Summer Book Talk!

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What a treat to be included in Deborah Kalb's Book Q&As. Kalb's conversation blogs with authors pop up so fast you wonder how she's talking with all these folks--and reading all these books. And yet, each Q&A reads fresh and insightful. Taken together, the mix is astonishing. Have a look.

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All I wanted to do link to a conversation. It is the first in a series that Slought Foundation has begun on advocacy, and I was honored that Executive Director Aaron Levy chose to interview me. Then, I found this photo along with a conversation with Aaron in Rhizome Journal. I started reading. Slought participated in the 2008 U.S. Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, with the 11th International Architecture Exhibition. Referring to the work of a theorist named Harries, Aaron said that the "main task for architecture today is the interpretation of a way of life valid for our time." An hour later, my mind full, I'm still reading, following links, looking up references, looking at photos, crawling through Slought's dialogues and programs. Welcome to Aaron's world!

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Please read this.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' article, "The Case for Reparations," must become required reading for U.S. citizens. Please read, study, and share it.

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From "The Case for Reparations," in The Atlantic, May 2014

...the crime with which reparations activists charge the country implicates more than just a few towns or corporations. The crime indicts the American people themselves, at every level, and in nearly every configuration. A crime that implicates the entire American people deserves its hearing in the legislative body that represents them.