Jane Jacobs: Genius of Common Sense

janejacobskids_I just noticed in the New York Time Review of Books that there’s a new children’s book out about one of our favorite women, Jane Jacobs, the author of the brilliant 1961 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” The book, recommended for readers between the ages of nine and twelve, is called “Genius of Common Sense,” and it looks quite good. I haven’t read it yet, but, according to the Times, it sounds like it might well be worth the twelve bucks they’re asking for it on Amazon. At the very least, I think it’s safe to say that, even if it sucks, it’s bound to be better for your kids than the latest piece of rubbish cranked out from the Disney machine under the name of Miley Cyrus..

While we’re on the subject, wouldn’t a kids’ television series about a young Jane Jacobs foiling the evil plots of know-it-all urban planners in 1950’s New York be one of a lot better than a show about a sexed-up kid in a platinum blonde wig singing karaoke?

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4 Comments

  1. Paw
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m waiting for the Jane Jacobs Beauty Set, featuring awesome JJ graphics and offering countless options for gorgeous, glittering color combinations and styles, with 3 lip pots, 2 nail polishes, 2 microphone lip jellies, 1 regular lip jelly, 1 lip oil, 3 lip wands, 1 lip tube, plus 20 press-on nails, 32 nail gems and 1 nail file.

    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3124015

  2. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I’m a yahoo. I know nothing of this “Jane Jacobs.” When I google: “Genius of Common Sense,” Markmaynard.com comes up first… need more.

  3. Marjory Wunsch
    Posted May 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mark Maynard,

    Thanks for writing about your interest in GENIUS OF COMMON SENSE. I am delighted to have more people learn about the remarkable Jane Jacobs.
    I would just like to point out that my co-author Glenna Lang and I like to think of it as suitable for readers 10 to 100. Many adult readers have remarked that they found GENIUS interesting and informative.

    Sincerely,
    Marjory Wunsch

  4. Salicylates
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    There is surprising little on the web about the sex life of Jane Jacobs.

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