Wandering Eye: Nick and Marilyn Mosby's school choice, 'On The Work of Sex Work,' and more

More work of sex work, Pavement's drumming problem, and the Mosby family's school choice.

Baltimore Brew has a piece about school choice in Baltimore—Nick and Marilyn Mosby's choice to send their kids to Mount Washington, five miles or so from their Reservoir Hill home, to avoid the John Eager Howard school two blocks from where they live. The crux of the piece is the insinuation—not proof—that the Mosbys used political influence to get their daughter in. The Mount Washington School is oversubscribed. Councilman Nick Mosby told the Brew his kids waited on a list, but the Brew—and school system policy—says oversubscribed school cannot take more kids. Mount Washington School officials declined to comment. The Brew notes that the school system is about to rezone the schools to try to balance the population more equitably: "The re-zoning plan and out-of-zone transfers have already become a hot-button issue for parents in places like Roland Park and Mount Washington, as well as some schools in Southeast Baltimore, as enrollment and class sizes there have risen." Spaces open up "because people in Mount Washington send their children to private school," Mosby told The Brew, adding that others in his district send their kids there and that "[p]eople have been doing it in Baltimore for years." The piece treads somewhat lightly on the Mosbys, characterizing their choice as exemplifying what other middle class parents face. Still, several commenters ripped the story as a "hack job" and decried the Brew's decision to illustrate it with photos of the Mosby's children. "Publicizing their children's school puts them at risk," Verian Jeffers wrote. "You fail, Baltimore Brew!" (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Indie rock godfathers Pavement recently released a treasure trove of early material, "The Secret History, Vol. 1," and that has led to plenty of retrospective interviews for the band's obsessive fanbase to parse through. Vice's music site Noisey today has one with original drummer Gary Young, a legendary drunk who would either fuck up terribly and fall over or play incredibly. Young either left or was canned after the band released the EP "Watery, Domestic," depending on who you ask. He's apparently still a heavy drinker, claiming to be "down to drinking two 200ML bottles of Seagram's a day along with a beer." There are plenty of good tidbits for Pavement buffs throughout the interview, such as Young reminiscing about doing headstands while singer Stephen Malkmus would play solo songs. "I was the crazy guy and Malkmus was the smart one with the good songs. I'd stop playing in the middle of songs and ask the audience for a cocktail." Oh, and here's this: "How many of your own gigs have you been kicked out of? At least seven times." (Brandon Weigel)

 

Melissa Gira Grant, author of last year's "Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work," published an essay on her website today, titled "On The Work Of Sex Work," that talks about the all-too-common compulsion of other writers and media types hitting her up and asking for advice, quotes, or ideas for their articles and appearances. The piece is a demand that issues of sex work be taken more seriously and it's also a harsh media critique that highlights the way journalists and others don't do their fucking jobs and expect people like Gira Grant to do it for them, for free as well: "To the young feminist making the Sunday show rounds, who emailed me less than twelve hours before her next appearance seeking to 'pick my brain,' I didn't reply to you, intentionally. If you didn't take it on yourself to read the stories I had sent you earlier in the week, I am not going to make time for you by phone." Grant ends by announcing she is on strike from "doing anyone else's work on sex work" and adds, "to acquire my time from my own writing, research, and public speaking, my consulting fees on the subject of sex work begin at $1000." (Brandon Soderberg)

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