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Why charter schools are the flashpoint for the LA teachers' strike

When teachers from the largest school district in America walked off the job this week, they were not campaigning for wages: rather, they were demanding smaller classes; more librarians, counselors, aides and special-ed teachers; and to rein in the Charter school movement, and that last demand is the key to understanding the whole thing. Charter schools were developed in the wake of the Brown v Board of Ed decision, which found that racially segregated public schools were illegal; charter s...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Labor, La, America, Los Angeles, Reagan, Teachers, New York Times, Lausd, Class War, Brown, Jeff Bryant, Charter Schools, Teachers strike


Hear Mary Oliver (RIP) Read Five of Her Poems: “The Summer Day,” “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night,” “Many Miles” and “Night and the River”

Poets get to have strong opinions about what poetry should be and do, especially poets as well-loved as Mary Oliver, who passed away yesterday at the age of 83. “Poetry, to be understood, must be clear,” she told NPR in an interview, “It mustn’t be fancy…. I always feel that whatever isn’t necessary should not be in the poem.” Oliver’s Zen approach to her art was to cut right to the heart of things, to honor natural, unpretentious expression. “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is,” she ...
Tags: Google, College, Poetry, New York Times, Ohio, Npr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oliver, Sylvia Plath, Garner, Facebook Twitter, Emerson, Maria Shriver, Franklin, Josh Jones, Ostriker


In defense of screen time

Siri Fiske Contributor Siri Fiske is founder and head of MYSA School in Bethesda, Md. and Washington, D.C. The Silicon Valley engineers who design our tech gadgets won’t let their kids anywhere near those devices, according to a shocking New York Times profile. These workers are convinced too much time in front of smartphones and iPads is rotting kids’ brains. Technology “is wreaking havoc on our children,” warned one former Facebook employee. These parents nee...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Education, Opinion, Washington, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Cartoon Network, Bethesda Md, Spokane Wash, Colorado Technical University, Siri Fiske, MYSA School, Institute of Education in London Kids


LAUSD teachers went on strike in 1989. But are the stakes higher in 2019?

Whether they were stuck in an auditorium or playing long-term hooky, many a school kid old enough to remember the 1989 Los Angeles teachers strike recalls the period as nine days of good old-fashioned lawlessness. Quoted in a New York Times article at the time, LAPD Lieut. Frank Valdez expressed his concern about “little predators” roaming LA’s downtown streets. “The problem kids are not going to go to school and it’s going to create problems all over, not just on campus,” he said during the str...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Perez, Feb, Valley, Burbank, California Teachers Association


Why You Should Pre-Order Digital Minimalism

A copy of my new book, hot off the presses, on the custom-built minimalist library table I use to find focus in an otherwise noisy world. My new book, Digital Minimalism, which comes out on February 5th, is available for pre-order. If you live in the US, you can pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local bookstore (as well as many other retailers). If you live in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India or Africa, you can pre-order the UK edition at Amazon UK. (The book is also ...
Tags: UK, College, Africa, Uncategorized, US, New York Times, Amazon UK, Amazon Barnes Noble, Europe Australia New Zealand India, Digital Minimalist Book Club


Hautelinks: 2019 Beauty Launches, What You Missed from the Golden Globes, Millennials & Burnout, & More

Here's what you need to read, right this minute. The Golden Globes were this past weekend. Here are some moments you might have missed from the broadcast.And here are the best dressed stars from the show, according to ELLE.Finally, a big hooray to Sandra Oh for her historic win!RottenTomatoes lists the 65 most anticipated movies of 2019. Get excited!And here's a long list of books, movies, TV shows, and more to get hyped for in 2019.Also TV-related, here's what we know so far about Netflix orig...
Tags: Beyonce, News, California, College, Jay Z, Cnn, Netflix, New York Times, Vogue, Miley Cyrus, Coachella, Zara, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson, Lauren Conrad, Phil


Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy

Image by J. F. Horrabin, via Wikimedia Commons Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each of which contain the seed of the other. The best course for steering clear of either one, Russell maintained, is liberalism. "The doctrine of liberalism is an attempt to escape from this endless oscillation," writes Russell in A History of Western Philosophy. "The essence of liberalism is an attempt to...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Facebook Twitter, Russell, Wise, John Locke, Bertrand Russell, Healthy Democracy, Bertrand Russell Authority, J F Horrabin


Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1983 What the World Will Look Like in 2019: Computerization, Global Co-operation, Leisure Time & Moon Mining

Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill, via Wikimedia Commons “It’s difficult to make predictions,” they say, “especially about the future.” The witticism has been variously attributed. If Yogi Berra said it, it's adorable nonsense, if Mark Twain, dry plainspoken irony. If Niels Bohr, however, we have a statement that makes us wonder what exactly “the future” could mean in a radically uncertain universe. If scientists can’t predict the future, who can? Science fiction writers, of cou...
Tags: Google, Science, College, New York Times, Literature, Clarke, Sci Fi, Mark Twain, Philip K Dick, Facebook Twitter, Yogi Berra, Josh Jones, Isaac Asimov, Wikimedia Commons, New York World, Niels Bohr


Hautelinks: J.Lo's Skincare Line, Getting More Use Out of Your Makeup Collection, a 2018 Closet Quiz, & More

Here's everything worth reading this week, according to us. Jennifer Lopez is launching a skincare line and all I have to say is "take my money!"Glamour reviewed the new Netflix film Dumplin and explains why its plus size heroine is so amazing. I saw this film and loved it, definitely recommend!Speaking of Dumplin, one of the stars of the film might look a little familiar if you watch Disney Channel originals...Are you making one of these mistakes in the shower? Here are 5 things you may be doi...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, College, Macaulay Culkin, Netflix, Atlantic, New York Times, Vogue, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Puma, Sephora, Disney Channel, Teen Vogue, Kevin McCallister


A Short Video Introduction to Hilma af Klint, the Mystical Female Painter Who Helped Invent Abstract Art

It can be both a blessing and curse for an artist to toil at the behest of an influential patron. Financial support and powerful connections are among the obvious perks. Being hamstrung by someone else’s ego and timeframe are some of the less welcome realities on the flip side. Hilma af Klint, the subject of a high profile exhibition at the Guggenheim, does not fit the usual artist-patron mold. She made her paintings to suit a spirit named Amaliel, with whom she connected in a seance. Amali...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Religion, Chicago, New York Times, Guardian, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Stockholm, Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright, Moma, Facebook Twitter, Royal Academy


How the CIA Helped Shape the Creative Writing Scene in America

Image by Arielle Fragassi, via Flickr Commons In May of 1967,” writes Patrick Iber at The Awl, “a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, ‘I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” With the hard-boiled tone one might expect from a spy, but the candor one may not, Braden revealed the Agency’s funding and support of all kinds of individuals and activities, including, perhaps most controversially, in the arts. Against objections that so man...
Tags: Google, Europe, Politics, Writing, Washington Post, College, China, America, Peter Matthiessen, New York Times, Iowa, Literature, Cia, Whitney, New Yorker, Kurt Vonnegut


Wes Anderson’s Breakthrough Film, Rushmore, Revisited in Five Video Essays: It Came Out 20 Years Ago Today

"I genuinely don't know what to make of this movie." So said eminent New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael about Rushmore, Wes Anderson's second film. But having spent the better part of a decade in retirement by that point, she didn't publish that judgment; rather, she spoke it straight to Anderson himself, who had rented out a theater to give her a personal screening. "I was a little disappointed by Ms. Kael's reaction to the movie," Anderson writes in his recollection of the event. Upon it...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York Times, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Rushmore, Anderson, Max, Wilson, Blume, Scott, Facebook Twitter


Hear the Very First Sounds Ever Recorded on Mars, Courtesy of NASA

Predicting the state of the world in 2014 after a visit to the 1964 World's Fair, Isaac Asimov wrote that "only unmanned ships will have landed on Mars, though a manned expedition will be in the works and in the 2014 Futurama will show a model of an elaborate Martian colony." While we haven't seen a Futurama show in some time (other than the one created by Matt Groening), he was certainly right about those unmanned ships, the latest of which, four years after the one about which he proph...
Tags: Google, Astronomy, Hollywood, Science, College, Nasa, New York Times, Mars, Matt Groening, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Stephen Johnson, Isaac Asimov, Kenneth Chang, Colin Marshall, Facebook Hear


In 1964, Isaac Asimov Predicts What the World Will Look Like Today: Self-Driving Cars, Video Calls, Fake Meats & More

Painting of Asimov on his throne by Rowena Morill, via Wikimedia Commons Isaac Asimov's readers have long found something prophetic in his work, but where did Asimov himself look when he wanted to catch a glimpse of the future? In 1964 he found one at the New York World's Fair, the vast exhibition dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe" that history now remembers as the most elaborate expression of the industrial and technological optimism of Space Age Ame...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Technology, College, History, United States, New York Times, Clarke, Sci Fi, Arthur C Clarke, Ibm, Seoul, General Electric, United States of America, Facebook Twitter


My New Book: Digital Minimalism

A Manual for a Focused Life I’m excited to officially announce my new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, which will be published on February, 5th. My last book, Deep Work, tackled the impact of new technologies on the world of work. After it came out, many readers began asking me about the equally important impact of these tools on their personal lives. This new book is my response. In it, I argue that we have been too casual in adopting alluring new technolog...
Tags: College, Uncategorized, New York Times


Why Should We Read Kurt Vonnegut? An Animated Video Makes the Case

Beneath Kurt Vonnegut’s grim, absurdist humor beat the heart of a humanist, but not, by any stretch, an optimist. Vonnegut looked balefully at every project intended to improve the sorry state of human affairs. In Player Piano, for example, he imagines a future very much like that envisioned for us by our contemporary technocratic elite: nearly all work has been automated and the mass of unemployed are given a modest stipend for their living and funneled into what anthropologist David Gr...
Tags: Google, Books, Ge, College, New York Times, Literature, Philip K Dick, General Electric, Dresden, Kurt Vonnegut, Irish Times, HARRIS, Facebook Twitter, Durham NC, WNYC, Josh Jones


How Nicolas Roeg (RIP) Used David Bowie, Mick Jagger & Art Garfunkel in His Mind-Bending Films

Critics have applauded Bradley Cooper for the bold move of casting Lady Gaga in his new remake of A Star Is Born, and as its titular star at that. As much cinematic daring as it takes to cast a high-profile musician in their first starring role in the movies, the act has its precedents, thanks not least to filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who died last week. Having started out at the bottom of the British film industry, serving tea at London's Marylebone Studios the year after World War II ended,...
Tags: Google, Music, London, Film, College, Earth, David, Vienna, New York Times, Bradley Cooper, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Lady Gaga, Nikola Tesla


Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin Launch a New Music Podcast, Broken Record: Listen Online

This past month, Malcolm Gladwell (author), Rick Rubin (record producer), and Bruce Headlam (media desk editor of the New York Times) teamed up to launch Broken Record. It's a music podcast that doubles as "liner notes for the digital age." Or, as Gladwell tells Rolling Stone, it's "a kind of musical variety show." Some episodes offer an in-depth narrative. Others feature mini performances and interviews with musicians--plus an assortment of "digressions, arguments, back-stories, and random thi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, New York Times, Elvis Costello, Rolling Stone, Malcolm Gladwell, Leonard Cohen, Facebook Twitter, Rick Rubin, Gladwell, Niles Rodgers, Podcast Articles and Resources, Bruce Headlam


How Glenn Gould’s Eccentricities Became Essential to His Playing & Personal Style: From Humming Aloud While Playing to Performing with His Childhood Piano Chair

The cultural law that we must indulge, or at least tolerate, the quirks of genius has much less force these days than it once did. Notoriously perfectionistic Stanley Kubrick’s fabled fits of verbal abuse, for example, might skirt a line with actors and audiences now, though it’s hard to argue with the results of his process. Many other examples of artists’ bad behavior need no further mention, they are now so well-known and rightly reviled. When it comes to another legendarily demanding...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Toronto, New York Times, Beethoven, Stanley Kubrick, John Coltrane, Glenn Gould, Bernstein, John Waters, Gould, Asperger, Facebook Twitter, Glenn, Bach


The Disgusting Food Museum Curates 80 of the World’s Most Repulsive Dishes: Maggot-Infested Cheese, Putrid Shark & More

Often we get to know each other by talking which foods we like. Perhaps even more often, we get to know each other by talking about which foods we hate. Entertaining disagreements tend to arise from such discussions, usually around traditionally divisive comestibles like anchovies, cilantro, brussel sprouts, or the Japanese dish of fermented soybeans known as natto. But however many of us prefer to avoid them, these foods all look more or less conventional compared to the dishes curated ...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Washington Post, College, Mexico, Food & Drink, Museums, New York Times, Smithsonian, Associated Press, Salvador Dalí, Iceland, Seoul, Sardinia, Anthony Bourdain


Hautelinks: Comfy Heels for Holiday Parties, the Delia's x Doll's Kill Collab, & More

Plus the rest of the things we were reading this week. Fashionista did a great look back at the costumes witches have worn in pop culture through the years.Also from Fashionista, some interesting statistics on what's affecting holiday shopping numbers this year. Five ingredients for the perfect fall night spent at home, via Lauren Conrad.Ummm want everything from this Delia's collab!Fashion Nova has a knockoff of Meghan Markle's reception dress and I want it even though I have nowhere to wear i...
Tags: UK, News, Buzzfeed, College, Massachusetts, Disney, New York Times, Ariana Grande, Vogue, Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham, Idris Elba, Victoria, Usa Today, Diddy, Cosmo


Bette Davis Divorced: “She Read Too Much,” Says Husband (1938)

On December 7, 1938, The New York Times reported on the dissolution of Bette Davis' marriage with Harmon “Oscar” Nelson. The stated reason for the divorce? The actress read too much. The report goes on to say: Harmon "usually just sat there while his wife read 'to an unnecessary degree." "She thought her work was more important than her marriage." "She even insisted on reading books or manuscripts when [Harmon] had guests. It was all very upsetting." Davis later discussed the emotional gulf tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, College, Life, Bette Davis, New York Times, Davis, Albert Einstein, Nelson, Facebook Twitter, Howard Hughes, Frida Kahlo, Harmon


The CIA’s Former Chief of Disguise Show How Spies Use Costumes in Undercover Operations

Think on this as you ready your Halloween finery. Sometimes its not a case of winning a costume contest, or impressing your friends with your witty take on current events or pop culture. Sometimes, masquerade is a thin line between life and death. The CIAs former Chief of Disguise, Jonna Mendez, rose up through the ranks, having signed on as receptionist shortly after her fiancé revealedthree days before the weddingthat he was actually an undercover agent. ( = window...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Life, Wikipedia, Theatre, Ben Franklin, New York Times, Moscow, Cia, Argo, George Hw Bush, KGB, Facebook Twitter, Mendez, Ayun Halliday


Yale Professor Jason Stanley Identifies Three Essential Features of Fascism: Invoking a Mythic Past, Sowing Division & Attacking Truth

New books on fascism are popping up everywhere, from independent presses, former world leaders like Madeleine Albright, and academics like Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Stanleys latest book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, has been described as a vital read for a nation under Trump." And yet, as The Guardians Tom McCarthy writes, one of the ironies Stanley points out is thatdespite the widespread currency of the term these daysf...
Tags: Google, Europe, Politics, College, Hungary, United States, George Orwell, New York Times, Princeton University Press, Mussolini, Rudy Giuliani, Eco, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Tom McCarthy, Stanley


Twerking, Moonwalking AI Robots–They’re Now Here

In a study released last year, Katja Grace at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute “surveyed the world’s leading researchers in artificial intelligence by asking them when they think intelligent machines will better humans in a wide range of tasks.” After interviewing 1,634 experts, they found that they “believe there is a 50% chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks in 45 years and of automating all human jobs in 120 years.” That includes everything from driving trucks, running c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, College, Dance, New York Times, Bruno Mars, Boston Dynamics, Facebook Twitter, Northeastern University, Joseph Aoun, Oxford s Future of Humanity Institute


How Do You Help a Grieving Friend? Acknowledge Their Pain and Skip the Platitudes & Facile Advice

“What does it mean to protest suffering, as distinct from acknowledging it?” writes Susan Sontag in Regarding the Pain of Others. Acknowledgment, the recognition of unimaginable pain and loss, is central, it turns out, to healing. Grief expert Alan Wolfelt lists “acknowledging the full reality of the loss” as the first in his “Six Needs of Mourning.” But he also notes what so many in his field are quick to point out about contemporary culture: “Normal thoughts and feelings connected to l...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Life, New York Times, Stephen Fry, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Devine, Durham NC Follow, Megan Devine, Jane Brody, Alan Wolfelt


One in ten of New York's public school students is homeless

114,659 of New York's public school students is homeless, bouncing from shelters to relatives' beds: homelessness is a predictor of poor academic performance for all the obvious reasons, including very long commutes to school (some students' families have ended up at shelters that are two boroughs away from their schools). It's the largest number and proportion of homeless students in the history of homelessness statistics for the New York school system. The "vast majority" of homeless stu...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Education, Parenting, New York City, Homelessness, New York Times, Bronx, Class War, Inequality, Guillotine Watch, Weaponized Shelter, Bronx District 10, New York City District 10, Kingsbridge International High School


A New Academic Hoax–Complete with Fake Articles Published in Academic Journals–Ventures to Show the “Corruption” of Cultural Studies

We should be suspicious when researchers assume their conclusion; when the results of an academic study merely confirm the author’s pre-existing biases. Humans are wired to seek confirmation, a cognitive deficit so deeply engrained that it can be exploited among laypeople and specialists alike. Art historians have been fooled by forgeries, historians by fake manuscripts, and paleontologists by phony fossils. Physicist Steven Weinberg referenced such high-level hoaxes in a 1996 essay in The New ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Education, College, Harvard, Current Affairs, New York Times, Philosophy, Nyu, Noam Chomsky, McGill University, Facebook Twitter, Foucault, Josh Jones, Jacques Derrida, Yascha Mounk


Banksy Shreds His $1.4 Million Painting at Auction, Taking a Tradition of Artists Destroying Art to New Heights

The first time vandals defaced his sculpture, Dirty Corner, at Versailles, artist Anish Kapoor wrote an essay in which he considered his options: Should the paint that has been thrown all over the sculpture be removed? Or should it remain and be part of the work? Does the political violence of the vandalism make Dirty Corner “dirtier”? Does this dirty political act reflect the dirty politics of exclusion, marginalisation, elitism, racism, Islamophobia? The question I ask of myself is: ca...
Tags: Google, Art, Comedy, College, Life, New York Times, Banksy, Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei, Goya, Willem De Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Anish Kapoor, Versailles, Facebook Twitter, Sotheby


Hautelinks: Everything You Need to Know About the Hocus Pocus Reunion, Too Faced's Pumpkin Spice Palette, & More

In need of some fashion inspo? ELLE shares The Best Street Style from Paris Fashion Week.WWD reports on the YouTube fashion and beauty influencers who were given "unprecedented access" to Dior during Paris Fashion Week--and the ability to share it all with their combined 24 million followers.OMG. Freeform is airing a Hocus Pocus Reunion Special in honor of the film's 25th anniversary! Setting a reminder on my calendar right now.Hello Giggles shares the apps that can help you land your dream job...
Tags: News, Australia, Rihanna, College, Netflix, New York Times, Paris, Vogue, Ikea, Muse, Kylie Jenner, Elle, Tessa Thompson, Blair, Lizzie McGuire, Atlantic Pacific



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