Recommended Reads:

Everything I’ve read (articles and books) that still sticks with me. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, but a good place to start.

Listed alphabetically. Presented without personal commentary. A brief summary may be included.

America’s Future is Texas, Lawrence Wright

  • With zealots taking over the legislature even as the state’s demographics shift, Texas has become the nation’s bellwether – The New Yorker

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Inspired by James Baldwin’s 1963 classic “The Fire Next Time,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, “Between the World and Me,” is a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today. – New York Times Book Review

Dear President Bush, Andrew Sullivan

  • Americans want, and need, to move on from the debate over torture in Iraq and Afghanistan and close this tragic chapter in our nation’s history. Prosecuting those responsible could tear apart a country at war. Instead, the best way to confront the crimes of the past is for the man who authorized them to take full responsibility.

How Post-Watergate Liberals Killed Their Populist Souls, Matt Stoller

  • In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system. – The Atlantic

Manchild in the Promised Land, Claude Brown

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

  • In the piece, Baldwin detailed his evangelical childhood and his views on the treatment and condition of blacks in America. Baldwin uses words, Langston Hughes once said, “as the sea uses waves,” and his evocative essay reveals, among other things, the daily fears that many African-Americans lived with as a matter of course. – The New Yorker

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

What If the Allies Had Lost World War I? – David Frum

  • The First World War’s horrific human and economic costs, the disappointment of hopes that the war would somehow reform or redeem society, the failure to achieve an enduring peace, the subsequent Great Depression that indicted the liberal world order for which so many Americans believed they had fought, the ensuing collapse of democracy in so many European countries, the slide toward a second world war—the experience of the two decades after the war systematically made mockery of every ideal and hope and promise for which Americans imagined they had joined the fight in April 1917. – The Atlantic

We Are All Witnesses, Jordan Ritter-Conn

  • Twenty months after Tamir Rice was killed in Cleveland, his mother is still grappling with how to grieve in private following her son’s public death – The Ringer

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