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Barbara Ehrenreich On Class, Health And Making It In America

“Like in journalism, in all the creative occupations, there’s no stability unless you’re a superstar of some sort. ” – New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, Barbara Ehrenreich, 03.21.20


Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: My housekeeper is worth more to me than gold

This is without a doubt my favorite day that rolls around every two weeks, and I’m not talking about payday (though that’s up there pretty high as well.) Today is the day that my housekeeper comes to rescue me from my own sloth, and I never get tired of it, or bored by repetition, even though it occurs every two weeks. (I’m calling her Ronda but that’s not her real name.) Author Erma Bombeck once said that cleaning your house while the kids were still growing is like sweeping your porch while it...
Tags: Texas, Sport, Best, Things To Do, Soccer, El Salvador, Santa, Guatemala, Harper, Ronda, Dang, Barbara Ehrenreich, Erma Bombeck, Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom


Watch 21 Animated Ideas from Big Thinkers: Steven Pinker, Carol Dweck, Philip Zimbardo, David Harvey & More

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, better known as the Royal Society for the Arts, and best known simply as the RSA, was founded in 1754. At the time, nobody could have imagined a world in which the people of every land, no matter how far-flung, could hear the same talks by well-known scholars and speakers, let alone see them animated as if on a conference-room whiteboard. Yet even back then, in an era before the invention of animation and whiteb...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Education, Microsoft, College, Economics, Animation, Rsa, Dan Ariely, Seoul, Steven Pinker, Aristotle, Facebook Twitter, Sartre, Ken Robinson, Jeremy Rifkin


The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far)

The Guardian recently compiled a list of the best books of the century (with a British bent). Here are a few of the picks that caught my eye: 87. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood — “This may not be the only account of living in a religious household in the American midwest (in her youth, the author joined a group called God’s Gang, where they spoke in tongues), but it is surely the funniest. The author started out as the “poet laureate of Twitter”; her language is brilliant, and she has a com...
Tags: US, Italy, Michael Lewis, Moneyball, Elena Ferrante, Jason Kottke, Lewis, Ware, Gaiman, Ferrante, Barbara Ehrenreich, Chris Ware, Ehrenreich, Patricia Lockwood, JIMMY CORRIGAN, Neil Gaiman From the Sandman




April's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer The Barcelona Way by Damian Hughes The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut Chancellorsville by Stephen W. Spears Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Dead Girls by Alice Bolin Forensics by Val McDermid Furious Cool by David Henry A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami Mama by Terry McMillan Trinity by Louisa Hall Vanishing New York by Jeremiah Moss ...
Tags: Music, Berlin, David, Dylan Thomas, Siri Hustvedt, Joe Hill, Val Mcdermid, Fight Club, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Barbara Kingsolver, Daniel Handler, Christopher Isherwood, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gilbert Grape, Chancellorsville, Laila Lalami


Barbara Ehrenreich Tweets about Marie Kondo Widely Condemned

Ehrenreich is a prominent liberal who writes often about the working class, notably in the best-selling "Nickel and Dimed."
Tags: News, Social Media, Racism, Marie Kondo, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ehrenreich


Evicted: Low-Income Tenants and Landlord Economics in Milwaukee

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond follows eight different families who struggled to pay rent in poor areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Around the time of the 2008 financial crisis, the author lived in the same units as the other tenants and rented from the same two landlords, whom he also profiles in vivid detail. Amongst many other major awards, this book won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize. The eviction cycle. Imagine that you are either in a low-paying job or re...
Tags: Amazon, Milwaukee, Book Reviews, Marketing, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee Wisconsin, Barbara Ehrenreich, American City, Matthew Desmond, Sherrena, Landlord Economics




Book Expo 2018 - Day 1 (Wednesday)

I was so excited to head to New York City on the train first thing Wednesday morning for Book Expo. First, it was a few days off work and a true vacation for me. Second, I knew I'd be attending some fun book events and learning about some new books for the fall. And finally, I would get to spend some time with my best book friend in the whole wide world Kathy (aka Bermudaonion)!I left Harrisburg on the 6:45 AM Amtrak train which was pretty uneventful, but I mean that in the very best way. I too...
Tags: Books, New York, Washington, Virginia, Iraq, New York City, America, Afghanistan, United States, Yale, Liberia, Bernadette Peters, New Orleans, Cambodia, Ohio, Hachette


Robert Mueller, Ken Starr and the ‘witch Hunt’ narrative

As President Trump began characterizing special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “setup,” a “hoax” and a “witch hunt,” leading Democrats and ruling media elites experienced a collective meltdown. Nancy Pelosi called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to “protect” Mueller from the president’s “proven disdain for the rule of law.” Brent Budowsky, a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill, wrote that the Justice Department’s inspector general should “condemn” Trump. The chorus of media ...
Tags: Facebook, Nbc, California, Opinion, Washington, La, White House, America, Sport, Cnn, Fbi, Soccer, House, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein


Barbara Ehrenreich Critiques Boomers' Culture Of Wellness

Ehrenreich contemplates with some satisfaction not just the approach of her own death but also the passing of her generation. As the boomers have aged, denial of death, she argues, has moved to the center of American culture, and a vast industrial ecosystem has bloomed to capitalize on it. Across twelve chapters, Ehrenreich surveys the […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ehrenreich, 05.23.18


‘Natural Causes’: Author takes on our notions of wellness, aging, death

Barbara Ehrenreich embarks on a wide-ranging critique of the presumptions embedded in our health-care system, our dietary and exercise regimens, our notions of aging, even our understanding of what the hell our bodies are doing, or not doing, at a cellular level to keep us alive.
Tags: Books, News, Entertainment, Barbara Ehrenreich


Books of The Times: Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light

In “Natural States,” Ehrenreich assails the American conflation of health with virtue and offers charming contrarian thoughts about the wellness movement.
Tags: News, The Times, Barbara, Barbara Ehrenreich, Books and Literature, Ehrenreich, Medicine and Health, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (Book


eBook Deals - February 2018

eBooks on sale for 99 cents this month: Benazir Bhutto by Brooke Allen Lucian Freud by Phoebe Hoban eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates Chaos by James Gleick Count Belisarius by Robert Graves A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut High Notes by Gay Talese Hummingbird by Jude Angelini In Gratitude by Jenny Diski Sons by Pearl S. Buck Witch...
Tags: Music, John Lewis, David, Roger Ebert, Metallica, Rosewater, Jenny Diski, Locust, Joyce Carol Oates, James Hetfield, Eleanor Roosevelt, Kurt Vonnegut, Benazir Bhutto, Ian McEwan, Barbara Ehrenreich, James Salter


Anyone who claims that machine learning will save money in high-stakes government decision-making is lying

danah boyd (previously) writes enthusiastically about Virginia Eubanks's forthcoming book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, which she calls "the best ethnography I’ve read in years," "on par with Barbara Ehrenreich’s 'Nickel and Dimed' or Matthew Desmond’s 'Evicted.'" (more…)
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, News, Scholarship, Ethnography, Barbara Ehrenreich, Danah Boyd, Matthew Desmond, Social Science, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Empirical Facewash, Virginia Eubanks


Does Your Myers-Briggs Type Really Matter?

"In 1993, 89 of the Fortune top 100 companies were administering the Myers-Briggs test to their employees. The philosophy behind personality tests is that they don't want you to be in the wrong kind of job. The tests have been completely exposed as nonsense."-- Barbara Ehrenreich Best-selling author and muckraker Barbara Ehrenreich is right -- the very familiar and widespread Myers-Briggs personality test has indeed been denounced in recent years as not valid or useful. Many still believe, thoug...
Tags: Finance, Myers Briggs, Barbara Ehrenreich, Investment Planning, Selena Maranjian, 822db1dc-8206-11e7-b30e-0050569d4be0


More Cowbell - What to Read After "Hillbilly Elegy"

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has spent a long time near the top of the Amazon bestsellers list. Readers have turned to the book to try to understand how we got to where we are, and sometimes more specifically, how Donald Trump got to where he is. There was a point after the election when Orwell’s 1984 was the zeitgeisty book of the moment as well—but that audience was smaller and more inclined to anticipate where we might be going, as opposed to where we stand right now. Much like the actual yea...
Tags: Amazon, Books, America, Moscow, Kansas, Donald Trump, Berkeley, Orwell, Frank, Thomas Friedman, Amazon Books, New America, Robert D Putnam, Martin Ford, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sam Quinones


Cancer With Political Clout

A suicide bomber inflicts hell at a concert hall in Manchester, England that’s full of children, as though that was the point — to murder children. The horror of war ― well, terrorism ― doesn’t get any worse. And the media, as they focus on the spectacle of what happened, as they cover the particulars of the tragedy — the suspect’s name and ethnicity and apparent grievances, the anguish of the survivors, the names and ages of the victims — quietly tear the incident loose from most of its comple...
Tags: England, Isis, News, Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Iran, Syria, Chicago, West, Manchester, Libya, Lockheed Martin, Yemen, Donald Trump


May 17: China Mieville at Politics and Prose bookstore

For reference on his comic work: http://comicbookdb.com/ creator.php?ID=20958 - he did a long Dial H for Hero run for DC Comics. China Mieville - October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (Hardcover) By China Mieville $26.95 ISBN: 9781784782771 Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now Published: Verso - May 9th, 2017 Presenting the Russian Revolution ...
Tags: Comics, London, China, Washington Dc, Connecticut, Arthur C Clarke, China Mieville, Duma, Mieville, Barbara Ehrenreich, Mike Rhode, DC Comics China Mieville


Misogyny, cheap sweets, and daydreams

Some of the most startling expressions of misogyny over the last century have been directed at girls and young women enjoying themselves. By the 1900s women were reading novels in large quantities. Heavy, three-volume works of fiction were disappearing in favour of single volumes in light bindings: paper covers were beginning to sport colourful, inviting designs. The newer style of volume appealed to wage-earning women who could pop them into their bags to be read on the bus or train, travelling...
Tags: Books, Misogyny, Featured, Romance, History, George Orwell, Sociology, Justin Bieber, Literature, Slavoj Zizek, Boy Bands, Gloria Steinem, Boon, David Cassidy, Mills, Wikimedia Commons


What Critics Said About 'The Handmaid's Tale' Back In The 1980s

In 2017, Margaret Atwood is ascendant. The New Yorker has dubbed her the “Prophet of Dystopia.” The upcoming Hulu adaptation of her most well-known book, the feminist speculative novel The Handmaid’s Tale, long in the works, has turned out to be almost ludicrously well-timed to the political moment. Atwood, who has also written chilling speculative fiction about other timely issues (such as climate change), seems prescient to rattled liberals in a post-Trump election world. Everyone wants her t...
Tags: News, Washington Post, San Francisco, George Orwell, South Africa, New York Times, Margaret Atwood, Hulu, Orwell, Huffington Post, Oceania, Trump, Claire Fallon, New Republic, Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle


#NotTheNanny: A Very Good Lesson In How Bias Works

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Tags: Facebook, News, Bbc, Gop, United States, Haiti, Huffington Post, Bbc Interview, Jung, Soraya Chemaly, Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Hochschild, Robert Kelly, Pusan National University, Jessica Auerbach, BBC News Interview


daily-dispatch-go-count-birds

Photo by Tomas Proszek. Animals around the globe You can participate in one of the largest citizen science projects, taking place around the world this weekend. The 20th-annual Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled for Feb. 17th through the 20th. All you have to do is count the birds you see, anywhere in the world, for 15 minutes. Submit your checklist to birdcount.org. Your data will help biologists monitor the changes that have been occurring since 1998, the year the experiment began. [Bir...
Tags: Travel, News, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Conservation, New Zealand, Amnesty International, Donald Trump, Bird Watching, All, Reuters, THESSALONIKI Greece, Golden Bay, Barbara Ehrenreich, Conover


The Top 10 Insights from the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas At the start of 2016, Barbara Ehrenreich published an essay in The New York Times that took aim at the science of gratitude, criticizing it for focusing solely on benefits to oneself rather than to others. "This holiday gratitude is all about you," she writes, "and how you can feel better." Nearly a year later, we can see what a false dichotomy this is. In our fifth a...
Tags: News, New York Times, University of Pennsylvania, Huffington Post, Social Psychology, University Of Vermont, Don, University of British Columbia, George Mason University, Wong, Michael Norton, Greater Good Science Center, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Harvard Business School, UCSD, British Journal of Psychology


'Nickel & Dimed' Author Barbara Ehrenreich On How The Trump Administration Will Impact Women

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. This week President-elect Donald Trump let us know – again – what he thinks of women by selecting Georgia Congressman Tom Price, the current chair of the House Budget Committee, as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has a long record of opposing women’s health rights — voting to cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funding and being lauded with a 100 percent rating by the...
Tags: News, Georgia, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, National Labor Relations Board, Trump, Mollie Reilly, House Budget Committee, Heisenberg, Barbara Ehrenreich, Tom Price, Las Vegas Trump, Ehrenreich


“Mindfulness” and other contemporary legalisms

Life in contemporary America is full of “should.” And how can it not be? We are forever “shoulding” all over each other. Modern American life is, at times, almost suffocating in self-righteousness and legalism. We may be the most judgmental people in history. And I’m not just talking about church folks, though I think this is one of the ways that the church in the U.S. is “worldly” in the bad kind of way. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press may be wonderful gifts in the big picture, but...
Tags: Pinterest, Corporate America, Washington Post, Religion, America, Rants, United States, New York Times, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ruth Whippman


We Gon' Be Alright

By Jeff Chang     INTRODUCTION: THE CRISIS CYCLE   We are living in serious times. Since 2012, the names of the fallen—Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, the list never seems to cease--have catalyzed collective outrage and grief. In the waning years of a Black presidency, we saw a proliferation of images of Black people killed in the streets and the rise of a national justice movement to affirm that Black lives matter. Young people who grew u...
Tags: News, Taylor Swift, Obama, America, Los Angeles, United States, Darren Wilson, Ferguson Missouri, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Black, Graeber, Trump, Nixon, Malcolm X


labour day readers' advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

I spoke to a customer yesterday who was visiting from Denmark. He described himself as a trade-unionist, and he came to the library, looking for me, to learn about our strike!  He also said he had read a book he loved, and was looking for more like it. He described the book: "by a Canadian author, takes place in Toronto, about the struggles of workers building a viaduct". It is some measure of my Canadian acculuration that before he finished his sentence, I idenfitied Michael Ondaatje's In the...
Tags: Travel, US, Toronto, Labour, Denmark, Ken Loach, Recommendations, Seattle Public Library, Michael, Dagenham, John Steinbeck, Jimmy, Michael Ondaatje, Barbara Kingsolver, Barbara Ehrenreich, Dennis Lehane


fight for 15 and fairness: brampton forum for decent work

After our members returned to work, but while I was still on staycation, I attended a community event organized by labour activists in Peel Region. It was a beautifully planned event, with music and food and lots of opportunities for participation. In Ontario, the Fight for $15 & Fairnessis focused on the Ontario Ministry of Labour'sChanging Workplaces Review. Each of the three keynote speakers was brilliant and revelatory. First, Gurjeet Sran, an economist from York University, blaste...
Tags: Travel, Activism, Toronto, Canada, Labour, Pearson, Ontario, Brampton, Abdul, York University, Barbara Ehrenreich, Laura K, Toronto And Mississauga, CUPE, Ontario Ministry of Labour