I'm interested in this because it seems like it does have utility potentially.
One instance is mission v. margin analysis for non-profits: determining...moreI'm interested in this because it seems like it does have utility potentially.
One instance is mission v. margin analysis for non-profits: determining the net profitability of each project that a nonprofit is engaged in; and then also its fit with the organization's raison d'etre; and expanding/contracting potentially accordingly. (less)
One of those books-with-a-paradigm, which - depending on how adjacent it is to you, can be very useful or not useful at all. I read it after a convers...moreOne of those books-with-a-paradigm, which - depending on how adjacent it is to you, can be very useful or not useful at all. I read it after a conversation with my Mom, and so it was very relevant and I liked the parts I read a lot. I actually can't remember now what about resonated so deeply- it's like it went right into my subconscious and remains buried there. Will do a better review when I re-read..(less)
I bought and skimmed/read this book during the Olympic boycott conversation, and one thing I found interesting is that the term 'Human Rights' is not...moreI bought and skimmed/read this book during the Olympic boycott conversation, and one thing I found interesting is that the term 'Human Rights' is not in the index. Which would indicate it's not a concept that the author included in this book. Skimming on my own, I did find it mentioned - but only as a transparent strategy that certain entities use to try and stem US job loss - nothing more. Which was interesting at that point in time (and now).
In general, I found it the way others have - superficial, simplistic, stereotypical.. but also with some nuggets of truth. I also felt that one true thing was that the amount of US debt that China holds is big and meaningful. I felt that the author's easy dismissal of India's rise to prominence was facile and insufficiently supported.
Overall, another interesting snippet to include within a set of books on these subjects - relying on this one alone would be a mistake.(less)
I liked this book pretty well, but not over the top. Her writing style wasn't very warm or enthralling or anything. And it was kind of difficult for m...moreI liked this book pretty well, but not over the top. Her writing style wasn't very warm or enthralling or anything. And it was kind of difficult for me to get 'into' each new subject, also to switch back and forth between her own personal story and some highly-clinical description of this or that patient scenario. But aside from that, it was interesting and I was glad I read it. (less)
I have just been having my daughter and I watch the tv mini-series based on this book; both because of Obama's historic inauguration coming up, and be...moreI have just been having my daughter and I watch the tv mini-series based on this book; both because of Obama's historic inauguration coming up, and because she is studying American History this year.
And it's been just as jolting and uncomfortable for me as I thought it would be, but for additional reasons than what I expected.
Of course all the humiliation and degradation and viciousness of the white population is horrifying.
But there were significant things that had escaped my attention when I watched it decades ago.
One, I missed the fact that Kunta Kinte was raised in a Muslim family, a Muslim community. Given the statements of the characters that atleast they were bringing God to a God-less people, that is huge.
The other is the rank insanity and surrealness of the paradigm of slavery created by the slave-owning community. For instance, in the scene just after it was discovered that Kizzy wrote the fake traveling pass for her lover, the slave owner's comments range from 'we're all a family, how could you betray me' to 'as a slave, you must obey'.. and those two paradigms are completely contradictory!
And through and through, if you look at it clearly, it was completely insane. As I've thought about it, it seems to me to an extent the insanity has never ceased.
I mean, first the slaves were freed and promised land - and not given it. So for many the relations remained similar to how it had been. Voting was not allowed. Texas didn't even tell the slaves they were free till forced to by Federal troops two and a half years later!
Physical intimidation has been constant, psychological brutality has been the norm. White expectations about what black people were supposed to be and to do continued to be maelstroms of ignorance and hatred. The civil rights movement came into being to redress wrongs, and was fought by many. Still today, many define themselves by their loyalty to the confederate cause. And racism still exists today in many forms. I'm not explaining that very well, will re-write after viewing again and/or reading this. I just have a kind of horrified sense that not nearly enough has changed.
So, long story short (or is it too late for that?) I'm really interested in reading the book now, to gather more such data and continue my own personal development toward being a white person who's *not* part of the problem, accordingly.(less)
Ethan Frome was one of those I had to read during my High School English water-hose period, memories of it linger unpleasantly. And those memories col...moreEthan Frome was one of those I had to read during my High School English water-hose period, memories of it linger unpleasantly. And those memories color the name 'Edith Wharton' as well, so to resolve that I looked up that book here - and found many others with negative reactions and that there are differences. Not that 'Ethan Frome' isn't wonderful in its own way, but I think a person needs a purpose to go through things like that. (Had forgotten the reference to it in 'Grosse Pointe Blank', perfect.) Anyway, this one does look great, will try and fit it in for a change of pace one of these years. And then maybe others of hers, and maybe even some day 'Ethan Frome' again, for maturity (or something).(less)
This book provides a detailed look at the history of that portion of the Mississippi River which runs through the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Pau...moreThis book provides a detailed look at the history of that portion of the Mississippi River which runs through the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul). It describes how the river was affected by the increasing population in the area, and then by decisions made by the various entities (Army Corps of Engineers, etc..) for the purpose of shaping the river into the most effective possible transportation mechanism. It is also a work of advocacy for seeing the river as an integral part of the natural community, and limiting future interventions to those which meet a wide set of criteria including criteria related to nature's well-being.(less)
Capturing of the thriving black community which once existed and remains a celebrated memory today. Every June or so there is a 'Remember Rondo' party...moreCapturing of the thriving black community which once existed and remains a celebrated memory today. Every June or so there is a 'Remember Rondo' party in a park that is well-attended and serves to carry that thread forward.
Rondo was destroyed by one of our main freeways, 94W, in the early 60's. It is commonly known that the route for the freeway was shaped by the relative power held by the various neighborhoods, Rondo was destroyed because its residents didn't matter enough. (to put it bluntly).
Since then, the area became a classic instance of urban blight, host to a crime and drug culture complete with murders and a constant police presence. Only in the last 5+ years has the area started to turn around through the efforts of residents, community activists, non-profits (one of our main food co-ops, Mississippi Market, has been key), the well-known black theatre Penumbra (home of August Wilson) and others. (less)
A Minnesotan of the highest calibre, here long before my parents moved in during the late 50's-early 60's. From Publishers Weekly Nellie Stone Johnson i...moreA Minnesotan of the highest calibre, here long before my parents moved in during the late 50's-early 60's. From Publishers Weekly Nellie Stone Johnson is a major force in Minnesota and national politics. In this lucid oral history from Brauer, the Minnesota correspondent for Newsweek and the Chicago Tribune, she modestly reflects on her campaign during most of the 20th-century to improve educational and job opportunities and health care. Johnson recounts her prosperous farm beginnings with a father who organized other farmers in the face of corporate greed, racism and regionalism. One of eight children, she explains the credo of her clan, which refused to be rigidly defined simply by being African-American, as evidenced by her father's involvement in progressive and New Deal politics (largely defined by white, Southern Democrats) at a time when most African-Americans still voted for the party of Lincoln. Influenced by her father's activism, Johnson later became a union organizer, enduring two failed marriages that fell victim to her single-minded devotion to her work. She commends FDR's administration for the commitment to end federal discrimination, but openly admits that racism played a major role in her own decision not to run for Congress. After her union pals ousted her from office because of her left-wing leanings, she became a seamstress while retaining an abiding interest in politics. Age did little to slow her down as she swapped ideas with Thurgood Marshall, served a long stint with the Democratic National Committee from 1979 to 1988, toured Africa and battled with white feminists over the inclusion of women of color in the ERA fight. Brauer skillfully conveys the story of an inspiring and noble woman, still active in her 90s, who has made every minute of her life count. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. (less)
Picked this up back when I was entertaining dreams of getting my Master's in something interesting rather than functional.. Seems could probably benef...morePicked this up back when I was entertaining dreams of getting my Master's in something interesting rather than functional.. Seems could probably benefit still from reading it .. one of these day.(less)
A fascinating thing about this which I hadn't been aware of from my previous exposure to it is that is was one of Steinbecks's format/genre experiment...moreA fascinating thing about this which I hadn't been aware of from my previous exposure to it is that is was one of Steinbecks's format/genre experiments. In this work, Steinbeck created a new genre: the play/novelette. '"The work I am doing now," he wrote to his agents in April 1936, "is neither a novel nor a play but it is a kind of playable novel. Written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands. It wouldn't be like other plays since it does not follow the formal acts but uses the chapters for curtains. Descriptions can be used for stage directions... Plays are hard to read so this will make both a novel and play as it stands." Anticipating postmodernists, Steinbeck was to declare wtih greater and greater frequency in the late 1930s and '40s that the novel was dead, whereas theater was "waking up," was fresh and challenging.' And in fact, he sent it to his publishers in late summer of 1936; it was published on February 25, 1937 (for $2 per copy); was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in March; was performed as written by Theater Union of San Francisco with an opening on May 21, 1937; then performed as a modified version at Music Box Theater in New York opening November 23, 1937; and released as a film in 1939. It was very controversial, banned in Australia in 1940; one of the most frequently banned books by school board over the years. '"The first few pages so nauseated me," wrote the reviewer for 'The Catholic World,' "That I couldn't bear to keep it in my room over night."' "Morbid and degenerate" content was why another showing of it was condemned. And the reason for all the hoo-ha? The truth of it. The hopelessness and loneliness of the group of people Steinbeck gives life to - the landless white male agricultural workers of the 1930's. Also, he used actual dialect which was still new back then. Included in the dialect is racist language in use back then, as his characters would not have been honest without it. Probably some bannings were due simply to the use of the 'n' word, although most programs that use it now include context for that which is a response to it that contains the intended respect while also containing discussion that can be so useful to unlearning racism. Another interesting content item about race is a momentary scene in which a white woman brings to the attention of a black man her ability to get him lynched. It's brutal, and then it's over and the action continues and it fades into unimportance - all of which serves as a reminder of our shared history festering with racism; and how far we as a country have come. (i'm adding that scene to quotes for this book). It's a very quick read for all that, and very enjoyable actually just for the intensity of description. This felt to me like one of those quick-action films, only the super-short scenes are ones you create in your own mind, as written by Steinbeck. Somehow he packs in vivid visual content and well-drawn characters in an almost poetically pithy writing style. Highly recommend.(less)