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On Books: Read Dangerously, In the Margins, Write for Your Life : NPR

By Sharmila Mukherjee, May 13, 2022

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What does this perilous time of disease and destruction ask of us as readers and writers?

Three new books spotlight the power of the written word to foster creative responses to confinement and oppression — and to inspire deep change within us.

Azar Nafisi’s Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times, Elena Ferrante’s In The Margins: On The Pleasures of Reading and Writing and Anna Quindlen’s Write for Your Life are all about the transformative possibilities that underlie political, social and personal crisis.

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Source: On Books: Read Dangerously, In the Margins, Write for Your Life : NPR

‘Not your parents’ retirement:’ Boomers and Gen X redefine their golden years | Yahoo! Money

By Kerry Hannon, Senior Columnist, Fri, May 13, 2022, 11:08 AM
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Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they are able to realize their hopes and dreams in retirement, according to one survey of adults 45 and older. (Photo: Getty Creative)

Baby boomers and Gen X are reimagining retirement, according to a new study.

Pre-retirees and retirees view their parents’ version of retirement as having been a time for “rest and relaxation,” according to a new study “Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement” conducted by Edward Jones in partnership with Age Wave.

However, when asked about their own retirement today and in the years ahead, only 27% see today’s retirement in the same light, while 55% define it as “a new chapter in life.”

“This is definitely not their parents’ or grandparents’ retirement,” according to Ken Cella, principal, branch development at Edward Jones. “At the same time, they face new challenges, especially around their health, their finances and finding a new definition of purpose.”

The survey of more than 11,000 people was conducted online by Harris Poll in January and February 2022 and consisted of adults aged 45+ who are retired or within 10 years of retirement.

Source: ‘Not your parents’ retirement:’ Boomers and Gen X redefine their golden years

How the far right co-opted science — and why scientists need to come out to counter them | Salon.com

The intellectual dark web is sophistically tying together biology and social behavior to justify discrimination

By Christopher T. Conner, Published May 8, 2022 7:30PM (EDT)

Green liquid spilled from test tube (Getty Images/mrdoggs)

Over the course of the pandemic, conservatives and far right representatives have mobilized in a widespread assault on science as an institution. While this was an ongoing phenomenon well before COVID, over the pandemic it has expanded into a variety of issues relevant that concern the LGBTQ+ community — especially in light of recent schools’ decision to remove safe space stickers or anything related to Pride, and the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade.

At the center of the maelstrom are a group of individuals who call themselves the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW)—so named by New York Times reporter Barry Weiss, and a label they have also used to describe themselves. While to most people this conjures up images of websites where people can buy illicit substances, the Intellectual Dark Web is merely a loosely affiliated group of celebrity academics and pseudo-intellectuals.

These include people like internet talk show hosts like Ben Shapiro and Joe Rogan; but also discredited academics like Jordan Peterson, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, who use their scientific credentials to justify conservative positions on hot button “culture war” topics like the legislation targeting the existence of LGBTQ+ people, prohibitions on critical race theory, and anti-abortion legislation — creating a rift between some individuals aligned with the IDW. Although the Intellectual Dark Web is not a formal organization, their mutual support has allowed their collective impact to be felt far and wide.

Source: How the far right co-opted science — and why scientists need to come out to counter them | Salon.com

Kathryn Kolbert: The end of Roe v. Wade — and what comes next for reproductive freedom | TED Talk

By TEDWomen 2021, November 2021

Ted Talk

The end of Roe v. Wade — and what comes next for reproductive freedom

Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision protecting people’s right to have an abortion in the United States, will be overturned within a year, says reproductive rights attorney Kathryn Kolbert.

In this electrifying call to action, she breaks down the systematic attack against reproductive freedom in the US and envisions what a post-Roe world could look like. “First, we’ve got to build a badass social justice movement,” she says.

Source: Kathryn Kolbert: The end of Roe v. Wade — and what comes next for reproductive freedom | TED Talk