HEWN, No. 304

"You can't be neutral on a moving train" -- Howard Zinn

Moving sucks. But if there is a silver living here, it’s that I’ve been so preoccupied with moving — signing a lease, setting up the Internet, buying a mattress and waiting for delivery, stocking up the new pantry for this ridiculous Seattle weather, trying to figure out how I’ll cook without kitchen equipment — that I didn’t pay much attention to the news this week. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I didn’t watch the ads or the half-time show. I didn’t watch the SOTU. I didn’t read analysis about the SOTU. I barely glanced at the newspaper headlines. But when I did glance, the headlines were full of white people and blackface. JFC.

(With all the stuck-in-betweenness of moving, I have barely written a thing on my book draft this week.)

Nevertheless, I do have some reading recommendations: “Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn’t the internet, it’s Facebook” by Siva Vaidhyanathan. (Related: “A Friendship No One Asked For” by Sarah Jeong.) “Can AltSchool — The Edtech Startup With $174M From Billionaires Like Zuckerberg And Thiel — Save Itself From Failure?” by Forbes’ Susan Adams. “When Barry Goldwater held the fate of ‘Sesame Street’ in his hands” by Sherman Dorn. (There is so much interesting ed-tech history. Perhaps AltSchool’s founder and investors, not to mention the rest of the ed-tech industry, could read a little of it. I realize that, according to that Forbes article, Max Ventilla read two whole dozen books on education before starting his school — that’s like a college class-worth. Bravo, dude.) “Education for the robot economy” by Ben Williamson. “The Battle Over Teaching Chicago’s Schools About Police Torture and Reparations” by Peter C. Baker. And apparently “Jeff Bezos Wrote a Blog Post,” Robinson Meyer informed me. Burn it all down...

This week’s pigeon is a wood pigeon:

(Image credits)

Yours in struggle,