In seven years of reporting from American middle and high schools, I’ve seen repeatedly that the differences that cause a student to be excluded in high school are often the same traits or skills that will serve him or her well after graduation.
…why isn’t there a “One Book, One Tumblr” project? Tumblr is large enough that at least one or two (thousand) of us like to read, right? If my research is correct – and it probably is because I Googled with quotes – a Tumblr equivalent of “One Book, One Twitter” does not yet exist. So here goes:
Official nominations for the first annual “One Book, One Tumblr” begin today, May 31, 2011. Book nominations will end June 6, after which voting begins to select the final title. But because there will potentially be hundreds of suggestions, it would be better if we pared it down to fewer choices. And to do that, I will enlist the folks in the Books and Writers Spotlight to pick the final 5 titles. After all the votes are tabulated, the official title will be announced June 13. And then we can begin reading and discussing. Hate it? Love it? Tag your posts with #onebookonetumblr and we’ll see what happens.
But for now, we need ideas, so reblog this with your book suggestions. Please keep it to books in English and by authors who are still alive because, well, every project needs a few ground rules.
Tumblr Book Club! Post-grad activity! Someone suggest some good biographical non-fiction!
When we saw how well our summer reading guide was doing, we started looking into doing a version of this. Yea or nay?
Still, for Papaya King owners — who have two shops in New York after the famous Greenwich Village one closed a few years back — the draw is understandable. Los Angeles consumes more hot dogs than any city in the country, followed by New York, according to the latest statistics from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. “Los Angeles has perfect hot dog weather, year-round,” said Seth Cohen, a principal with Papaya King.
I chose to live in Los Angeles. For many who come to this city, the decision to do so is often based on a job, family, a relationship, convenience, political reality, the weather, school, cars, art, science, media, hope, music, the beach, opportunity, or a random turn in life. My desire to be a part of Los Angeles was undeniable and decisive. I was drawn to Los Angeles because it seemed real — perhaps the most real place I had ever known or been exposed to in my life.
Don’t fawn over celebrities, use your turn signals and, perhaps most important, appreciate legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. There are others, of course, and you can add your own. It’s all part of loving L.A.
"A group of homeless people are fanning out Thursday afternoon in Venice to help report potholes to the city of Los Angeles," Alexandra Zavis reports. " Organizers say they are heeding a call from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hope to dispel some negative feelings toward homeless people in the funky but gentrifying neighborhood.”
Proposed California high-speed rail line compared to an existing line in France. This graphic ran alongside an editorial in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee. The sublimely-named blog Burrito Justice made the below graphic…
"A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner was incompetent to stand trial, all but ending, for now, legal proceedings in the January shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,” reports Richard A. Serrano.