Reading List for February 2, 2018

Prosecutors Want Katie Yow to Tell a Grand Jury What She Knows About the Firebombing of the Orange County GOP HQ. She’d Rather Go To Jail On Indyweek, Sarah Willets writes about anarchist activists who refuse to testify before grand juries, secretive proceedings prosecutors use to build cases, because they don’t want to legitimize them.

Why Waking Up In A Morgue Isn’t Quite As Unusual As You Think In The Guardian, Carla Valentine writes about some of the ways people have been mistaken for dead.


Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar The Wikipedia entry on an astounding case of (somewhat) mistaken identity in a child abduction case in 1911 Mississippi.

Why Broadway’s ‘1984’ Audiences Are Fainting, Vomiting and Getting Arrested In the Hollywood Reporter, Ashley Lee writes about the surprising effects of the stage version of George Orwell’s 1984.

The Great Writers: Virginia Woolf On The Philosophers’ Mail, The School of Life writes about the early feminist author Virginia Woolf and spends time picking apart some of her philosophies for enjoying a fulfilling life.

Edgar Allan Poe ‘Toaster’ Is No More In a 2012 article in the Washington Post, Maura Judkis updates a 1983 article about a mysterious stranger who visited Poe’s grave on the anniversary of his birth every year to toast him with cognac, from the 1940s until 2011.

The Nuclear Monsters that Terrorized the 1950s On Slate, Katy Waldman writes about the strange symbiotc relationship between sci-fi movies and social control while America adjusted to living with the bomb and the Cold War.


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