Scrappy Archives, the Creative Constraints of Airplane Travel, and Writing in the Elementary Classroom

Rebecca Pitts Newsletter March 2018

A brief weekend away visiting my new favorite baby in the world (bookended with no-wi-fi plane rides and uninterrupted research) almost feels like a dream now. Whenever I travel I am renewed, sharpened, more grateful. It is a reminder to invest in travel first and things second.

On to this month’s notes:

On to the notes:

Kid Reads

Frog and Toad and Harry Potter are making it into my kids' Easter baskets this weekend. (Shhh... don't tell.)

This sushi menu. (With contributions from one special Grammie.)

What does this book have to do with me? (Thanks, Lauren, for this link!)

My kindergartener chose the meticulously illustrated and rhythmically repetitive The High Street for her read-aloud last week. (Nice pick, Soph!)

Grown-up Reads

I really should consistently do this. Whenever I have tried some version of this I have always been amazed at what I can accomplish.

MIT students reveal their institution's historical connection to slavery. It's an example of student-driven coursework that originates with primary sources.

Local peeps: Frank Lloyd Wright's houses mapped.

I voraciously read the Times' Book Review because I know I will never get to read "all of the books." Also, I adore the form of cultural criticism itself — art as a lens through which we see the world. Make no mistake, Andrew Sullivan in last week's issue wants you to know how he sees the world (or at least, America): "You can impeach a president, but you can’t, alas, impeach the people."

The Getty acquires the archive of a grassroots alternative art space, LACE, that documents the emerging arts scene in LA in the 1970s. (I kind of love the transparency of this collection note: "Accumulated over 40 years, it has no organizing system beyond what LACE staff considered worth saving.")

Invoice the patriarchy. (Thanks, Becky, for the link!)

From the stacks: Wondrous Words: Writers & Writing in the Elementary Classroom and New York City with Children.

Some stunning / inspiring / funny / heartbreaking photos from last weekend's march.


“What happens between women now is the most interesting thing in the world because it's least described.” - Chris Kraus