Last week, I posted part 1 of my Best Things I Read on the Internet series. Here’s part 2. Enjoy!
- “Real Women” - Filling a Much-Needed Void (Hanne Blank): Short, succinct, dead-on. “There is no wrong way to have a body.”
- “Paper Tigers” - New York Magazine (Wesley Yang): These are painful lessons about growing up as “other” that Yang describes, but each lesson is told with such breathtaking observational talent that you can hardly fault him for drawing attention to the cracks and crevices of the Asian-American experience.
- The Price of Intolerance - Chicago Reader (Steve Bogira): It’s 1971 in Back-of-the-Yards, a neighborhood in Chicago in the midst of tremendous change. It’s a national story couched in the vernacular of the local.
- “Poor Teaching for Poor Children…In the Name of Reform” - Education Week (Alfie Kohn): Do you think you know what’s wrong with schools? You’re probably wrong. This essay is the closest thing I’ve read to identifying exactly why the education I received was so outstanding, and why that’s unbelievably unfair.
- “My First Time, Twice” - Guernica (Ariel Levy): Intimacy, angst, pressure, desire, fear… it’s all a bundle of crazy when you’re 14. That’s how old Ariel Levy was when she decided that the clock was literally ticking on her virginity.
- “A Whiff o History” - Boston Globe (Courtney Humphries) – Are a history geek? Does thinking about the implications of recreating historical smells get you all excited? Yeah… me too.
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