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Hello hello, nonfiction friends! As you are reading this newsletter, I am enjoying a much-needed long weekend to catch my breath before the chaos of the holidays truly gets started. It’s going to be a real sprint to the end of the year… which feels incredibly, impossibly soon given that it’s still basically just been 2020: The Extended Edition.
ANYWAY! This week it’s time to catch up on some nonfiction news that’s been sitting behind the scenes for a bit.
Bitch Media is partnering with Alice Wong and the Disability Visibility Project on The Access Series, a digital series about access and how disabilied and chronically ill people navigate the world. The series asks: “What does an accessible future look like? How can we build that world right now and trust people with lived experience to guide the process? How does systemic ableism perpetuate inequality and inaccessibility?” I can’t wait to dig into this one. You can read it online or download a PDF.
Kristen Stewart is directing an adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s 2010 memoir The Chronology of Water. According to Variety, casting for the project has just begun, although Stewart says she doesn’t plan to appear in the movie at all.
Speaking of memoirs, three other pieces of memoir-related news:
- Paul Newman’s memoir will be published in 2022, 14 years after his death. Newman began the book in the 1980s with the help of a screenwriter, but it was never published. The manuscript was just recently found.
- Scottie Pippin has some… unkind things to say about Michael Jordan in his new memoir, Unguarded. In the book, Pippen shares anger about how he and Jordan were portrayed in the 2020 ESPN documentary The Last Dance, as well as other famous players. The linked interview above is a pretty amazing example of a guy who does not care about what happens next.
- Selma Blair is also releasing a memoir! Mean Baby is set to publish in April 2022 and will include reflections on living with a chronic neurological disease, multiple sclerosis. This is one celebrity memoir I’m very jazzed to read.
We’ve got some casting news for The Boys in the Boat! Callum Turner (perhaps best known for playing Theseus Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movies), will star in the adaptation of a book about the 1936 Olympic Crew Team. And fun note, George Clooney is set to direct – interesting!
This week I started reading The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson. I love her approachable but critical histories about race in the United States, and this book is no exception. In it she explores “the history and impact of the Second Amendment” and how it’s been used to “keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable.” It’s a fascinating look and citizenship and how laws are applied unequally, resulting in deadly consequences.
For more nonfiction reads, head over to the podcast service of your choice and download For Real, which I co-host with my dear friend Alice. If you have any questions/comments/book suggestions, you can find me on social media @kimthedork. Happy weekend!
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