What We’re Reading (4/21)

Submissions. We’re reading a lot of submissions a lot of the time. But we at 1966 also, of course, love our free-reading, and below are some of our latest favorites:

Tongue Tied: The Lives of Multilingual Children in Public Education edited by Otto Santa Anna – The book includes a compilation of creative nonfiction essays and poetry on the denial of children’s right to speak their native language and more scholarly essays on the subject. The book takes a critical look at the United States’ political and educational policies and how they have affected the lives of language minorities. Some of the first hand accounts include the works of Amy Tan, Sherman Alexi, Richard Rodriguez, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Although the work stresses loss, it also gives hope for the future. (Ileana Sherry, Managing Editor)

“The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” by Edgar Allan Poe – Upon watching Stonehearst Asylum, a 2014 movie based on Poe’s work, I became curious about the tale and decided to read it. As Poe’s works tend to do, this short story transports the reader into a dark yet colorful world: this time, that of a quite unconventional mental institute through the eyes of an unsuspecting physician who may or may not be off his rocker himself. (Nipuni Gomes, Assistant Editor)

Gay Berlin by Robert Beachy – We’re still at the point in American history in which a significant demographic can be locked out of history syllabi for “moral” reasons, so we need all the vital, readable works of queer history we can get. Enter Robert Beachy: a scholar who writes with a CNF author’s eye for narrative. In just 250 pages, Gay Berlin outlines how 19th century Germany birthed the modern gay identity, introduces us to a number of captivating and virtually unknown civil rights heroes, and provides a surprising account of a diverse and flourishing queer culture in pre-Nazi Berlin. A subtly poignant, eye-opening text; essential for anyone interested in queer history. (Ryan Diller, Web Editor)

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