An all-star team including Macklemore and Garfield High educator and activist Jesse Hagopian has come together to make sure copies of Teaching for Black Lives — “a handbook for creating the sweeping reform of our education system and equitable teaching strategies for Black students”– are in every middle and high school in the Seattle Public School system.
Capitol Hill bookstore Ada's Technical Books is expanding into a pop-up shop in an AT&T store on Broadway. The new space, called Ada's Discovery Cafe, will have some books but will mostly be centered around coffee. To learn more, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog (them again!) describes the new space.
The Queen Anne Book Company has a new neighboring coffee shop, the Queen Anne Coffee Company. In a Facebook statement, QABC assures its followers that just because the names are similar, there's no relation between the businesses. QABC's former neighbor, the beloved El Diablo Coffee, recently had to move their business after some drama. I have not been to Queen Anne Coffee Company, but I can tell you that El Diablo's Cuban coffee is one of the best cups of coffee you can get in this city.
At a small press comics expo over the weekend, two mentions of cartoonist Robert Crumb were met with boos. Crumb, who was not in attendance, is facing new scrutiny in the #MeToo era. Virtually all of Crumb's cartoons demonstrate examples of racism and misogyny that have not aged well, and now the old guard of cartoonists is lecturing the younger generation on Crumb's importance and the kids aren't having it. K. Thor Jensen provides an overview of the situation on Medium.
I know, I know: listicles are bullshit and the idea of a "canon" is bullshit. But any canon that places Helen DeWitt's excellent The Last Samurai at the top is a canon that I can appreciate.