Author: Elizabeth Nelson

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There was no safety belt around Prine’s heart—no risk he wouldn’t take and seemingly no limit to his compassion. Uninterested in cultivating the mystery that shrouded many of his folk peers, Prine’s purview was what the writer Jim Gavin once referred to as “people who don’t know how to climb the pyramid of American success.” […]
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As an individual who has spent the past two decades working in the field of education policy, I know too well how diabolical and difficult a problem it is to provide equal access to students nationwide through our criminally under-resourced public school system. But I don’t know it as well as William Corrin, Director of […]
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I think you know why I’m writing — it’s Clint Eastwood’s birthday! Happy Birthday legendary American-weirdo filmmaker!! Your preoccupations with jazz and war and covered bridges have defined seventy years of national id and we salute you as we salute so many of our bright flowering young men who died at Khe Sanh, at Langdok, […]
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In case you missed it, over at The Ringer, I wrote about the 50th Anniversary of Carole King’s Tapestry. One of my favorite albums and a towering landmark of radical empathy. Check it out! Nothing is off on Tapestry. Everything clicks. Fundamentally, King is a soul and gospel singer. From the opening piano phrases of […]
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