We have been writing MDK since 2003. What started as a lark has grown into a daily site for knitters. Along the way, this community—and it is a community even if we can be together only in the ether—has shown itself to be interested in suggestions for things to watch, read, and listen to.
Now, we’re hoping everybody will stay with us as we dig deep.
We are still and will forever be a site for knitters, a place where we encourage knitting as a respite from daily life. We’ll continue to run two posts in a week about i-cord, no problem.
But our weekly recommendations now include movies, books, and podcasts that do the opposite of distract us from daily life. They’re things that have helped us to engage, to learn. We know there are a lot of you out there who are likewise at a moment where introspection is a productive way forward through the turmoil of our country.
Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. The 13th Amendment is the one that granted freedom to enslaved people in 1863: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
It’s that phrase “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted” that’s the problem. Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary goes deep into the roots of mass incarceration. You can watch it right up there at the top of this post—Netflix is streaming it for free.
There is so much to see, read, listen to these days about race, about equal justice.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But as a sales guy at a sneaker store once said, when asked how he’d managed to run a dozen marathons, “You just put one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, you’re 26 miles in.”
Ann and Kay