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Subject Dispatches From the Culture Wars - October 12, 2021
Date October 13, 2021 3:49 AM
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DISPATCHES FROM THE CULTURE WARS - OCTOBER 12, 2021  
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October 12, 2021
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_ Nobel awards an African author — what's the history? School
boards showdowns, and more _

Pandemonium at a school board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia. Credit,
CNN

 

* School Board Wars
* _Squid Game_ and Anticapitalist Entertainment
* Nobels and African Lit
* Disabled Comedian Rosie Jones and the Trolls
* Unionizing an Art Space
* Co-ops and Climate Change
* A Classical Violinist Stands Up for Jimi Hendrix
* A Texas Treasure: Rediscovering Gertrude Beasley
* Women Demand Size Diversity in Fashion World — and They’re
Getting It
* San Jose Repents for Anti-Chinese Legacy

SCHOOL BOARD WARS
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By Margaret Talbot
The New Yorker

Parental ire over masks and anti-racism education, stoked by national
figures such as Tucker Carlson, on Fox, and Charlie Kirk, of Turning
Point USA, has helped galvanize school-board recall efforts, promote
new candidates for the boards and for other local offices, and push
legislative bills. 

_Squid Game_ and The Rise Of Anti-Capitalist Entertainment
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By Laura Pitcher
Refinery29

_Squid Game_ perfectly mirrors our social realities, exploring themes
like class struggle and economic anxieties through one dramatic
competition. It follows a series of movies and television shows that
have gained success recently for their critiques of capitalist
society.

NOBELS AND AFRICAN LIT
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By Bhakti Shringarpure
Africa is a Country

Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Nobel Prize for Literature win raises questions
about the role of the LitNobel and how they construct what we think of
and buy as African literature.

DISABLED COMEDIAN ROSIE JONES AND THE TROLLS
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By Liam O'Dell
The Independent

When comedian Rosie Jones, who has ataxic cerebral palsy, appeared
on _BBC_ to talk about how unsafe she feels as a gay, disabled
woman, ableist trolls took to Twitter t
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UNIONIZING AN ART SPACE
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By Dana Kopel
The Baffler

The museum union movement represents a major shift in the
self-conception of workers in museums and the nonprofit sector more
broadly, a refusal to accept unsustainable conditions as the trade-off
for working in a creative or prestigious field.

CO-OPS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
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By Miles Hadfield
Co-op News

Co-ops have got to be more active and engaged, work with others and
collaborate with social movements as well as really try to show how
the co-operative model can be relevant for addressing climate change.

A CLASSICAL VIOLINIST STANDS UP FOR JIMI HENDRIX
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By Dave Simpson
The Guardian

Fresh from a bust-up with ‘Jurassic FM’ over playing Hendrix,
Nigel Kennedy talks about musical snobbery, going on strike and his
lifelong regret at turning Duke Ellington down.

A TEXAS TREASURE: REDISCOVERING GERTRUDE BEASLEY
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By Michael Agresta
Texas Monthly

A searingly feminist 1925 memoir of life in small-town Texas rises
from the dustbin of patriarchy.

WOMEN DEMAND SIZE DIVERSITY IN FASHION WORLD
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THEY’RE GETTING IT
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By Ansley Morgan
Teen Vogue

fashion was hit hard by the pandemic and it quickly became a concern
that this would bring the growth of size inclusivity within the
industry to a halt. From looks we’ve never seen on fat bodies to
what is actually shoppable in extended sizes, here are the best
plus-size looks from New York Fashion Week.

SAN JOSE REPENTS FOR ANTI-CHINESE LEGACY
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By Natasha Chen
CNN

San Jose formally apologized in late September, for an 1887 arson that
destroyed the city’s Chinatown. This marked the first time in about
130 years the city has documented its historical role in passing
anti-Chinese policies.

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