Saturday Link Love: Antiquities Fraud, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Flies

Saturday Link Love: Antiquities Fraud, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Flies May 16, 2020

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier!

Saturday link love has been on hiatus. This is at least partly (although not entirely) because every article in the whole damn world is now about the novel coronavirus, and I am so, so tired. Last night I stayed up way to late reading an article about Hobby Lobby’s antiquities experts and a fascinating trail of fraud and ancient manuscripts, and I was reminded of how nice it was when articles were not all about a global pandemic. So today I give you some articles not about the pandemic.

A Biblical Mystery at Oxford, on The Atlantic—“A renowned scholar claimed that he discovered a first-century gospel fragment. Now he’s facing allegations of antiquities theft, cover-up, and fraud.”

Expecto Patronus: or How the Wizarding World Really Works (Part 1), on Live Journal—“This essay is very long so I’m breaking it up into parts, but it’s really meant to be read all together, with each section building on the previous ones.” This piece is not new, but if you’re looking for some distracting reading and you’re into Harry Potter, it is deeply of interest.

Parenting World So White: An Open Letter to White Parenting Experts on Privilege & Allyship, on Latinx Parenting—“The parent coaching and education world is too. damn. white.”

The Babylon Bee Completely Misunderstands Boundaries. I Am Shocked. (note: not actually shocked), on Tell Me Why the World Is Weird—“The Babylon Bee is trash. I’m very happy to take every opportunity to remind people of this. I blogged about this in 2016, and the Babylon Bee is so extremely trash that I have refused to waste any of my time saying anything else about it. It’s trash.”

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months, on The Guardian—“The boys, once aboard, claimed they were students at a boarding school in Nuku‘alofa, the Tongan capital. Sick of school meals, they had decided to take a fishing boat out one day, only to get caught in a storm.”

Note: This last article should be read in concert with this twitter thread by a Tongan woman. The way this story journalist Rutger Bregman tells this story the Guardian is fundamentally a product the white lens and white blindspots. Bregman writes uncritically of the  white captain who rescued these boys selling the rights to their story out from under them and leveraging the rescue to get himself fishing rights is treated uncritically, centers the captain’s telling (and not the boy’s stories), and treats the captain as a hero. In a sense, understanding the ongoing imperialism that is still impacting how this story is being told even today makes the whole episode only that much more educational—and eye opening—if we open our eyes to it, that is. 

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