How much do I love David Rakoff? I wish I could write it in verse. His humanity, humility and humor shine through each essay. I was fortunate once to meet him at a writer's conference and he was as gracious and humble as you would expect from these stories of a Canadian immigrant to New York.
His stories have a special kind of grace. Often compared to his friend David Sedaris, I actually think his voice is quite different. Yes they have things in common, a distaste for certain trends, an obse...
Public Education in Anxious Times and Hope in Everyday Actions
Nada Djordjevich is a writer and consultant with more than fifteen years experience working to strengthen schools, communities, and arts organizations. As Executive Director of Gibson and Associates, she has secured more than $35 million in private, state, and federal funding for education initiatives and developed three-year plans for two of the ten largest school districts in California. As an educator, she taught history, Engli...
Quick — think of a movie where the male protagonist gets fired at the end of a movie. No, he doesn’t die, but at the end, he is left without a job. Sure, there are plenty of films that start that way, but is the crisis resolved with an unemployed man? How about a movie where a man is forced to choose between a woman and a job? You know, a movie in which at the end the man has to choose either to be successful in his career or to be successful with his wife. He can’t have it all. Thought of one? Let me know, because I couldn’t think of a single Hollywood film in which men face the choices prese
Over fifty years ago, Wallace Stegner penned a letter about the need to protect what was then remaining of the American wild, and this iconic letter was used as an introduction to The Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Johnson on September 3, 1964. In this plea Stegner writes of the importance of the maintenance of nature against personal and monetary use. He describes the need for preservation for individual well being, to give us respite from technology and commerce, and to promote an understanding of our place in the world.
"Several years ago, I was walking with a boyfriend in Brooklyn. It was a bittersweet visit, as he had just moved to New York, and it was clear that I would go back to California and our romantic relationship would end. It was cold and snowy and I wore a wool hat. He pointed out that I looked like Mary. And I tossed my hat in the air. I can still remember that feeling, the empowering recognition, not that I was now alone in a big city, but that I would be okay.”
An interview with Dr. James Fadiman on San Francisco in the 1960's, teenage rebellion, and his novel The Other Side of Haight.