Thanks

27. November 2011 here now 7
The steady stream of pictures on FB: Turkey stuffing cranberries asparagus tofurkey and harvest-themed centerpieces… This must have happened before this year?  But somehow this year, maybe I’m more addicted to the screen… I was surprised. Other people’s Thanksgiving meal, live! The lists of “things I’m thankful for” are hard. They flirt with bragging: “I’m ...

Occupy Links

22. November 2011 here now 0
Former poet laureate of the United States Robert Hass on getting beaten up, along with his wife and his students, at Occupy Cal. Helium balloons carry tents over Sproul Plaza. A moving piece by writer Joshua Hardina on Occupy Riverside, and Sonali Kolhatkar on the strange bedfellows of Occupy Los Angeles. Gary Kamiya, on Salon.com, ...

A Defining Moment

21. November 2011 here now 1
Dear K., I saw a picture of you online. You were getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street. Do you remember the night in Boston when you tried to convince me to drive with you to the protests in Seattle? A defining moment for our generation, you told me. Later, on the weekend in that borrowed ...

Occupy the University

13. November 2011 here now 0
One of my students showed up at office hours to talk about the protests. She wanted to tell me about the general assembly. She wanted to know: Why did thousands of people turn out at Cal, and only hundreds in Irvine? What should she say to her roommates who don’t understand why it’s important? They tell ...

From fieldwork: Observations on Occupy Wall Street

07. November 2011 here now 2
An excerpt from the best writing I’ve seen on the OWS movement so far, by Jedediah Purdy: Do it yourself – DIY – is an aesthetic and also an ethic, which the Occupiers are trying to take from the personal to the social scale. Our world is rich, convenient, and often efficient because we parcel ...

Occupy

07. November 2011 here now 4
H. played with the stacks of flyers printed up with “What to do if you’re arrested!”  and “Know your rights.” P. stood in front of a small crowd that grew as he spoke. He told them about how it’s illegal to carry a stick at a protest. Who you call to monitor protests, what to ...

What’s Your Type?

30. October 2011 here now 2
When I was just out of college and working as a staff writer at a weekly paper, the whole company had to report early one day for a corporate bonding exercise. A facilitator, let’s call her Judy, sat us down with catered coffee, number two pencils and a bubble test. I remember thinking hard about ...

Match point

24. October 2011 here now 0
Scotch after dinner vs. swimming laps at dawn. The moment the sky turns gray-pink like the underbelly of  a river dolphin and the fluorescent lights around the pool switch off vs. the moment the hot water hits my skin in the locker room shower. Someone else’s hair on the stall door vs. the sense that ...

Mouse

17. October 2011 here now 3
I saw it in its trap when P. brought it down from the attic in a cardboard box. A small grey thing, shaking, injured. It was very much alive, but too hurt to recover. Its stomach was stuck in the trap. An old spring and wire thing, like in old Tom & Jerry cartoons. We ...