Zachary Ngin, Guest Writer

What We’re Reading
Every week, Urban’s library leaders bring you great reads from around the web. They may include essays, journalism, humor, multimedia, fiction, and poetry. We hope that these pieces will inform, entertain, resonate, and start conversations.
This week, I am highlighting winners of the Pulitzer Prizes, which were awarded last week. 
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The New Yorker

The Eviction Epidemic
Matthew Desmond
Winner for General Nonfiction
A masterpiece of storytelling and social justice journalism: “Not everyone living in a distressed neighborhood is associated with gang members, parole officers, employers, social workers, or pastors. But nearly everyone has a landlord.” Go »

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Chicago Tribune
Tavon Tanner, a bullet, and what happened on the streets of Chicago
E. Jason Wambsgans
Winner for Feature Photography
He wanted to see the bullet. For weeks, he had felt it, a bump and an ache, lodged just below his left shoulder. Sometimes other kids asked if they could touch it, and he’d say yes, but not too hard.”  Go »

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The New York Times Magazine
The Fighter
C. J. Chivers
Winner for Feature Writing
The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.  Go »
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Inside the Attica Uprising: A Doctor in D Yard
Heather Ann Thompson
Winner for History
“Out in the dark, music could be heard – ‘drums, a guitar, vibes, flute, sax, [that] the brothers were playing.’ This was the lightest many of the men had felt since being processed into the maximum security facility.”  Go »

Blind Boone’s Vision
Tyehimba Jess
Winner for Poetry
“The sound of birdcalls / stirs forests like the black / and white bustling / ‘neath my fingertips.” Go »
This newsletter is compiled by Zachary Ngin. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact him or Sarah Levin. This newsletter template was adapted from “What We’re Reading” from The New York Times