

The first book today is the historical novel Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair.

About the book

Elizabeth craves adventure… excitement… love…

For now though, she has to settle for a trip from her family’s castle, to the port in Aberdeen, where her father has promised she’ll be permitted to buy a horse… all of her own.

Little does she suspect this simple journey will change her life, forever. And as she dreams of riding her new mount through the forests and glens of the Manteith estate, she can have no idea that she might never see them again.

For what lies ahead is danger, unimagined… and the fearful realities of kidnap and slavery.

But even when everything seems lost, most especially the chance of ever getting home again, Elizabeth finds friendship, comfort… and that much prized love, just where she least expected it.

Set in the mid eighteenth century, Fireflies and Chocolate is a story of strength, courage and tolerance, in a time filled with far too many prejudices.

One of the five star reviews for the book and I can add my own recommendation

MacTrish 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written tale with a captivating character at its heart Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2021

Fireflies and Chocolate is a wonderful book that tells the story of Elizabeth Manteith, a titled sixteen-year-old, who is abducted off the streets of Aberdeen in 1743 and taken off to Pennsylvania to work there. These abductions really happened, facilitated by the merchants of the city who were paid for their help.

Elizabeth is gutsy, vulnerable, rash and caring, and her quick wittedness and bravery had me cheering her on from the sidelines. Like her, we are confronted by the harsh realities of life as a slave or indentured labourer and she experiences danger and brutality as she wades in to protect her new-found friends. 

There’s also fun and humour in the mix and a romance that grows and develops with the tale. I loved the author’s depiction of the confusion Elizabeth faced regarding her true feelings for Peter, who helped her during the voyage, and for Michael who gave her a job as his cook. I’ll leave you to find out for yourself how that pans out! 

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About Ailish Sinclair

Ailish Sinclair trained as a dancer and taught dance for many years, before working in schools to help children with special needs. A short stint as a housekeeper in a castle fired her already keen interest in untold stories of the past and she sat down to research and write.

She now lives beside a loch with her husband and two children where she still dances and writes and eats rather a lot of chocolate.

The next author today is Jane Risdon with her short story collection Undercover Crime Shorts that makes for an interesting read.

About the collection

Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat. There is an extract from Jane’s forthcoming novel (series) Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder at Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – with the title of Undercover – for those who’ve been awaiting this series about a former MI5 Intelligence Office, Lavinia Birdsong. There’s something for everyone who enjoys a good yarn and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.

One of the reviews for Undercover Crime Shorts

Oscar McCloud4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy Crime with a bite Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2022

The common theme of these short stories is murder, where the victims apparently deserving their fate as the perpetrators justify their actions.

All the main characters in each of the stories have psychopathic tendencies, but the short narration of the events does not allow their characteristics and backgrounds to be developed. An example is the paranoid diplomat who believes he is the victim of a ‘honey trap.’ I, as the reader, felt he was more of a misogynist and opportunist who covered up serial murders.
I liked the premise of the stories, and found them imaginative and entertaining, all with a bite of incredible plotting.

Murder by Christmas was my favourite. The idea of deciding to murder before you can collect an inheritance is a dilemma. What gives the story intrigue is that the deceased, in her will, had decided she wants rid people in her life whom she disliked. Equally interesting is how easily the perpetrators have no remorse and meticulously kill their victims before they start a new life with their new wealth. The ending left me wondering if I could do the same. (Probably not).

I enjoyed this collection of short fiction. Although on the surface a grim subject, each tale has a mischievous tone, with the narration like cosy crime providing a sense of justice in most cases. 

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About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon is the co-author of ‘Only One Woman,’ with Christina Jones (Headline Accent) and ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ (Plaisted Publishing), as well as having many short stories published in numerous anthologies. She writes for several online and print magazines such as Writing Magazine, Electric Press, and The Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine.

Undercover: Crime Shorts was the February Free Book of the Month on the virtual library and festival site,, and her live video interview features in their theatre. She is a regular guest on international internet podcasts including UK Crime Book Club (UKCBC), Donnas Interviews Reviews and Giveaways, and on radio shows such as,, and The Brian Hammer Jackson Radio Show.

Undercover: Crime Shorts is being used by Western Kentucky University, Kt. USA, in an Introduction to Literature Class, for second year students from Autumn 2021 for the foreseeable future.

She is the Lead Panellist, March (2022), for an online discussion of The Intersection of Literary Fiction and Women’s Literature at LitCon, an author’s conference out of New York USA.

Jane’s latest 100-word piece of Flash Fiction entitled Payback, was read by her for Showboat TV Equinox Online Festival on 25th September as part of the event’s Spoken word segment.

Before turning her hand to writing Jane worked in the International Music Business alongside her musician husband, working with musicians, singer/songwriters, and record producers. They also facilitated the placement of music in movies and television series. They were based mostly in Los Angeles and Singapore.

Earlier in her career she also worked for the British Ministry of Defence in Germany, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, and the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell.

Jane is represented by Linda Langton of Langton’s International Literary Agency in New York City, New York USA.

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How Three Amateurs Solved the Zodiac Killer’s ‘340’ Cipher

In 1969, the Zodiac Killer sent an encoded note to the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2020, someone finally cracked the code. And that someone was three people, with zero cryptography experience, who had met in an online true-crime forum. Kathryn Miles tells you how, and the result is a must for any puzzle fan. Most experts, […] 

The Tragedy of Jayquan McKenley

From the current New York issue’s package on drill music comes this urgent, saddening profile of Jayquan McKenley, a sweethearted teenager and burgeoning artist whose murder sparked a new wave of handwringing around the rap subgenre. Even to drill’s defenders, it seemed clear that social media had sped up a cycle of retaliatory shootings; the Bronx’s […] 

Care Tactics

In an ableist world, health care systems and tech innovators are more invested in high-tech solutions and shiny objects that don’t consider disabled folks’ actual needs during the design process. Many in the disability and caregiving communities rely on their own creative hacks instead, leaning on a culture of collaboration and shared knowledge to make […] 

I Smuggled My Laptop Past the Taliban So I Could Write This Story

An astonishingly powerful first-hand account of journeying to the airport as Kabul fell to the Taliban. In the three days that it took to travel the two and a half miles, Bushra Sedique struggled with a fear of not making it out  — and a sadness that she would. Now, suddenly, I had to choose […] 

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#AceBookDesk – Best books for readers short on time, as recommended by Jennifer Down, Johann Hari, Tony Birch and more

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We asked writers, critics and book lovers to recommend reads for busy readers – and they didn’t disappoint.(ABC Arts: Michelle Pereira )none

Do you ever settle in with a book, ready to lose yourself in another world, only to find — just a few pages in — that this world is demanding your immediate return?

Your kids are screaming, your phone is buzzing, and once again reading falls by the wayside of a busy life.

We asked acclaimed writers, critics and book lovers to recommend great reads for those of us who are starved for time — books you can devour quickly, or dip in and out of easily, that still leave you feeling satisfied.

Johann Hari: Return to Uluru by Mark McKenna

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Johann Hari describes Return to Uluru as “extremely compelling”.(Supplied: Black Inc Books)none

In 1934, an Aboriginal man named Yokunnuna was shot near Uluru by Bill McKinnon, a white police officer.

Almost 90 years later, historian Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, and found himself drawn to the case.

He spoke to the families of both men, and unearthed new evidence about the case, documenting the revelations in Return to Uluru (2021).

“What he discovers is remarkable,” says British author Johann Hari (Stolen FocusLost Connections).

“What he uncovers offers a very different story about the history of Australia — one that’s heartbreaking, but also, in a strange way I don’t want to spoil, ultimately hopeful.”

Hari is a fan of McKenna, having found his book From the Edge in a bookshop a few years ago — “in those happy pre-plague days”.

“It blew my mind, so I have been looking out for his next book ever since. He’s a model of a great public intellectual — he writes about serious questions in totally accessible ways,” Hari says.

Return to Uluru is part detective story, part historical narrative, and part political discourse.

“It’s a short book with so much history in it — and it’s extremely compelling. In places it’s like a thriller,” Hari says.

Jennifer Down: Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark

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The darkly comic story is set in a luxurious mansion, and Jennifer Down says it is “perfect”.(Supplied: New Directions)none

Jennifer Down, who won this year’s Miles Franklin Award for her novel Bodies of Light, says it’s hard to go wrong with anything written by Scottish novelist and poet Muriel Spark.

Spark, who was included by The Times Literary Supplement on its 2008 list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945”, is perhaps best known for her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961).

Yet the title that really stands out to Down is Not to Disturb (1971).

The darkly comic story is set in a luxurious mansion in Geneva, where servants sense a murder is about to be committed – yet they must follow their orders and not disturb the lords of the house.

“Not to Disturb is perfect — experimental, a little claustrophobic, and very sharp. It’s also funny,” Down says.

“Set over a single night, it’s a kind of experimental murder mystery that subtly sends up both classic mystery novels and the English master-and-servant narrative.”

At less than 100 pages, it’s great for time-poor readers – and “it’s beautifully executed”, says Down.

“It’s precisely as long as it needs to be, no more; and it whips along at a terrific pace. It reads almost like a play script, with very little introspection or psychological exposition, yet it feels wonderfully complete.”

Tony Birch: Island: Collected Stories by Alistair MacLeod

When award-winning Aboriginal author Tony Birch was younger he would sit in bed at night and read, easily getting through 100 pages before falling asleep.

These days, he says, 20 pages would be a stretch — but that’s enough to read many short stories from start to finish.

“You can begin and finish a story while travelling to work on public transport — or even at half-time at the football,” says Birch.

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Author Tony Birch couldn’t go past Island: Collected Stories.(Supplied: Penguin)none

Birch is familiar with the particular art of the short story, having dedicated much of his career to the form. His most recent collection, Dark as Last Night, was awarded the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

“Silence is a means of consideration. It hangs on the wall hook, suspended against meaning, against utility. Silence is the consideration of meaning, the process of meaning, the place where meaning is born.”

“If I was going to read one short story collection, and think about reading a story each night, I couldn’t go past Alistair MacLeod’s magnificent Island: Collected Stories (2002),” he says.

The collection brings together 16 stories from the celebrated Canadian author, who vividly evokes the rugged beauty of Cape Breton Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia.

“They are magnificent; every line of each story,” says Birch, who first discovered the collection around a decade ago and now buys every copy he finds in op shops to pass along to friends.

“MacLeod’s stories are wonderful for time-poor people because real time is suspended from the first paragraph to the last, when you realise that you are actually time-rich.”

Sulari Gentill: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Author Sulari Gentill says the themes and characters of The Great Gatsby still resonate today.(Supplied: HarperCollinsAustralia )none

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill, best known for her Rowland Sinclair detective stories and The Woman in the Library (2022), often takes her readers back to the 30s.

Here she takes us back further still, recommending The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).

Gentill says she can’t remember a time she wasn’t aware of the classic, which captures the dissolution of a society obsessed with wealth and status.

“The Great Gatsby captures the 1920s in all its heady excess as well as its callous cruelty,” Gentill says.

“Part romance, part mystery, part autobiography, it is a story of the American dream told as a bitter tragedy.”

The book follows a war veteran’s interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, who is obsessed with reuniting with his former lover, socialite Daisy Buchanan.

“The words of Fitzgerald’s narrator Nick Carraway will resonate with readers observing the elusive machinations of power and status, and the exclusive nature of society in the modern world,” Gentill says.

It’s barely longer than a novella (which are usually between 10,000 and 40,000 words), making it great for time-poor readers – yet it has an “epic sense despite its brevity”.

“Beautifully written, insightful and haunting, it is the kind of novel that lingers beyond the turning of the final page,” Gentill says.

Bram Presser: Class Trip by Emmanuel Carrère

If you’re a fan of a thrilling final twist, author Bram Presser (Voss Literary Prize winner for The Book of Dirt) has the book for you.

“Suffice to say, I have never been so wrong-footed by a book’s twist before,” he says.

The book in question is Class Trip (1995), a novella by bestselling French author Emmanuel Carrère.

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Class Trip is easily devoured and incredibly satisfying, says Bram Presser.(Supplied: Penguin)none

“A young boy is driven by his father to meet the rest of his class for a ski trip. After he is dropped off, the father hears on the radio that one of the kids in the class has gone missing. What follows is a masterclass in tense uncertainty and horror,” Presser explains.

“I love the sense of creeping dread that only the best thriller writers are able to conjure.

“In Class Trip, Carrère distils it to the point of crystalline perfection with a story so seemingly quiet and tender but so utterly shocking that it ranks among the best short books I’ve ever read.”

That’s saying something, given the number of short books Presser has read; he has a newsletter dedicated to short reviews of novellas (the title, A Book For Ants, made us smile).

He says Class Trip is “easily devoured in a single sitting, not that you’ll want to put it down”.

“Plus you’ll feel like you’ve been pulled through the emotional wringer and spat out in a state of shock.

“Few books can achieve this, let alone one so short. It’s incredibly satisfying.”

Kate Evans: Slow Horses by Mick Herron

“If people are short on time and want book recommendations, they should be listening to The Bookshelf on ABC RN, because that’s what we do (sorry, had to say it),” jokes Kate Evans, who co-hosts the weekly program.

But given the show’s focus on new fiction and spotlighting Australian authors, she thought she’d offer something different here: English writer Mick Herron’s Slow Horses (2010).

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Kate Evans read Slow Horses in two nights, and then moved on to the rest of the series (and the TV show.)(Supplied: Hachette Australia)none

It’s the first in a series of books based on the fictional Slough House, where failed MI5 agents are sent to while away what’s left of their careers.

“There’s plot, poetry, sticky doors and surprising twists,” Evans says.

“It’s a story of failures, stuff-ups, bad behaviour, corruption and betrayal, as we meet a group of spies who’ve all had disastrous career moments, led by a beautifully realised character named Jackson Lamb.”

Don’t expect a heart of gold in Lamb (played by Gary Oldman in the Apple TV+ series of the same name). The leader of the dysfunctional team of rejects is obnoxious, rude, and audaciously outrageous.

“There’s something so compelling about the battered misfits who don’t quite come together in a triumphant hurrah,” Evans says.

At 300-plus pages, Slow Horses may look a little daunting – but don’t let that put you off. It’s a page-turner of the best kind and “totally engrossing,” says Evans.

“I read it in two nights, and have taken every available moment to read the next seven books in the series.”

Michael Mohammed Ahmad: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Miles Franklin-shortlisted author (of the trilogy The TribeThe Lebs and The Other Half of You) and founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement in Western Sydney, asked his seven-year-old son to help him out with this one.

“He gave me a cheeky wink and said, ‘The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran’. He might have been a little biased because we named him Kahlil,” Ahmad says.

Philosophical, spiritual and mystical, The Prophet is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Since its publication in 1923, it has been translated into more than 100 languages and has never been out of print; it has sold more than 9 million copies in the US alone.

“My great-grandfather read it to my grandfather, and my grandfather read it to my father, and my father read it to me,” says Ahmad, who quotes The Prophet throughout his own trilogy.

What makes it so special? Ahmad says you could spend a lifetime trying to form a coherent answer and still come up short, “but you begin reading this book and straight away, you know”.

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The genius of Kahlil Gibran

“The Prophet is written as a collection of spoken word poems. Each verse is a message of peace, wisdom and tenderness, which Al-Mustafa, the chosen and the beloved, shares with his people before returning to the isle of his birth,” he says.

“The verses can be read in chronological order, or you can open the book to any random page and read any random line, and you’ll find yourself humbled and cleansed by its cosmic beauty.”

Rudi Bremer: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

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Hunt the Stars mixes slow-burn romance and high-stakes adventure.(Supplied: HarperCollins Australia)none

“One of the challenges of reading when you’re time-poor is making sure it doesn’t feel like a chore,” says Rudi Bremer, a Gamilaraay woman who presents ABC RN’s Awaye! and ABC Kids listen’s Little Yarns.

“I’ve been a fan of Jessie Mihalik for a few years because she builds worlds that feel full and real, without bogging you down in minutia.”

She recommends Hunt the Stars, the first book in Mihalik’s Starlight’s Shadow series, saying it’s a page-turner that you’ll find the time for.

“Hunt the Stars is a space opera about Octavia (Tavi) Zarola, the captain of a small crew that specialises in bounty hunting,” Bremer explains.

“Against her better judgement Tavi accepts a once-in-a-lifetime job to work with a rival general, Torran Fletcher, and help him recover a family heirloom.”

Mihalik, also the author of the Consortium Rebellion series, typically combines intriguing characters with slow-burn romance and high-stakes adventure.

“This is no exception,” Bremer says of Hunt the Stars.

“Tavi and Torran have great chemistry, and the plot is twisty enough that it’ll keep you guessing – and maybe even making time for the other books in the series.”

Jessie Tu: Happy Stories, Mostly by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

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Jessie Tu says reading Happy Stories, Mostly  is like having a conversation with a very engaging person.(Supplied: Giramondo Publishing)none

For the past few years, author and critic Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl Is a Dangerous Thing) has been making an effort to read more books by writers who don’t write in English.

“I’m constantly appalled by how Anglophonic my literary consumption is,” she says.

She discovered Happy Stories, Mostly (2021), a short story collection by Indonesian author Norman Erikson Pasaribu (and translated by Tiffany Tsao) while trawling the website of Tilted Axis Press, a non-profit publisher of English translations of works by Asian writers.

Pasaribu’s collection was longlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022.

“When I read it, I get that same feeling as when I’m listening to Joni Mitchell,” Tu says.

“The voice of the queer narrator is campy and clever. Each story is eloquent, and painfully well-written.

“You can read one during a lunchbreak, it’s like having a conversation with a very engaging and interesting person.”

Across the 12 stories in the collection, Pasaribu explores what it means to be almost happy — to be on the cusp of grasping it but never quite making it — and how to keep going despite that.

Tu says the stories perfectly embody the idea of transvaluation, which “takes a group of experiences that is generally disparaged and asserts it instead as a blessing or fortune”.

“This idea of turning stigma into style is so transformative for me, and something Pasaribu does so beautifully,” she says.

Virginia Trioli: Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper

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Bedtime Story explores the lessons on life, love and loss that are found in children’s books.(Supplied: Scribner Australia)none

“I’m going to take ruthless advantage of the fact that I know the author,” says ABC broadcaster Virginia Trioli as she recommends Bedtime Story(2022), the most recent book by bestselling author Chloe Hooper.

“I watched my friend Chloe and her sons live and breathe this story before she wrote it.”

Hooper was working on her award-winning book The Arsonist (2019) when her partner and the father of her children was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive blood cancer that is considered fatal.

As she searches for a way to tell their two young sons, Hooper turns to children’s books — the ones she reads to her kids, the ones she remembers, and the ones she discovers.

Within their pages, she finds lessons on grief, loss and resilience.

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Chloe Hooper on talking to kids about life and death

It is, Trioli says, “beautiful and luminous”.

“The themes are eternal, powerful and deeply connecting: we all remember the stories of our childhood and the archetypes that are repeated through history — the hero, the demon, the lost child, the missing father, the battle to be won, the prize to be captured — and many of us at this stage in our lives confront the reality of losing someone we love to an incurable illness,” Trioli says.

“Chloe’s exquisitely written book connects with experiences we have all lived, or are living now, and is remarkably uplifting.”

Bedtime Story is illustrated by New York Times award-winning illustrator Anna Walker.

“It is a book you can come and go from, with lovely ink wash illustrations,” Trioli says.

“It shouldn’t feel like a naughty cheat, but it does, that some of the pictures are two pages wide, so you end up galloping through the book!”

Tim Rogers: The White Label Promo Preservation Society by Sal Maida, Mitchell Cohen and friends

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“Drag races of passion” await inside The White Label Promo Preservation Society.(Supplied: HoZac Books)none

Musician, broadcaster and writer Tim Rogers, best known as the frontman of You Am I, has been reading a lot – perhaps too much – about how to write short fiction.

It’s all written by people he worships, so he spends a lot of his time feeling intimidated.

For relief, he turns to music writing — in particular, a book called The White Label Promo Preservation Society (2021).

“The book is short appreciations of albums that the various authors feel were overlooked,” explains Rogers, who appreciates that the approach is “passionate though not hagiographic”.

Rogers, who hosts a weekly program on Double J, says: “Music writing is often a drag. These pieces are drag races of passion.

“See why I’m reading about writing? What a terrible entreaty!?” he adds.

The White Label Promo Preservation Society covers LPs cut between 1959 and 1981, with essays from Sal Maida (Roxy Music/Sparks), music writer Mitchell Cohen and friends — among them Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) and Wreckless Eric.

Each record receives a two- or three-page write-up, and while the book includes essays on ‘flop’ albums by well-known artists such as The Who (My Generation), Chuck Berry (Rockit) and Fleetwood Mac (Then Play On), there are also plenty you’ve never heard of.

Aside from offering relief from reading about writing, the book is special to Rogers because it was given to him by his oldest friend.

“His gifts and suggestions are given with the solemnity of tithes, or rites. He also has incredible cheekbones, so the biblical allusions prosper,” Rogers says.

Yumna Kassab: The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

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On a busy day, Yumna Kassab will choose and read a single poem from this collection.(Supplied: Penguin Random House)none

“I often carry with me a book of poetry which acts as an anchor in the turbulence of modern life,” says Yumna Kassab (The House of YoussefAustraliana).

The book she returns to the most is The Dream of a Common Language (1978) by Adrienne Rich, an influential feminist poet, essayist and activist.

“On particularly busy days, I will choose and read a single poem,” Kassab says.

Released shortly after Rich came out as gay, The Dream of a Common Language is a powerful and vulnerable collection that explores gender, sexuality, the place of women in the world, and the need to challenge the status quo.

Kassab came to the book via Cheryl Strayed, who carried it as she hiked alone for three months along 1,770 kilometres of the Pacific Crest Trail, a redemptive journey she documented in the bestselling memoir Wild(2012).

Strayed writes that poems ran through her days and nights: “Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I’d chanted to myself through my sorrow and confusion. That book was a consolation, an old friend, and … my religion.”

Kassab has also become very familiar with the “especially vivid” poems.

“I have read them that many times they are part of my life’s underground,” she says.

“For many years, these poems have restored my faith in humanity and each small reading makes me feel that much more alive.”

Declan Fry: Nganajungu Yagu by Charmaine Papertalk Green

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Nganajungu Yagu means “my mother” in the Wajarri language.(Supplied: Cordite)none

The striking cover was what first drew critic, writer and poet Declan Fry, a descendant of the Yorta Yorta, towards Nganajungu Yagu (2019) by poet Charmaine Papertalk Green – but the power of the words inside were what hooked him.

Nganajungu yagu means “my mother” in Wajarri, a language of the Yamaji people of mid-west Western Australia, and the collection revolves around Papertalk Green’s relationship with her mother.

In 1978, Papertalk Green left her family in Mullewa for school in Perth, staying in a boarding house for Aboriginal girls. She and her mother traded letters, and their correspondence provided the inspiration for Nganajungu Yagu.

“It tells the story of the poet’s coming of age – the love of family and language, and the longing Charmaine feels for her mother as she leaves Yamaji country,” Fry says.

“What makes the book so special is that it really captures this feeling of longing, of missing someone. Even at a great distance, Charmaine’s letters and poetry act as a dialogue with the girl she is, the woman she will become, and with her mother.”

Nganajungu Yagu, the winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, is written in English, Badimaya and Wajarri.

It follows a narrative, but Fry says you can easily dip in and out and always find something rewarding.

For a taste, you can read Walgajunmanha All Time, which was published in the Australian Book Review.

“That poem makes incredible use of the space on the page,” Fry says.

“Its voice is undeniable.”

Leah Jing McIntosh: The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi

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Leah Jing McIntosh says the poet Yanyi “slices right through”.(Supplied: Yale University Press)none

When Leah Jing McIntosh – a critic, researcher and the founding editor of anti-racist literary project Liminal – finds herself short on time, she turns to poetry.

“When I am too tired or too busy but need a book to read on the tram or in a waiting room, I usually take some poems,” she says.

“A slim book can fool you — poets know how to distil emotion like nobody else.”

In the midst of lockdown in 2020, she discovered Yanyi’s The Year of Blue Water (2019), which was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 2018.

In the collection, Chinese American poet and critic Yanyi weaves together explorations of identity, belonging, racism, mental health and gender, from a queer and trans-masculine perspective.

“Yanyi slices right through,” says McIntosh, picking up the book and opening it to a page. It reads:

McIntosh says: “Some stolen time with a good poem feels so good, amidst the everyday.

“Yanyi does this, I think.”

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FEATURED AUSTRALIA: Tim Winton and 40 years of writing including Blueback & Ningaloo

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#AceBookNews – Tim Winton recalls a recent moment when he led his elderly mother to the beach, to help her into the water. His mum had been a swim teacher as a younger woman, but was now too frail to swim on her own. As Winton and his wife held his mother in the ocean, they were both very aware that this was a scene that Winton had imagined, and committed to paper, more than 20 years earlier.

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Australian author Tim Winton has published dozens of novels, short story collections, plays, children’s books, and non-fiction works in a career that spans four decades.(ABC Arts: Nina Otranto)none

In one of the most moving scenes of Winton’s 1997 novel Blueback, the protagonist Abel cradles his ageing mum in the water that she loves. “We come from water,” the mother whispers to her son. “We belong to it, Abel.”

“I’m standing there in the water with my wife and my mother looking at each other like, ‘Remind you of anything?’,” Winton says.

“It was odd because I think all of us were conscious of the connection; as if we were inhabiting some fictional reality.”

Forty years into his publishing career, Winton says these weird moments — of his writing coming to life — are becoming more common.

“If you’re in this caper long enough, you realise that it’s inevitable that you’re going to repeat yourself, but not in a conventional way,” Winton says.

“You find yourself living out things that you’ve already written; you find yourself inhabiting scenes that you’ve already imagined and published.”

‘The wrong side of the wrong country’

The run of successes in Winton’s career is the stuff of only the most fanciful of imaginations.

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At 21 he won the Vogel’s Literary Award for his first book, An Open Swimmer. Three years later he won his first Miles Franklin Literary Award for Shallows (he’s won the Miles four times to date, and shares the record for the most wins with the late Thea Astley).

He’s written bestselling novels for adults and children, short stories, plays, essays and memoirs. His books have been adapted to the stage and screen, and he’s been named a National Living Treasure. There’s even a fish species named after him – you can find the 30-centimetre ‘Hannia wintoni’ (or Winton’s Grunter) swimming in the freshwaters of the Kimberley.

It’s an unlikely story for any author, and would have been unimaginable for a young Tim, who decided at 10 years old that he was going to be a writer. Growing up in a working-class family in suburban Perth, Winton understood that he lived on “the wrong side of the wrong country in the wrong hemisphere”.

A career in the arts was a radical aspiration.

“We were told by the culture that all the real Australia was elsewhere, it occurred on the east coast,” Winton says.

“Everyone on television was from the east. Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was from the Waratah National Park, wherever that was, but it wasn’t where we were.”

Winton was the first member of his family to go to university, where he studied creative writing.

“I knew I was hard working. And I knew I knew I was determined. I thought I might be good,” Winton says.

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Winton counts Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises among his favourite books. “It really knocked my socks off when I was a young person,” he said.(ABC Arts: Nina Otranto)none

And good he was. But when the awards started coming in, Winton was more embarrassed than proud. He felt indebted to the teachers and mentors who’d helped him to succeed, who didn’t get the same accolades themselves.

“Art’s not fair,” Winton says.

“I reckon it took me ten years to not feel bad about doing well.”

Pleasure and pain

Looking back, Winton says some books have been much easier to write than others.

Blueback, a heartbreaking allegory about a boy, his mother and a blue groper, was written “inside a business week,” Winton says.

“That book just slipped out,” he says. “It was a lovely experience to write. There was almost no rewriting, it just came out formed.”

Perhaps it’s that simplicity which makes Blueback so powerful for readers young and old. Winton says he gets more fan mail about that book than anything else he’s written. (A screen adaptation starring Mia Wasikowska and Eric Bana is slated to hit cinemas in January).

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The cinematic adaptation of Blueback tells the story of Abby, a young girl who befriends a wild groper while diving in the ocean.(Supplied: Roadshow)none

Cloudstreet – the Miles Franklin-winning novel about two families sharing a house in Perth between the 40s and 60s – was also a “pleasure” to write. The book was inspired by stories Winton’s grandparents used to tell about life in Perth – a place that Winton could see was disappearing.

“Perth was just being bulldozed,” Winton says, referring to the many old buildings that were demolished in the 60s and 80s.

“The Perth that my grandparents knew, and that my parents knew, was a foreign place to me, and my children never saw it. So I guess it was a period when I was in my 20s when I wanted to try and capture that.”

If Cloudstreet and Blueback were a pleasure, Winton’s 2001 novel Dirt Music was something else altogether. Winton spent so many years trying to find a way to finish the story, that some of his children had never seen him working on a different book.

Even when the day came to submit the final manuscript, Winton wasn’t convinced he’d nailed it.

“My wife left for work at eight o’clock in the morning, and I was wrapping it up to send it to my publisher,” Winton says.

“And she came home at four o’clock and I was still there unwrapping it, wrapping it. And I just knew something wasn’t right.”

That night, he got up, and started the book again, from scratch. For 55 days and nights he rewrote Dirt Music, “while my wife looked on, like I was a ticking bomb”, he says.

Winton says he learned a valuable lesson from this “dark, dark time”.

“It’s only a frickin’ book,” he says.

“And I don’t think it’s worth going mad over, or tormenting your family.”

That “frickin’ book” won him his third Miles Franklin, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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A committed conservationist, Winton donated his $25,000 prize money from the Western Australian Premier’s Award to the Save Ningaloo Reef Campaign in 2002. (Vee at Blue Media Exmouth)none

Writing and the environment

Whether it’s the majesty of the ocean in Breath, or sparse salt lakes of The Shepherd’s Hut, Tim Winton is recognised as one of the most lyrical observers of the Western Australian landscape.

His love for the natural world is echoed in his conservation work.

Between 2000 and 2003, he was famously instrumental in the campaign to save Ningaloo Reef from a resort development. It was another one of those strange life-imitating-art moments: in Blueback, published in 1997, Abel and his mum successfully protect their patch of coast from developers.

Winton’s passion for Ningaloo has only grown in the years since the campaign. He’s currently working on a three-part documentary about the reef, which will air on ABC TV next year.

“This is one of the world’s last great wild places,” Winton says.

“And if we lose these places, we’ve lost everything.”

Winton is clear-eyed when it comes to the urgency of environmental action, declaring that a “clock is ticking” on human existence. Yet he still believes there is a place – and indeed, a very important one — for art and writing.

“I’m in the business of useless beauty,” he says. “And I’m happy with that. “

“I don’t think art needs an excuse to exist. We need beauty in our lives, so we don’t go mad.”

Tim Winton is appearing as part of ABC RN’s Big Weekend of Books. Listen back to his conversation with The Book Show’s Claire Nichols.

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#AceBookDesk – Women making music were treated like a novelty — each group of female musicians treated like the first, their history erased and their connection to the future denied.”

In addition to our Top 5 this week, we’re taking you back to the grunge and riot grrrl scenes of the ’90s. In her new Longreads essay, Lisa Whittington-Hill reexamines the legacy of the women — from L7 to Sleater-Kinney — who helped create the genre, but were instead treated as novelties, sex objects, and opening acts for the male bands of the decade.

Fans of our reading lists can dive into two new ones: a thoughtful and very personal reading list by Melissa Hart for fellow queerspawn (children of queer parents); and a collection of 10 longreads on the fascinating life of actor Tom Cruise, compiled by Chloe Walker.

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Bands like L7 and Heavens to Betsy were instrumental to the birth of the grunge scene, but for decades were treated like novelties and sex objects. Thirty years later, it’s time to reassess their legacy.

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Weekly Top Five Below:

1. A Plane of Monkeys, a Pandemic, and a Botched Deal: Inside the Science Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

Jackie Flynn Mogensen | Mother Jones | June 23rd, 2022 | 6,566 words

In May 2020, a plane full of monkeys intended for COVID-19 research was supposed to depart Mauritius. But it never did. Who purchased the monkeys? Where were they supposed to go? When Jackie Flynn Mogensen looked into the failed flight, and began to investigate the secretive global trade of research monkeys, she found there was an even bigger story: The U.S. is experiencing a primate shortage, and there aren’t enough monkeys for research across many areas of medicine. Primate research has led to life-saving discoveries over the decades, but it remains controversial, with no guarantees, despite animal testing guidelines, that animals are treated properly. “But no matter how you or I feel about it,” Mogensen writes, “it’s clear the practice has saved—and is saving—human lives.” This is a fascinating dive into the monkey trade and the players within it, like Matthew Block, who’s been a target of animal rights groups for years and, as you’ll read, is the owner of the company who arranged the flight. Mogensen also reports on a few alternatives, like lab-grown organs, but we’re still a long way from a world without animal testing. —CLR

2. Jason Brassard Spent His Lifetime Collecting the Rarest Video Games. Until the Heist.

Justin Heckert | Vanity Fair | June 27th, 2022 | 5,900 words

I can count on my hands the number of video games I’ve played in my life, and the only way I ever won a round of Mario Kart in middle school was by shoving my friend off the couch in the den where she kept her console. But even as an uninitiated reader, it was impossible not to become invested in this story of a man who amassed an impressive collection of old and rare games, only to have them stolen in one fell swoop. A satisfying true crime tale, much more Knives Out than Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, this piece features quirky characters who work at game stores with names like Grumpy Bob’s Emporium. It’s also a poignant meditation on nostalgia and how we assign value to objects that speak to our past. I needed a distraction from the barrage of terrible news this week, and Justin Heckert delivered. —SD

3. One Woman’s Wholesome Mission to Get Naked Outside

Gloria Liu | Outside | June 13th, 2022 | 3,100 words

It may come with being British, but growing up I was very prudish about nudity. A communal changing room meant an elaborate wiggle dance under a towel, into a swimming costume that would have met with Queen Victoria’s approval. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest, I found more liberal attitudes toward nudity, and I relate to Gloria Liu as she discusses her jealousy of “friends who were less inhibited, so comfortable in their own skin.” Liu takes us on a gentle journey as she attempts to emulate these friends, and go naked outside. Spoiler alert: She makes good progress and ends up describing a beautiful nude night hike, where “Taking my clothes off with others wasn’t the exercise in courage or cutting loose that I thought it would be. It was an exercise in faith. To be naked, I had to believe that the world could be good. And tonight it feels like it can be.” This essay starts by considering nakedness — but ends up reflecting on friendship and the importance of building memories. —CW

4. How the Yurok Tribe Is Bringing Back the California Condor

Sharon Levy | Undark | June 22nd, 2022 | 3,433 words

Condor 746, on loan from a captive breeding program in Idaho, traveled to California in spring 2022. He’s the first California condor in over a century to reach the ancestral land of the Yurok Tribe, and made the journey to mentor four young birds in a condor facility in Redwood National Park. Condors are very social, explains Sharon Levy, learning best and benefitting from being under the wing of an elder. In this piece, Levy beautifully traces the journey of the species, and the incredible efforts of the tribe to ensure the bird’s successful reintroduction to the wild. It’s an insightful look into what it takes for captive breeding programs to work over time: creative solutions, dedicated biologists, and — in the condor’s case — monitoring for lead poisoning. (And a bonus: there’s an amazing photo of a chick next to a hand puppet — the first condors reintroduced were reared by puppets!). —CLR

5. The Confessions of a Conscious Rap Fan

Mychal Denzel Smith  | Pitchfork | June 28th, 2022 | 2,287 words

Hip-hop has had subgenres nearly as long as it’s had the spine of a breakbeat, but at some point it was riven by a more seismic distinction: mainstream vs. underground, and specifically the rise of “conscious” rap. Mychal Denzel Smith was one of the many people who internalized that stance, who viewed hip-hop as a vessel of liberation and awakening to a degree that became an identity of its own. That was then, though. Now, with the 2022 return of Black Star and Kendrick Lamar — both avatars and resurrectors of conscious rap — Smith interrogates his onetime fandom, as well as the evolution (or lack thereof) of the music itself. “I was artificially limiting my perspective,” he writes, “in the name of some grand vision of consciousness that never cohered into anything other than my own sense of intellectual superiority.” This isn’t a discussion about art vs. artist. It’s a coming to grips with our own reductive tendencies, our willingness to flatten ourselves in the name of aesthetic belonging. If you’ve found that the backpack fits a little bit differently these days, this piece will help you notice where the straps are chafing. —PR

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Happy Birthday Tom: A Tom Cruise Reading List

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Jason Brassard Spent His Lifetime Collecting the Rarest Video Games. Until the Heist.

The porn trilogy for Nintendos. Atari games from the 1980s. Pristine nostalgia, potentially worth millions, all went missing one night: The contents of that safe had taken him nearly 30 years to acquire, a few titles only a handful of people had ever seen. The safe itself he’d bought secondhand from a local real estate […] 

The Quest to Save the Pink Apples of Italy

A beautiful account of the remaining growers of the pink apple in Marche, Italy. Agostino Petroni’s descriptions will leave you ready to pack your bags for a visit. The earthquake, then the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced the small flow of tourism to the region. Yet Fayers believes that pink apples keep pulling people to those lands—a […] 

The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach

After a year of loss and grief, Madison Marquer signed up to lead a team of gamers at a community college in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Brendan I. Koerner chronicles the journey. By early 2021, Walsh had gathered ample evidence to prove that esports could bring in as many as 20 ­student-athletes per year and boost the […] 

From Aardvark to Woke: Inside The Oxford English Dictionary

Pippa Bailey explores the fascinating business of defining a word. The Oxford English Dictionary remains, in many ways, a Victorian phenomenon, born in an era of remarkable innovation: of railways and steelworks, anthropology and anaesthesia, Charleses Dickens and Darwin. It is difficult, now, when the thought of consulting a paper dictionary seems so analogue, to […] 

Among the Landlords

Matthew Gault attends the 21st Annual Mr. National Landlord Convention, a conference in St. Louis where landlords gather, commiserate, and pitch and sell tips and tricks to each other. If you’ve ever wondered what 200 landlords come together to talk about, Gault’s insider’s look paints an interesting picture. There was something deeply American about […] 

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Here are five stories that moved us this week, and the reasons why.

1. A Texas Teen Wanted an Abortion. Now She Has Twins.

Caroline Kitchener | The Washington Post | June 20th, 2022 | 4,100 words

If I were a journalism teacher, I would assign this story to my class immediately. Not only because it is wrenching — and my god, it is — but also because it demonstrates the value of beat reporting, editorial foresight, and covering the ripple effects of major news stories. Caroline Kitchener writes about abortion for one of the biggest newspapers in the country. The so-called “heartbeat bill” in Texas went into effect nine months ago, which means the first women in the state who couldn’t get abortions because of the law are now having babies. Therein lies the seed of a story idea, in the form of a question: What happened to those women? Kitchener found one of them, a teenager who gave birth to twins several weeks ago, and crafted an intimate narrative that simmers with pathos yet lets the facts speak for themselves. I won’t soon forget the scene in which antiabortion activists hold up the subject of Kitchener’s piece as a political victory — even lighting a candle in her honor — without any knowledge of what their shameful advocacy has meant for her well-being, her sense of self, or her future. This is complex, award-worthy storytelling. —SD

2. How Three Sisters (and their Mom) Tried to Swindle the CRA out of Millions

Sarah Treleaven | Maclean’s | June 21st, 2022 | 4,359 words

Who doesn’t love a Canadian grift story? When Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee Carol Power was asked to audit the Saker sisters from Nova Scotia — deemed to “be the model of rural ingenuity” for their diverse portfolio of interests — she had no idea that she had stumbled on to a complicated web of serious tax fraud going back years. When the CRA prodded, the sisters doubled down on the fraud, inventing false paperwork to cover their crimes. When taken to court, they proclaimed themselves victims of a vast CRA conspiracy against them. “The CRA investigators were looking for books, records, documentation, and electronic hardware and storage devices. They subsequently spent nearly three years combing through the Saker family bank records, sales receipts and invoices and searching for T4 slips, trying to track the Sakers’ behaviour and establish their patterns. Boudreau learned that many of the businesses had been operating largely without bank accounts, and most appeared to have no employees, supplier contracts or even production expenses. When CRA investigators asked the Sakers to provide supporting documentation to prove they were entitled to the refund amounts they claimed, the Sakers produced a huge volume of vendor invoices and sales receipts…One of the many vendors listed by the Sakers was Vandalee Industries, a name nearly identical to that of George Costanza’s fake employer on Seinfeld. It was almost like the Sakers were having a good time.” —KS

3. Safety Town

Ilana Bean | Guernica | June 20th, 2022 | 3,839 words

My most vivid childhood memories are the ones where I’m on my bike, at 4 years old, just after I learned how to ride. Our family’s home has an unusually long driveway: We can fit over a dozen parked cars during parties. There was so much space: to play, to ride, to create my own little whimsical world. I thought of this formative time as I read Ilana Bean’s piece on traffic gardens, those small-scale street systems through which kids can learn about road safety. In the imaginary world I built in front of our house, cracks in the concrete became turns. Carefully laid sticks became dividers. Rocks I collected from the neighborhood became coins for the toll bridge. But this curiosity in the built physical space I moved in quickly faded, and cars — driven by adults — would take me wherever I needed to go. Bean’s mother, Fionnuala Quinn, is a traffic safety expert, focused on building more intuitive relationships between children and our streets; car culture in the U.S. means that many of us “don’t actively interact with transportation until we reach the magic age of sixteen,” and at that point, we’re then expected to master the art of driving after a minimal amount of training. This is a thoughtful read on road safety and design — which I admit I’ve spent very little time thinking about in my life, despite the amount of power and responsibility I have each time I get behind the wheel. Even more, it’s a lovely, unexpected essay on the dedication of a mother, and the potential for a world in which children are raised with the skills to navigate their environments independently and safely and people are empowered to ask for and help build better streets. —CLR

4. How OXO Conquered the American Kitchen

Dan Kois | Slate | June 20th, 2022 | 3,066 words

When the second season of the brilliant sketch series I Think You Should Leave dropped last year, one of its oddest moments was the trailer for Detective Crashmore, a hardboiled action movie starring Santa Claus as the titular cop. There’s much more I’d like to say about it, but for our purposes today the thing that matters is a single line Crashmore utters: “Everything has sucked lately.” You know why? Because he’s right! We’re all mad and sad and worried. And when we’re all mad and sad and worried, that’s exactly when you need to read something like Dan Kois’ cheerful dive into the inner workings of OXO. You probably have a salad spinner or garlic press or measuring cup from the obsessively utilitarian housewares company; maybe you’ve marveled at it, maybe you haven’t. But in a time when the clearest articulation of our global mood comes from an irascible Santa-Claus-portrayed maniac, it’s worth taking a few minutes to concentrate on something small and good. Even when that something small and good is a vegetable peeler. —PR

5. A Marriage Story

Alan Siegel | The Ringer | June 14th, 2022 | 2,330 words

“It is, without a doubt, one of the most moving film sequences of the past 20 years.” I saw Up a long time ago, in a part of my life I’d like to forget. I don’t remember much about that time in my life (thankfully!) or much about the movie itself, other than what it reduced me to: a sobbing heap on the couch. I don’t think the term “ugly cry” had been invented yet, but that’s an accurate description of my response. How could two animated film characters conjure such a powerful emotional response in a hapless viewer in a mere 10 minutes? At The RingerUp director Pete Docter and codirector Bob Peterson reflect on the care and craft that went into making Carl and Ellie, as well as the specifics of imprinting them and their shared history on the hearts of an unsuspecting audience in that seminal first part of the film. —KS

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Diego Garcia Base as seen from the air
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The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) or Chagos Islands (formerly the Oil Islands) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom situated in the Indian Ocean, halfway between Africa and Indonesia. The territory comprises a group of seven atolls comprising more than 60 individual islands, situated some 500 kilometers (310 mi) due south of the Maldives archipelago. The largest island is Diego Garcia (area 44 km squared), the site of a joint military facility of the United Kingdom and the United States. Following the eviction of the native population (Chagossians) in the 1960s, the only inhabitants are US and British military personnel and associated contractors, who collectively number around 4,000 (2004 figures). (

1. White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.

Nicole Carr | Pro Publica | June 16th, 2022 | 7,200 words

This was the scariest story I read all week. Cecilia Lewis was hired in 2021 by the Cherokee County School District in Georgia to be its first-ever administrator focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. But she hadn’t started the job — indeed, she hadn’t even moved down South from her longtime home in Maryland — before a mob of white parents decided she had to go. They sent her racist messages, spread lies about her, and screamed at school board meetings to get their way. And when Lewis took a different job, one county over, they didn’t stop. Nicole Carr’s feature is a searing reminder of just how vicious the right-wing war on progressive education in America has become, and a revealing look at the kind of people — white parents, riding a wave of national bigotry — who are leading troops into battle. —SD

2. Back to Chagos

Cullen Murphy | The Atlantic | June 15th, 2022 | 7,416 words

For most in the Americas who have heard of the Chagos archipelago, it’s likely through Diego Garcia, a tiny atoll that serves as a U.S. military installation in the middle of the Indian Ocean. But ’twas not ever thus. Not by a long shot. For Diego Garcia to be “uninhabited” enough to fulfill its current purpose, it first needed to be emptied of its indigenous populace: the Black people that had lived on the atolls for centuries, enslaved, indentured, and underpaid. Flung across Africa and as far as the U.K., the expatriated Chagossians fought for years to return to the islands; finally, this year, they boarded a ship and sailed eastward from the Seychelles to the land now known as the British Indian Ocean Territories. Cullen Murphy — a longtime Atlantic staffer, now the outlet’s editor-at-large — accompanies the voyage, and tells a long, maddening tale of disenfranchisement and diaspora. “Accompanied by British military personnel, small groups of Chagossians have in recent years been allowed brief ‘heritage visits’ to some of the islands,” he writes. “On their visits, the Chagossians have used the limited time on each island — never overnight — to clear vegetation from the decaying churches and restore the crumbling graves of their loved ones. They have cleaned inscriptions. They have left flowers. And then they have had to depart.” It’s not quite home again, but it’s a step closer. —PR

3. Loans Got Me Into Journalism. Student Debt Pushed Me Out.

Carrington J. Tatum | MLK50: Justice Through Journalism | June 13th, 2022 | 2,370 words

Carrington J. Tatum’s mother held multiple jobs and worked hard to send Tatum to college — the first in his family. Becoming his school’s first Black editor-in-chief, Tatum also discovered a passion for journalism, and realized he could make a real difference in the marginalized communities he reported on. “I was on my way,” he writes, making an impact, winning awards, and doing everything one is supposed to do to “make it” in this world. But the burden of student debt, and rising rent, has meant that he can’t afford to stay in this line of work: “After graduating, I owed more than $90,000 in student loans, about $64,000 of which is private loans to Sallie Mae.” Any amount he has hoped to save has gone, instead, to paying off loans with excessive interest rates. “My journalism degree was more expensive than my wealthier classmates’ degrees because I couldn’t afford to pay in cash,” he writes. “But that’s a common theme with American systems. Poor people pay high prices. Rich people get discounts.” This is a gutting read on the financial hardships that are driving bright, hard-working Black storytellers out of the field, the systems that keep people in poverty, and, in turn, the communities who also lose out because their stories are not told. (Pair this with one of our Longreads essays, by Kristin Collier, on living with debt in America.) —CLR

4. Sacrifice

Matthew Bremner | Hazlitt | December 1st, 2021 | 6,423 words

I am currently doing some renovation work on my house, which entails spending my evenings clutching a paintbrush, grimly painting the walls a color that someone, in a fit of whimsy, called “Beautiful In My Eyes.” (Inadvertently implying it is beautiful to no one else.) I am looking forward to a time when I do not have paint in my hair, and I can go back to being blissfully ignorant of the many different types of door trim there are in the world. (It is a whole thing apparently, there are catalogs.) Justo Gallego Martínez, on the other hand, chose to immerse himself in a building project for 60 years — not because he procrastinated over trims — but because he was building a whole damn cathedral by himself. With no architectural expertise and using waste and recycled materials, Justo constructed something near the size of the Sagrada Familia. As I struggle to figure out how to stop a door handle from falling off, I have nothing but respect for this achievement. So does Matthew Bremner, who finds himself charmed by Justo as he attempts to understand a monk who chose to sacrifice himself to God in such a unique way: “He piled empty paint cans on top of one another and filled them with cement to make columns. He bent corrugated iron rods and fed them through slinky-like springs to create the structure of arches.” Bremner spends weeks with Justo at the site, over a period of years, and learns not just about Justo but about the people who visit and even himself. Have a read — the beautiful descriptions will pull you into a bizarre world, one that Justo built himself. —CW

5. The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company’s AI Has Come to Life

Nitasha Tiku | The Washington Post | June 11th, 2022 | 2,621 words

Could it be? After conversations with Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), engineer Blake Lemoine maintains that the bot has achieved sentience. Google vice president Blaise Aguera y Arcas has dismissed Lemoine’s claims, despite the fact he has “argued that neural networks — a type of architecture that mimics the human brain — were striding toward consciousness.” Lemoine’s on administrative leave from Google and decided to go public. While the story sounds like it comes straight out of science fiction, Lemoine is not alone. “Lemoine is not the only engineer who claims to have seen a ghost in the machine recently. The chorus of technologists who believe AI models may not be far off from achieving consciousness is getting bolder.” Detractors, though, say that making sense is far from sentience: “Most academics and AI practitioners, however, say the words and images generated by artificial intelligence systems such as LaMDA produce responses based on what humans have already posted on Wikipedia, Reddit, message boards, and every other corner of the internet. And that doesn’t signify that the model understands meaning.” Stories like this, as well as “Ghosts,” Vauhini Vara’s incredible essay about feeding the linguistic engine GPT-3 prompts about her late sister (highlighted in Longreads’ Best of 2021), would make any skeptic think again. —KS

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