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A Defining Moment

By Mark Roosevelt

Recently I was hit hard by a startling piece of news —as of 2013, a majority of public school students in the United States live in poverty. Significantly, this is a national, not just an urban, problem. For example, low-income students now make up 40 percent of our suburban schools.

Vacation reading

By Mark Roosevelt

I reserve a part of a book shelf for “vacation nominees.” These are books that I believe will be especially compelling when my time is relatively free, and I can make my way through even a very long book in a compact period of time.  

The loss of the wild

For the last few months, I have avoiding writing about species extinction, the loss of the wild, and how human encroachment is changing all facets of life on earth. I found it difficult to write about because it is so painful. And I knew that if I wrote about it, there could be no sugarcoating or half-heartedness. I would have to face it—squarely.

Going to the "dark" side

There are some things you have to look away from if you are going to make it through the day and stay sane. The human population explosion and the extinction crisis among other species is such a topic for me, although I have not stopped reading about it.

Are you reading them?

Writing that breaks new ground often has trouble reaching a large readership, but momentum builds as these works find advocates among bookish people. For the past few years the hottest such books have been Edward St. Aubyn’s spectacularly maudlin novels about the hideous parenting and drug-addled youth of British aristocrat Patrick Melrose. As I write today, St.