The Quiet Coup →
Must-read article about the financial crisis, from Simon Johnson writing in The Atlantic. There is also a companion piece of sorts, an article by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone that is very powerful and an unvarnished attack on the dismantling of the Glass-Steagal Act, presided over by Bill Clinton and Phil Gramm. I’m linking to it but a warning: he does use profanity.
Does Having Children Make You Happy? →
This article was intriguing. Having children has made me happy like nothing else, for the last 25 years.
Horace Greeley High School →
Where I’m teaching now, as of Monday. I’m a leave replacement until June, and have five classes of extremely nice students: three sophomore groups in European Civilization and two freshman classes of Global Studies. In my few days so far, everyone has been extremely supportive and lovely.
It’s now been almost a week since we returned from Australia, and I’m still processing a lot of what we saw and learned. Australians, especially in Sydney, seemed to mirror our culture, with glimpses of English life thrown in. In Melbourne, though, a city that has welcomed many Vietnamese refugees over the years, we were struck by the number of Asian faces walking by us in the...