Archive for the “Thoughts” category

Hoping for a Fight

by Ivy on February 16, 2017

Whenever I tell people that I’m studying public policy, they’ll invariably say, “Well, what a good time for it!” I wonder if they mean it; I sometimes feel like this isn’t the right time to learn about laws, regulations, procedures, and (…)

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Language & women & art

by Ivy on July 23, 2016

Three of the books I’ve read recently have disappointed me because of their portrayal of women. Part of what’s frustrating about the feeling is that I worry that I’ve ruined myself for popular media by being so conscious all the (…)

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A List of Ridiculously Ambitious Creative Goals for the Next Month

by Ivy on February 17, 2016

Write at least three blog posts (this one doesn’t count)! Knit 1-2 rows a day for Matt’s cardigan. Sew a coaster or two! Write Mindy a letter! The exclamation points are to convince myself that any of this is actually (…)

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The Week in Podcasts: the Bouie Edition

by Ivy on November 19, 2015

Here’s a list of the podcasts I’ve listened to and enjoyed the most last week. Some of these have already published new episodes, since I am a slow blogger. On the Media, never change. You gotta believe that a podcast has class (…)

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Slate’s new podcast series reminds me of why I love studying history

by Ivy on September 15, 2015

As part of Slate’s strategy to take over the internet (and world) via their new podcast platform, Slate’s started a series of lecture podcasts under a new umbrella, “Slate Academy.” Each episode of the “History of American Slavery” series follows an enslaved (…)

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Reading list

by Ivy on June 20, 2015

-The Grist puts out a list of their Seattle-centric posts -Propublica interviews Eric Lipton about his Pulitzer-winning “Courting Favor” series.  -An excellent summary of Iggy Azalea’s recent woes, which also summarizes why everyone hates her so much. I had no idea (…)

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Eagerly Awaiting

by Ivy on June 12, 2015

The Magicians on Syfy If you grew up with Harry Potter, or The Golden Compass, or The Chronicles of Narnia, or even if you’re just a fan of a well-told tale, you have to read Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. Syfy’s website says (…)

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Crackpot Game of Thrones Theories

by Ivy on May 20, 2015

Melisandre has dark plans for Shireen. Melisandre is constantly talking about the power in King’s blood. I think that Stannis sees Melisandre’s desire for his blood to be a confirmation that he is indeed the rightful king–but I think that (…)

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This American Life: Deep Cut Playlist

by Ivy on February 27, 2015

I’m going to do something I’ve been resisting for awhile: I’m going to listen to a few of the earlier episodes of This American Life. Back when I worked in the library at the University of Chicago, I listened to about (…)

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Top 5 Political Podcasts

by Ivy on November 28, 2014

1. Slate’s Political Gabfest 2. Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie / Now-Defunct It’s All Politics 3. The New Yorker’s Political Scene 4. WNYC’s Leonard Lopate & Brian Lehrer Shows I’ve grouped these together because they’re not always about politics. They can also be kind of (…)

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