Elizabeth Kolbert (swoon!) writes a profile of Van Jones (swoon again!). Jones' optimism is a much needed dose of refreshment at a point where I have to admit I've become a little disillusioned about "new environmentalism."
Here's a favorite excerpt:
"Jones began by talking about the financial crisis. 'The floor has been torn out from under the American people,' he said. 'That’s the bad news. People are losing their jobs, their homes, their pensions, their 401(k)s. But I know from my personal life sometimes something really bad has to happen before something really good can happen. It’s when you get dumped or fired or fail that test that you have to look at yourself and figure out, What am I going to do now? And we’re at that moment. Sometimes a breakdown can lead to a breakthrough.'"
As someone who is repelled by maternity, breast feeding grosses me out. Yet this article was fascinating and, surprisingly, not gross. How Americans have changed their attitudes towards breast feeding is a good case study for how our views on health, medicine, family and food have evolved.
And of course...pumping technology is fascinating! Ok, not really...but worth a read, for sure.