In time for OWS’s 3rd anniversary, Rolling Jubilee just bought $3.85 million worth of student debt from Everest College—and then abolished it. I spoke to some of the group members about why.
— This was my mother writing in 1969, and this is still so piercingly true. I basically got married by accident, and therefore have always had a certain amount of distance from Being a Wife, but one of the first things I noticed was how that title changes the dynamic with guy friends new and old. On one level it’s a relief—everything is innocent, unless you choose otherwise. But it also signifies a strange, depressing finality, like now that you’re married, you cease to be seen as a sexual, adventurous person. It’s an uncomfortable shift that I wish we could leave by the wayside, like girdles and segregated help-wanted ads.
After writing a piece about Corinthian Colleges going under, I’ve heard from 74 students who told me their advisers said news about the closure/sale is “a rumor,” “a lie,” “gossip,” that the sale “wouldn’t affect” their studies, that they “shouldn’t worry at all,” that “everything will be okay.” I wrote about a few students who are fighting back.
(And since I blatantly forgot to post the first piece, here that is, too!)
"Look, guys, I know what it’s like to love Pocahontas. Obviously she was my favorite Disney princess, because she was most like me. I dressed up like her for Halloween, too! [But] the Disney movie is a myth. I didn’t know she was this overly young child bride who gets kidnapped and taken to England and dies shortly after."
Judging by the kids’ stunned faces, neither did they."
"I feel like when we’re together, we’re in a little bubble just floatin’ above the ground. And I know we can’t stay there, but it makes coming back down to earth feel better. What do you call that?" —Jason Stackhouse
99 percent of the time, True Blood is a ridiculous show, but this moment stunned me. We don’t have a word for that person who is so completely impractical—either they live far away, or they’re betraying their significant other, or they’re emotionally stunted, or all three—that they can never quite be an everyday friend or lover, but rather a fixture who weaves in and out of your life as the years go on. They bounce between being a outlet for love, lust, frustration, and hate, but regardless of the drama you know they’ll always regard you highly, at least as high as that little bubble you two float in together from time to time.
I was on Morning Edition today talking about the class dynamics on Honey Boo Boo and 2 Broke Girls, aka my dream interview request.