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Sometimes you read a story so beautiful it stays in your head for days, and you keep going back to it, trying to understand how it got such a hold on your imagination. Kiss of the Fur Queen is that kind of story. Tomson Highway’s heartbreaking semi-autobiographical novel is about two Cree Indian brothers, Champion […]

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In an article published in 2008, sociologist Penny Tinkler argued that “Very little is known about the photographic practices of people under 18 — that is, the range of ways and media through which they take, feature in, and use photographs.” Today, her words might make readers chuckle. Anyone looking at teenagers’ current photo uses would be surprised […]

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Michael “Little B” Lewis, abandoned orphan who has spent more continuous time incarcerated than any person starting his sentence at the same age.

Last month, The Daily Kos published an article written by Shaun King about Michael “Little B” Lewis, a 13-year-old Atlanta resident who was convicted for murder in 1997. In one of the first paragraphs, King explains: [Lewis’s] story had gripped the city and was regularly on the nightly news and on the front page of the AJC. They said he […]

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Two weeks ago I came across a book titled How to Age as I strolled through the snowy streets of Brooklyn. The book, written by Anne Karpf, criticized people’s fear of aging and promoted advanced adulthood as a nurturing life stage. To illustrate negative views of aging, Karpf used an exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science in 2000 as […]

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Today I stumbled upon these photos from a 1946 yearbook uploaded to Imgur. The captions speak for themselves, with descriptions like: Vera Brumfield: Our pretty little “fat” girl–nice as they come. Doesn’t really need reducing. Mildred Howerton: Here comes the Navy. She’s got the ring but Mildred, remember, a sailor’s got a gal in every […]

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Alexia Raynal is heading home for the holidays. Her commentary in the fields of children and childhood will return next year. Wish her luck as she tries to keep her hands off the keyboard! From Duncan Tonatiuh’s book Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. Watch him read the stories of two cousins—Carlos and Charlie—about their lives across borders […]

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Ronald McDonald and Boy, arms spread, Christ-like

How the food industry limits children’s healthy choices I first heard about Fed Up—a documentary about obesity in the United States—when a review by The Huffington Post made it to my news feed last week. In the article, Corinna Clendenen addresses the documentary’s stories of children’s struggles to lose weight. She is not entirely convinced about the health facts in it, but […]

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Last morning, as I skimmed through my favorite books, I bumped into Marjorie Orellana’s Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language, and Culture. I had not picked up the book since last year, but it was easy to remember why I like it so much. While speaking mostly about children’s work as translators for their monolingual parents, Orellana also dedicates a brief section […]

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On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Diane Guerrero, the Colombian actress who plays Maritza Ramos in “Orange Is the New Black.” It tells the story of how Guerrero lost her parents to deportation when she was barely 14, starting with her worst fears growing up: Throughout my childhood I watched my parents try to become […]

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In an article titled “Studying Children: Phenomenological Insights” (1986), sociologist Frances Waksler complained about people not taking children seriously. She wanted others to see that children’s actions can “constrain, facilitate, encourage and in myriad ways have implications for others, adults in particular.” To illustrate her point, Waksler provided the following example: Adults are known to “make” children eat […]

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A day off is a day in French and Portuguese Please excuse me as I “take a break” from reading about how we look at children. Here, an excerpt and accompanying images from an illustrated book I was recently given. The book is called “Le Chat Bleu du Palais Fronteira/O Gato Azul do Palácio Fronteira,” and […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A day off is a day in French and Portuguese Please excuse me as I “take a break” from reading about how we look at children. Here, an excerpt and accompanying images from an illustrated book I was recently given. The book is called “Le Chat Bleu du Palais Fronteira/O Gato Azul do Palácio Fronteira,” and […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A day off is a day in French and Portuguese Please excuse me as I “take a break” from reading about how we look at children. Here, an excerpt and accompanying images from an illustrated book I was recently given. The book is called “Le Chat Bleu du Palais Fronteira/O Gato Azul do Palácio Fronteira,” and […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

A day off is a day in French and Portuguese Please excuse me as I “take a break” from reading about how we look at children. Here, an excerpt and accompanying images from an illustrated book I was recently given. The book is called “Le Chat Bleu du Palais Fronteira/O Gato Azul do Palácio Fronteira,” and […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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