Keeping Busy

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey

When I got my Master’s I swore I was done with school. I couldn’t stomach the idea of more tests and papers and those shitty wooden classroom chairs.

It turns out, however, that I miss the actual learning part of school. Fortunately, the internet has been invented and you can have access to all kinds of instruction while sitting on a couch or a bed or at least a chair with a cushion on it.

Beyond my regular news junkie fix, I’ve been working on broadening my understanding of other subjects. I was on an economics kick for a while and listened to the entire archive of Planet Money and Freakonomics. I still want to get through the Baseline Scenario’s Financial Crisis For Beginners section.

Then I got into a bit of a grammar and writing kick and listened to the archive of Grammar Girl. I Googled “Best Books For Writers” and similar phrases and started reading books on those lists, from On Writing by Stephen King to You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi. I’m now working on the archive of Writing Excuses and I worked my way through this list of free, online writing programs and made a huge list of lectures, books and articles that I want to get through.

Another one of my education projects is to expand my feminist knowledge and understanding, so I’ve been reading through, as I get time, Shakesville’s Feminism 101 articles and through the books mentioned on this comment thread about Feminism 101. I’m currently in the middle of Jessica Valenti’s Full Front Feminism.

Because it’s my work, I’m also constantly reading more information on social media. My next project is going to be to read my way through Mashable’s Social Media Beginners Guide and this list of social media e-books.

Finally, I started the archive of Radio Lab before I got into Writing Excuses but I haven’t finished it yet so that’s my focus at the moment. Radio Lab isn’t easily categorized; it discusses science, philosophy, arts. It is amazingly informative and accessible, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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