Monthly Archives: April 2015

[Fiction] Fooled

Originally posted on RED GLADIOLA:
Davis looked up from his crossword puzzle to the flickering security screen. One of the manufacturing droids on the assembly line had fallen to the floor again. The collapses had been happening with an increasing…

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Why (and How) the U.S. Overthrew Iran’s Democratic Government

Originally posted on Longreads:
In 1953 the United States was still new to Iran. Many Iranians thought of Americans as friends, supporters of the fragile democracy they had spent half a century trying to build. It was Britain, not the…

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NY Opt Out Leaders Reject “Delay” in Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York Chancellor Merryl Tisch offered to delay Cuomo’s high-stakes testing regime for a year. Legislators were delighted. But opt-out parents rejected the offer. They saw no change in the onerous testing, just…

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: On Genes and Responsibility

Originally posted on Melissa Writes of Passage:
Image courtesy of Dwight Pounds Image courtesy of Dwight Pounds Driving the plane tree-canopied Roman roads of southern France with my parents last week, I noticed in my peripheral vision that my mom,…

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Dear Mom in the Waiting Room

Dear Mom in the Waiting Room, I didn’t see you at first. What I noticed as we walked in was a young, laughing girl spinning around with a stuffed animal at the end of her outstretched arms. She had that kind of…

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My Favorite Books About Writing Nonfiction

Originally posted on Jennifer Keishin Armstrong:
I always love reading about writing. I caution students about spending so much time reading about it that they never actually do it, but these books in particular have been invaluable in shaping my…

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Our Generation Did Not Invent Political Correctness, But We Can Fight It

Originally posted on Claire Lehmann:
Political correctness is not a new phenomenon. The fact is that many dangerous questions are currently walled off by the baby boomers who dominate our universities (and large sectors of the media). Today’s culture war…

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