Entries by Hannah Onstad

Is it Love…or just Spring?

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” —Geoffrey Chaucer, 14th century   Some say the feast of St. Valentine marks the beginning of spring. Others say, “meh.” As much as I love chocolate and a juicy love story, I have to say I haven’t always been a […]

Digital Overreach: A Book Roundup

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power By Shoshana Zuboff; Published by Public Affairs; January 2019   Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology By Ellen Ullman; Published by MCD; August 2017   The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business By Eric Schmidt […]

Is the Local Economy the Solution?

By Hannah Onstad Think local. Buy local. Support your local community. Community investment. This all makes sense, right? Right. Then why do so many government-funded economic development programs get this wrong? According to community economics advocate Michael Shuman, mainstream economic development today is a scam. States and local government agencies spend big money to lure corporations […]

January Asks: What Do You Really Want?

The month of January is often a time to take a breather after the holiday madness and slow ourselves down. It’s also the ideal time to take stock as we ask ourselves…what do I really want in the year ahead? Whether it’s setting goals & intentions, decluttering or challenging ourselves to think outside our box, […]

We’ve Been Nominated for an Oakland Indie Award!

OAKLAND INDIE AWARDS, May 18, Oakland Museum of California LOAKL is delighted to announce we’ve been nominated in this year’s Oakland Indie Awards for Innovative Newcomer! It’s a huge honor to be among many exciting new and established businesses in Oakland, including the amazing Ariana Marbley of Esscents of Flowers — also nominated as an Innovative Newcomer — and the incredible Iam Jahi, […]

American Poverty: Then & Now, in Words & Images

Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction ISBN 978-0553447453 Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing Photographs at the Oakland Museum of California runs through August 27th If you want to understand what’s happening in the American city today, particularly as we struggle locally […]

Two Things I Know for Certain…Heaven Will Have Real Bookstores & Dark Carnival Needs Your Immediate Support

OK book-loving community, here’s the deal… Dark Carnival, Berkeley’s beloved “bookstore of the imagination” is on the verge of closing. All I can say is …Nooooooo! We simply cannot let this happen. If you haven’t been there, picture in your mind’s eye the best spooky, eclectic, sci-fi, mystery, fantasy bookshop in the world. Did you picture […]