Radical Rules for the Present

I just finished reading Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals on the bus ride home from work. Though published in 1971 a few passages stood out to me for their relevance today, politically and personally. This seemed longer than my usual book reviews so here it goes. One of his key lessons is that organizers must respect…

“I brought a book!”

“I brought a book!” he said proudly, small smile beaming. “That’s great! Do you want to read it now or when we get on the bus?” “Now…” he responded a little sheepishly. So my new favorite kid plopped down on the bench next to me, pulled a book out of his backpack and I began…

“Brown Girl Dreaming” Poetry

While riding Megabus down to New York City I read Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming (which I describe briefly here and include a link to an interview with her). Two poems stood out to me in particular. These are the two moments in the book when I teared up. I think you can chalk…

Books on the Bus

“It was boring.” “Your entire school day was boring?” I asked. I’d launched into a conversation with the seventh grader waiting next to me at the bus stop after his friends all got on a different bus and he was left standing alone, staring at the rain. “Yeah I took a nap during meditation.” He…

Happy Commuting

“Almost all of us will choose a seat in a restaurant with a view of others…We like to look at each other. We enjoy hovering in the zone somewhere between strangers and intimates. We want the opportunity to watch and be watched, even if we have no intention of ever actually making contact with one another.”…

Reading on the Bus: The (ongoing) list with some notes

Preface: I owe a special thanks to the excellent Boston Public Library (BPL) system for providing me with the vast majority of these books, not to mention a lovely place to sit and read, a chance to go the aquarium for free, and an exhibit on the neighborhoods of Boston that helped orient me to the…