Tomorrow marks the solar eclipse, and I’m in Wyoming right now getting ready to bask in the totality of the moon’s shadow. For those of you who also have extreme eclipse plans, those of you who didn’t know about it until now, and everyone in between, here’s a playlist to get you ready for the celestial goings-on.
Lou Cornum on mushrooms and other fungi as blueprints for thriving in crisis.
Love is not inaction.
What queer memes of a top shortage reveal about the racialized orders of desire
Some notes from Casey the Lesbrarian on how to promote books you love, alongside a list of some of her fave books by authors of colour.
Vidal Wu thinks about Attack on Titan, mecha, and the spectacle of death.
Migrant workers in Canada cannot advocate for themselves or their rights as workers for fear of deportation.
Fredrick Scott Salyers listens for ways Black masculinity and vulnerability interact on Jay Z’s newest album 4:44.
The lives of rural, working class people of colour in west Tennessee.
Takiyah Thompson and other queer people in the south are taking down confederate statues, and we need to show up for them.
Claudia Rankine delivered a lecture in Banff last month, read about it here.
Kara Walker is tired, and in the artist’s statement for her latest show she asks: “How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South – states which, incidentally, lost the wars they started, and always will, precisely because there is no way those white racisms can survive the earth without the rest of us types upholding humanity’s best, keeping the motor running on civilization, being good, and preserving nature and all the stuff worth working and living for?”
Lauren Michele Jackson on the white lies of craft culture.
Advice from the future on Canada’s current food policy.
A Tribe Called Red’s Ian Campeau calls on Canadians to address the violence systemic racism here. Canada is also having to defend its record on fighting racial discrimination (which isn’t great) before a United Nations committee.
The Red Nation condemns white supremacy on Native lands.
Mourning and the spectacularization of some deaths over others: “If being Black and living under the weight of this anti-Black world isn’t a revolutionary act, then neither is being white and dying under it”