"The smarter the woman is, the more difficult it is for her to find the right man."
"Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear."
Christian Weber - Speak and Spell (2012)
"A fascination with Eastern spirituality led Weber to work on Speak and Spell, a series of photographs that examines human gesture.”
1. Suggesting Astonishment
3. Holding Fingers Open to Grasp a Weapon
4. Instruction by Silence
5. Beckoning to Bestow
6. Assuring Protection
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. —Charles Dickens
In New Orleans, there are no more neighborhood schools. Instead, parents must choose — a charter school, private school, or one of six remaining traditional public schools. This fall, more than 9 in 10 New Orleans students will attend charters.
Parents apply through an open admissions lottery. They request their top choices, and then a computer makes assignments.
The district set aside one day in July for last-minute enrollment. It expected about 300 parents. More than 2,000 showed up in the next few days, and eventually almost 7,000 students would be assigned to new school seats.
Photo credit: Edmund D. Fountain for NPR
"I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
(we’re here for you, bebe)
"There must have been 50,000 marchers" in the 1937 Labor Day parade in downtown Los Angeles, according to Secretary J. W. Buzzell of Central Labor Council.
For years, major parades were held in downtown L.A. to mark the holiday. See some of them here, and read more about 1937’s celebration.
Photo: Los Angeles Times archive / UCLA
On this Labor Day, columnist Jim Newton gives an assessment of L.A.’s economic outlook.