Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. People get humiliated on Twitter, savaged in public forums and women get rape and death threats. This hour, we explore our great renaissance of public shaming.
Do you love books? I’m not just talking about reading. I’m talking about the physical book – the book as an object. Maybe that’s why we line them on shelves like totems… why we pile them next to our beds in some hope that their magic will enter our dreams.
This book really got us excited. 12 x 36. 10 pounds. Everyone wanted to touch it. Borrow it. Talk about it. It felt like magic. And the title was just as mysterious – Codex Seraphinianus. Publisher Charles Mier tell us what the hell it is (and what is isn't).
We know a lot about how slaves looked at books because of the hundreds of slave narratives they wrote. Scholar Cherene Sherrard-Johnson says a fundamental trope in those narratives is what’s called “the Talking Book.”
Judith Claire MItchell's first novel “The Last Day of the War” is set just after World War I, when Europe's peace brokers decided to ignore the Armenian massacres. She talks about the painful legacy of that decision, 100 years later.