As billions of people worldwide are confined to their houses and turning inward towards reading, reflection (and bing streaming/listening) for sustenance, we at Call & Response and Pangea World Theater decided that it would be worth curating and sharing some of the things we have come across worth diving into. So here it is, an eclectic selection of (mostly reading) materials to inspire, inform, entertain, and hopefully generate meaningful dialogue with those around you and those at a distance.
Opinion | An Epicenter of the Pandemic Will Be Jails and Prisons, if Inaction Continues This article explains the dangerous effects of the prison policies in the US in regards to the COVID-19 virus
Why Black People Will Lead the Food Sovereignty Revolution A brief history and future of Black Leadership in Food Justice
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/world/middleeast/syria-coronavirus-idlib-tents.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesworld The realities of Syrian refugee life, including the virus.
Organizer Mariame Kaba: We Need a People’s Bailout to Confront Coronavirus A podcast about the the importance of mutual aid and the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
Mutual Aid and Radical Care In the Time of Increased Uncertainty A resource for receiving and giving in community amidst the pandemic.
In search of promised lands The history and present reality of border imperialism and Cree resistance.
How you can support bookstores during the coronavirus pandemic. Resources for book buying in the age of Amazon’s monopoly and the pandemic.
Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It A video with best-selling author and activist Naomi Klein giving an overview of disaster capitalism and the government’s response to our latest crisis.
A Poet a Day: Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “Bicycles” and delights in her own words.
Danez Smith Makes Room for the Messiness of Language An interview with “Homie” author Danez Smith, a Twin Cities based poet and literary award winner.
What Liberal Feminism Leaves Out A critique of popularized feminism contextualized in the Democratic Primary race.
Culture The Little-Known History of Amelio Robles, a Trans Zapatista Who Fought in Mexico’s Revolution This article reveals untold stories of sex and gender in Mexico’s revolutionary war centering on Amelio Robles, a soldado, a sharp shooter, a trans man.
Louise Erdrich on Her New Book ‘The Night Watchman’ In a thoughtful interview Louise Erdrich discusses her fiction, her own life and ethnic identity, and publishing in today’s day in age.
Arts in the Time of Quarantine The Boston Review is offering readers short stories and other literary art forms to entertain during this time of isolation..
10 Ways To Practice Solidarity In A Time Of Social Distancing Suggestions for connection and even activism while keeping each other as safe as possible.
Feminize Your Canon A column with the proposal of including women in the traditional canon, with histories of authors and suggestions for further reading.
Corona Radiata: A New Poem A new poem by Fady Joudah tackles the moment head on
The plague is a formative event. When it fades, new possibilities will emerge Novelist David Grossman explores the new possibilities provided by the void left by pestilence.
Keeping the Fear at Bay John Freeman explores why “shared vulnerability is essential to family life—and to citizenship.”
Opinion | Camus on the Coronavirus “It may seem a ridiculous idea, but the only way to fight the plague is with decency.” This short piece examines Albert Camus’ 1947 novel The Plague and the lessons we can draw from it about the many sides of human nature.
Cuba exports health, by Hernando Calvo Ospina A timely article in Le Monde Diplomatique about Cuba’s long history of sending doctors to poor and disaster-struck nations.
Radical Futures: When Palestinians Imagine This commentary highlights scholarship on colonialism and imagining radical futures, exploring examples of how Palestinians continue to radically imagine and calling for a future built from Palestinians’ collective
THE TRICONTINENTAL An article by Vijay Prashad from the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research on the unfolding crisis.
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Capitalism in Crisis The Red Nation collective out of Albuquerque released this far-reaching and powerful statement in response to the Coronavirus crisis, emphasizing that “how we respond must be collective, with human dignity and love.”
Macron’s coronavirus address shows the benefits of the welfare state – The A look at how the French President went from neoliberal privatizer in chief to champion of social welfare in a few short weeks in the face of the coronavirus crisis in Europe.
How Do You Know If You’re Living Through the Death of an Empire? Historian and journalist Patrick Wyman takes us through some of the telltale signs of an empire in decline, using Rome as an example.
Shakespeare and the plague in his plays How the plague ravaged William Shakespeare’s world and inspired his work, from Romeo and Juliet to Macbeth.
https://bookshop.org/shop/nycbooksellers A website to support local independent New York City booksellers, with a curated list of suggested books from out-of-work bookstore employees.
Six Proposals for Participation in a Conversation about Bread Writer Rasha Abbas spans countries and decades in these interconnected musings on the relationship between food and political upheaval.
Intercepted: Coronavirus, Elections, and Solidarity in Midst of Pandemic Naomi Klein joins investigative journalist Jeremy Scahil on the Intercepted podcast.
Coronavirus Foreshadow’s Bigger Disruptions in Future Pankaj Mishra on what may lie ahead
No One Is Well Arielle Angel writes in Jewish Currents about the degree to which “capitalism has worked to power the spread of this virus” and the need to pivot to “the logics of care” as opposed to profit.
The Art of Fiction No. 78 A 1984 interview in The Paris Review with the great James Baldwin
On Hope An essay on hope and humanness by Krista Tippett
Barbara Ehrenreich Is Not an Optimist, but She Has Hope for the Future A wide-ranging but timely interview with renowned writer Barbara Ehrenreich.
Aijaz Ahmad · Strictly Technical: India’s Far-Right · LRB 7 March 2020 Aijaz Ahmad reviews two books that shed light on the roots and the rise of India’s far right.