I went to see Coriolanus this evening after queuing since 5pm the night before. I can’t even talk about the play as I am so disgusted by the way in which people were treating the wonderful MR.H. This man is grace incarnate, polite, sweet, friendly and generous with his time. How…
okay. So I’m sevenfuckingteen. 17! Almost an adult okay. I got invited to one of my friend’s weddings. Which excited me cause I never get invited to shit, like, ever. I was INCREDIBLY happy about this. So I told…
It doesn’t matter. I’m 42 and Mom still smothers me. Your child is your child forever never mind the age.
In an excerpt from his new book Let It Shine, John Perlin reveals how one of the first actions of the new Reagan administration was to dim the lights on what had been a promising start for an American solar energy program.
“The first time I read ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ I was sitting in 10th grade English class. But there is one image that stays with me. The description of crops going unharvested even as workers are eager and willing to pick the food. He writes:
The works of the roots of the vines, of the trees, must be destroyed to keep up the price, and this is the saddest, bitterest thing of all. Carloads of oranges dumped on the ground. The people came for miles to take the fruit, but this could not be. How would they buy oranges at twenty cents a dozen if they could drive out and pick them up? And men with hoses squirt kerosene on the oranges, and they are angry at the time, angry at the people who have come to take the fruit. A million people hungry, needing the fruit—and kerosene sprayed over the golden mountains.
And the smell of rot fills the country.
He wrote those words more than 70 years ago, yet the conditions he describes still ring true for 50 million Americans living in food insecure households today… . Hungry families do not have enough food… [but] not because of scarcity. Every year 40% of food produced goes uneaten. That’s 20 pounds of food per person per day. And that is the twisted irony of hunger in America today. What Steinbeck called that crime that goes beyond denunciation, landfills brimming with rotting food while 15% of households don’t have enough to eat.”—