Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
I forgot my notebook & bought a spare at CVS today. In a meeting, I turned it over, and noting the Made in China designation, I remembered a poem I learned from the author years ago, about the people in the factories making paper pads & notebooks:
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
At sixteen, I worked after high school hours
at a printing plant
that manufactured legal pads:
stacked seven feet high
as I slipped cardboard
between the pages,
then brushed red glue
up and down the stack.
No gloves: fingertips required
for the perfection of paper,
smoothing the exact rectangle.
Sluggish by 9 PM, the hands
would slide along suddenly sharp paper,
and gather slits thinner than the crevices
of the skin, hidden.
The glue would sting,
till both palms burned
at the punch clock.
Ten years later, in law school,
I knew that every legal pad
was glued with the sting of hidden cuts,
that every open law book
was a pair of hands
upturned and burning.
from City of Coughing and Dead Radiators, 1993
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY
Copyright 1993 by Martín Espada.
All rights reserved.
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Is a data journalist one who unearths the data, who finds the insights in the data, who finds the right way to visually communicate the data? The answer is, of course, all three. But let’s tease th…
For a start, this kind of reporting doesn’t obey any of the four golden rules of attention-seeking: novelty, controversy, celebrity and sex. Another way of putting it is: they’re boring, written by boring people and they cover boring subjects.
Let’s be honest: this stuff is written for other journalists. If you’ve signed up to a life of crafting explainer tabs for Vox, or landed a gig at the Guardian writing for its datablog, good for you. But know that your work will only ever be read by dorks.
Look at the three big explainer sites. Vox, FiveThirtyEight, The Upshot. What do they all have in common? All of them originate from one side of the divide. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they’re bad because they’re liberal. I’m just saying they have editorial priorities that ignore 50 per cent of the population. You know, the “ordinary” people, who don’t stay up until 2.00 a.m. rage-commenting on Jezebel.
So-called “actually” journalism doesn’t speak to these people because it doesn’t use the language of emotion or common sense, as most of us do in most of our lives.
The United States has no database of police shootings. There is no standardized process by which officers log when they’ve discharged their weapons and why. There is no central infrastructure for handling that information and making it public. Researchers, confronted with the reality that there are over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the country, aren’t even sure how you’d go about setting one up. No one is keeping track of how many American citizens are shot by their police. This is crazy. This is governmental malpractice on a national scale. We’d like your help in changing this.
Kyle Wagner of Deadspin is trying to compile a list of every officer-involved shooting in the US, and he wants your help. Click through if you’ve got some time and Google-Fu.
Use this page to geocode a large number of addresses, postcodes or ZIP codes. Paste them into the ‘Addresses’ box (each address separated by a new line), choose your options and hit the ‘Geocode’ button. Then go and make a cup of tea and when you return the ‘Output’ box should have comma separated geocoded addresses, in latitude/longitude and easting/northing (if you’ve chosen the UK option).
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Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.
“When it started raining and lightning and the crowd didn’t disperse, my energy level shot up,” said Kwame Thompson, an attorney in Atlanta and St. Louis. “It was a peaceful demonstration that was against police brutality and in support of Mike Brown and his family.”
This feels unprecedented.
Amy Winehouse by Bambi, known as the female Banksy
There’s a female Banksy? I must know about this.
I actually really needed to read this right now.
The entire city of Florence, Italy is the same size as this highway interchange in Atlanta, Georgia. Via
Tumblr to scan your images for #brands
If you’re the sort of person who’s constantly posting photos containing #brands on social media, you might want to be aware that Tumblr wants to track you. Companies attempting to understand customer sentiment for their #brand is nothing new, but a new deal between Tumblr and Ditto Labs will go deeper by analyzing photos posted to to the blog network instead of just text. As Mashable reports, the scans won’t be used to present you with advertising “right now.” Instead, Ditto and Tumblr will be collecting information for these #brands to help their companies learn how people feel about them.