I’m Busy. But Not Really.

Last semester I found myself in a conversation (well, more like an argument) about “being busy” and its taken-for-granted effects in life. My upbringing in a culture that was constantly “go go go.” Failure signaled a laziness. Add to that my anxiety, and we have created a situation in which no doubletakes were taken on “busyness.”

It seemed normal. So… accurately descriptive of my being. Being busy was good. I really believed I was busy.
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Week in Reads – Feb. 19

Inbox & the Web

Critical pedagogy, identity, and true Self.

The surge in the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunch (a measure of poverty) didn’t just happen over night. Inequality doesn’t just happen over night. It’s been happening for a while, and growing, and will continue to grow. Throwing vouchers and waivers around like it’ll fix the education problem for poor families ignores a lot of intersecting factors that result in what we call “poor academic performance.”

Is there an average outside its use in scientific measurements? What does it mean to “be average”?

“Unschooling” is a thing, but it just sounds like “fancy homeschooling for white folks.”

The Hard Stuff

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Week in Reads – Feb. 12

Inbox & The Web

This has been on my screen for a while but finally finished Part 1 of The Intercept‘s three-part exposé on DuPont and a scary chemical, C8. The New York Times Magazine also has a nice write-up about the lawyer who took on the DuPont chemical case.

Vellum or durable high-quality archival paper? (A random read, sent by my professor for Discourse Analysis.)

Curiosity: What would a Trump presidency look like? via Quartz.

The hard stuff

An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method by James Paul Gee

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Week in Reads – double dose

SNOW. Cold. Comprehensive exams for my master’s. And so much more.

This week you’re getting two week’s worth of “week in reads” because last week I was too busy studying for my MA exam.

Surveillance: An decent read about Stingray and the surveillance that happens around us.

Kiese Laymon wrote a review of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (It’s an excerpt.) I haven’t read the book myself, but based on the review I’m intrigued by what Glaude is proposing regarding a revolution fueled by politically active black Americans who are no longer interested in the political stage play of “post-racial” policies and other “black-minded” performances. Looks like I’ll be adding this to my “to read” list for 2016.

Starting local, in the hopes of going big.

Not much reading going on…