On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, YA author Jason Reynolds discusses the goal behind writing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Ibram X. Kendi. “I think it’s always complicated to take such massive ideas and to whittle them into something bite-size without pandering or condescending to children,” Reynolds explains. “I don’t think you have to condescend in order to give them that which is true. It can be sophisticated and nuanced, and still be for them.”
As John Steinbeck’s classic Travels With Charley nears the half-century mark, a writer has retraced the author’s cross-country journey and come to the conclusion that the resulting book was full of inaccuracies and outright fabrications. The journalist Bill Steigerwald, whose article appears in the current issue of the libertarian quarterly Reason, says he didn’t set out to trash the Nobel laureate. “As a libertarian, I kind of liked the old guy,” Steigerwald tells the New York Times. “He liked guns; he liked property rights.”
Writing for n+1’s City by City series, Moira Donegan remarks on the “self-defeating contradictions” of working at a nonprofit in New Orleans. It’s a town, she writes, where most arrive to either “perform charity or to party,” and where, she feels, “many of the people who … come to help the city [are] also hurting it.” In certain ways, the piece can be read as being in conversation with Duncan Murrell’s 2012 essay for Oxford American about authenticity, preservation, posterity, and the Big Easy.