Colson Whitehead’s New Novel & The Secret To Raising A Resilient Child: The Week In Commented Articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

“Harlem Shuffle,” which Doubleday published on Tuesday, is Colson Whitehead’s 10th book and his first detective novel. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that it took him so long to write one.

Throughout his career, Whitehead has shown a protean ability to move into new genres, writing a speculative mystery about an elevator inspector (“The Intuitionist”), a postmodernist satire on a nomenclature consultant (“Apex Hides the Hurt “), an autobiographical coming-of-age story (” Sag Harbor “) and a post-apocalyptic zombie tale (” Zone One “), among others. He followed these novels with “The Underground Railroad,” about a young slave woman escaping from a plantation in Georgia, who injected a slightly steampunk sci-fi aesthetic into a painstakingly researched historical narrative.

Its motley style doesn’t come so much from an effort to show off its range but from a short attention span. “It keeps me from getting bored, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Like, why can’t I just do a zombie novel?” No reason, do it. So, with that, can I make a junkyard novel? Yes of course. Why not?”

Antipsychotic drugs – which have been criticized for decades as a “chemical straitjacket” – are dangerous for older people with dementia, nearly doubling their risk of death from heart problems, infections, falls and other ailments. But understaffed nursing homes have often used sedatives so they don’t have to hire more staff to care for residents.

The risks to patients treated with antipsychotics are so high that nursing homes must report to the government how many of their residents are taking these potent drugs. But there is an important caveat: The government does not publicly disclose the use of antipsychotics given to residents with schizophrenia or two other conditions.

A New York Times investigation revealed a pattern of questionable diagnoses nationwide. The result: Government and industry are masking the true rate of antipsychotic drug use among vulnerable residents.

Written by Myriam Jordan and Jennifer steinhauer | Reported by Miriam Jordan

All over the United States, Americans from all political backgrounds are showing up to welcome the Afghans who aided the American war effort in one of the largest mass mobilizations of volunteers since the end of the Vietnam War.

In rural Minnesota, an agriculture specialist worked on visa applications and provided temporary housing for newcomers, and she set up a halal meat processing zone on her farm. In California, a group of veterans sent a welcome committee to the Sacramento airport to greet each arriving family. In Arkansas, volunteers sign up to shop for groceries, make airport transfers, and welcome families to their homes.

In a country polarized on issues ranging from abortion to the coronavirus pandemic, Afghan refugees have given way to many Americans, especially those who have worked for US forces and NGOs, or who have otherwise helped the United States liberate Afghanistan from the Taliban.

Written and narrated by Erik Vance

The concept of resilience is the ability to overcome a challenge, risk or obstacle, and come out on the other side with some success. It is a psychological principle that combines optimism, flexibility, problem solving and motivation. It is the job that you got out of sheer determination.

“It’s about the ability to bounce back even when times are tough. But that implies it’s all about survival, ”said Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, pediatrician and author of“ Building Resilience in Children and Teens, ”a book from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Resilient people not only bounce back, but also thrive at the best of times.”

Never has resilience – whether physical, mental, emotional or financial – been more important to our society. Fortunately, most experts say resilience is something that can be encouraged, nurtured, and developed in children from an early age. You just need to build a secure base, find challenges, and watch the children flourish.

Written and narrated by Lindsay Zoladz

As Lindsey Buckingham prepares to release her self-titled album, her first solo project in a decade, her edges – namely her serious reputation – appear to have smoothed out a bit after a series of changing prospect events: a triple bypass of emergency and then the pandemic, of course, but also the death in July 2020 of the founder of Fleetwood Mac Peter Green, and the recent separation of Buckingham from Kristen Messner, his wife of 21 years and the mother of his three children.

Then there was the business, three years ago, when he was kicked out of Fleetwood Mac, a beloved band known as much for their timeless songwriting as their intragroup pyrotechnics and struggles of power, then pursued his former group mates.

The new album, “Lindsey Buckingham”, is a mix of sunny California power-pop and partly cloudy ballads, and is perhaps the simplest release of her solo career. “I started out thinking I wanted to do a pop album,” Buckingham said. Although he noted that his musical reference points go back to “Rumors”, the topic is “family and long-term relationships”. Although he wrote and recorded the album in 2018, long before Messner filed for divorce, he now thinks some of the more stormy songs were “a bit premonitory”.



The Times narrated articles are written by Parin Behrooz, Claudine Ebeid, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Woo. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

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