What It’s Like to Be Clinically Nocturnal

I don’t sleep well” is a com­mon com­plaint, but Julia real­ly doesn’t sleep well. Grow­ing up, she could nev­er fall asleep at night. She missed a lot of school because she was too tired to get out of bed, and she often got sick because a lack of sleep weak­ened her immune sys­tem. Her father would go to Sam’s Club and buy cas­es of Red Bull to help her in the morn­ings. “I would fall asleep in class all the time,” she said. “It was awful.”

Meriç Algün Ringborg: The Library of Unborrowed Books

The project, pre­sent­ing hun­dreds of books that have nev­er been bor­rowed from the Cen­ter for Fiction’s library, calls into ques­tion what sub­jects in any con­tem­po­rary moment have ‘cur­ren­cy’ or desir­abil­i­ty, and brings atten­tion to top­ics and sto­ries that have been tem­porar­i­ly over­looked but that could have their rel­e­vance restored in the future.

These Scholars Have Been Pointing Out Atticus Finch’s Racism for Years

These details are new and shock­ing; but this dimen­sion to Finch’s char­ac­ter is not entire­ly new. “In the imag­i­na­tion he is much greater than he is in the actu­al books,” says Ann Engar, a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Utah who has writ­ten about the novel’s influ­ence on the legal pro­fes­sion: “In the book, for exam­ple, Atti­cus Finch is assigned to defend Tom Robin­son. He doesn’t vol­un­teer to do it.”