“October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. The names of the subjects seem to lay open the way to a new world. Your arms are full of new, clean notebooks, waiting to be filled. You pass through the doors of the library and the smell of thousands of well-kept books makes your head swim with a clean and subtle pleasure. You have a new hat, a new sweater, perhaps, or a whole new suit. Even the nickels and the quarters in your pocket feel new, and the buildings shine in the glorious sun.”—
I’m not able to figure out where, exactly, this sumi-e ink-wash-style painting of the Alien originates, but it’s something else. The garbled machine translation of this Chinese article seems like a promising lead, but I can’t make heads nor tails of it.
I am not a smart enough person, or eloquent enough, to talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.I’m not even going to try. I will say that, as I’ve watched events unfold, I’ve been struck at how the community, and in some ways, the country, has come together to support the citizens of Ferguson.
“You don’t necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege. You don’t have to apologize for it. You need to understand the extent of your privilege, the consequences of your privilege, and remain aware that people who are different from you move through and experience the world in ways you might never know anything about. They might endure situations you can never know anything about. You could, however, use that privilege for the greater good—to try to level the playing field for everyone, to work for social justice, to bring attention to how those without certain privileges are disenfranchised. We’re seen what the hoarding of privilege has done, and the results are shameful.”—Roxane Gay, “Peculiar Benefits” from Bad Feminist (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Some of you might know that I moved to San Francisco recently. Two days ago, really. My lease in Chicago was ending at the end of August so in early July I had to decide whether good stuff in my personal life warranted big professional risk, i.e. unemployment. I…
Frank Wu writes, “Brianna Wu is a game developer and a frequent writer about gender issues in tech. As such, she frequently receives harassing, unpleasant emails. She got pissed off and wrote an awesome response to one here.”
I recently stepped down from leading the Future Of Work community that I had spearheaded earlier in the year, realizing that I wasn’t able to give it the time that it perhaps needed, or perhaps realizing that no one person could do get it off the ground. I’ve backed away from other commitments…
Thinkgeek’s new Olde Book Pillow Classics are pillows that look like classic books: the Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island are square, closed-book cushions; the Alice in Wonderland is a long, open-book rectangular pillow. All three are $50; the square ones are $18 each and Alice is $25.
Hi Shawn--this is an informal way to go about it, but I figure, hey, this is how we 'know' each other anyway! I know that USF isn't hiring for a public service librarian position now, but I'm moving out next month & I wondered if I might get an informational interview once I'm settled in. I'd love to work for USF someday if the right position opens up, and I'll be living just down the street at Divisadero & McAllister! Feel free to switch to katetkacik at gmail if that works better. Thanks!
Hi Kate! Sorry for the delay responding - I’m in the heartland this week. Info meet up? ABSOLUTELY!!! I know its a bit early… but WELCOME to The City :)) Please shoot me an email calhouns at usfca dot edu when you get to town and have time. lunch on me here at USF in our faculty lounge. OK? Cheers!
Even with legalization, the devastating legacy of the drug war lingers, says Professor Michelle Alexander
“Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”