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I’ve been waaaayyyy busy the past few weeks. I’ve been retweeting things that I find interesting, but haven’t had a chance to do blog posts on all of them. Let me do a quick round up, and I’ll try to do a better blog post later today.

Of course, there’s parent separation on the border. I’m not sure what else to say about this horrific situation that hasn’t already been said. We live in sad, sad times.

Stanley Fish says that we should stop trying to sell the Humanities. But I was talking to a woman who works on Wall Street last month. She said that they are hiring people with political science majors, not business majors. So, I think Fish is wrong.

Will Asian-Americans undo Affirmative Action?

I have mixed feelings about work-based learning. Theoretically, it’s great. In practice, it might be another dumping grounds for special ed kids.

Schools are getting rid of GPAs, AP tests, SATs, and grades. What will fill their places?


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I’m in that delightful phase of the writing process, where the first draft is done and is awaiting a red pen from the editor. The heavy lifting is finished, and I can still pretend that every word is brilliant and every point clear.  In this window of optimism and light, let me throw out some links to things I find interesting.

What was Bill thinking going into an interview completely unprepared for the MeToo question?

My favorite shoes du jour.

David Leonardt writes that colleges give discounts to the middle class, so you shouldn’t be afraid of the sticker price. Yeah. Lots of people have written that before. Steve and I got stuck on this chart where Leonardt defines who is low, middle, and affluent class. Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 1.13.33 PM.png

Those columns don’t work for this area of the country. Let’s take a hypothetical family of two school teachers and two kids. By most standards in this country, a two school teacher family is a middle class family. Here, the mean salary for teachers is about $95,000. With a extra money coming in from tutoring rich kids at $100 per hour, that family easily makes $200K. But they spend all that money on their homes (average home costs is about $600K) and local taxes, so they don’t have any cash or savings.

That two school teacher family cannot afford any of the college on Leonardt’s list.

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We celebrated Memorial Day weekend with my family. Highlights included Ian in a parade, Bruce Springsteen on Broadway, and late night drinks at a hotel bar in the city. I hope you all had a splendid weekend, as well.

It still feels like a vacation time, because Steve took the day off. He’s power washing the back patio right now, while I finish off some writing work on the computer.

Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

1,475 missing children

Inspired by all the navy blues and green at the royal wedding, I wore this and this to our date night in New York City last weekend.

I really need to be paying attention more to the teacher strikes.

David Sedaris has a new book. I’m a fan of his writing and his ability to turn his books into a fabulous, wealth-inducing speaking series.

Steve and Ian gave Solo two thumbs up. Steve and Jonah gave a fishing trip at a local lake two thumbs up. Wow. We really did a lot this weekend.

I’m walking away from the computer to read the article about the New American aristocracy in the backyard.

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NBC is very nervous about Ronan Farrow is going to say about them. Good!

Enough with the open floor plans already! But foldable houses are totally cool.

Going to college is a gamble and people should be informed about the risks — no degree, but tons of debt. From the New York Times:

People who have dropped out of college — about 40 percent of all who attend — earn only a bit more than do people with only a high school education: $38,376 a year versus $35,256. For many, that advantage is barely enough to cover their student loan debt.

Drezner writes about Tom Wolfe in the Washington Post, with a nice shout out to me.

Great article in National Geographic about what happens to the plastic we throw out.

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Hi all. Been working on multiple projects this week, so blogging got bumped down the priority list. I’ll be back with a proper post soon.

Here are some items that caught my eye this weekend:

Ta-Nahisi Coates’s article about Kanye is interesting mostly for his discussion of himself and how he dealt with his sudden fame. And the writing is just fabulous.

Steve and I want to get lost in the edges of Scotland. Maybe next year.

Elevator joke gone wrong.

I’m a big fan of Michael Avenatti. I’ve been tweeting about him since he first appeared on the morning news shows. He’s smart and is running some sort of long game that has nothing to do with the Stormy Daniels case. He’s a political entrepreneur, a random factor, and ultimately he’s Trump worst nightmare. Because until someone like Avenatti takes down Trump (I mean an impeachment plus a conviction), my pol sci friends says that Trump will win in 2020.

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The Last Slave: In 1931, Zora Neale Hurston sought to publish the story of Cudjo Lewis, the final slave-ship survivor. Instead it languished in a vault. Until now.

Nintendo Labo is simply the best video game ever. They turned a video game into robotics lessons. The game controllers become part of the robot. Ian has spent hours with it and isn’t tired yet. Highly recommend for middle school and early high school kids.

This writer wants to be rich and isn’t sorry. She’s my new hero.

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Melania’s “I’m a Good Guy” hat is getting a lot of attention. As is, her reluctant hand holding and clear joy at hanging out with the Obamas.

What does it feel like when teachers give up on your kid?

Anybody want to volunteer to be an adjunct professor?

Don’t read this article.

Fun fact of the day. 1 million students drop out of college every year. (And many have debt.)

I can’t believe that Kate was camera-ready after giving birth. I couldn’t get out of bed for two days.