The organized left, which should have known better, acted as if the way to change American society was for each person individually to renounce the family, material comfort, and social respectability. That most people were doing no such thing was glibly attributed to sexual repression, greed, and/or “brainwashing” by the mass media—the implication being that radicals and bohemians were sexier, smarter, less corrupt, and generally more terrific than everyone else.
Actually, what they mostly were was younger and more privileged; it was easy to be a self-righteous antimaterialist if you had never known anxiety about money; easy to sneer at the security of marriage if you had solicitous middle-class parents; easy, if you were twenty years old and childless, to blame those parents for the ills of the world. Not that radicals were wrong in believing that a sexually free, communal society was incompatible with capitalism, or in perceiving connections between sexual repression, obsessive concern with material goods, and social conformity. But they did not understand that, psychology aside, most people submit to the power of institutions because they suffer unpleasant consequences if they don’t."
— #relevant (via ellenwillis)
“In searching for a way out of my own troubles, I had found my way into the trouble of others, some long gone, and now I was trying to find my way back out, through their troubles, as if we human beings can ever learn from one another.”
—Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun
I am so into “True Detectives” so far, even if there are currently zero female characters who are remotely interesting (this show doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test…yet). Seeing Matthew M. and Woody H. interact almost makes up for it.
One of the best things about this weekend (besides the perfect weather and the friendly, smart women I was surrounded by) was the freedom I felt to feel both sexy and dressed-down, sometimes in the same day, sometimes with the same outfit on. I.e. a leopard-print muumuu. Dancing to Beyonce in a fraying, shapeless sweatshirt. A bright red kimono with giant, furry slippers. Etc.
Sooooo the NYT kinda scooped me yesterday by running a piece about adjuncts the same day I did, but mine deals with something Rachel Swarns doesn’t: where fulltime professors fit in. Are they allies with adjuncts? Are they willfully ignorant? What’s their role in this fight?
I went to Amarillo, TX to visit the absolutely amazing women at Eveline’s Sunshine Cottage, a program for low-income single moms who are enrolled in college. The setup is a sort of makeshift mirror image of the college dorm experience…only with playdates and diapers instead of kegs and hookups.
Also, giant props to Brandon Thibodeaux for perfectly capturing the “sisterhood” vibe.
This past April, facing the prospect of three 20-page papers due in the same week, Indiana University East student Harmony Glenn had a panic attack in the school library.
“I couldn’t breathe, and my chest felt tight,” she said. “I was asking myself, ‘Do I push forward…or do I cut my losses?’”
Glenn, 27, had been inching toward a bachelor’s degree since 2004, transferring schools and taking breaks from her studies to switch her major, live with her parents to save money, and later move around Indiana with her husband to chase the best-paying jobs. Lately, she’d been working fulltime as a sales associate for a skin care retailer in an Indianapolis mall, and didn’t have the bandwidth to focus on her schoolwork.
The night of her panic attack, she made a decision to leave school. “I just looked at the bills and realized this didn’t make sense anymore,” she said."
— I wrote about the modern nightmare: having $60,000 worth of student loans and no degree to show for it.
I don’t usually do these lists but this one came so naturally to me in an email I sent that I decided to post it:
Thanksgiving in Mongolia
Ariel Levy - The New Yorker
The Child Exchange series
Megan Twohey - Reuters
Monica Potts - American Prospect
Death of a Revolutionary
Susan Faludi - The New Yorker
Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pickup Artist in Denmark
Katie J.M. Baker - Dissent
Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life
Andrea Elliott - New York Times
Here is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie
Stephen Rodrick - New York Times Magazine
Behind Kanye’s Mask
Jon Caramanica - New York Times
During school breaks, many kids lose their school lunches…and filling this gap becomes an elaborate juggling act for their guardians. I wrote about these stressful couple of weeks at NBCNews.com.
(Side note: One of the best things about this new job is the gorgeous photos my stories have every single week. These, by Jonathan Adams, are no exception.)
I am from: Detroit, MI.
I currently live in: Detroit, MI.
I currently live with: Wife & Dog.
Level of education completed: Bachelors of Science.
Occupation: Bio/Computer Sci/Environmental Sci Teacher (High School).
Do you consider yourself an adult? Yes.
When did you become an adult? When I no longer was dependent on my parents.
10 years from now I see myself: Here. With children. Doing more or less the same thing.
How likely do you think it is that you will eventually get what you want out of life? Done. Love, community, friendship. I have been blessed to have gotten all of these.
What is the biggest concern in your life right now? Keeping my wife and my dog happy. Enjoying life.
A project after my own heart.