I haven’t read as many books as I should have (or even wanted to) read over the past few months, but I have been reading many articles on the internet. Here are a few that I’ve found most interesting over the past week
Yascha Mounk writes an article that powerfully articulates the contributing factors to the virus’ continued spread here in the United States. Ultimately, she finds the damning fact to be
For the rest of us, the order of the day was simply to stay at home and slow the spread. It was a modest task, which made it all the more galling that some people fell short.
It’s a tough piece with beautiful writing. It’s also well-measured as it finds plenty of blame on both the political left and right.
Since I just finished reading Crazy Rich Asians, I was thrilled to find that the author had made available some annotated thoughts online. Reading through those and seeing a couple of his own book recommendations was something I thoroughly enjoyed. Kwan was also involved in making the Crazy Rich Asians movie and he shares a few behind the scenes snippets there too. Great little read!
I think that perhaps the most influential book I’ve read in my attempt to become anti-racist are not the books about the history of race in our country or about social justice or about racism in our culture. Instead, the most influential books are the stories about black people. To read fiction about black people is a way to say (and to realize) that black lives matter, so if you’re not reading diverse books by authors of color as well as white authors, perhaps you should take a look at some of the books shown in this article.
I love reading about the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and how the issues that they dealt with then are similar to the ones we’re dealing with now. I firmly believe that if more people were better acquainted with the history of how the United States dealt with that virus (and the results) that they would be less impatient with the opinions of various scientists on the safety measures they should take. I also found myself feeling a little more patient with the anti-mask people today after reading this article, realizing that their responses are common to idea of wearing masks in public.
I look forward to David French’s French Press every Sunday, and this week’s is no exception. He’s discussing the fact that, despite the legal freedoms Christians enjoy, many Christian voices are silenced due to societal pressure and intolerance. As he says,
Yet in spite of this liberty and power, all too many Christians are afraid. Once again a time of social upheaval is elevating illiberal voices, and those illiberal voices have disproportionate power in America’s leading cultural, educational, and corporate institutions
If Christians are silent because of their fear, then they have squandered the liberties that they have in one of the most religiously free nations in the world.