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In the 1960s, prosperity and cultural radicalism were symbiotic: easy access to money and other resources fueled social and cultural experimentation, while an ethos that valued freedom and pleasure encouraged people’s sense of entitlement to all sorts of goods, economic and political…With a fifty-dollar-a-month rent-regulated East Village apartment, I could write one lucrative article for a mainstream magazine and support myself for weeks or even months while I did what I liked, whether that meant writing for countercultural publications that couldn’t pay or going to political meetings. When I did have jobs, I didn’t worry overmuch about losing them, and so felt no impulse, let alone need, to kiss anyone’s ass. There was always another job, or another assignment. At one point, while I was living with a group of people in Colorado, the money I made writing (sporadically) about rock for the New Yorker was supporting my entire household.

Since the early ’70s, however, the symbiosis has been working in reverse: a steady decline in Americans’ standard of living has fed political and cultural conservatism, and vice versa. Just as the widespread affluence of the post–World War II era was the product of deliberate social policy—an alliance of business, labor, and government aimed at stabilizing the economy and building a solid, patriotic middle class as a bulwark against Soviet Communism and domestic radicalism—the waning of affluence has reflected the resolve of capital to break away from this constraining alliance.

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Scratch magazine excerpted one of the most frighteningly relevant essays in “The Essential Ellen Willis.” So happy it will be online forevermore!

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"[Shania] needs to see everything that’s available to her,” said Austin, who had never gone on a college tour or visited a campus outside the city. She managed to finish high school and a semester of community college before she dropped out to work full-time at Sears. She remembers struggling in her math and English classes even before she got pregnant at 16—and no one in school or at home helped her with her coursework, let alone the college process.

“I probably would have either majored in business or something in health care,” she said. “I don’t want my children to have those regrets, and I know they need to be supported.”

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— I wrote about a program in Cleveland that takes parents on college tours—often their first time ever seeing a campus.

Happy 10th birthday, Mean Girls!
I scored my first internship—with the film editor of the Village Voice—because of a piece I wrote about Mean Girls that I claimed would be published in a college literary journal. (I lied.) Then, a few weeks into my tenure, I scored my first published assignment: a 75-word review of Herbie: Fully Loaded. So basically I (along with countless members of the paparazzi) owe my entire journalistic career to mid-aughts Lindsay Lohan.

Happy 10th birthday, Mean Girls!

I scored my first internship—with the film editor of the Village Voice—because of a piece I wrote about Mean Girls that I claimed would be published in a college literary journal. (I lied.) Then, a few weeks into my tenure, I scored my first published assignment: a 75-word review of Herbie: Fully Loaded. So basically I (along with countless members of the paparazzi) owe my entire journalistic career to mid-aughts Lindsay Lohan.

(Source: hetepheres19)

"Get your OWN DAMN SCHOOLS!"
I waded into the charter school debate…and it got real.

"Get your OWN DAMN SCHOOLS!"

I waded into the charter school debate…and it got real.

Besttttttt.

Besttttttt.

(Source: beyonceder)

ellenwillis:

Come celebrate the release of “The Essential Ellen Willis” on Friday, May 2nd at Galapagos! There will be free drinks, free love, and free Ellen Willis readings from some of your fave writers. (Oh, and non-free books courtesy of WORD Bookstores!)
RSVP here.

YES!

ellenwillis:

Come celebrate the release of “The Essential Ellen Willis” on Friday, May 2nd at Galapagos! There will be free drinks, free love, and free Ellen Willis readings from some of your fave writers. (Oh, and non-free books courtesy of WORD Bookstores!)

RSVP here.

YES!

Finally binge-watched Broad City and am officially in love with Abbi and Ilana, especially Ilana who reminds me of about 5 separate people including a couple of amazing dudes.

Finally binge-watched Broad City and am officially in love with Abbi and Ilana, especially Ilana who reminds me of about 5 separate people including a couple of amazing dudes.

(Source: broadcity, via sasheer)

"At first glance, the 150 people gathered just outside Northeastern University on March 18 seemed to be staging a typical rally criticizing Israeli policies—an increasingly common sight on left-leaning American campuses. But upon closer inspection, the mix of NEU students and local Boston activists were calling for another thing to be freed: their speech."
I investigated a pro-Palestinian student group’s cries of censorship at Northeastern University…and found out they’re not the only ones who feel this way.

"At first glance, the 150 people gathered just outside Northeastern University on March 18 seemed to be staging a typical rally criticizing Israeli policies—an increasingly common sight on left-leaning American campuses. But upon closer inspection, the mix of NEU students and local Boston activists were calling for another thing to be freed: their speech."

I investigated a pro-Palestinian student group’s cries of censorship at Northeastern University…and found out they’re not the only ones who feel this way.

What about Cafferty tho

(Source: jasondilaurentis, via iamwrappedupinbooks)

"It doesn’t seem like many people care about us…Getting this scholarship was the first time I felt like someone believed in what we could do."

Congress can’t quite pass the DREAM Act, so billionaires are throwing money at the problem. (Not that they’re really making a dent…) My latest for NBC News.