Photographer Jonas Bendiksen’s exhibition, The Places We Live, is on view at New York’s ICP until this Saturday, but the website is worth viewing if you don’t live near NYC or can’t make it. Bendiksen’s camera documents 16 homes in four different slums throughout the world: Caracas, Venezuela; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Jakarta, Indonesia. As the site notes, for 2008, for the first time, more of humanity is living in urban areas than rural ones, and more than a third of us citydwellers have homes in the slums. They are the fastest growing segment of urban life, existing at the edge of both the physical city and our understanding.
Monthly Archives: January 2009
Check out CM homie, Wyatt Cenac (of The Daily Show), in this awesome film, showing as of today at the IFC in New York. A.O. Scott gave it a great review today.
I feel kind of like a die-hard Red Sox fan after the 2004 World Series–excited that my team won, but thrown off by the reversal of my “underdog” status.
If you were ordering me as a drink in a bar, you’d ask for confused straight up with a twist of happiness.
These are metaphors, of course.
“Winning the World Series” = $150 BILLION in education spending in Obama’s new stimulus plan
“Dire Hard Pre-2004 Red Sox Fan” = grad student specializing in issues of educational equity
“Confused Straight Up w/a Twist of Happiness” = my state of mind
Just as the recession was threatening to limit spending on education–especially on financial aid for college students–the Obama administration goes ahead and announces that it will MORE THAN DOUBLE THE CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BUDGET.
Schools, from pre-K through college, are getting everything but the kitchen sink!
Check out this awesome summary by future freelance juggernaut Tara Rose to our panel last week. An excerpt:
So my partner and a friend of ours- all of us self-described writers- filed into the 92Y in Tribeca, an awesome new community center that offers a ton of workshops and artsy events that immediately spoke to my soul. The panelists featured were several young NY writers, Kimmi Auerbach, Kate Torgovnick , Theo Gangi , Joie Jager-Hyman , and of course, Courtney Martin. They are all part of a writers group that meets every other week for 3 hours of wine, food, and critique- my kind of party. Job-woes had me desperate for answers, and the panel provided. It was like waking up.
Ahhhhhh! So awesome. Her take-aways after the jump.
So I’m at the beginning of a long book project, and for the first time I’m having to deal with a large number of files on my computer in some sort of systematic way, keeping track of the little, random text files I write late at night as well as longer pieces I keep coming back to and working on in a way that resembles diligence. There’s also a lot of material that I’ve written over the last few years as this project has been brewing, scattered over several computers and operating systems, tucked into folders and sub-folders, often in places that don’t make sense.
I just started re-reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, and it starts off with her going back to something she wrote shortly after her husband’s sudden death:
Life changes fast.
Life changes in the instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
The question of self-pity.