February’s words were: pink, snow, heart, arrow, point, right, holiday, walk, and
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (also The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
“Hearts and Hands” by O. Henry
“Cupid’s Arrows” by Rudyard Kipling
Articles and essays:
“UK museums’ right to charge image fees is called into question” in The Art Newspaper discusses the legal aspects of museums’ charging for images of works of art no longer protected by copyright.
“Cop suspended amid rebel flag dispute at civil rights museum” about a recent incident at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
“Candy Heart messages written by a neural network” by Janelle Shane. I love this stuff, as long as it’s all fun and games.
“The Only Good Thing About Winter Is This Story Written in Snow” shares Shelley Jackson’s unique work with Electric Literature readers.
“Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity.” Besides all the seedy details, my main takeaway from this New Yorker article was the ability of the press (albeit a tabloid, in this case) to suppress rather than report the news. The result is that Karen McDougal now has been silenced from talking about her own life.
“From Bellingham To Tallahassee Students ‘Walk Out’ Demanding Gun Reform.” This NPR story highlights a teen from my congregation among the many around the country who marched.
“The Slave-State Origins of Modern Gun Rights” is a 2015 Atlantic piece that remains relevant as ever.
“The Pink Sari” by Pooja Chandrashekar, from The Best Teen Writing of 2013.
“Why Swedes Take At Least 5 Weeks Of Holidays” from Business Insider. “I’d be hard pressed to count the number of times American friends have expressed hesitation about using what few vacation days they’re allotted. Some of the common fears appear to be fear of seeming less loyal, falling behind career-wise or lowering the productivity of the company. Even with this corporate-centric outlook (which is a sad outlook to have on life), however, it turns out skimping on vacation is actually bad for productivity.”
“Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study.” This Guardian article discusses a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford.
“Dow falls more than 1,000 in biggest daily point-drop ever” reported Sylvan Lane in The Hill in early February.
“Yes, and… Comfort and Discomfort in Museum Guide Programs” by Karleen Gardner in Museum Education Roundtable discusses the question of how paid and volunteer museum guides can facilitate interactions on difficult topics while also making visitors feel comfortable in the museum.
“Human rights exhibition is first of its kind” – this article discusses a new permanent exhibit at the Sydney Jewish Museum. The exhibit is the “first of its kind” in Australia.