Time to turn on, tune in, and ‘cast out!
Fresh Air – How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration
James Forman Jr. discusses his new book “Locking Up Our Own: Crime And Punishment In Black America”.
Best of the Left – Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)
Different approaches to resisting the Trump administration and rebuilding the Democratic Party as a progressive force for good.
Verity! – There’s Nothing “Only” About Being a Doctor
Verity is a podcast in which six smart women discuss Doctor Who and the only Doctor Who podcast I listen to so I have to share it this week in which the first woman Doctor is announced.
Finally, for Boston voters, check out WBUR Radio Boston’s mayor forums with Tito Jackson and Marty Walsh.
I’ve lived in Boston for nearly 19 years and yesterday I finally made it to Castle Island in South Boston. We joined a group of families of my son’s baseball buddies and picked up lunch at the famous Sullivan’s (no known relation). Along with picnicking in a cool, shady spot, there were games of bocce and pickle, and a stroll along the promenade. Here are some photographs of the stunning views on a glorious day. I shan’t wait 19 years to return.
Aer Lingus landing
Sailboat and Spectacle Island
Boston in the haze
Imperial walkers take over the waterfront.
Don’t know what these things are but they’re photogenic.
On Independence Day we went to the members’ party on the roof of the Museum of Science parking garage to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks were actually a bit obstructed (damn you Royal Sonesta hotel!) but there were beautiful views of the surrounding cityscape as the sun set on the 4th of July.
Some more photos from my Memorial Day visit to New York, this time with stops at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Washington Square Park, The Oculus, and the 9/11 Memorial.
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Title: Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones
Narrator: Ramon De Ocampo
Publication Info: Recorded Books (2012)
Previously Read by the Same Author: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Six years ago I read the first book in the Alcatraz series and really enjoyed it and meant to continue with the series. Now at last I’ve read the second book in the series and it was worth the wait. Sanderson’s Alcatraz Smedry is an unreliable narrator who keeps interrupting the story to deliberately make the reader question everything. It’s gimmicky but in-universe it works since the concept of this world is that evil librarians control reality. It’s a funny adventure set in the Library of Alexandria, and Sanderson is committed to the idea of the wraith-like curators persistently trying to trick the human visitors into taking a book in exchange for their soul. It’s a clever and enjoyable read and I should not wait so long to continue the series.
Recommended books: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
The duo from Berlin, Germany, Africaine 808, mixes global music with dance beats. A simple concept but it works oh so well on tracks like “Ngoni.”