Weekly Wrap 5.12.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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By the Web Editors 5-12-2017

1. Why the 1980s Anne of Green Gables Is Such a Hard Act to Follow
On the eve of the Netflix reboot, here are eight writers on how Anne shaped a generation of young women.

2. Comey Out: A Test of Our Integrity
“This is much more than partisan politics. [Comey’s firing] is a moral moment of integrity, a test of conscience, for the nation. ...Will at least some of Trump’s voters and members of his party now stand up for truth, democracy, and the rule of law? Will they hold their new president accountable and affirm that nobody stands above the law in America?”

3. Let’s End the Stigma: Share Your Mental Health Story
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want to hear from you — how has mental illness affected you or your relationships? How has it been discussed in your church? Where do you find the support you need? Tell us your story, and we may feature it on our site.

4. It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump
This one’s been passed around maybe equally for the eyebrow raise as for the insights: Here, “cultural anxiety” includes “feeling like a stranger” and “supporting the deportation of immigrants.”

5. Is the Gig Economy Working?
“The American workplace is both a seat of national identity and a site of chronic upheaval and shame. ...Gigging reflects the endlessly personalizable values of our own era, but its social effects, untried by time, remain uncertain.”

6. The Mournful German Theologian Whose Work Explains Everything Jim Comey Has Done
Comey was not stupid; on the contrary, he was a seasoned Washington operator. So why has he acted in the way he did? The answers are not political but theological.

7. 50 States, 50 Heroes
Fifty queer leaders tell us who their state's LGBT hero is. Who's yours?

8. I Went to Conversion Therapy. It’s Hurting the Body of Christ
“The word ‘survivor’ has felt as an appropriate label for myself in relation to reparative therapy … but I cannot ignore the fact that many people today, including a lot of children and adolescents, are still being subjected the psychological torture that is conversion therapy. My story is embodied evidence of why laws that ban SOCE are necessary and life-saving.”

9. A Brief History of Presidential Art
With the upcoming release of his crime thriller, former president Bill Clinton joins a long line of creative (and often amusingly mediocre) president-artists.

10. Strength Through Unity: How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late
This cartoon traces the history of the fasces — a symbol of strength that has popped up on everything from fascist propaganda to the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

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