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We're Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America

David Rosen New York Journal of Books
This new book, says reviewer Rosen, carefully studies the life of the multiracial working class in a U.S. town, and, in the process, "painfully reveals that traditional working-class life is over."

Oatmeal: is it Healthy?

Markham Heid Time.com
Pretty much everyone agrees that eating oatmeal—assuming you’re opting for a type free of sugar and unhealthy additives—is a good idea. But it’s important to differentiate the different types of oatmeal: steel-cut, rolled, quick-cooking, instant.

Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By the Rise of Fascism

Art Spiegelman The Guardian
When Art Spiegelman wrote the introduction (below) to a collection of vintage Marvel super-heroes, a passing negative reference to Trump was enough for the publishers to jettison the quality introduction.

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Candice Choi AP News
Students at Maison Crossing Elementary School in Canton, Miss.
The Department of Agriculture is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations. Some U.S. school cafeterias expect free food shipments, one little known consequence of President Trump’s trade disputes.