slaughterhouse90210:

“I loved the idea that looking at a painting or listening to a concerto could make you somehow “transcend” the day-in, day-out bullshit that grinds you down: how in one instant of pure attention you could draw something inside that made you forever larger.”—Mary Karr, The Liars’ Club

Ugh this Tumblr is the effing best.

slaughterhouse90210:

“I loved the idea that looking at a painting or listening to a concerto could make you somehow “transcend” the day-in, day-out bullshit that grinds you down: how in one instant of pure attention you could draw something inside that made you forever larger.”
—Mary Karr, The Liars’ Club

Ugh this Tumblr is the effing best.

I wrote about David Weathers, a first-gen black valedictorian from Chicago who’s taking out $42,300 in loans this year to go to Williams College, America’s #1 liberal arts school. 
His is an unusual case, but it teases out national issues about whether an elite education is worth it; the difference between income and wealth; what “middle class” really means; and just how much our gov’t has starved public universities. 
Also featuring beautiful photos taken by Yana Paskova.

I wrote about David Weathers, a first-gen black valedictorian from Chicago who’s taking out $42,300 in loans this year to go to Williams College, America’s #1 liberal arts school. 

His is an unusual case, but it teases out national issues about whether an elite education is worth it; the difference between income and wealth; what “middle class” really means; and just how much our gov’t has starved public universities. 

Also featuring beautiful photos taken by Yana Paskova.

"My friend Mercedes calls it the “marital code-switch.” It can happen with newlyweds, who may still feel stuck between two worlds. It can also happen with feminists, who might wrestle with their ambivalence about marriage. There’s much to gain (respect, inclusion, relief from a sleazy asshole’s advances) but also, perhaps, something to lose (sex appeal, mystery, a right to self-definition) by offhandedly evoking a husband. Marriage can be both a giant privilege and, in less tangible ways, a disadvantage. But unlike race or gender, marital status is invisible, and married people can choose to wield it or not depending on the situation."
taylorswift:

I’m kind of rethinking the album cover.

SRY HAD TO

taylorswift:

I’m kind of rethinking the album cover.

SRY HAD TO

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.

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.

My colleague Tony Dokoupil and I worked for 5 months investigating a crazy, tawdry tale of academic and visa fraud, blackmail, sexual assault charges, and Internet shape-shifting—a sort of “Catch Me If You Can” of academic fraud…and it’s finally reached the light of day!


This man, Anoop Shankar, was chosen to head up West Virginia University’s spanking new public health dept in 2012. But turns out he basically invented his career out of thin air. He didn’t have a PhD. He didn’t graduate from the Harvard of India. He didn’t write dozens of papers listed on his resume. The guy was doing (and fudging) important studies on how Teflon causes heart disease and how toxicants immunize against rubella. He had gotten $400,000 from the NIH and was requesting more. When WVU discovered this, he quietly resigned, but they haven’t informed the public, freeing up Shankar to simply snag another job at a public university. 

There’s lots of other juicy stuff in there, so I’ll let you actually read the piece.
My colleague Tony Dokoupil and I worked for 5 months investigating a crazy, tawdry tale of academic and visa fraud, blackmail, sexual assault charges, and Internet shape-shifting—a sort of “Catch Me If You Can” of academic fraud…and it’s finally reached the light of day!
This man, Anoop Shankar, was chosen to head up West Virginia University’s spanking new public health dept in 2012. But turns out he basically invented his career out of thin air. He didn’t have a PhD. He didn’t graduate from the Harvard of India. He didn’t write dozens of papers listed on his resume. The guy was doing (and fudging) important studies on how Teflon causes heart disease and how toxicants immunize against rubella. He had gotten $400,000 from the NIH and was requesting more. When WVU discovered this, he quietly resigned, but they haven’t informed the public, freeing up Shankar to simply snag another job at a public university. 
There’s lots of other juicy stuff in there, so I’ll let you actually read the piece.
"Marriage has given me an illusory sense of power. A married woman can flirt with men, tell them her troubles, presume on their friendship, and by the rules they can’t demand that she follow through. If she wants a man (especially a single man) it is not only acceptable, but almost expected, for her to make the first move. In no other situation does she have so much freedom. Furthermore the status marriage confers insulates her somewhat from rejection and humiliation. Whatever another man might think of her or do to her, at least one man has certified her Class A merchandise."

— 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!)

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!)

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"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.

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