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  1. @Violet Crown I grew up as a cradle Catholic just outside of Baltimore, and lived in Catonsville for a bit. I have been wanting to deep dive into The Catonsville Nine for a long time! I also saw Sr. Prejean speak. It was at Wake Forest University roundabout 2007. I still haven't read her book or seen the movie, though. I had to look up Tillich. That's Paul Tillich, I presume. I'm intrigued. I need to wrap some other books up before I get to Berrigan. I am currently actively reading seven books, and that is unmanageable for me. It was an experiment and it has failed. With regard
  2. @Pen I will try to answer your question, but the best thing I can do is to direct you to the American Library Association's Office For Intellectual Freedom Banned & Challenged Books page. How is that for a run-on title?! When we talk about banned and challenged books in the USA, we are usually talking about actions that have been taken by communities rather than the government. That is why books can show up on a banned list but be readily available for purchase. Let's just take Alice Walker's The Color Purple as an example since it was on both that B&N list and the ALA page about
  3. Hi. This is my first time posting in this thread. I'll just introduce myself for now. I'm in my mid-fifties and my weight is healthy but not optimal. I'm somewhere between out-of-shape and fit. I eat a WFPB diet but I cheat. Usually with sugar. A bit too often with fats, refined grains, or cheese. Rarely with meat. My normal workouts were mostly group classes of various sorts, and I have been through the big adjustment of learning how to work out at home. I've actually lost a good bit of weight since the pandemic started, but now I have hit a plateau.
  4. A lot of books end up on the banned lists due to sexual content. The books by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker that I see on the B&N list have rape or sexual assault content. The American Library Association's List of Banned & Challenged Classics gives extensive detail on the specifics of the challenges to the classics. My concern is for access to books that contain LGBTQIA+ content. According to the ALA, eight out of ten of the Most Challenged Books of 2019 were challenged for LGBTQIA+ content. Please notice I said "access to" not "the disappearance of."
  5. Fun Fact: Tom Morello is a card carrying member. Have you read any Daniel Berrigan? I have lined up this trio for my Good Catholic/Bad Catholic 10x10: To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography by Daniel Berrigan The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (play) by Daniel Berrigan The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era by Shawn Francis Peters
  6. I give up on the trivia question. Is it Mystery and Manners? I had some head scratching over the IWW reference. I was thinking Wait. What? Was FO'C in the Industrial Workers of the World union? And then I realized you meant the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Ha ha.
  7. Travel just kept getting easier, cheaper and safer. That, to me, is what made the world feel smaller. Now? Not so much.
  8. No, the world feels bigger. One of my children lives in the EU and I wonder when we will be able to see each other again. One of my other kids is an eight hour drive away. Visiting him would be an ordeal now, and it was nothing to me before. My mom lives a ten hour drive away, and I used to console myself with the idea that I could just hop on a plane and be there lickety split if something happened to her. I find myself thinking of previous generations, and how little people got to see each other after somebody moved away.
  9. No worries and no offense taken. Lots of thoughts and some questions follow! First, what kind of disappearing are you concerned about? Maybe we don't completely disagree. I already stated my sweeping, general distrust of amazon. When I say that I am unconcerned, what I mean is that I do not foresee all of her books going out of print and becoming unavailable. It's easy enough to buy Lovecraft. Being dropped from syllabi? That could happen. Pulled off the shelves at Barnes and Noble? Sales drive shelf space, so if she falls out of favor that could happen. I don't even know if she is curr
  10. Harking back to last week: I read the Flannery O'Connor article, and found it very though provoking. Thank you for raising the topic, @Violet CrownPaul Elie notes that "as she developed into a keenly self-aware writer, the habit of bigotry persisted in her letters" and then he states that "the particulars have been held close by executors, smoothed over by editors, and justified by exegetes, as if to save O'Connor from herself." That's a problem, and that sort of protectionism needs to stop. I am not a fan of putting a writer/artist/musician etc. on a pedestal. The harder they fall a
  11. Is anyone else still pursuing the 10X10 challenge? @Violet Crown You are still doing it, correct? My reading records have been a bit sloppy of late, but I think this is my status: If you want to know what I read for a category, just ask. The start date of the project was January 2019. The date listed is the date I finished the category. Overlaps were permitted. COMPLETED: Nordic (June 2019) Fantasy (January 2020) Politics (March 2020) Read in Danish (May 2020) The American South (May 2020) 1960s (May 2020) STILL WORKING ON: Non-tr
  12. I love snail mail, and would like to send out more of it. Thank you for the thread, @Margaret in CO I have previously read your mention of writing to your children every day, and I think that is one of the coolest things ever. Can you share a bit more? What kind of things do you write? I have one kid who lives overseas, one who lives an 8 hour drive away, and one who will (hopefully) be away at college in the fall. I'd like to send them more mail. As for meeting the challenge, I have a birthday card to write up and send out today. @Annie G and @mum your notecards are so pretty! Thank
  13. Interesting discussion about the banned books. There is much upthread to think about, but I'd have to think a little more before I would add to the conversation. I do know that I would not like my electronic books being altered without my knowledge. I only skimmed the article about Flannery O'Connor article and will read it properly later. I think this is case of can/should one separate the artist from the art? Based on my skim, the accusations of racism seem to be less about her fiction and more about her correspondence. Some people are more willing than others to differentiate between
  14. I should have clarified that I don't want to add to my online life. Although I suppose that growing local online relationships now could lead to seeing actual people in the future. Maybe I need to think about it that way.
  15. Pretend that you just moved to a new place. Assume that you are not much of a risk-taker with regard to COVID. How would you go about making new friends? I didn't just move to a new place, but I might as well have. My pre-COVID social life is no longer available to me, and I would love to make new IRL friends. This is what I used to do, if it helps. Regular road trips to my previous state where I have a super group of friends (that state is a current hotspot) A steady stream of house guests from other cities and states - nobody is traveling and I wouldn't feel safe welcoming th
  16. Only ten years? I surely have some TBRs on my shelf that have hit the twenty year mark, but I have moved so many times that they never get super dusty! Glad to read that the nanny situation is giving you more time to read. Enjoy!
  17. Thank you, and I will take you up on that...soon. I have to admit that I would at this moment feel guilty hanging out with a friend before my DH and son get the same opportunity. They are both suffering more than I am from the isolation, I think.
  18. My reading time is currently diluted by podcasts, movies, YouTube, and any number of distractions. Looking at my Goodreads account, I think I finished the following since I last checked in: The Last Shift by Philip Levine. Levine is one of my favorite poets, and this was his final book before he died. But it was not my favorite book by him. The Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon. I hated it! The characters, the dialogue, the storyline...yuck. LA Theatre works, as always, made a fabulous audio production but that is the only nice thing I can say. I never saw the movie, so I can't compare the
  19. I'll just say count yourselves lucky if you have IRL friends who will make these sorts of accommodations. My local IRL friends have stopped behaving like the pandemic exists, so I am not going to see them any time soon. Phone calls and Zoom is all I've got until I can travel to NC where I have a group of friends who are using current best practices. But that would mean traveling from a state that is doing well to a state that is on the rise. Blech.
  20. I really have not known how to come back to this thread, as it seems too lightweight and even frivolous now. I would like to say that I hope that your city gets whatever changes it needs to become a good place for everyone who lives there.
  21. I don't dwell in the land of regret, either. Nostalgia is OK but I really try to live my life looking forward as I just don't find the look-back super helpful. I don't even find that what I learned from my mistakes is particularly useful info for passing on to the next generation since they are living under different conditions. Except for music. I am definitely stuck in the past when it comes to music 🙂
  22. Most of my reading this week has been with a self-imposed deadline, but I really don't like the pressure. I finished Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings as an audiobook right before the library took it back. My previous exposure to Maya Angelou was miscellaneous poems and video clips, and some general knowledge. But this was the first book by her that I read. Honestly, I did not know until after I finished the book that she had written SEVEN autobiographies. I'm not sure that I want to read all seven, but I would certainly like to read more. I don't love all memoirs abou
  23. I'm not unhappy with my 20s. I had a lot of fun and did a lot of traveling. I finished both undergrad and grad school. I got married at 24 and had Kid #1 at 27, Kid #2 at 29. I worked full time until I was 32, so I was not home with my kids in my 20s. That was complicated, but I think it was the right choice for that time, especially since I stayed home for the next 20-some years! Considering that I didn't really plan my life in my 20s and it just unfolded while I muddled along, I can't complain. If I could change one small thing, I wish that I would have started dance and/or yoga th
  24. I still do not have a pulse oximeter and I would like to rectify that. They are getting easier to find, so maybe I can be a bit picky. What brands and/or models do you recommend?
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