Since many of our readers don’t read anything else besides the handful of comments on your own Facebook live videos, we feel we should share some of the important-to-you stories being shared around the SotC virtual water cooler so that you’re properly briefed before your happy hour.

News: Some protesters of the HBO show set on the West Bank were arrested.

Notes: It’s a complicated scene, with multiple intersections of nationality/age/residency and more. Rapper K’naan was essentially forced off stage by other Somalis residents because his new project, which involves Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow, focuses on jihadi recruitment.

News: Graywolf Press has a strong showing with the National Book Awards.

Notes: It’s a big deal! Yay MPLS + STPL lit scene! Speaking of the book awards (srsly go see Kim Addonizio tonight), along with three poetry books on the long list, Graywolf author David Szalay is on the book shortlist with All That Man Is. which will be published on October 4th.

News: Suburbs put up yard signs to support their police departments.

Notes: We’ve seen one or two of these around and wondered what was going on. We’re going to get one and put it up with a Black Lives Matter sign, since they’re not mutually exclusive. We’re also really into the Theater of Public Policy “Is It Over Yet?” presidential race signs.

New: Longtime controversial STrib art critic Mary Abbe penned her farewell.

Notes: The local art world’s Sid Hartman will finally be retiring.