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jtp

About jtp

Joanna Tova Price is a public librarian. She is also a graduate student at NYU studying digital humanities and the tension between humanist and technologist constructions of meaning. She lives with a couple roommates and a couple cats in Brooklyn.

Laws of the Land

Here is the only law about laws: No Law is Partisan.

Here are some other laws:

1) Suffering is contagious. If you care about those who suffer, then you care about people who cause suffering.
2) The political is not personal, and the personal is not political. The relationship operator is wrong. The political affects the personal, and the personal affects the […]

By |November 13th, 2017|Humanities & Social Thought|0 Comments

Twitter, Speech, and Flame War

Lately, as many of you who follow me on the Facebox are aware, I have been spending a lot of time with the alt right on Twitter. I made an alt account just to chill with them for awhile and see what the what is. I’m learning a lot, but one of the things I’m […]

By |October 12th, 2017|Media, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

This Should be an Essay

This Should be an Essay

I want to say that I feel your absence but I think
I feel the absence of recognition
You make bad poetry out of the best prose, falling apart
halfway through a thought

like you put the “fucked up” in “fucked up.”
or maybe it’s just the “uck.”

Anyway, maybe it’s better sense to pretend
you make sense, that […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Non-Fiction|0 Comments

American Grownups: Morality and Accountability for Privileged Adults in the U.S.A.

On my 31st birthday, I’ve learned to refrain from the temptation of feigning earnestness. I want to talk about compromise. Specifically, I want to talk about the compromise that is living better than other people live, despite knowing that other people are living in worse conditions. I want to talk about the relationship of that […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Dear Diary, Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Do You Exist? (Or: The Deconstruction of Being)

I was recently reflecting on the relationship between the idea that we are a product of our conditions and personal experience.
I came to this when I was watching the newest season of House of Cards with a friend and we were watching the break down of Will Conway, the opponent of Kevin Spacey’s character […]

By |July 1st, 2017|Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Climbed Up the Spout Again

So last week, I formally dropped out of NYU’s interdisciplinary masters degree program for the humanities and social thought. The primary reason is that I ran out of motivation entirely, “burnt out” isn’t quite correct– I’m not exhausted, I’m not even exhausted with intellectual thought or writing, I just don’t care about school. I do […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Dear Diary, Humanities & Social Thought|0 Comments

Outreach Notes #3

The theme of this post: upkeep, upkeep, upkeep.

Right now, the most pressing agenda item where outreach is concerned is finding a use for our adult events budget of $500 before the end of June, which is the end of the fiscal year.  These are the possibilities right now:

– A talk by Richard Exelbert from the […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Public Librarianship|0 Comments

Outreach Notes #2

A follow-up from the last post about outreach, here is what is happening:

After waiting longer than one usually expects for an email reply between organizations (about three weeks), I suddenly heard from everyone all at once:

I set up three meetings, two of which had significant changes before they actually occurred worth talking about:

I set up […]

By |March 18th, 2017|Public Librarianship|0 Comments

The Case Against Narcissism: Donald Trump and the Horror of Being

About a year ago, I came across an article about how mindfulness can be bad for middle class white people sometimes. At the time, I was taken aback by the sheer hubris of The Guardian writing a “story” about this- like, you can just imagine them “recovering” over their Starbucks Vente Soy No-Whip Chai Lattes, right? […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Outreach Notes

The absolute hardest part of being a public librarian is probably recruiting new patrons to come to programs you develop for them. At a branch library like mine, the trick is to get a solid group of people who come to the library to see each other, and use the programs as a mechanism for […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Public Librarianship|3 Comments