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text 2018-08-18 22:28
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

"First they got their ideas about how to light a cross from a James Bond movie, and now they were bragging about secret handshakes. It was as if Dennis the Menace were running a hate group."

 

Heh. I like the moments where Stallworth pokes fun at the Klan.

 

One thing I've learned in the past few pages: the KKK influence on Colorado politics, particularly Denver politics, was huge in the 1920s and 1930s. Denver's mayor during this period was a devoted KKK member, and in 1923 approximately half of Colorado's tens of thousands of KKK members lived in Denver (103). This was never once mentioned during my school years, although admittedly I only spent part of my childhood and teens in Colorado. I'm guessing, though, that even if I'd spent my entire life in Colorado, I wouldn't have known this.

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text 2018-08-17 13:27
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

The timeline's a little hard to follow. On page 88, Stallworth is "anxiously" calling David Duke about the status of his KKK membership card. On page 84, Stallworth writes about becoming a strange sort of celebrity among criminal justice officials, who'd see him at the cop bar, offer to buy him a drink, and ask to see his KKK membership card. (This entire section seemed a bit weird to me. Wouldn't it have been seen as a potential problem that the investigation was such a badly kept secret?)

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text 2018-08-16 21:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 68 out of 151 minutes.
The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive - Jodi Taylor

I hate to say it, but I'm a bit bored, and I haven't even been listening to this for very long. I wonder if it would be better with a different narrator? I like the author's voice, but apparently I've been spoiled by actor-narrators.

 

And I'm confused about how time travel works in this. At times, it's indicated that the timeline protects itself - time travelers couldn't change things if they tried, because they'd be prevented from doing so by the universe, possibly at the cost of their own lives. At other times, characters say things that indicate that time travelers could, in fact, have a disastrous effect on the timeline if they're not careful. So which is it?

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text 2018-08-16 13:18
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

Total number of cops who have talked to Ken, the Colorado Springs KKK member who was the start of all of this: 3. He still thinks he's been talking to one person, Ron Stallworth, and he thinks Ron is just great.

 

So great, in fact, that he's trying to get Ron/Chuck to agree to assume a leadership role in the Colorado Springs chapter of the KKK. Stallworth is now telling readers why this was a problem for the police and discussing the issue of entrapment, which is something I suspect many cop shows have messed up on.

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text 2018-08-15 19:09
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

Ooh, the college I went to just got mentioned. One of its professors (no name provided) attended an anti-KKK rally. The police had been informed that protesters were planning to burn KKK members' cars and instead found peaceful protesters. The next few pages are about the potential for violence increasing as people became more aware of the KKK presence in the city.

 

You could replace "KKK" with "alt-right" and "leftist factions" with "antifa" and this would read like something referring to protests this year. Either way, I'd personally be more concerned with KKK/alt-right activity than leftist faction/antifa, but I suppose the police perspective is different.

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