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10Readings – Jan 11- Feb 7 #recommended

In Art, Books, Education, History, literature, news, photography, Social Media, sociology, Technology on February 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm


Humans of New York

When My Brother was an Aztec

Bad Feminist

Lobster is the Best Medicine


One-Touch to Inbox Zero — Forte Labs — Medium

The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage

Read This Before Co-Opting MLK Jr.

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

What School Segregation Looks Like

Twitter’s Brainstorming Notes for Potential New Features.



#10Readings – Jan 10

In Books, Chicago, Education, History, literature, news on January 11, 2016 at 2:00 am

#10READINGS – JAN 1-10

Books/Graphic Novels

Salman Khan “One World Schoolhouse – Such an optimistic tome.  Many (many) questions/comments/concerns, but worth reading for the optimism and the possibilities.

Joe Kelly “I Kill Giants – In my opinion, an emotionally beautiful graphic novel.

Claudia Rankine “Citizen: An American Lyric –  Powerful.  Timely. Deserving of all the accolades and more.

Jonathan Hickman “The Nightly News –  Complex. Disturbing.  Visually stunning.

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Brave New Voices Finals 2013 #bnv2013

In Art, Chicago, Education on August 12, 2013 at 8:20 am


Brave New Voices Finals 2013 #bnv2013

Some tweets and pix from my evening at the finals

  1. At a reception for #bnv2013, waiting for the thing itself! Cc: @illuminatemics @kevincoval
  2. #bnv2013 brave new voices will be coming back to Chicago every four years (hopefully at @UCHICAGO)
  3. #bnv2013 too many empty seats right now, don’t sleep on this Chicago!
  4. Shout out to Team Chicago for kicking off the Grand Slam Finals! #bnv2013
  5. #bnv2013 this is a place where the big issues aren’t ducked.
  6. Don’t leave me here to rock in the skin cells of my own body “-South Africa
  7. #bnv2013 “words don’t have meanings they only have definitions. People have meaning”
  8. Leeds “Definitions” #bnv2013
  9. Vocab performing Scarecrow at #BNV2013 Finals
  10. #bnv2013 “put pencils in our hands, so we won’t need guns”
  11. #bnv2013 “dressed in poverty like we should be proud of it”
  12. #bnv2013 “the minorities are no longer settling for being minor”
  13. #bnv2013 “there’s a reason cotton is the fabric of our lives”
  14. #bnv2013 will the judges get a poem that references Pokemon?
  15. #bnv2013 “depression runs in my family, I always thought I could run faster”
  16. “America spends billions of dollars to keep Mexicans out of this country and even more vacationing on its beaches” ~Team ABQ #bnv2013
  17. #bnv2013 the judges have loosened up. Perhaps too loose?
  18. #bnv2013 “anyone who’s made tea knows that even water screams when you boil it”
  19. Congratulations Denver and thank you to every poet, every coach, and everybody who made #bnv2013 a success. Peace and love. Time to party.


Review – Chorus by Saul Williams

In Art, Books on October 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Chorus by Saul Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saul Williams’ Chorus (a literary mixtape) is in the category of  “I like it. And I like what it stands for!”

To be fair, I’m a fan of Williams, especially his writing (I’m much more apt to criticize a decision he’s made with an album than I am anything that he’s written). I’ve read almost everything he’s published and liked just about all of it.

Chorus is Williams-esque in that it’s challenging and righteous and emotionally charged and irreverent and playful all at the same time. What’s utterly fantastic is that it’s a collaboration of many poets, styled not as an anthology, but rather as a mixtape – with the poems arranged to flow seemlessly from one to another. Certainly there’s some varience, but on the whole it’s all very good!

100% worth checking out.

Saul Williams at Bottom Lounge, Chicago 3/20/2012 // @saulwilliams

In Art on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I’m fortunate enough to have gotten the chance to see Saul Williams (wikipedia) perform 8 or 9 times in the past decade, and he remains one of my favorite artists.  His new album – Volcanic Sunlight – played much better live than it did on the record, and the night’s set list was a nice mix of material from his entire career.   Very glad that I made it out a Tuesday night show!

Here are a few photos I took at the show:

Review: Space, In Chains

In Art, Books on March 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

Space, In Chains
Space, In Chains by Laura Kasischke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t feel well-versed enough in modern poetry to be able to say anything about how “Space, In Chains” compares to any of its contemporaries, or if it merits all of the awards and distinctions that it’s earned (from NYT, National Book Critics, etc), but I can say that for me it accomplished what I think all poetry ought to aim to do – leave me in wonder of how such big ideas and strong emotions can be conveyed with such an economy of words.


Reading On This Date: October 24…

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

One of the benefits of having a list of books I’ve read over the past decade, is that I can post the occasional “what was I reading on this date X years ago” entry.

So looking at October 24th:

Currently, I’m reading the interviews that make up Vaclav Havel’s “Disturbing the Peace”.