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On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author ...
05/17/2019
Why, 65 years later, school segregation persists: New York City is a perfect case study

On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author Noliwe Rooks explains why public schools are still segregated.
The problem is us, the parents.

On this day 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that schools in the United States should no longer operate under the failed ethos of “separate but equal” and instead must move to integrate their student bodies “with all deliberate speed.” New York City schools have not achieved the...

04/23/2019
Catalan News on Twitter

What a great holiday!
Today is World Book Day and, in Catalonia,
Sant Jordi's Day of books and roses:

“📽️ Roses for love, books for literature, and a day to celebrate them altogether — Sant Jordi is underway, and @catalannews is on the streets to bring you the atmosphere from the streets of Barcelona Learn more: https://t.co/dCIhBGukRQ https://t.co/q1kvplp6f8”

It's April 1st but this is not a joke - There is a Slovenian production ofSex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!
04/02/2019

It's April 1st but this is not a joke -
There is a Slovenian production of
Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion! I never imagined th...
02/04/2019
Dartmouth grad plans ‘book and bar’ concept in prime Hanover space

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion!
I never imagined that towns and cities I lived in would ever be without bookstores...

HANOVER — A 29-year-old Dartmouth College alumna plans to open a new bookstore, cafe and beer/wine bar in the former Dartmouth Bookstore space, replacing a business whose closing late last year left local book lovers distraught and represented a major...

Coming in June 2019!Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink
01/25/2019

Coming in June 2019!
Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink

A troubling analysis!But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...
01/17/2019
A New Yorker Cartoon

A troubling analysis!
But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...

“The problem is there’s no engine. Just a mysterious plot device.”

In honor of December 7:
12/08/2018
Safe Passage: The Civilian Evacuation From Hawaii After Pearl Harbor

In honor of December 7:

SAFE PASSAGE is the first book to feature the dramatic story of the American civilians, trapped on the Hawaiian Islands after the horrifying surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, who were evacuated thousands of miles by ship across the Pacific and by train across the United States in m...

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.My favorite [literary] quote from the comments sectio...
11/28/2018
Opinion | Cindy Hyde-Smith Is Teaching Us What Segregation Academies Taught Her

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.
My favorite [literary] quote from the comments section:
"As Mississippi's greatest writer, William Faulkner, once said: "The past is never dead. It's not even past.""

The campaign gaffes of Mississippi’s newly elected senator reveal the way that the past is always present.

As Insight lands on Mars today - Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:...
11/26/2018
Antonia Juhasz on Twitter

As Insight lands on Mars today -
Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:

https://twitter.com/AntoniaJuhasz/status/1062165142459371520

“A private mining company makes its inauspicious arrival on #MARS and so begins the question: will we make the same mistakes on Mars that we’re now making today on earth 🌏 and can we apply those lessons here before it’s too late? @NatGeoChannel”

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amaz...
10/29/2018
Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:
What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amazon workers really need, and what may happen next:

By Jonathan Rosenblum | “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago. Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15/hour for its US ...

From Thaisa Frank: A fast flash-fiction read, four paragraphs full of wonder, for the three-day weekend:
09/03/2018
While You Were Sleeping

From Thaisa Frank: A fast flash-fiction read, four paragraphs full of wonder, for the three-day weekend:

by Thaisa Frank While you were sleeping the city began to recede from the continent and ice floes covered the airport. Since you never went out I began to wear your winter jacket. It was too big, w…

08/03/2018
Mars Season 2 – Trailer | National Geographic

Getting ready to head back to the office next week from some mid-summer vacation.

Here's a cool thing that happened while I was out: Release of the trailer for Nat Geo's MARS Season 2 -
with appearance by client Antonia Juhasz !

The hardest thing about living on Mars... is us. Mars returns November 12 on National Geographic. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National G...

Honored to rep the estate of the incomparable Joanna Russ:Here's praise in The Portalist for her most well-known novel, ...
05/29/2018
"The Female Man": The Novel That Gave Birth to Feminist Science Fiction

Honored to rep the estate of the incomparable Joanna Russ:
Here's praise in The Portalist for her most well-known novel, The Female Man, out now as an ebook for the first time from Open Road:
In Joanna Russ' Nebula Award-winning book, an alliance between four women raises questions about gender roles and identity.

https://theportalist.com/the-female-man-excerpt

In Joanna Russ' Nebula Award-winning novel, "The Female Man," an alliance between four women raises questions about gender roles and identity. Read on for an excerpt.

Hopefulness for Arbor Day:An Earth Day tweet from Zach St. George, who's writing about a book about the journeys of sequ...
04/27/2018
Zach St. George on Twitter

Hopefulness for Arbor Day:
An Earth Day tweet from Zach St. George, who's writing about a book about the journeys of sequoia and other trees for W. W. Norton:

“Happy Earth Day. Here's a picture of (supposedly) the first giant sequoia that Euro-Americans found, and (definitely) the first one they cut down. The fact that they don't all look like this is maybe kind of hopeful.”

This Saturday, 4/28, is Independent Bookstore Day!Which store will you be celebrating at?Add a iink to your favorite ind...
04/25/2018

This Saturday, 4/28, is Independent Bookstore Day!

Which store will you be celebrating at?
Add a iink to your favorite indy store in the comments below!

It's that time of year again, Bologna Book Fair week, where children's books - and illustrators! - are feted.It must be ...
03/27/2018

It's that time of year again, Bologna Book Fair week, where children's books - and illustrators! - are feted.
It must be where these characters are all headed..

Great story for a raw late winter/early spring eve,from Jonathan Slaght in Scientific Americanabout a tiger, a bear, and...
03/08/2018
East of Siberia: Heeding the Sign

Great story for a raw late winter/early spring eve,
from Jonathan Slaght in Scientific American
about a tiger, a bear, and a crow.
Remember: Always follow the crow.

Things had gone from one dead tiger to one live tiger, to one live tiger and one dead bear, all in the span of about 45 minutes

Congratukations to Fauzia and John Burke on the launch of Pub Site, their very cool new website service for authors!I hi...
02/22/2018
Pub Site

Congratukations to Fauzia and John Burke on the launch of Pub Site, their very cool new website service for authors!

I highly recommend this site - Ihad the chance to get a personal preview at a writers conference and was so impressed.
Authors, you are no longer at the mercy of website designers who don't understand book publishing and don't design to make it easy for you to update your site yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/PubSitePro/

Pub Site is the new website builder designed specifically for books and authors. It is easy to use and has many features for authors. Choose a professional design and customize it. Visit http://pub-site.com for more information and a 14-day free trial.

Reading for the long weekend,from Wendy Grossman's blog, net.wars:A tribute to and appreciation of the man "whose...writ...
02/16/2018
net.wars: RIP John Perry Barlow (1947-2018)

Reading for the long weekend,
from Wendy Grossman's blog, net.wars:
A tribute to and appreciation of the man "whose...writings set the tone of so much discourse about the internet and inspired so many thousands of activists."

There's a certain irony about the fact that John Perry Barlow, who styled himself "cognitive dissident" and whose early 1990s writings set the tone of so much discourse about the internet and inspired so many thousands of activists, has died in the same week that Conde Nast has put up a paywall arou...

What to do about aII those Confederate statues? A suggestion from Hungary's Memento Park by Antonia Juhaszhttps://harper...
02/05/2018

What to do about aII those Confederate statues?
A suggestion from Hungary's Memento Park by Antonia Juhasz

https://harpers.org/blog/2018/02/shared-silence/
[Although these statues seem too huge to be caIIed 'mementos' - maybe it's the translation, Szoborpark in Hungarian...]

If you missed Noliwe Rooks, author of CUTTING SCHOOL, in NYC last month, here's another chance:  Thurs Feb 1 @ the Schom...
01/25/2018
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies

If you missed Noliwe Rooks, author of CUTTING SCHOOL, in NYC last month, here's another chance: Thurs Feb 1 @ the Schomburg Center in Harlem, for free -- on Black Resistance to Trump Tyranny

Register now to join us for the first Conversations in Black Freedom Studies of 2018. We're excited to be welcoming Haki Madhubuti, Noliwe Rooks, and Michael Simanga for this essential conversation about how we build Black resistance to the tyranny of the Trump regime. See you at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, February 1st, at 6pm.

Thank you, Danny GIover!
01/23/2018
Danny Glover

Thank you, Danny GIover!

If you care about education in the U.S., this is a book worth getting your hands on!

Washington Post review: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/01/19/how-segrenomics-underpins-the-movement-to-privatize-public-education/?utm_term=.b23eaa4e47df

"If we as a nation really took seriously dismantling underperforming school districts and replacing them with the same types of educational experiences we provide the wealthy, it would negatively impact the bottom lines of many companies." ~Noliwe M. Rooks

Clients vs. Trump!      Score: 2-0   Points scored by:      Antonia Juhaszhttp://www.risingupwithsonali.com/how-dangerou...
01/16/2018
Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Clients vs. Trump! Score: 2-0
Points scored by: Antonia Juhasz
http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/how-dangerous-is-trumps-move-to-open-offshore-drilling/
and Jonathan Rosenblum
https://www.alternet.org/environment/chevron-has-secretive-drilling-site-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge

The site is an indicator of what the future holds for this fragile ecosystem if Trump, the GOP and Big Oil get their way. It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Ar...

An MLK Day reading, on 'segrenomics,' from Philadelphia:
01/15/2018
The business of school segregation

An MLK Day reading, on 'segrenomics,'
from Philadelphia:

School segregation is big business -- and it’s been that way throughout American history. That’s the argument of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education by Noliwe...

01/02/2018
Language Moments of 2017

A look back as we move forward,
from Michael MasIansky,
co-author of THE LANGUAGE OF TRUST:

As 2017 comes to a close, we pause to reflect on some of the year's most memorable language moments. Enjoy!

As we come up on the start of winter and the winter solstice - here's a reminder from Jonathan Slaght that life is hard,...
12/18/2017
East of Siberia: The Fragility of Field Plans

As we come up on the start of winter and the winter solstice - here's a reminder from Jonathan Slaght that life is hard, winter is tough, nothing comes easy. So we help each other out, and have a Plan B, which sometimes includes a long hike!

Sometimes your truck makes it across the frozen river, and sometimes it doesn't

From north of the border, a four-year campaign succeeds! Here's the report from BEYOND $15's Jonathan RosenblumLast mont...
12/11/2017
Ontario Workers and Students Notch Biggest $15 Win Yet | Labor Notes

From north of the border, a four-year campaign succeeds! Here's the report from BEYOND $15's Jonathan Rosenblum

Last month, Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, won their Fight for $15 - and card-check union recognition rights, paid sick leave, scheduling rights, equal pay for temporary and part-time workers, & double the Ministry of Labor’s enforcement staff.

1.7 million people—nearly 30% of all Ontario workers—get one of the fastest minimum wage increases in North America - from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan 1, rising to $15 the following year, and indexed to inflation thereafter. Wow!

Born in the Russian Arctic, migrates thousands of miIes south for winter, and now an endangered species: Jonathan Slaght...
12/05/2017
East of Siberia: A Spoon-Billed Curiosity

Born in the Russian Arctic, migrates thousands of miIes south for winter, and now an endangered species:
Jonathan Slaght advocates for the spoon-biIIed sandpiper and its protectors.

Efforts to keep Spoon-billed sandpipers from the yawning void of extinction have been nothing short of Herculean

Today Thursday Nov 16  between 10 and noonon the Brian Lehrer Show on NPR, WNYC:Noliwe Rooks, the director of American S...
11/16/2017
Cutting School | The New Press

Today Thursday Nov 16 between 10 and noon
on the Brian Lehrer Show on NPR, WNYC:

Noliwe Rooks, the director of American Studies at Cornell University, former associate director of African American studies at Princeton University and the author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (The New Press, 2017), argues that privatization of education exacerbates the problems of racial and economic disparity that it is purported to be correcting.
http://thenewpress.com/books/cutting-school

Public schools are among America’s greatest achievements in modern history, yet from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been intractable tensions tied to race and poverty.

In NYC, Wednesday November 15, 6-8 pmat The Worker Institute CorneII/NYC, 16 East 34th St 6th flr
11/10/2017
Beyond $15: A Conversation with Jonathan Rosenblum

In NYC, Wednesday November 15, 6-8 pm
at The Worker Institute CorneII/NYC, 16 East 34th St 6th flr

Join us for a conversation with author Jonathan Rosenblum to discuss his book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement. With captivating narrative and insightful commentary, labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum reveals the inside story of the first success...

Why are public schooIs failing?  Noliwe Rooks  traces the reasons back to the financing of segregated education - what s...
10/23/2017
Today’s school failures have Reconstruction roots | Cornell Chronicle

Why are public schooIs failing? Noliwe Rooks traces the reasons back to the financing of segregated education - what she caIIs 'segrenomics' -
which is flourishing today through many forms of privatization.
I Iove it when an author describes an important social development - and invents the word to give it a name!

Noliwe Rooks' new book “Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education” traces the financing of segregated education in America, beginning with Civil War reconstruction to today.

From the 'smaIIer is better' adherents:The view on CataIonia at the Frankfurt Bookfair [which is just winding up today f...
10/13/2017
Frankfurt 2017: Catalonia Independence Vote Rattles Publishing

From the 'smaIIer is better' adherents:
The view on CataIonia at the Frankfurt Bookfair [which is just winding up today for foreign publishers and agents].
My wonderful Spanish agents, InternationaI Editors, are in BarceIona too.
And this is one reason I Iove working with foreign rights - it brings you right in to so much that is happening around the worId.

Publishers and agents in Barcelona share their views on the future of the city as the home of global Spanish-language publishing in the wake of Catalonia's vote to become independent of Spain.

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