This weekend I saw the Nicholas Galanin's work at the current Frye exhibit, Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu in Seattle. This piece, “Things are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter,” was one of them. In the exhibit, he says this:
"… I [also] look at this piece in cultural terms—mainstream society often looks at Indigenous or Native American art through a romantic lens, not allowing a culture, like my Tlingit community, room for creative sovereign growth. "
And wondered: is this how we look at girls? So fetishized or romanticized or sexualized, that they have no room for sovereign expression?
Feminism is hearing your pain and your struggle in another woman’s voice and suddenly realizing there’s nothing wrong with you and nothing wrong with her, but something wrong with the world trying to make you think there is. Shelby Knox
— I am so grateful to Jamia Wilson for introducing me to Shelby Knox.
let me tell you one thing
Let me tell you one thing about why writers write: had I known the answer to any of these questions I would never have needed to write a novel. from Why I Write by Joan Didion
I’m thinking about the lyric essay; about writing a community narrative, and a personal narrative, and I’m reading this
I think my students might suspect me of seeing lyric essays everywhere, even where they are not. Some people report double vision; mine is polymorphic, as I am always on the lookout for different forms, stages, and types of writing within a single writer’s work. - Ann Lauterbach
So the gf met a guy in DC who works in public transit and she starts talking about putting summer lunches on commuter lines to make it easier for working parents, right. Because she has a one track mind: making sure kids have access to healthy food in the summer.
building a culture of empathy
We deeply need to invest energy into making our schools humanizing, especially in light of the trauma so many of our young people face. - Sarah Glasband, MetWest Teacher and Advisor
listening to jad abumrad talk about radical uncertainty and thinking about being in the classroom
And then he said something like this (and it’s weird, you know, because you KNOW his voice so well from RadioLab): when we do science explainers, and we do a lot of those, there’s this gravitational pull towards teaching and lecturing — but that’s not what we do, we discover with the listener.
Working on my syllabus for this week’s class, I stumbled upon this magazine, Brevity, and then this story by Heather Sellers, which contained this first line:
I was eleven almost twelve but I looked thirteen when I walked across Orlando toward my father’s apartment on Orange Avenue.
- From Breathless, by Heather Sellers, BREVITY, January 21 2014
The gap between public and private interest is devastating. Public interest has disappeared entirely from the academy. Universities are virtually silent on what we owe society beyond the narrowest versions of self-interest — there’s a huge gap between an education that expands opportunities and obligations to the larger community and what we’re seeing now. We wait for the experts and sit back and think, “There’s nothing I can do.” Schools need to teach public action, and the possibilities and obligations of every citizen. We need more energetic voices in the public arena. Liz Coleman, founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Action