"Each sentence in this collection bears the mark of a writer haunted by the notion that without a constant search for clarity on what mattered most to her, she would never realize the life — or love, or society — she hoped for. If we persist in thinking that the members of her generation deceived themselves when they believed they were beginning to see the light, we deserve every bit of darkness that is blinding us now. For those of us who would rather not get fooled again, we have these 513 pages as a guide."

The New York Times review of “The Essential Ellen Willis” is a rave!

(Although it does take a jab at our generation and era of Internet journalism, calling it “self-congratulatory clique-building and fresh outrage every hour on the hour”—which is a maddeningly cynical way to think of an exciting, creative, participatory media climate about which Mom would have been thrilled.)

(Source: ellenwillis)

"To read her cultural criticism is to see her admitting insecurity, weakness. Willis wasn’t always sure where the boundaries fell between personal and political, if those boundaries even existed. She could grant, “My commitment to heterosexual sex is very basic and I want, need love and companionship.” And she could also observe when her own politics became more sophisticated. She later footnoted her celebrated article on Dylan as a “prefeminist essay,” critiquing her reference “with aplomb if not outright endorsement to Dylan’s characteristic bohemian contempt for women.” She calls another statement in the piece “absurd.” What other writer would inspect her shedded skin with such harsh and bracing honesty?"

Emily Greenhouse’s Dissent review of “The Essential Ellen Willis” is one of the most perceptive things written on the book so far, and it has now been liberated from the paywall!

(Source: ellenwillis)

"Throughout the conference, speakers labeled Common Core “anti-Christian,” “collectivist,” and “violating the Constitution.” Speakers like State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-96th district, called for legislation that would force school districts to “choose” between state and federal funds. One audience member raised her hand and worried that her “grandchildren are being abused.” Another suggested that teachers and administrators using elements of the Common Core in Texas should go to jail."

I reported on how Pacific Islander students are falling behind. And because of stereotypes and messy data, nobody seems to notice.

flyartproductions:

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Pygmalion and Galatea (c.1890), Jean-Leon Gerome / ***Flawless, Beyonce ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Maybe a little lame that I just found out about it via Buzzfeed but nevertheless I am feelin this Tumblr!

flyartproductions:

***Galatea

Pygmalion and Galatea (c.1890), Jean-Leon Gerome / ***Flawless, Beyonce ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Maybe a little lame that I just found out about it via Buzzfeed but nevertheless I am feelin this Tumblr!

(via flyartproductions)

"Hey, the Court is saying, we’re not telling you not to have sex! We’re just telling you that if you do, you’ll find it difficult to maintain a career, gain financial footing, or live a healthy life. You’ll just have to work a little harder, it says. Find the loopholes. Drive a little farther. Pay a little more. You’ll find a way — you women are resourceful."

Current vibe.

(Source: rweplay)

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Chelsea’s comments reveal a far more honest self-reflection: that with her million-dollar family and hedge-fund husband, she didn’t have to think about money. In a crucial way, she’s different than Maribel and the vast majority of millennials, half of whom are unemployed or underemployed. Chelsea’s comments are actually less of her generation than her parents’. A good chunk of the Boomer generation, who grew up in an era of abundance, also had the privilege not to worry much about money. Instead, they turned their attentions to other “metrics of success” besides material gain, like social revolutions or a quest for authenticity.

Most Millennials, on the other hand, still obsess over dollar signs. As New York Times reporter Annie Lowrey deftly pointed out last year, our downwardly mobile generation is “the kind of hungry that cannot stop thinking about food” — obsessed with money, in other words, because we don’t have any.

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"A town loses its identity when it loses a school."

I reported from tiny Monticello, Maine on how rural school closures are sweeping the country, leaving ghost towns in their wake. Beautiful photos by Robert Bukaty and Tim Gruber.