Posted by Sadie from ? (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 1:42PM :
In Reply to: Oh my.... posted by Middle Finger from dsc01-chc-il-2-245.rasserver.net (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 1:50AM :
Ya know, I should have just waited for THIS person to do all the typing for me - when I searched for the article on Google yesterday, it wasn't on a single website, & then this person typed it up on his/her webpage THE SAME DAY I was typing it up.... How odd. : )
Actually, this person has a good website geared toward activist issues. http://www.mindfully.org
Here is something about the author of that article, William Finnegan. He has a fascinating past!
by Anya Estrov
Journalist William Finnegan was traveling in Asia in 1980 when, strapped for cash, he obtained a position at Grassy Park High School of South Africa. The experiences that followed exposed him to the grim realities of apartheid.
He witnessed a nationwide school boycott. He also recognized a curriculum that was designed to promote the subservience of blacks. Finnegan began a quiet attempt to reform the educational system from within, but these efforts were curtailed by the boycott. He then traveled with a group of reporters through South Africa and Mozambique, writing for newspapers that were run by whites.
These experiences culminated in three books; Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid, Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters, and A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique.
In his most recent work, Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country (1998), Finnegan chronicles four communities in the United States: New Haven, Conn., San Augustan County in Texas, the Yakima Valley in Washington State, and the Antelope Valley in Northern Los Angeles County. The book examines the effect that changing economic conditions have had upon working class youth. The book was inspired by Finnegan's New Yorker piece about a young drug dealer in New Haven, and examines a masochistic, lost, and hopeless youth. Finnegan centers his story on a group of people lost in the shuffle of America's affluence and plagued by "liberal consumerism" and the ideology of the American dream. He writes: "A new American class structure is being born [the] religion of liberal consumerism [creates] an oppressive sense of reduced opportunity."
Finnegan lives in New York City, where he was born in 1952. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1974. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker, and a member of the National Writers Union, PEN American Center, and the Writer's Guild of America. Crossing the Line was named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 1986 by the New York Times Book Review.
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