All posts by Jeremy Mann

Urban Planning 101: Love and Study Actual Cities

This summer I interned at the field office of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. I spent the days taking calls from constituents, working to build support for a program that has reduced graffiti in the area by 82%...

/ October 11, 2009

Quoting with Comment

From a book that has helped me think more clearly about the moral implications of what I buy at the grocery store: You want the best ‘organic test’? Go to any farm unannounced and see what is on the bookshelf...

/ October 6, 2009

Guess the Speaker: Education

I like to invent games, the more variables the better: multiple creators, absurd rules, elaborate procedures, built-in randomizers. One could accuse me of getting more excited about the invention than the actual playing—I have no problem stopping a game just...

/ September 23, 2009

Psychology in Education

I just read an expansive article by David Tyack, professor emeritus at Stanford in the history of education. In the article Tyack considers at length the different populations that have been neglected in the American education system. Any student of...

/ September 10, 2009

Quinceañera is a Good Movie About Los Angeles

If you are full deep yearning, and I hope you are, it’s fair to assume you have two dogmas regarding cities. (Those with very deep yearning won’t bring it up, but they actually have two “dogmata”) These axioms help inform...

/ September 1, 2009

C.S. Lewis was True to Himself

In 1954, C.S. Lewis was asked by the Milton Society of America to comment on his own life’s work. In his statement, Lewis insists that the explanation for such a span of genres, topics, and formats is found in the...

/ August 26, 2009

Blessed Disillusionment: Bonhoeffer on Community

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) wrote a book that had the alternative title How to Philosophize With a Hammer.  I’m reminded of this when I read Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who could have just as easily written a book with the alternative...

/ August 18, 2009

99 and 1

Hi, I’m a new contributor to Mere O. I understand you (“the reader”? How formal are we here?) have a civil but guarded relationship with new contributors, I get that. I’ll do my best to win you over. As a...

/ August 13, 2009