A beautiful (portable) book on a less-seen but vital part of our world. I read this when I was starting a freshwater project a while back as it helped me into an area I knew little of. If you're concerned about Earth; a geologist, zoologist, ecologist or simply want the gist of how part of nature works this is a great place to start. It's one of the most readable pieces of nature writing I've seen in years. Also has a helpful bibliography. [more inside]
"Since everyone around here thinks I'm a queer anyway."
"Nobody'll ever change my mind about it."
"If anybody could find it, it would be me."
"Tedious and brief." [more inside]
Brian Reed's novelistic reportage/show was released in full from the get-go. It's a tightly woven tale, with one chapter flowing into the next - here's where to discuss it as a whole. (Ep 1 thread here, ep 2 thread here.)
"Has anybody called you?" [more inside]
"If you keep your mouth shut, you'll be surprised what you can learn." From Serial and This American Life comes S•Town, narrated by Brian Reed. Meet John B McLemore, he has some stories to tell... [more inside]
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them. [more inside]
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [more inside]