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That kind of Monday.

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… Oh, OK, THAT Stephen King.  ???

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In today’s mail. Some good buzz about this book

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Recommended Viewing: Artist Todd Spence has drawn True Detective as a series of Hardy Boys novels. Pair with: Our essay on what female detective novels to read after True Detective.

My new favorite thing of the day. via millionsmillions


Recommended Viewing: Artist Todd Spence has drawn True Detective as a series of Hardy Boys novels. Pair with: Our essay on what female detective novels to read after True Detective.

My new favorite thing of the day. via millionsmillions

theatlantic:

Confusing Math Homework? Don’t Blame the Common Core

“I hate the Common Core,” the mother of two complained when I told her I write about education.

“What, specifically, do you hate?” I asked.

“The math. It makes no sense! I can’t help my kid with his homework and I don’t understand the new methods at all.”

What I told this mother, and what I wish I could explain to every parent frustrated with the nonsensical math homework coming home in our children’s backpacks, is this: The confusing math methodology everyone is complaining about is not part of the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core is a set of “standards,” lists of competencies or skills that kids will need to know by the end of a given school year. Standards require what skills will be taught, while curriculum dictates other details such as how a given skill is conveyed to a second grader. For example, the Standards require second graders to know that “100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens—called a ‘hundred,’” but curriculum dictates the textbook, or teaching methodology, or philosophy used to teach that skill. The confusing math that has been coming home in our children’s backpacks is a result of Everyday Math, a curriculum based on critical thinking skills, (so-called “fuzzy math”) developed at the University of Chicago.

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The art and revelations of hand-drawn maps
From Here to Thereby Kris HarzinskiPrinceton Architectural Press2010, 224 pages, 5 x 7.4 x .09$13 Buy a copy on Amazon
Google maps are unsurpassed for convenience and scale. Lost in this modern marvel is the unleashed personality of a hand-drawn map. Not too long ago, in order to get to a friend’s house, or to find a cool restaurant, someone would need to draw you a map on a scrap of paper. That sketched map was an abstraction, a distillation that said almost as much about the drawer as about the location. Each person compresses reality differently. The thickness of a line, the size of lettering, what they ignore vs what they emphasize — all reveal their person, and on paper, this revelation is always a surprise. Besides directions, these charts were sheets of folk art. Recognizing their vanishing beauty, Kris Harzinski began collecting these throw-away hand-drawn maps. He also collected hand-drawn maps of imaginary places. He created a Hand Drawn Map Association, and funneled 200 of the more curious maps into this tome. This is not a coffee table book (although it could have been), but a modest paperback that works as a reminder and inspiration. – Kevin Kelly winkbooks:

The art and revelations of hand-drawn maps
From Here to Thereby Kris HarzinskiPrinceton Architectural Press2010, 224 pages, 5 x 7.4 x .09$13 Buy a copy on Amazon
Google maps are unsurpassed for convenience and scale. Lost in this modern marvel is the unleashed personality of a hand-drawn map. Not too long ago, in order to get to a friend’s house, or to find a cool restaurant, someone would need to draw you a map on a scrap of paper. That sketched map was an abstraction, a distillation that said almost as much about the drawer as about the location. Each person compresses reality differently. The thickness of a line, the size of lettering, what they ignore vs what they emphasize — all reveal their person, and on paper, this revelation is always a surprise. Besides directions, these charts were sheets of folk art. Recognizing their vanishing beauty, Kris Harzinski began collecting these throw-away hand-drawn maps. He also collected hand-drawn maps of imaginary places. He created a Hand Drawn Map Association, and funneled 200 of the more curious maps into this tome. This is not a coffee table book (although it could have been), but a modest paperback that works as a reminder and inspiration. – Kevin Kelly winkbooks:

The art and revelations of hand-drawn maps
From Here to Thereby Kris HarzinskiPrinceton Architectural Press2010, 224 pages, 5 x 7.4 x .09$13 Buy a copy on Amazon
Google maps are unsurpassed for convenience and scale. Lost in this modern marvel is the unleashed personality of a hand-drawn map. Not too long ago, in order to get to a friend’s house, or to find a cool restaurant, someone would need to draw you a map on a scrap of paper. That sketched map was an abstraction, a distillation that said almost as much about the drawer as about the location. Each person compresses reality differently. The thickness of a line, the size of lettering, what they ignore vs what they emphasize — all reveal their person, and on paper, this revelation is always a surprise. Besides directions, these charts were sheets of folk art. Recognizing their vanishing beauty, Kris Harzinski began collecting these throw-away hand-drawn maps. He also collected hand-drawn maps of imaginary places. He created a Hand Drawn Map Association, and funneled 200 of the more curious maps into this tome. This is not a coffee table book (although it could have been), but a modest paperback that works as a reminder and inspiration. – Kevin Kelly winkbooks:

The art and revelations of hand-drawn maps
From Here to Thereby Kris HarzinskiPrinceton Architectural Press2010, 224 pages, 5 x 7.4 x .09$13 Buy a copy on Amazon
Google maps are unsurpassed for convenience and scale. Lost in this modern marvel is the unleashed personality of a hand-drawn map. Not too long ago, in order to get to a friend’s house, or to find a cool restaurant, someone would need to draw you a map on a scrap of paper. That sketched map was an abstraction, a distillation that said almost as much about the drawer as about the location. Each person compresses reality differently. The thickness of a line, the size of lettering, what they ignore vs what they emphasize — all reveal their person, and on paper, this revelation is always a surprise. Besides directions, these charts were sheets of folk art. Recognizing their vanishing beauty, Kris Harzinski began collecting these throw-away hand-drawn maps. He also collected hand-drawn maps of imaginary places. He created a Hand Drawn Map Association, and funneled 200 of the more curious maps into this tome. This is not a coffee table book (although it could have been), but a modest paperback that works as a reminder and inspiration. – Kevin Kelly

winkbooks:

The art and revelations of hand-drawn maps

From Here to There
by Kris Harzinski
Princeton Architectural Press
2010, 224 pages, 5 x 7.4 x .09
$13 Buy a copy on Amazon

Google maps are unsurpassed for convenience and scale. Lost in this modern marvel is the unleashed personality of a hand-drawn map. Not too long ago, in order to get to a friend’s house, or to find a cool restaurant, someone would need to draw you a map on a scrap of paper. That sketched map was an abstraction, a distillation that said almost as much about the drawer as about the location. Each person compresses reality differently. The thickness of a line, the size of lettering, what they ignore vs what they emphasize — all reveal their person, and on paper, this revelation is always a surprise. Besides directions, these charts were sheets of folk art. Recognizing their vanishing beauty, Kris Harzinski began collecting these throw-away hand-drawn maps. He also collected hand-drawn maps of imaginary places. He created a Hand Drawn Map Association, and funneled 200 of the more curious maps into this tome. This is not a coffee table book (although it could have been), but a modest paperback that works as a reminder and inspiration. – Kevin Kelly

millionsmillions:

The Empathy Exams, a new collection of essays by Leslie Jamison, gets its title from a piece about medical acting that was published in The Believer. On the Harper’s blog, you can read an interview with Jamison, who calls her collection “a refusal to choose between these approaches — criticism, confession, journalism.” (Michelle Huneven interviewed Jamison for The Millions a couple of years ago.)

This book: not bad. Very good.