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Apprenticeships: do we want them and do they still exist?

LABSN Editor’s Note: Having served a six-year apprenticeship in letterpress printing, I found this article interesting. It speaks of the willingness of today’s society to accept less than top quality.

Bookish Things to think about

I have to perform this week: I am making two books for two experienced bookbinders. I need to be better than my best. But I feel like a beginner.

I was just saying to my students last night that I wished I could do an apprenticeship, a “stage” or internship with a bookbinder somewhere. However at just over 50 years old, who would want me?  I don’t mean it to sound bad; I am being realistic. It costs money to train someone.   I consider myself  an advanced beginner. Although I learned much of my skills at the bench, I have gotten to where I am by teaching myself, by reading, by attending the occasional workshop. I need more bookbinding hours under my belt.  And I am the sort of person who needs a teacher at hand. It’s not that I wish to be younger, it’s about having more time.  What…

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Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn | FAIR

LABSN Editor’s Note: I thought this take on how a news item is reported was very important. FAIR has a reputation for making news reporters think about what they write from a different point of view.

These stories are typically shared for the purposes of poor-shaming, typically under the guise of inspirational life advice. A healthy press would take these anecdotes of “can do” spirit and ask bigger questions, like why are these people forced into such absurd hardship?

Source: Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn | FAIR

Dress Code Sexism

LABSN Editor’s Note: Laci has a good point here, as usual.

And here’s another video from Laci that goes into more detail about objectifying women.


Jillian Page — Nudism/Naturism: Nude selfies


jillian-blogLABSN Editor’s Note: Jillian asks an interesting question. Check out the excellent comments.

Jillian Page

I wonder why so many nudists post naked selfies of themselves on Twitter and Facebook?

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C-SPAN Guest’s Amazing Response to Caller Who Asks How to Confront His Own Racism, Intolerance

LABSN Editor’s Note: A C-Span “Washington Journal” caller admits racism and guest Heather McGhee of DEMOS thanks the caller for admitting his racism and gently advises him on how to improve his view of black people.

Both sides of this discussion should be commended.

Source: C-SPAN Guest’s Amazing Response to Caller Who Asks How to Confront His Own Racism, Intolerance

‘Undocumented’ HS valedictorian says viral tweet was misunderstood | New York Post

LABSN Editor’s Note: Two stories worth watching and reading.



A Texas high school valedictorian who described herself as “undocumented” in a tweet touting her academic prowess said she should have been more cautious about her word choice — but

Source: ‘Undocumented’ HS valedictorian says viral tweet was misunderstood | New York Post

A Humanizing Dcumentary on New York City’s ‘Showtime’ Subway Dancers – CityLab

LABSN Editor’s Note: This documentary moved me.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/168846622″>WE LIVE THIS</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/h5m”>HAYDEN 5</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A new short film paints a humanizing portrait of four young “showtime” performers.

Source: A Humanizing Dcumentary on New York City’s ‘Showtime’ Subway Dancers – CityLab