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Why are there so many book clubs and so few article clubs? Let’s change that! Join The Highlighter Article Club, where we read, annotate, and discuss one outstanding article every month on race, education, or culture.

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The Highlighter Article Club Mark Isero

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

Why are there so many book clubs and so few article clubs? Let’s change that! Join The Highlighter Article Club, where we read, annotate, and discuss one outstanding article every month on race, education, or culture.

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    Interview: Joshua Prager, author of “The Roe Baby”

    Interview: Joshua Prager, author of “The Roe Baby”

    Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “The Roe Baby,” by Joshua Prager. I’m pleased that so many of you have signed up to discuss the article on Sunday, June 26. I am looking forward to it!

    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Prager. It was an honor. Thanks to his generosity and thoughtfulness, it was a great conversation. We spoke about a number of topics, including how he got interested in Roe v. Wade, how he found Shelley Thornton, how being a man affected his writing, how the politics of abortion are much more extreme now than they were 50 years ago, and how Norma McCorvey cared deeply about her legacy.

    I hope you take a listen!

    After listening to the interview, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. What’s one insight that resonated with you? What’s a question you were left with?

    I look forward to our discussion on Sunday. See you then! If you have any questions, hit reply or click here.

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 34 min
    Interview: Kim McLarin, author of ”On White Violence, Black Survival, and Learning to Shoot”

    Interview: Kim McLarin, author of ”On White Violence, Black Survival, and Learning to Shoot”

    Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “On White Violence, Black Survival, and Learning to Shoot,” by Kim McLarin. It’s powerful and beautifully written. I’m pleased that so many of you have signed up to discuss the article next Sunday, March 27. I am looking forward to it!

    A few weeks ago, Sarai and I had the opportunity to interview Prof. McLarin. It was an honor. Thanks to her generosity and thoughtfulness, it was a great conversation. We spoke about a number of topics, including how she approached writing the article, the importance of the role of positionality, what it means to be a Black woman in a nation of white violence, and what is worthy of being defended.

    I hope you take a listen!

    After listening to the interview, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. What’s one insight that resonated with you? What’s a question you were left with?

    I look forward to our discussion next Sunday. See you then!

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 28 min
    Interview: Kathryn Schulz, author of “When Things Go Missing”

    Interview: Kathryn Schulz, author of “When Things Go Missing”

    Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz. It’s one of my favorite pieces of the past five years. I’m pleased that so many of you have signed up to discuss the article on February 27. I am looking forward to it!

    A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to interview Ms. Schulz. It was an honor. Thanks to her generosity and thoughtfulness, it was a great conversation. We talked about a range of topics, including: how it feels to have a new book out, how she organized the piece, how she thinks about a concept she calls “and-ness,” what her dad meant to her, why she included certain details and not others, and why she ended an article on loss with the phenomenon of finding.

    I hope you take a listen!

    Also, I encourage you to buy and read Lost & Found, her memoir, published in January, that grew out of this essay. (You can’t have my copy.)

    After listening to the interview, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. What’s one insight that resonated with you? What’s a question you were left with?

    I look forward to our discussion on Feb. 27. See you then!

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 27 min
    Let’s annotate: “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz

    Let’s annotate: “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz

    This month at Article Club, we’re reading “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz. Big thanks to Carina, Jamie, Kira, Lauri, Toronzo, Shreya, Angela, Corinne, Peter, and Sara for already signing up for our February 27 discussion.

    If you’re interested (especially if this will be your first discussion!), there’s still time to sign up (until Saturday, February 12). Here’s more information about the article. Then click the big button below.

    This week, we’re doing two things: (1) annotating the article together (2) listening to the beginning of the article and sharing our first impressions.

    #1: Let’s annotate

    Here’s the copy of the article we can annotate together. Annotating is a great way to connect with other Article Clubbers and share your thoughts about the piece, right inside the text. You can build on others’ comments or add your own. Try it, you’ll like it! (Remember, we don’t have to perform at AC.) Thanks for getting us started, Sara!

    #2: Let’s listen to the beginning and share what we think

    Back in 2017 when I first featured “When Things Go Missing” in The Highlighter, loyal reader Shyanna generously agreed to record the introduction. (Thank you, Shyanna!) To spark interest and to get conversation going, let’s listen to it (hit the play button at the top). Then, I encourage you to leave a comment.

    How did you experience reading the introduction? How did it make you feel?

    Coming up this month

    This week: We’ll annotate the article with fellow Article Clubbers.

    Next week: We’ll listen to Ms. Schulz’ thoughts about the article.

    The week of February 21: There will be a surprise.

    Sunday, February 27: We’ll discuss the article with fellow Article Clubbers. Plus, I’ll raffle off a copy of Lost & Found.

    Are you new to Article Club? If so, welcome! We look forward to meeting you and having your voice in the conversation. Feel free to reach out with questions: mark@highlighter.cc.

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 5 min
    It’s February! Let’s read and discuss “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz

    It’s February! Let’s read and discuss “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz

    Hi Article Clubbers! Welcome to February.

    Before revealing this month’s article, I would like to express my gratitude to Sara, Abde, Jennifer, Bonnie, Elise, Marcus, Summer, Toronzo, and Peter for our discussion last Sunday of “Good Mother.” Special thanks go to Sara — for joining Article Club for the very first time! — and to Sierra Crane Murdoch, for your beautiful article.

    I’m pleased to announce that this month, we’ll be reading “When Things Go Missing,” by Kathryn Schulz. Originally published in The New Yorker in 2017, and featured in The Highlighter as the best article of the year, the piece inspired me to make Article Club a reality. In fact, back in January 2018, eight of you joined me in Oakland to discuss the article at “Choc Talk,” the very-first rendition of AC. (We’ve come a long way!)

    Here’s the blurb I wrote about the piece for The Highlighter:

    Kathryn Schulz begins this astounding piece with anecdotes about losing things – her keys, her wallet, her car. Then Ms. Schulz turns to the loss of her father, who died last year. Her writing is exquisite, and her thesis – that living is losing – will bring you pause, even if reading about death is something you’d rather not do.

    Since then: The essay became a book! Lost & Found, published last month by Random House, is a beautifully written memoir that expands on themes from the original essay – for example: that losing is inevitable, while finding is truly astonishing.

    Ms. Schulz joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and a National Magazine Award for “The Really Big One,” her story on seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she was the book critic for New York, the editor of the environmental magazine Grist, and a reporter and editor at the Santiago Times. She is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error” and “Lost & Found.”

    I hope you’ll join me and fellow Article Clubbers in discussing the piece on Sunday, February 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm PT! This event will be on Zoom and will be limited to 24 participants.

    Are you IN?

    I hope so! If so, here’s what to do:

    Announce the good news by leaving a comment below.
    In a sentence or two, say hi and share why you’re interested.

    Sign up for the discussion by clicking here.
    This will save your spot and tell me you’re committed to joining.

    Start reading the article.
    Here’s the original, and here’s a shared version we can annotate together.

    Coming up this month at Article Club

    This week: We’ll sign up for the discussion and start reading the article.

    Next week: We’ll annotate the article and share our first impressions.

    The week of February 14: We’ll listen to an interview with Ms. Schulz.

    The week of February 21: There will be a surprise.

    Sunday, February 27: We’ll discuss the article with fellow Article Clubbers. Plus, I’ll raffle off a copy of Lost & Found.

    Are you new to Article Club? If so, welcome! We look forward to meeting you and having your voice in the conversation. Feel free to reach out with questions: mark@highlighter.cc.

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 2 min
    Interview: Sierra Crane Murdoch, author of “Good Mother”

    Interview: Sierra Crane Murdoch, author of “Good Mother”

    Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “Good Mother: Custody and Care in the Shodow of Colonization,” by Sierra Crane Murdoch.

    A few weeks ago, Sarai and I got the chance to interview Ms. Murdoch. It was a great conversation. We talked about a range of topics: how it felt to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist, how this article came to be, how she felt to receive the questionnaire, how she approached this piece as a white writer, and of course, what it means to be a good mother.

    Even if you’re not joining our discussion this Sunday, I recommend reading the article (one of my favorites of 2021) and listening to Ms. Murdoch speak intimately and transparently about her process.

    I want to appreciate Ms. Murdoch for generously sharing her time and thoughtfulness with us. Thank you!

    After listening to the interview, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. What’s one insight that resonated with you? What’s a question you were left with?

    And if you’re joining the discussion this Sunday, I look forward to seeing you there. In addition to participating in the conversation, you’ll have a chance to win Ms. Murdoch’s book!

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit articleclub.substack.com/subscribe

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

ireneisc ,

Outstanding interviews

I like the articles and I like listening to the interviews even more.

shrevemath ,

Great interviews and thoughtful interviewer!

My favorite part about this podcast is listening to Mark’s interviews with the members of Article Club. They are all very thoughtful people, and they inspire me to read more. I wish these conversations would become a more regular part of the show!

jjgams ,

Great podcast for educators!

What I like most about The Highlighter Article Club podcast is that it connects me with well-written articles that expand my thinking. I don’t have time to scour the Internet for the best writing out there, but Mark does, and he finds the most thoughtful authors to be in conversation. I am proud to be part of Article Club!

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