Audible finishes third but America still gets a free audio book

Audible, the audio book distributor, threw its lot behind Audible, the 3-year-old colt, in the Kentucky Derby. The company sponsored the horse, which walked around in an ebook-themed blanket. If he won the 144th run for the roses, and he entered the race on 6-1 odds, the company would give away free audio versions of “American Pharoah,” by Joe Drape.

Well, Audible didn’t win. He came in third, behind Justify and Good Magic. Audible, the company doesn’t care. America still gets a free audio book. Offer ends 5/9… (Story courtesy of The Washington Post).

Books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don?t diminish the ?classic? curriculum. They enhance it

Viet Thanh Nguyen argues that books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don’t diminish the ‘classic’ curriculum. They enhance it….

…We must read Shakespeare and authors who are women, Arab, Muslim, queer. Most of the world is neither white nor European, and the United States may be a majority-minority country by mid-century. White people will gain more by embracing this reality rather than fighting it. As for literature, the mind-set that turns the canon into a bunker in order to defend one dialect of English is the same mind-set that closes borders, enacts tariffs and declares trade wars to protect its precious commodities and its besieged whiteness. But literature, like the economy, withers when it closes itself off from the world. The world is coming anyway. It demands that we know ourselves and the Other…