Late Summer Reading – 2018 Version

Black Elk and Family Photo Credit – Religion News

If you’re like me, most of what we read is on line articles.

I also read full length books and have a goal on Goodreads to finish 16 this year. Among the ones I’ve finished and recommend are: Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays by Paul Kingsnorth; Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean; Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson; and A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore.

A lot of people don’t read full length books, so going into fall, here is a list of five short pieces worth the time to be better informed about progressive issues.

The dairy business is going through significant change with sales prices below the cost of production, farm consolidation, and smaller operators going out of business. For a straight up no humor version of dairy from the farm community, I recommend book marking James Dickrell at His piece on Monday was about trade negotiations with Mexico. Details about the new agreement are sketchy at best, according to Dickrell. Find his article U.S., Mexico Reach Trade Deal Agreement here.

You may have seen Nicholas Pollock’s article in The Atlantic on Monday. Titled
America Soured on My Multiracial Family, Pollock discusses issues related to Americans adopting foreign-born children and points out parents seeking to adopt are disproportionately white and adopted children are not. Parents increasingly face a social ugliness which he explains. You can find the article here.

Kira Lerner reported on Think Progress how a majority black, rural Georgia county decided to close polling places based on their non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “’It’s a diabolical move: citing one civil rights statute (the ADA) as the justification for violating another (the VRA),’ Jim Tucker, who previously worked in the DOJ’s Voting Section, told Think Progress.” The ADA is Being Used to Disenfranchise Voters can be found here.

What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico’s Year of Fighting for Power by Daniel Alarcón tells the story of George Bracero, a Puerto Rican power plant operator who was injured just before Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Find the article here.

Kirk Petersen reported about the Vatican’s efforts to canonize Black Elk who was famously interviewed by John Neihardt in 1932. Vatican Considers Sainthood for Lakota Sioux Medicine Man tells how the Rev. Luis Escalante, a Vatican postulator, or researcher for sainthood candidates, recently spent several days in western South Dakota gathering information about Black Elk’s life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was also looking for evidence of miracles. Black Elk was second cousin to Crazy Horse. Find this article here.

Happy end of summer reading!

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1 Response to Late Summer Reading – 2018 Version

  1. Anne Duncan says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. I read one of the pieces already and it was very interesting.

    I have a short-piece recommendation for anyone interested in Iowa agriculture/environment issues. The piece below, written by a farmer, blew my mind. His first two paragraphs alone are worth the trouble.


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