Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Reading List

The author gave a talk with the New York Review of Books and the New York Public Library made a list of books he had recommended in the talk. In the comments readers give their personal recommendations as well.

Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulivard

Here’s a Google Map of the author’s Blatimore neighborhood. Like before, take a walk around with Google’s street feature.

 

Prince Jones

Here are some articles about the killing of Prince Jones.

Washington Post: Officer Liable in Prince Jones Killing

Washington City Paper: Black Victim, Black Cop, Black County

People: An Echo of Gunfire

Reactions to Hillbilly Elegy

Here are some reactions from a few people who identify as ‘hillbillies’ and more established media members responding to Vance’s book.

R. Mike Burr: The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy”

Aaron M. Renn: Culture, Circumstance, and Agency: Reflections on Hillbilly Elegy

G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy

Elizabeth Catte: For the good of the poor and common people: What Hillbilly Elegy gets wrong about Appalachia’s working class

Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America

Family Pictures

Here are some photos posted by the author of his family

http://www.jdvance.com/family.html

 

Hillbilly Migration

One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.

Chicago Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies

AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

Jackson, Kentucky

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Here’s a Google Map of Jackson, Kentucky, setting of most of the book. I definitely recommend using Google’s street view to ‘walk’ through town, same as we did for Moreland, Indiana. You can find instructions on how to use Google Maps on that link.

June’s Book: The Noble Hustle

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This month’s book is The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead. Our discussion of the book will be June 26th in the 3rd floor board room as usual. If you need a copy or have a friend who wants to join the group, there are copies of the book to be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

The Sounds of Space Travel

Have you always wanted to hear the banalities of space travel? You can! Follow this link to an online archive of recordings taken from NASA space missions, from Gemini to Apollo to Mercury missions, to official NASA press releases. Mundane yet remarkable stuff!

https://archive.org/details/nasaaudiocollection?&sort=-downloads&page=4 

Naoki Typing/Television Interview

In the first post about Naoki from the Japan Times, we got to see some pictures of him using the alphabet board. Now let’s see him actually using the keyboard and alphabet board to communicate.

Once again: this interview is entirely in Japanese. It is in 3 parts. I’ve cued part 1 to begin at 6:03 when the interviewer is speaking with Naoki. To respond, he is using his laptop and the alphabet board. I am showing this to show you what it is like for Naoki to communicate in real time as well as a taste of what it is like for him to write the book.

In part 2 Naoki is talking with David Mitchell and his mother and using the alphabet board to communicate more fully.

Even though it is entirely in Japanese without any English subtitles, it is still worthwhile to see Naoki interacting with people to understand the impact of his words through the book we are reading. Part 3 is still worth checking out if you have time. To find it, click on the YouTube icon in the corner of the video and look in the ‘Up Next’ column on the right for Part 3.

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