Book Review: “Assassination Vacation” by Sarah Vowell

Like Susan Orlean, Sarah Vowell tends to write about subjects that, at first glance, don’t seem all that interesting to the layperson or to one not already obsessed. While Orlean tends to bounce around topics – orchids, Rin Tin Tin, bullfighters, etc. – Vowell remains interested in writing about American history. Saying that it is the closest thing she has to religion, she gleefully travels the country in search of oddball museums, historical burial sites, and every unnoticed plaque.

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Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?

This past week, education news outlets and blogs were abuzz when a school board member with impressive credentials took and could not pass the state standardized tests for students in his district. Rick Roach is a success by many definitions. From Marion Brady’s original piece (the first link):  Read More Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?

The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History

When Dances With Wolves came out, my dad gave the family “Indian names.” We all got them, but mine was the only one that stuck: “Much To Say.” This particular article started as a response to some tumblr posts and got longer and longer and longer, at which point I thought, “Fuck it, I’ll expound to my heart’s content and foist it upon Persephone Magazine!” Read More The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History