Come celebrate the release of “The Essential Ellen Willis” on Friday, May 2nd at Galapagos! There will be free drinks, free love, and free Ellen Willis readings from some of your fave writers. (Oh, and non-free books courtesy of WORD Bookstores!)
Super-excited that Flavorwire is co-sponsoring the launch event for this wonderful anthology by my single favorite cultural critic!
oooh boy. that reader list. I might explode. with joy.
first signed copy! #angiebongiolati #secretacres #comics (at Bergen Street Comics)
At the end of the book, we tell a story about my five-year-old nephew Noah, who came home from school one day and told his mom that his five-year-old classmate asked him where he’s going to college. Noah was pretty stressed out and said, “Mom, do I have to go to college?” She said, “No,” and he replied, “Will you call and let them know I’m not coming?” Even in an unconscious way, he knew he had a reservation. My students feel the opposite of Noah. They feel like getting to college takes extraordinary efforts, and they understand even then how much of an effect serendipity has in determining their educational outcomes. One of the students we wrote about, Mike, shared his feeling that it was all an extremely difficult thing to do alone, especially when you’re a kid who feels like you don’t have a lot going for you. You have to have someone else who can see possibilities you wouldn’t otherwise see and help guide you through the process. But it also wasn’t about me. There’s nothing that I am doing that other people out there aren’t doing and that can’t be institutionalized. The kids who need that support the most are getting it the least. They need the intensive advocacy and support that our most privileged students receive every step of the way. —
-Joshua Steckel, co-author of Hold Fast to Dreams and college guidance counselor at a Brooklyn high school, discussing his book and college access for low-income students in a conversation with Andrew Delbanco in theamericanprospect. (via thenewpress)
I was so elated at the Lopate interview yesterday, which I listened to at home, with a massive headcold and anxiously lint roller-ing my couch. But Josh and his students were awesome. I beat myself up so much, but sometimes even I have to acknowledge my wins - alongside the fact that I’m thrilled to be working on the projects that I do.
Best of Millhouse
I’m into this cup and ball now.