This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by racial politics and a sports figure who should know better, strange turns in the road to becoming a parent, a good friend well missed, a violent and dehumanizing system, the politics of colour editing in comics, and Yan Lianke:
There’s nothing to be happy about — no feel-good takeaways — when a middle school girl gets insulted by a man and has to speak up for him so he can continue a baseball career no one gives a fuck about. She is not supposed to be anyone’s savior or protector. We need to be saving and protecting her.
So in the quest to get the freshest sperm possible we now have our donor coming over to masturbate at our house. When I imagined this I thought it would be super awkward but actually it was pretty okay.
All I remember about graduation is being ashamed of my shoes. My fucking shoes. So today I exchange my memory for his. I make it my own: we were kind to each other when the reality of all that we would leave behind and all that we would find ahead smacked us across the face.
I am scared. I am angry. I am sad.
Yesterday I received the news of the verdict. “You must have heard by now,” my friend sent me. I didn’t. I just got off the plane. I was on my way to an interview. I checked twitter. Practically silent. I checked Facebook. Same thing. I googled his name to find the media had begun reporting on the verdict.
Her name is Cindy Gladue.
Maybe you're reading this and thinking, "that doesn't seem like a big deal." But at that moment I thought…
"is this racist?"
…and I know that if I'm asking that question, the answer is probably "yes."
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