Posts Tagged ‘826’

The Teacher Salary Project

Published October 28, 2009 by Graham

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It’s dangerous to underestimate the societal value of quality public education. And yet we routinely overlook the economic problems with our school system, perhaps because they aren’t seen as urgent or media-friendly enough for the 24-hour news cycle. Luckily, The Teacher Salary Project is helping shed light on the people and stories behind under-funded public schools.

Inspired by Teachers Have it Easy, a 2005 non-fiction bestseller written by Dave Eggers, 826 National co-founder Nínive Calegari, and Daniel Moulthrop, The Teacher Salary Project is a feature-length documentary currently in production, helmed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth. They already have a wealth of material to work with thanks to Eggers and his cohorts, but the project is now seeking visual submissions from teachers across the country. If you or someone you know teaches and has something to say about it, send in a video diary, song, dance, collage or chalk drawing to The Teacher Salary Project and get your voices heard!

Avi Davis in The Believer

Published October 15, 2009 by Molly

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Armchair travel! There’s nothing better. New York-based writer Avi Davis has a glorious piece in this month’s issue of The Believer describing his time in Sighişoara, a dime-sized Romanian town known for its medieval architecture and vampire lore.

In Sighişoara Davis eats tripe soup, meets a contentious local in a Cannibal Corpse t-shirt, discusses the origins of Dracula and tries to untangle the curious place of vampire mythology in Romanian history. Like most articles you’ll find in The Believer, the piece is detailed, well-argued and generally gripping. Sneak a peak online or, better yet, pick up the real-life magazine for its interview with Agnès Varda, Top Ten by Greil Marcus and a s study of the ideal Cuban cigar experience. Vámanos amigos.