rachaelsullivan + essays   16

"Photography at the Crossroads" by Berenice Abbott - le magazineJeu de Paume / le magazine
It is more important than ever to assess and value photography in the contemporary world. To understand the now with which photography is essentially concerned, it is necessary to look at its roots, to measure its past achievements, to learn the lessons of its tradition. Let us briefly span its beginnings – they were truly spectacular.
photography  art  essays 
9 weeks ago by rachaelsullivan
The Case for Reparations - The Atlantic
Yet America was built on the preferential treatment of white people—395 years of it. Vaguely endorsing a cuddly, feel-good diversity does very little to redress this.
racism  history  slavery  essays  whiteness  blackness  from delicious
may 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Roger Angell: Life in the Nineties : The New Yorker
The dead have departed, but gestures and glances and tones of voice of theirs, even scraps of clothing—that pale-yellow Saks scarf—reappear unexpectedly, along with accompanying touches of sweetness or irritation.
death  memory  essays  aging  body  sexuality  memoir  lyric  from delicious
march 2014 by rachaelsullivan
The Simon Cowell-ing of America - latimes.com
As America learns to be rude, are the British at last discovering the virtues of niceness?
opinion  rhetoric  writing  essays 
august 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Career Advice: Writing IS Thinking - Inside Higher Ed
Many of us hold an incredibly limiting set of beliefs about the writing process, the relationship between our thoughts and the physical act of writing, and what it takes to sit down and write. When I ask people to describe their writing process, what often surfaces is the idea that writing is what happens AFTER they have read everything there is to read, clearly and thoroughly worked out an idea in their heads, and have large blocks of time to empty the fully-developed idea onto the page (or into the computer). In other words, “writing” is simply the physical act a scholar engages in after she’s gotten everything figured out internally.
writing  composition  essays 
july 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Photo Writings
Twenty-six seminal essays on the rhetoric and meaning of photography
photography  essays 
january 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Today's Kids Are, Like, Killing The English Language. Yeah, Right.
1998
But there is a concealed paradox in the Age of Duh. The information overload on which it is based is built around the computer, and the computer is, of course, built around -- that's right -- the good old yes-or-no binary code: Billions of microcircuits all blinking on or off, black or white, current in or current out. Those computers were designed by minds schooled and steeped in the world of yes or no, and perhaps it is not too much of a stretch to imagine my sons' generation, shaped by the broader view of duh, finding another path: binary code with attitude.
essays  generations  language  digitalculture  1990s  texting 
november 2008 by rachaelsullivan

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