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Writers, readers wrestle with tough subjects at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Writers, readers wrestle with tough subjects at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Writer Jennifer Baker, sitting in front of a crowd of dozens of book lovers, started the morning off with a joke: She wasn’t properly caffeinated at 10 a.m. The author and host of the “Minorities in Publishing” podcast then took on a more serious tone as she launched into a discussion about her 2023 novel “Forgive me Not.” Baker talked about how she attempted to incorporate issues of racism and other biases, while telling the story of a Black teenager’s journey through the juvenile justice system after she drove drunk and caused an accident that killed her younger sister. The story of the book’s 15-year-old protagonist, Letta, is about judgment both in and out of the courtroom. In Baker’s novel, Letta’s own family, rather than a judge, must determine her sentence. Baker said the book raises questions about a variety of issues, including racism and how justice is applied. “The aim is to do so subtly, so you are focusing on the dynamics of a family and can really come to your own kind of …

Now Is the Time to Wrestle With Frantz Fanon

Now Is the Time to Wrestle With Frantz Fanon

Some ideas exist so far beyond one’s own moral boundaries that to hear them articulated out loud, unabashedly, is to experience something akin to awe. That’s how I felt, anyway, when I watched the video of a Cornell professor speaking at a rally a week after Hamas’s October 7 attack. “It was exhilarating!” he shouted. “It was energizing!” The mass murder and rape and kidnapping of Israelis on that day had already been well documented. I saw an atrocity; he saw renewal and life. Gazans, he exclaimed, “were able to breathe for the first time in years.” The professor spat out these words, but I heard another voice too. It belonged to Frantz Fanon. The mid-century theorist of decolonization has long been the patron saint of political violence. Since his death in 1961, at the age of 36, Fanon’s concepts have provided intellectual ballast and moral justification for actions that most people would simply describe as terror. For him, the world divided neatly into two groups, the colonized and the colonizer. Innocent civilians didn’t figure …

Stakes are high as SNP and Labour wrestle over Gaza ceasefire call | Scottish National party (SNP)

Stakes are high as SNP and Labour wrestle over Gaza ceasefire call | Scottish National party (SNP)

A few days after the Hamas atrocities of 7 October, Scotland’s first minister, Humza Yousaf, attended a service of solidarity at a synagogue near Glasgow. He embraced the mother of Bernard Cowan, a Scot killed by Hamas at the kibbutz where he had settled. “Your grief is my grief,” he told her. Later that day, the SNP leader spoke to journalists at Bute House in Edinburgh: he described movingly the plight of his in-laws, who had become trapped under Israeli bombardment while visiting relatives in Gaza. He became one of the first senior political voices in the UK to call for a ceasefire on both sides to allow humanitarian aid into the territory. It’s worth remembering this context ahead of the debate on the SNP’s motion, which reiterates that call for an immediate ceasefire, five months on and more than 29,000 deaths later. This is a matter of huge personal resonance for Yousaf, but his Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn, has led on it in the Commons, returning to the matter again and again at prime …

John Krasinski takes on Stephen Colbert in a brutally tense arm wrestle

John Krasinski takes on Stephen Colbert in a brutally tense arm wrestle

“Warn our affiliates we might be going long.” These are the words of pumped up Late Show Super Bowl special host Stephen Colbert as he rips off his jacket so aggressively that his mic makes an audible thump, in preparation for an arm wrestle with guest John Krasinski. There’s plenty of fighting talk from Colbert as he slaps Krasinski’s bicep and informs him he’s “gone soft”, but ultimately the IF director/writer emerges the clear victor. Source link