Plus a heartfelt (if late) book recommendation
You’re right, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
I think we need massive GOTV efforts focused on Gen Z and Milllenials (on issues like reproductive rights/student debt/DEI). Also, put young comms leaders in charge of strategy. They know best how to connect and get results.
I’m in the same predicament. My sister in law recommended Ramp Hollow which I haven’t yet started. More a cultural history, not a novel.
Greetings from Buffalo!
For a nuanced, multi-layered understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you can do no better than Apeirogon, a novel by Colum McCann.
As a recently retired reporter, I so appreciate what you have to say in today’s newsletter. We’re bringing pails of piss to a five-alarm fire.
Will do. Thanks for your great work now and since your days at the Buffalo News.
non-fiction and old. But I finally got around to reading the Power Broker. Fascinating but what surprised me is that it has a significant thread on importance of the press. 1) How press promoted and protected Moses 2) particularly, how Iphegene Ochs Sulzberger squelched NY Times criticism of him 3) how afternoon papers (that no longer exist) did the hard work to expose him.
Non fiction ideas: The Fourth Turning is Here by Neil Howe; and Eve - how the female body drove 200 million years of human evolution.
I’m not reading much fiction but look forward to reading it
Also loved Demon Copperhead and looking forward to recommendations in this discussion!
Loved Demon Copperhead as well...I think you’ve already read it (by your comments) but recommend Marty Baron’s book. And if you’re into nonfiction/history, The Road to Surrender by Evan Thomas (my neighbor)! Just keep going....
Hi, Margaret--Let me offer my sincerest condolences at the loss of your colleague, Linda Hirshman (wonderful NYT obit 11/12/23 print edition). She sounds like an absolutely amazing person. Since I am such an admirer of Fredrick Douglass, I have just ordered her most recent book, “The Color of Abolition” and also hope that you can carry on with “Hate, Inc.” and publish it in her memory. It is a necessary project.
For very atmospheric fiction, The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May, set in the Hebredean islands of Scotland. I just traveled from Buffalo to the Isle of Skye and Peter May nails it, with a great story, setting and dialogue. Non-fiction: American Midnight-Adam Hochschild....we've been down this fascist road before.
Suggested book: Kliph Nesteroff's "Outrageous."
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. But, even so, Demon Copperhead blew me away. Covenant of Water and Hello Beautiful are 2 of my favorite recent novels.