It’s only recently that I’ve come to understand that writers are not marginal to our society, that they, in fact, do all our thinking for us, that we are writing myths and our myths are believed, and that old myths are believed until someone writes a new one.
I think it’s a beginning for authors to acknowledge that they are myth-makers and that if they are widely read, will have an influence that will last for many years — I don’t think that there’s a strong awareness of that now, and we have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.
Friends, we need your help.
Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.
Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.
What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.
That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.
Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.
Update: (obviously) practitioners of Jewish geography helped solve this mystery. JTA has an interview with both Rachel and Jennifer.
The brothers Jon Lowenstein and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein have been documenting the Chilean Presidential election, which took place last Sunday, November 17th, and yielded inconclusive results. A look at the photos from this moment in Chile’s history, forty years after Pinochet’s military coup: http://nyr.kr/1i27H4g
Photographs by Jon Lowenstein/NOOR/Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
My friend Jeff Kelly Lowenstein!
Paul Newman on the set of The Hustler, 1961. [X]
For my brother Disco Stu
This is the dedication from my new book.
Yup, I’m crying.