What I’ve Been Reading March 28

My Sister’s Keeper by Jody Picoult. And I’m not happy with the ending. I started it yesterday and finished it today. It was hard to put down. It’s the reason that this post has so few links.

Here’s an article about how many characters in books default into white people in our heads. Apparently when you mess with people’s preconceived idea of a character’s race they get irrationally angry. Also, apparently some teens think the death of a black character is less sad than the death of a white character. Wtf? I mean, I know how annoying it can be when they cast the wrong actor for a character in a movie adaptation of a book, but being upset about race when the book character was never specified as white is just stupid.

You know what is frequently missing from those who say global warming is not happening? A proper refutation of the studies and research done in support of the theory. This opinion piece is slightly different – the author suggests the Earth is warming, but that the models predicting what will happen are wrong. He may be right, but I need better science than what can be put in an opinions piece.

I feel similarly toward books as the author of this article – they don’t need to have greater meaning to be worth enjoying and reading. Pushing extra meaning on books is totally unnecessary

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