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27 February 2017


The police reform books look really interesting.
On the subject of African-American history, I would be interested in histories that are post-Civil Rights. The popular narrative for too long (at least for white people) has treated Civil Rights as the end of systemic racial discrimination. I'm on the look-out for books that address African-American history after the 1960's.

I thought that too (about the police reform books).
I agree that civil rights books definitely seem to focus on the 60s and the road to the 60s. If I see any better post-60s books, I'll post. Have you seen Paul Theroux's travel book "Deep South"? Not exactly on race relations but definitely more recent and of course, the topic comes up. Might be worth a look...ha...just went and looked at my old post on that book and there you are in those comments! If I have any more original ideas than the Theroux, I'll try to list them somewhere here.

Ahahaha, meetings are a scourge upon the land. I have to say that I have found academic publishing meetings tend to be really efficient and sensible. The place where I interned when I was first getting into publishing had the fastest and best meetings of any place I've ever worked. It was awe-inspiring.

Meanwhile, I am crushed that the author of the article about literary break-ups doesn't like Emma. Emma's my favorite Jane Austen book! And I love Emma herself as a character -- she's so relatable and dumb and well-intentioned, and I love seeing her learn to be a better person.

I love that breakup list. One reason is that I have actually read all of the books mentioned.

Personally, I do think that Catherine and Heathcliff are perfect for one another.

I also think that list will make some Jane Austen fans very unhappy.

I'm so glad you experienced good meetings somewhere! I have yet to.
Yes, the literary break-ups author didn't get them all right. I thought they were a bit harsh on Emma myself, and frankly, who doesn't love Mr. Knightley (although I may be prejudiced after the adaptation starring Jonny Lee Miller as the best Mr. K EVAH)? In my heart of hearts I know Heathcliff and Catherine can't break up either. :)

I wrote my comment above before reading yours. Of course, Heathcliff and Catherine were meant to be (miserable). That is kind of the point of the book! I enjoyed that list for its willingness to consider all couples--even Austen's!

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