Al mine when it came to a recent large scale political event Or accurately she was my Cassandra I unfollowed her on twitter for a while before that event because I thought she was being too alarmist Turns out she *Was 100% Correct We Can Only Hope *100% correct We can only hope predictions of our future beyond today are less crushingly awful than she thinks they will beI came to this book looking for the seeds of the insights I d seen in her twitter feed They re there but not as obviously as I might have been looking for This book is a collection of essays published online between 2012 and 2014 or less and between the essays there s a decent amount of repetition especially when it comes to the poverty level pay of adjunct professors The obs described in this book are on the elite spectrum international relations ie the UN ournalism universities things along those lines Those lower on the ladder in these organizations need to be elites themselves with some sort of support outside their obs in order to develop connections during internships that offer no payIn the last section of the book where one essay discusses Snowden in parallel with a look back to the Bush era of the 00s and another talks about resistance in Uzbekistan I saw glimpses of the global insight I ve come to expect from her twitter feedIn the end I d like to see a longer form book from Ms Kendzior This was fine but as often happens with me and essay collections I didn t find an overall arc to tie the whole thing together and the
package taken together was somewhat unsatisfying A fantastic essay collection by the woman often credited for first predicting Trump s rise taken together was somewhat unsatisfying A fantastic essay collection by the woman often credited for first predicting Trump s rise power With intelligence and concision Sarah Kendzior examines labor exploitation gentrification racism the elitism within American higher education and One central theme of this collection includes how our current economy privileges a select wealthy few while castigating the poor even when their poverty emerges from an unfair system as opposed to a lack of individual willpower One uote of many that exemplifies this theme about disadvantaged mothers Careers in this economy are not about choices They are about structural constraints masuerading as choice Being a mother is a structural constraint regardless of your economic position Mothers pay a higher price in a collapsed economy but that does not mean they should demand change in both institutions and perceptions The irony of American motherhood is that the politicians and corporations who hold power do have a choice in how they treat mothers and their children Yet they act as if they are held hostage to intractable policies and market forces excusing the incompetence and corporate malfeasance that drain our households dry Mothers can emulate them and treat choice as an individual burden or we can work together and push for accountability and reform This option is not easy But we are used to thatAnother consistent theme of The View from Flyover Country speaking up against oppression even when people hate you for it Though Kendzior focuses on economic exploitation she has a broad reach in this collection examining how people of color form online communities to resist the racism in movements like feminism how we dehumanize people of color in the media internationally how gentrification hurts creativity and Her tone is both confident and compassionate such that she makes the brilliant point that through listening to people s complaints we can better respond with caring and kindness instead of invalidation This passage on complaining speaks to this idea The surest way to keep a problem from being solved is to deny that problem exists Telling people not to complain is a way of keeping social issues from being addressed It trivializes the grievances of the vulnerable making the burdened feel like burdens Telling people not to complain is an act of power a way of asserting that one s position is important than another one s pain People who say stop complaining always have the right to stop listening But those who complain have often been denied the right to speakOverall a great essay collection that will resonate with fans of Evicted and Our Kids While I wish some of the essays were longer andor went a bit in depth by offering concrete steps for improvement I appreciated how Kendzior gathered her writing from years past into a single binding I also liked how she discussed how we are almost all victims of economic exploitation while still holding racists accountable for their prejudice and discrimination I look forward to reading of Kendzior s work in the futur. Missions Expensive Cities Are Killing Creativity A former columnist for Al Jazeera English Kendzior has spent years chronicling an America of diminishing opportunities This collection contains the best of her work. I ve been following Sarah Kendzior s writing for a while possibly since Ferguson first made it into mainstream news I bought her book because I wanted to support her work This book is strictly a collection that republishes essays and articles she s written before with some minimal organization into certain topicsWhen I revisited the book in November 2016 I wanted to understand how the United States elected Trump and what history predicts for our near future I found that the essays were less thoroughly supported than I remembered and that the book wasn t that focused in terms of understanding modern day America It s definitely still valuable but maybe not the most urgent thing to readI think the most critical essays to revisit are the ones about flyover country and about the Ira war Here are a few excerpts that stood out to meIra showed us that the conseuences for gross negligence were less than anyone had imagined This gaping disconnect between people and power and the public s resignation to adjusting to injustices rather than challenging them has shaped the post war era We lost in Ira than a war We lost accountability and faith in our institutions and most of all we lost the outrage that accompanies that loss because we came to expect it and accept it as normal This uiet acuiescence is in the end as damaging as any lie we were told The absence of complaining should be taken as a sign that something is rotting in a society Complaining is beautiful Complaining should be encouraged Complaining means you have a chance I have been following the work of Sarah Kendzior for uite a long time now and regularly read her essays on Aljazeera and elsewhere She s one of the rare
Individuals Who Is At *Oncewho is at *Once Scholar An *a scholar an a ournalist an activist and a great writer so I was very thrilled to have so much of her work compiled in one place The essays touch upon various social economic and political issues but always in the context of larger systemic failures so despite the diversity of the themes the book reads like a comprehensive manifesto against a rotten system In the era of the audacity of hope I made case for the audacity of despair This is the view of the other America from flyover country the places and people often ignored This is the view from flyover country where the rich are less rich and the the poor are poor and everyone has fewer things to loseThis book The View From Flyover Country Dispatches from the Forgotten America by Sarah Kendzior is a collection of essays which she wrote between 2012 2014 for Al Jazeera Sarah Kendzior an anthropologist turned writer makes her home in St Louis Missouri a state positioned in what is referred to as America s heartland or flyover country Ms Kendzior who had been studying au After reading two essays I got your point Repeating it 33 times did not make it any convincing I agree that the poor and powerless need a much bigger voice and that changes need to be done I don t want to blame the victim any than the author but I did not see much of a movement for them to vote in 2016 Protest marches and complaining are poor substitutes for an organized political and labor movements Power can only be changed by other power and organization is power I have some reservations about this essay collection She has a clear eye for current issues and can articulate her arguments well I felt however that a lot of her focus was coming from the place of intellectual elites who are suffering under the current economy but whose lives are still very different from the majority I had thought this book would look at the average worker As this was not composed as a col Originally published in 2015 and republished in 2018 with a new forward and an epilogye by the author this collection of essays focuses on topics faced by the majority of Americans in the early 2010s poverty and economic disparity the rising cost of education the diminishing value of that education racism who decides whose humanity matters and I found them a bit repetitive because they were almost all essays that had been previously published in different places so the author was following similar themes in multiple settings She lives in St Louis and speaks to the topics from a personal place too not ust a Black Heart, Red Ruby journalist but someone whose children attend school here who experiences the same kind of legislation etc That added a layer that made the essays much realA lot of attention has been given to Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis to understand Trump voters I think this book is steeped in facts and. In this collection of essays St Louisournalist Sarah Kendzior tackles issues including labor exploitation racism gentrification media bias and other aspects of the post employment economy Sample titles The Peril. ,
Numbers doesn t stereotype all Trump voters or everyone in flyover country to the most extreme racist white guys who lost their manufacturing obs Kendzior exhibits far nuance than that and is probably a better picture of what has been going on for normal people trying to make it in America and overall really not making it Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title It came out in updated form on April 17 2018 I ust listened to this audio for a second time This is an extremely important book I highly recommend Sarah s with Andrea Chalupa podcast It s called Gaslit Nation I listen weekly I also follow Sarah on Twitter She s awesomeSarah Kendzior s collection of essays is a *MUST IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND *if you want to understand this country ended up with Trump Highly highly recommended I ve not been on Goodreads for awhile I should have recommended this book and Sarah s podcast long ago If you haven t read it check it out The results of the 2016 presidential election left many stunned Over the course of the day and into the evening political pundits continued to predict Clinton would prevail even
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the election ended in a Trump victory But there was at least one person whoelection ended in a Trump victory But there was at least one person who not surprised Sarah Kendzior an academic researcher and St Louis based New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood journalist could see the writing on the wall that others missed and became one of the first credited with predicting the outcome Between 2012 2014 Kendzior wrote a series of essays originally published by Al Jazeera about the broken promise of the American Dream for the people living in between the coasts otherwise known as flyover country Now a selection of those essays has been collected for the first time in print The View From Flyover Country Dispatches from the Forgotten America and it is a searing heartbreaking and unforgettable readKendzior had been studying authoritarian states in Eastern Asia for years and began to recognize signs in the US that she had seen in the countries she examined She then began to write about those observations through the lens of her life in St Louis She touches on varying subjects including the rise of adjunct faculty along with the corresponding decrease in tenured faculty at US colleges and universities How students at those same institutions of higher learning are facing rising tuition costs often going into debt to pay them and finding upon graduation that the only pathway to aob in their chosen field reuires them to work unpaid internships She also noted the rise in bigotry in the US whether related to race religion gender sexual orientation or possibly most importantly in our current climate and economic status Kendzior unflinchingly conveyed the results of decades of ineualities enacted on those whose protests have not been heard It is easy when people feel frightened and abandoned for a demagogue to exploit those feelings of despair for political gain It is easy for that demagogue to translate fear into fanaticism to shift extremism into the mainstream and market it under the guise of populism By the time buyer s remorse hits a new and brutal political culture has arisen A gaslit nation becomes engulfed in flamesWhile Kendzior may have been one of the first to raise these issues she is clearly not the last Many of the topics addressed in her book are now part of our continuing national discourse and regularly talked about on television radio in print and on the web which makes The View From Flyover Country all the essential a book to read right nowReading The View From Flyover Country may be difficult It is made easier because most of the collected essays are only a few less than 5 pages long resulting in a series of thoughtful and thought provoking short forays into incredibly difficult subjects What the essays possibly lack in enjoyment than makes up for in insight and information articulating the fear and isolation many living between the coasts have felt for far too long And these are feelings that are now shared by a great many people across the US In the preface to the book Kendzior states that while she never meant to write a depressing book she also admits that it very well may be one She also claims that One cannot solve a problem until one acknowledges a problem existsReviewed by Daryl M Librarian West Valley Regional Branch Library Note to new visitors this is a review of the self published 2015 edition of The View from Flyover Country I haven t read the edition from Flatiron Books which may contain different materialSarah Kendzior ended up being my canary in a co. Of Hipster Economics The Wrong Kind of Caucasian Survival is Not an Aspiration Mothers Are Not 'Opting Out' They Are Out of Options Academia's Indentured Servants Meritocracy for Sale The Immorality of College Ad.