Literature in the Time of Coronavirus: A Reading List
We hope these nine essential books will provide respite and illumination amid the anxiety of current developments. More
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"Back-to-school time is here, so why not get your kids in the mood with some #LGBTQ-inclusive picture books set in schools?... Here are a few of my favorites... that focus on... school moments of being welcoming, supportive, and inclusive." https://mombian.com/2022/08/11/12-lgbtq-inclusive-kids-books-for-back-to-school/ via @mombian
"When local Nebraska police came knocking in June, before Roe v Wade was officially overturned... private messages between (a 17-yo & her mother) discussing how to obtain abortion pills were given to police... The teenager is now being tried as an adult." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/10/facebook-user-data-abortion-nebraska-police
"Like most Americans, you might believe books have a settled status in our culture—that even if they contain sexual material, they’re protected by the #FirstAmendment," writes @dankois.
Now, Republicans in VA are asking a judge to change US obscenity law. https://slate.com/culture/2022/08/book-banning-republicans-gender-queer-obscenity-supreme-court.html