5 Most Popular Posts: March 2020
- April 2, 2020
We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Seriously, though, here are March’s winners.
- “Conversations with Myself” by Leeya Mehta. “So many images come to mind these days. For me, the ones that repeat are of leaders building social movements while in almost complete isolation. On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela and seven others accused of conspiring to overthrow the South African apartheid state were sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela spent 27 years — or 10,052 days — incarcerated.”
- “Happy, Fun Books to Take Your Mind Off the News.” Why might a list of upbeat reads hit the spot right now? We have a few guesses…
- Philip K. Jason’s review of The Interpreter: A Novel by A.J. Sidranksy (Black Opal Books). “The Interpreter, the first installment in A.J. Sidransky’s ‘Justice’ series, is a highly original look at the dimensions and consequences of the Holocaust that is at once emotionally devastating and technically impressive. It’s a work of fiction based on factual elements in the life of the author’s extended family.”
- Dean Jobb’s review of He Had It Coming: Four Murderous Women and the Reporter Who Immortalized Their Stories by Kori Rumore and Marianne Mather (Agate Midway). “The commentary, however, takes a back seat to the star of this particular show: the Tribune’s extensive news archive. Reading He Had It Coming is akin to browsing a well-staged and carefully curated museum exhibit. Vintage photographs, yellowed newspaper clippings, and an array of other historical records and artifacts have been unearthed and assembled to lavishly illustrate the story.”
- “Scenes from #QuarantineLife” by Art Taylor. “Truth is, I’ve Facebooked and Tweeted a lot recently, nearly all of it upbeat: news and small celebrations about my just-released collection of short stories (thanks to the Independent for interviewing me about it); our son’s ever-more-ambitious LEGO projects and his burgeoning skills as a piano player; a comfort-food dinner and a fancy cocktail (not a Quarantini, but you might as well have called it that). All looks good, yep? But here’s what you don’t see.”