Many Voices, Many Rooms: Week 5

Highlight of the Week

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz - The New York Times book review calls this, a “mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss.” I call it a heart-warming read and a book I can’t wait to share with my students. From the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which I also read and loved, my favorite quote comes from the Dad (Vincente), “No extra credit for being a decent human being.” In other words: just be a decent human being. Great advice for these troubling times.

Other Highlights
Closer Than They Appear a podcast featuring Carvell Wallace - The tagline for this podcast is, “If America is an estranged family, this podcast is our awkward holiday dinner,” but I found it softer than that. At once honest and hopeful, I am going to let two quotes from the podcast speak for themselves:

     "Hate and anger are guard dogs to fear." --Carvell Wallace
     “That is the challenge that we have as human beings - that the easy thing to do is always to divide people based on a problem. The hard thing to do is to unite people based on a solution." --Van Jones (episode 5)

A worthwhile listen for trying times, personal or political.

Community - Complex, critically acclaimed, and inclusive. This sit-com, while still Anglo-centric (see “Jeff Winger”), shows us how multi-culturalism can benefit us all. This is our family’s summer binge. Features a young Donald Glover as part of a great ensemble cast.


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