Book Review: We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Book Review: We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Before I plunge into this absolutely amazing book, two disclosures, one legal, one not. Legal notice: this book was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review. Not legal notice: if you have not read this book, stop reading. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Walk away. Click away. I mean it. If there are two things about this book that you should know as someone who hasn’t read…

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What Makes an Issue Book Work?

What Makes an Issue Book Work?

‘Oh,’ I said to a public relations representative the other day. ‘I usually avoid issue books, but I’ll check it out if you really feel strongly about it.’

Of course she does–it’s her job to sell books, and to get me interested in promoting them for her. I have a great relationship with the PR reps I work with: they give me books, and I write about them, and get a chance to interview the authors…

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Gilded Disaster: Gold in Southeast Asia

Gilded Disaster: Gold in Southeast Asia

Gold has been a treasured metal in human societies for millennia, and that trend continues today as people demand gold as an investment, jewelry material, electronics component, and decorative metal. To meet all that demand, mines across the world are constantly at work extracting this sometimes stubborn resource, but they aren’t the only ones. Small-scale mining operations in many regions…

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"Harriet the Spy" Turns 50! Chatting With Editor Beverly Horowitz About Harriet, Feminism and Classic Books

Can We Reform For-Profit Colleges NOW?

Can We Reform For-Profit Colleges NOW?

Ah, higher education. A crucial aspect of the American Dream, another tug on the bootstraps to a better life, lifting yourself out of poverty, conquering the world with degree in hand and carpetbag in the other. And surely, an educated populace is a more skilled populace, one that can revive the economy, ensure we don’t experience shortages of needed professionals, and one that can innovate to…

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[Image: Two photos depicting a set of customized Vans covered in moss and flowers, with tiny details like mushrooms, twigs, and bark.]

charlavail:

Vans Custom Culture!
I was so excited when I found out I’d get to participate this year. My favorite thing to do is to create art and to inspire and this project combines both of those things. I have a feeling that a good number of my followers are high school art students and I highly encourage you to get your school involved in Custom Culture. Registration begins on January 2nd. Read more about it:
http://www.vans.com/customculture/
As an ambassador I was sent a pair of shoes to customize. I was given no rules or guidelines (my kind of project!). I had a hard time parting with these and I may just have to create another pair for myself even though they’re completely impractical and leave a dirt trail wherever I go. I would love to hear from some of you if you get involved!

[Image: A Black woman with an Afro in a Carhartt jacket, standing in a kitchen.]
modfarm:

How Ford Zinged GM (and Helped Urban Farming in the Process)
A parody of a Cadillac commercial helped one urban farming and composting organization get its message out.

[Image: A Black woman with an Afro in a Carhartt jacket, standing in a kitchen.]

modfarm:

How Ford Zinged GM (and Helped Urban Farming in the Process)

A parody of a Cadillac commercial helped one urban farming and composting organization get its message out.

Police Aren’t Mental Health Experts

Police Aren’t Mental Health Experts

Across the United States, law enforcement agencies are being called upon to act as mental health first responders, in a trend that’s harming mentally ill people and doing an injustice to law enforcement, as well. Police officers are not mental health experts, mental health crisis intervention is not within the scope of their job description and the nature of their work, and they should not be…

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An uprising

[Two images: The first features the text ‘down with the capitol’ smeared in red against a black background. The second features the logo of the capitol from The Hunger Games, with a mockingjay pin graffitied over it. Both feature, in very small capital letters, ‘ANENTIRELYNEWHUNGER.’]

(Source: anentirelynewhunger)