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Remembering Hilary Mantel; Edward Enninful, editor of “British Vogue”: NPR


Edward Enninful became the editor of British vogue in 2017. His new memoirs are A visible man.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from previous weeks, as well as new program elements specially paced for the weekends. Our weekend show focuses on interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes clips from live studio concerts. This week:

In memory of Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of the “Wolf Hall” saga: The British writer, who died on September 22, wrote a trilogy of critically acclaimed historical novels about the life of Thomas Cromwell, one of Henry VIII’s most trusted advisers. Originally aired in ’12.

“Less” offers more in Andrew Sean Greer’s sequel to his Pulitzer-winning novel: Greer’s new comic novel, Less is wasted, is as funny and poignant as its predecessor. But comedy is also born out of pain, and Greer goes smooth deep.

The editor of ‘British Vogue’ wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees: Edward Enninful grew up in Ghana, assisting his mother in her sewing workshop. “For me, fashion has always been such an inclusive and beautiful thing,” he says. His memoirs are A visible man.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

Remembering Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of the ‘Wolf Hall’ saga

‘Less’ offers more in Andrew Sean Greer’s sequel to his Pulitzer-winning novel

The editor of ‘British Vogue’ wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees

Audit raises concerns about how FWP handles vehicles and planes – Daily Montanan


A legislative audit report found that Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks division may not be setting aside enough money for its aircraft and may not be properly approving vehicle purchases from the fleet.

Auditors also found it could not determine whether a grant that helped fund an auditor in the division was properly accounted for, according to a report released by the Legislative Audit Division. The tax audit, which was released this month, is carried out every two years and examines whether the financial details of the executive and state agencies are being followed correctly, and auditors often make recommendations to lawmakers. , which may consider changing state law.

The three items noted by the auditors in the audit were largely related to how the FWP allocates and spends money, but none of the issues were flagged as a matter of fraud or waste, but rather centered issues. on how the department accounts for and manages expenses.

Negative fund balance

Montana state agencies, including FWP, maintain “internal service funds.” These funds track expenses and purchases that provide support and services to other parts of the agency from a central group. For example, an internal service fund for FWP, the Fish and Game Warehouse Inventory fund, accounts for uniforms worn by certain staff members. Another fund, the aircraft fund, covers the aircraft that the department uses, owns and operates.

State law requires the agency to charge or reallocate costs to specific divisions within the department to properly maintain inventory, perform maintenance, or replace equipment.

Auditors found that Fish and Game warehouse inventory had not kept pace with costs. In fiscal 2020, he only maintained four days of working capital in the fund, but in fiscal 2021, that number had dropped to -73 days. State auditors said fund balances should have 60 days of working capital.

Meanwhile, the aircraft operating fund had fallen from 62 days in working capital in 2020 to -61 days in the fund in 2021.

In a written response addressing the concerns, FWP said it was working to improve internal controls, the aircraft fund had been depleted following the acquisition of a new helicopter, and chargebacks had not been exhausted. been readjusted.

“Because the department did not charge a cost-based fee, maintain working capital within the 60-day allowance, or have a negative working capital balance, it is not in compliance with the law. of the state,” the audit said.

Fleet issues

The auditors also recommended that FWP implement new procedures or apply current procedures for fleet or aircraft expenditures. They noted that a review and approval process is normally required for purchases to ensure costs are eligible and accurate.

“During the current audit, we sampled 36 operating expense transactions and identified 18 expenses that were not approved by a program supervisor related to the use of the department’s fleet,” the report said.

Fleet expenditures over the two-year audit cycle were set at $3.1 million. Ministry officials said they agree with the audit findings and are redoubling their efforts to form and communicate ministry policy.

Accounting challenges

Another area reported by auditors was how the department allocated an employee’s time on a federal grant project.

The Montana FWP obtained an administrative grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Services for an internal audit to ensure federal money was being used according to law. The grant paid for the auditor’s time, but required documentation of the chargeback.

“We reviewed the time charged to the grant for the activity performed by the internal auditor and found that 40% of the internal auditor’s time was charged to the federal grant,” the report said. “However, the employee did not track time in a way that allowed us to determine what portion of the time benefited from the subsidy and could be charged to the subsidy.”

Auditors were unable to obtain existing records to match tasks performed for the grant.

The department said it does not believe it is necessary to track split time.

“As a result, the department cannot demonstrate compliance with federal regulations, resulting in disputed costs,” the audit said. “We are questioning $28,105, which is the total amount of internal auditor salary and benefits expenses charged to the grant in FY20.”

Auditors noted a similar concern two years ago when last audited.

“Based on this work, we determined that the recommendation from the previous audit had not been implemented,” the audit said.

Author Barney Johnson’s new book “The One Room Schoolhouse” is the story of a community that thirsts for knowledge because they understand that knowledge is power.


Barney Johnson, author of ‘A Great Fish Story’, has completed his new book ‘The One Room Schoolhouse’: a captivating and exciting story of a community learning to read and write using a school-to-classroom unique.

Author Barney Johnson writes: “A whole year has passed. We hadn’t heard from Ned. Some began to wonder aloud if Ned had tasted true freedom and decided to stay. Some began to wonder if Ned had wasted the money we had worked so hard for for two years. Ned’s father and mother came to his rescue. They said, “We know our son. We know he has the intelligence to get to Washington. We don’t know why he’s taking so long to get home. Maybe an accident happened on the road or maybe he had to stop on the way to work for food or maybe Ned had to work to earn more money to that he and the teacher can have a place to stay in case of bad weather. But we know our boy is honest, trustworthy and responsible. We have all seen Mr. and Mrs. Brown’s condemnation of their son Ned. We all felt a bit ashamed and no longer questioned Ned’s integrity.

Published by Page Publishing, Barney Johnson’s gripping tale follows the ups and downs of the community’s journey as they overcome obstacles and work together to achieve their common goal.

Readers interested in discovering this inspiring work can purchase “The One Room Schoolhouse” in bookstores around the world or online at Apple’s iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For more information or media requests, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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Hendrix to present Odyssey Medals to three former students


Ken Babcock ’65, Beth Wiedower Jackson ’99, Mel White ’72 to be honored at Oct. 27 convocation

CONWAY, Ark. (September 29, 2022) – Hendrix College will award three alumni Odyssey Medals during a special convocation on Thursday, October 27 at 11:10 a.m. at Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building.

The Odyssey Medal is awarded to alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals of the Hendrix Odyssey program. Medalists are selected by the Hendrix Board of Directors for their achievements in one of six Odyssey categories: artistic creativity, global outreach, professional development and leadership, service to the world, research or special projects.

The 2022 Odyssey Medal recipients and their Odyssey categories are:

  • Ken Babcock ’65 — Special Projects
  • Beth Wiedower Jackson ’99 – Service to the World
  • Mel White ’72 – Global Awareness

Ken Babcock ’65, retired waterfowl biologist and conservationist

Babcock began his career in 1967 as a waterfowl biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1970 to 1997 beginning as a waterfowl research biologist and as deputy wildlife agency director from 1988 to 1997. After retiring from the Department of Conservation of Missouri, he went to work for Ducks Unlimited until his retirement as senior director of conservation. He returned to Missouri and began serving on the board of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. Babcock received the prestigious WW Watson Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2005 for his outstanding contribution to wildlife management.

Beth Wiedower Jackson ’99, Executive Director, Astrodome Conservancy

Jackson is a curator with experience in the fields of community revitalization and cultural heritage development. She was Director of the Rural Heritage Development Initiative at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Executive Director of the Congaree Vista Guild, a historic arts and crafts district urban entertainment in Columbia, SC, and tourism consultant for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. In March 2018, she became executive director of the Astrodome Conservancy in Houston. She holds an interdisciplinary degree in Southern Studies from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and a master’s degree in public history from the University of South Carolina with a specialty in historic preservation. In 2005, she received an award from the National Council of Public History for her preservation work. She married Adam Jackson in April 2014.

Mel White ’72, freelance writer

Mel White, who specializes in nature and travel writing, is an editor for National Geographic Traveler and living bird (Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology) and regular contributor to Bird watching, Collection of ornithologists, and other birding journals. From 1974 to 1977, he was editor, reporter and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat. From 1977 to 1982, he was a composer and recording studio producer. He worked for Arkansas Times as a magazine writer, editor and editor from 1982 to 1990. Since 1990 he has been a freelance writer of books and magazine articles. Mel has written or contributed to 15 books and over 50 National geographicarticles. His books are National Geographic Guide to Bird Watching Sites(east and west volumes); Explore the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail;
Arkansas Bird Watcher’s Guide; Smithsonian’s Guide to Natural America (volume of south-central states); National Geographic Guide to Outdoor Activities in America (Arizona/New Mexico volume); National Geographic’s Driving Guides to America (Texas and south-central states). His National Geographic Angry Birds was published in September 2012. In 2002, it won first and second place in the Environmental Journalism category of the Lowell Thomas Awards sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers. Originally from Conway, he now lives in Little Rock. In April 2009, Mel married Hope Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language and assistant professor of creative writing at Hendrix.

About the Hendrix Odyssey Program

Established in 2004, the Odyssey program requires all Hendrix College students to complete three Odyssey experiences or projects during their undergraduate career, in three of six Odyssey categories. The program ensures that students look beyond the classroom to discover educational opportunities in the liberal arts and sciences.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions and is listed in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change The Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation and value have made Hendrix a fixture in many university guides, lists and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.

ENCOURAGEMENT INK. Publishes a new therapeutic book to help children cope with trauma


This is the second book in the new self-reflection series for children and parents and is due out in December. The foreword is written by Mariel Hemingway.

NEW YORK, September 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Mariel Hemingway, Granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Serious HemingwayOscar-nominated actress, author and mental health advocate has endorsed the new children’s book written by Dr. Mary C. McCluskey called The Parade Leader: An Adlerian Educational Tool for Carers and Teachers: An Illustrated Children’s Book and Activity Guide. His approval can be seen here. The book is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Hemingway also wrote the preface to Dr. McCluskey’s forthcoming book, Bubbles, Balloons and Birds: A Janetian Educational Tool to Help Children Cope with Traumatic Events, Illustrated Children’s Book and Activity Guide which should be out before Christmas.

The author of this new self-reflection series for children and parents, Dr. Mary C. McCluskeyowns a group practice in New York City called The Empowerment Opportunity LCSW PLLC as well as an associated educational company called enCOURAGEment INK. LLC. Dr. McCluskey teaches social work at New York University and she specializes in treating survivors of trauma and is aware of the inequality and racism that exists in our society and wanted to develop new therapeutic ways of dealing with these ongoing traumas using the work of different theorists including Dr. . Alfred Adlerand in his next book, Dr. Peter Janet.

Clinicians and researchers have adapted Janet’s work to create evidence-based practices for treating trauma. The second book in the series discusses, in a way suitable for parents and children, different ways of coping with trauma based on Janet’s original trauma theory as well as new understandings in the field.

Through her self-reflection series for children and parents, Dr. McCluskey hopes to bring ideas from different psychologists to life in a fun and engaging way that anyone can relate to, not just professionals and academics. By focusing on the different and diverse characters in the book, Dr. McCluskey hopes the characters’ diverse struggles will make it easier for children to discuss their own difficult topics both in therapy and at home. Mental health, well-being and compassion should be taught from an early age – that’s what these books are designed to do. The books are meant to be interactive and inspire children to build community, appreciate the planet and each other for all their similarities and differences, and inspire discussion between children and adults. These innovative books and their activities will be used as a therapeutic tool in her therapy practice for children (http://marymccluskeydsw.com).

Dr. McCluskey invites parents to submit their children’s answers to the activity questions in these books. She hopes to write an anthology of children’s different ideas. Dr McCluskey says: “Children are the future mental health professionals, let’s start them early so we can eventually alleviate the existing mental health crisis. I wouldn’t be surprised if a whole new intervention idea came from a child. Let’s hear what they have to say.”

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Towards recommendations for working with Holocaust testimonies in the digital age


Testimony has always posed challenges for educators: for example, whether to treat it as a historical source or a personal memory; how testimony changes over time; knowledge of the recipients’ traumas and the well-being of the testimonial givers. Nevertheless, digital technologies introduce additional complications, particularly with regard to access, provenance, ownership and agency.

As part of the research project “Digital Holocaust Memory: Hyperconnective Archives and Museums of the Future”, a team led by the University of Sussex and the University of Bern organized a series of co-creation workshops focusing on six main themes. The goal of these workshops has been to take a fast-paced approach to research recognizing that we need to be more responsive to changing digital environments. The workshops were based on a model of global, cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary participation. The question that guided the research was: what happens when we bring together a wide range of experts and stakeholders (quickly)? What can we produce?

In this talk, Dr. Walden will present the first results of the two workshops on “digitally recording, recirculating and remixing testimonies” which brought together scholars, archivists, Holocaust educators, artists and filmmakers from the Kingdom. United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands. , Germany and Israel, including colleagues who participated in the USC Shoah Foundation Dimensions in testimony project. The presentation will introduce the broader project and its methodology, before focusing on recommendations designed to support the global Holocaust education, museum and archive sectors for the future. In the spirit of participation that has inspired this project since its inception, discussion, debate, ideas, actions and suggestions for memory activism are strongly encouraged by participants during the session.

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Speaker biography

Dr Victoria Grace Walden is Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning Enhancement at the School of Media, Arts and Humanities and the Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. She has published widely on the topics of digital and mediated Holocaust memory, digital and memorial museums, media literacy, and digital technologies. She is the author of the monograph Cinematographic intermediality and contemporary memory of the Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), editor of Digital Holocaust Remembrance, Education and Research (Palgrave Macmillan 2021), a recent special edition of Holocaust Studies: A Review of Culture and History on digital Holocaust memory and education before and after Covid (2021) and forthcoming open access e-book The Memorial Museum in the digital age (2022). She has worked as a digital coordinator for the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and has been an academic advisor to the UN/UNESCO, the Claims Conference and the Imperial War Museums. She is also editor-in-chief of the award-winning research platform www.digitalholocaustmemory.com and lead researcher on the “Digital Holocaust Memory: Hyperconnective Archives and Museums of the Future” project funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and the University of Sussex.

Author Kenny Fries on being queer, disabled and Jewish


(Editor’s note: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four people in the United States has a disability. Gay people and people with disabilities have long been an integral part of the LGBTQ community. Take two of the many icons of queer history who have been disabled: Michelangelo is said to have had autism. Marsha P. Johnson, who played a heroic role in the Stonewall Uprising, had physical and psychiatric disabilities. Today, deaf/blind fantasy writer Elsa Sjunneson, actor and bilateral amputee Eric Graise – Marvin in the “Queer as Folk” reboot – and Kathy Martinez, a blind Latinx lesbian, who was assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy for the Obama administration, are just a few of the many queer and disabled people in the LGBTQ community. Yet the stories of this vital segment of the queer community have rarely been told. In its year-long monthly series, “Queer, Crip and Here,” The Blade will tell some of these long, untold stories.)

In 1991, while living in Provincetown, he agreed to model for a guide to “gay sex,” gay, disabled, and Jewish author and poet Kenny Fries wrote in his memoir “The Story of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory.”

Fries, 62, who just received a Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellowship, has been disabled since birth.

His medical records indicate he has “lower extremity birth defects,” Fries said in an email interview with The Blade, “basically I was missing bones in my legs when I was born.”

Some time later, Fries learned that the medical term for his disability is “fibular hemimelia.” “There is no known cause,” he added, “and it’s nothing a pregnant mother does or doesn’t do that causes it.”

In 1991, in Provincetown, the local artist working on the guide to gay sex wanted to make sure he would correctly portray a disabled man having sex.

Fries was thrilled when the artist showed him the photos he had taken of him and his partner during the modeling session. “I recognize the images of myself in the photos and drawing as very beautiful,” writes Fries.

But a week later, Fries’ feelings of pride were dissipated. The guide’s art director didn’t like the way the design turned out, Fries remembered the artist telling him. “’He said that on the drawing, the handicap didn’t read. He wants me to chop off one of your legs,” Fries wrote.

Getting out wasn’t that difficult for Fries. However, “I’m sure sometimes it was difficult,” he said. “I think it was the combination of being both gay and disabled that posed the most challenges.”

If you are disabled, you are likely to encounter ableism in the form of inaccessibility, pity, job discrimination, discomfort, and fear. Perhaps most hurtful, especially if you’re queer and disabled, is what Fries calls the “ideal body” myth. (This reporter is queer and disabled.)

Anyone whose body is perceived as different faces this myth, Fries said. “Everyone is affected by this myth, even straight white men. They just don’t know it as much as we do.

Although he has been disabled since birth in Brooklyn, NY, and his disability is quite noticeable, Fries did not “come out” disabled until he was in college.

Fries saw a psychologist after she started having panic attacks. “He did something not entirely kosher,” Fries said, “making a deal with me that he would come see the musical I was directing if I was going to speak with Irv Zola, a disabled teacher who was teaching at Brandeis, where I was an undergrad.

At that time, Zola was one of the few disabled teachers at any college. “It was pure luck that he was at my house,” Fries said.

At Zola’s suggestion, Fries contacted the Boston Self-Help Center and, for a time, joined their peer support group. After grad school, Fries moved to San Francisco. There he met Marilyn Golden, a leader of the disability rights movement. Meeting Golden, his first mentor, launched Fries’ disability rights journey.

Another milestone for Fries in his “coming out” as a disabled person was when he participated in the Contemporary Chautauqua on Performance and Disability which was organized by Vicki Lewis at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1994. , Fries met creative nonfiction and fiction writer Anne Finger, playwright Susan R. Nussbaum, and other writers with disabilities. These writers became his “comrades in arms,” he says.

Golden and Nussbaum passed away earlier this year. It was “a great personal and community loss,” Fries said.

The apartment building where he grew up looked like a “vertical shtetl,” Fries said, when asked how being Jewish fit into his queer, disabled identity.

“An ex called me ‘the Nazi trio,'” Fries said, “because Jews, disabled people and gay people were persecuted and killed under the Nazi regime.”

Being queer, disabled and Jewish — being triply “altered” underscored his “questioning,” Fries said, “particularly of societal structures and institutions.”

Somehow, he believes, these three identities have combined to form his rather irreverent view of things.

The writing bug bit Fries early on. “As a child, I always thought of plays,” Fries said, “and wrote silly ones.”

Fries is one of the most distinguished and important queer and disabled writers of our time. He is the author of “Province of the Gods”, “The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory” and “Body, Remember: A Memoir”. His poetry collections include “In the Gardens of Japan”, “Desert Walking” and “Anesthesia”.

If you are visibly disabled, you are often stared at by able-bodied people.

Fries has helped people with disabilities, gay and non-gay, regain sight. He edited the groundbreaking anthology “Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out,” in which writers, including queer icon Adrienne Rich, reflect on their lived experience of being disabled.

“I didn’t realize Rich was disabled (she had rheumatoid arthritis) until I saw her using a cane while reading in the Bay Area,” Fries said.

Fries lives with her husband, who is Canadian, in Berlin. They met when Fries was in Japan in 2005 and married in 2007.

“Living in cultures other than my own, as well as traveling, has always been the foundation of my work,” Fries said.

At times, Fries encountered “direct” ableism in the queer community. Like the time decades ago he was not allowed to enter a gay bar in Florence, Italy. Or “very rare” sexual rejection by an able-bodied person. “It takes us back to the myth of the ideal body,” Fries said.

More insidious for Fries is the ableism of inaccessible queer spaces and events and the lack of disability inclusion in gay-related panels at readings and events.

Then there are apps, Fries said. “How many disabled guys do you meet on Grindr? ” he said. “Even the profile questions asked show that the default is not to think about the physical difference.”

Fries came to Berlin to do research for the book he is working on “Stumbling Over History: Disability and the Holocaust” and his video series “What Happened Here in the Summer of 1940?”

“The disabled were the first group to be mass murdered in gas chambers in Aktion T4, the Nazi program that killed 70,000 disabled people,” Fries said.

“After Q4 officially ended, an additional 230,000 disabled people were killed by gas,” Fries added, “as well as by other means, such as starvation, drug overdose and neglect.”

It’s still a relatively unknown story to most people, even in Germany, Fries said.

Fries’ energy supply is unlimited. He organized “Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer”, the first international exhibition on queer/disability history, activism and culture. It opened at the Schwules Museum Berlin on September 1 and will run until the end of January 2023.

The exhibition includes the work of over 20 contemporary queer/disabled artists.

A major theme of the exhibit is “‘the ideal body,'” Fries said, “how that fantasy permeated gay and disabled history and life, and how gay/disabled artists countered that.”

Many people know Audre Lorde as a queer black icon. But most don’t see her as having a disability. Yet Lorde, who had cancer, was disabled. It is included in the exhibition.

“Lorde was a very important figure for the Afro-German women’s movement,” Fries said.

Lorde wrote about cancer in “The Cancer Journals”. She had a forward-thinking view of disability, Fries said. “In an interview featured in the exhibition, she talks about a feminist book fair in London in 1984, which was held in an inaccessible space.”

It’s important to all of us that such events are made available to women with disabilities, Lorde said in the interview, “and we should make sure they’re advertised in black women’s magazines.”

Lorde understood intersectionality before it became popular, Fries said.

For more information visit: kennyfries.com

CLA organizes a second writing contest in Khmer language


Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) opens its second annual creative writing competition. PROVIDED

Although diversity and inclusion are widely celebrated in today’s world, discrimination still exists. Writers, artists and thinkers intend to explore this through writing, in a competition that has just been announced.

Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) said entries are open for its second annual creative writing competition. The top four entrants will win cash prizes in the upcoming cultural season 2023, which will be held under the theme “Your Gender, Our Gender”.

Po Sakun, Network Knowledge and Policy Program Coordinator at CLA, revealed the purpose of the format, “We want to encourage writers to embrace their creative style and imagination.”

“We want to contribute to the promotion of Khmer literature and writing. Works can be novels, short stories and poems – traditional or modern, with illustrations. The contest is open to anyone who likes to write freely and wants to engage with a broader topic,” he added.

The application deadline for the competition is September 30. You can submit your application at the CLA office on Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh, or email them to [email protected].

Applicants must complete an application form and provide information about their experience, including any published or translated works.

The four winning writers will receive a $500 grant and the opportunity to increase their audience and participate in cultural tours in the province.

Applications can be made in Khmer or English for K-Visa holders. If the work presented is in English or another foreign language, the candidate will have to translate the text into Khmer. Winners and shortlisted applicants will be notified during the second week of October.

Lay Chhunyi, one of the top four in last year’s contest, said, “As an imaginative person, I’m not always comfortable expressing myself because I’m not sure people will understand. My minds. CLA completely changed her mind after winning the creative writing contest. I’m really happy to have finally read my imagination for you all.

“Creative writing gives me the freedom to create my own story. I can use my imagination to create something new, unique and entertaining, while the story retains its educational value. It was a literary contest where I felt like I was writing my own story rather than trying to please the judges,” said another finalist, Chea Tonghay,

“Creative writing allows writers to think outside the box without worrying about composition rules, while retaining the meaning, image and essence of the story,” added Kanya Pop Ane, another participant among the top four in the 2022 competition.

“Of course, we must preserve the literature of our ancestors, but that does not mean that we must not develop it. That’s what creative writing does. By giving authors the freedom to imagine and invent stories different from what is customary, many new and unique literary works have emerged,” he added.

CLA has been holding its cultural season celebrations since 2018. The season is a collection of performing arts, performances, workshops, exhibitions and lectures presented over two to three months in Phnom Penh. Each year, some of the exhibits are selected for a four-province tour in March.

The target audience is young people, especially university students. Each year, a theme for the Cultural Season program is created and used as a starting point for artists to create new dances, operas and music.

The CLA team also uses this theme to guide the design and organization of engaging programs that aim to inspire audiences to discuss and express their own views on the theme.

The theme “Your Kind, Our Kind” can be interpreted in two distinct parts. The phrase “your species” is often heard when an individual expresses themselves or expresses an idea that stands out or differs from others. “Our gender”, on the other hand, is used when a group of people accepts a person who has common interests.

Combined together, “Your Kind, Our Kind” can be interpreted as an isolated individual from a clique of people who only accept people like them, but can also mean that even if someone is different, they are still part of it. of the group.

Moreover, it can reflect society’s views on individuals: are they independent bodies or are they part of the same body? What problems do individuals face when they deviate from social norms?

You’ll know Vengeance debuts


OXFORD, Miss., September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — We live in a time when human rights are being suppressed. There are more prisoners per capita in Mississippi than in any other state or country (Clarion Ledger, August 13, 2022). From this same state emerges the first technothriller novel that “does not shy away from probing the adversity and conspiracies affecting the world, and so readers will find this scenario as familiar as it is frightening” (Midwest Book Review).

You Shall Know Revenge: A Tanto Thriller is WA Pepper’s multi-award-winning (including Thriller Finalist, American Fiction Awards) technothriller, and is “a gripping, intelligent tale set in a tense prison environment” (Kirkus Reviews).

This “new techno-charged version of The Shawshank Redemption for the 21st century” (Readers’ Choice Books Awards) follows a hactvict (hacking convict) named Tanto. He spent eight years locked up in a hidden prison in Houston, TX, which forces Tanto to capture others online. But when his nemesis lands in Tanto’s cell block, the inmate’s world turns from predictable to dangerous. As the guards turn a blind eye to the rival’s calculated atrocities, Tanto plans desperate measures that could trigger deadly results.

“I love thrillers,” says Pepper, already a UNITED STATES Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author for Inclusion in Bestselling Anthology Habits of Success. “I write stories that I’m a fan of, like when heroes have the whole world against them.”

Even though Pepper has a doctorate in management information systems, if you’re worried that this book is too technical or scientific, don’t be. Kirkus Reviews says that “the author’s sharp writing smoothly clarifies technical jargon without any hint of condescension”, and the Readers’ Choice Book Awards state that “although this book will certainly appeal to techno-thriller junkies, it This is an easy to read novel for neophytes.”

Pepper adds, “This thriller is for readers who want to experience everything from anxiety to excitement, from brotherhood to betrayal, and from shock to satisfaction in their reading.”

Ultimately, “readers will be absorbed to the very last page and find themselves eagerly awaiting the promised sequel” (BookLife, a division of Publishers Weekly).

You will know revenge is now available to order from your local bookstore, library and all major retailers and distributors including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ingram’s Spark.

To contact the author or for additional photos and reference material, please visit https://www.wapepperwrites.com/ .

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Riggleman’s book calls Meadows texts ‘crown jewels’ of January 6 probe


According to a new book by a former adviser to the Jan. 6 committee.

The big picture: “The violation” by former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) claims former President Trump’s chief of staff received text messages from 39 House members and five U.S. senators. He cites texts from GOP lawmakers to paint a picture of how invested many are in Trump’s efforts to nullify the election.

Driving the news: The book, which was not cleared by the committee, is due out on Tuesday and was obtained in advance by Axios. Riggleman left his position as senior technical adviser to the committee in April, before the start of its successful summer hearings.

Why is it important: The Meadows texts are the “crown jewels” that “gave us the keys to the kingdom”, writes Riggleman.

  • The timing of the book’s release gives it a narrow window to impact committee work and public understanding.
  • Wednesday The hearing may be the last public before the release of a final report on the committee’s findings and recommendations.

Details: The book reveals Sen. Kevin Cramer (RN.D.) sent Meadows a memo forwarded by North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, who shared his own idea of ​​a ‘last ditch effort’ to demand recounts statewide mail-in and absentee ballots. in crucial states.

Other examples:

  • Meadows received late 2020 text messages from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) about “dead voters” and Dominion voting machines. Riggleman notes that one of Gosar’s texts included a link to a “cyberwar” movie from an anti-vaccine conspiracy blog called “Some Bitch Told Me.”
  • On Nov. 5, 2020, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) touted his experience as a lawyer and offered to come to the White House, to which Meadows replied, “Most of that is handled during the campaign. I would love your help and I would love to have you on TV.”
  • Republican Representatives Chip Roy and Brian Babin, both of Texas, also contacted Meadows about how to contest the election on the morning of Nov. 5.
  • Meadows was in contact with a rally organizer who led protests against the election, as well as ordinary citizens peddling QAnon conspiracy theories.

Between the lines: Riggleman’s headline-grabbing book and accompanying media tour puzzled some members of the committee, who sought to downplay his insight into the panel’s investigation.

  • “In his role on the staff of the select committee, Mr. Riggleman had limited knowledge of the committee’s investigation. He left the staff in April before our hearings and much of our most important investigative work” , a spokesperson for the January 6 committee told Axios. in a report.
  • Thousands of Meadows texts are known to be in the possession of the committee, however, and numerous communications between Meadows family members and Trump, lawyers and political advisers linked to Jan. 6 have already been reported.
  • “I’m an intelligence officer by training,” Riggleman writes in the book’s introduction. “There’s nothing more valuable than raw data. I’ve done my best to get by. I’m not asking you to like me or even trust me. I want to let the data do the talking .”

Editor’s note: This story was updated with committee comments on January 6.

How Reedsy Can Help You Build a Successful Author Website


Reflect on what your brand is as a published writer, while exploring Reedsy’s resources and marketplace teeming with professionals.

A website can be your greatest tool as an author. Add your biography, books, accomplishments, contact details, and a bit of flair to make people get to know you and your books super easy.

You should know that designing and maintaining an author’s website, however, is labor intensive. Reflect on what your brand is as a published writer, while exploring Reedsy’s resources and marketplace full of professionals happy to lend a hand.

1. Find inspiration for your website

In addition to branding, there are several other points to consider before creating a website. How are you going to make it accessible and what domain name are you going to use? Are you also going to blog?

But before you get into all that, try to identify what you’ll need on your website and browse other authors’ websites for inspiration.

Watch what popular writers are doing with their platforms. Reedsy lists the best author websites, each illustrating a particular quality that any good domain needs, such as:

  • Make your books the center of attention.
  • Immerse visitors in the nature of your books.
  • Added social features.
  • Make good use of color and negative space.
  • Give your platform a personal touch, like elements resembling your book design as advised by Reedsy.

2. Build your website

Dig into Reedsy’s website building guide for more great ideas on how to make your author website drive visitors to your books and turn them into lifelong fans.

When browsing the best website builders in the market, pick the one that can meet your brand’s needs in terms of aesthetics, social elements, user experience, and more.

To set a good strategy, take advantage of Reedsy’s tips for creating a rock author platform and putting yourself on the map.

You can be more active on social media, doing interviews, or winning contests, but one step you can’t skip is setting up your mailing list and giving people a reason to sign up.

An attractive reader magnet and reliable mailing list provider are key, along with strategies to keep fans hooked, like giveaways and exciting updates. Make a plan using Reedsy’s guide to author mailing lists.

3. Get help building your website

If you don’t know what an author site should look like or even where to start building a website, you can let someone else take over.

Along with useful articles, Reedsy offers a marketplace of author web builders. They are all well-selected professionals with experience in building effective websites for authors.

They can create the whole platform or focus on specific parts that are problematic for you, such as:

  • Improve your SEO.
  • Implementation of social media tools.
  • Organization of your contact forms, newsletters and blog.
  • Improve your website layout and branding.

Let your author website spread its wings

Once your domain is ready, don’t let it fade into obscurity. Instead, let people know they can visit you there.

You can share links to your blog and promotions on Instagram and Twitter. You can also collaborate with other authors to send each other traffic.

Get creative right from the planning stage to create an author website that gets you started the moment it launches.

The Directors: TRUCE’s Tim Potter on the acting lessons that made him a director


Tim Potter is an award-winning comedy director, screenwriter and actor who recently joined Truce Films. He has directed spots for Telstra, Nissan, Carlton Dry, Vicks, Sorbent and Beyond Blue, as well as his own short films and series. Tim took the time to discuss how acting experience helps in directing, the importance of the casting process, and the love of an underdog story.

How did you start playing?

I was studying a degree in English and creative writing when I started taking acting classes on the side. Classes were run by an acting agent, who basically used them to recruit actors for their books. It’s fair to say they were pretty crappy – think Stephen Merchant’s character in The Extras. They also took all their own headshots in a seedy back room – another clear warning sign.

But it was around this time that I also started doing stand-up – a friend had dared me to do it, so I chose to do it. I thought, ‘If I can get up in front of a room full of drunk people and make them laugh, then that’s probably as hard as it’s going to be – being an actor will be a breeze…’ I I have since realized that is not the case. the case [laughs].

How does your experience as an actor and performer influence your approach to directing?

After those initial and highly questionable acting classes, I was lucky enough to enter the VCA and graduate from the drama school. Having since been cast in a whole slew of commercials, movies, and TV, one of the most important things I’ve learned on set is to make actors feel so confident and supported. as possible. It is priceless. Having experience as an actor also means finding yourself with a shortcut when you communicate with talent – ​​you know how to talk to each other. You become a teammate and an ally, instead of working in two stages.

My process for commercials also involves personally preparing the role of the actor. It may sound weird, but I will learn the lines of the actor, as well as the mapping of their blocking. With a 30-second commercial, it’s imperative that you capture all those golden moments and make it all fit. This preparation helps, because it means that I know where the actors are coming from and what they will want to achieve.

Your recent spot for ANZ has a very soft and comedic tone – how did you come up with it?

The goal was to transmit an authentic relationship and a real bond between our couple. We wanted to balance sweetness with a playful comedic twist and convey authentic moments.

Finding the right talent is one of the most important tasks – and knowing the tone and performance you need to achieve right from the start. For the ANZ spot, I had the two lead actors in mind from the start – so it was rewarding to bring them into the audition room and see that they delivered.

In this case, we had worked together before, so I knew I could trust them. I knew we could discuss an idea and have the confidence to play, basically. They also brought a truthful quality to their performance and the sense of playfulness needed to bring the spot to life.

Sounds like you appreciate the teamwork element of management…

Absolutely – the collaborative nature of the ad is the most rewarding aspect for me; build your team – whether it’s your DP, your art department, your casting department – and go through each of these moments and stages together. It’s a bit like getting a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and solving it as a team.

The whole team that works in advertising and publicity also works in film and television: you collaborate with super talented people – the cream of the crop. It’s also rewarding to team up with many people I’ve worked with on both sides of the camera.

Are there certain themes or sensibilities that you explore in your work, whether in storytelling or in advertising?

Comedy, but comedy with heart – especially when there’s an innocence to the character, and potentially an underdog story. So the characters trying to achieve something with the odds stacked against them and the odds people can relate to – an inherent vulnerability.

I am also attracted by the construction of somewhat fantastic universes, with a touch of absurdity. If you create a world that is sweet, innocent, and full of heart, the audience immediately connects with the characters, giving you the freedom to then push the comedy and make it a little darker.

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Are you inspired by other works or directors?

When I first started directing commercials, I was mentored by American comedy director Justin Reardon. It’s fair to say he didn’t look like the typical publicist, but with each new job, his passion and dedication was unmatched. Watching how he navigated each element of the process was the perfect introduction to business fulfillment.

As for other directors who inspire me, I obviously can’t top Taika Waititi – not only his feature films, but also his short films and his commercial work. I seem to gravitate towards stories and characters that have a unique blend of absurdity, vulnerability and heart. The Richard Curtis movies and movies like The Castle were pretty formative.

I’ve also always loved the work of Australian commercial directors like Tim Bullock and Tony Rogers – their casting and tone are always spot on, with wonderfully weird and flawed characters.

Apart from your commercial work, what other projects are you proud of?

I wrote and starred in a short film called Lemonade Stand, which was lucky enough to win at Tropfest. We had an awesome creative team, made up of a lot of people I still collaborate with in the commercial world, and everything just seemed to click. The film took us overseas and in many ways became the trigger that launched my commercial achievement.

My most recent short, The Man with the Golden Throat, is another short I’ve written and acted in, and this time also directed. It had its world premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival. It all takes place in a run-down voice-over studio and centers on a middle-aged voice-over artist, who has one last chance to prove to himself and the industry that he still has what it takes. The studio is about to collapse, he’s drunk, and it all kind of ends like a shipwreck – basically the kind of dark comedy I love.

I’ve done a lot of voice acting, and anyone who works in that environment will understand that it can sometimes feel a bit silly – so I took inspiration from that. There have been times when I’ve been in a studio, a room full of agencies and clients (all juggling their lattes and bento boxes), and you’re told to repeat a word like “truck” 400 times – a word can quickly become meaningless [laughs].

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You recently joined the Truce Films team. What do you like about working with them?

What attracts me most about Truce is that they are all very genuine people. My main goal is to always work with genuine, generous and dedicated people – without ego. Our story goes back to when I was cast in one of their first commercials, straight out of acting school, so it’s exciting to now join the ranks and work together. We also had success on the film festival circuit around the same time.

Truce also has a narrative arm, which gets better and better. Over the last few years they’ve really supported each other and brought on some great talent, fantastic producers and are growing exponentially, which is really exciting to see.

Exciting projects currently underway?

I have funding for a TV comedy project, which is in collaboration with a cast of neurodiverse actors and actors with mixed abilities. I will be directing, and myself and a colleague will write the scripts – but the aim is for it to be a collaborative project where the actors are also involved in crafting the work together.

I also have a few upcoming TV attachments, while working on a handful of personal comedy series – one that will see me return to the world of stand-up comedy.

Washburn Man Wins Book Prize | The Dakotan


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BRANSON, Miss. — Geremy Olson, Washburn, was recognized by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers for producing “Best Book” for 2022. “Campfires, Kids, and the Outdoors” took home top honors.

“When I arrived I knew I had won something, but I didn’t know what I was winning,” Olson said. “It was an honor to have the most technical thing I’ve ever done win Book of the Year.”

Olson is a regular contributor to outdoor publications and had submitted several articles for review, including his book. Thirty-six states were represented at the gathering with over 400 entries in the various categories.

“What was tough was they went through all the categories I submitted and I didn’t win,” Olson said. “Then when the books category came up, they announced third, then second, then I guessed I won.”

Yes he did.

Olson said his book is “All Aspects of Outdoor North Dakota Life, About Raising Children. It’s just good honest fun. Nothing frills there.

Olson is a regular contributor to The Dakotan with his “Lessons for the Real World”.

“Campfires, Kids, and the Outdoors” is available at Missouri Secrets.com. An audio version should be available by mid-October and available wherever audiobooks are sold.

Domestic workers and day laborers take center stage


When she landed in San Francisco in her late twenties, Maria Aguilar was practically a different woman. She had left two young children in Guatemala, spoke no English and knew no one.

She found work cleaning houses and started sending money home. “At first it was very hard for me. I felt alone, lost. Aguilar, 42, said in Spanish. Now, 13 years later, she speaks confidently about her rights as a domestic worker and as a woman – and her upcoming debut as a dancer.

Maria Aguilar before dance rehearsal. Photo by Eleni Balakrishnan

Aguilar is one of 11 domestic workers from La Colectiva who will perform alongside two workers from the Day Work program on Saturday, September 24 at the Dance Mission Theater. Through music, theatre, poetry and dance, the show entitled “Our work, our dignity” will highlight the experiences of workers, their experiences as immigrants and their empowerment.

Under the artistic direction of Andreína Maldonado, the 13 workers trained for two months in preparation for the big day, Aguilar said.

She has been doing yoga and performing at festivals like Carnaval for the past three years through the dance collective “Cuerpos Sanos, Mentes Sanas” between Dance Mission Theater and La Colectiva.

“But it’s different from the others, it’s like our beginnings as artists,” Aguilar said, his eyes sparkling.

In a statement, Maldonado said the show hopes to empower immigrant communities and especially women not only to express themselves, but also to understand and heal from their history and its impacts. “These artistic tools are essential in shifting our perspective to a vision where we determine the future of our communities and our bodies,” she said.

Even the music, led by musician Jose Lobo, uses the language of the questionnaires the workers answered.

“Every word that is in the songs was written by the workers,” he said, except for a chorus he added to the finale.

Stylistically, Lobo has taken the music in many directions – it will range from waltz and folk to cumbia and classic rock. He will perform with the 7-member band Inti Batey, who will play various instruments, including the Puerto Rican barrel bomba and the Peruvian cajón.

Lobo, who met several of the workers at a protest songwriting workshop in 2019, said part of his goal in writing this type of music is to transport the listener to where the song is speaking. .

“It’s about thinking about your loved ones who are far away and thinking about the fruits and corn and vegetables — and the scenery you miss,” Lobo said.

When she was all alone in a foreign place, Aguilar said she found a new family at La Colectiva. “We come from different countries, but we are one,” she said. “Because we all come here for one purpose, our family.”

Back home, Aguilar’s children are now mostly adults. In her spare time, she dances, partly to show them what is possible.

“We’re not just women, we’re not just cleaners. We can be more than that. she says. “Now [my kids] look at all these projects that I do, they look at my work, see that they don’t lack money to feed themselves. Then they can say: ‘my mother was an example: if she could do it, I can do it too.’ »

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Indian author and poet Meena Kandasamy has won the German PEN Prize


Indian author and poet Meena Kandasamy was announced as this year’s recipient of the Hermann Kesten Prize speak PEN Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The Hermann Kesten prize rewards personalities who, in the spirit of the charter of the PEN association, defend the rights of persecuted authors and journalists.

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The PEN Center, Germany will present the award to the Indian author at a ceremony in Darmstadt on November 15 this year. The winner will receive an amount of €20,000 ($19,996) as prize money. This year, the PEN Center is also honoring the website “Weiter Schreiben” (German for “Keep Writing”) with a Special Encouragement Award, for giving authors in exile and writers from conflict zones a platform form to express their thoughts.

Who is Meena Kandasamy?

  • Meena Kandasamy was born in 1984 in Chennai, Kandasamy is a feminist and anti-caste activist whose work revolves around the issue of gender, caste, sexuality, patriarchy and oppression by the Brahmin system.
  • Her novels have been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Hindu Lit Prize. She previously held an editorial position at the English-language magazine “The Dalit”. Kandasamy strongly criticized the arrest of other writers like Varavara Rao and former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba.

His notable works include:

  • The Gypsy Goddess (2014)
  • When I hit you: or, portrait of the writer as a young wife (2017)
  • Ayankali (2007)
  • Tamil Tigresses (2021)
  • Touch (2006),
  • Mrs. Militancy (2010).

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Bray Wyatt jokes with a fan about being in town for WWE SmackDown


Bray Wyatt is rumored to be returning to WWE. Even the WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey believes may all the white rabbit teasing prepare for his return. However, the plot keeps piling up.

Monday Night Raw says Jefferson Airplane’s game “White Rabbit.” The show also included a QR code that led to a video of a hangman game. The most popular theories about what all of this means are that Wyatt is making a comeback as “The demon.

Friday Night SmackDown takes place live from Salt Lake City, Utah. A fan decided to joke about Wyatt being around town and posted a photo of a man who barely looked like Wyatt at the Salt Lake City airport.

Bray Wyatt spotted at Salt Lake City Utah airport. #Smackdown is happening tonight at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake 👀 #BrayWyatt

The tweet garnered some attention on the platform, mainly because it worked well as a joke. However, he managed to get the attention of Wyatt, who responded. While it had nothing to do with whether he appeared on the show or not, he still carried the joke pretty well.

I would never use Hertz. yuck.

Hertz is a car rental company and Wyatt seems to want nothing to do with them. It is still unclear if he will make his return to SmackDown or not. Either way, we’ll find out what’s to come on SmackDown, especially at 9:23 p.m. ET, as per the White Rabbit promo.

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Gaming Awards Season and Call to Action | Trending on SLJ


The honors of the book, they arrive. The 2022 titles shortlisted for the National Book Award help get things started, and Newbery’s mock deliberations are kicking into high gear. As for Banned Books Week, the non-celebratory event has drawn many announcements, comments, and continued attention from our readers.

The honors of the book, they arrive. The 2022 titles shortlisted for the National Book Award help kick off awards season. Mock Newbery’s efforts are kicking into high gear, with “Heavy Medal” hosting crowdsourced suggestions and related conversations. On “100 Scope Notes,” Travis Jonker calls the best of children’s illustrated books before the Time.

On the home front, SLJ best books deliberations continue at a brisk pace. Stay tuned.

In regards to Banned Books Week, the non-celebratory commemorative event has attracted a lot of news, comments and continued attention from our readers.

The best stories of the week are:

Unite against censorship: first-person testimony from the Honorary President of Banned Books Week
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Banned Books Week 2022: A time for education, advocacy and action
This is not the year for reflection, but a call to action.

Censorship attempts will have lasting impact on school library collections, SLJ investigation finds
Over the past year, school librarians have faced coordinated and hateful censorship campaigns that have impacted available books and collection development decisions. Here they share their stories.

Librarians share their plans for Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (BBW) begins on Sunday. While some school librarians are avoiding the week-long event due to censorship attempts and community controversies, others will engage students in BBW activities and conversations.

Announcement of the long list of the 2022 National Book Prize for Children’s Literature
The National Book Foundation has selected 10 titles for the 2022 National Book Award for Children’s Literature.

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IDB Directors Unanimously Recommend Claver-Carone’s Dismissal After Ethics Investigation


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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The board of directors of the Inter-American Development Bank voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend the dismissal of President Mauricio Claver-Carone after an independent ethics investigation found misconduct, officials said. three sources close to the vote.

The recommendation refers the final decision on Latin America’s largest development bank to its highest body, the board of governors, which will vote from Friday to Tuesday, one of the sources said.

Claver-Carone did not immediately respond to a phone call or text message seeking comment.

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A US Treasury spokesman declined to confirm the vote, but said the United States, the bank’s largest shareholder with 30% of its voting shares, supports Claver-Carone’s impeachment and wants a “rapid resolution” of the governors.

“President Claver-Carone’s refusal to cooperate fully with the investigation, and his creation of a climate of fear of retaliation among staff and borrowing countries, has lost the confidence of bank staff and shareholders and requires a change of direction,” the spokesperson said. .

Claver-Carone, in a statement responding to the Treasury, said: “It is shameful that the United States commented on the press before notifying me and is not defending two Americans against what is clearly fabricated information. “.

The bank’s 14 directors voted after four long days of discussions and an appearance by Claver-Carone, who was in New York for meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the board was close to consensus on a vote to fire Claver-Carone.

Termination of Claver-Carone, a nominee for former US President Donald Trump, requires a majority of the board’s total votes. The three main shareholders of the bank – the United States, Argentina and Brazil – together hold almost 53% of the voting rights. Claver-Carone took office in October 2020.

Governors are expected to approve the recommendation, one of the sources said.

Law firm Davis Polk told administrators it found evidence to support whistleblowers’ claims that Claver-Carone engaged in an intimate relationship with a subordinate and gave himself up to a fault that violated the rules of the bank.

Investigators said they uncovered evidence, including a photograph of a handwritten contract on the back of a paper placemat, purportedly written and signed by Claver-Carone and the staff member, which stated “we deserve happiness absolute” and a clause stating everything a breach of contract would result in “candle wax and a naughty box”.

US officials were particularly concerned about “Claver-Carone’s behavior during the investigation, including his refusal to make available his IDB-issued work phone and other records,” said another source familiar with the matter. .

They took issue with his “selective and misleading disclosure of confidential information intended to taint the investigation and shape public opinion,” the source said. This has “undermined confidence in the reliability and ability of Claver-Carone to lead a rules-based multilateral development institution,” the source added.

Claver-Carone also denied ‘direct evidence’ that he had an undisclosed relationship with an IDB staff member who reported directly to him and to whom he had awarded raises totaling more than 45% of base salary. in less than a year, the source added.

U.S. officials said Claver-Carone created “an environment in which staff fear retaliation, including what appears to be genuine retaliation against senior managers and executives who participated fully and honestly in the investigation.” the source said.

US Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, had strongly opposed Trump’s appointment of Claver-Carone as the first American to lead the bank, a position traditionally held by someone from America Latin.

“That tradition should be restored, with a person of the highest integrity and professionalism,” Leahy told Reuters.

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The author will discuss the 1952 Coast Guard rescues with a Fairhaven connection


FAIRHAVEN – The date was Feb. 18, 1952. The SouthCoast was battling a “blinding blizzard that left 8½ inches of snow and crippled transportation,” according to the following day’s issue of The standard times.

“Hundreds of automobiles were stuck in deep snow, and snowdrifts and highways were covered in a hard layer of snow and ice, making driving dangerous,” reads the article.

Meanwhile, few still knew that relatively nearby there were 84 men at sea fighting for their lives, in what a related article from February 19, 1952 Normal hours called “Cape Cod’s worst maritime disaster since World War II”.

That morning, a tanker – the Pendleton, believed to be carrying 41 men – split in two off Cape Cod; and about 27 miles away, another tanker — the Fort Mercer, with its 43 men — shared the same fate.

In the end, a total of 70 people were rescued by the Coast Guard from the two wrecks, and 14 died, according to Michael Tougias, co-author of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue. “. “, released in 2009 and later adapted by Disney into a 2016 feature film of the same title.

While the rescues at both sites were highly praised, the more condensed action of the Pendleton rescues – which takes place over hours instead of days for Fort Mercer – eventually took center stage, with the team of four brave rescuers who went to extraordinary lengths to save what men they could with the help of a 36-foot motorized lifeboat.

“They had close calls,” Tougias said of the rescuers’ journey over the particularly difficult Chatham Bar, with its surroundings dubbed “the Graveyard of the Atlantic”. “It’s a shallow area where these big rollers go in and explode when they break. So you have big 35-foot waves breaking on this thing that’s only 36 feet.”

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Among the four rescuers was Richard Livesey of Fairhaven, a 22-year-old Coast Guard sailor stationed in Chatham. As Tougias describes in “The Finest Hours”, Livesey – who had volunteered to go to the rescue that day – “seemed to have salt water running through his veins”.

“His father had been in the navy for over 20 years and Richard wanted to carry on the tradition of sailors,” Tougias said.

According The Standard Times’ Article from February 19, 1952, a 38-year-old New Bedford man named Samuel Barboza, of 28 Hillman St., was among those aboard Fort Mercer at the time of the incident. Although the article does not specify whether he was among those rescued, an obituary available online of his wife, Palmira Barboza – who is named in the article – notes that he died in 1987.

From faded glory to vibrant inspiration

While the Pendleton and Fort Mercer rescues captured public attention at the time and continued to make headlines for the next several years, according to Tougias, the story would eventually fade from public consciousness.

In fact, had it not been for Tougias’ deep dive into old records and reports, he himself would not have been aware of the events that took place a few years before his birth. Having already written several books on real life survival and rescue events, he was in research mode looking for his next book topic when he came across some documentation from that day.

“I saw a Coast Guard accident report on this and realized, well, this is probably the biggest rescue in Coast Guard history and it happened here in Cape Cod,” he said. “Of course at the time there was no internet, so I checked with all the libraries and there was no book about it.”

From left to right: Bernie Webber, then 24 years old;  Seaman Richard Livesey, 22;  and engineer Andy Fitzgerald, 20, are seen at the helm of the small boat they had just used in the harrowing rescue of survivors of the sinking of the oil tanker Pendleton, which split in two at sea on February 18, 1952 The sailor is not represented.  Ervin Maske, 23, who was also part of the four-man rescue team.

With this discovery in hand, Tougias worked with co-author Casey Sherman on “The Finest Hours,” continuing to scour the archives and research key sources. One of the surviving rescuers Tougias was able to reach was Richard Livesey.

“Richard was living in Florida at the time and I remember him saying, wow, nobody asked me for a while,” Tougias said of when he went to Livesey for the interview circa 2002. “There was a whole lot of interest when it first happened. They were on the front pages of newspapers across the country, but after it died down, he didn’t talk about it much .

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A loyal friend

During their conversation, Tougias says Livesey explained that choosing to participate in the rescue was largely motivated by his loyalty to his close friend and Coast Guard comrade Bernie Webber, a 24-year-old boatswain who ran the team that day. “I remember him (Livesey) saying he felt obligated to Bernie,” Tougias said. “He couldn’t imagine letting his friend possibly date someone who wasn’t as qualified. He had been stationed there for a while, so he thought, I have to do this for Bernie.”

The rebels and the souls of the castaways rest here:The ocean had other ideas, however.

Sadly, Tougias said Livesy – who died in 2007 – would not live to see the finished product, with ‘Finest Hours’ released in 2009. However, Tougias says he feels lucky to have the chance to meet those he he may have met before. they’ve been through, and also to connect with some members of the lifeguard family on a few occasions, most notably in 2016 during the Hollywood premiere of the film adaptation, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Eric Bana as as four crew members.

Author Michael Tougias will be at Fairhaven Town Hall on Monday September 26 to talk about his book

Another occasion that brought many surviving family members together in one place occurred several years earlier at the funeral of Webber, who died in 2009 around the time “The Finest Hours” was released.

During his interviews with Webber – who, according to Tougias, played a particularly active role in the development of the book as a fact-checker – the rescue team leader shared that his friend Livesey’s willingness to put himself online had saved him from a difficult position. as a young leader.

“He (Webber) said, I was lucky that Richard volunteered because I didn’t want to choose anyone; I thought it was a suicide mission and whoever I chose wasn’t going to be alive by the end of the night,” Tougias recalled.

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According to a Cape Cod Times article, Pendleton’s last surviving lifeguard, Andy Fitzgerald, died in 2018 at the age of 86. He was 20 and an engineer at the time of the rescue – the youngest member of the team. The other member was sailor Ervin Maske, who was 23 at the time and died in 2003 at age 74, according to the US Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association International.

The secrets of being a hero

Tougias says the Pendleton rescuers, along with others who have triumphed in similar situations, will be covered in his forthcoming book, “Extreme Survival”, which examines a number of perilous real-life survival/rescue situations, with an un special emphasis on the commonalities he noticed between people who faced seemingly impossible odds.

“In interviewing people who have been in these kinds of situations, I started to see these patterns of what really good survivors and rescuers tend to have in common, the techniques they used to get through these events, and how it could help all of us when we face adversity,” Tougias said, noting that he’s looked at hundreds of such cases between direct interviews and research. “When I interview them, they don’t never try to hide the fact that they were afraid. And when I asked them, ‘How do you deal with this fear?’ they would say just think about your next task. Don’t look too far down the road or it will overwhelm you.

“It’s not about not being afraid, it’s about not being paralyzed by it and still being able to think clearly and make good decisions despite that fear.”

Tougias, who is the author of 30 books for adults and eight for young adults, mentioned that the 1952 Coast Guard rescues weren’t the only SouthCoast connection he encountered while researching d writing, mentioning “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea”, about a Westport man, Grant Moore, who in November 1980 went out in his own boat to rescue lobsters caught in the a storm.

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When Tougias makes his presentation on ‘The Finest Hours’ on Monday at Fairhaven Town Hall, he says he hopes his message about the true nature of heroism gets through as he walks the audience through the events. of February 18, 1952.

“I never just talk about an author – I visually guide the viewer through the events,” Tougias said of what attendees can expect. “I also want to talk about why Bernie felt like becoming America’s hero at that time became a burden, which is one of those things that surprised me.”

But if nothing else, says Tougias, as he guides people through his findings, he hopes he can inspire them to ask themselves: “What would I have done?

If you are going to

WHAT: Author presentation, discussion and book signing “The Finest Hours: The True Story of Heroic Sea Rescue” presented by Friends of the Millicent Library

WHEN: Monday September 26; Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Fairhaven Town Hall, 40 Center Street.

Poet Clare attends Tipperary peace event


Deirdre Devally, a poet and writer based in Co. Clare, was a guest at an International Day of Peace retreat ceremony at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Tipperary on Peace Day yesterday.

Deirdre was welcomed to Tipperary by Mr Martin Quinn, Hon. Secretary to the Tipperary Peace Convention. The International Day of Peace is dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The County Clare-based artist performed one of her own ‘No Free War’ compositions and also recited one of her ‘She Stood Her Ground’ poems at the ceremony and she also laid a wreath on the grave of the Irish poet Ellen O’Leary, who is buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

At the grave, Deirdre performed one of Ellen O’Leary’s poems ‘To God and Ireland True’ which she set to music to the tune of ‘My Lagan Love’. The theme of the day was ‘End Racism, Build Peace’ and this was the dominant theme throughout the proceedings at St. Mary’s Church with contributions to the ceremony from the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , Mrs. Ijeoma Chinonyerem Obiezu; Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Michael K. Mubea; Ambassador of Colombia, Ms. Patricia Cortés Ortiz and Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Dr. Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid.

The Vice-Chair of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on the Centenarian Decade and former Minister of State, Dr. Martin Mansergh, also contributed to the event. Deirdre Devally is well known in the poetry community as she writes poetry, prose and songs. His poetry album, The Broken Timbers Speak was released on Bandcamp in 2020.

His poetry has been broadcast on Irish and American radio and published in literary journal – The Ogham Stone, anthology – Come Walk With Me and more. A Dubliner living in Ennis, Co. Clare, she is in her second year of an MA Creative Writing at UL, working on her first collection.

The German Book Prize announces its 2022 shortlist


Shortlisted authors will not be notified until the winner is announced on October 17 who has been selected as the winner of the German Book Prize.

Image: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

Two of Kiepenheuer & Witsch’s six titles

Aif you will remember, the German Book PrizeGermany’s best fiction award – released its long list for 2022 on August 23.

Today (September 20), he released his shortlist of six titles.

The winner receives a cash prize of €25,000 (US$24,917). The five finalists each receive €2,500 (US$2,491). This rewards program is made possible by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandelsthe founding of the German Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association.

To get to this point today, the judging panel started with 233 books from at least 124 publishers. The panel picked their 20-title longlist (one of the longest longlists in the world, in fact), and then whittled it down to today’s six-book shortlist.

These six shortlisted authors will not find out which of them has won the German Book Prize until the evening of the award ceremony, on October 17, at the Kaisersaal in the Römer in Frankfurt. This ceremony, by tradition, takes place of course jointly with the Frankfurter Buchmesse (from October 19 to 23).

Commenting on today’s publication of the shortlist, Jury President Miriam Zeh of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, says: “A novel makes its own laws but is inevitably in contact with the present in which it is written and read. .

Myriam Zeh

“The six titles on the 2022 shortlist won us over with their aesthetic uniqueness,” says Zeh. “With linguistic brilliance and formal innovation, they describe social realities and fantasies, survey the center and the margins, revolve around grief and comedy.

“The nominated authors thus represent the thematic and stylistic diversity of contemporary German-language literature. What they share is an artistic unconditionality: they take a stand with their books, show themselves to be both combative and open to dialogue.

“By reading these pre-selected books, we invite readers to also enter into an exchange of ideas and readjust their own view of the world.”

This year’s jury is made up of:

  • Erich Klein, freelance critic based in Vienna
  • Frank Menden of the Hamburg bookstore named Stories
  • Uli Ormanns of the Agnès bookshop in Cologne
  • Isabelle Vonlanthen from the House of Literature Zurich
  • Selma Wels, curator and moderator in Frankfurt
  • Jan Wiele from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Miriam Zeh

The winner today, of course, is Kiepenheuer & Witsch, which publishes two of the six shortlisted titles.

The shortlist for the German Book Prize 2022
  • Fatma Aydemir: Dschinns (Carl Hanser, February 2022)
  • Kristine Bilkau: Nebenan (Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe / Luchterhand, March 2022)
  • Daniela Dröscher: Lügen über meine Mutter (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2022)
  • Jan Factor: Trottel (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, September 2022)
  • Kim from the Horizon: Blutbuch (DuMont, July 2022)
  • Eckart Nickel: Spitzweg (Piper, April 2022)

From October 4, New books in German will include English translations of excerpts from the pre-selected titles, as well as an English file on the pre-selection. On the evening of the award ceremony, the radio stations Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast the ceremony live on the channel “Dokumente und Debatten” on digital radio and live on Documents and Debate | deutschlandradio.de.

Antje Ravik Strubelas you will recall, won the 2021 edition of the prestigious honor in October for Blaue Frau (blue woman, S. Fischer Verlage, August 2021). Each year a new jury is set up by the German Book Prize Academy to help maintain the independence of the selection process. Multiple jury terms are permitted.

You can follow the program on social networks via the hashtag #dbp22.

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 167th awards report published in the 174 days since we began our 2022 operations on January 3.

More information about Publishing Perspectives on the German book price is here, and about publishing and book prices in general here. To learn more about the German book market, click here.

To learn more about the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its impact on international book publishing, click here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

Why We Need More Indigenous Writers


Publishing needs more Indigenous publishers, but cannot rely on its Indigenous workforce alone to ensure it catches up with effective practices when it comes to Indigenous writers and writing, writes Sandra Phillips.

Eddie Koiki Mabo and others won in the High Court of Australia in 1992 that zero land—nobody’s land – was a fiction. We need more time to kill his lesser-known cousin, zero voice. Voice can mean a sound, a word or a voice; ideas that we – we being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples – having no voice are part of an enduring colonial imaginary.

Bwgcolman’s midwife and nurse researcher Dr Lynore K Geia told us we were “bonded in a place of zero voice‘- the phraseology is meaningful. He says that as Indigenous peoples we have our voices, but the place of our contemporary existence – Australia – is not to hear or listen.

There have been some excellent recent public contributions to the maturation of Australian publishing. Bridget Caldwell-Bright frames her plea for more Indigenous publishing professionals as part of conversations about diversity. She argues that Employment is “the only concrete way to ensure that Indigenous expression can exist without having to rely on the cross-cultural editorial relationship.”

Caldwell-Bright has a strong point: less than 1% of Australian publishing professionals identify as First Nations people in the 2022 Australian Publishing Industry Workforce Survey on the diversity and inclusion. As a former editor of a publisher who trained and worked at Magabala Books and the University of Queensland Press in the 1990s – and later ran Aboriginal Studies Press in the 2000s – I too am advocating for more publishing career opportunities for us Mobs.

But the publishing industry cannot rely solely on its Indigenous workforce to ensure it catches up with effective practices for Indigenous writers and writings. The culture of the industry must change to effect sustainable, meaningful and continuous improvement.

Wuthathi/Meriam woman Terri Janke, an international authority on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, is known for her innovative pathways between the non-Indigenous business sector and Indigenous peoples in business. She has developed protocols for the Australia Council, Screen Australia, City of Sydney and LendLease, among others.

His groundbreaking legal and scholarly work on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights, exemplified in his 2021 book real leads, can continue to be a beacon for industries, such as book publishing, that commercialize Indigenous cultures. Respecting these rights and sharing the benefits with indigenous creators are the touchstones of this still uncertain future.

Culture incubates literature. A larger national culture in competition with itself can never fully settle the terms of its preferred cultural expression. I often hear criticism based on what does or does not contain literary merit as a convenient alibi for what the critic does not feel comfortable with.

Enhancing our national literature with an Indigenous voice could be a mutually beneficial goal if we continue to mature our editorial workforce so as not to “bait” our text – a request voiced by the late Ruby Langford – Ginibi. ‘Gubberise’ is vernacular of the word ‘gubba’, which some believe is short for ‘government’ – which translates into the vernacular as white people.

I am Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng. I was brought up in the North Burnett region of rural Queensland, in the land of my ancestors, Wakka Wakka. I chose academia as my third career after policy research and then publishing. I have taught publishing and publishing studies, as well as literary studies.

In all the traditional study programs that I have organized as an academic, I have renovated teaching methods with essential indigenous knowledge, perspectives and resources. Nevertheless, communicating the many specific indigenous publishing issues to a mainstream (albeit mixed) audience is no simple task, primarily because there is no single style guide that can be adopted for all manuscripts. and all authors.

The push for a “how to” guide is understandable, but misguided. Australia is a continent of hundreds of First Nations. There are stark differences in language, history and culture here, and there are nuanced issues of voice, creativity and representation.

Editing any writing for publication is an act of cultural mediation. It takes heavy doses of diplomacy to get the best out of writers, combined with uncompromising pragmatism to get books to market on time. What constitutes the “best” in this journey is a value judgment – ​​and value judgments derive from culture.

As you will learn in any editing apprenticeship or editing study course, there are three main types of editing. The first is structural editing – which arrangement best suits this story? The second is copy editing – is it well written, do the paragraphs and sentences collide, or do they pull the reader in and keep them on their reading journey? And finally, line editing: are the sentences scanned correctly, are typographical errors eliminated?

These are technical skills that can be taught. But fostering cultural intelligence is a larger project.

Tips for Non-Indigenous Writers

Even if we achieved parity in the population of Indigenous professionals in the publishing industry, 96.8% of the industry would still not be us. Perhaps this explains why conversations about publishing Indigenous literature most often focus on how to improve the professionalism of non-Indigenous publishers.

In the same vein, I offer the following suggestions to non-Aboriginal publishers who are learning about Aboriginal cultures, vernaculars, authors and manuscripts.

  1. Make your first set of notes for yourself rather than on the manuscript, as your notes are likely questions arising from your status as a foreigner and your own knowledge gaps.
  2. Immerse yourself in Indigenous-led cultural environments – festivals, public lectures, theater and celebrations – to learn something of the larger cultural context that your formal learning may have left missing.
  3. Do background research on basic historical facts that your formal learning may also have overlooked.
  4. Read a lot, including diverse genres and works by Indigenous authors.
  5. Ask questions of the author, but avoid interrogations. Contextualize your questions by referring to what you think you understand and what you don’t, do the work to decenter your dominant cultural position, and let the text work on you and you.
  6. Acknowledge your role as a ‘first reader’, but avoid centering yourself as a proxy for a mainstream readership that you believe will not understand the Indigenous voice. What is the point of publishing Indigenous authors, if not for our unique Indigenous voices?

How Indigenous Publishers Can Improve a Book

What about the rarer case of a native publisher and a non-native author? When I first sat down as an intern editor at Magabala Books, that was me.

I was reading a manuscript that should have worked for me: a collaborative synthesis of oral and archival history between an Aboriginal keeper and a white historian. It was a dramatic retelling of a story of Indigenous resistance and its key fighter. Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance had all the things I loved to read.

But something was wrong. Instead of launching into the text with the proofreading symbols I was eagerly learning, I sat down with this manuscript and started to identify where I was uncomfortable: quoting pages and sentences and develop corresponding questions. Many questions, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter. I had so many questions that I produced a separate report. From my perspective, the manuscript reads as an apologist for the views of the settlers.

My perseverance was rewarded with a stunning rewrite by the author – and the book went on to win the Historical and Critical Studies award at the 1996 WA Premier’s Literary Awards. While the Magabala Books website now lists the book as “out of print”, my doctoral research revealed that 15 years after first publication, the book was still being printed and sold by tour operators as a way for travelers to better understand the Kimberley region. I was, at the time of the first publication, quite delighted with the recognition by the author of my publicized interventions:

When the manuscript appeared ready for print, a new editor gave it a rigorous final review. Sandra Phillips seemed to know exactly the questions to ask. As a result, the manuscript has been refined to the point that I am happy with its release.

According to journalist and author George Megalogenis, Australia made history as the first English-speaking nation to become a predominantly migrant nation. He sees an urgent need for a “unifying story for the 21st century”, which could be found in the indigenous “roots of our family tree”. Although some Aboriginal people may argue that all non-Aboriginal people are migrants, it is worth considering.

What is our “unifying story”? We are a long way from a national literature brimming with stories of Indigenous writers, storytellers, creators and communities. Such an overflowing national literature may not produce a unifying history, but it could reveal a modern nation-state far more comfortable with the indigenous voice – an eradication of zero voice to support the eradication of zero earth.

Sandra Phillips is Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. This is an edited excerpt from an essay first published by the Conversation. Read the full article here.

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Film ‘The Algorithm’ about the January 6 insurrection in the works of Wayfarer studios – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Wayfarer Studios has announced the acquisition of The algorithma narrative feature film by Nenad Cicin-Sain (The moment) exploring how social media platforms handled the attack on the US Capitol, which took place on January 6, 2021.

The film will seek to explore what happened during and after the event, when the platforms went into crisis mode, ultimately resulting in then-US President Donald Trump being permanently banned from several major social networks. It will cover what happened behind the scenes of this historic moment, who ultimately made the unprecedented decision to ban Trump, and how the decision-making process unfolded, also wondering if social media platforms have a position of arbiters of freedom of expression.

Cicin-Sain is committed to writing the feature film, based on his own processing. Angela Cardon will develop the project on behalf of Wayfarer Studios, which will serve as her financier, with Justin Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof set to produce. Further details about the film’s director, cast, and planned production dates are yet to be announced.

“I became fascinated with how social media was changing society and started looking for ramifications with no intention of writing a screenplay,” Cicin-Sain said. “But when I found these extraordinary character stories of people who shape the direction of society through the way we interact and communicate with each other, I felt there was something that needed to be said.”

“It is important at Wayfarer Studios that we address the issues we all face as a society. This film has no partisan political agenda,” added Wayfarer Studios President Jamey Heath. “Because of January 6, several steps have been taken to question whether the right to free speech outweighs our need for truth and accurate facts. This moment in our history underscores the importance for us as a people to be diligent seekers of truth for the betterment of our nation and, quite frankly, for the betterment of the world. We are motivated to analyze these events and issues in all their aspects.

Cicin-Sain recently wrote the screenplay These people, which will be produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films, after being picked up by Bron Studios in a competitive situation. His first feature film, The momentstarring Frank Langella, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll, premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

Wayfarer Studios is an independent production studio co-founded by Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz and led by Heath, which recently announced plans to develop a live-action feature based on the classic arcade game, Pac man. In 2020, Wayfarer released the film directed by Baldoni Clouds, the first feature film to be released on Disney+. Other upcoming projects of the company include Wool and Empire Waist.

Cicin-Sain is represented by WME and Bruns Brennan Berry.

Yiyun Li: “I’m Not That Nice, Friendly Chinese Lady Who Writes…Being Subversive Is Important to Me” | Fiction


In 2005, a new literary star emerged with a collection of short stories that immediately began raking in awards. Yiyun Li was a 33-year-old Peking University science graduate, a former math prodigy who emigrated from China to the United States to study immunology and took up creative writing with the aim of to improve his English. Within two years, she had been listed as one of Granta’s Top 21 Young American Novelists, without having actually published a novel, and two of the stories of A thousand years of good prayers had been made into films by Chinese-American director Wayne Wang.

In two novels and a second collection of short stories published over the next decade, she continued to focus on Chinese life, observed through a long-distance telescope, but suddenly everything changed. She started writing about herself, she embraced the first person for the first time in her fiction, and she started to expand beyond China. “At first,” says Li, from her home in Princeton, New Jersey, where she works as a creative writing teacher, “people thought, ‘Here’s a very nice Chinese lady who could write in English’ — but I’m not not that kind of nice, friendly lady who can also write a little. Being subversive is important to me. And part of being subversive is not following the narratives that fit best.

The Book of the Goose.

His fifth novel is a good example: The goose book is a deeply bizarre story of a passionate friendship between two farm girls in rural France shortly after World War II. Narrator Agnès is a good student neglected by her parents, distracted by the prolonged death of her elder brother suffering from tuberculosis, whom he brought back from a German prisoner of war camp. Fabienne, a goatherd, is a gifted storyteller but unable to write because her mother died, so she was taken out of school to take care of her father and brothers’ house. Together, they begin to concoct stories of comic book violence: a young mother who feeds her newborn baby to pigs; a madman who has sex with a cow. The stories are picked up by a widowed postmaster who, for not entirely honorable reasons, passes them on to a Parisian publisher. Soon, Agnès is feted like a prodigy peasant, while Fabienne is stubborn with her goats.

In lesser hands, this could become a cautionary tale about the role played in child abuse by adults’ exploitation of childhood fantasy, but Li is too clever and subtle a writer to allow her characters to become numbers. She deploys tone, syntax and vocabulary to hold her reader firmly within the confines of a 13-year-old imagination shaped by the blood, shit and repetition of farm life. Agnès considers herself the whetstone of Fabienne’s knife. “Who’s the toughest and sharpest in the end?” Li laughs. “It’s shocking, isn’t it, because they’re so passionate and can’t separate violence from love.”

Li, 49, admits that she herself only occasionally visits France, having spent her first 23 years in China and the rest in the United States. She pushed the novel past Francophile writer Edmund White, a good friend, with whom she has been attending a daily online reading group of two since the start of the pandemic. “But, you know, I grew up with pigs running around,” she says. “And the good thing about teenage girls is that it doesn’t matter if they’re in France, England, China or Japan – they all have this intensity, this purity and also this feeling that the whole world is made up by their close bond with another girl.

The change that brought Li to this novel was detailed in a collection of autobiographical essays, published in 2017, which deeply shocked those who had followed his career. Dear friend, from my life I write to you in your life was obsessively preoccupied with suicide, friends and literary heroes. She described her life growing up in a complex for nuclear industry workers (her father was a nuclear physicist), where she and her sister were bullied by a “despotic and vulnerable” mother; and where she was picked at school to solve math equations in front of the class, while her classmates were punished for their stupidity. She described her escape in books, including her love affair, at the age of 12, with the prose poems of Ivan Turgenev. “I didn’t know anything about Turgenev except that he was Russian. There were only his words, about talking skulls, meditative mountains, friends stabbing each other in the back.

Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li

She also revealed that by the time she left school she had made the first of three suicide attempts; the other two were during a depression she suffered in 2012 – a time when, to the outside world, she seemed like a successful writer and happily married mother of two young sons. A few months after the publication of the memoirs, his eldest son, Vincent, committed suicide at the age of 16.

His response was to launch a few novels in quick succession. where reason ends was about a grieving Chinese-American writer conversing with her dead son who committed suicide (“I was almost you once,” she says, “and that’s why I allowed myself to invent this world to speak with you”). The second, Should I go – partially written, but abandoned, at the time of Vincent’s death – concerned an American octogenarian who despises the “memoir class” and is unable to face the question of why her daughter killed herself years earlier, leaving the protagonist the responsibility of raising his granddaughter.

It’s early morning in the United States when we speak, and Li has blocked out any possibility of snooping around her room by sitting in front of an aisle of silver birch trees. It’s a photograph of the Russian woods where Tolstoy used to take his morning walks, she says. It’s tempting to see this as another example of hiding in literature – as she did in her youth – except that it’s also through literature that she found a way to reveal herself. “We live more sentimentally in a borrowed life,” she wrote in an afterword to her memoir.

However distant The goose book seems from his own life, he is full of vividly refracted sensory memories. The girls are fascinated by the color and taste of oranges, which were rare in wartime. Li connects the intensity of this experience to one she had when she was nine or ten years old, when she saw an American student skating along the road near her home with a neon green backpack. . “China has just started to open the door to Westerners,” she explains. “Seeing a man zoom past was already like a fairy tale. But the most interesting thing was the backpack, because neon green just wasn’t a color we had in our daily lives.

For such a screenwriter, who talked about hiding in fiction, perhaps the biggest breakthrough was in the first person, both in fiction and in deeply personal essays, usually for the New Yorker. “You know what Edgar says in King Lear: ‘To be the worst, / The lowest and most downcast thing in fortune, / Stand still in hope, live not in fear,’” she says. “After what happened in my life, I think there is less fear. I used to think hiding things, or hiding, was a priority in life, right? I thought I could do that in fiction. But once monumental things happened, those fears became much weaker. I don’t know if I’m less private, but I’m less inclined to have this motion clash with privacy. Does that make sense?”

Until now, Li has always refused to have her work translated into Chinese, in particular to prevent her mother from reading it. “My personal salvation”, she wrote in her memoir, “…is that I have denied my mother tongue”, although later in the same essay she went on to say that the absoluteness of surrender , and her determination to pursue it, “was kind of suicide.” Lately, she’s given in, and her two most recent novels are in translation.

The goose book is not tender with the mothers: one is dead and the other is almost invisible. More telling perhaps – and revealed too early to be a plot spoiler – Fabienne dies in childbirth and Agnès returns from a childless marriage. These two evil, dangerous and glorious girls are their own creation and their own destiny, captured at the height of their lives. What does she think of her mother reading it? “Well, the funny thing is, you know, even though my mom didn’t change, I did. My life has changed,” she says. “I wouldn’t say I don’t care about the opinions of the family, but I may have acquired some immunity.”

The goose book by Yiyun Li is published by Fourth Estate (£16.99). To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at guardianbookshop.com. Delivery charges may apply

Robertson Media Center is a hidden gem for creatives – The Cavalier Daily


Nestled on the third floor of the Clemons Library, the Robertson Media Center has a treasure trove of creative technology resources available free to university students and staff. Its spaces include audio and video recording studios, a 3D printing studio, virtual reality spaces and computer labs. Forget the books – there are albums to record, documentaries to film and cartoons to animate, all in the library.

RMC staff offer one-on-one consultations and specialized workshops as well as basic training for many of their resources. However, no expertise is needed to try out much of the creative technology available, although most spaces require reservation and some have brief virtual orientations.

Josh Thorud, librarian for multimedia teaching and learning at the media center, explains that often students can jump in with nothing but a creative vision in hand and learn along the way.

“That’s really what it’s there for — experimentation, innovation, just trying to get people to be creative and experiment with creative technologies,” Thorud said. “Just come in and try something.”

When entering RMC, the big decision is which space to explore first. The video production studio is the most eye-catching. Upon entering the room, the backdrops are front and center.

“It’s really cool to see people the first time they go to a green screen,” Thorud said. “They come in and look around and then they can stand anywhere…the options are endless, in that sense. It’s like a magic trick.

In front of the green screen are director’s chairs and other props, professional cameras and a teleprompter. Lighting and audio are already configured for users. This supports the studio’s mission according to Thorud – to be accessible and inclusive while providing access to high-end equipment.

Besides the main video studio, students can go to “G-Lab” when not in use to edit with iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro, or book a workspace in the Digital Media Lab to use these software on a dual-monitor setup. . The Digital Media Lab also offers options for those with niche film interests. Anyone can bring VHS tapes and film slides to explore digitization, and those with experience can work with a Steenback film editor.

But the RMC is home to more than film resources. Audiophiles have their fair share of options as they head to the audio studio, one of their most popular spaces. It comes equipped with three sound booths, each with two microphones, various music production tools, and computer access to Audacity, Garage Band, Logic Pro, Sound Studio, and more.

Students have already done everything from music to studio podcasts, with some projects going public. A notable example is “Song Stories”a podcast created by freshmen in conjunction with the ENWR course “American Roots Music”, published on WTJU in 2020.

A few doors down from these audio booths is the 3D printing studio, another of RMC’s top attractions. A “Star Wars” inspired Mandalorian helmet large enough to wear sits above a math project on the rack at the front of the room.

“It’s a huge range of projects, from memorabilia to costumes to art projects,” Thorud said.

This is possible thanks to the wide choice of materials and machines available. The 3D printing studio currently has seven 3D printers open for reservation, of different brands and models. Although the materials are usually expensive, students can 3D print for free after completing a dissertation. initial training session.

Further down the open space of RMC is another unique offering: two immersive virtual reality spaces. A large carpet marks the room-scale movement of each virtual space. According to Pallavi Vemuri, a college sophomore and digital media consultant, the most popular use of these VR systems is playing video games. However, the space also houses development software for those looking to get involved in the technical side.

Even when it’s time to leave RMC, there are a range of technologies available for use outside of physical space, as they offer a range of technologies for control. Everything from high-end cameras to projectors to lighting setups are open to students and staff.

Unique projects have been created by students in the past using equipment rented from RMC. The students of the basic multimedia reporting class have been created “Spring Broken: College on COVID”for example, in 2020. CIOs are also heavy users of rentals for various unique purposes.

“There was a CIO who was trying to do this project with a kind of almost surround sound,” Vemuri said. “It’s the kind of audio system where when you’re in different parts of the room, you can hear different things. So if you’re in a corner of the room you hear one thing, if you’re in a different corner of a room you hear something else, but the placement of all this equipment means that the sound doesn’t come in not in conflict with each other.

At the Robertson Media Center, the options are endless for unique creative production. No matter the interest or skill level, the third floor of the Clemons Library has the tools to turn creative dreams into reality with its plethora of creative technologies at no cost. To find out more about CMR, book on their websitetalk to reception or request a tour.

Naagin 6 Sep 17 Episode written Sheshnaagin and her daughter save a girl Prathna kills Nevla


Naagin 6, September 17, written episode: In today’s episode, Takshak tells Pratha that she cannot control fate and that her daughter will definitely become a Sheshnaagin. Prathna reaches Rudra’s office for a journalism job interview where she has a face-to-face with a nevla (mongoose). Journalist Vivek and the Snake Charmer try to convince Rudra of Naagin’s existence but he denies their theory. Rishabh expresses his dislike for Rudra and tells Pratha that he will never marry Anmol. Pratha is convinced that Rudra will marry Anmol as she thinks she will settle her daughter in life. Pratha and Prathna are almost face to face.Also Read – Tejasswi Prakash Shares Soft Image With Beau Karan Kundrra, TejRan Fans Call Him ‘Eighth Wonder’

To sum up:

Prathna saves her father, Professor Jeet, from a locust attack. Professor Jeet is convinced that this is an enemy plan against India. Rudra cannot forget Anmol and is fascinated by his insight. He meets Prathna at Gujral’s house on Anmol’s birthday and is shocked to see his striking resemblance to Prathna. Rajesh Pratap Singh aka Rajesh Solanki’s aunt tells Tara that Professor Jeet wants to meet. Tara tells him to tell Jeet that Prathna is not a Naagin. Tara reveals that the night of Laal Chaand Prathna will become Sheshnaagin and she will then be under their control. Rajesh Pratap’s aunt meets Jeet and taunts him that even if she was Pratha’s daughter, would he abandon her. He tells her that he will not and he will not leave Badarpur as he has important work to do here. Rajesh Pratap’s aunt feels the professor is still active in his patriotic mission to defend India. Takshak reveals to Farishta that Lord Shiva’s blessings would be upon Pratha’s daughter whom she had prayed for not to turn into Sheshnaagin. Rudra is determined to find out the truth about the locust attack. Anmol sees a nightmare where she is surrounded by snakes. Pratha tells Anmol not to worry as it was just a bad dream. Pratha reaches Naagmahal and reminisces about her past. Also Read – Tejasswi Prakash opens up about her struggles and remembers being shamed at school


Takshak welcomes Pratha and Naagmahal. He tells her that as long as Sheshnaag does not come out of his 100 year vow to serve Lord Vishnu, he will fulfill his duties. Pratha tells her not to come back in Anmol’s dream again and asks her to stay away from her daughter. She tells him that Lord Shiva’s blessings are with Anmol, so he won’t turn into Naagin. The two argue and Pratha declares that she won’t let her daughter become a Naagin and leaves. Sheshnaagin says loud and clear that no one can change what is written in fate. He says the Naagmahal will see a new Sheshnaagin very soon. Professor Jeet calls Prathna while she is in the car and asks her why did she leave home in such bad weather. She tells her father that this is her dream job because the news channel she is applying to only shows the truth. Jeet asks her to take care of her while she cuts the phone. Also Read – Naagin 6, September 11, Episode Written: Sheshnaagin goes to Naagmahal, Prarthna turns into Naagin



Prathna gets out of the car as it starts to rain heavily. She gives her umbrella to the children as Rudra sees her and also gives her umbrella to the children. As Rudra walks into his office, Prathna worries about his interview. Suddenly a nevla (mongoose) attacks her and tries to bite her. But Prathna kicks him hard and he dies on the spot. Reporter Vivek arrives on the scene with the snake charmer. Vivek tells Prathna that the nevla attacked her as if she were his enemy. Prathna tells her that she has never killed an animal before but did not realize what happened just now. As Prathna moves forward, the snake charmer tells Vivek that she is a Naagin. Vivek’s superior arrives and mocks the snake charmer theory. However, Vivek convinces his eldest that it will make a good TRP story.


As Prathna sits down with other applicants for an interview, they learn that the interview will not take place because Boss is busy with something very important. A candidate worries about how she will organize her mother’s operation. Prathna sympathizes with her and starts shouting around the office while stuttering. She accuses the boss of lack of professionalism. Rudra listens to Prathna and comes out of her room. Seeing her face to face, he remembers Pratha. He tells everyone that the interview will take place. He tells Prathna that he knows someone who is his doppelganger. Rudra questions the snake charmer and denies his claims. He tells Rudra that he can prove everything now by playing the flute. Prathna thinks Rudra is arrogant so she decides to leave the job interview. She tells the candidate who is worried about her mother that she is the one who deserves the job more than her. Anmol gets agitated as Rudra doesn’t answer his call. Rishabh tells her that she shouldn’t worry as Rudra is not suitable for her. Pratha tells Anmol that since Rudra is not picking up the phone, they will meet him themselves and also talk about his marriage with his parents. Rishabh disagrees but is then forced by Pratha to go with them.


Prathna is stopped at reception by the office staff because, according to the rules, she cannot leave the premises until the interview is over. Rishabh, Pratha and Anmol arrive at Rudra’s house beside his office. They are greeted by his mother. Pratha warns Rishabh not to behave like a possessive father. As the snake charmer begins to play his flute, Pratha and Prathna begin to transform into Naagin but somehow control each other. Both feel uncomfortable with noise. After he stops playing the flute, he says he can smell a Naagin inside the building. Rudra loses his temper and has him thrown out by the guards. He feels insulted and leaves the scene as an electric wire breaks. The girl Prathna was willing to sacrifice her job for comes out to call her mother as the broken electric wire is about to fall on her. Pratha saves her by holding her with a wooden stick. While a rod charged with electric current is going to fall on her from another side, Prathna comes to support it by stopping it with another stick. The Snake Charmer sees them both and is impressed. Pratha cannot see her face and as the security personnel arrive, Prathna leaves.


Rudra comes there and asks Pratha if she is fine. He takes her inside. Rudra meets Prathna and praises her bravery and big heart. He tells her that the interview will take place soon. Prathna calls her dad and says she is staying for interview. As Rudra comes inside the cabin with Pratha where Rishabh and Anmol are waiting, Rishabh intimidates Rudra and asks him why he called Anmol at odd hours. Pratha manages to take the situation under control and tells Rudra and her mother that she will meet them tonight for dinner at Gujral house. The snake charmer tells his followers that he has seen Sheshnaagin and his daughter and now he can earn a lot of wealth by controlling the Naagin. As Pratha leaves, she collides with Prathna and the latter’s file pages scatter. Pratha sees that the pages have fallen because of the fan. As she moves to turn off the fan, she steps on one of the pages and Prathna’s hand touches her feet. Pratha turns to see Prathna.


In the next episode, Prathna transforms into Naagin as Sapera attempts to control her using her flute. She defeats Sapera and his followers.

For more updates on Naagin 6, check this space on India.com.

Co-writing Michael K. Williams memoir inspired best-selling author to find ‘wider purpose’


Karu F. Daniels

Actor Michael K. Williams has become a bestselling author, a year after his shocking death.

The Brooklyn-born star of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” died Sept. 6, 2021, at age 54.

Her autobiography, titled “Scenes from My Life,” was nearing completion when Williams suffered a fatal overdose of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

The 18-chapter tome, co-written by Jon Sternfeld, was released on August 23 and immediately became a bestseller. The book offers unflinching details of Williams’ childhood trauma, his battles with drug addiction, and an acclaimed career that exceeded his own expectations.

Although Williams has built a cult-like fanbase by appearing in projects touching on civil injustice, homosexuality, domestic violence and slavery, her own journey and inner struggles have remained private.

“It was part of his act,” Sternfeld told the Daily News. “He didn’t want people to know, because he thought it was like a weakness on his part.”

Sternfeld, who co-wrote books with the senses. Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and exonerated attorney Isaac Wright, Jr., were first approached to write a book with Williams centered on his juvenile criminal justice work.

“When I first met him it was all about this work… over time it became clear that his personal story had to play a part in the book, but he was far too humble,” said said Sternfeld. “Mike was like, ‘I don’t want to write one of those books where it’s like, ‘Look, I did it, you can do it too.'”

After being convinced that sharing her story would serve readers in a positive way, Williams agreed to open up.

“If Mike thought anything could help people, he was all for it,” Sternfeld said.

Parts of “Scenes From My Life” are brutally honest, especially the memories of Williams’ complicated relationship with his mother, who died in July at age 94, the violent attack that led to the 5-inch scar on his face and its addiction to crack.

“I think Mike wanted to share his story, but he was so trained in calming the pain that even though he had come to this mature place, there was still a little voice in his head saying, ‘Don’t let people see this .’ And he had to struggle with that,” the author said.

“He’s shared stuff with me and I’d even say, ‘Are you sure you want that in the book? You know, thousands of people are going to read this… And he’d be like, ‘I don’t have the freedom to omit such things.’

Throughout the nearly three-year process of working with Williams, Sternfeld had to be available at all times to speak with the busy actor. The experience led to its own epiphany.

“Being kind of part of Mike’s legacy, which was accidental, has been a big responsibility. And it makes me feel the power of the books in a way that I’ve never felt before,” said the a former New Rochelle high school teacher and alumnus of Emory University, who describes himself as a suburban white Jewish kid and a “huge fan” of the actor.

“After writing Mike’s book with him, I can’t go back to a more direct ‘it’s just a job’ mentality,” he said.

Interview with author Peggy Frew: on wildflowers and writing


The guy in the hat talks about his bike like it’s his best friend. The older couple by the window are worried about one of their children. I can’t hear a word they say, but check out the synchronized eye rolls. The sneaky loner looking over his laptop? Definitely a novelist. Research and development phase.

“I never do it consciously. I think I do it subconsciously, ”says Peggy Frew as the Brunswick cafe hits the lunch peak. “I notice that I borrow from things that I have observed. Strangers as well as “real” people. But it’s not like I’m sitting here with a notebook writing down what the guy in the beanie just said.

Peggy Frew, author and musician.Credit:

We do, by the way, sometimes. Studying cafe characters was a fun exercise when I was in writing college — the same one Frew went to, in this instance. Except that she has since published four novels. His last, Wild flowerslives in the deeply observed head of a woman who sees, feels and thinks perhaps a little too much.

“It reminds me of that fantastic play I read by Jenny Offill,” she says, outsourcing her train of thought to another writer, as writers do. “She wrote a book called Time. And another called Speculation Department. A very empathetic writer…”

“When I was living in New York,” Ofill’s story in turn tells, from a conversation at a bookstore in 2020, “I found it almost impossible not to get sucked into all the little drama around of me. There is such emotion in a single subway car. Sometimes it was overwhelming. There’s this line in a Gary Lutz story that I love. Someone asked a guy if he was “involved with anyone” and he said “everyone”.

“That’s kind of how I feel myself,” Frew says. “I think maybe that’s the writer part of me. I can’t turn it off, which can actually get exhausting…I had coffee with a friend this morning and she was talking about the difficulties her child was having. And I feel like those struggles are inside me now.

Of course, empathy is not strictly speaking the writer’s problem. It strikes a chord in this conversation because of Nina, the main character of Wild flowers, which has so many that it gets lost in the weeds. It’s in her tangled head that we live as she deals with a sister, Amber, whose unknowable headspace sucks the lives of everyone into her orbit.

I’ve only read three Peggy Frew novels. But I also remember Silver, the daughter of a reckless seeker of an alternative lifestyle to farm of hopeand Bonnie, a suburban wife, mother and former musician juggling it all in house of sticks. I feel like every time I’ve been deep inside a woman’s head with too much going on.

Frew with his ARIA award-winning band Art of Fighting.

Frew with his ARIA award-winning band Art of Fighting.Credit:artoffighting.com

“Yeah. he is that’s how it is too,” she says. “I feel like these are characters who can’t help but try to figure out who they are. That’s also my process. I try to figure out who they are and answer the questions for myself- same.

Novels have always had answers, she says. “Oh my God, everyone…When I was a kid, I remember we would go to some kind of social event and my sister and I would stay in the car with our books.”

They grew up in East St Kilda’s ‘bagel belt’, in a home where words mattered. She imagines Mom getting up in the middle of dinner to pull out the dictionary. Dad is still at the puzzle crossword every weekend. Peggy was always going to be a writer, though she forgot about it until relatively recently.

“My sister found this exercise book in which we had written when we were very young. I might have been seven years old. He said: “Peggy wants to be an author and Claudia wants to be an acrobat”. So one of us realized his dream.

And this despite a rock’n’roll diversion of 10 years or more. “To my shame, I started playing in Art of Fighting because my boyfriend wanted to start a band and he already knew how to play drums and guitar, so I took the bass. It was never my idea. It’s something I accepted.

“Music came as an opportunity. I didn’t go looking for it. I had some of these really wonderful teachers who encouraged my creative writing, but towards the end of year 12, I lost all my confidence.


  1. Worst habit? Overthinking.
  2. Biggest fear? That my children will suffer.
  3. The line that stayed with you? “Good writing takes a long time and… it tangles before it smooths out.” (Brenda Walker, interviewed by Rachel Power in The Divided Heart).
  4. Biggest regret? That I wasn’t more independent as a young woman. I would have liked to travel more, play in more bands, be braver.
  5. Favorite room? My child’s room. It was an attic room, painted blue, with casement windows, and I fell in love with so many books in it.
  6. The song you wish was yours? Any song written and performed by Adrianne Lenker.
  7. If I could solve one thing… Inaction on climate change.

Bonnie, the retired musician who became a mother in house of sticks, comes to mind here. She’s an excellent guitarist, but strictly a parallel player to the main personality of the band. “Certainly drawn from life,” Frew says. “I’ve taken so much from those years of playing music with these people and collaborating. It’s so different from writing. It’s this wonderful experience of something bigger than all of you…I felt like really invested in it, and I forgot my childhood dream of being an author.

The art of combat is still a thing. A dreamy fourth rock album, Luna lowbroke a long silence in 2019. On the 21st anniversary of their award-winning ARIA debut, Son, sends them back on the road at the end of this month. “We should have made more albums, but we are very slow.” She writes one song per album, she adds with a laugh.

“When I was 17, I really felt like music was more important, but I was still writing. When I look back…I wrote a lot of letters…and I was writing stories. I I didn’t know it at the time. And I was always writing short stories. Or trying.

One of them, Home visitwon age Short Story Award in 2008. Then house of sticks won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award. farm of hope and he is were both shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, among other accolades. Price or not, four novels in just over 10 years surely make up for any perceived lost time.

tilting Wild flowers, I wonder if this description of Nina’s college years reminds her of anyone: “She wasn’t like them, the talkers, the wormers… There was something holding her back. And maybe it was that she was just taking her time, preparing for a late entry, and when she was ready, she would sport that expression that she had practiced in the world…”

“Yes, that was me,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll be the first writer in the world to be able to identify the fact that I’ve always felt on the edge of things; outside by looking inside. I think it’s a very common experience. I’ve felt that all my life. »

The seed of Wild flowers′ The central drama came from a newspaper article read aloud by Frew’s husband, musician and painter, Mick Turner, about 15 years ago. It was about a drug addict from a northern suburb of Melbourne who asked his father to chain him to his bed for three days, “and whatever he does or says, not to unleash him”.

The music, says Frew,

The music, says Frew, “simply appeared as an opportunity”.Credit:

She opens her eyes wide. “It just stuck in me, somewhere. When I was finishing he is …that kind of float. Something about this bald little summary of these unfolding events. And yet, it opened up so many questions. What happened? Did the father do it? Did it work?

“Joan Didion says that when you’re a parent, you often write about your worst fears,” she explains in a roundabout explanation. “I wonder why. Why is this useful? What do you get by doing this?”

Frew and Turner met at a gig at the Rob Roy in Fitzroy in the early 2000s. beautiful songs.”) His band, the Dirty Three, were already global underground rock heroes. His new band Mess Esque is currently touring Europe. Over the years, they’ve learned to keep their creative processes pretty separate, Frew says.

“We are very careful. Because he’s busy with three kids. And we’ve both had the experience of asking the other person to watch something or listen to something at the wrong time and feel devastated that we didn’t show interest.


“You’re really vulnerable when you show someone your creative work. We know each other so well, but there is a certain timidity in this area. We are therefore very careful and choose our times carefully.

Yet another telescoping well of writers’ wisdom for the road…

“I heard Helen Garner once quote someone – I can’t remember who – saying they felt like going back to writing a book was like going back to a period of illness. I kinda feel like that, about Wild flowers above all. What an era! I would never want to be back there.

Wild flowers (Allen & Unwin) by Peggy Frew is available now.

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Which Manistee County writer won an award?


The EVVY Awards are among the nation’s oldest book awards competitions for independent authors and publishers and are one of the most rigorously judged book competitions, according to a press release.

“I am both thrilled and humbled by this recognition of my writing,” Wemlinger said in the statement.

“The Widow and the Warrior” tells the story of an Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant forced to retire or face potential charges for certain acts of vigilante justice he committed while served in Afghanistan. In retirement, he becomes a recluse until he is asked to return to his hometown of Frankfort, Michigan to help protect an innocent woman whose life is in danger. As he performs his protective duties, he is called upon again to take matters into his own hands in order to save her life.

“John Wemlinger is no stranger to literary awards. Her third novel, ‘Before the Snow Flies,’ won the 2019 EVVY Book Awards and Foreword Review’s Indie Book Awards,” Mission Point Press business manager Doug Weaver said in the release. “Her latest novel, “The Cut,” was named Michigan’s Outstanding Book of 2022 by the Michigan State Library and now “The Widow and the Warrior” has won gold.

“He is a prolific writer and this series of awards attests to the quality of what he writes.”

Wemlinger, a retired US Army colonel, lives in Onekama and all but one of his books are set along the shore of Lake Michigan.

“I write about what I know and it’s our country’s great veterans and the sacrifices they and their families make,” Wemlinger said.

All of Wemlinger’s books are available at Amazon in ebook or paperback format. Visit johnwemlinger.com for more information or to preview the first four chapters of any of his novels.

The long list of National Book Awards 2022: Fiction


This week, The New Yorker announced the lists of finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards. Earlier, we featured the lists for Children’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Non-Fiction.

Jonathan Escoffery’s collection of interconnected short stories, “If I Survive You,” follows a Jamaican family living in Miami as they struggle to survive amid racism, recession, and Hurricane Andrew. The book, which varies between first, second, and third person, past, present, and future tenses, “feels incredibly free,” writes Katy Waldman in a recent review. Escoffery’s stylistic exuberance contrasts with his subject matter, which Waldman describes as “a litany of cruelties which people in difficult circumstances render to one another”.

Escoffery’s collection is one of eight fiction debuts on the long list of this year’s National Book Award for Fiction, along with Fatimah Asghar’s ‘When We Were Sisters’; “The City of Babylon”, by Alejandro Varela; “It Could All Be Different,” by Sarah Thankam Mathews; “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” by Leigh Newman; “The Rabbit Hutch,” by Tess Gunty; “Maria, Maria: & Other Stories,” by Marytza K. Rubio; and “Shutter”, by Ramona Emerson. Only one nominee, Gayl Jones, has ever been honored by the National Book Awards, for her 1998 novel “The Healing.” The full list is below.

Fatimah AsgarWhen we were sisters
One World / Penguin Random House

Ramona EmersonShutter
Soho Crime / Soho Press

Jonathan EscofferyIf I survive you
MCD / Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Tess GuntyThe rabbit hutch
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

gayl jonesThe bird catcher
Press tag

Jamil Jan KochaiThe Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sarah Thankam MathewsIt could all be different
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Leigh Newmanno one comes out alive
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Marytza K.RubioMaria, Maria: and other stories
Liveright / WW Norton & Company

Alexandre VarelaThe city of Babylon
Astra House / Astra Publishing House

This year’s category judges are Ben Fountain, the author of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk», finalist of the National Book Award in 2012; Brandon Hobson, whose novel “Where the dead speak sittingwas a 2018 National Book Award finalist; Pam Houston, the author of the memoirs “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country”; Dana Johnson, the author of the collection of short stories “In Not Quite Black”; and Michelle Malonzo, Operations Manager at The Word, a storytelling sanctuary. ♦

Ten thousand readers in nearly 150 countries


And it was only published last week, says UND’s Rebecca Rozelle-Stone of her article in The Conversation

UND Professor Rebecca Rozelle-Stone’s webpage on The Conversation links to her article, “When Tragedy Becomes Commonplace: Why News Consumers Feel Crisis Fatigue.” Web screenshot.

Editor’s note: September 6, Je Conversation published an article by Rebecca Rozelle-Stone, professor of philosophy and religion at the UND. UND Today has reprinted the article here, and an interview with Professor Rozelle-Stone about her experience with The Conversation is below.


UND Today: Congratulations on being the first UND scholar to write for The Conversation since the University became a Sustaining Member of the organization in July!

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Thanks! Yes, I’m glad the communications team at UND introduced me to The Conversation over the summer, because before that, I had no idea the organization even existed. But now I get their newsletter and read the articles, and it’s great.

UND Today: Can you tell us how you decided to write an article for The Conversation?

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Sure. At first, I wasn’t sure I would have the time to do it; but after looking at the potential benefits of writing an article, I was convinced, especially when I saw that they wanted a short article – something that was around 800-1000 words.

I thought, ‘Well, it can be done.’ After all, it’s not like writing a typical journal article in philosophy, which is usually around 20 pages.

And I loved the prospect of addressing contemporary issues that would interest and perhaps affect people, but also related to my research.

So, I initially had a few ideas to submit to them. I spoke to Kalpana Jain, who is their senior religion and ethics editor, and presented my ideas. One she thought was quite complex; but the other, which ended up being the one that got published, was about crisis fatigue. And it’s a topic that came out of my own research on moral care.

I accepted that suggestion, started writing my ideas, and then wrote my initial article, which was probably around 1,300 words. I sent that, and then, pretty quickly – and that’s another reason I loved writing for them; they answer you right away – she answered me.

I think the article has gone through about six different versions. Again, a lot of this was new to me, due to the types of edits they wanted and their requirement that I put a hyperlink for every complaint I made. I wasn’t used to doing that last task, but I thought it was really helpful to make sure the article offered the data and information to back up my arguments.

As for the changes, many were aimed at making the language more accessible to the general public, which I appreciated. Additionally, they wanted to reduce the length of the article to be closer to their usual standard, which is, again, around 1,000 words.

And we went through those six drafts or so in about two weeks. For me, it was really fast, given how long it usually takes to get feedback on traditional journal articles.

Rebecca Rozelle Stone

UND Today: Is this review article feedback a matter of weeks or months?

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: So, I sent in a chapter to be published in a book, and that was two years ago now. And I’m still waiting! (Laughs)

It’s usually not that long. But for newspaper articles, it will often take around nine months, and sometimes even longer.

So that quick turnaround really motivated me, especially because I wanted to publish the article soon, given that it was a news issue. It made me want to keep writing and doing it.

I also loved seeing it come out so quickly when finished! You know, there’s something rewarding about that.

UND Today: What was the response?

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Since its publication – and it’s only been a little over a week – it has been read by more than 10,000 people in a total of almost 150 countries, including Mongolia and Botswana and 122 people in Norway. It was reposted on about 20 news sites, ranging from Fast Company and the Houston Chronicle and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities to the Huron Daily Tribune and the Laredo Morning Times.

It has already been translated into Ukrainian. I just received a request for a Japanese translation.

I was asked to give a short audio recording on the subject for The Academic Minute series, and I was asked to give a talk at a college in Minnesota. It’s the kind of opportunity that would very rarely arise when publishing more traditional articles, so I think it’s been a really good experience.

The Conversation also lets you access metrics through a dashboard on its website. It’s been fascinating to track things like number of views or bed the article is getting, how many tweets have been about it and things like that, which are comments I’ve never received with anything else I’ve posted. So it’s great to have this idea.

UND Today: Here at the UND communications office, we received an email regarding your story the other day. He noted that your article was the lead article on NiemanLab.org, a website run by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Wow, I hadn’t heard of that! That’s wonderful.

You know, another reason I’m glad I got to write this kind of article is so I could send it to my parents after it’s published, and it’s something they can read and understand. The other things I do are a lot more academic, but it was great to have something that lets family members know what I’ve been working on.

UND Today: We were particularly impressed with how you incorporated the thoughts and experiences of Simone Weil – the philosopher you have studied and written about extensively – into your article.

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Thanks! It was apt, I think, because while Simone Weil was a fairly obscure French philosopher, her job was to try to reach out and work with the poor and marginalized classes and make a difference in the lives of ordinary people. And so I think she would be really excited about that kind of place, because that’s the kind of work she’s done herself.

I mean, she quit her job as a philosophy teacher to go into factories and learn how factory workers lived. She taught ancient Greek texts to farmers working in a vineyard, for example. So that’s the kind of spirit that I think The Conversation embodies.

UND Today: Were the editors of The Conversation good to work with?

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: Absolutely yes. I had about three different people on The Conversation team working with me at different points in the process, and each one was great. They gave really thoughtful and good feedback, none of it being too heavy; you know, it was “Can you find a hyperlink that would support this claim?” or “Could we rephrase this in a different way, so it’s less technical?”

It worked as expected, from what I could see.

UND Today: It’s wonderful. So, to sum up, would you recommend that your colleagues consider writing an article for The Conversation?

Rebecca Rozelle-Stone: I want. If they have ideas for how their research could be applied to popular topics or current issues that people care about, I would definitely recommend that they consider presenting their ideas to The Conversation. I think writing for them helps promote our own research, and it certainly helps the general public find out what we do and what kind of great work the UND does here.

Ramon Hervey, entertainment expert and author of “The Fame Game” – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel


Ramon Hervey (courtesy photo)

Showbiz scholar and author of “Fame Game: An Insider’s Playbook for Earning Your Minutes,” Ramon Hervey says his exciting new read, available on Amazon, is based on his own experiences working with people who are chasing their dreams.

Over her 40-year career in public relations and entertainment management, some of these talented and well-known people include Little Richard, Bette Midler, the Bee Gees, Aaliyah, Rick James, Vanessa Williams and many more. .

Hervey says he is successful in guiding the careers of these superstars because of his ability to create effective tactics.

He also believes that partnerships are not the sole responsibility of the person who manages the careers of these people. The talent must also have enormous ambition and dynamism.

“Let’s find a way to succeed,” Hervey said. “If you have a great work ethic, we have a great strategy and we have a common vision, fame can be the result.”

However, Hervey also admits that even the best exponents of entertainment can run into unexpected obstacles. “Every client crisis I’ve handled, we’ve been able to overcome the hurdle,” he says.

Hervey specifically talks about an incident with acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer Rick James. In the early days of MTV, the network was heavily criticized in the industry for not airing music videos by African-American artists. Hervey came up with the idea to start a dialogue about the issue and hopefully effect change using James as a catalyst.

Fame Game cover (courtesy photo)

Hervey recalls, “Rick was just one artist among many. Prince, Michael Jackson, all the big names of the time were not played.

“I found out there was going to be a Billboard music panel on the state of music videos, and Gail Sparrow, who was program director at MTV, was going to be on the panel,” Hervey recalled.

He understood that MTV executives were trying to protect themselves, but they didn’t have an artist on the panel either. He remembers offering a thought to James: “I suggested the idea to Rick and asked him if he would be interested. It would be a chance for him to be an ambassador for black music.

The idea was to force Sparrow to explain why MTV doesn’t air “black videos of black artists” and how that might “start an even bigger discussion.”

“Well, we had a script of how we were going to handle it all, and as soon as it was his [James] turn to talk, he attacked MTV for not playing his videos,” says Hervey.

Although James received a lot of media attention from the hype, the plan was for James to be the spokesperson for all black musicians. “The whole thing backfired on us,” Hervey says. “For me, not all press is good press.

“He (Rick) went on Nightline, ABC, and the LA Times did a story about him, but he was the one complaining about his videos not playing, and that’s what they were focusing on at the time. instead of making him a spokesperson and trying to be an ambassador for black music.

MTV would ban all Rick James music videos until his collaboration with Eddie Murphy on the hit song “Party All The Time” in 1985.

“The thing about disappointment is that it’s natural. We don’t live in a perfect world and there are no perfect people,” Hervey notes. “We are all fallible and we all have flaws. When you have to deal with disappointment, it helps you access yourself and try to figure out what you can do better.

In addition to his own illustrious accomplishments in entertainment, Hervey is also famous for his relationship with world-famous performer Vanessa Williams.

The couple married in 1987 and had three children, Melanie, Jillian and Devin. They have been divorced since 1997. Hervey and Williams met when he was hired to revitalize his career after an infamous scandal. The controversy involved the publication of salacious photos in adult magazine Penthouse, which led to Williams stepping down as the reigning Miss America in 1984.

Many media sources would place Hervey as the genius who saved his career by suggesting Williams capitalize on his talents as a musical artist. Hervey had this to say about their relationship.

“It’s hard to juggle being someone’s everything. I was a husband, a father, a protector and a manager,” he says. He now fondly recalls the many ways “love and partnership” with Williams forever changed his life. “I don’t regret anything and I would do it again.”

Hervey’s professional and personal relationships with James and Williams, respectively, are only a small glimpse into his book, “The Fame Game: An Insider’s Playbook for Earning Your Fifteen Minutes of Fame.” He also shares other fascinating stories and entertainment insights, including his thoughts on social media success and how the biggest benefactors are those who are already famous.

Hervey sums up this interview with some sound advice: “Don’t be obsessed with fame, obsess with being your best, because I think if you do that, you can stay in the game.

“If you always give your best, you have a better chance of achieving lasting, not temporary, success.”

Amid Spread of Book Ban, Houston’s Storied Arte Público Press Celebrates Milestone Anniversary


THURSDAY SEPT. 15, Press Arte Publico celebrates its 40th anniversary as the oldest and largest publisher of contemporary and salvaged literature of American Hispanic authors with a gala at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House.

The event will feature performances from the ensembles of Houston Sambabom, Solero Flamenco and Mariachi Puma. The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra will perform music composed by Derek Bermel in collaboration with Sandra Cisneros, whose book The house on Mango Street was originally published by Arte Público, and Houston Grand Opera will present its storybook opera Agua, Agüita (Water, Small Water) based on the trilingual picture book by Jorge Argueta published by Arte Público’s children’s imprint, Piñata Books.

“The whole philosophy of the press is accessibility,” says Nicolás Kanellos, who brought the press with him from Indiana University Northwest in 1980 when he accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the HU. Arte Público has grown rapidly and now works with all major wholesalers and distributors and a sales force of commissioned sales representatives to ensure its books are available in physical stores across the country. Arte Público titles can also be ordered online.

At Thursday’s gala, Airy Sindik, currently a PhD student in the Spanish Creative Writing Program at UH, will receive the Reyes-Olivas Award for Best First Book in Latin Literature for Children and Young Adults for her book Abuela y el covid / Grandmother and Covid. The book tells the story of a young boy who relies on a mobile phone to keep in touch with his Covid-stricken grandmother. “It captures the Covid moment,” Kanellos says of the book, which credits Sindik with making digital devices such an important part of history.

As a child, Kanellos moved back and forth between Puerto Rico and Jersey City, where his family lived in a cold water railroad apartment with gas jets on the 19th century walls. He became a voracious reader from an early age, starting with comics in Spanish and English. Her parents didn’t necessarily encourage her to read, but her father, who worked in a restaurant, sometimes traded meals for delivery people from a nearby bookbinding who would sneak out. “That’s how we got a set of encyclopedias,” laughs Kanellos. “Although not all the letters of course!” Classic works by John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemmingway also came to him from bookbinding.

Arte Público’s 40th anniversary comes in a year when books of all types and for all ages have become a favorite target of conservatives and right-wing extremists. According to the American non-profit organization PEN America, Texas is currently the leader in banning and removing books from public schools. “Some of our books have been censored and removed from schools and libraries,” says Kanellos. “It’s just baffling that supposedly patriotic people are working against the nation’s founding principles.”

But Arte Público has no intention of slowing down, and Kanellos and his team look forward to another 40 years as a vital and expansive platform for Hispanic literature and historical preservation.

Nicolas Kanellos

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Rodney Hero Receives 2022 Barbara Sinclair Lecture Award –


The Barbara Sinclair Lecture Award is presented annually to honor achievements in promoting understanding of U.S. Congress and legislative policy.

rodney hero holds the Raul Yzaguirre Professorship in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and is also the director of the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research (CLAPR) at ASU.

His research and teaching focus on American democracy and politics, particularly from the analytical lens of Latin American politics, racial/ethnic politics, state and urban politics, federalism, and institutions. He has (co)written ten books. His book co-authored in 2013, Black-Latino Relations in American National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation, was chosen for the 2014 APSA Latino Caucus ‘Best Book on Latino Politics Award’. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited books, including two of the recent editions of Congress reconsidered (by Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer). Among others of his books are: Latinos and the American Political System: Two-Tier Pluralism (1992); Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics (who was shortlisted for APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999); and co-author of Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006). He was co-principal investigator of the “Latino National Survey” (completed in 2006).

He has also served on the editorial board of several major political science journals, as well as being president of APSA (2014-15) and other professional associations.

Quote from the award committee:

Professor Rodney Hero is this year’s selection for the Barbara Sinclair Lecture, given to a distinguished scholar who promotes understanding of US Congress and legislative policy. The selection committee noted that Professor Hero did this in various ways. Hero is considered one of the most esteemed scholars of racial and ethnic policy, and has devoted much of his scholarship to representing racial groups and interests in congressional governance in a way that has served to bridge the gap between the study of citizens and the study of political institutions. His work on substantive and descriptive representation of blacks and Latinos in Congress is nothing short of groundbreaking. Moreover, his work has contributed enormously to our understanding of the role that inequality plays in the development of social and welfare policies at the federal level. These represent only a small part of his immense research which spans other areas including urban and state politics, political behavior and elections.

Rodney currently holds the Raul Yzaguirre Professorship in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. He previously held positions as Professor of Political Science and Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-17); the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2000-10); at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-2000); and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1980-87). Hero has received numerous awards for best books and articles, including the Ralph J. Bunche Award, the Latino Politics Best Book Award, and the Woodrow Wilson Book Award. In 2007-08 Rodney served as president of the Midwest Political Science Association, and in 2014-15 he served as president of the American Political Science Association.

APSA thanks the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University School of Public Affairs for its support of the award and the committee members for their service: Dr. David C. Barker, American University (co-chair); Megan McConaughey (co-chair); Dr. Scott Adler of the
University of Colorado, Boulder; Dr. Ashley English of the University of North Texas; and Dr. Kristin Kanthak of the University of Pittsburgh.

A disarmed Putin wants a culture war with the West


Even as his troops retreated in disarray in eastern Ukraine last week, Vladimir Putin opened a new front in his war against the West: a “battle for cultural supremacy”. The Russian president said his main foreign policy objective would be to wage a global counter-offensive against “the imposition of neoliberal views by a number of states”.

Russia, he argued, is uniquely qualified for this task because it can offer the world an alternative to liberalism. “Centuries of history have given Russia a rich cultural heritage and spiritual potential that have placed it in a unique position to successfully spread traditional Russian moral and religious values,” the statement said.

This will sound awfully familiar to any reader of recent Russian history. A hundred years ago, the leaders of the new Soviet Union made similar statements about a Moscow-centric worldview to challenge liberalism. As communists, they framed the contest in socio-economic terms; proudly impious, they were hardly likely to invoke Russian religious values. It was no less a “battle for cultural supremacy” for that.

Putin, who tends to view the Soviet era through rose-colored glasses, seems to have forgotten why his side lost that battle: it didn’t have enough weapons. And his Russia is even less equipped for combat. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde (or Shakespeare or Mark Twain), you shouldn’t engage in a battle for cultural supremacy when you’re unarmed.

Growing up in India in the 1970s, I had a big picture view of the contest – and I remember how and why the Soviets lost, even though the ground was tilted in their favor. Although nominally unaligned during the Cold War between Washington and Moscow, New Delhi leaned heavily on the Soviet side. After all, the USSR had supported India in its regional rivalry with US-backed Pakistan, providing arms, industrial know-how and trade on favorable terms. Indians were encouraged to view the West, and especially the United States, with suspicion, even hostility, while Russians were to be seen as friends.

We were also discouraged from consuming Western products: import restrictions kept most American brands out of reach, so the Soviet disadvantage in this area was not as great a handicap as it might have been. be. We have never been able to compare Ford and General Motors cars to Lada and Volga wrecks, for example.

But when it came to cultural products, the Soviet disadvantage could not be concealed. Indians, especially young Indians like me, consumed Western literature, music, movies and fashion. Although Moscow shipped quantities of books to India – translated into Indian languages ​​and sold at heavily subsidized prices – they never acquired much cachet with my cohort. There was no Soviet equivalent of The Hardy Boys or Betty and Veronica. Even those inclined towards more serious literature found that Soviet offers tended to falter after Pushkin and Chekov. (We did, however, read Russian authors banned by Moscow, such as Solzhenitsyn.)

My collection of rock and pop albums had no Soviet depiction, there were no cool pair of Soviet sneakers, and although India’s state-run television channel dutifully showed Soviet movies, local movie theaters showed the far more popular Hollywood fare. As a result of this exposure to Western culture, we generally admired Western lifestyles, which were steeped in liberal values.

All of this helped the West, and especially America, exert soft power in India that squadrons of MiG-21s or Soviet-made technology could not match. And in my hometown, the port city of Visakhapatnam, it was not lost on us that the Soviet engineers posted to the local steelworks were just as enthusiastic about American rock albums and blue jeans as we were.

If the cultural competition seemed one-sided then, it absurdly is now. Putin’s Russia produced few, if any, notable cultural products. In a world far more receptive to non-English entertainment, there are no famous Russian soap operas, no R-Pop craze. Rollywood is not a thing. RT, the Kremlin’s 24-hour “news” channel, offers its viewers and listeners a parallel universe of conspiracy theories and outright lies, but has not gained much popularity.

If Russia is eclipsed by South Korea and Turkey in the cultural field, Moscow has little to offer outside. Unlike the Soviet leaders he idolizes, Putin has no socio-economic ideology to impose on the rest of the world. Apart from military equipment, no Russian product or service is coveted by anyone. (And damage from US and NATO military equipment has also diminished the appeal of Russian weapons.) Indians may be happy to buy cheap Russian oil, but they are even more pro-Western than those who grew up in the 70s.

What little soft power Russia had – mostly the product of a shared language and history, and necessarily confined to its immediate neighborhood – was greatly undermined by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The war also hollowed out his invocation of Russian moral values.

And regardless of leading the fight in the West, Putin might not even be able to win the cultural contest in his own backyard. Tellingly, the pro-Putin rapper and entrepreneur who took over the Starbucks franchise network is replacing it, not with Russian teahouses, but with a cheap knockoff of the original.

Putin’s Russia doesn’t even have the soft power of a Frappuccino.

More other writers at Bloomberg Opinion:

• Putin and the possibility of defeat: Leonid Bershidsky

• Ukraine’s victories make Russian war more dangerous: James Stavridis

• The next European mission in Ukraine is on the home front: editorial

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Bobby Ghosh is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering foreign affairs. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times, Editor-in-Chief of Quartz and International Editor of Time.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

Letting remote workers go can trigger the WARN law


Employers contemplating a downsizing involving remote workers may be subject to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) (29 USC §2100 and. after.) and the corresponding national regulations. The WARN Act applies to employers with at least 100 full-time workers or 100 full-time and part-time workers who work a total of at least 4,000 hours per week. It is triggered when at least 50 full-time workers representing at least one-third of the full-time workforce of a “single job site” experience job loss. In general, the WARN Act requires an employer to provide 60 days written notice of a plant closure or mass layoff to nonunion workers, union representatives, and certain government officials involved.

With respect to remote workers, the U.S. Department of Labor recently released guidance stating that a “single job site” is the location “to which they are assigned as their home base, from which their work is affected or to which they relate”. So if an employer has a single physical office in, say, Chicago with 25 full-time in-person workers, but also has 100 full-time remote workers who all report to that office, the WARN Act would be triggered if the l employer reduced 45 remote workers, despite none of the in-person workers in the Chicago office being affected.

In addition to federal WARN law, employers conducting downsizing involving remote workers may be subject to state mini-WARN laws. For example, Illinois has an unforeseeable business circumstance exception to the written notification requirements, but the state Department of Labor must first determine the applicability of this exception. See 820 ILCS 65/15. This is important because it may require an employer to delay sending the written notice under the WARN Act until the state determines whether the exception under its law applies. Besides Illinois, the following states also have mini-WARN laws: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York , North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The law on workforce reductions concerning teleworkers is in its infancy and there will be many disputes relating to it.

© Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in CaliforniaNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 256

The Bookseller – Rights – Faber takes on McIntosh’s ‘seminal’ column on the cultural history of black Britain


Faber seized Revolutionary Consciousness: Black Britain, Black Power and the Caribbean Artists Movement by Professor Malachi McIntosh.

Editor-in-chief Ella Griffiths has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Nicola Chang from David Higham Associates. Its publication is scheduled for spring 2027.

The synopsis states: “When the post-‘Windrush’ Caribbean literary ‘boom’ – which launched an entire generation of writers such as VS Naipaul, Sam Selvon and Derek Walcott – went bankrupt, three extraordinary men gave birth to a radical new movement.”

“In this revealing portrait, McIntosh shows how John La Rose, Edward Kamau Brathwaite and Andrew Salkey united a community of novelists, poets, artists, dancers and activists against a hostile backdrop of race riots and the immigration law of 1962 – catalyzing new visions of Black British identities which culminated in the Black Day of Action in 1981.”

McIntosh is a writer, scholar, and publisher. He is currently Associate Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford, researching Caribbean and Black British writing. He was previously editor-in-chief and publishing director of wasafiri magazine and co-directed Runnymede Trust’s award-winning Our Migration Story project. He hosts the literary podcast Craft and is also an award-winning alumnus of UEA’s Masters in Creative Writing.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working on this project and seeing it published by Faber,” he said. “The three central figures in this book should be known to anyone interested in post-war literature and activism. I am committed to opening their writing and organization to new readers.”

Griffiths said: “I have wanted to read this book for a long time and I cannot think of a more impressive and passionate chronicler of this revolutionary movement than Malachi. From life-changing ocean voyages to dramatic encounters in the corridors of the BBC to meetings activists all night in the smoky studios of Bloomsbury, A revolutionary consciousness will bring this fascinating scene to life, forging an alternative British cultural history.

“I look forward to seeing what archival riches and lost stories Malachi unearths, and Faber is honored to publish his work.”

Chang added: “I am delighted that Malachi McIntosh’s vital and enriching group biography of an important, if hugely under-explored, part of British literary history has found its way to Ella Griffiths and Faber, who I know, will publish it with ambition and skill. It’s a book I want and need to read and I can’t think of a better publisher-author partnership for this seminal work.”

Montana-based author signed to Isle of Books & Books | New


Billings writer Craig Lancaster presented his latest novel, “And It Will Be a Beautiful Life,” at Isle of Books & Books on Saturday after winning the 2022 American Fiction Award for Literary Fiction.

“Awards are not a perfect vehicle of merit,” Lancaster said of the American Fiction Award. “It just feels good.”

He added that he worked on being comfortable feeling good when he was winning awards and trying not to sweat when he wasn’t.

Lancaster said this was his second event at Butte, but he hopes to return in the future.

“It’s actually criminal how much I didn’t come to Butte,” he said. “If someone doesn’t like Butte, I don’t trust them.”

He also said he hoped to return to Isle of Books & Books especially for future book events.

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“I love what Medellee (Antonioli) and his team are doing,” Lancaster said. “I love independent bookstores. I couldn’t imagine coming out to support this book without supporting her and her store there.

“And It Will Be a Beautiful Life” is also nominated for the 2022 High Plains Book Award in Fiction. Lancaster didn’t know his ninth novel had won the award when he scheduled the event. This is the first time he has won the award.

Like Lancaster himself, the novel’s protagonist Max Wendt lives in Billings. Unlike Lancaster, Wendt’s life falls apart early in the novel.

Wendt is about to get a divorce but doesn’t know it, his relationship with his daughter is fragile, and both of these things are due at least in part to the fact that Wendt is often away from home for his work as a pipe fitter, a job that he is reluctant to go back or part with it.

“Max gets the job done, that’s where my similarities to Max end,” Lancaster said. “I am not a father, I am not about to divorce. This is where for me the fun of writing fiction comes in, an idea may be rooted in memory but it is flushed out in the imagination.

While authors sometimes do research for their books, Lancaster lived through most of the research for this one, working as a pipe liner between 2015 and 2021 after nearly 25 years as a journalist. He stopped working there after the company he worked for closed.

“I loved it,” Lancaster said of the job. “I loved it for travel reasons, for solitude reasons. I think I captured that in the book.

He is now an editor for sports news website The Athletic.

Nicolette Reames, Isle of Books & Books Manager and Events Coordinator, said the bookstore is delighted with all the author events it is hosting in the coming weeks. While all authors are welcome, Reames said the store seeks to support Montana authors whenever it can.

“Butte is a very literary town,” she says. “There are four bookstores.”

In a 2013 report by Publishers Weekly, Montana was listed as the state with the most bookstores per capita, with 64 bookstores per 1,005,141 people.

The High Plains Book Prize was established by the Billings Public Library and recognizes regional literary works that “examine and reflect life on the high plains,” including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, and Canada. provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Lancaster won the First Book category of the High Plains Book Award for his debut novel, “600 Hours of Edward” in 2010.

As Billings’ author, Lancaster said he had “high regard for the High Plains Book Award” and was happy to be in the fiction category with authors Craig Johnson and Kase Johnstun.

Lancaster will have a reading from his book at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula on September 16 and a reading at the Big Sky Community Library at Gallatin Gateway on September 27.

His tenth book, “Dreaming Northward,” which features “four sons in four distinct timelines,” will be released on May 9, 2023.

Ricky Gervais Subtly Responds To Stewart Lee’s Rough Comments On After Life


Ricky Gervais subtly hit back at another comic Stewart Leeafter the veteran rise brand after life “one of the worst things ever done by a human”.

after life is Gervais‘ the most recent comedy series, although its central plot is decidedly more morbid and heartbreaking than the tastes of Office Where Supplements.

Despite the applause from viewers and critics, the Netflix series apparently isn’t to Lee’s liking — to say the least.

Ricky Gervais’ After Life character Tony Johnson sat on the bench to reflect and share his experiences of grief. Credit: Netflix

Before touting projects like OfficeLee said, “I think it must be very sad if you’re teaching acting or creative writing, how can you stand up for the things that make acting and creative writing good when after life is a success?

“You know, because your kids might just say, ‘But none of that’s going on in there’, and yet millions of people are watching it. I think that’s one of the worst things that’s ever happened. been made by a human,” he added. during the Rob Brydon podcast.

Having previously expressed their admiration for Lee’s work, many fans have speculated that Gervais would remain agape on scathing reviews.

The 61-Age may not have commented on it directly, but his recent Twitter habits offer us some insight into how he views his peer.

Saturday (September 10) Gervais promoted After Life to his 15 million followers, writing, “Watch the prime, record After life. Now streaming on Netflix worldwide.”

Plugging in projects is nothing unusual for the Reading man, but the timing seems to be a bit of a coincidence on this occasion.

Just to make sure fans got it, he even started liking a series of Tweets aimed at his biggest critic.

One of the more pointed responses claimed that Stewart “was never relevant or funny.”

Lee, a rise veteran of over 30 years, will be relieved to know that the third season of after life should be his last.

Gervais said recently UK Underground: “I’m pretty sure that [the third season] is the final season, 99% sure…never say never. I don’t know… could I be persuaded? Yes of course.

“Netflix could give me a castle and an animal sanctuary on an island…. But right now, in time? No, that’s it.”

With a single scene, Carter Wilson brings his thrillers to life


Carter Wilson is a USA Today bestselling author who has penned eight critically acclaimed standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a five-time Colorado Book Award winner, and his works have been picked up for television and film. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado, in a spooky but not haunted Victorian house…yet.

SunLit: Tell us about the backstory of this book. What inspired you to write it? Where does the story/theme come from?

Carter Wilson: I don’t describe, so I never know where a story is going or what it’s even going to be. All of my novels are inspired by an opening scene idea that comes to mind, and then I take it from there. In the case of “The Dead Husband”, I imagined a young widow standing in front of a massive house – her childhood home.

She has just returned to her hometown with her baby boy after the accidental death of her husband. While I was writing this scene, it occurred to me that this woman didn’t really want to be home. And that there was something very sinister about this house. That’s all I knew about the story and I had a lot of fun figuring it all out.

SunLit: Put this excerpt in context. How does it fit into the whole book? Why did you select it?

Wilson: This is the very beginning of the book. I wanted to show your readers the scene that came to mind and served as the inspiration for the book. Really, all of my books are mysteries to me, and my job is to solve the mystery of that opening scene.


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SunLit: Tell us about the creation of this book. What influences and/or experiences influenced the project before you actually sat down to write?

Wilson: The story is told primarily from the first-person perspective of Rose Yates, the young widow. I decided that she was going to become a novelist and that there were suspicions around her concerning the death of her husband. Of course, I drew on my own experiences as a writer to flesh out his character.

A secondary voice in the story is that of Colin Pearson, a detective investigating Rose. Now, generally speaking, I hate research, so I don’t usually write from the perspective of such a detail-oriented profession as law enforcement. But I have a good friend in California who’s a detective, so I leaned on him a lot to make sure my writing wasn’t too off. In fact, I dedicated the book to him.

SunLit: Once you started writing, did the story take you in unexpected directions? If so, how would you describe the treatment of a narrative that seems to have a mind of its own?

Wilson: I strongly believe that stories should have their own spirit. I am what is called a classic Pantser (as written by the seat of). This, unlike my fellow Plotsers, who can see the entirety of a story, start to finish, before writing it. As a devoted Panstser, all I have to do is continually ask myself one question:

What if?

What if? is the question that drives the story for me. And this question has a sibling: What does that mean? As I write, I constantly ask myself these two questions, and if answers arise that intrigue me, I will follow new paths to see where they lead me. Sometimes they lead to dead ends, sometimes they open up new worlds. The first draft is a glorious mess when written like that, but the real book is born out of editing.

SunLit: What were the biggest challenges you had to face or surprises you encountered while finishing this book?

Wilson: The Yates family, which is the focus of this book, is HUGELY dysfunctional. I would say the biggest challenge I faced was balancing the family’s love for each other with their mutual disdain.

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I wanted to write about a family bond so strong that it survived some truly horrific events, and what it would take for that bond to finally be severed. I found this to be a challenge, but this is where the guidance from beta readers, my agent, and my editor becomes essential.

SunLit: Did the book raise any questions or spark strong opinions among your readers? How did you address them?

Wilson: Good question. I will say that many readers like to post trigger warnings about books, which is a bit of a shame because some readers of those reviews will refuse to buy the book without any context as to why that trigger warning was noted.

Look, my books are dark, no doubt. But I don’t believe they are free in all respects. But yes, there were strong opinions about a certain scene in the book, which I won’t go into in detail here (teaser!). And I do not respond to these opinions at all. The best thing an author can do is to let their book exist in the wild and let it go.

Sunny: Tell us about your writing process: where and how do you write?

Wilson: I write an hour a day, that’s all. But I do it every day, and at this rate I can finish a book in about ten months.

I pour myself a cocktail at 5 p.m. and head upstairs to a hidden nook adjacent to my room. Put on headphones, play thunderstorm sounds and find out what happens next in my story.

SunLit: This story forces readers to ask hard questions about what people will do to protect theirs. How did you approach these moral dilemmas?

Wilson: Almost all of my characters have moral boundaries that they’re willing to cross under the right circumstances, and I find it compelling to write because it’s so human. But those boundaries are different for every person, and Cora Yates’ line is far removed from Rose Yates’.

I try to take each character and set a breaking point for them, then start throwing adversity at them to see how they react. Sometimes I’m surprised at the outcome, and Logan Yates is a good example of that. Although no one would call him moral in the traditional sense, some of the most terrible things he did in his life were out of love for his children (as twisted as that love might be).

SunLit: Tell us about your next project.

Wilson: My most recent book, “The New Neighbor”, came out earlier this year. It’s actually set in the same town and even the SAME HOUSE as “The Dead Husband”, but features an entirely different cast of characters. It takes place about six months after the end of “The Dead Husband” and centers on a lottery winner who has just lost the love of his life. Although both books are stand-alone novels, there are plenty of fun discoveries for readers who read both.

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Author Walter B. Curry Jr. will speak at the Sumter County Genealogical Society meeting Sept. 19



Author Walter B. Curry Jr., a native of Orangeburg, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of members of the Sumter County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 19, in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church of Swan Lake, 912 Haynsworth. St.

Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University and earned several graduate degrees in education, including a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Argosy University, Sarasota.

In 2018 Curry launched Renaissance Publications LLC and in September of that year he published his first genealogy book, “The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960), which was approved for use as teaching resource in several Aiken County schools.His second book, “The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga Vol.1, A Narrative History,” was released in June 2021. Both books chronicle the thoughts and experiences loved ones highlighting African-American history in Aiken County and South Carolina.

In October 2019, Curry received the 2019 African American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award in the non-fiction-genealogy category for his book. In 2020, the South Carolina Legislature recognized Curry for his significant work serving African American history and heritage in South Carolina. Additionally, Curry was selected for South Carolina State University’s inaugural Class of 40 Under 40 for his career achievements and dedication to the university.

Curry is a member of several civic, historical, and professional organizations, including the South Carolina Genealogical Society, Orangeburg County Historical Society, Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, and African American Historical and Genealogical Society. He is also a founding/volunteer member of the International African American Museum and was recently appointed to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission.

Additionally, Curry has done several book signings and presentations at local conferences, workshops, bookstores, museums, and schools across the state and nation. His most recent project is “Salley and the Thompson Family,” an exhibit at the Aiken County Historical Museum that showcased the founding of Salley, South Carolina.

The Sumter County Genealogical Society meets monthly from September through May. Visitors are welcome and admission is free. Interested persons are encouraged to join the company; membership includes four newsletters during the year and free use of the Sumter County Genealogical Society Research Center. The annual membership fee is $30 for an individual membership and $35 for a family membership. For more information, call the Society’s Research Center at (803) 774-3901.

Refreshments will be served following the speaker’s presentation on September 19.

Writer’s retirement leads to his first play


A secluded English-style writer’s cottage in the heart of the Blue Mountains has seen Alice Springs playwright Betty Sweetlove put the finishing touches on a play that will debut at the Desert Festival this month.

Betty received a Varuna Fellowship funded by Arts NT, which helps writers travel to the National Writers House for a residency.

While there in June and July, Betty had a private bedroom and office, house management, and shared dinners with the other writers in the residency program.

“It was my first full play and it made such a difference to be able to step away from day-to-day responsibilities and just focus on writing,” she said.

“I went with the mostly written piece and it just gave me the space I needed to produce a final draft.

“It was the classic writer’s retreat.”

The play, The Nestmakers, tells the story of a start-up creating a resort for apocalyptic preparations on the outskirts of a small Alice Springs-like town.

Betty said the story explored climate anxieties and dreams for the future.

“It’s a satire – hopefully funny – that seeks to tell the story of the tensions that would arise in a city if a company created a compound for doomsday preparations,” she said.

“It’s really about how people would react if the end of the world was presented to them in a very real way.

“We have a great local cast and a brilliant director and I really hope we can deliver an enjoyable 55 minutes of people’s time.”

Georgia Thomas, Acting Director of Arts NT, said the partnership with the Varuna Writers Center began in 2016 and has supported 22 writers, with nominations for this year’s admission now open.

Georgia said the Northern Territory government, through the Arts and Culture Grants Program, has invested $50,000 over three years to support the Northern Territory Writers’ Residency Program.

“This fellowship provides valuable space and time to help writers focus solely on creative writing and encourage the creative process,” she said.

“The feedback we get from people who participate in this scholarship is that it really gives them the opportunity to elevate their work from good to great.

“The Varuna Fellowship is proud to have enriched the territory’s cultural offerings and I have no doubt that Betty’s work will add to that legacy.”

The program strongly encourages applications from First Nations writers and young writers and offers six virtual residency placements to increase access through an online mode.

Literary writers from the Northern Territory, including poets, songwriters, playwrights and illustrators can now apply for the Fellowship, which provides three NT writers with a two-week residency in Varuna -The National Writers’ House and six other NT writers with a week-long virtual residency.

Applications are now open and close on September 26, 2022.

To apply, go here

Tickets for Betty’s show can be purchased at The Nestmakers – 6pm Showing – Desert Festival (desfest.com) here

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Political science professor Shirin Saeidi appointed director of Middle East studies


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Shirin Saeidi has been appointed director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at U of A’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Saeidi joined the U of A as an assistant professor of political science with a cross-appointment in Middle Eastern studies in 2018 and is the first woman to lead the Middle Eastern studies program since the founding of the center in the early 1990s.

“Having Dr. Saeidi lead our Middle East Studies program is an incredible opportunity for our college, our students, our community and beyond,” said Kathryn Sloan, Acting Dean of Fulbright College. “She brings a wealth of experience to the role of director through her more than 10 years of fieldwork in Iran and her interest in gender, activism, citizenship, Islamism and the role of women in authoritarian countries. .”

Saeidi’s teaching and research also focuses on international relations, comparative politics, qualitative methodology, theory, deviance, conflict and state formation, citizenship and nationalism, Islamism, feminist studies, sexuality and gender studies, and religion with a particular focus on the Middle East region.

His book, Women and the Islamic Republic: How Gendered Citizenship Conditions the Iranian State, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2022, and Saeidi has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

“My work draws on archival and ethnographic methods, and I have also conducted interviews with non-elite, former and current prisoners, military and state officials, and guerrilla fighters” said Saeidi, who is fluent in Persian. “My research commitments have taken me to Iran, and my geographic area of ​​interest is freedom.”

Saeidi said she also looked forward to working with students in the Middle East Studies program and supervising “ambitious graduate students interested in reinventing everything from the container of the nation-state to the abolition of the prison industrial complex, and even of the hierarchical international system”.

Saeidi was also recently appointed to the U of A Chancellor’s Commission on Women, serves as a professor-in-residence, and participates in the Adopt a Professor program.

In addition, she is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Citizenship Studies, as a reviewer for several scholarly journals and monographs, and was previously a technical advisor to the United Nations Women’s Programme. She is also a member of the Middle East Studies Association, the International Studies Association and the Feminist Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa.

Saeidi holds a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Cooperation Research and at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

Learn more about Saeidi’s research and fieldwork in this Brief Talks from the Hill podcast.

About the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies: The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies is an academic and research unit of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, dedicated to the study of the modern Middle East and the geocultural area in which civilization Islam has flourished and continues. shape the history of the world. The Center for Interdisciplinary and Interdepartmental Studies provides diverse cultural, intellectual, and educational opportunities to the campus community and promotes research and teaching in interdisciplinary Middle Eastern studies. The center offers an undergraduate major in Middle Eastern Studies, a minor, and supports graduate study in related departments.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

Peter Straub, acclaimed horror author and Stephen King collaborator, dies at 79 – KION546


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Peter Straub, an author who helped usher in our decades-long fascination with horror fiction, had a way of weaving macabre, harrowing prose into a single sentence. Even tales of ghostly hauntings, sinister parallel universes, or grisly murders could feel mournful, sensitive, and cathartic in Straub’s hands.

From his seminal 1979 novel, “Ghost Story”: “No one can protect anyone else from evil. Or from pain. All you can do is not let it break you into two and keep going until you get to the other side.

Influencer and friend to authors like Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman and many more, Straub left an indelible mark on the world of horror and fantasy fiction, helping to elevate it from ignored pulp to a kind of consequence and depth.

Straub died Sunday at age 79, his daughter, author Emma Straub, confirmed on social media. His wife, Susan, told The New York Times that he died of a broken hip.

Straub turned childhood trauma into a famous horror career

Born in Wisconsin, Straub’s childhood was turned upside down by a traumatic event in first grade: he was hit by a car (referred to as a “classic near-death experience” on his website), an incident that left in nightmares for almost three years. decades of his life – until he started writing horror novels.

“I was much less of a child than I was before,” he said of the accident in a 2016 interview with Salon. “Once I understood the consequences, I was much more able to deal with them. It also meant that I had this material available for conscious thematic use.

After releasing two novels to little fanfare, Straub made his first foray into the supernatural with 1975’s “Julia,” which follows a grieving woman haunted by the specter of a child who may or may not be hers. His breakthrough, however, came with “Ghost Story,” a story of four old men who trade ghost stories until they suspect they themselves are haunted. These two books were later adapted into films.

“Ghost Story” earned Straub a lifelong admirer – and occasional collaborator – of King, who by then had published books like “Carrie” and “The Shining.” (Their output helped cement genre fiction as a legitimate art form.) The two collaborated on the 1984 fantasy epic “The Talisman,” which followed a boy attempting to save his mother’s life while while navigating a dangerous parallel universe, and again for its 2001 sequel.

King, reacting to the news of Straub’s death, called their collaborations “one of the great joys of (his) creative life”.

Straub used his writing not just as a vehicle for his childhood trauma, but as a way to explore the more painful elements of life. In his work he has explored childhood bullying, loss of a family member, abuse, and suicide, among other themes.

“There’s a lot of things that I think people in general prefer to get away from that I just can’t get away from, temperamentally, because I don’t think we have the whole world in mind. or in sight unless we include those things as well,” he told Salon. “Those kinds of things are of immense importance in allowing us to see what is good manner.”

Straub continued to write throughout his life, from 1988’s Vietnam War-inspired “Koko” to the 2016 short story collection “Interior Darkness.” He resisted calling his work exclusively horrifying – there were macabre and supernatural elements, yes, but he found them to be as complex as life: “Honestly, to me, all of these stories seem like accurate depictions of the real life. “, he wrote on his website.

Straub was loved by his fellow authors

Horror aside, Straub had a thriving personal life: He met his wife, Susan, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after saving her from a rogue bee, and the two bibliophiles immediately connected. . Susan Straub created the long-running “Read to Me” literacy program, which encouraged mothers to read to their young children. The couple themselves had two children, Ben and Emma.

Straub was a lifelong jazz music lover and expert – in the “Peter Straub Recommends” section of his website, many of the albums he lists are jazz. (The admiration between the musicians and Straub was mutual: Indie legend Nick Cave drew inspiration from Straub’s work for several songs.) He also moonlighted briefly as a soap opera actor, appearing in several episodes of “One Life to Live” as a former police officer. detective.

His daughter recently released “This Time Tomorrow,” a fiction loosely based on the months she spent at Straub in 2020 when he was hospitalized with heart problems. In his book, a woman visiting her sick father in the hospital suddenly travels back in time to his 16th birthday and reunites with the younger, more playful version of her father.

“This book, and our understanding of each other, meant that when he died, I had no doubt that he knew how grateful I was to be his, and vice versa,” said Emma Straub . wrote on Twitter after his father’s death.

Other horror writers remembered Peter Straub as a friend as kind as he was talented: Joe Hill, author and son of King, called him “the most incredibly sweet man with kids” and a “great f*****g writer”. Neil Gaiman also praised his writing and reminded At one point, Straub, one of the “best friends (he’s) ever known”, performed the difficult crow yoga pose in a Wisconsin men’s restroom “because he was fearless and proud of his yoga.

Straub shared deep thoughts on loss and grief through the lens of horror fiction in a 2016 interview with Publisher’s Weekly.

“Loss happens to all of us; loss is half the human story,” he told the publication. “Most of the time we experience moments of joy and transcendence seconds after they have already begun to fade, and our knowledge of these exalted states consists largely of their existence being retained in memory. Adult human beings live with the certainty of grief, which deepens us and opens us up to other people, who have been there too.

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South Asia Speaks Creative Writing Mentorship Open for Applications


The South Asia Speaks Program, a free one-year fellowship for creative writers from South Asia, is accepting applications until September 30, 2022.

South Asia Speaks Fellows have the opportunity to work on a major project such as a novel, short story book, translation, poetry collection or non-fiction project with guidance and feedback from program mentors . Individual consultations are accompanied by masterclasses with renowned authors and practitioners – the 2022 cohort took courses with the new yorker writer and critic Parul Sehgal, non-fiction writer and Columbia University faculty member Mayukh Sen, and Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra, among others. The 2023 program will run from January to December.

Among the program mentors are acclaimed authors and translators, including Sonia Faleiro (Founder and Project Director), Arunava Sinha (Translation Manager), Fatima Bhutto (Climate Projects Manager), Tishani Doshi (Poetry Manager), Aanchal Malhotra (Head of Score Projects), and more.

“Since we are a class, we are looking for fellows who will contribute to a collegial atmosphere and support each other,” mentions the program’s website. “Our ideal colleague is talented and driven with a track record of delivering projects.”

Citizens of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives living in their home country during the duration of the mentorship are eligible for to apply.

However, writers who have already published a book, writers who have already taken creative writing courses and scholarships, and writers already enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree are not eligible for the program.

South Asia Speaks Fellows have gone on to participate in creative writing programs such as The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Logan Nonfiction Program, International Women’s Media Foundation, The American Literary Translators Association’s Emerging Translator Mentorship Program.

More information can be found at South Asia speaks website.

Blame the greasers, not the piglet, for the mess left by Boris Johnson | Nesrine Malik


It was never going to happen. Boris Johnson was never going to walk into Downing Street, tuck in his shirt, brush his hair and remove the qualities that had defined his life and career: dishonesty, lack of seriousness, laziness and amorality. The fact that he was lifted to No. 10 on a flurry of media and political support is an indictment of a political culture that saw all these qualities and thought, you know what, he’ll be fine.

He didn’t, of course. And it was a surreal experience to watch a nation see “Boris” crumble before them. It was like watching a play in which the actors continually switch scripts – one minute they’re in love with Johnson, the next they’re hating Johnson. Overnight, the politicians who carried him to power, who supported him through his absolute worst times, switched roles and soberly resigned, disgusted by his actions. Newspapers that applauded him as he flew to No 10 and dismissed his mishandling of the pandemic, also backfired. In his final hours, the Daily Mail called him a ‘greased piglet’ and asked if he could ‘get away with it’. A more important question should have been asked: who greased it?

What did his supporters expect? A much more man nifty than the one they got I guess. One thing we were told over and over again was that Johnson was actually smart and cunning (you don’t hear that much anymore), and the clown show was just his way of disarming people. so that he can sneak his gigantic brain past them without warning or threat. His trick was to make people underestimate him, and then, haha! : the joke was on them as he nailed them with his epic political skills. Johnson knew exactly what he was doing, we were told, only last year by the Atlantic. “His electoral genius lies in his ability to prevent his opponents from thinking straight,” the interview read. A 2019 New York magazine portrait of Johnson, titled Boris’s Blundering Brilliance, claimed that “he was always earnest, using his humor and ridiculousness to camouflage political instincts which were, in fact, sharper than those of his peers”.

The problem is that it was not an act. And the insistence that it was, that Johnson wasn’t as bad as he looked, did it. Perhaps for this reason, the anger over his failure contained in the resignation letters from members of his cabinet is laced with bitter feelings of betrayal. We created you, they seemed to say, and you let us down. “I have been loyal to you,” Rishi Sunak’s letter reads, but the country was to be governed “properly, competently and earnestly.”

In short: we have exposed your lies, only for you to lie to us too. We indulged in the division of your culture war, only for you to divide us as well. We have reduced your volatility so you can fortify us against a Labor threat, only for you to bring chaos and scandal. You were supposed to calm Brexit uncertainty and feverish politics, a candidate who promised change but not real change, nothing to challenge the economic or social status quo. You were meant to be disruptive, but only aesthetically. We have “built in” a huge margin of error for you, only for you to go beyond even that.

Note that Johnson’s disappearance was not the result of so many ethical lapses that people couldn’t take it anymore, but of the downfall of co-conspirators. Yet all of this will no doubt be written into a reassuring morality tale about how there’s always a line too far. But the less comforting truth is that Johnson’s greatest crime was breaking a pact, strained by the pandemic and its aftermath: his role was to give the impression that he was on the side of the people , but to work quietly for their lords to whom the rules did not apply. Then he was caught partying during lockdown and that illusion was shattered. Even then, he had a chance; but he could not invoke humility to make amends. He simply became too much work, for his party and his media, so he had to leave.

The endings of the stories invite meticulous narratives. Johnson will likely be portrayed as a tragically flawed protagonist who flew too close to the sun, or whatever. But his story is bigger than him. His ‘electoral genius’ was simply being in the right place at the right time when an establishment rattled by an undeliverable Brexit, and given the jitters of a resurgent Labor under Jeremy Corbyn, needed a candidate to unclog everything and move the country forward in some way. The problems it was supposed to solve were, in fact, unsolvable. Brexit is still unresolved, with trade wars looming. Economic inequality continues to rise so sharply that a crisis in the cost of living threatens unimaginable devastation once the temperature cools. The national mood — something Johnson was supposed to lift with his glee — is grim.

Despite all of this, a form of Johnson will return. Liz Truss, accepting her new role as Prime Minister, paid tribute to him as a “friend”. We see her ghost in her: disembodied from reality, provoking fights and stoking a culture war to distract from the fact that Britain’s problems cannot be solved by some clever tax trick that will reduce inflation. or new policies on law and order, but by fundamentally reimagining how business is regulated and how wealth is accumulated and distributed. Johnson is a cautionary tale of what happens when a society becomes so attached to the status quo that it will continue to repeat the same mistakes, no matter how harmful.

Johnson is gone, but we have a new Prime Minister in whom the fear of change and the attachment to morally bankrupt modes of economics and governance remain. Johnson was a symptom of failure rather than a cause of it. His story is not about him, but about us.

Author Jennifer Dugan and illustrator Kit Seaton on ‘Coven’


The Nerd Daily recently had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Dugan and Kit Seaton, whose paranormal graphic novel YA queer Convent releases September 6. We got to ask them all of our burning questions about favorite witches, paranormal activity and more!

Hi, Jennifer and Kit! Thanks for chatting with us! Why don’t you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

J: My name is Jenn Dugan and I’m based in upstate New York. I’m the author of novels like Some Girls Do, Hot Dog Girl and Melt With You, and independent comics, Circadia and Gnaw. COVEN is my first graphic novel! Two crucial things to know about me are that I fall asleep watching horror movies every night… and that my cat has a better wardrobe than me.

K: The most interesting things about me is that I once studied to be a theater costume designer, but ended up with two degrees in illustration. I taught art at the college level, and now I draw comics full time. Other than that, most of my time was spent arguing with two dogs with the energy of Animal from the Muppet Show and getting butted by my studio cat. She does what she wants. In fact, she’s probably a lot more interesting than me.

Lightning Ride: What’s the first book you remember reading, a song that feels timeless, and a compliment you’ll never tire of hearing (or giving)?

J: Little Critter, I WAS SO MAD by Mercer Mayer was my first favorite book, probably because I too am very dramatic when grumpy but also easily distracted.

One song that feels timeless is Nirvana’s cover of where did you sleep last night, it inspired a new project I’m working on and was also on my COVEN playlist. It almost puts you under a spell, there is such a strange atmosphere. And knowing that it’s been around in one form or another since the late 1800s, I wonder how many other people it’s inspired.

My favorite compliment to give is literally each one of them. I love telling people how awesome they are in a thousand little ways and I’m not afraid to gush about something or someone I love. Life is too short to be apart.

K: Continuing the puppet theme, the first book I remember reading was The Monster at the end of that book, with the voices provided by the unfortunate relative I haggled over to read it to me. Every night. For years. But the first book that probably left the most indelible mark (after the Muppet book) is Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Song-wise, I’ve been listening to Cosmo Sheldrake a lot lately, and Pelicans We is one of my favorites. It is based on an absurd poem by Edward Lear. I am essentially time blind, neurologically and conceptually. So timelessness is pretty much all I get.

I like to give compliments. Anything unique or beautiful about a person, I would like them to know. I feel very uncomfortable receiving them. But I like when people tell me I’m funny.

Now on Convent! What can readers expect?

K: All the turbulent feelings of youth. Falling in and out of love. Find a mysterious misplaced text before the aunt notices it’s gone. Grumpy kittens. Plus ghouls and demons, maybe a Minotaur. Lots of butterflies. Just loads of them.

J: Kit hit all the best parts, so I’ll just add that COVEN is a fast-paced paranormal mystery that follows teenage witch Emsy as she navigates a cross-country movement and a murder mystery, all while learning to embrace his powers and his place in this world… and yes, there are butterflies. Many, many butterflies.

Convent combines a supernatural murder mystery with a young witch learning to use her powers. What inspired Emsy’s story?

J: Emsy’s story was actually inspired by a frog. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true! I have a wonderfully spooky pond near my house, and it’s filled to the brim with glowing green frogs. Everywhere you look, you encounter tiny golden eyes staring at you. It’s surreal.

There was always one particular frog that never jumped, she stood next to me day in and day out like “no, you leave”, which is right. One day we were looking at each other and I had the idea of ​​a young witch coming to the same pond to practice her magic. I got carried away imagining how she would feel – did she come here of her own free will? Is this the perfect place to practice or does she just have nowhere else – and what would that mean for this frog who refused to hide – Would they get hurt? Or would they finally give in and dive underwater? Before I knew it, I had a whole plot hatched and a script in my hands. The best part is that the original pond scene – with the frog – made it into the book, almost unchanged! I probably owe amphibian royalties.

Convent also tackles tougher topics like grief and finding your place in the world – and in your coven. What do you want readers to take away from the graphic novel?

J: That it’s normal not to be well and that sometimes you have to make mistakes to do things right.

Found family is also a common thread running through all of my work, and I think we see different aspects of that throughout the characters’ journeys with grief and identity. It’s important to me to show that love and support can come from even the most unlikely places. This is there, even if you don’t see it or can’t see it right away.

K: Everyone’s walk with grief is different. We go at our own pace. It’s painful, messy and scary, it can go in dark places, but it’s still sacred. All turbulent feelings are valid. There are no right answers or perfect things to say. Sometimes it’s nice to sit quietly with someone who’s going through this. Because one day we may also need someone to sit quietly with us. Being there, and not getting in the way of someone who is going through their grief, is a way of showing them our love.

Without giving too much away, did you have a favorite scene or panel to work on when creating Convent?

J: I loved writing any scene involving Kitty, the very grumpy cat who lives in the coven house. I am obsessed with her.

K: All scary bits. I love drawing horror because it can so easily bypass the line straight into camp or slapstick. Maybe because the best cure for fear is laughter. I might also like to draw ghouls with googly eyes.

If Emsy’s Life had a soundtrack, what would be the three songs that should be on it?

J: Alright, I’ll say: “Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey, “My Blood” by Twenty One Pilots and “Rise Up” by Andra Day

See also

K: Well, my humble suggestions would be: “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid, “Girls Like You” by The Naked and Famous and “Daydreamer” by AURORA.

Emsy is initially reluctant to use her powers. If you had the option of choosing a magical power for yourself, what would it be and what would you use it for?

K: The power of having a perfect night’s sleep every night. Oh, and an “undo” option for real life. Wait, can I have two?

J: I wish I had the power to never get tired, and I would use that to meet all my deadlines and still have enough energy to stay up late watching the terrible reality TV. (However, I’d be willing to give my unused sleep to Kit, for his superpower wish. Teamwork makes the dream work and all that.)

Speaking of witches, what’s your favorite witchcraft movie to watch?

J: Oh man, all of them!?! The job I think this is such a classic… but I snuck an easter egg related to The agreement in the script that made it to the final book. I can’t wait to see if anyone catches it.

K: It’s tradition to watch Practical Magic with my mom on Halloween. But I also love The Witch, especially for Black Phillip. While I can’t say I particularly want to “live deliciously” as it seems to involve a lot of running around naked in the woods (I don’t like being cold), I’m all for channeling my inner nasty goat if needed .

With Convent will be released soon, are you already working on another project? If so, can you share a tidbit with us about it?

K: All I’m saying is what happens in the coven stays in the coven.

J: It’s entirely possible that we’re working on another project together, or that we aren’t, but Kit is right: what happens in the coven stays in the coven… for now.

Finally, do you have any book recommendations for our readers?

J: For graphic novels, I highly recommend Taproot by Keezy Young and The Beast/Crow Boy books by Picolo and Kami Garcia. For prose novels, I’d have to say anything from Isabel Sterling or Kalynn Bayron who both write the best queer girl magic I’ve read in a long time.

K: If you like COVEN, I recommend BEAUTY by Kerascoët. Be warned, this is a very dark read, but richly told and illustrated. Also check out SLEEPLESS by Sarah Vaughn and Leila del Duca, a brooding, lush take on classic fairy tale tropes.

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Limerick-based writer writes candid memoir


Kit de Waal, creative writing teacher and award-winning author in LIMERICK, has released her scathing new childhood memoir, Without Warning and Only Sometimes.

The Anglo-Irish writer, who was born Mandy Theresa O’Loughlin but adopted the pseudonym Kit de Waal after rising to literary prominence in 2016, works as a professor of creative writing at UL.

Kit de Waal’s debut novel, My Name is Leon, won Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and is being adapted by the BBC. Before embarking on professional writing, she worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law and also sat on adoption juries and advised social services on the care of foster children.

In 2016, she founded the Kit de Waal Scholarship at Birkbeck, providing a fully-funded place for the Masters in Creative Writing to a talented student who otherwise could not afford to attend.

Without Warning and Only Sometimes tells the story of Kit’s extraordinary childhood, growing up in a family loaded with both opposites and extremes.

He dives into the world of his “random” Irish Jehovah’s Witness mother who rarely cooked, forbade Christmas and birthdays and firmly believed that the world would end in 1975.

Her Caribbean-born father spent all their money on cars, suits and shoes, even when they couldn’t afford them, while the family lived in 1960s Birmingham.


Marvel’s Moon Knight Wins First Emmy Award


As fans wait to find out whether or not Moon Knight will get a second season, the Oscar Isaac-led series has begun bringing home some serious material. On Sunday night, the Disney+ series won its first Emmy of the season, topping Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special during the Creative Arts Emmys presentation.

In total, the series was nominated in eight categories: Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Voiceover Performance (F. Murray Abraham’s Khonshu), Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costume Design, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Sound Mixing, exceptional waterfall. Outstanding Stunt Coordination and Performance for a Limited Drama Series or Anthology.

Moon KnightThe submission of as a limited series to the Emmys would seem to suggest to Marvel that it has no intention of introducing other seasons of the series, in the same way as Wanda Vision was entered into the awards last year. Shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldierhowever, were put into dramatic categories as Marvel executives began planning for future seasons.

“We’ve definitely thrown ideas around because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go, but we also, frankly, in the crush of the pandemic, we’re just trying to finish the show and make sure it’s fate into a timely question,” Marvel mainstay Nate Moore said at the time. “Hopefully at the end of this season you see the potential for what we could say in a later season.”

“I think Wanda Vision is a show you can only do once. She can’t go back to that reality,” he added. “It’s such a full arc of what this character can do and what this story wanted to do, whereas Falcon and Winter Soldier is really to process, for me, the legacy of what a superhero is, through the lens of Captain America and his shield, but ultimately through the lens of all these different characters. And it’s a story that I think you can revisit in later seasons because it’s an evergreen story. It’s a conversation.”

Moon Knight is now streaming in full on Disney+.

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Las Vegas journalist Jeff German found stabbed outside his home


Award-winning Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was found stabbed to death outside his home on Saturday morning, according to local media and police reports.

The Review-Journal reported that police responded to a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and found German, 69, dead outside his home with stab wounds. Police believe German was in an altercation before the stabbing and it appears to be an isolated incident.

Police were looking for a suspect on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

“It’s shocking and incomprehensible to everyone in our newsroom. It’s a huge blow. Jeff was loved, admired, trusted and incredibly valuable to our organization,” said editor Glenn. Cook in an interview, “And it goes without saying that he will be missed terribly and it just won’t be the same to come back to the newsroom and he won’t be a part of it.”

Cook said German had not raised any concerns about his safety with the newspaper’s management team.

“We hope they find this person very quickly so that we can get answers to all the questions that we have as colleagues and friends, in relation to the work that we all do,” he said. .

German was previously a longtime columnist and reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where he covered courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime, according to his biography. He joined the Review-Journal in 2010, where his investigative work covered articles on organized crime, political corruption and government failures.

Cook said German’s “bread and butter” “heralds big stories”, with many of his investigations leading to significant reform.

“It’s very hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without all of its accountability over the past decades,” he said. “Jeff wasn’t one of those larger-than-life personalities in the newsroom. But you could tell he almost had this kind of cranky streak and if he walked around the newsroom with a groove on the forehead, you knew something big was coming and it was close. That’s how you knew Jeff was about to smash a big one.

“We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff German. Looking at all of his work over the years, it’s clear he’s had a major impact on Las Vegas and Clark County,” wrote Diana R. Fuentes, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, in an email to The Times. “He was doing what we all aspire to as journalists: holding those in power accountable and giving voice to the voiceless.

German was the author of a 2001 organized crime book, “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss”, and was the author and host of the second season of the podcast on the Review-Journal’s true crime “Mobbed Up: The Fight for Vegas.

In 2017, the German announced that the Mandalay Bay mass shooter had targeted jet fuel tanks before spraying bullets from his hotel room into crowds at country music festivals on the Las Vegas Strip, killing people. dozens of people, according to the Review-Journal.

“Shocked to learn of the passing of longtime Las Vegas journalist Jeff German. It was a senseless act of violence. The loss of life in this way is always shocking and must stop. We will be following the police investigation closely,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wrote on Twitter.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak called German “hard but fair,and “an excellent mentor for young reporters”.

Cook said German was unmarried and had no children, but had surviving siblings.

German’s colleagues will continue to cover the story, Cook said, from the time a suspect is arrested through the prosecution and adjudication of any case.

“We will remember his murder intensely for a long time. And it’s difficult,” Cook said, adding that the newspaper’s management is in the process of making bereavement counseling available to staff.

German’s colleagues flooded social media to remember his work and presence in the newsroom. They characterized the German as a dogged journalist passionate about the kind of stories that hold powerful people to account and inspire policy change.

“To mourn my gifted friend and colleagueRhonda Prast, the paper’s associate editor for investigations and engagement, wrote on Twitter. “So proud to have worked with you for the past 3 years in the I-team. A huge loss for me and #LasVegas.”

“Jeff loved his job,” Cook said. “He loved being an investigative journalist. That’s all he wanted to do. And people like that are irreplaceable.

America’s Secrets: Trump’s Unprecedented Disregard for Standards


WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is not the first to be criticized for flouting rules and traditions regarding the safeguarding of sensitive government documents, but national security experts say the recent revelations indicate an unprecedented disregard for post-presidency norms set after the Watergate era.

Documentary dramas have cropped up from time to time over the years.

Democrat National Security Advisor Lyndon B. Johnson kept explosive files for years before turning them over to Johnson’s Presidential Library. Records showed his successor Richard Nixon’s campaign secretly communicated in the final days of the 1968 presidential race with the South Vietnamese government in an effort to delay the start of peace talks to end the war from Vietnam.

A secretary in Ronald Reagan’s administration, Fawn Halltestified that she altered and helped shred documents related to the Iran-Contra affair to protect Oliver North, her boss at the White House National Security Council.

Barack Obama’s CIA Director David Petraeus was forced to resign and pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor for sharing classified documents with a biographer with whom he was having an affair. Hillary Clinton, then Obama’s Secretary of State, came under FBI scrutiny this carried over into his 2016 presidential campaign against Trump for his handling of highly classified material in a private email account. The FBI director recommended no criminal charges, but criticized Clinton for his “extremely negligent” behavior.

As more details emerge from last month’s FBI raid of Trump’s Florida home, the Justice Department painted a picture of rule-breaking indifference on a scale some thought inconceivable after the law was established. presidential records in 1978.

“I cannot think of any historical precedent in which there was even the suspicion that a president or even a high-ranking officer in the administration, with the exception of the Nixon administration, deliberately and consciously suppressed or even accidentally such a large volume of paperwork,” said Richard Immerman, who served as deputy deputy director of national intelligence from 2007 to 2009.

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FBI agents who searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Aug. 8 found more than 100 documents with classification marks, including 18 marked top secret, 54 secret and 31 confidential, according to court documents. The FBI also identified 184 documents marked as classified in 15 boxes recovered by the National Archives in January, and it received additional classified documents during a June visit to Mar-a-Lago. Another 10,000 additional government documents without classification markings were also found.

This could violate the Presidential Archives Act, which states that these archives are the property of the government and must be preserved.

This law was enacted after Nixon resigned from office amid the Watergate scandal and sought to destroy hundreds of hours of secret White House tapes. He established government ownership of presidential records beginning with Ronald Reagan.

The law specifies that immediately after the departure of a president, the National Archives and Records Administration takes legal and physical custody of outgoing administration records and begins working with incoming White House staff on proper records management.

According to the National Archives, documents that have no “administrative, historical, informative or probative value” can be destroyed before obtaining written authorization from the archivist.

Documents were recovered from Trump’s bedroom, closet, bathroom and storage spaces at his Florida resort, which also serves as his home. In June, when Justice Department officials met with a Trump attorney to retrieve files in response to a subpoena, the attorney handed them documents in a “Redweld envelope, double-wrapped in duct tape.” .

Trump claimed he had declassified all documents in his possession and was working earnestly with department officials to return the documents during the search for Mar-a-Lago. During the 2016 campaign, Trump claimed that Clinton’s use of his private email server for sensitive State Department material was disqualifying for his candidacy; his supporters’ chants to “lock him up” became a mainstay of his political rallies.

James Trusty, a lawyer for Trump in the records case, told Fox News that Trump’s possession of the sensitive government material was tantamount to clinging to an “overdue library book.”

But former Trump attorney general Bill Barr said in a separate interview with Fox News that he was “skeptical” of Trump’s claim that he declassified everything. “People are saying this (raid) was unprecedented – well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put it in a country club, OK,” Barr said.

Trump’s attitude about White House files is not so surprising to some who have worked for him.

One of Trump’s national security advisers, John Bolton, said informants quickly learned that Trump often tried to keep sensitive documents., and they took steps to ensure that the documents were not missing. Classified information has been tweeted, shared with reporters and adversaries – even found in a bathroom in the White House complex.

This approach is out of step with how modern presidents have operated.

Obama, while writing his memoirs at the White House after leaving office, had paper documents he used in his research delivered to him in locked bags from a secure National Archives warehouse and returned them from the same way.

Dwight Eisenhower, who left office years before the Presidential Records Act was passed, kept official records safe at Fort Ritchie, Maryland, even though there was no obligation for him to do.

Neil Eggleston, who served as a White House attorney during the final years of the Obama administration, recalled that Fred Fielding, who held the same position in the George W. Bush administration, advised him as he started his new job of hammering home to staff the requirements laid down in the Archives Act.

Similarly, Trump’s White House attorney, Donald McGahn, sent a memo to all staff in the administration’s first few weeks emphasizing “that presidential records are the property of the United States.”

“It’s not a difficult concept that documents prepared during our presidential administration are not your personal property or the personal properties of the president,” Eggleston said.

Presidents are not required to obtain security clearances to access intelligence or formal instructions on their secrets-protecting responsibilities when they leave office, said Larry Pfeiffer, a former CIA officer and director head of the White House Situation Room.

But guidelines issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees intelligence agencies, require that any “compartmentalized sensitive information” – some of the most valuable information the United States possesses – be accessed only in secure rooms. called “SCIF.

The FBI, in a court filinglast week included a photo of some of the recordings which agents discovered during the search for Trump’s estate. The photo showed cover pages on at least five sets of papers labeled “TOP SECRET/SCI”, a reference to compartmentalized sensitive information, as well as a cover page labeled “SECRET/SCI” and “Contains information sensitive compartments”. The FBI also found dozens of empty files marked classified, with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been there.

A chair may retain reports presented at a briefing for later review. And presidents — or presidential candidates in an election year — aren’t always briefed in a SCIF, depending on their schedules and locations, Pfeiffer said.

“There is no directive from the intelligence community that says how presidents should or should not be briefed on the documents,” said Pfeiffer, now director of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security. “We never had to worry about that before.”

People around the president with access to intelligence are trained in intelligence rules on handling classified information and are required to follow them. But imposing restrictions on the president would be difficult for intelligence agencies, Pfeiffer said, because “by virtue of being the executive of the executive, he sets all the rules for secrecy and classification.”

President Joe Biden recently told reporters that he often reads his top-secret daily presidential briefing at his home in Delaware, where he frequently spends weekends and vacations. But Biden said he is taking precautions to ensure the document remains secure.

“I have an enclosed space in my house that is completely secure,” Biden said.

He added: “I’ve read it. I’m closing it and giving it to the army.


Associated Press reporter Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report.

Eight authors who write under pseudonyms, from JK Rowling to Stephen King


While the name Stephen King immediately conjures up images of dark undercurrents in the state of Maine, mention Richard Bachman to a horror fan and they might be scratching their heads. However, both are the same person.

Likewise, Agatha Christie remains one of the world’s most famous mystery writers, but her lesser-known pen name, Mary Westmacott, has been equally critically acclaimed.

From the literary male alter ego of JK Rowling to the poet name of CS Lewis, here are eight authors who publish under pseudonyms.

JK RowlingRobert Galbraith

The Harry Potter the author is no stranger to having to tinker with her name to succeed.

Although the British writer’s real name is Joanne Rowling, her publisher informed her that young boys would not read the Potter series if they thought it was written by a woman. The initial K stands for Kathleen, her grandmother’s name.

She went on to publish adult books under the pen name Robert Galbraith, including Call of the Cuckoothe first in the Cormorant Strike detective novel series, and its final installment The inky heart.

“I chose Robert because it’s one of my favorite male names, because Robert F Kennedy is my hero, and because luckily I hadn’t used it for any of the characters in the Potter series or The occasional vacation“, Rowling said.

Stephen King/Richard Bachmann

When the “King of Horror” debuted, its publishers limited the American author to one book a year. However, King was far more prolific, convincing his publisher to let him publish more books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, named after one of his favorite bands, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Under the Bachman brand, King published seven books including those from 1977 Rage and 1982 The running man.

The pseudonym was exposed by Steve Brown, a bookstore clerk in Washington, D.C. who had noticed similarities between Bachman’s and King’s works. The prolific author would later dedicate his 1989 novel half darkabout a pseudonym revolving around the writer who created them, to “The Late Richard Bachman.”

Isaac Asimov / Paul French

Famous Russian-born American science fiction author Isaac Asimov also turned to a pseudonym to try his hand at a different genre.

The talent behind I robot and The Steel Caves was asked to write a children’s science fiction novel that would later be turned into a TV show. Fearing the show won’t be good, Asimov wrote Lucky Starr under the name Paul French and went on to write six novels in the series under the pseudonym.

Agatha Christie / Mary Westmacott

As authors of murder mysteries, they are not more famous or more prolific than Christie.

The English author has written 66 mystery novels – introducing the world to Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple – and 14 collections of short stories, as well as the world’s oldest play, The Mouse Trap.

Christie also produced six novels as her alter ego Mary Westmacott, including 1934 Unfinished portrait and Load in 1956.

The most-translated individual author said he used a pseudonym to explore “his most private and treasured imaginative garden”.

Dean Koontz / Brian Coffey

American author Dean Koontz has written under no less than 10 different pseudonyms.  Photo: Getty / Bobbs-Merrill

To date, American author Dean Koontz has sold over 450 million copies of his 105 novels. Working in the suspense thriller genre, he also moved into horror, sci-fi and mystery.

One of the world’s busiest writers, in the 1970s Koontz was writing up to eight books a year, leading his publishers to fear he was overstretching the market and his brand.

He started using pseudonyms so he could publish a lot more books, with 10 publicly known names including Deanna Dwyer, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe and David Axton.

Michael Crichton/Michael Douglas

Many books by the famous author of jurassic park and The lost World have been made into blockbuster movies.

Having started writing novels while still at Harvard Medical School, the Chicago-born author worked under the pseudonym John Lange, publishing his first novel Odds on as Lange in 1966. He later claimed that he used a pseudonym because he was going to be a doctor and thought his patients would fear finding themselves in his novels.

In addition to Lange, he also wrote under the pen name Jeffrey Hudson, using his own name for the first time for 1969. The Andromeda Strain.

Crichton released the thriller Transactionwhich he co-wrote with his brother, under the name Michael Douglas.

CS Lewis / Clive Hamilton

British author of The Chronicles of Narnia also wrote under two other pseudonyms, Clive Hamilton and NW Clerk.

The Belfast-born writer published under the name Hamilton when he started writing, publishing several collections of poetry under the pseudonym, including Spirits in bondage when he was only 20 years old. However, when his career as a poet failed to find an audience, he switched to his real CS initials – for Clive Staples – to become a novelist.

He would later write a tribute to his late wife, An observed mourningunder the pen name NW Clerk, which was not revealed until his death in 1963.

Sophie Kinsella / Madeleine Wickham

Sophie Kinsella started her career using her real name Madeleine Wickham, before switching to her pen name.  Photo: Getty/Macmillan

The popular female fiction writer who penned the Confessions of a Shopaholic The series has sold over 40 million books. Early in her career, she wrote her first book, The tennis partyat the age of 24 under her real name Madeleine Wickham.

After writing six books under the name Wickham, she then began writing under the pen name Sophie Kinsella – her middle name and her mother’s maiden name.

The English author revealed she was both Wickham and Kinsella when she published her 2003 novel Can you keep a secret?

Updated: September 04, 2022, 06:21

David C. Hardesty Festival of Ideas: Campus Read Author Charles Yu Presentation, 2022


As part of the 2022 Hardesty Ideas Festival, CHARLES YUWVU Campus author Read “Interior Chinatown” will discuss his inventive novelwhich questions topics such as race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation and flight roles we are forced to play.

CHARLES YU is the author of four books, including Inner Chinatown (winner of the National Book Award 2020 for fiction), and the novel How to Live Safely in a Sci-Fi Universe (a New York Times Remarkable book and a Time magazine best book of the year). He received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC and HBO. His fictions and non-fictions have appeared in the new yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journaland wired, among other publications. Together with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, he established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu writing awards, in honor of his parents.

This event is co-sponsored by the WVU Humanities Centerwhich oversees the selection, academic programming and other aspects of the WVU Campus reading.

Captioning services will be provided for this event. This event will be virtual and open to the WVU community and the public. Registration is required for this event. CLICK HERE to register.

Questions for the speaker can be emailed prior to the event to [email protected].

Dr. Frederick D. Aquino to speak at the 42nd Annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program | Writing


On September 7, 2022, Pepperdine University will host the 42nd Annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program at Seaver College’s Stauffer Chapel. This year, Dr. Frederick D. Aquino, who is a professor of theology and philosophy at the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, will be the keynote speaker.

“I am not only excited but honored to be the person chosen to fill this role,” says Dr. Aquino, regarding his position as Green Speaker. “I’m excited because this is a program where we try to bring together scholarship and Christian identity or Christian formation.”

The William M. Green Lectures began in the 1980-1981 academic year and offered Pepperdine University students the chance to hear from prominent Christian scholars stationed throughout the country. After 42 years, the series continues to operate with the same goal.

Following this tradition, Dr. Aquino will present the book of the 19th century writer John Henry Newman The idea of ​​the university and examine its findings in relation to Christian universities such as Pepperdine.

In addition to being a teacher, Aquino has published widely, both as an author and editor. His publications include Informed Judgment Communities (2004), An integrative habit of mind (2012), The Oxford Handbook on the Epistemology of Theology (2017), Perceiving Divine Things: Toward a Constructive Account of Spiritual Perception (2022), as well as two individual books on Newman (Receptions on Newman and The Oxford Handbook by John Henry Newman). He also serves as preaching minister for Avenue B Church of Christ in Ballinger, TX.

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction by Jerry Rushford, Curator of the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection at Payson Library.

Three administrators reappointed to the royal armories


Neil Grant

Reappointed as Trustee from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2026.

Neil Grant studied archeology at the University of Reading before training as a chartered accountant. Since then, he has worked for several years in industry before becoming Head of Corporate Finance and

Performance for English Heritage and then its successor, Historic England. Neil has written a number of books for Osprey Publishing, focusing on small arms development and military history. He also regularly contributes articles to Tracklink, the Tank Museum’s magazine. He is currently president of the Ordnance Society, an academic group dedicated to the study of historical artillery, and tours coordinator for the Friends of the Tank Museum.

He is particularly interested in medieval horsemanship and sword fighting techniques, which he has written about and demonstrated at living history events. He is also interested in using technology to enhance and deepen the museum experience.

Paul Kirkman

Reappointed as Trustee from September 28, 2022 to September 27, 2026.

Paul Kirkman is a consultant to cultural and heritage organizations with 30 years of senior-level experience in public policy and cultural sector leadership. Paul was director of the National Railway Museum in York from 2012 to 2017, where he brought the famous Flying Scotsman back into service and partnered with the city council on a £700million brownfield development around the museum. From 2005 to 2012, Paul held various leadership positions within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, including leading the 2010 spending reviews and overseeing policy and funding for the National Museums and Arts. CouncilEngland. He was responsible for development policy at the Natural History Museum between 1999 and 2001, when the development of its Darwin center was launched. He spent three periods at HM Treasury and was private secretary to the chief executive of the Confederation of British Industry, working for Howard Davies and Adair Turner in the run up to the 1997 election. Paul first studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, holds an MA in Art History from Goldsmith’s College and was a member of the Clore Leadership Program.

jonathan sands

Reappointed as Trustee from September 28, 2022 to September 27, 2026.

Jonathan is the president of branding agency “Born Ugly” and officially the majority shareholder of global branding design agency Elmwood. His work has taken him all over the world, from New Zealand to North America, Asia and mainland Europe, advising some of the biggest brands on the planet. His companies have won more Design Effectiveness Awards than any other, as well as ‘Best Company to Work For’ awards from The Sunday Times and The Yorkshire Post and various individual awards for business leadership. He is a former board member of the RSA and the Design Council where he served for ten years and a past chairman of the Design Business Association.

Jonathan was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation at the University of Huddersfield, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2002. In 2011, he was awarded an OBE in HRH The Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for his services to creative industries.

Beyond the creative industries, Jonathan is also non-executive chairman of the digital veterinary company Vet Ai which uses artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases in pets via the Joii app and finally, he is a director of the Royal Armories where he chairs their commercial arm RATE.

Remuneration and Governance Code

The administrators of the royal armories are not remunerated. This appointment was made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation, or running for office. Neil Grant, Paul Kirkman and Jonathan Sands reported no activity.

Self-published author Maluleke wants to motivate his readers


Since high school, writing has been Meshack Maluleke’s way of expressing his beliefs, opinions, and thoughts. Today he is a self-published author. Maluleke is the Regional Director of Social Development in Region F. He is passionate about his day-to-day work, but writing is his way of expressing himself.

The writing bug bit him in high school. His writings later focused on substance abuse, bullying, and other educational topics for his peers. The school principal will inevitably ask him to read his work during the morning assembly.

Like two of his favorite authors, John Grisham and Stephen Covey, Maluleke hopes to help empower, motivate and attract readers to his books.

The father of three is the proud author of three books published between 2020 and 2022, namely, Secrets of My Thoughts (poetry), Treasures of Life (inspirational quotes) and The Ultimate Guide to Job Search and How to Win Interviews (self -help ). He doesn’t have a favorite genre.

“I’m just testing the waters to determine my writing skills and reader response. Due to my profession as a social worker and experience of hardship, I lean towards non-fiction where I would write self-help and motivational material because I am an advocate for personal development and growth . However, I would also prefer to be an all-rounder,” he says.

Like most writers, Maluleke draws inspiration from everywhere.

“However, I feel most inspired when I’m off, on vacation, watching TV, reading, chatting with others, dreaming and living life in general. But there are times when inspiration is abundant, but sometimes I find myself experiencing a shortage of ideas and inspiration and I would just put my notes away,” he explains.

Growing up in the village of Mabayeni in Limpopo with limited opportunities and role models, Maluleke knew he would follow a profession where he could help people. The adversities of his life inspired him to always help others. He was raised by his stepmother and kicked out of his home, where he ended up staying with his sister.

He earned a BA (Hons) in Social Work and an MSc in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has over 15 years of experience in strategic leadership, administration, management, and social and community development in the public sector, and has also worked in the private sector.

Over the past decade, Maluleke has served with diligence and dedication as Regional Manager. Its functions include providing overall management and development support for social development at the regional level; establish and maintain relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders; and monitoring the implementation of the ministry’s business plan.

He looks forward to sharing his creative talents with readers of his books. He plans to write a novel soon that will transport his readers to an imaginary world.

Written by Brümilda Swartbooi


Houston’s ‘Librotraficante’ calls on Chicanos to fight censorship


Houston-based writer, activist, talk show host and “cultural accelerator” Tony Diaz goes by many nicknames. He was Antonio Diaz when he was a schoolboy in Chicago’s Southside. He became the AztecMuse as a writer in Houston, where he was the first Chicano to earn a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Houston. A sleek performer known for pacing and telling jokes with the quickness of an experienced emcee, he is also known as “El Librotraficante” for his role in a movement led by a fearless group of Houstonians to fight the Arizona Ban on Mexican American Studies for a Decade. from.

the said librotraficantes— which included current Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez and Houston environmental justice activist Bryan Parras — rode in a trailer to Arizona, smuggled books in and created underground libraries. Ultimately, they aided in a successful court battle that overturned Arizona’s ban. Among the targeted books was the classic novel by Texan Sandra Cisneros, The house on Mango Street. Diaz has continued to build networks of Chicano writers, artists, allies, and “cultural accelerators” ever since.

Diaz, who also runs the nonprofit writers organization Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, is now the author of a nonfiction book commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Librotraficantes caravan, entitled The tip of the pyramid: cultivating community cultural capital. The book launched at Latin bookstore in San Antonio and the festivities will continue on October 3 at Houston’s Alley Theater with an event that will reunite Diaz with veterans of Nuestra Palabra and also feature dance performances.

His book is a call to action. He is looking for other cultural accelerators to stand up, unite and act against a new wave of book bans and other challenges: “We must mark Our victories. We must recognize that, with Librotraficantes, We have reached the tip of the pyramid and we will return. We have to look at the risks, the costs, the beauty of it. We must study tactics,” he writes in the atypical “PROS” (prose) style of the book.

In this interview, which has been edited for length and clarity, the Texas Observer spoke with Diaz about the book, his life and his dreams.

You talk a lot in your book about “cultural accelerators”, what do you mean?

My first job as a child was to learn English as fast and as good as possible to translate the outside world into Spanish for my parents. And I soon realized that even adults weren’t exactly sure what they were saying in either language.

Likewise, we need common ground. Thus, in the book’s preface, one way of describing the “cultural accelerator” metaphor is that of members of our community who have achieved self-determination and progress in areas of their choosing or who remain in contact with the community and then in an act of self-determination, some of us say, well, we’re Chicano.

I mention it in the preface and then I dramatize it in the rest of the book because I think society ignores people like us or, you know, we don’t understand the power our community can have when we come together.

Today in Texas, you and other Chicanos, Mexican Americans, and Latinx writers play a leading role in the arts. For example, Lupe Mendez, your colleague liberator of Houston, is Poet Laureate of Texas. The current and past presidents of the Texas Institute of Letters are Mexican Americans. Are you partying?

I think these are huge milestones. At the community level, we are thriving. The complication becomes that what is given more prominence in corporate media, corporate education, corporate entertainment, are these generalizations about our community. The executives in charge of corporate entertainment, they’re illiterate about Latinos.


At the community level, I emphasize that we are not only powerful, we proved that power by coming together to overturn the ban on Mexican American studies in Arizona, as it was clearly created to destabilize the cultural capital of our community. And here in Texas, you know Librotraficantes came back and we reignited the ethnic studies movement. And together we were able to get, you know, the Mexican-American story approved at the state level. These are two examples of what I call the “tip of the pyramid”. They are powerful examples of the power of our community.

[pull]They think our communities will say, “Well, it’s not us, it’s the other community. They do not understand the plurality of the community.[/pull]

What are some of the challenges you still see in the current round of book bans?

What happened is that “the right” is no longer going to ban Mexican-American studies. However, when I look at the list, there are plenty of books by and about Latinos on that list. Texas State Representative [Matt Krause] set Gloria Velasquez Tommy is alone on this list. She is Chicana, then she wrote about the LGBTQ experience. Benjamin Alire Saenz comes from Texas. He is Latin. His books are on this list. Rigoberto González, “Mariposa Boy” [author of Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa]it’s on this list.

So what’s happened is that the attempts to censor us have come to light, and they’re trying to play on the fact that they think our communities will say, “Well, that’s not we are the other community.” They do not understand the plurality of the community.

Your talk show airs on left-leaning radio station KPFT, and you’re also a political commentator for the local FOX News affiliate in Houston. How do you do this?

One thing I say in the book is that you have to co-opt everything!

I was also shocked when FOX 26 asked me if I wanted to be on their political talk show. And I warned them, I said, ‘I’m going to complex these right wingers’, and they said, ‘Well, bring it. So too, I wanted a chance to respond to people who were trying to spread stereotypes about our community. I will also add that being both at KPFT and FOX, as well as on social media, also helps to spread awareness of our various campaigns. We fight for ethnic studies here in Texas and it was very helpful to be on both mediums.

I know you’ve worked on the boards of many different organizations in Houston, not just with people in your wheelhouse, writers and storytellers, but with many other types of artists and thought leaders. Why?

This is the goal of my book, it is to reveal “cultural accelerators” and to bring us to unite immediately, because not only is there this opening, but there is this assault. There are people who want to destabilize our communities. And I also believe that the country needs us. I mean, the country really needs all levels of society to be engaged.

Ana de Armas talks about the Netflix movie’s NC-17 rating


Ever since it was confirmed that Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic Blond was rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association, the film was shrouded in controversy as audience curiosity grew over the clarity of the scenes.

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In an interview with The Official magazine, Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas has finally spoken on the rating assigned to their film. She revealed that, compared to other shows and movies, Blond does not feature much explicit content.

“I didn’t understand why this happened,” Armas said. “I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are a lot more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blond. But to tell this story, it’s important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did. It had to be explained. Everybody [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I was not the only one.

Described as a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe’s life story, Blond is written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on Joyce Carol Oates 2000 novel of the same name. Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofksy join de Armas.

“One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly reimagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blond – Joyce Carol Oates’ best-selling, National Book Award-nominated book,” reads the book’s synopsis. “The legend of Marilyn Monroe – aka Norma Jeane Baker – comes provocatively to life in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives – reborn to tell her untold story; her story of a star created to shine most in the Hollywood firmament before its fall to earth. Blond is a dazzling fictional portrait of the complex inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint.

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The film is produced by Plan B Entertainment, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon and Scott Robertson serving as producers. The project has been in development since 2012, with Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain previously attached for the lead role.

Blond is set to debut on September 28.



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Children’s book author Gabi Snyder helps children care about climate change

Gabi Snyder says many kids worry about climate change. “I want children to know that there is is hope and that they do not have to feel responsible for solving this giant problem alone. Photo courtesy: Gabi Snyder

Gabi Snyder, author of the new children’s book Count on us!, moved from Austin, Texas to Corvallis in 2013 when her husband accepted a position at Oregon State University. After spending a few years studying psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Snyder was no stranger to the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from college in Seattle, she studied writing at the University of Texas, drawn to the program by her childhood love for creating poetry and storytelling.

“I still remember the thrill of writing one of my first stories,” she said, “about a chewing gum that escapes from the gum factory and heads towards Hollywood.”

While Snyder originally focused in school on adult fiction, her interests soon led her to writing children’s books. Constantly informed by nature, the memories of a lifetime and the upbringing of her children, Snyder said she enjoys tapping into her memories of childhood emotions and the feeling of experiencing particularly poignant moments.

“I think the study of psychology, especially child development, played a role in my interest in writing for children,” she said. “I’ve always been fascinated by how our brain develops and the factors that influence how we learn and how we learn to interact successfully – or not – with the world and people around us.

His most recent book, Count on us! (Barefoot Books) strives to help children interact with the world in general, especially as it relates to climate change. In writing it, Snyder said she hoped to capture how a movement can grow exponentially, from something small to something huge and powerful. Inspired in part by conversations with her young daughter about the state of our environment, Snyder delved into how best to help future generations cope with a world plagued by climate chaos.

How could we make a dent in such a huge, complex and overwhelming problem caused by many things that seem to be linked to the way our society works, she wondered. Hoping to limit the possible results of apathy and inaction, she decided to write something hopeful and inspiring to help children focus on what can be done.

Snyder said parents and educators can lead by example and demonstrate that when we join forces, it gets easier. While everyone’s first steps may seem a little different, we must strive to inspire others to join the fight – starting with our children – so that our actions reverberate outward.

“I want kids to know that big business (especially big polluters, like oil companies) and governments have a lot more power to fight climate change by creating rules and laws for plant protection. So while actions like recycling and planting trees are important, we need to show our kids that it’s also our job to speak out, to let our leaders know that climate change matters to us.

Count on us! is available for pre-order. The back section of the book contains information on activism, a list of inspirational ideas and an easy day-to-day guide to taking small actions. Snyder will also appear Sept. 19 at PNBA 2022 in Tacoma (open to booksellers and librarians). We spoke with Snyder about his inspiration for his work.

What is your writing method and how would you describe your writing process?

Snyder: I like to start the day with “morning pages” to clear away cobwebs and capture anything that worries me or wants to remember. I write these pages by hand in a lined notebook. After that, I find it helpful to set aside some time to work on my ongoing manuscripts.

When it comes to my process for working on a particular picture book manuscript, I usually write a first draft by hand and then type it on my laptop. I also like to let my drafts “marinate”. So after writing a new story, I usually put it aside for several days or even weeks. If, after pickling, I still think it’s worth pursuing, I revise. Usually, after a period of marinating, I will have new ideas to solve the problems I have with the manuscript. After a few more review/marination cycles, if I still like the story, I send it to a reviewers group for comment. They usually see problems that I hadn’t even thought of. A story may go through a few more review cycles before I deem it ready for my agent. And sometimes I realize that a story just isn’t working and I end up shelving it for weeks, months, or even years.

I also find that my writing “flows” better if I walk around before or between writing sessions. In fact, I love taking my notebook and pen with me on long walks. I’ve worked through tricky plot issues while walking, and had countless ideas that popped into my head while walking around my town or hiking in the woods. I think it’s a combination of the repetitive motion involved and the inspiration that can come from a change of scenery.

How did you get in touch with your illustrator, Sarah Walsh? Have the two of you ever collaborated?


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The publisher, Barefoot Books, chose Sarah to illustrate the book and I think she was a terrific choice. I had never collaborated with her before, but I love her beautiful and dynamic art. Check out the Etsy shop she shares with her husband, Colin Walsh. They describe their creations as “weird and wonderful”, and they really are!

Tell me more about the roles of environmentalism and activism in your life. When and how did you fall in love with them?

My daughter inspired me to get more involved in activism. Together, we participated in marches, including the Women’s March. Recently, my daughter and her friend researched the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s and created their own feminist zines to share with their classmates. They have researched and written on a variety of issues, including school dress codes. She inspires me!

I also became aware of the concern of many children, including my own, about climate change. I want the children to know that over there is hope and that they don’t have to feel responsible for solving this giant problem alone.

In the age of technology, how can we give young people a taste for nature and the outdoors?

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces, and many of us live near walking and biking trails. I think family or classroom nature walks, preferably screen-free, are a great way to cultivate an appreciation for nature and also to practice mindfulness, which can be especially beneficial when we feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by technology.

And I think getting kids outside in a variety of natural environments can help pique curiosity and a love of nature. My favorite place to get out in nature is the ocean. For my husband, it’s the mountains. And we all love hiking in the woods a few miles from home.

My picture book 2021, Listenprovides a model for how parents and educators could use a listening walk to cultivate an appreciation for nature by taking time to tune into the sights, sounds, and sensations on a walk.

What is your advice to parents of young children when it comes to talking about the state of the world in terms of global warming/climate chaos?

I believe that children deserve to hear the truth, but with information shared at a level appropriate to their level of development. So, without using a lot of dark and catastrophic language, we can teach very young children that climate change is real and that the world must respond with planet-friendly practices and laws. We can talk to children about the positive actions we can take, positive actions that many are already taking.

Kathleen Rooney’s Latest Book of Poetry Flies With the Reader – Chicago Magazine

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney – Chicago writer and teacher at DePaul University – is frequently found around town typing poems on demand as part of the Poems While You Wait team. Ruth Lilly Fellow, she is also a frequent contributor to Chicago magazine. His latest collection of poetry, Where is the snow, has been selected by Kazim Ali as the winner of the XJ Kennedy Award and will be published September 7 by Texas Review Press.

Composed during the pandemic, Where is the snow reflects the anxiety and pessimism of the time it was written. But these are not moody poems; they joke and play with frantic and irresistible energy. Rooney’s writing invites the reader to look through his window beside him and know the birds, and the thoughts that haunt and electrify his poetry. Rooney has written an immersive book of poems that observe motherhood, love, capitalism, and more.

You wrote most of the poems of Where is the snow for a single month. How did the constraints of this challenge influence the poems in this book?

Constraints are often where I find my greatest freedom. I give a ton of prompts when I teach creative writing at DePaul, and my fellow typewriter poets and I get a ton of prompts when we write for strangers at Poems While You Wait. So I jumped at the chance to do the National Poetry Month Poetry a Day Group that my friend Kimberly Southwick put together for April 2020. There’s something appealing about discipline and dedication – engaging in something that at first seems arbitrary, but through repetition and ceremony takes on a deeper meaning.

In “A Court Game Played with Long-Handled Rackets”, you write: “I used to think: If I don’t try hard, do I even really try? Now I allow gaffer marshmallow fluff. This stanza seems to me to be a kind of ethos for this book. Why did you approach this project with this type of game and what do you think the game adds to the collection?

Due to the communal nature of writing poems that we all knew in the group and everyone would see, I felt hyper self-conscious about wanting to make sure they would have a great time reading a poem from a given day. Poetry can be many things, but one of the things it can be is outward-directed introspection. All the poems deal with topics that I thought (and still think) intensely, but it was fun to think of each line as part of a volley – sending a thought through the invisible net and hoping that the person in the other side would. find it interesting enough to shake it in their own heads.

Where is the snow takes its title from the 15th century poem by François Villon “Ballade des dames du temps passé”. What about that poem that called you to engage her in conversation via Where is the snow?

History gives a long vision of the human condition. Although the specifics differ, the outline of being alive in the past was probably a lot like being alive now. People enjoyed the delights of their individual lives: games, silly jokes, tasty food, their loved ones. But they were appalled by the greatest sorrows they collectively faced: war, pestilence, death, greed, political incompetence. Villon’s poem is an “ubi sunt”, Latin for “where are they”, used to meditate on the ephemeral. Villon’s poem haunts me because its content is basically “where are all the people in the past who thought they were so huge and important?” Dead, as we will be.

In “A human woman who gave birth to a baby”, you say “This is a poem that will make a lot of people hate me”. Two things interest me: the first is the use of the aside as a poetic movement — as a sort of spoken caesura before returning to the subject in question. What was your editorial process for Where is the snow? How did you decide which asides to keep and which to cut?

I love that you come in on this line. I added it based on group feedback. Because the poem becomes irreverent towards sentimental attitudes about motherhood, it stirred people even within this small community. This line is a way to add a measure of self-awareness, letting readers know that strong opinions come up that they might not like, but I still hope they stick. My editorial process was to cut and add this kind of audience-facing material to create that volley feel – a book of poetry as a racquet sport.

And why do you think “A human woman who gave birth to a baby” will make a lot of people hate you?

Every time I mention that being a mother in our grind-to-die American culture is raw business and that the sacrifices demanded by mother capitalism are ones I don’t want to make, people go nuts. I am interested in other ways of organizing society. As I say in the poem, “I don’t want to be ‘motherhood’ per se; I just want to take care of others like anyone should.

I was struck by the frank pessimism of certain poems by Where is the snow. As a reader, it was refreshing. What is your relationship to hope as a writer?

Toxic positivity frowns upon any acknowledgment that many things systematically suck. But when it comes to hope, I have plenty of it. Despair is what oppressors around the world hope the oppressed will sink into because then they will give up. Pessimism is a starting point, not an end. In order to create the better world that we all deserve and that is entirely possible, we should first admit, “These conditions are awful.”

However Where is the snow is expansive, it’s also quite local. We accompany you on walks and observe the world through your window. In particular, the birds feel like intimate companions in the poems. Which birds have recently visited your window and what is your relationship with them?

It’s very poetic capital letter, but I love birds. We have a pair of hummingbirds that live outside our third floor apartment. Martin and I are in awe. They are incredibly small and beautiful, but also smart, tough and determined. I don’t know if Zum Zum and Li’l Zum (they are mother and daughter) will ever know what they mean to us, but we hope that somehow when we put their food and make eye contact, they can say that we like them very much.

Jane Barnsteiner: Living AAN Legend


Jane Barnsteiner: Living AAN Legend

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) named Jane H. Barnsteiner a living legend for her significant contributions to nursing and health care during her career. The official designation will be made in a ceremony at the 2022 AAN Health Policy Conference. It is the academy’s highest honor.

“Dr. Barnsteiner spent three decades of his Penn career in a variety of roles and left an indelible mark at Penn Nursing, along with our clinical partners at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and about impacting teaching, scholarship, and practice the excellence for which we are known,” said Penn Dean of Nursing Antonia Villarruel. “Her passion for pediatric nursing and patient safety has had an impact on healthcare that cannot be underestimated.She is also a Penn Nursing alumnus, and we are so proud of her incredible accomplishments and impact.

Dr. Barnsteiner is Professor Emeritus at Penn Nursing and Editor-in-Chief of Translational Research and Quality Improvement for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). Previously, she served as Director of Nursing for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Director of Nursing Practice and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It is internationally recognized as a leader in quality, safety and evidence-based practice. Two common threads throughout her career are that she has merged service and academia to ensure practice is evidence-based and education is relevant to practice. Additionally, she is known as one of the earliest thought leaders in developing and implementing innovative programs to improve quality and safety.

Dr. Barnsteiner began her practice as a pediatric nurse and pioneered many innovations to help children with complex health conditions, such as creating the world’s first pediatric critical care advanced practice program; develop the first course on the care of medically fragile children in the community; and be among the first to bring technology-dependent children and their families into the classroom to share their first-hand experiences with students. She also co-wrote Person and Family Centered Carewhich received an AJN Book of the Year Award.

Dr. Barnsteiner was instrumental in developing the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) initiative, which outlined the skills needed to be taught in schools to prepare nurses for entry to practice. Since the launch of the initiative, she has been an international leader in the dissemination of the QSEN framework. She has co-led curriculum development and taught at eleven national QSEN institutes, educating 1,500 faculty on QSEN skills and strategies for integrating them into curricula. She has collaborated with clinical leaders to help embed the QSEN principles in guidance, clinical advancement, and clinical research. She has provided dozens of consultations on evidence-based practice, quality of patient care, and program reform in numerous international settings. She co-edited all three editions of Quality and Safety in Nursing, with two editions receiving AJN’s Book of the Year awards. The texts have been translated into four languages.

Dr. Barnsteiner co-led a national nursing school survey of student nursing errors and near misses that documented the policies and practices that schools had in place or lacked in terms of safety, errors and near misses. She and her colleagues then designed and tested a national database that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing acquired to track trends and mistakes made by nursing students. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1991.

Shambuka to Indra Meghwal: Inequality hurts us all


The Brahmins brought the corpse of a child from their community to the court of Lord Ram. They lamented that there must be an adharma somewhere in his kingdom. Maybe a Shudra was making tapasya. Otherwise, why would a Brahmin boy suddenly drop dead? They urged Lord Ram to respect the dharma. The king went looking and in a dense forest, found a boy chanting Sanskrit mantras. Ram asked him who he was and what he was doing. The boy replied, his name is Shambuka, he is a tribal and he was doing tapasya. Immediately afterwards, an arrow from Ram’s bow pierced Shambuka’s heart. As the tribe boy touched the ground, the Brahmin boy woke up.

This story in the Valmiki Ramayana comes true every few years when a Shudra, Dalit or tribal student, who dares to seek education, pays with his life. The most recent was a nine-year-old boy from Rajasthan, Indra Meghwal, who allegedly drank water from a container reserved for his upper caste teacher.

Education is not a naturally joyful process for many Dalit students. Several news reports detail their harassment and humiliation in schools across India. They are often forced to sit apart from other children or to queue separately for lunch. Sometimes they are beaten by upper caste teachers and students. In many places, common water taps are not for them. Higher education is also not immune to the oppressive conditions that forced Dalit students like Senthil Kumar (2008) and Rohith Vemula (2016) and Payal Tadvi (2019) to commit suicide.

In many places in the country, even today, caste determines a person’s profession. Work is an obligation, not a choice. As Ambedkar pointed out, caste is the division of workers, not labor. The system states that a person born as a tanner, for example, cannot become a carpenter even if he enjoys working with wood – not leather. It makes the reading of the written word the prerogative of certain groups while obliging others to work with their hands. This segregation impedes the creation of holistic knowledge. For example, the skinning of dead animals and the manufacture of leather were once—and still are, in many parts of the country—the occupation of people belonging to certain castes. Their work would familiarize these people with animal anatomy. But they weren’t supposed to read and so there was no way for medical science to use their expertise. In contrast, Brahmins would never touch a corpse. This hierarchy has hindered the holistic acquisition of medical knowledge.

This system has not completely disappeared today. It retards the creation of knowledge and stifles imagination and innovation.

The hereditary occupations of the first three varnas of the caste system are worship, war or trade. But these people need food to eat, clothes to wear and chairs to sit on. Who does all this? The concept of dharma, or caste obligations, requires lower castes to provide productive labor for higher castes. In Why I’m Not a Hindu, sociologist Kancha Illaiah links karma theory to labor extraction. “If you have to do your karma without waiting for the fruit, what will happen to the fruit? The upper caste that does no work, produces no fruit, will appropriate it,” he wrote.

The monetary value of work is determined by the worker’s position on the caste rung – not by the social need for work. This is why most manual jobs – from domestic work to garbage collectors – bring in abysmal wages. As providers of essential services, sanitation workers should receive salaries similar to those of doctors. But not only are we paying them less, but we are also making their work unsafe and ignoring their deaths in manholes.

Stuck in the era of statutes and assigned codes, our education system can hardly encourage critical thinking. Indian schooling focuses on rote learning and exam results. One-time exams, rather than a series of assessments, are used to judge students’ abilities.

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Caste discrimination makes our democracy difficult. As Ambedkar said at the dawn of the Indian republic in 1948, “political democracy has been achieved by the struggle for freedom and the relief of the British, but social democracy is a long way off”.

The author is Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat

Local Pelham author sells over 100,000 copies – Shelby County Reporter


Local Pelham author sells over 100,000 copies

Posted 9:31 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022

By LIZZIE BOWEN | Staff reports

PELHAM– Don Keith is a Pelham-based writer who has sold over 100,000 copies of his best-selling series hunter killer.

Former submarine captain George Wallace served as co-writer on the series which follows the story of a US Navy SEAL team on a mission in South America.

Keith said he and Wallace were very pleased with the reception the book series received.

“We’re thrilled that our books have found a loyal following and that so many people love the stories we tell,” Keith said. “I just feel lucky to be able to tell these stories.” The book was adapted into a big movie starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Linda Cardellini.

Keith said he enjoys giving back to the greater Shelby County community.

“I had the honor of doing several writing workshops for the North Shelby County Library and for the Shelby County School Board’s Young Writers,” Keith said.

Keith identifies as a southern writer and is grateful to have reached his Alabama-based audience and expanded to other parts of the country as well.

“I think I write with a southern accent, whether I intend to or not,” Keith said. “Sometimes one of my co-writers will say, ‘Don, it must be a bit of Alabama-ese over there. We don’t say that here. Also, I think storytelling is part of Southern culture.

Keith said being a writer is a dream he always had.

“I wanted to be a writer ever since I realized you could string letters together and make words and string words together and make sentences,” Keith said. “I have always enjoyed telling stories and listening to stories. Especially those that entertain, inspire or affect someone emotionally.

Keith has been writing and telling stories since the early 1990s.

“I took it seriously when I worked for a multimedia software company and was on the road with a laptop. I started writing a novel I had in mind. I wrote three more before I could find a publisher. said Keith.

More information about Don Keith’s books, events and future projects can be found at Donkeith.com

Bryan World Productions releases 2 award-winning


Graffiti Verite’: Read the Writing on the Wall, GV27 Redux and GV Art & Review Book

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 29, 2022 — GRAFFITI TRUTH’: Reading the writing on the wall (GV1) [https://www.graffitiverite.com/index_files/Page396.htm] is a groundbreaking, multi-award-winning 45-minute documentary. It includes interviews and behind-the-scenes views from 24 of Los Angeles’ most prolific and talented graffiti artists. “High school and college art classes will find this film a valuable addition to the study of contemporary art. This examination, well produced by the artists who create it, will add a new dimension to art lessons and library video collections,” according to Sue Davis, Cedar Falls High School, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL.

“This documentary belongs in art schools and, with its effective snapshot of mid-1990s life, in collections focused on popular culture.” – Susan E. Annett, Santa Monica Public Library, LIBRARY JOURNAL

Conversations range from comparative discussions of graffiti’s ancestral connection to ritual hieroglyphics and rock writings to discussions of graffiti art as a form of “street-level” propaganda and public art gallery for the anonymous public. READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL is the first close personal exhibition of the world of graffiti art as experienced by 24 ARTISTS whose favorite artistic tool is the spray can.

“I quickly discovered while filming GRAFFITI TRUTH,” says filmmaker Bob Bryan, “how serious and dedicated these artists are about their work. The real truth about graffiti art completely destroys the old image stereotype that graffiti is all about vandalism and tagging-smacking.”

“The colorful neon-like murals seen here (a far cry from ugly gang turf markings) are more like the brash Picassos of Hip-Hop culture…” – Jeff D., AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Graffiti artist MEAR recalls being in elementary school when his teacher asked him, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” His response, “I want to be either a terrorist or an artist.”

Graffiti artists dare to communicate with us, by all means, despite received ideas and restrictions! Yet, paradoxically, graffiti art is always about ‘fame and popularity’.

The GV ART AND REVIEW BOOK [https://www.graffitiverite.com/GV_Art_and_Review_Book.htm] by multi-award-winning author and filmmaker Bob Bryan creatively captures the artistic genius rendered on the walls of abandoned buildings in Los Angeles, California by LA’s finest graffiti artists. The year was 1995 and the urban hieroglyphs were in full effect. LA style masters have blasted the city’s boring monochromatic and beige walls with pride and style. Bold and talented young graffiti artists have represented Los Angeles on the west coast with a dazzling array of masterpieces of graffiti art…”pieces” for short. Intricate wild-style design patterns, roll calls, and threaded graphic characters complement the innovative, fresh, and unique individual letter styles.

Graffiti artists from many crews have “rise up” like at no other time in Los Angeles history. Places were secondary, whether presented on canvas in underground art galleries, multi-mix installations, legal murals or the many alleyways and graffiti yards…the work was hardly academic.

“In Los Angeles, we have ‘some’ of the best artists in the world…if not the best.” – NERV, artist

The art book is based on the multi-award winning documentary GRAFFITI VERITE’. The GV ART AND REVIEW BOOK includes art, press reviews, artist interviews, shots as well as the complete filming script of GRAFFITI VERITE.

Start reading FREE Amazon Kindle (5 days free download from 8/29/2022 to 9/2/2022.) [https://a.co/bOixrGn]

GV27: GRAFFITI VERITE’ REDUX (duration 100 min.) [https://www.graffitiverite.com/GV27_Graffiti_Verite_Redux.htm] celebrates and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the independent worldwide release of GRAFFITI TRUTH: READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL. With never-before-seen interviews, images and original illustrations, GV27 reconnects with the creative energy and zeitgeist of this fertile period in the history of urban art in Los Angeles, when graffiti was everywhere.

Graffiti Art succeeds as underground counter-programming that appeals to the same target audience as Madison Avenue’s powerful mass medium, but with a decidedly different message. It has a visceral touch effect on its audience because ‘Graf Art’ goes far beyond the order and conventions of art, expressing itself through intricate lettering patterns (wild style), coarse colors and strange characters.

GRAFFITI TRUTH: READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL was produced and conceptualized by filmmaker Bob Bryan [https://www.graffitiverite.com/BIO.htm]. The goal was to document the diverse and complex movement of graffiti art on the West Coast, in Los Angeles, California.

GRAFFITI VERITE’ exceeded Bryan’s expectations and became a multi-award winning indie cultural tour. A definitive statement that speaks to graffiti as a legitimate artistic expression that has now arrived on the art scene and can no longer be ignored, chastised or relegated to the fringes of polite artistic society.

“Bob Bryan continues to prove that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. GRAFFITI TRUTH,” the incisive documentary about the lives of Los Angeles graffiti artists, exploded like no other “Graf movie” to date, leaving behind him an unprecedented trail of awards, media exposure and education about the art form. He accomplished what no other filmmaker had yet been able to do: create a graffiti documentary with crossover mainstream appeal. writes Ben Higa, in “Truth or Dare”, featured article in RAP PAGES MAGAZINE.

With historical hindsight, GV27 marks the 20th anniversary of this monumental event. The story was incomplete…the time to find out the rest of the story is NOW.

From Street Art to Gallery Art Exhibitions GRAFFITI VERITE’ (The Truth About Graffiti) forces us to rethink cultural reality and expose ourselves to more avant-garde graffiti art than ever before in one place. GRAFFITI VERITE’ is an essential documentary on what happens to culture as well as to the inner world of children.

“Ready or not, GRAFFITI ART is the next big art movement after POP ART,” says independent filmmaker Bob Bryan.

GRAFFITI TRUTH’ Streaming @ Amazon

GV REDUX Streaming @ Amazon [https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01CYGO3GO/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r]

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Press contact: Bob Bryan
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About Bryan World Productions:
Bryan World Productions is a multi award-winning independent film and television production company.

Filmmaker/author Bob Bryan has created a phenomenal independent distribution network including Netflix, Amazon.com, Follett Higher Educational Group, and over 200 major online distributors and outlets. Today, the GV Docu-Series are considered urban classics and are currently distributed through public libraries, schools, commercial outlets, and digital downloads.

In 2014, Bryan World Productions produced GV21 THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT: Genius. (period). The multi-award-winning filmmaker presents “one of the major writers of his generation”. Bryan interviews brilliant poet/writer/journalist Wanda Coleman, author of over 20 books: The Riot Inside Me, Mercurochrome, Heavy Daughter Blues, and Mad Dog Black Lady, et al. GV21 is a can’t-miss interview if you’ve ever loved Wanda Coleman’s writing or want to find out what her beautiful life, poetic conceptual process, and creative writing philosophy were all about.

The documentary received numerous awards and special recognition from the United States Congress, a special certificate of recognition from Congress was given to Bryan World Productions as well as a certificate of recognition from the city of Los Angeles (given to filmmaker Bob Bryan for his professional excellence and contribution to the poetic community of Los Angeles.)

Management of Bryan World Productions:
Bob Bryan (CEO) – Clearly, filmmaker Bob Bryan has been a singularly powerful force in putting the Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement on the national and international map. Bryan’s Graffiti Verite’: Read the Writing on the Wall is the classic 600-pound guerrilla warfare in the room demanding respect and recognition from the coveted Art Circles of Power.

Loida Mariano, MA (Account Manager) – Ms. Mariano is the Art Director of the GV Docu series.

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Ian Fleming fanatical about fulfilling his childhood dream of writing the final James Bond page-turner


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It’s time for Salman Rushdie’s Nobel Prize


In 1901, the Swedish Academy awarded the first Nobel Prize for Literature to Sully Prudhomme, a French poet of modest distinction in his day and barely remembered in our time. During the awards ceremony in Stockholm, the permanent secretary of the Academy, Carl David af Wirsén, praised the “introverted nature” of Prudhomme, whom he considered “as sensitive as delicate”. Wirsén continued in this proper manner, never revealing that the Academy, in its deliberations, had considered giving the prize to Leo Tolstoy or Émile Zola. Later reports revealed that Tolstoy’s subsequent sixteen nominations may have failed for ideological reasons; the Academy apparently challenged his “half-rationalist, half-mystical spirit”.

Any award that is not purely objective – like, say, the gold medal in the 100 meters is objective – is, at some point, intended for suspicious recipients. In 1942, “Citizen Kane” lost the Best Picture Oscar to “How Green Was My Valley.” Even the savviest jury can miss the mark. And yet the Swedish Academy may have abused the privilege of fallibility. Over time, Prudhomme was joined in the history of dubious Literature Nobel Prizes by Rudolf Eucken, Paul Heyse, Władysław Reymont, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Verner von Heidenstam, Winston Churchill, Pearl S. Buck and Dario Fo. The list of Nope-Nobelists includes Joyce, Proust, Chekhov, Musil, Wharton, Woolf, Kafka, Brecht, Borges, Akhmatova, Rilke, Orwell, Lorca, Twain, Baldwin, Achebe and Murakami, and expands from there. Despite this madness, the Nobel Prize remains such an object of desire that it can induce a sort of sorry despair in authors who wait in vain for the call from Stockholm. When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in 2016, Philip Roth told his friends how tickled he was for Dylan, and added that he only hoped the following year’s prize would go to Peter, Paul and Mary.

In October, the Swedish Academy will have the opportunity both to smash its record of forgetting many of the writers deepest in its field of vision and to help correct its sad reluctance to uphold the values ​​that she should defend. By the mid-1980s, Salman Rushdie’s masterpieces “Midnight’s Children” and “Shame” had been translated into Persian and were admired in Iran as expressions of anti-imperialism. Everything changed on February 14, 1989, when the Ayatollah Khomeini condemned as blasphemous “The Satanic Verses”, a novel he had not bothered to read, and launched a fatwa calling for the death of the author. Khomeini’s edict helped inspire book burnings and vicious protests against Rushdie from Karachi to London.

Rushdie, who could never have foreseen such a reaction to his work, spent much of the next decade in hiding and under guard. The literary world was hardly unanimous in its defence. Roald Dahl, John Berger and John le Carré are among the writers who felt that Rushdie had not been sufficiently attentive to clerical sensibilities in Tehran. Among the most cowardly acts of the time was the Swedish Academy’s refusal to issue a statement supporting Rushdie. The Academy waited twenty-seven years – a period during which booksellers in the United States and Europe were burned down and Rushdie’s Japanese translator was murdered – before waking up to condemn the fatwa as a “violation serious matter of freedom of expression”. Harsh stuff.

Rushdie, for his part, carried himself with impeccable bravery and, most remarkably, with good humor. As he said in a recent essay, “If I hadn’t chosen the battle, at least it was the right battle, because in it everything I loved and valued (literature, freedom, ‘irreverence, freedom, irreligion, freedom) was ranged against everything I hated (bigotry, violence, fanaticism, lack of humor, philistinism and the new culture of offense of era).

Through it all, Rushdie never stopped writing, and eventually he emerged from his highly sequestered existence and returned to teaching, lecturing, and entertaining. The tabloids seemed appalled that he dared to go to parties, concerts and ball games, as if that somehow undermined his position as a hero of free speech. He didn’t care. He was so insistent on living his life without playing the role of a “Statue of Liberty”, as he put it, that he played himself in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, advising Larry David on the forbidden pleasures of “sex fatwa”. .” Solzhenitsyn was capable of many actions, but not this.

At the same time, no one in our time has been a more tireless champion of free speech. As an essayist and president of PEN America, Rushdie has stood up for artists, writers and journalists around the world who have been attacked. He has been particularly vigilant in recent years about threats to freedom of expression in the two largest democracies: India, where he was born and raised, and the United States, his adopted country during the last two decades. His judgments might sting. When a group of six writers refused to attend a PEN gala, in 2015, because it honored the editors of the French satirical magazine Charlie HebdoRushdie said, “If PEN as a free speech organization cannot defend and celebrate people who have been murdered for drawing pictures, so frankly the organization is not worth its name. Of the writers who rejected the dinner, he said, “I hope no one ever comes after them.”

Rushdie is seventy-five years old. Even though Iran’s current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei did renew the fatwa against him in 2017, the edict appears to have lost its power. Rushdie almost never had bodyguards with him when he appeared in public. Earlier this month, after Rushdie took the stage to address a large audience at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, a young man wearing a black mask jumped on him and slammed him. stabbed several times. Rushdie’s injuries are serious and will require, according to his agent, Andrew Wylie, a long recovery period.

As a literary artist, Rushdie is well deserving of the Nobel Prize, and the case is only increased by his role as an uncompromising defender of freedom and a symbol of resilience. No such move could reverse the tide of illiberalism that has engulfed so much of the world. But, after all its baffling choices, the Swedish Academy has the opportunity, responding to the ugliness of a state death sentence with the dignity of its highest honor, to reprimand all religious, autocratic and demagogues – including our own – who would galvanize their supporters at the expense of human freedom. Freedom of expression, as Rushdie’s ordeal reminds us, has never been free, but the price is worth the price. ♦

The 5 Books That Changed Leila Mottley’s Life


When Mottley writes, as a self-proclaimed obsessional, it’s hard for her to focus on anything else, turning her from an extrovert into a full-fledged recluse. “I have to be part of their world, really, to tell the story in a way that does it justice, so I’m working really hard to immerse myself in it and make it an introspective experience.” It’s a world she loves. Leaving college to focus on publishing Crawl, in the two years since submitting her final draft, she has already embarked on two new projects – she is currently halfway through a first-person novel that explores similar themes and a a collection of poetry. “Writing is like meditation to me. I can’t last that long without it.

Below, explore the five books that made her the child prodigy she is today.

Sula by Toni Morrison

It’s hard to pick a Toni Morrison book because they’re all life-changing in unique ways; everything she writes is profound, and the way she plays with language will always be masterful. But I think that Sula is special in its construction around these two girls and what it means to love someone platonically. He does this beautiful thing about black youth and friendship. And we don’t talk enough about friendship as a love story.

Whimsical Lives, Beautiful Experiences by Saidiya Hartman

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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiences by Saidiya Hartman

Hartman reinvented nonfiction. She goes into the archives, finds these little moments and then constructs them in this beautiful blur between fiction and non-fiction. It’s amazing, I don’t know how she does it, but it definitely changed the way I see history and non-fiction as an art form. She is incredible.

Collect the bones by Jesmyn Ward

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Collecting the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

I love this book so much. It contains, I think, one of the most iconic ways of structuring a text. This is Hurricane Katrina, exploring the previous 10 or 12 days. It starts with this image of the dog that the brother of the main character gave birth to. It’s just beautiful and sets the surroundings in an incredible way, making us really feel where they are, on the Mississippi Delta. It’s nice.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This is the one I read a year ago and really enjoyed it. It’s this deep dive into a world that we have a very limited view of, and his construction of women in the book is just amazing. It’s nuanced and multi-dimensional and you get so invested in it. When I feel like I miss the characters after putting down a book, I always know it’s amazing work.

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks

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Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks

Memoirs are one of the best genres; when it’s done well, it’s so beautiful. It’s a memoir of youth, and it transforms conventional images of white youth into a study of black youth. There’s this part about the red wheelbarrow that she and her brother are playing with… It’s just a nice portrayal of her childhood. The way she writes it is so lyrical; you can feel every moment.

‘House of the Dragon’ author has more ‘creative influence’ than ‘Game of Thrones’, but no ‘creative control’


Author George RR Martin has made some interesting comments about his own creative involvement in Dragon House in a new interview this week. Martin was the guest of The History of Westeros podcast where he was asked about his creative contribution to this new show versus his contribution on game of thrones. He said he had more “influence” here, but still no “control”.

Near the start of the interview, Martin remarked that he wanted more fans to understand the intricacies of the TV industry before taking their grievances directly to him. He also pointed out that on game of throneshis official title was “Co-Executive Producer”, while on Dragon House his title is “executive producer” – though he’s still not a day-to-day “showrunner”. Asked about ‘creative control’, he replied, ‘I have no ‘creative control’, as you say. It’s the hardest thing to get in Hollywood. “

Martin went on to say that writers were only given forms of “creative control” in extreme circumstances, such as JK Rowling having a bidding war for the film rights over her. Harry Potter franchise. In this case, she was able to negotiate “script approval” privileges, according to Martin. As popular as A song of ice and fire that is not the case for him.

“Hollywood will give you money a lot easier than they give you creative control,” he said with a laugh. “You can go to negotiations and say yes, I’ll thank you for paying me $8 million, but I’d also like creative control. And they’ll say, how about 10 million? They’d rather give millions of dollars than any creative can control.”

“What I have is influence, I have creative influence,” Martin continued, “but a lot of it depends on the relationship between me and the showrunners, etc. I mean, I I can make points, I can argue, and they can listen, but if they decide not to listen, then you know, I can persuade them. I don’t have the authority to hire or fire. I don’t I don’t have the power to dictate things, but what I have, if they listen to me and I can be quite persuasive and I know this material quite well, so there’s this something and it’s always changing.”

Martin then compared his creative influence on game of thrones and Dragon House – a comparison that may be of interest to fans who were disappointed by the ending of the first show. He said, “You know, I had a lot of input at the beginning of game of thrones, partly because I had those books there. But at some point, as the show went on, I found that I had less and less influence until the end, I didn’t even know what was going on. I looked at some of these things like everyone else, and “oh, okay.”

“Now, at the moment, I’m very happy with Dragon House. It’s a very faithful adaptation. Yes, there are some changes, but I have a great relationship with Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik,” he added.

Martin has repeatedly said that he was disappointed to see game of thrones finished so soon. He hoped it would take at least 10 seasons to finish telling his story, but showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss had the final decision. To this day, many fans blame these two in particular for the series’ lackluster ending.

With a bit of luck Dragon House will continue to stay true to the books while giving its stories the time they need to breathe. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max. Martin’s books are now available in print, digital and audiobook formats.

The quintessence of student news | Columnists




Some might cling to the idea that “good things come in threes”, an apt adage when it comes to primary colors or nursery rhyme animals. Others prefer groups of four, whether it’s a quartet of barbers or the Beatles.

I prefer a quintet. Specifically, the five well-rounded reporters who will be taking over the student news column for the year 2022-23: Eileen Liu, Grace Wu, Elise Spenner, Ellen Kim and, me, Chesney Evert.

The Washington Post returns as sponsor of the 22nd National Book Festival



The Washington Post today announced its return as a founding sponsor and media partner of the 22nd Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival.

“At The Washington Post, we believe in the power of literature to inform and entertain people of all ages. As part of our commitment to these values, our newsroom continues to reinvent ways to provide the best coverage for non-fiction and fiction books, such as Book World’s relaunch in print,” said Shani George, Vice President of Communications at The Post. “We’ve been proud to support the National Book Festival since its inception in 2001, bringing together acclaimed readers and authors of all genres for a day of celebration.”

The Post will host an interactive booth where attendees can enjoy activities such as emPOWER kid-led yoga and meditation sessions, a prize wheel with a chance to win Washington Post-branded items, and story time. with acclaimed local children’s book authors and illustrators. their most beloved stories.

Storytime readings will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET, excluding noon.

Featured authors and illustrators include:

· 10:00 a.m. – Sue Fliess, Kid Scientist Marine Biologists Diving and Rumble And Roar: Sounds From Around The World

· 11:00 – Fred Bowen & James Ransome, Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association

1:00 p.m. – Jennifer O’Connell, Elephants remember and The eye of the whale

2:00 p.m. – Juana Medina, Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes

· 15:00 – Hena Khan, Zara’s rules for record pleasure

Plus, Washington Post staff and contributors will lead lively and thought-provoking discussions throughout the Book Festival.

· 10:35-11:20 a.m. ET: Heal yourself? : Mental illness and me with Rachel Aviv and Daniel BergnerModerated by Post contributor Bethanne Patrick.

· 11:05-11:50 a.m. ET: From Mind to Mindfulness: How to Rethink Anxiety with Tracy Dennis-Tiwary and Ellen VoraModerated by Tara Parker-Pope, Post Wellness Editor-in-Chief

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. ET: Do we eat our babies? with Will BunchModerated by Opinion Editor Alexandra Petri

· 12:10-12:55 p.m. ET: Do you feel exhausted? This session is for you with Celeste HeadleeModerated by Mary Beth Albright, Post-Video Host

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET: Deaf Utopia with Nyle DiMarcoModerated by opinion writer Jonathan Capehart

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. ET: The Pieces That Can’t Be Adjusted: Poetry with Linda GregersonModerated by Post Book Reviewer Ron Charles

The Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). This year’s theme is “Books Bring Us Together”. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the festival, visit https://www.loc.gov/bookfest.

The IRS just isn’t ready for the Cut Inflation Act


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With great fanfare, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act.

Historians might one day say that this legislation did more to complicate an already over-complicated tax code than any tax bill in the last 50 years. It is now up to the Internal Revenue Service to administer this law, and even with increased funding, it is not ready for the task – and, if the past is prologue, it may never be.

The law raises taxes by some $300 billion over the next decade, primarily by creating two new corporate taxes. The first is a 15% tax on a corporation’s book or accounting income if the tax liability it reports to the IRS is zero. The law now requires companies to calculate their tax payable twice, as if doing it once was not restrictive enough.

The second corporate tax hike is a new excise tax on the redemption of corporate shares. Excise duties are special taxes on specific products, such as cigarettes. They are generally collected in order to discourage the consumption of these products or to mitigate their harmful effects.

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These new taxes will be extremely difficult for the IRS to enforce, and they come at an economic cost.

The Tax Foundation estimates that these new taxes will shrink the long-term size of the US economy by 0.2%, kill 29,000 jobs and do nothing to bring inflation under control. Admittedly, these are milder effects than the original Build Back Better Act, but the impact of the complexity of this bill could be much larger and more difficult to measure.

These new taxes are being used to pay for 26 new or expanded tax subsidies for various climate and energy industries, at a cost of approximately $260 billion over the next decade.

Each of these expanded credits will come with its own complex rules and regulations dictating who is eligible and for how much.

The IRS has failed to address key issues for nearly 40 years

As the complexity of our tax code continues to grow exponentially, the challenge of its administration also increases. This begs the question: is the IRS ready?

Lawmakers have approved about $80 billion in new spending for the IRS. Apparently, the majority of these funds will be used to strengthen law enforcement activities. It’s expected to bring in an additional $205 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

But will more money for the app be enough?

Let’s not forget that the IRS is the agency that had to rush to hire 5,000 new workers this year to deal with the backlog of 23 million paper tax returns that had built up over the past two seasons of production. A recent photo in The Washington Post showed the cafeteria at the IRS facility in Austin, Texas, filled with paper tax returns awaiting processing. The article says this justifies why the IRS needed $80 billion in new funds.

But these arguments ignore the fact that the IRS has failed to address these issues for nearly 40 years.

In 1986, the IRS launched a multi-billion dollar effort to modernize its outdated computer systems to reduce its reliance on manual entry of paper returns. Nearly a decade later, in 1995, the then-General Accounting Office of Congress reported that “IRS efforts to modernize tax processing are in serious jeopardy due to persistent management and technical weaknesses which hinder modernization efforts.

In 2000, the Inspector General of the Treasury Revenue Service reported that the IRS, having spent over $3 billion, was unable to handle the modernization process and had to contract it out to a private contractor. Since 2000, the IRS has spent more than $4.8 billion, adjusted for inflation, on upgrading technology and “business services.”

Outdated technology remains a drag on the IRS

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Certainly, some of these investments have improved the ability of taxpayers to file electronically and the IRS to manage those returns and flag questionable entries. In 2000, only 16% of tax returns of all types — personal, business, employment and excise — were filed electronically. In 2021, 78% of all returns were filed electronically; 90% of personal returns are filed this way. Taxpayers using commercial software such as TurboTax now do the work for the IRS.

Yet, in an age when many taxpayers can file their tax returns on a cell phone, the IRS still lacks the technology to digitize paper returns and must manually enter them as was done in the 1960s, 70s. and 80. As the Washington Post article noted, many IRS computers still run computer language written in the 1960s.

The IRS and its advocates say many of the problems are due to underfunding and staff attrition.

In all honesty, the IRS budget hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years after adjusting for inflation. Its budget in 2021 is about the same as in 2001 in today’s dollars. In addition, the numbers have decreased considerably over the decades. In 1991, when the technology modernization program began in earnest, the IRS had over 114,000 full-time employees. Today it has about 75,000.

But, in the same way that ATMs cut bank staff and self-checkouts made buying groceries faster, electronic filing and technology made the IRS slightly more efficient. According to the IRS’ own account, it cost 56 cents to raise $100 in tax revenue in 1991. Today, it takes 35 cents to raise $100.

Despite these modernization efforts, the IRS is still far behind the technological curve, and tax complexity compounds these problems. The Inflation Reduction Act does not solve these problems; it adds a lot to them.

Under the weight of an increasingly complex tax system, the IRS is not an agency that can fix itself, and Congress is pumping money into it for new technology and thousands of new auditors without structural reform. won’t do the job.

— By Scott Hodge, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Policy Advisor at the Tax Foundation

The story of Shalini Prakash


Shalini Prakash has always been fascinated by the world of entrepreneurship.

“Once you are in the ecosystem and start following their stories closely, you can see the good side, the dark side and the ugly side of entrepreneurship. Or anything that looks glamorous from the outside,” Shalini, the author of Carefree at 30, share with His history.

As someone interested in social identity and identity crises, Shalini finds the situation extremely prevalent among the younger generation. “I know, I did,” she said.

Hailing from a South Indian family, Shalini came face to face with the plans for success, starting with a set path that involved pursuing engineering.

Predictably, she studied engineering, but in her twenties questions about what she would do next took precedence.

“In my mid to late twenties, I started to think that if I was doing everything right, why do I feel so lost? Why don’t I have a sense of direction and why don’t I feel happy? she recalls.

For Shalini, as her peers and everyone around her settled or settled, over time it was apparent that many people were going through similar dilemmas.

This led her to do something she loved: understanding human behavior, and her first book, Carefree at 30, is the culmination of his curiosity for the subject. The book tells not only about her journey, but also those she knows personally and the entrepreneurs.

Although being a venture capitalist (VC) and an author may seem like two different parallels, Shalini finds similarities in terms of observation. Since having her own startup, her entrepreneurial journey has shaped her way of thinking. “I think the similarities would largely be around the restlessness and commitment to going all the way,” she says.

When it comes to dealing with bias, Shalini draws inspiration from her book: “Until you set certain boundaries for yourself or have an idealistic avatar of how you should be when playing certain roles, and tell yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect, it’s fine if there are gaps.

“The world is your oyster,” she advises women. “It all depends on how you see yourself.”

Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira won’t return for season 3


Barbie Ferreira, who played fan-favorite Kat Hernandez, will not return for Euphoria season 3.

She announced the sad news of her departure on her Instagram Story, where she wrote a heartfelt message alongside a fanart photo of Kat.

The moving post read: “After four years of playing Kat’s most special and enigmatic character, I have to say goodbye with tears in my eyes.

“I hope many of you can see yourself in her like me and that she will bring you joy to see her journey to the character she is today. I put all my care and my love in her and I hope you can feel it. Love you Katherine Hernandez.

Kat was best friends with Maddie Perez (Alexa Demie) and Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney) and had a significant history of body positivity in Euphoria season 1.

Barbie Ferreira, Alexa Demie and Sydney Sweeney in Euphoria

Kat was Maddie and Cassie’s best friend. (Image credit: Eddy Chen/HBO)

However, fans wondered what happened to Kat in Euphoria season 2 after receiving a lack of script and seeming to be pushed to the background, due to its sparse scenes and lines.

It was a stark contrast to her character arc from the previous season and the development she had on screen, which saw her become more confident in her body and sexuality.

Rumors then surfaced that there was tension between Barbie and series director Sam Levinson during production, but she quashed those speculations in an interview with Initiated (opens in a new tab).

She said: “I really think the fans are really passionate and I appreciate that because Euphoria really touched so many people.

“Sometimes things take on a life of their own, and they’re not rooted in truth, but that’s okay because I know it’s just out of passion and curiosity and all that good stuff. And I signed up for that So I’ll take it, I’ll take the good and the bad.

Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize: Artists Reinvent The Witch in the Cherry Tree

Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year's Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.


Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.

In a strange moment of serendipity, Jessica Twohill learned she had won this year’s Margaret Mahy Illustration Award while baking a birthday cake for her daughter.

“I almost thought it was a little funny…kind of a serendipitous twist,” Twohill said. Things.

Nelson-based Twohill was named the winner of the award on Thursday for her work on the reimagining of Mahy’s The Witch in The Cherry Tree.

The classic Kiwi children’s book follows the story of a boy baking a cake with his mother, while a cake-loving witch tries to hatch a plan to steal the dessert.

* Margaret Mahy is back in the market after the local group failed to raise funds
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* Te reo’s works celebrated among the finalists of the Children’s Book Award

Jessica Twohill, whose retelling of The Witch and the Cherry Tree won the Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.


Jessica Twohill, whose retelling of The Witch and the Cherry Tree won the Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.

To enter the prestigious prize, artists receive a book by Mahy to perform and enter with a set of illustrations.

“[I’m] absolutely thrilled, I came second last year and came close to entering the year before so good to see it all paying off now.

Twohill studied Design Illustration between Massey University and the Design and Arts College of New Zealand and has been interested in craftsmanship since childhood.

For the past two years, she’s immersed herself in graphic design and now works in marketing, but still considers herself an “oversized kid.”

Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year's Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.


Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.

When she entered this year’s competition, she was “thrilled” to be able to recreate The Witch and The Cherry Tree.

“I grew up with her books like most New Zealanders of my generation… It’s truly breathtaking to team up with such an iconic author like her.

“His [Margaret Mahy’s] the books are very much about the imagination…she leaves a lot of things open for the illustrator to decide how to convey that.

“It’s about focusing on the child’s imagination. In this particular story it’s about this witch and you kind of have to decide if it’s real or if it’s just part of David [the child’s] imagination.

Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year's Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.


Illustrations by Jessica Twohill, winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Illustration Award.

“I tried to bring in elements that combined the two a bit.”

The jury included Mahy’s daughter, Bridget Mahy, and children’s entertainer Suzy Cato.

The finalist illustrations:

The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Cesar Lador from Auckland, finalist of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize.


The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Cesar Lador from Auckland, finalist of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize.

The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Rotorua artist Claire Delaney, Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize finalist.


The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Rotorua artist Claire Delaney, Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize finalist.

The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Dunedin-based Frank Gordon, Margaret Mahy Illustration Award finalist.


The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Dunedin-based Frank Gordon, Margaret Mahy Illustration Award finalist.

The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by artist Nelson Sarah Trolle, finalist of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize.


The Witch in the Cherry Tree, written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by artist Nelson Sarah Trolle, finalist of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize.

Women should no longer do housework this year



Women spend an average of 47 minutes more on household chores than men each day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about 5 1/2 hours a week, not including babysitting, grocery shopping, or running errands, which the BLS classifies in other categories and which women also do significantly more.

Here’s another way to think about it: To balance the load, women should stop cleaning on August 29 for the rest of the year.

So maybe they should. We already have Equal Pay Day every spring to draw attention to the extra months women would need to work to catch up with men’s earning power. I suggest we adopt Equal Domestic Work Day every August to recognize the extra work women do in the home.

The housework gap affects millions of Americans. More than half of American households are made up of dating partners; the vast majority (98%) are opposite-sex couples. For women in the key career years of 25 to 34, most (59%) live with a spouse or partner.

The gender gap in household chores persists, regardless of the couple’s other commitments. Among dual-career couples, women do more housework, even when they earn more money than their partners. Among retirees, women do more housework. Among unemployed men and women of working age, men spend most of their waking hours watching television. Women spend it on housework.

It’s not like men don’t have time to cook or clean. The average man has about 40 minutes more leisure time per day than the average woman. Among married parents who both work full time – where rest time is tight and the gap between household chores narrows to about 30 minutes – husbands take in even more leisure time than their wives: 44 minutes of more every day.

The result is that in almost all coupled households, women do more and have less time to recuperate. Women consistently report higher rates not only of burnout, but also of stress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Lack of household chores is surely not the only reason, but that can’t help.

A March survey, conducted by advertising agency Berlin Cameron and author Eve Rodsky, asked respondents what one thing their spouse or partner could do to reduce their stress levels. The most common response from women: “Help more around the house.” Yet when men were asked what their wives could do to reduce their stress levels, their most common response was “Nothing, I’m happy with the way things are.”

I don’t think these men say “I’m glad my wife is so exhausted”. But they may not be fully aware of the stress their partners are feeling and their own passive role in feeding it. Indeed, several studies suggest that men systematically overestimate their own contributions within the household. This unconsciousness is a problem that Equal Housework Day could help solve.

One of the challenges is that men’s activities tend to be less frequent and more reportable: yard work, home repairs, car maintenance. It is women who disproportionately end up with the daily grind of cooking, cleaning and laundry. As consultant Kate Mangino points out in her new book, “Equal Partners”, one of the reasons women prioritize flexibility at work – and often accept lower wages as a result – is that their unpaid work is so rigid. The gutters can wait; dinner can’t.

Women pay a heavy economic penalty for being so helpful: A college-educated woman in her twenties, Mangino points out, earns about 90 percent of what her male peers earn. By the time she is in her 40s, that drops to 55%. Looking at comparative data across countries, the more men do housework, the more women there are in leadership positions in government and business. Gender inequalities at home are inextricably linked to those at work, and Covid has widened the gap in both places.

To fill the vacuum of household chores, men don’t need to spend more time mowing the lawn; they need to start doing some of the tasks that their female partners do every morning and every evening. This could be awkward, especially at first; our cultural associations about who does what are so strong that we often mistakenly think it’s better for tasks like cleaning. A wife may forbid her husband from entering the laundry room, as he tells her not to touch the cordless drill. But at best, female skills are simply the result of years of doing a task over and over again.

Most people don’t think their own households reproduce gendered societal dynamics, as research by Allison Daminger, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has shown. It would be too painful. Instead, we find ways to rationalize the disparity in chores, making excuses like “She’s a perfectionist” and “He’s laid back.” That’s not really true – as Daminger points out, some men who claim to be unsophisticated hold jobs as project managers or surgeons.

And one of the consequences of seeing the domestic work deficit as the result of individual whims and choices is that any attempt to solve it risks becoming an interpersonal argument. These can be expensive for women – literally. Beth Livingston, a management professor at the University of Iowa, has found that if wives negotiate too aggressively with their husbands about which career should take priority, it can lead to the husband denying his wife emotional support. and advance his wife’s career. second. (When husbands negotiate aggressively, they don’t experience this reaction from their wives.)

Equal Housework Day would help by admitting that the housework divide is actually a bigger cultural issue than any couple. And just as we can’t expect the gender pay gap to disappear by getting women to “bargain better” with their bosses, it shouldn’t be up to individual wives to solve the domestic work gap. by “negotiating better” with their husbands.

But solving it wouldn’t take much time: men have 40 minutes more free time per day than women; women do 47 minutes more of housework than men. Men could only do 23 minutes more of household chores each day and almost fill the household chores gap.

The alternative is for women to exercise the nuclear option: leave the house messy and the fridge empty by 2023.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

How to choose an ideal husband or wife (for your career): Sarah Green Carmichael

Want more babies? Caring for Mothers First: Clara Ferreira Marques

Poor single mothers need money, not husbands: Kathryn Edwards

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Sarah Green Carmichael is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Opinion. Previously, she was Ideas and Commentary Editor at Barron’s and Managing Editor of Harvard Business Review, where she hosted “HBR IdeaCast.”

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

News consumers should be ‘uncomfortable’, says author


ST. LOUIS — A new book examines news coverage and its impact on political division in the United States.

NewsNation political editor Chris Stirewalt’s book, “Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back” is available for purchase.

In an interview with FOX 2 News, Stirewalt explains how his experience working in political media inspired the book.

“What I’ve observed in my career is how politics has moved from the periphery to the center of everything,” he said. “Increasingly, all stories are pushed through a political prism before we can talk about reality.”

In “Broken News”, Stirewalt shares information about probing methods and the number of calculations needed to make a call. We asked how he would help shape NewsNation’s midterm election coverage.

“If we think ambitious fair news is important and we need to demonstrate that it can be profitable; that doing it the right way and doing it the hard way is worth it, so we have an obligation to be the best,” Stirewalt said. “I think that’s what we are being.”

Then how Stirewalt defines “fair news?”

“It should be our aspiration in every story to present the multiple points of view. Present the controversy impartially. Not stacking the game one way or the other,” he said.

Stirewalt shared his thoughts on former President Donald Trump’s impact on midterms and the potential presidential race in 2024.

“It’s a difficult climate. If Republicans want to take advantage, they can’t run around with their hair on fire saying whether they worship Donald Trump or hate him like the devil,” Stirewalt said.

As voters prepare for the midterm elections and beyond, Stirewalt offered advice on becoming more savvy consumers of political news.

“You have to trust the sources that will give you the whole story. You have to be prepared to be a little uncomfortable,” he said. “To be well-informed means to be a little uneasy.”

Rockville College students honored for their academic achievements


ROCKVILLE, MD — To shine a light on the academic achievements of Rockville-area students, Patch is sharing information provided by student families and Merit News.

Rachel Eller and Grace Sierra of Rockville have been named to the President’s Honors List and Dean’s List for Spring 2022 at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Dana Gerber from Rockville received a BA in writing, lighting and publishing from Emerson College during its 142nd launch on May 8 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

The following students were recently named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester:

  • Dana Gerber of Rockville specializes in writing, lighting, and editing and is a member of the class of 2022.
  • Gavin Holland from Rockville is majoring in BFA Creative Writing and is a member of the Class of 2024.

Students earn a spot on Emerson’s Dean’s List by achieving a GPA of 3.7 or higher for that semester.

Paige Sonoda of Rockville was named to Bates College’s Dean’s List for the winter semester ending April 2022. This is a deserved honor for students whose GPA is 3.92 or higher. Sonoda, the daughter of David H. Sonoda and Margaret M. Thale, graduated in 2018 from Georgetown Day School. She is a senior at Bates majoring in sociology and psychology.

Brigitte English de Rockville received the 2022 Purple Prize from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Purple Prize is awarded to the best poem submitted to “The Purple”, a literary magazine written, edited and published by Holy Cross students to provide a showcase for critical and creative writing.

Caroline L. Wang de Rockville was nominated for second honors for the spring 2022 semester at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students must have a GPA of 3.8 or higher for first honors or a GPA between 3.50 and 3.79 for second honors.

Olivia Steenburgh of Rockville has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Steenburgh, who is currently enrolled in the Game Art major, earned a spot on the Dean’s List by earning a 3.5 GPA during the spring semester.

Charles Dickerson of Rockville earned a doctorate in nursing anesthesia practice from Missouri State University during commencement ceremonies May 20 at Great Southern Bank Arena in Springfield.

The following students from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts were recently named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester:

  • Micah Gritz from Rockville, Class of 2024
  • Hannah Oshinsky from Rockville, Class of 2025
  • Noah Turner from Rockville, Class of 2025

The Dean’s Honors list at Tufts University requires a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Georgia Becker from Rockville was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship in the spring 2022 semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Provided by the U.S. Department of State, the scholarship allows a student to study and intern abroad to gain fluency in various languages ​​and cultures, skills that are critically important to the national security and economic competitiveness.

Don’t see your award-winning researcher on this list of academic accolades? Send the details to Patch Editor Michael O’Connell at [email protected] and Patch will include them in an upcoming article.

Amarillo Public Library receives grant to purchase more interactive books for readers


AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) — The Amarillo Public Library has received a grant that will be used to purchase more interactive books.

A press release from the Amarillo Public Library says the money came from the Texas Book Festival Collections Enhancement Grant.

“We applaud the work you do to help foster a love of reading in your community and to best serve your library patrons with books that meet their needs and interests,” said Michelle Hernandez, coordinator of school and community programs for the Texas Book Festival.

The library will purchase interactive books that will allow readers to read the story and turn the pages as usual, but they can also follow along with an audiobook or go into learning mode to challenge themselves.

“Audiobooks are a great tool for teaching kids to love literature. Interactive titles take that tool and put it into a physical book with pages to turn and sentences to read. Kids experience a level of learning deeper because more senses are involved in the reading process,” said Melody Boren, youth services coordinator at the Amarillo Public Library.

Boren said interactive books are popular and is grateful for the opportunity to increase his book collection.

She said interactive books make it easier for children to read and re-read their favorite stories, which improves children’s learning.

“Studies show that proofreading helps children become better readers by strengthening vocabulary and improving comprehension,” Boren said. “These interactive books allow children to read and listen to a book as many times as they want, and parents and children love them. We can’t keep them on the shelf.

Rose-Hulman Recognized as Best Value and School for Internships, Science Labs


Rose-Hulman received top rankings of all time for its career services, science laboratory facilities, accessibility to faculty, residence halls, and student support and counseling services – elements that make the institute a best-value college with a strong return on investment, as selected by The Princeton Review.

The educational services company surveys students annually to develop rankings in 50 categories covering the areas of academic provision, cost/financial aid, job placement, graduation rates, and student debt.

This year, Rose-Hulman placed in the top 20 and earned accolades in the following categories:

These are the reasons why Rose-Hulman has again been chosen to be featured in the 2023 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 388 Colleges” book.

Featuring direct quotes from students, Rose-Hulman’s profile begins with the statement, “Rose-Hulman…earns its ‘reputation as an excellent undergraduate engineering school’ with a combination of strong academics and ‘ personal attention, small classes and a family atmosphere. “, a rarity among tech schools.”

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons acknowledged that the latest rankings highlight the continued investment in campus programs and facilities.

“We are particularly encouraged to see The Princeton Review give us our highest ranking in the areas of Science Facilities, Career Services, Student Support and Counseling Services, and Residence Life,” Coons said. “The opening of the new university building last year has greatly improved our chemistry and biochemistry laboratories, bringing them up to par with the high quality facilities of our other university departments. Meanwhile, enhancements to our career services, counseling and residence life areas continue to support our institutional goal of providing student-centered undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. .

Rose-Hulman is consistently recognized for its return on investment and best value. At least 94% of Rose-Hulman students complete an internship, co-op, or research experience during their academic career, with 70% having two experiences. The 10-year placement rate for all graduates is 98% within six months of commencement.

Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Rob Franek says, “Our selection of colleges in this book (“The 388 Best Colleges”) is based on our opinion of their academic offerings. We recommend each as an outstanding academic choice for one. However , our ranking lists are not based on our college reviews. They are entirely based on what school students have told us about their experiences.