Disaster Capitalism and Gentrification

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose will forever change the trajectory of Houston, Key West, and other coastal towns. Disaster paves the way for radical capitalist economic policy, from development to war to charter schools. Don't you know what happened in New Orleans after Katrina? As you think about the cost of recovery, policy implementation, and… Continue reading Disaster Capitalism and Gentrification

Robi Mobile Library, Germany

The Robi Mobile Library, designed by Linie Zweii, allows children to access books when a traditional brick-and-mortar library isn't available. This concept could easily be adapted for the U.S. public school system. When the government cuts funding, activities that create well-rounded, healthy children are the first to go, like recess, lunch, and libraries. It would… Continue reading Robi Mobile Library, Germany

What makes a book a classic?

Definition of a classic book, as according to Italo Calvino's in "Why Read the Classics?" from The Uses of Literature.  1. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading...', never 'I'm reading....' 2. The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved… Continue reading What makes a book a classic?