Cool Things I Read, Vol. 4

Kind of all over the place this week!

Honorary TBP Editor Jeremy Corbyn getting some footy in

Libraries are Filling an Affordable Fitness Void

During a week when Forbes published a piece calling for libraries to be summarily replaced by Amazon, Outline shows us one reason why they remain an integral part of our communities. Libraries have, especially in poor and rural communities, become centers for physical activity for many patrons, as well as places to learn about health and wellness. Said one librarian, “[Patrons] need community and to connect with other humans. They should get what they need from the library — and sometimes, it’s not a book.”

Veterans Speak Out Against The Militarization Of Sport

Promoting his new book, Howard Bryant writes for WBUR on veterans who feel uncomfortable with the glorification of the military at sporting events in the United States. Says one, “The cost of war — that very ugly face of war — was being kept from us. And the only time we see it, sometimes, is when they bring out a wounded soldier, for example. And maybe he or she has lost two or three limbs, but they’re brought out into an NFL stadium or an MLB baseball game. And the impression that you get is, ‘Everything’s OK, see?’ But we don’t see this person struggling to get around at home. And maybe being depressed because they’ve suffered this horrible wound in war.”

What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

I know you can only read a limited number of Times articles each month without paying, but this one is worth it. It tells the story of the Arlee Warriors, a high school basketball team from a native reservation in Montana, who became a powerhouse despite the terrible events going on around them.

The Story of 14

This short documentary from Topic tells the story of 14 black players from the University of Wyoming who were removed from the team for protesting the racist policies of BYU— a story that has gone under the radar compared to other more prominent intersections between sport and political protest.

Concussion Protocol

Data artist Josh Begley put together what was effectively a supercut of every reported concussion in the NFL last year — in reverse. As he said in an interview with Topic, “I didn’t want the film to be a bunch of hard hits in forward motion; I didn’t want the purpose of the film to be that you can’t watch it till the end. There’s something that unwinding forward[-moving] time can do that makes you see things a little bit differently, and for me, watching some of these moments in reverse was not just a way to watch them over and over, but a way to ask a question about whether something else can be seen in these scenes.”