As Time magazineâ€™s Baltimore cover recalls 1968, a reminder to the media to think twice about misusing MLK. Historian N. D. B. Connolly has a useful op-ed on the context for events in Baltimore, while Karen Attiah imagines how Western media might cover them if they were happening elsewhere in the world.
Obama has announced a new reading scheme for low-income students: US publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster will provide $250m in free ebooks.
A year after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times, and the debate that followed, Susan Glasser of Politico has hosted a roundtable with Abramson, Slateâ€™s chief Julia Turner and Susan Goldberg (EIC of National Geographic) about the â€śpipeline problemâ€ť, and why itâ€™s still the case that fewer women than youâ€™d expect are making it to the top jobs in journalism. A delightfully weird piece on Erik Wempleâ€™s Washington Post blog suggests that Glasser herself (who, he notes, used to run the Postâ€™s national news department and was removed after a year and a half) may be part of the problem: Wemple lists 29 female Politico staffers (including several in â€śleadershipâ€ť posts) whoâ€™ve left since Glasser took over six months ago, and speculates as to why. He also includes COO Kim Kingsleyâ€™s response to his request for comment: â€śYour obsession with Susan is unsettling and strange. For a company loaded with top women leaders . . . your fixation on who left and when and what does it mean seems never-ending and tedious. But thank you for your intense interest in Politico.â€ť
The Rumpus interviews Michelle Tea about writing a book in the â€śI used to be a wild dirt bag and then I got my shit togetherâ€”hereâ€™s how I did itâ€ť genre, and the importance of finding an agent with â€śno illusions about how homophobic publishing is.â€ť
Starlee Kine, one of This American Lifeâ€™s most memorable contributors (who once handled a break-up by writing a pop song and playing it to Phil Collins for feedback), will be hosting a new podcast called Mystery Show. You can email email@example.com to submit your own mystery, as long as itâ€™s definitively unGoogleable.