Patti Hartigan

Patti Hartigan

No Child Left


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Contributor since:January 2009
Location:Be where you are

About Me

I spent a good chunk of my adult life as an arts reporter/critic/columnist for the Boston Globe. Among other things, I covered the cultural wars of the early 1990s (remember Mapplethorpe?), reviewed theater, and profiled all sorts of interesting characters. I also wrote an early column about online culture, which led me to become one of the first online war correspondents during the conflict in Kosovo, an odd but exhilarating gig for an arts maven. While I was a fellow in the National Arts Journalism program, a colleague handed me a gloomy article called “Print is Dead.” I eventually got the message and took a buyout from the Globe in 2001. I had vague dreams of saving the world, but instead had three kids in 17 months. Therein lies my newfound interest in public education. I am hoping to create a dialogue about what’s wrong, what’s right, and what’s up in our schools today.



My Current Project

The Great American Novel. Or albatross, depending on the day.

Moments I'd Like To Forget

I can't remember.

Things That Really Happened

Jerry Lewis called me a "pushy broad."

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

On a book tour. In the South Pacific.


This Is Making Me Worry...

The economy, stupid.

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

Aidan, Marisa, and Devlin. Always.

This Makes My Teeth Itch

A root canal.

My Secret Ambition

If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret.

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