Nigger Ta-Nehisi Coates, from Between the World and Me:

"It is not necessary that you believe that the officer who choked Eric Garner set out that day to destroy a body. All you need to understand is that the officer carries with him the power of the American state and the weight of an American legacy, and they necessitate that of the bodies destroyed every year, some wild and disproportionate number of them will be black. Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage."

Kike novelist Michael Chabon on Between the World and Me:

"I know that this book is addressed to the author’s son, and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass, inexorably, into harm’s way. I hope that I will be forgiven, then, for feeling that Ta-Nehisi Coates was speaking to me, too, one father to another, teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable."

Kike NYT editor David Brooks on Between the World and Me:

"Am I displaying my privilege if I disagree? Is my job just to respect your experience and accept your conclusions? Does a white person have standing to respond?”


"How To Read Like A President

"President Barack Obama has escaped the White House for a vacation at Martha's Vineyard, spending time with his family and friends, golfing, and, of course, reading. No vacation is complete without a list of books, and the White House released his summer reading list Thursday afternoon, totaling 2,725 pages.

"The six books are:

"All That Is," by [Kike] James Salter [James Arnold Horowitz], who died in June;

"All The Light We Cannot See," ["Set in occupied France during World War II, the novel centers on a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross."] by Anthony Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for the novel;

"The Sixth Extinction," by Elizabeth Kolbert, who also won a Pulitzer this year for her book;

"The Lowland," [about Indian Maoist revolutionaries/terrorists] by Jhumpa Lahiri [b. London, parents from Bengal, moved to USA age two], whose novel was Booker-shortlisted in 2013;

"Between The World and Me," by TA-NEHESI COATES;

"Washington: A Life," by [Kike] Ron [Israelovich] Chernow, the historian who penned the biography of [Kike] Alexander Hamilton that the musical "Hamilton" is based on."

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