Weekly reading 2

Another round up of articles, ideas, and even a video.


Dancer Merce Cunningham, left, and writer M.C. Richards met at Black Mountain College. The two were lifelong friends and collaborated at times, though Cunningham was known for only caring about dance, while Richards was interested in the ways various creative disciples informed each other.

• “Going It Alone” by Rahawa Haile in Outside: “There were days when the only thing that kept me going was knowing that each step was one toward progress, a boot to the granite face of white supremacy. I belong here, I told the trail. It rewarded me in lasting ways.”

• “Race is a fiction. Racism is not” by Francys Johnson at TEDxUGA: “From the cradle to the grave, racism — theory, practice and discrimination — matters. And it matters for this reason: Racism, like all of the other isms, is legally constructed, socially maintained, politically expedient and still confers too many economic benefits.”

• “This Is Proof That Institutional Racism Is Still Very Much A Problem” by Mia Mercado in Bustle: “The practice of redlining still exists, which involves denying funding or services based on the racial demographics of an area. Just this month, AT&T was accused of discriminating against low-income neighborhoods.” And more discouraging news about institutionalized bias.

• “How We Met: Merce Cunningham and M C Richards,” in the Independent: “Merce was Jonas the mechanical monkey, Willem de Kooning did the decor, and Buckie Fuller was in the lead – he was there because, I think, it was his 50th birthday and he was celebrating by building the first geodesic dome which, as I remember, fell down.”

• “7 overlooked women writers you should be reading now” on PBS Newshour: “Writers whose work was dazzling or influential, but had been mostly forgotten or overlooked, either because of their gender, the language in which they wrote, or other reasons we had not imagined.”

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