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Living poetry returns to town | Culture & Leisure


Zoom sessions have allowed the arts to continue to thrive during the pandemic — and perhaps no one has used the live screen experience better than a certain much-loved poetry group.

Co-founded by award-winning scribes Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer — and co-sponsored by the Telluride Institute and the Wilkinson Public Library — Zoom has kept the Talking Gourds talking: its monthly sessions have allowed award-winning poets to teleport from nearly n anywhere in the world, and local speaking enthusiasts to join them.

What could be wrong with that?

Actually, two things, Goodtimes said bluntly. “We have a few hundred” followers—a huge number, considering that it’s an art form that may be deeply musical, but whose “instrument” is the spoken word. Still, “on any night, 20 or 30 would show up” online, Goodtimes said simply.

“We wanted to expand our audience.

The second problem stems from the first: “If you zoom in too much, you get so bored you feel like you’re going to lose your mind,” Goodtimes said.

It turns out that not all brilliant poets are great poetry readers. Sylvia Plath, for example, will stop you in your tracks: Elizabeth Hardwick described Plath as “clearly, perfectly staring at you” in her retelling of the “holocaust-black” poem “Daddy” on BBC Radio.

On the other hand (to this reader’s ear), TS Eliot’s reading of his seminal and devastating “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is boring.

“If Eliot’s angular viola doesn’t give you the gravitas of ‘Prufrock,’ listen to Anthony Hopkins read it,” the Open Culture site suggests (and offers a link).

“I want to animate the poetry,” Goodtimes said, to activate it.

One way to do this is to do it not just live — which is what Talking Gourds monthly readings are — but in person.

Next Thursday, June 4, at the Telluride ArtWalk marks the first episode of a series called Goodtimes Walking, Talking Gourds.

This is the first time the Gourds will perform live poetry at Telluride since Covid.

Goodtimes’ choice of location was deliberate.

“I wanted to have that outside,” he pointed out, “in a place that has liquor service.”

That left one of Telluride’s best summer spots: on the terrace of the SHOW Bar at the Sheridan Opera House in North Oak Street Park, where the reading will take place next week at 6:30 p.m. Goodtimes – author of six collections of poetry, including, most recently, “Dancing On Edge: The McRedEye Poems” (Lithic Press, 2019) – will be both the guest and the host of this first evening. As with all Talking Gourds events, after announcements and the reading from the featured performer, audience members are invited to share a poem of their choice. This month’s prompt is both literal and metaphorical: Take off the mask.

The lawn provides a setting where people can walk by and watch and listen “without having to commit” to reading a poem themselves, or linger longer than they are naturally inspired to, Goodtimes said. “People can dive and walk,” he said. Of course, he hopes they will stay.

“I love poetry and the spoken word because you’re in there,” he said. “A movie you can skip, walk away, and have a drink.” A gripping read, however, lingers. “A lot of people have asked us to bring back live poetry,” Goodtimes said, “and that’s really the reason.”

The next two sessions will take place in the open-air Transfer Warehouse, courtesy of Telluride Arts (“The venues for these two performances will follow suit,” and will relocate to the historic structure, a press release has it. said funny).

Telluride DownLow duo Laura Idema and Geneva Shaunette will be guests of The Gourds in the transfer warehouse on July 7 at 5:30 p.m., and Nigerian-American poet and Colorado Book Award winner Uche Ogbuchi will read at 5:30 p.m. on August 4. like Talking Gourds’ monthly online series, Bardic Trails, Walking, Talking Gourds “is free and open to poets, writers and storytellers of all ages,” Goodtimes said. He’s happy to present poetry in person again, and not just because he loves the spoken word. After being treated for cancer and recovering from it for the past two years – “Two years in hell”, as Goodtimes put it – “I’m delighted to be back”.

To learn more about talking gourds, visit tellurideinstitute.org.

Be Inspired – The Martha’s Vineyard Times


This summer, Islanders Write will be offering more writing workshops on a wider range of topics than ever before. These breakout sessions will focus on the art of writing and the business of selling your work, and will be offered throughout the two days of the event.

We are delighted to announce the program for this summer’s workshops and the teachers who will lead them. We welcome back Judith Hannan, Mathea Morais and Kelly DuMar, and welcome to Alice Early, Jennifer Smith Turner, Noel Foy, Laurie Lindeen and Moira Silva, who will join us for the first time.

Islanders Write workshops are free. No prior registration necessary. Try one or take them all.

Wake up and write!

Since we canceled Islanders Write in 2020 and 2021, we have decided to extend the program for an additional day for summer 2022. Judith Hannan will be hosting both mornings with her popular Wake Up and Write! workshop. Hannan, author and essayist – whose essays now appear in The MV Times – will take participants through a series of quick writing prompts to encourage free association and the revealing of scenes and stories.

First Authors: A Survival Guide

Alice Early, whose first novel, “The Moon Always Rising”, was published in 2020, will share all the information she would have liked someone to tell her. This includes how to find the right kind of publisher for your book, what to do with an agent, how to navigate the world of publishing, and strategies for promoting your book in a way that won’t drive you crazy.

Hybrid editors

Do you feel confused trying to figure out the complicated world of self-publishing? Poet and ‘Child Bride’ author Jennifer Smith Turner will enlighten and reveal the things no one tells you when you enter the self-publishing path. Focusing on hybrid publishers, Turner will explain what hybrid publishers do, how to find one, and how her novel sold thousands of copies.

Writing the letter of request

Mathea Morais, director of literary arts at Featherstone, author of “There You Are” and professor of English, Answer your questions about the all-important agent query letter – from determining how to target the right agents to crafting your pitch.

The impact of stress on writing

It’s hard enough to write, and trying to get published brings a whole new set of stressors. Noel Foy turns to neuroscience to provide advice on dealing with your writer’s block and publication anxiety. Foy is an anxiety coach, founder of Neuro Noel Consulting and author of “ABC Worry Free”.

Use personal photos as writing tools

Poet and playwright Kelly Dumar will give a two-hour workshop on writing from personal photos. DuMar’s the photo-inspired process nurtures spontaneity and imaginative self-expression. Whether you’re writing poetry or prose, memoir or blog, family history or monologue, your personal photos will be a great incentive for compelling writing. If you are interested in attending this workshop, bring one to three photos from your photo album with you.

Write the family

Writing about your family is a potential minefield. It doesn’t matter if your family harbors secret scandals or is bland and boring. (But really, who ever heard of a bland, boring family?) Writing about family members is tricky territory to navigate. Laurie Lindeen – who wrote extensively about her family members in her memoir ‘Petal Pusher’, as well as her son, rock star ex-husband and father in The New York Times “Johnny Goes to College” essay – developed strategies through writing exercises to help people write honestly and openly about their families.

The six senses of memory

Laurie Lindeen has graciously agreed to teach two workshops at this year’s Islanders Write. This workshop is designed to promote the senses as a way to create memorably crystalline, aromatic and soft to the touch images for your readers. In a series of guided exercises, Lineeen will show you how you can develop and refine your writing using your senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch and intuition.

Dealing with the pandemic in writing

Moira Silva will also lead two workshops. silva will explore ways to write about your experience during the pandemic, whether it’s grief or silver linings, loneliness or finding new forms of connection.

Setting the table: Building stories around food

Food has power. In this generative workshop, writers will tap into their food-related memories to better understand their perspectives. Moira Silva uses this foundation as a way to explore techniques for bringing scenes, settings and characters to life. The writers will draw on excerpts from Michelle Zauner, Jessica Harris (who will be at this year’s Islanders Write), Anthony Bourdain and Carmen Maria Machado. Participants will leave excited to develop classroom drafts using their new skills in creating multi-sensory scenes.

Islanders Write is an MV Times event. It takes place at the Featherstone Center for the Arts all day on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, with an opening night on Saturday, July 30. For more information, visit islanderswrite.com.

Alyssa Shelasky, author of ‘It Could Be Too Personal’, became a single mom by choice, then found love on Tinder


As editor of New York magazine’s Sex Diaries and a former dating columnist at Charm, Alyssa Shelasky has covered love and all its flaws. She inspired comparisons to Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, and her first book, Anxiety Aprondocumented her romance with Excellent chef starring Spike Mendelsohn. (Shelasky, then a People staff member, nailed their first date by faking an interview with him.)

The greatest love story Shelasky has ever told, however, comes in her new memoir, It might be too personal, in which she writes with characteristic honesty that she became a single mother to her daughter, Hazel, via an anonymous sperm donor. A Heartfelt Chapter is a love letter to the donor, a man Shelasky calls Vince Vaughn (the celebrity named as his look-alike by California Cryobank). “Of all the men I’ve trusted so far,” Shelasky writes, “you’re the only one who’s never let me down.”

Despite three past engagements (and a heated romance with her dentist), Shelasky ultimately evaded the pitfalls of marriage. It might be too personal opens with her stumbling in strappy heels and falling, bloodied, on the sidewalk after fleeing a wedding she attended with her ex-fiancé; just the day before she had canceled theirs wedding, seduced by the “warmth and sting” of her new role as a party reporter for We Weekly (Incidentally, she stumbles upon one of her major celebrity crushes — no spoilers — after getting back on her feet and looking for an ATM). Yet she would later find love at an unlikely time and place, while browsing Tinder and breastfeeding six-month-old Hazel. (She and her partner, Sam, now share Hazel, 7, and a son, River, 2.)

vogue spoke with Shelasky about her journey to single motherhood by choice, an important encounter with Sarah Jessica Parker, and why she’s still adamantly anti-marriage.

vogue: I read your book voraciously in one day and also sent it to my sister-in-law, who is a new single mother by choice. You write about having coffee with a really cool woman who once had a baby on her own while you were still thinking about it. Did she kind of give you permission?

Arts Council awards $70,000 for creative aging programming


FRANKFURT, Ky. – The Kentucky Arts Council awarded $70,000 to 14 Kentucky organizations for arts-based programs that serve older Kentuckians.

The Access to the Arts Support Grant: Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning is made possible through funding provided to the arts council by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in partnership with EA Michelson Philanthropy . The Kentucky Arts Council is one of 36 state and jurisdictional arts agencies sharing $1.46 million in funding from EA Michelson Philanthropy and NASAA.

Each organization or individual received $5,000 to conduct creative activity projects and programs on aging.

Among the winners is the Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore. The community has over 200 seniors who enjoy classes in creative writing, painting, exercise, yoga and crafts. Within the facility is an auditorium, where the community has hosted live performances from various central Kentucky bands. Residents also take group trips to area performance venues.

With its grant, Wesley Village management wanted to extend interactive entertainment opportunities to residents living in the community’s personal and full-service nursing apartments. The center will offer drum, recorder and marching band programs taught by teaching artists already under contract with Wesley Village.

The effects of these opportunities have been profound, said Alan Beuscher, Wesley Village’s vice president for community relations, and Cora Hughes, a creative aging and arts consultant and one of three teaching artists under contract with Wesley Village.

Expanding these opportunities to the memory care and nursing populations has allowed Wesley Village to take full advantage of the talents of their three teaching artists and show appreciation for their time and talent.

The recipient organizations of the Support for Access to the Arts: Grants for Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning are:

  • Norton Healthcare Foundation, Jefferson County
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States, Jefferson County
  • Hart County Historical Society
  • Berea College Theatre, Madison County
  • Western Kentucky NOW, Calloway County
  • Commonwealth Health Foundation, Warren County
  • University of Kentucky Pike County Cooperative Extension
  • Opal’s Dream Foundation, Bullitt County
  • Wesley Village, Jessamine County
  • Sayre Christian Village, Fayette County
  • University of Kentucky Johnson County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Barrington of Fort Thomas, Campbell County
  • Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, Rockcastle County
  • Urban Strategies Inc., Jefferson County

In addition to grants awarded to groups like Wesley Village, the arts council is hosting workshops, trainings, and other activities throughout the current fiscal year to address and examine creative aging in Kentucky. The arts council works in consultation and partnership with the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living to promote the activities.

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The Bookseller – News – Spufford wins £10,000 Encore prize for ‘endlessly inventive’ Light Perpetual


Francis Spufford has won the £10,000 RSL Encore Prize for his ‘tender, endlessly inventive’ novel perpetual light (Faber).

The annual award, organized by the Royal Society of Literature, celebrates outstanding achievement in second novels.

Spufford’s book resurrects five children killed in a wartime bombing and asks what kind of future these working-class youths would have had.

The author of five non-fiction works, Spufford’s 2016 debut novel golden hill (Faber) won the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Award and the Desmond Elliott Award.

He said: “I am exceptionally old for a second-time novelist, having taken so long to find the courage to write fiction – but that makes me all the more grateful and all the more encouraged for the vote. of trust that the Encore Award represents. It’s a beacon for writers of all ages negotiating the tricky territory following a first book. It is a call to persevere, as you discover the richness and plurality of the art in which you take your second step.

This year’s judges, Sian Cain, Nikesh Shukla and Paul Muldoon, commented:perpetual light is a bold and poignant novel, which encourages the reader to fully understand that the lives of others, even people they have not met and will never meet, are as vivid and meaningful as their own; a remarkable work of empathy. This is an assured second novel by Spufford, who quickly became one of Britain’s most exciting fiction writers after his debut. golden hill. It is a great pleasure to award this novel the Encore and wonder what it might write next.

perpetual light was chosen from a shortlist including The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift Press), Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall (Canongate), The Black Giant by Sarvat Hasin (Little, Brown) and Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic (Bloomsbury).

Peter Finn appointed editor of International Investigations

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Announcement by Foreign Editor Doug Jehl

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Finn will become Editor-in-Chief for International Investigations, a new senior position aimed at elevating our ability to produce distinctive and meaningful international journalism.

As the highly accomplished leader of The Post’s national security team since 2013, Peter is the perfect person to launch this new role. It is a creative, proactive and highly collaborative editor with a proven track record of producing exceptional investigative work that outshines the competition, including the Snowden Documents, Russia Inquiry, Jamal Khashoggi Murder and in-depth examinations of the US war in Afghanistan and the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine. As part of Post teams, National Security staffers have won the Pulitzer Prize three times and been a finalist twice as an editor.

In this role, Peter will oversee a new team of correspondents based primarily outside the United States, with a focus on original, ambitious and penetrating journalism on key coverage areas of global significance. The creation of this role signals a commitment by The Post to expand its investigative journalism to tackle more international targets, building on this new team and The Post’s current team of international correspondents in 25 sites around the world.

As Editor-in-Chief for International Investigations, Peter will be part of Foreign, working alongside a visual business editor and in partnership with regional editors who retain primary responsibility for different parts of the world. Beyond overseas, Peter will work closely with the Visual Forensics team and coordinate closely with other newsroom teams including National Security, Investigations and Technology to create the reporting partnerships interdepartmental processes that are often necessary to produce the best investigative work possible. Coverage will focus on areas at the intersection of Washington and the world.

Before becoming National Security Editor, Peter was the Post’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. He pioneered a new counter-terrorism movement after the 9/11 attacks and has reported from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, delivering a long series of reports exclusive. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for Journalism for his frontline reporting in Kosovo and the Peter Weitz Award from the German Marshall Fund for his reporting on al-Qaeda in Europe. He was also a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting on the Post teams for coverage of the war in Kosovo and coverage of the war in Afghanistan.

Peter is also the co-author and author of two books, “The Zhivago Affair” and “A Guest of the Reich”, and is the editor of three additional books, including two post-projects: “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and Subversion of American Democracy” by Greg Miller; and “The Mueller Report”. A third book, “Herbert Corey’s Great War: A Memoir of World War I by the American Reporter Who Saw It All”, which he co- edited, will appear next month.

Peter will begin his transition to his new role in the coming weeks, but will remain National Security Editor until a plan to succeed him is in place.

Bollywood actors


Even though Mumbai was among the cities hardest hit by the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic, reporting thousands of cases a day during its peak, Bollywood appears to have entered into what appears to be a colossal public relations exercise aimed at whitewashing the mismanagement of COVID and to paint an alternate reality on the tragedy.

To that end, in what seemed like a shot straight out of a toolbox, several Bollywood actors, who would probably never have read a book in their privileged lives, rushed to promote a book written by the biographer. of Rajiv Gandhi lavishing praise on BMC commissioner and hailing him as a “COVID warrior”.

The campaign appeared all the more suspicious as a group of Bollywood stars gathered, oddly within hours, to rent a book written by Minhaz Merchant about BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, congratulating him for handling the coronavirus outbreak in Mumbai.

Bollywood gathers to hail book praising BMC commissioner’s ‘Mumbai model’ to fight coronavirus outbreak

Actor Shah Rukh Khan raved about the book, calling it a “must-read” which tells the true story of “successfully pursuing and nailing the COVID virus by the BMC team”.

Ajay Devgn also joined in the efforts to promote the book praising the BMC commissioner.

Kapil Sharma, a comedian, also posted an approving tweet, congratulating Iqbal Singh Chahal and touting the book as a “must-read”.

Salman Khan, who is often criticized by critics as an actor who doesn’t bother to read scripts before signing on to films, also hailed the book as “an unparalleled story of courage and resilience”.

Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted, “Mumbai’s Pride”: Mumbai Covid Fight Model. A must read book based on the story of @lqbalSinghChah2 written by @MinhazMerchant.

“Congratulations @IqbalSinghChah2 Bhaji. So proud of you,” Sonu Sood tweeted along with the photo from the book.

Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, thanked Iqbal Singh Chahal for sending him the book and for his “extraordinary efforts to establish the ‘Mumbai model’ of fighting COVID-19”.

Similarly, other actors have also taken to social media to rave about the book praising Iqbal Singh Chahal for the much-vaunted ‘Mumbai model’ of tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

While the purported PR campaign may be aimed at boosting sales of the book, it’s also an attempt to airbrush the mismanagement seen during the coronavirus outbreak and the tribulations faced by people when the pandemic took hold. swept the country, with Maharashtra and Mumbai among the worst-affected by the contagion.

Old PR shenanigans by government to deflect criticism of its mishandling of COVID

And it’s not the first time that some sort of public relations campaign has reportedly been launched to improve the state government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. In April 2020, a tweet by Urvashi Rautela fueled suspicions that a marketing campaign had been launched to show how CM Uddhav Thackeray was the best chief minister and was handling the pandemic rather effectively.

The Hindustan Times wrote in an article how Urvashi Rautela was a habitual plagiarist when it came to tweeting on the microblogging website. The article says she “regularly steals tweets” from actor Sidharth Malhotra.

The article said: Actor Urvashi Rautela has definitely not learned the lesson. After being called out by an American writer for copying and pasting her tweet about the movie Parasite, she once again plagiarized someone’s tweet. This time Urvashi stole actor Sidharth Malhotra’s tweet of appreciation for the Mumbai police for implementing the coronavirus lockdown. “This is a time to give our heartfelt thanks to our Mumbai Police who leave their families at home and work with their high spirit and tireless efforts for our safety and security…You are the real heroes #ThankYouMumbaiPolice,” said wrote Sidharth in his tweet.

The tweets mentioned in the Hindustan Times article contributed to a hashtag on Twitter, #ThankYouMumbaiPolice. A hashtag several Bollywood celebrities had tweeted under, raising suspicions of an organized campaign to magnify the state government and city police’s handling of the coronavirus lockdown.

Even as the book hailing Iqbal Singh Chahal for the highly marketed “Mumbai Model” is published, it should be noted that Mumbai has struggled to cope with the threat of COVID-19.

Maharashtra and Mumbai have been among the hardest hit due to the coronavirus outbreak

On May 27, 2020, it was reported that Mumbai had 32,791 cases and it accounted for 62% of the total coronavirus cases in Maharashtra. Amid the alarming scenario of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, data revealed that the healthcare system was overstretched and headed for imminent collapse.

According to BMC data, 99% of the 645 intensive care units (ICUs) were occupied at that time. Additionally, there were 373 fans in the city, of which 72% were occupied. In addition, 65% of a total of 4,292 oxygen beds were used.

Of the total 4,43,960 COVID-19 related deaths recorded in India till September 2021, over 30% were recorded in Maharashtra. 1,38,277 people in Maharashtra have lost their lives due to the pandemic.

NJ author says Putin wants to ‘destroy’ Ukrainian identity


Ridgewood’s Victor Rud hoped to subvert notions of Ukraine’s relationship with Russia by painting a detailed picture of the war for the 100 participants at a Knights of Columbus fundraiser in Clifton on Sunday.

“Bombs were recently found in milk cans, distributed in shops that were still open. A bomb was discovered in a piano at a kindergarten. Children are being tortured,” Rud said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to “destroy the very notion of Ukrainian identity”, he said.

His lectures on the subject, which he has given to the National Association of Scholars, the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and the US Military Academy at West Point, aim to counter a “widespread fog or confusion about identity of Ukraine”.

“I always thought Ukraine was just an offshoot of Russia,” said Michael Rice, a devotee from St. Philip the Apostle Parish, where Rud spoke.

Ukraine’s history is one of a “democratic and egalitarian” society, as opposed to Russia as “a vertical state with someone at the top”, Rud said.

“The separation of powers, of church and state, was a constitution that Ukraine wrote 77 years before the United States,” he said. “It was the first democratic constitution for representative government in Europe. You didn’t have any of that in Russia.

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Rud said one of Putin’s arguments for war – kyiv as the cradle of Russia – makes as much sense as Rome being the beginning of Romanian history. He said it was like trying to argue that “Italians are really Romanians”.

Rud, whose parents came to the United States from Ukraine as refugees during World War II, has published work in Forbes, EU Today and Kyiv Post, among others.

Victor Rud, a published author on Ukraine, discusses the region's history in relation to the Russian invasion during the annual Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast at St. Philip's in Clifton on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Petrop “Peter” Paluch, a Rutherford resident with ties to Ukraine, agreed with Rud’s analysis and the importance of having a clearer picture of what is happening in Ukraine.

“There are no more facilities because the hospitals have been bombed,” Paluch said. “We only get a trickle of that from the news. I hear that every day from people I’ve known there for 30 years.”

Clifton’s Diana Paparella enjoyed the conversation that came with her $10 pancake breakfast.

“It was very informative. He talked a lot about history that people don’t see on the news. He brought to light a lot of issues that I didn’t even know existed,” she said.

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punk winner Patti Smith receives France’s highest honor


New York (AFP) – As a child, punk poet icon Patti Smith was instructed never to accept anything from strangers – meaning one day she was forced to turn down a campaign button she coveted and everyone had.

As she walked dejectedly back to her family home in New Jersey, she swore to herself that she would soon acquire her own medals to add to her backhand.

On Saturday, the 75-year-old rock legend kept his promise, as France’s ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, presented him with the Legion of Honor, his country’s highest honor.

Smith regaled a delighted audience with this touching anecdote after his medal ceremony in downtown Brooklyn, where crowds gathered for “Night of Ideas,” an annual philosophy and performance marathon hosted by Villa Albertine. of the French Embassy in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library.

“It’s an indescribable honor, I understand the gravity of it,” she told AFP backstage, after delivering a fiery performance alongside her daughter Jesse on the piano and her longtime collaborator. date and guitarist Lenny Kaye.

“For someone…who has been greatly shaped by French culture, French literature, French art and film, my entire life – that’s especially meaningful,” she continued.

France’s Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, listens to Patti Smith speak after receiving France’s highest Order of Merit Andrea RENAULT AFP

“I have embraced France all my life, and to receive such an embrace in return is a wonderful thing.”

For more than half a century, Smith has been celebrated as an artist, adored for her deeply introspective and raw music, writing, poetry and songwriting which in 2010 won the US National Book Award for her moving memoir “Just Kids”.

The book sees Smith digging into memories of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, the late photographer with whom she shared a deep friendship, romance, and creative connection.

“I feel like it’s very appropriate to have such an honor here in Brooklyn – it’s just a few subway stops from where Robert Mapplethorpe and I lived when we were 20,” he said. she told the audience. “At night, when Robert couldn’t sleep, he would ask me to read French poetry to him… I remember those nights so well.”

Smith also felt a special kinship with the location of Saturday’s ceremony.

“It also fits that it was a library, because coming from a very rural area of ​​South Jersey, with very little culture in the 1950s and mid-1960s, I depended on the library to open up and expand my world “, she said. mentioned.

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith reads from her book 'The Coral Sea' during a performance in Brooklyn
Singer-songwriter Patti Smith reads from her book ‘The Coral Sea’ during a performance in Brooklyn Andrea RENAULT AFP

In typical Smith fashion, she honored the artists who came before her by closing her acceptance speech, after opening with a rendition of her 1996 song “Wing.”

The rock winner read the last letter of the spiritual-surrealist poet René Daumal, which he wrote to his wife before his death.

“Seeing that you are nothing you wish to become,” Smith read. “By wanting to become, you begin to live.”

People change

After the ceremony, Smith – donning his signature black blazer over a black vest, plus combat boots and his long gray hair flowing while a few small braids framed his face – delighted fans with a show that included his hit “People Have The Power,” which she wrote with her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith.

American singer-songwriter Patti Smith speaks to AFP after performing in Brooklyn, where she received France's highest honor
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith speaks to AFP after performing in Brooklyn, where she received France’s highest honor Andrea RENAULT AFP

Speaking to AFP, she said that while “artists can always inspire people, they can rally people, give people hope…in the end, it’s not the artists who do the change is the people”.

“Through voting, through initiative, through mass marches, it is people who make change.”

Citing the ongoing pandemic and the “pain of war”, Smith said “we live in a very troubled world”, highlighting climate change as the great crisis of our time.

“There are heat waves right now that are unprecedented…there is terrible famine and severe weather that we have never seen,” she said.

“The only way to solve this problem is a global effort, and I think more than anything…it’s the most important thing people need to tackle.

Patti Smith, accompanied on guitar by Lenny Kaye, performs in Brooklyn after receiving France's highest order of merit
Patti Smith, accompanied on guitar by Lenny Kaye, performs in Brooklyn after receiving France’s highest order of merit Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT AFP

“As small as the gesture, every gesture is important.”

Smith is set to release a new book in the fall called “A Book Of Days,” a visual collection inspired by her beloved Instagram account.

These days, “I’m writing as always,” she told AFP, “I’m writing songs, I’m writing poems, I’m writing another book, I’m always busy, I’m always doing something thing”.

After her performance, Smith said the medal inspired her to do “more work, better work” and that it “felt very fitting to work right after receiving it”.

Prolific American musician Patti Smith says French honor inspired her to do
Prolific American musician Patti Smith said the French honor inspired her to do “more work, better work”. Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT AFP

“I always feel like I got a little bit of, you know, that post-performance adrenaline,” she smiled, “but also just the excitement and the happiness…to receive such an honor. “

“To be chosen to, you know, be a kind of mini-ambassador of the country is really a great joy for me,” she said.

“So you leave me a happy daughter.”


Roger Ross William’s One Story Up lets BIPOC talent flourish – Deadline


A few years ago, when filmmaker Roger Ross Williams was considering starting his own production company, he experienced a field of dreams kind of vision: “If you build it, they will come.

The revelation took place far from the Iowa cornfields of the film. “I was actually walking past this big empty office space in Brooklyn,” Williams recalls, “and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great office space. I should rent it to start my business. I thought renting the office space would force me to fill it. He filled it, first with editing bays, then with staff. One Story Up has become a thriving business and one of the few African-American-owned production companies. The business name does not refer to a physical location, but to an idea.

“I loved the word ‘story’ in the name and elevating ‘up.’ The two things: elevating filmmakers of color and telling stories,” Williams says. as a vehicle to help other artists like me who have felt marginalized and not had a seat at the table, so to speak.”

Not even winning an Oscar, apparently, allowed Williams to sit at this table. In 2010, he became the first African-American director to win an Oscar, for his short documentary Prudence Music. But he says that realization hasn’t sparked a flurry of offers.

“The phone wasn’t ringing, no one was calling me,” he said. “I wasn’t getting any jobs.”

He persevered, however, making several other projects, including a pair of feature documentaries: God loves Uganda in 2013 and Life, Animewhich earned an Oscar nomination in 2017. The following year, Williams teamed up with longtime friend, producer Geoff Martz, to launch One Story Up.

“I trusted him, and he had the experience.” Williams says of Martz. “The first thing we did was the series The Records of Innocence for Netflix. I directed the first three episodes of this, and this was the first use of this office space.

Williams says One Story Up currently has “about 14” projects in various stages of completion, including movies and series. When we spoke he was on the set of Stamped from the starta scripted hybrid documentary for Netflix based on the best-selling book by Ibram X. Kendi.

“I’m in the studio shooting on a green-screen stage, testing with actors,” he says, explaining that it’s part of a busy production schedule. “At the end of next year, basically, I’m releasing three feature films, and it happened like that because the pandemic delayed things. It will be a scripted feature, a documentary feature and a hybrid Covering all the ground there.

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“The Files of Innocence” on Netflix.

His independent scripted feature film, Cassandra, stars Gael García Bernal in the real-life story of Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, Texas, who struggled with flirting as the character of El Exotico. “I shot this last summer in the middle of the pandemic in Mexico City,” Williams says. “It’s such a colorful and fascinating world. It’s a very inspiring film, and Gael is fantastic.

Williams is working on a documentary about late singer Donna Summer, co-directed with Summer’s daughter, Brooklyn Sudano. Among other projects, he produces The Ebony Empirea documentary directed by Lisa Cortés about the pioneering black media company Johnson Publishing, which founded Ebony and Jet magazines. And he’s embarking on a documentary series for Hulu that’s sure to garner huge attention: The 1619 Projectbased on the Pulitzer Prize-winning opus by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times.

Williams will direct the first and final episodes of that series, he says, with One Story Up producing alongside Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, The New York Times and Lionsgate Television. The series takes an unflinching look at the history and legacy of slavery in America and the persistence of systemic racism in public and private institutions.

“It was really important for Nikole Hannah-Jones that The 1619 Project was in the hands of African American creators who continue to experience this The 1619 Project is on point,” Williams says. “And it was important for Ibram X. Kendi, whose book How to be an anti-racist was #1 on the New York Times list of bestsellers throughout the racial reckoning after George Floyd – that it was a production company majority owned by African Americans and a black creator to whom he would entrust his work.

Conservatives attacked The 1619 Project as well as the work of Kendi; Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas checked their name during Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“Ted Cruz holds Kendi’s book anti-racist baby [during the hearing] and I was like, ‘Well, I have to do something right,’ Williams jokes. “Yes [works from] two people I revere—Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nikole Hannah-Jones are One Story Up I’m Doing Something Good projects. It was a sad time for America [to see Sen. Cruz denigrate them], but a proud moment for me in that I can tell these really important stories. And I don’t take it lightly. I don’t take that for granted for a second.

He adds: “This country, in my opinion, is in crisis… We have to discuss and agree to certain things concerning race and certainly slavery. And I hope people will sit and watch The 1619 Project with an open mind and the ability to learn and assimilate facts, because they are facts. There is no fiction, just facts 1619. And there are a lot of great people on this show. And the same with Stamped from the start. These are historical facts. People will want to call this fiction for their own convenience, but it is historical fact.

Opening doors for others made Williams a disruptor in the business. He does not fear the term. Far from there. “Yeah, I’m a disrupter for sure,” he says. “Proudly, proudly.

This applies to his time on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy. He was elected for the first of two consecutive terms in 2016, representing the Documentary Department.

“I walked into this room the first time and I remember it very clearly,” Williams said of her first Board of Governors meeting. “The only other person of color was (then President of the Academy) Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I remember seeing Tom Hanks sitting at the table and Steven Spielberg. There were a few women, sure, but mostly white men. And I thought, How did I get into this room? I just couldn’t believe it. I thought, OK, well, you can sit there or you can disrupt the Academy. And the way which I could do is within my own branch.

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Artist George Anthony Mason, the subject of ‘Master of Light’.
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In 2016, under the leadership of Boone Isaacs, the Academy launched its A2020 initiative, “to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and dramatically increase its international membership by 2020”. Williams took that goal and ran with it.

“I decided to bring in a lot of people of color. You could count one hand the number of Latino members when I joined; two hands, maybe, the number of African American members, and a very small international [contingent],” he says. “And now the documentary branch is a third international. We are the first branch to move from gender non-parity to gender parity. And we have an incredible number of BIPOC members. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are the most diverse branch of the Academy. The Academy recognizes that. They said we were the gold standard, the doc branch, and I am very proud of this job for the past six years. I’m very proud that we’re setting an example for the other branches. And that’s what I mean by being a disrupter. That’s what I want to do. That’s my goal.

His goal with One Story Up is to continue to provide space for BIPOC talent to flourish. Concrete example, master of light, a documentary directed by Rosa Boesten about the extraordinary artist George Anthony Morton. In March, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.

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“Everyone who has worked on this project, Rosa, first-time queer filmmaker, to Ephraim Kirkwood, first-time Black editor, to Francesca Sharper, who is the associate editor, her feature debut, Jurgen Lisse, the DP from Suriname… All these people of color for the first time, and their film wins the Grand Jury Prize,” Williams said. “What does that tell you? That if you give opportunities to people of color, to BIPOC filmmakers, they’ll shine, they’ll win, they’ll create great content and tell great, positive stories about uplifting, positive characters like George. This victory was like a seal of approval for what Geoff and I created at One Story Up.

Another recent stamp of approval came with the Peabody Award nomination for the Netflix docuseries of One Story Up. High on the Hog: How African-American cuisine transformed Americadirected by Williams, Jonathan Clasberry and Yoruba Richen.

In just a few years, the company has gone from start-up to force majeure, supplying content to Netflix, HBO, Hulu and A&E, among others. “One Story Up just exploded, cultivating all this new talent,” Williams says. “We’ve grown so big in the last three years, [we have] a hundred people working for us.

And with that expansion comes a challenge. “We outgrew our location,” Williams says. “So now I’m looking for a new office space.”

This much-quoted maxim from the movie may come in handy once again: “If you build it, they’ll come.”

Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Warns Bitcoin (BTC) Could Test New Epic Lows – Here Are His Targets


Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says he’s long-term bullish on Bitcoin (BTC), but says BTC could drop much lower before sinking to a bottom.

The widely followed investor recount his 1.9 million Twitter followers why he believes in Bitcoin’s long-term potential even though BTC is falling nearly 70% from current levels.

“I remain optimistic about the future of Bitcoin. Awaiting test of new bottom. $20,000? $14,000? $11,000? $9,000? Why do I remain bullish? [Because I believe that the] The Fed and the Treasury are corrupt organizations.

Bitcoin is trading for $29,150 at the time of writing, down more than 55% from its all-time high of around $69,000.

Earlier this week, following the unpecking of the stablecoin TerraUSD (UST), Kiyosaki reminded that he had questioned the validity of stablecoins, which are crypto assets designed to trade one-for-one against fiat currencies such as the US dollar.

“I was right: ‘Why are STABLE COINS UNSTABLE.’ Just before the stablecoins crashed, I warned that they were unstable.

In a previous YouTube interview, Kiyosaki expressed his doubts about stablecoins arguing that stablecoin issuers pose counterparty risk as they could potentially default on their contractual obligations.

“One of the reasons I have gold coins, and I mean real gold coins and real silver coins, is that there is no counterparty risk. I mean, they’re the money. So when you say there’s a dollar, somebody says it’s a dollar and all that. Who’s the counterpart [in the case of stablecoins]? Is it the Wizard of Oz?

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Documentary featuring bull rider Ty Rinaldo premiering at Grand Junction


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) — For many people, Ty Rinaldo is known as one of the best in the bull riding world. Now, a new documentary is premiering at Grand Junction, giving us a look at the former bullfighting champion.

Rinaldo rode bulls in high school and even received a college scholarship for the sport he loves.

“I don’t know, maybe I wouldn’t even have gone to college without bull riding,” Rinaldo said. “So I went to college and did well and in the pros. But bull riding careers don’t last very long. When your match is 1,800 pounds of muscle and you have 150 pounds of skin and bone, when you get hurt, most of the time, it’s pretty bad.

Rinaldo retired in 1993 after being injured at a rodeo in Delta while riding a bull named Johnny Rotten.

“He knocked out a lot of guys and a lot of guys didn’t want to ride him,” Rinaldo said. “He was dangerous and he had a lot of guys.”

After retiring, Rinaldo went into judging riding events and became a stock contractor for bull riding. To this day, he takes his bulls all over the country for different events and he even trains horse riding.

“I kind of coach the bulls and they’re great athletes,” Rinaldo said. “We treat them that way. They follow a diet, we work on them, we adapt them from time to time. We work hard with them and I hope it shows.

Rinaldo grew up on the western slope. He attended Central High School where he met his classmate and filmmaker, Don Cardona. Cardona’s interest in film began in high school, when he was taking a creative writing course.

“When I was in high school, I made a short film in a creative writing class to avoid writing the assignment,” Cardona said. “My dad had bought a video camera and I was playing with it and some of the guys in my class said ‘let’s make a movie’ so I approached the teacher and asked if we could do it and he said, I let you do it and if it’s bad you still have to write it down It went well and they showed it in front of the school.

After college, Cardona began a career in broadcasting, even working for KJCT in Grand Junction. Eventually he would move on and start working in sports broadcasting, which is how he became interested in bull riding.

“I had photographed bull riding when I was shortly out of college as a cameraman on one of the ESPN shows I worked on and just became a fan of bull riding” , Cardona said. It was so intense and very risky and I just thought these guys were crazy, they are crazy. So I became a casual fan over the years and watched it on TV.

Eventually, Cardona returned to Colorado, where he reconnected with Rinaldo and asked if he could film him and his bulls.

“Don’s business started within months,” Rinaldo said. “He said ‘Hey, can I come follow you for a few months?’ I said ‘oh heck yeah’ and it ended up being over two years in. He just did a great job.

Cardona began filming in 2018, intending to make short little clips for social media platforms. But after shooting multiple events, he ended up getting a lot more footage than he had anticipated.

“I never really intended to make it into a documentary,” Cardona said. “I was just going to do some clips to put on social media and the success of COVID and by the time I put it together it turned into a feature length documentary.”

Cardona said he had reservations and expectations about what he would find while filming, but said spending time with Rinaldo and other bull riders opened his eyes to how animals were treated.

“What I think I learned the most from shooting them is how well-respected these bulls are and how expensive they are,” Cardona said. “Each of them has their own personality and I saw that. One of them I gave a cookie to was really cool and the others you just had to be careful being around them.

This respect and sense of how these animals are individuals is something both Cardona and Rinaldo said they hope people realize by watching the film.

“I mean, when you go to a rodeo, you think the bulls just got brought in from the sail barn or wherever they are,” Rinaldo said. “But they are like racehorses. They have a mother that was a bucking cow a father that was a bucking bull and the lines and the pedigrees and the feeding programs. I mean it’s huge. You have to take good care of them. They are like our pets. They are big animals with horns, but we treat them like a dog or a cat.

Cardona presented his film at the Wild Ranch Film Festival in Arizona, where it won all eight awards it was nominated for, including Best Documentary and Best Cinematography.

“He was like, ‘Can I come and put you in charge of filming the bulls’ and all that and I was like, ‘oh yeah, come outside,'” Rinaldo said. “Loading the bulls takes about 30 seconds. It was funny he would be on the trailer filming the bulls with his camera and recording some stuff and it would take a while to set it all up and then he would accidentally miss the sound part and go ‘Hey can you guys unload those bulls? I had no sound and did not recharge them. so a 30 second task took you 15 minutes.

Now, Cardona’s film is gearing up to premiere Saturday, May 20, 2022 at the Avalon Theater in downtown Grand Junction.

“I’m really excited, I’m a little nervous about the turnout and people’s reaction,” Cardona said. “I just want people to have a good time and come meet Ty and share stories about rodeo and movie making and Grand Junction and everything. So yeah, I hope it’s a good time.

“Buckin’ bulls: the Story of Ty Rinaldo” premieres at the Avalon Theater, with the red carpet event at 6:00 p.m. followed by the film and a Q&A session.

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Elspeth Barker, author of a beloved novel so little known, dies at 81


Elspeth Roberta Cameron Langlands was born on November 16, 1940 in Edinburgh. When she was 7, her parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Brash) Langlands, moved their family to Drumtochty, a neo-Gothic castle in Kincardineshire that her father is said to have purchased from the King of Norway.

The Langlands established a preparatory school for boys, which Elspeth attended as the only girl. Her classmates, rough and rural, had fun tormenting her. She turned to books and animals for friendship, and she marked the milestones of adolescence with the back and forth of pets.

“I remember being 18 and the dog that had been there all my life – a golden retriever called Rab – died,” she told Norwich’s Eastern Daily Press in 2012. tonic or go in college, the death of this dog marked the end of my childhood.

She went to boarding school and later attended Somerville College, Oxford, where she studied modern languages. She was brilliant but ill-suited to the rigors of higher education; after sleeping through her final exam, she was expelled without a diploma.

She moved to London, where she waited on tables, clerked in a bookstore, and became familiar with the literary body of the city. When she was 22, Canadian poet Elizabeth Smart introduced her to Mr. Barker. He was 50 years old.

Mr Barker was married but estranged from his first wife, Jessica Barker, a strict Roman Catholic who refused to divorce – a fact which did not stop him from having a long affair with Ms Smart which produced four children. Their love had cooled and Mrs. Smart showed few qualms about letting anyone take her place.

Thanks to a loan from one of Mr Barker’s friends, playwright Harold Pinter, the new couple moved north to a village outside Norwich. Their home became a stage for traveling students, poets and artists, as well as Mr. Barker’s already sizable offspring, many of whom grew up with their own families.

Booker, Menendez and Blumenthal reintroduce federal gun licensing law


washington d.c. — After another series of deadly mass shootings across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Criminal Justice and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee terrorism, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today reintroduced the Federal Firearms Licensing Act, legislation that would require individuals to obtain a firearms license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before purchasing or receiving a firearm.

Several studies have shown that licensing laws reduce gun violence in states that have enacted them. According to the Giffords Law Center, Connecticut saw its firearm homicide and suicide rates decline by 28 and 33 percent, respectively, after the passage of a state licensing law. In contrast, after Missouri repealed its gun licensing law, the state saw a 47% increase in its firearm homicide rate and 24% increase in its suicide rate. firearm. Licensing laws also have strong support from Americans, with 77% backing the measure according to a 2019 Quinnipiac survey.

“In our country, gun violence has become a strange routine and we have done little to stop the horrific mass shootings that devastate the lives of victims and their loved ones,” said Senator Booker. “Accepting this shameful status quo will continue to have deadly consequences. We need to adopt proven, common-sense measures that will fight the scourge of gun violence and make our communities safer.

“This bill takes us in the right direction and is based on a simple concept – if you need a license to drive a car, you should have one to buy and own a gun,”continued Senator Booker. “Gun licensing laws enjoy broad public support and have been shown to reduce gun violence in states that have enacted them, including my home state of New Jersey. . Now is the time to enact ambitious legislation – as a nation we must rise to the occasion, or we are destined to witness the murderous scenes of this weekend and years past again. »

“America is alone in our inability to protect our citizens from gun violence. While many states, including New Jersey, have common-sense gun laws, the need for federal licensing standards has long been clear,” said Senator Menendez. “Federal gun licensing law would establish a certification process that includes gun safety training and an extensive criminal background and identity check requiring the holder to be 21 years of age. years. We have a moral obligation to prevent these senseless massacres in our schools, supermarkets, places of worship and malls that are tearing communities and families apart. I hope my fellow Republicans will once and for all recognize the urgency to act and join us in passing this legislation before more lives are needlessly lost to gun violence.

“This legislation will save lives and protect communities across the United States from the devastating impact of gun violence,” said Senator Blumenthal. “As the success in Connecticut shows, simple, common-sense standards like licensing laws requiring completion of a background check and gun safety certification work. I am proud to join Senators Booker and Menendez in this effort to combat the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

In order to obtain a federal firearms license, the bill would require the following:

  • Certification that the individual has completed firearms safety training, which must include a written test and practical training to ensure safe and accurate use.
  • Completion of a criminal background check.
  • Submission of fingerprints, proof of identity and verification that the person is at least 21 years old.

The federal firearms license must be renewed every five years, after which the applicant will be required to undergo a background check and retake firearms safety training. The bill contains a mechanism for the DOJ to revoke the license if the individual poses a danger to themselves or others. This would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct regular audits to ensure individuals are complying with federal licensing requirements and to maintain requirements in place that all persons who purchase firearms from a Federal firearms license holder undergo a background check.

The full text of the legislation can be viewed here.

Background to Booker’s work on addressing the epidemic of gun violence:

Since his early days in public service, Booker has witnessed the devastating impact of gun violence. He is the only senator returning home to a low-income community that is disproportionately affected by violent crime caused by the easy availability of guns. As a result, Booker was a strong advocate for common sense gun safety laws during his tenure in the Senate. He first introduced the Federal Firearms Licensing Act in 2019. It also introduced the revolutionary Law on breaking the cycle of violence which would provide federal grants to communities for evidence-based intervention against gun violence and joined colleagues in introducing a ban on assault weapons.

Triple Crown drama writer to speak in Frankford | Culture & Leisure


In the late 1970s, a horse named Spectacular Bid caught the eye of the horse racing community, as did its jockey, Ronnie Franklin.

Spectacular Bid was impressive from the start and seemed like a shoo-in for the Triple Crown in 1979. After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, his fate seemed set.

On the morning of the Belmont Stakes, however, Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin, according to the story, and there were questions about whether trainer Buddy Delp would pull him out of the running. To throw more wrench into the ongoing Triple Crown work, his jockey, Franklin, reportedly ran him hard, perhaps too hard, before the race – the longest in the Triple Crown – and the seemingly tired horse finished. third.

This was Franklin’s last time riding Spectacular Bid. Bill Shoemaker took over as jockey after the unfortunate and ill-prepared horse’s winning streak ended.

Franklin’s rise to fame with Spectacular Bid, and his fall from grace afterwards, have now been told candidly by Baltimore author Jack Gilden, whose book, “The Fast Ride: Spectacular and the Undoing of a Sure Thing” offers a look at the golden world of horse racing, as well as its sordid side.

It tells the story of Franklin’s first rise to fame, when Delp wrenched him from his shadowy job at a Roy Rogers restaurant.

“He showed up on the track,” Gilden said, and Delp made him a “hot-walker” — someone who walks racehorses before and after a race to level them — then, relatively quickly , a jockey.

Gilden’s book looks at Franklin’s rise as a jockey, which had been attributed to Delp, and his fall through hard times, which included drug use — also, Gilden said, under the influence of Delp.

Franklin, Gilden said in a phone interview this week, was from Dundalk, Maryland, a part of the Baltimore metropolitan area that is still “a very working-class town. A city of the metallurgist type.

With Delp giving Franklin “every perk,” including a place to live, Gilden said, the jockey quickly became a source of income for the wealthy man. He said that, while researching for the book, “As I delved into it, I discovered a totally corrupt society.

“The kid was very intimidated,” Gilden said of Franklin. At the height of his success, “he was buying medicine for the whole family.

As he progressed in his research for “Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing”, Gilden said he gained the trust of Delp and Franklin family members, who confirmed the prevalence of drug use.

“You could see this kid had just wandered into this amazing world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the horse itself had become a star.

“Everyone knew it was a Triple Crown horse,” he said of Spectacular Bid. “But everyone also knew he wasn’t just a Triple Crown horse. He was a horse for the ages,” Gilden said.

And the story of horse and jockey has become intertwined in a narrative that also tells the story of a town and its people at a particular time in history.

“You have all these wild things” happening, Gilpen said. He was increasingly drawn to the story, he said, as Franklin’s life came to an end in 2018.

Gilden said he met Sandra Meyer, director of adult programming at the Frankford Public Library, at an alumni event at Washington College they both attended in the 1980s.

Having seen the positive publicity for Gilden’s first book, “Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL”, Meyer asked him to come to Frankford and talk about his latest work.

Jack Gilden will speak about his latest book, “Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing” at the Frankford Public Library at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday May 21. The library is located at 8 Main Street, Frankford. Free entry.

Alice Is Missing Lets You Solve Your Own Veronica Mars Mystery


If there’s a knock on “Alice Is Missing,” it’s that the game can sometimes feel like a series of predetermined outcomes. 90 minutes might seem like an eternity – especially if you’re sitting around with players you don’t know – but I barely had enough time to organically weave my secrets into the conversation before the narrative escalated. As a result, I felt like I had little control over the outcome of the mystery. For other players, however – those who discovered the suspect or location – the sense of empowerment was considerably higher.

But whether you’re closing in on Alice or just following to the right, “Alice Is Missing” has one final reveal in store for its players. At the start of each game, players are prompted to record a private voice message for Alice using the prompt on their character card. As the game twists and turns – and as we learn more about the days leading up to Alice’s disappearance – these voicemails offer one final twist at the heart of the story. And after the time is up, each person plays their voicemail to the rest of the group, revealing the hope, sadness, anger, or love that underlies their relationship with Alice.

Given the limited number of suspects and locations to choose from, you’ll need to be careful of repeated readings of “Alice Is Missing.” The rulebook explicitly discourages you from playing with the same party more than once, instead encouraging you to find players who will “take the story in directions you haven’t explored before”. That said, the collaborative nature of the game ensures that no two games will be identical. The way new players change relationships – and unravel the hidden tensions of map prompts – promises a new narrative.

Oh, and one last thing. Since “Alice Is Missing” is a text-based game, it made the transition to a virtual environment easier than most. The game’s website offers collaborative tools for online play, making “Alice Is Missing” the perfect way to reconnect with old friends. Maybe even old friends from high school. There’s no better way to add a meta-commentary element to “Alice Is Missing” than by playing it with someone you haven’t spoken to since you were 17.

Rookie Swift Current Novelist finalist for Sask Book Award – SwiftCurrentOnline.com


The very first book by a Swift Current author is on the shortlist for the 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Circle Star Ranch Adventures by Jackie Cameron was announced as one of five finalists for the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Children’s Prize on April 1.

“It was totally a surprise, I never thought it would happen,” she said humbly on Monday afternoon. “My publisher (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) sent the book to the people who received the book award.”

The original idea came to the 25-year-old former teacher-librarian as her career drew to a close.

“When I was going out to visit schools, I realized there weren’t a lot of books that talked about the lifestyle kids would live here, especially on the ranches,” she said. .

She began putting ink to paper on the 60-page paperback shortly after retiring in 2014 from the Chinook School Division. It was sent for publication in 2020, and in 2021 it was available for purchase locally and online.

“[It’s about] a nine-year-old boy, Ben, and his sister doing various activities that they would have on a ranch,” she explained. “It involved little adventures. At the same time, these things were happening… Cattle are going missing… And in the end, it’s Ben and his sister who solve the mystery. As a spoiler, there are cattle rustlers.”

Shortly after the book’s release last year, Cameron recalls reading in the news about a case of cattle rustling near the Saskatchewan-Alberta border.

The Sask Book Awards will be held online on June 23, when Cameron will find out if she has won the award which also comes with a $2,000 prize.

Anyone wishing to purchase the book in Swift Current can visit The Sputtergotch Toy Company, Cowtown and Pharmasave. Or online at Indigo and Sask Books.

Bookmarks: The Man Who Cataloged Canada


Plus new releases from a local publishing house, nature wooing our inner artist, St. Albert’s new Poet Laureate and more.

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James Marsh’s career in publishing was both hard work and part of the right place at the right time – a lifetime spent working on important books that shaped this country. Today, the former editor of The Canadian Encyclopedia shares his life story in a new book.

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Know it All: Finding the Impossible Country is the story of how Marsh made his way from the railroad tracks of Toronto to his time at the heart of publishing and the debate about what it means to be Canadian. It was released on May 4 by Durville Imprint.

“The day I started working in 1966 as an editor, I went from one job to another. I loved it,” says Marsh. “Because I got lucky in a publishing job, I had no idea what it was or how lucky I was and loved every minute of it.”

Its beginnings in publishing coincide with the debates of the 1960s and 1970s around Canadian identity sparked by the country’s 100th anniversary. It all started with a book he worked on called Unity and Diversity, which brought English and French Canadians together to talk about the country’s history.

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“For me, it was a preparation to meet Mel Hurtig. He was a singular voice on a kind of Canadian nationalism. This dynamism, with Peter Lougheed, led to the creation of the Canadian Encyclopedia.

A well-known bookstore owner and publisher, Hurtig brought Marsh to Edmonton to work on the encyclopedia, a project that would be funded in part by the Alberta government as part of the province’s 75th anniversary celebration.

According to Marsh, the encyclopedia’s success was due in part to the presence of offices on the University of Alberta campus, with access to libraries and experts to help write and verify entries.

Marsh remained in Edmonton and retired from the encyclopedia in 2013, after 33 years as editor. For more information about the book, visit durville.com.

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A struggle for equality in the 19th century

USA Today bestselling author Audrey Blake owes half of her success to Edmonton, a success she hopes to replicate with a new book coming out this month.

To be precise, Blake is the pseudonym of Edmontonian Jaima Fixsen and her co-author Regina Sirois, from Kansas. Their new book, The Surgeon’s Daughter, follows their incredibly popular The Girl in His Shadow, released last year, which spent a week at No. 101 on USA Today’s 150 best-selling titles.

Nora Beady wants to be a doctor, but studying medicine as a woman in 19th century Europe is difficult, even at the prestigious medical school in Bologna. Her success is taken for granted and her failures as proof that women should not study medicine.

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The Surgeon’s Daughter is out May 10 from Source Books. To learn more about the authors, visit audreyblakebooks.com.

Nature inspires art

Nature Is an Artist by Jennifer Lavallee with illustrations by Natalia Colombo.
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An Edmonton author is releasing her first picture book this month.

Jennifer Lavallee is the author of Nature is an Artist, a book about finding art everywhere you look, even in nature. Lavallee hopes to teach young readers the confidence to think of themselves as artists, and even presents craft ideas with the story.

Lavallee will be a featured writer at the Edmonton Public Library from June 22 until the end of October.

Nature is an Artist is illustrated by Natalia Colombo. The book was released in North America by Greystone Kids on May 17. For more information about the author, visit jenniferlavallee.com.

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Poetry License in St. Albert

There’s a new Poetry Champion in St. Albert after the city announces its new Top Poet.

Lauren Seal, a local writer and librarian in the city, was named the latest Poet Laureate, taking over the position from Julia Sorenson.

“It’s a great honor and I look forward to deepening my connection to the community through poetry,” Seal said in a released statement. “During my time as Poet Laureate, I will work to make poetry as inclusive, accessible and fun as possible for the people of St. Alberta.”

Seal will be St. Albert’s Poet Laureate for two years.

How to Live Without You by Sarah Everett

How to Live Without You by Sarah Everett.
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Edmonton’s Sarah Everett, known for her work in the field of young adults, has added a new title to her collection of works.

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How to Live Without You, published May 17 by HarperCollins, is Everett’s fourth publication since 2016. In the book, Emmy returns home after her sister Rose goes missing. She comes to terms with loss and secrets, and reconnects with her childhood best friends.

For more information about the author, visit saraheverettbooks.com.

Four new releases from the Edmonton publisher

A chef in an unknown setting, a family massacred in their home, a difficult choice between known and unknown families and a woman discovering Canada for the first time.

It’s the new season for Stonehouse Publishing, a small Edmonton-based publisher that releases a handful of books each year – the latest batch came out earlier this month.

All four books hit the Edmonton bestseller list in their first week, and the authors are from Calgary, Saskatoon and San Diego.

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For more information about the publisher and its publications, visit stonehousepublishing.ca.

History in a small package

Looking at life through small objects, Edmonton-born historian Dr. Joseph Pearson takes a fresh look with his latest title, My Grandfather’s Knife.

A diary, a recipe book, a cotton pouch; they are everyday objects, but also a hook to the stories of the Second World War, objects worn by a generation that is gradually disappearing. Pearson interviews the owners of these objects, who tell a story about the conflict.

Pearson is currently a lecturer at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. My Grandfather’s Knife was released last month on HarperCollins. For more information about the author, visit josephpearson.ca.

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A dog at work

The working life of a service dog is a special thing, and it’s a global local author that Wynne Edwards is spotlighting for a new children’s book.

Goldie, dog at work! serves as both a fun story and a teaching moment about service dogs as the reader follows Goldie through her training adventures.

Net proceeds from the sale of the books will go to service dog training centers including Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society and Aspen Service Dogs Inc. here in Edmonton.

This is Edwards’ second book on working dogs, having written A Dog for Uncle Peter about a guide dog.

Goldie, dog at work! was self-published last month and is available from Audreys Books.

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‘She changed the way TV was written’: Zoe Williams on Kay Mellor | Television


OWhen you name what you think is the ultimate Kay Mellor show, whatever you name is your own vintage. For the screenwriter and director, who died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 71, there was no “ultimate”.

Mellor brought the same urgency, liveliness, and deceptively light social critique to every project. You could never guess the tone of his subject. For example, the children’s TV drama Children’s Ward – co-created with Paul Abbott in 1989 and set in a Bolton hospital – sounds like a classic teardrop, a triumphant tale of adversity with intermittent dignity in its face. of the tragedy. It was anything but caustic and edgy, constantly causing friction with Granada’s leadership for including such adult themes (sex offenders, HIV) in a young adult drama.

The kennel season of BBC lottery drama The Syndicate, which would be the last thing she would write (and starring her very own shih tzu, Happy) should have been child’s play, full of fluff and fur and children rolling in an unexpected dosh. In fact, it was zero hour life scrutiny. She never overworked an idea, but neither did she back down from its implications; she never used 10 words where five would suffice. As a result, she covered much of the human condition and changed the way television was written – its scope, depth and ambition.

Born in Leeds, Mellor had her first daughter, producer Yvonne Francas, aged 17, and her second, actor Gaynor Faye, three years later. Her formal education barely started until her daughters were of school age, when Mellor was able to complete her O and A levels.

It was anything but a story of teenage pregnancy disaster: the marriage she entered into at 17, with Anthony Mellor, lasted; the journey from drama school to fringe theater, as a writer, actor and director, to writing soap operas and dramas, was fast and seemingly fluid. But her fast-paced responsibilities left her with little patience for writers’ rooms full of powerful, wealthy, utterly inept men trying to conjure up the lives of working-class women from a bag of cliches.

She got her first TV break writing for Coronation Street in the mid-’80s. She used to say you could tell an all-male writing staff if a female character with kids was casually doing some activity other than to take care of the children.

‘She had a huge influence that would be hard to put into words with an award’… Kay Mellor wearing her OBE at Buckingham Palace after the investiture ceremony. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

After Corrie, as an editor in Grenada, she wrote for Dramarama, the episodic children’s show that gave birth to Children’s Ward, starting with an episode that was too good to go as a single. At the beginning of the 90s, she was given carte blanche to create a soap opera of the day, Families, which largely marked by the careers it launched. This was Jude Law’s first recurring television role; Russell T Davies wrote for him (having worked on Children’s Ward). This pattern was repeated in Fat Friends, which aired in 2000, and followed a weight-loss group with a spirit and humanity that made Ruth Jones and James Corden stars. She had spotted Corden in a Tango commercial and loved his energy — which, if you look at the commercial, is something.

Band of Gold, which Mellor created in 1995 and wrote with Mark Davies-Markham and Catherine Johnson for the next five years, was an ensemble piece about female friendships, dressed as a gritty crime drama about sex workers, and drew fine performances, particularly from Geraldine James and a then-unknown Samantha Morton.

Mellor acted on occasion throughout his writing career, for example in his adaptation of Jane Eyre in 1997 and the comedy-drama Stan the Man in 2002. In those early days they started a theater company and did everything from directing to acting to chance (by his account) budgeting, stuck with her in a marked lack of grandeur or preciousness, as well as her themes and interests. She wrote A Passionate Woman as a play about her mother’s unhappy marriage and doomed affair, which became a BBC mini-series and – like much of her work – was partly a letter d love in Leeds. Steven Spielberg once praised her for a season of The Syndicate, her sense of community and place, and she replied, “I think even when I write dark stuff, it has a hidden warmth and it is perhaps the Yorkshireness. This north side of people.

Mellor was highly recognized – a Fellow of the Royal Television Society with an OBE and Writers Guild awards, but she had enormous influence that would be difficult to express in the form of an award. She never left Leeds and she never forgot, she said last year, ‘what it’s like not having enough money to make it to the end of the week. I experienced this first hand, so it’s easy for me to write this. Without this perspective, the drama can seem rather thin. Needless to say, this is not a problem Mellor has ever suffered from.

The “great replacement” theory invented by the French author Renaud Camus

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Renaud Camus is deciding which of the men he met that night he would like to go home with. The bar closes, and he chats with a former lover of a terrible Grace Jones concert he saw at Studio 54. He sees a stranger with thick black hair, who, when Camus approaches, says he’s coming. returning from a work trip to Nigeria. They walk in Paris streets to the man’s apartment in a nice neighborhood, where they listen to music, smoke, make love and fall asleep.

The next morning, they chat a bit before he leaves. The man is 29 years old and is a corporate lawyer for an engineering company. Camus, then 31, tells him that he studied law but is now a writer earning “a pittance” and is “a little tired of this bohemian life”.

“But couldn’t you write things that would make money for you?” asks the man.

That’s how Camus opened his 1979 book “Tricks,” a chronicle of 25 one-night stands he had while roaming the world’s thriving gay communities in the late 1970s. was explicit and pissed off and hailed by the vanguard, and yes, he saved him some money.

But that was all before he settled into a real fortress.

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Camus is best known these days as the author of the 2011 French book “The Great Replacement,” in which he pushed a theory embraced by white supremacists and cited by racist terrorists from New Zealand to Texas, and by the suspect in Saturday’s grocery store attack. in a Black Buffalo neighborhood that left 10 people dead. It has also been picked up by mainstream conservatives like Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), the No. 3 Republican in the House.

In “The Great Replacement”, which unlike “Tricks” was never published in English, Camus argued that Europe’s white majority was being replaced by Muslims of color in collusion with a left-wing globalist elite – an elite of which he was once a part.

Camus was raised in an upper-middle-class family in central France. His parents, he later said, disowned him when he told them he was gay.

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In Paris in his early twenties, he was a member of the Socialist Party and a gay liberation activist. During riots, strikes and demonstrations in Paris in May 1968, which almost overthrew the government, he marched with the “homosexual component”, he told Le Point in 2013.

He spent many years earning college degrees, earning three advanced degrees in philosophy, political science, and legal history, without establishing a career. But he wrote novels and a gay magazine column and dated Andy Warhol and performance artists Gilbert & George. Then he was widely praised for “Tricks”. The famous French critic Roland Barthes wrote the preface to the book. Camus also received the Amic prize from the French Academy for all of his work, one of the highest distinctions in literary France.

In the early 1990s, Camus sold his Paris apartment and bought a 14th century fortress in Gascony, southern France, where he still lives and rarely leaves.

It was here, in his medieval castle decorated with tall bookshelves and African masks, far from the bustle and community of the city, that he went from shaggy-haired left-wing artist to a far-right ideologue in a three-piece suit.

In the mid-1990s, he saw something that terrified him so much that he credited it with spurring his replacement theory: a few women wearing veils as they strolled around a fountain in a historic French village nearby. (In another version of the story, he says he passed several houses in the village and saw veiled women through the windows.)

Then, in 2000, he published a diary entry from 1994 in which he thought there were too many Jews on French radio. The ensuing outcry over his anti-Semitism, which he denies, was his first experience with reputational damage.

He responded by throwing himself more fully in his right-wing theories. He eventually founded his own political party and ran for president on a platform of sending immigrants and their families back to their homelands – although he didn’t gain much ground and generally supported far-right Marine Le Pen candidates and Eric Zemmour. And in 2011 he published “The Great Replacement,” in which he speculated that a left-wing elite is conspiring to replace white Europeans with immigrants, a “genocide by substitution.”

In 2014, the French government fined him 4,000 euros for inciting racial hatred against Muslims and North African immigrants, whom he called “thugs” and “colonizers”.

Although “The Great Replacement” was never published in English, it was translated on far-right websites and endorsed by white supremacist Richard Spencer and disgraced former Iowa congressman Steve King. In 2018, in response to white supremacists in Charlottesville chanting “You won’t replace us!” the previous year he self-published a book in English with their song as the title.

After the Christchurch mosque attack in 2019, he told the Washington Post that while he was against neo-Nazis and violence, he was happy his message was being spread because of them, and that “demographic colonization which was happening in France was “20 times greater than the colonization that Europe did to Africa, for example.

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As The New York Times pointed out in a 2019 profile of Camus, immigrants of all ethnicities and nationalities make up just 10% of France’s population, down from 5% when Camus was born in 1946.

He calls native, white The French are the “indigenous” people of France, while living in a castle built by the Gascons, a people who had their own language and an independent state before it was taken over by the Franks.

Camus lost many friends and admirers, as well as its editor. A longtime friend, Emmanuel Carrère, considered by many to be one of the greatest living French writers and filmmakers, publicly condemned Camus’s remarks in an open letter in 2012. Immigrants shouldn’t have to act like ” well-mannered guests” who are “grateful for our clemency,” he wrote. agree with you, life necessarily less pleasant, the neighbors more numerous, noisier, more harmful”.

But, he concluded, “what can we do but push ourselves to make room?

Camus presumably read the open letter of the seclusion of his 700-year-old fortress. Although since he used public funds to renovate it, he is required to open it to the public for part of the year.

How A Dreamer’s Secret inspired the creative team behind ‘¡Americano! Musical comedy’


Antonio “Tony” Valdovinos dreamed of the day he could enlist in the US Marine Corp. Even though he was only a 6th grader on 9/11, he vowed to defend his country as he watched the tragic events of the day. On his 18th birthday, he attempted to enlist but discovered a secret that crushed his ambition. Valdovino’s parents never told him he was born in Mexico – or that he was an undocumented immigrant.

Although the DREAM Act was never enacted, undocumented young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are often referred to as “Dreamers”. Likewise, those who receive certain protections through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows them to remain in the country, provided they meet certain criteria.

Now Valdovino’s life story has become a new off-Broadway musical. Titled “¡Americano!”, the show is presented by Quixote Productions with Chicanos For La Cause, an Arizona-based nonprofit that works to end discrimination against the Mexican American community. . The show runs through June 21 at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.

A strong creative team is behind ¡Americano!, including composer Carrie Rodriguez, who is nominated for a 2022 Drama Desk Award for her work on the series, and the former New York Times

Phoenix Bureau Chief and ¡Americano! co-author Fernanda Santos. The two join Valdovinos in this Q&A.

Tony, how did your inspirational story become a musical?

Tony Valdovinos: I had done a lot of political work for years before the Phoenix Theater reach. They interviewed me, called me about a week later, and said they wanted to go ahead with making this production. I didn’t know what that really meant at the time. Here we are seven years later, off-Broadway. It was an amazing trip.

Carrie, how did you get involved?

Carrie Rodriguez: I had no history with musical theatre. I had already attended a musical – “Anything Goes” – at the age of 10 during a trip to New York. I have acted in musicals. I am a violinist and have played in pit orchestras for a few. But really, zero story.

Out of the blue, I received a phone call from the producer asking if I would be interested in writing music for this original musical. He told me about Tony. I started to do research. A week or two later, I flew to Phoenix to meet Tony. All the time, I think, ‘I’m a folk singer/songwriter. I am not qualified to do this. But how could I say no? This is the greatest opportunity of my life to tell Tony’s story, to connect with Americans and to help change minds.

And you Fernanda?

Fernanda Santos: I had covered this story as a reporter in Arizona, but never felt satisfied. I wanted to be able to come out and show my outrage that in all these years since the first version of the DREAM law was proposed, we still haven’t found a solution for these people we call “Dreamers”. They are not all beneficiaries of DACA. There are still tens, even hundreds, thousands of them who have no papers, no kind of authorization.

I was, at that time, a university professor writing a book. Jason Rose, the series producer, asked me to join the writing team along with Michael Barnard and Jonathan Rosenberg. They were working with Carrie. I said, ‘I don’t write musicals. It’s not my thing.’ He asked me to think. First, I fell in love with this story. Second, I felt this was my chance to showcase wonderful Americans, like Tony, who are “dreamers.” Third, as a somewhat “young, rambling, and hungry” immigrant, I wasn’t going to “throw my drink away” to quote Hamilton.

I started as a journalist. I now write opinion columns for the Washington Post. I have written many personal essays. I wrote a narrative non-fiction book. I am currently working on a dissertation. Who said I couldn’t try this other type of writing? If I don’t try, I’ll never know.

I’m lucky to work with a great team that welcomed me, amplified my strengths and taught me a lot. We break down barriers, put ourselves in positions where people like us aren’t usually seen.

At this year’s Oscars, Latinos were visible like never before. Is this a sign that opportunities are opening up for the community?

Carey: It’s difficult. I feel like we are still vastly underrepresented. I’ve felt that throughout my career – as a woman, as a Latina. I started out in the folk/Americana world as a singer, songwriter and fiddler. One of the first big festivals I played was in the South. There were about 20,000 people. I remember looking in the audience at everyone’s faces and thinking, “I’m the only Latina here, not just on stage, but in this whole music festival.”

But like Fernanda said, the best thing we can do is be seen. We need young Latinos who say, ‘Wow, a Latina is the songwriter of this musical? Maybe I can do that too.

Fernando: Originally from Brazil, I am also a naturalized American citizen. There’s this mainstream mainstream definition, based on an Anglo-Saxon idea of ​​the United States, that hasn’t really served our people well. Therefore, anyone like Carrie, like Tony, like me, our stories are on the edges. We are the others, the “minorities”.

Well, the fastest growing category in the census was the mixed category. People come to a point where they realize they are more than one thing. What is mainstream if we have a changing country? If we had a new American majority which is no longer an Anglo-Saxon majority? Who are we making art for? For whom do we write? Who do we create TV and audio stories for?

“Americans !” shows that there are many people of color who will go to the theater. But theater makers never really stopped – until perhaps Lin-Manuel Miranda – to look at the audience and say, “Let’s create a story about the people who are sitting there watching this musical and put it on. on the scene.” There is much more to us than West Side Story.

What’s your favorite song or moment from the show?

Fernando: The song “Voice of the Voiceless” has a “together we are stronger” kind of message. “For Today” is a beautiful song about the fight for what is right, a fight for freedom. But there’s a line that Ceci, the female lead, says to Tony, “Remember, you’re the face of New America.” It’s such an important line with so many meanings.

What’s yours, Carrie?

Carey: I feel the same way as Fernanda about this line. Every time I hear it — and I’ve heard it many times now — I feel a lot of emotion. This is a summary of what we have just seen.

Musically, I have different favorites on different nights. One of my favorites is “Dreamer”, the song that ends Act I. This is when Tony just finds out he’s undocumented and his whole life has been a lie. Heartache is very raw. But also, his love for this country is just as present in this song. Having these two things side by side has a very big emotional impact on people.

And you, Tony?

Tony: I never wanted to be a political organizer. I love what I do but I wanted to join the Marines. Every time I hear the song “Come & Join the Marines” it really takes me back to those years, the years before I found out the truth.

I don’t think the Marines dance like they’re depicted on the show. But this song gave me hope. I believe in the Marine Corps. He was an infantry marine who taught me to fight with a pen, not a sword. Listening to this song gives me strength.

“Americans !” will play at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street) in New York City through June 19, 2022. Tickets are on sale at ticket office, by phone or via Telecharge.com.

Listen to the full episode of the Revolución podcast featuring Antonio Valdovinos, Carrie Rodriguez and Fernanda Santos with co-hosts Kathryn Garcia Castro, Linda Lane Gonzalez and Court Stroud, on Apple podcast, iHeartMedia, Spotify, Google, Amazon


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Teen becomes best-selling author with autism children’s book


(WXYZ) – From being an Eagle Scout to an A-level student and even a gifted drummer, Grant Harrison has plenty to be proud of, but for the 17-year-old, his greatest accomplishment is writing a best-selling children’s book.

“People in the community have reached out to me to tell me how inspiring it was and how literally they cried reading it, and I think that’s a lot more important than I thought,” said Grant Harrison, best-selling author on Amazon.

“Will You Be My Friend” takes readers back to when Grant took part in a school talent show, thrilled to show off his drumming skills but overwhelmed by his battle with Asperger’s Syndrome.

“I had anxiety and turmoil and…so it’s all about getting through it all with the help of your friends and family and persevering,” Grant said.

And with the support of his family, especially his mother, Grant continues to face challenges.

“I think I interpret a lot of things differently, like the world around me differently, like I think of different solutions, or I think of different ways to solve a problem, so it’s like deviating from what most people do,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the literary world, with more than 500 books sold since April 1, critics are also giving it a boost. As for which part of the book touches home, Grants says it’s the second page.

“It’s my mom telling me, ‘You’re a very special person, you should always remember that. And remember there’s nothing we can’t handle together,'” Grant said. .

Grant plans to write more books in the future, but with a scholarship from Oakland University, for now, he’s excited to pursue computer science and music.

“My husband and I are thrilled at this point. Because it shows Grant that you set goals, that you dream big, that you can achieve them,” said Tracy Harrison, Grant’s mother.

‘Do you want to be my friend? Based on a True Story Through the Eyes and Ears of Autism’ is available on Amazon for paperback and ebook.

Mississippi Poet Laureate Catherine Pierce wants to share the joy of writing


STARKVILLE, Ms. — Catherine Pierce tries to start each lesson with a question.

Something like, but not specifically, “Would you rather be a spy shepherd – a shepherd who’s also a spy, not to be confused with shepherd’s pie – or a super agent who’s a dog but really bad at math? “

This particular question came from Pierce’s son, Sam. She wrote it down several years ago, along with other interesting questions he’s asked over the years, and posed it to her middle school students in poetry at Mississippi State University at the start of a recent course.

“My questions are getting stranger and stranger. Today felt like the weirdest yet,” she said. “To their great credit, they just rolled with it.”

The creative spirit that Pierce brings to the class also serves him well when writing. She is The current Mississippi Poet Laureate and co-director of the creative writing program at MSU, where she tries to share her knowledge and love of poetry with others.

“I think poems work best when they come from a place of openness and willingness to try things rather than having to feel like ‘I have to do exactly that, and if I don’t exactly this way, then it does not fit. be good,” Pierce said.

She believes that poets should be “aware of and open to the joys and pleasures of language”.

“At the end of the day, writing should be fun in some way,” Pierce said.

From an early age, Pierce read anything he could get his hands on.

“I’ve always really loved words, whether they’re in poems or not,” Pierce said. “Language, in general, is always something that has been magical for me.”

Pierce grew up in Delaware and lived there until she went to college. In second grade, her class learned haiku, a type of shorthand poetry that originated in Japan.

“I remember being so thrilled,” she said. “It was so fun to be able to make a picture out of words.”

Since then, she has been writing poems and stories.

Her career in poetry and teaching happened naturally.

She majored in English with a focus on creative writing during her undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, followed by a master’s degree in poetry from Ohio State University and eventually a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

While at Ohio State, she worked as a teaching assistant. Although early in her life Pierce hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher – it wasn’t even on her radar – as soon as she walked into the classroom as an instructor, she knew she wanted to keep doing it.

As a teacher, one of Pierce’s great joys is sharing poetry with students she affectionately calls “poetry skeptics” — those who think they don’t like or understand everything just not poetry. Or maybe they’ve been told “that’s what you have to do with a poem” and they feel like they can’t crack the code.

These days, Pierce teaches an introductory creative writing course covering poetry and fiction at MSU, as well as higher-level poetry courses like intermediate poetry and poetry craft.

She and her husband, Michael Kardos, moved to Starkville to work in Mississippi State in 2007. Along with Pierce, Kardos serves as co-director of MSU’s creative writing program and is also a professor of fiction. The couple have two sons, Sam, 11, and Wyatt, 8.

In his classes, Pierce guides students through contemporary poems, separating them to examine from within how language and imagery are used, while reflecting on the many purposes poetry can serve.

In higher grades, Pierce focuses on helping students develop their aesthetic bravery when writing and reflect on their own voices as writers. She helps them discover what attracts them and what style they naturally gravitate towards.

Between teaching and raising a family, there are days when Pierce is too busy to sit down and write.

“There are days when I plan ahead to prioritize writing, and there are days when I plan ahead and say, ‘This is the day I’m just jotting down student work and taking my kids to the dentist,'” Pierce said.

It’s all about finding the right balance. Giving herself permission to have days without writing helps her focus her attention solely on writing when the time comes.

Pierce found that teaching poetry helped him with his own writing. Class discussions are linked to what she writes and vice versa.

“I try to make teaching a conversation as much as possible,” Pierce said. “We’re all figuring things out.”

Since Pierce moved to Mississippi 15 years ago, the state’s natural beauty has crept into his writing.

“I’m really drawn to the lushness of Mississippi and the intensity of the natural world here,” Pierce said. “Everything is kind of dialed up to 11 in terms of nature in Mississippi.”

On walks with his children and their dog, Roxy, Pierce pays close attention to the seasons, the flowers on the trees, and the birdsong that echoes overhead. From pruning insects to rapidly growing lawns in the spring, Pierce has an eye for nature. But she is particularly interested in weather and climate.

Her third book is titled “The Tornado is the World” and her most recent book, “Danger Days”, is a collection of poetry to “celebrate our planet while bearing witness to its collapse”.

“Like a lot of people who live here, it’s something I’m very concerned about,” Pierce said of the weather, which has increasingly affected his daily life, like that of all Mississippians.

In April 2021, Pierce was named Mississippi Poet Laureate. In this honorary position, she will serve as the state’s ambassador of poetry and literary arts through 2025.

“Poetry is for everyone” serves as something of a mission statement for her work.

“My goal is to try to increase access to poetry for Mississippi residents in a way that is meaningful to them,” Pierce said. “I want to highlight a range of poems, poets and writers in general that we have in the state, that we have had in the state. We have such an amazing literary landscape here and I think it’s really inspiring for people to know that.

As part of his role as Poet Laureate, Pierce hosts The Mississippi Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a different Mississippi poet — like Aimee Nezhukumatathil or C. Liegh McInnis — reading a poem, sharing what inspired them to write it, and offering advice to budding poets.

Each 15-minute episode is paired with an additional resource for educators and community groups.

“Podcasts are meant to be friendly, fun and lively and to help everyone, but especially young people in our state, see that poetry is written by Mississippians,” Pierce said. “Poetry is for everyone.”

She also writes a monthly column titled “poetry breakwith the aim of providing people with tools to try their hand at writing poetry.

“A lot of times people feel cut off from poetry or think ‘Well, this isn’t really something I want to try or this isn’t something I should really try. I’m not going to be good at that,” Pierce said. “I think a lot of times all people need is a track to race on. They just need a place to start.

Pierce is also working with Tracy Carr, assistant director of library services for the Mississippi Library Commission, to organize “poetry walks” for Mississippi libraries where people can come out and read a poem while doing it.

Pierce describes it as “a way to bring poetry into people’s daily lives so that it doesn’t feel like something in a dusty book on a very tall shelf”.

Poetry is everywhere, she says, for those who simply look and listen.

“It’s something that’s right here; this is for all of us,” she said. “It’s in the garden when we walk, it’s in the newspaper; and it’s just around.

Legendary lawyer, LGBTQ+ activist and author Urvashi Vaid has died


LOS ANGELES – The publisher, editor and staff of the Los Angeles Blade congratulates our sports editor and contributing writer Dawn Ennis on being awarded the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Award 2022 in the category of “Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “”No Time for Intolerance: ‘Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do,’ written for Forbes Magazine Online.

Ennis, who works as a sportswriter for LA Blade, is an award-winning reporter for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast, Out Magazine, Senior Executive, CTVoice Magazine, Xtra Magazine and StarTrek.com.

She is also an on-air correspondent for “CTVoice Out Loud” on WTNH-TV and hosts the talk show “RiseUP With Dawn Ennis.” In 2013, she was the first trans journalist in the United States to appear on the network’s television news while working for ABC News.

Ennis, who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, is a mother of three and an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, where she teaches journalism, advertising, public relations, podcasting and media literacy for the School of Communication at UH College of Arts and Sciences. .

In addition to Ennis, the Los Angeles Blade congratulates all of the winners:


At the New York ceremony, GLAAD announced the award winners for the following categories live on stage:

  • Laid received the award for Outstanding Drama Series [presented by Laverne Cox]
  • “HIV/AIDS: 40 Years Later” TODAY (NBC) received the award for Outstanding Television Journalism Segment [presented by Amber Tamblyn and Nyle DiMarco]
  • Power Rangers received the award for Outstanding programming for children and family [presented by Cynthia Nixon]
  • sesame street received the award for Outstanding Children’s Programming [presented by Cynthia Nixon]

Other winners announced in New York:

Outstanding Broadway Production: (TIE) Company and Thoughts of a colored man

Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X

Outstanding Breakthrough Musical Artist: Lily Rose, Louder Than Me (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Elliot Page” The Oprah Conversation (AppleTV+)

Outstanding Television Journalism Segment: “HIV/AIDS: 40 years later” TODAY (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism – long version: “White House Pride” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Print Item: “Legislators Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sport” by David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst (The Associated Press)

Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “‘No Time for Intolerance:’ Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do” by Dawn Ennis (Forbes.com)

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Transnational” [series] by Eva Reign, Alyza Enriquez, Freddy McConnell, Vivek Kemp, Courtney Brooks, Sarah Burke, Hendrik Hinzel, Alyza Enriquez, Dan Ming, Trey Strange and Daisy Wardell (VICE News)

Outstanding Blog: Pittsburgh Lesbian Pen pals

Outstanding article on online journalism in Spanish: (TIE) “Claudia: La Enfermera Trans que Lucha Contra el Covid en Ciudad Juárez” by Louisa Reynolds (Nexos.com) and “Somos Invisibles”: La Discriminación y los Riesgos se Multiplican para los Indígenas LGBTQ+” by Albinson Linares (Telemundo.com)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Expulsados ​​México: Cómo la Comunidad Transgénero se Unió para Ayudar a los Migrantes” by Patricia Clarembaux, Anna Clare Spelman, and Celemente Sánchez (Univision Noticias)

Below is a complete list of all categories and winners from the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York and Los Angeles.

Best New TV Series: hacks (HBO Max)

Best Comedy Series: saved by the bell (Peacock)

Best Drama Series: LAID (FX)

Outstanding Film – Wide Distribution: Eternals (Walt Disney Studios Cinema)

Outstanding Reality Program: (TIE) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) and We are here (HBO)

Outstanding Documentary: Change the game (Hulu)

Best TV Movie: Single until the end (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Parallel mothers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Limited or exceptional anthology series: It’s a sin (HBOMAX)

Outstanding Children’s Programming: “Family Day” sesame street (HBO Max)

Exceptional programming for children and family: Power Rangers: Dino Fury (Nickelodeon/Netflix)

Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X, MONTERO (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Breakthrough Musical Artist: Lily Rose, Stronger than me (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)

Outstanding Broadway Production: (TIE) THE SOCIETY and Thoughts of a colored man

Outstanding Video Game: Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine Games/Square Enix)

Outstanding comic: Crush & Lobo (DC Comics)

Best Original Graphic Novel/Anthology: Comfort! Love and Pompoms (Oni Press)

Outstanding Overall Magazine Coverage: the lawyer

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Elliot Page” The Oprah Conversation (AppleTV+)

Outstanding Television Journalism Segment: “HIV/AIDS: 40 years later” TODAY (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism – long version: “White House Pride” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Print Item: “Legislators Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sport” by David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst (The Associated Press)

Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “‘No Time for Intolerance:’ Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do” by Dawn Ennis (Forbes.com)

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Transnational” [series] by Eva Reign, Alyza Enriquez, Freddy McConnell, Vivek Kemp, Courtney Brooks, Sarah Burke, Hendrik Hinzel, Alyza Enriquez, Dan Ming, Trey Strange and Daisy Wardell (VICE News)

Outstanding Blog: Pittsburgh Lesbian Pen pals

Best Scripted Television Series in Spanish: Maricon Lost (HBO Max)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Journalism: “Orgullo LGBTQ: 52 Años de Lucha y Evolución” (Telemundo 47)

Outstanding article on online journalism in Spanish: (TIE) “Claudia: La Enfermera Trans que Lucha Contra el Covid en Ciudad Juárez” by Louisa Reynolds (Nexos.com) and “Somos Invisibles”: La Discriminación y los Riesgos se Multiplican para los Indígenas LGBTQ+” by Albinson Linares (Telemundo.com)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Expulsados ​​México: Cómo la Comunidad Transgénero se Unió para Ayudar a los Migrantes” by Patricia Clarembaux, Anna Clare Spelman, and Celemente Sánchez (Univision Noticias)

Special Recognition: Not all boys are blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]

Special Recognition: “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects)

Special Recognition: CODED: The hidden love of JC Leyendecker (Primary +)

Special Recognition: Peril! Champ Amy Schneider

Special Recognition: The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia)

Special Recognition: Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News)

Special Recognition: Outsports coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Special recognition (Spanish language): “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo)

The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards recognize media for their fair, accurate and inclusive portrayals of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have become the world’s most visible annual LGBTQ awards show, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences around the world.

“This year’s GLAAD Media Awards come at a time when LGBTQ visibility and storytelling may be the frontline response to a dangerous rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President- CEO of GLAAD. “Our nominees and winners, including Pose, Sesame Street, Eternals, hacks, Lil Nas Xwe are here and so many journalists and news producers showcase the beautiful diversity of LGBTQ people. When we need them most, these stories speak out against hate, enlighten, entertain and send an undeniable message: we’re not going anywhere.

Pioneer Napa Valley winemaker Jack Cakebread dies at 92


Jack Cakebread, who along with his wife, Dolores, transformed a 22-acre cattle ranch in Rutherford, Calif., into one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries, helping propel the once-obscure region to the world celebrity of viticulture, died on April 26 in Napa. He was 92 years old.

His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his son Dennis, the president of Cakebread Cellars.

Mr. Cakebread, an auto mechanic with a sideline in photography, was returning from filming in northern Napa County when in 1972 he visited a couple of family friends at their farm in Rutherford. He was 42 and only vaguely curious about what a life beyond car repair might be like.

“I casually told them, ‘You know, if you ever want to sell this place, let me know,’ and I drove home,” he said in an interview with journalist Sally Bernstein. . “I got home and the phone was ringing.”

The next day, Mr. Cakebread and his wife purchased the farm with a down payment of $2,500. The two couples wrote the contract on a yellow notepad.

Back then, Napa was far from the wine paradise it is today. Farmers in the region mainly raised cattle or grew apricots, almonds and walnuts. Only a few dozen cellars dotted the valley.

One, founded by Robert Mondavi in ​​1966, was just up the road. Mr. Mondavi comes from a family of winemakers and he mentored a whole generation of Napa winemakers who got their start in the 1970s, including the Cakebreads.

With Mr. Mondavi’s guidance, Mr. Cakebread pioneered many techniques that have come to define premium Napa wines, most importantly a close attention to the agricultural aspect of winemaking. Although he’s a big fan of technology – he was among the first to use a neutron probe to measure soil moisture – he also insisted on getting his hands dirty, getting up before dawn every morning. to work in his vineyards.

“Every day something new pops up, aerial imagery, etc.,” he told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 2004, “but the only way you really know is to leave footprints in the vineyard. No tire tracks.

Cakebread Cellars sold its first wines, a mere 157 cases (1,884 bottles) of Chardonnay made from purchased grapes, in 1974. At the same time, the Cakebreads planted Sauvignon Blanc vines on their new plot. It was a bold choice: the varietal was largely unknown to American drinkers, and planting it in Napa was almost unheard of.

“When we put out Sauvignon Blanc, everyone thought we were wrong,” Cakebread told the Boston Globe in 1984. “But we decided to only make wines that we liked to drink, because that’s what we would do if they didn’t sell.”

It was not a mistake. Along with Cakebread’s fruity yet balanced Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc became a signature wine, and it contributed to the varietal’s growing popularity among American wine consumers.

Still, it took nearly two decades before the Cakebreads could commit full-time to the winery; until then, they worked out of their garage in Oakland and commuted north on weekends. They finally sold the garage in 1989 and moved to Rutherford.

Today, Cakebread is one of America’s most highly regarded wineries, consistently topping an annual survey by Wine & Spirits magazine of the most popular brands among fine dining restaurants. He controls 1,600 acres of land and claims to sell around 100,000 cases a year.

In time, Mr Cakebread took on some of the role Mr Mondavi had once played, mentoring young winemakers and guiding the community around Rutherford. He was president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association (as were two of his sons, Bruce and Dennis), and many of his former employees now run their own wineries.

“Jack was this great sage,” said David Duncan, managing director of Silver Oak Cellars in nearby Oakville, which his father founded the same year Mr Cakebread opened his winery. “He was always so welcoming and so passionate about the community.”

John Emmett Cakebread was born on January 11, 1930 in Oakland. His father, Lester, owned Cakebread’s Garage, a repair shop, where his mother, Cottie, also worked.

His father also owned a farm in Contra Costa County, where he grew almonds, walnuts, and apricots, and where Jack worked as a child, between shifts at the garage.

Jack attended the University of California, Berkeley, but did not graduate. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, assigned to Strategic Air Command as a jet engine mechanic.

After his service, he returns to the garage, which he takes over after his father’s retirement. He also dabbled in photography.

What started as a hobby turned into a vocation, especially after he started attending workshops led by landscape photographer Ansel Adams. Within a few years, Mr. Adams trusted Mr. Cakebread enough to have him teach some of his classes.

Mr. Cakebread eventually caught the eye of an editor at Crown Publishers, who asked him to take the photographs for “The Treasury of American Wines”, by wine lover Nathan Chroman. When the book was published in 1973, it featured nearly every commercial winery in the country – all 130. Today there are around 11,000.

It was the book project that sent Mr. Cakebread to Napa that day in 1972, and it was the advance he received for it that provided the money for the down payment on the ranch of livestock.

Mr. Cakebread shifted his creative focus to winemaking, but he never gave up photography: years later, he could still be found carrying a Minox camera around the winery.

Jack and Dolores Cakebread gradually withdrew from day-to-day management in the 2000s, handing over control to their sons Bruce and Dennis. But they remained active: Ms. Cakebread ran an annual workshop introducing chefs to winemaking, while Mr. Cakebread became a regular at business schools, lecturing on the craft of winemaking.

Among his advice was patience.

“I realized the weather is going to do what it’s going to do,” he told The Press Democrat. “I only worry about things I can change, I don’t worry about what I can’t.”

Dolores Cakebread passed away in 2020. Mr. Cakebread is survived by his sons, Dennis, Bruce and Steve; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Customer Service Representative – Pedestrian Jobs


About Us

GlamCorner is a fashion technology company with a unique circular fashion model. We are on a mission to accelerate the transition to a more circular and sustainable fashion system by revolutionizing the way fashion is consumed.

We are a young company and run a lean and well-organized business. We are fun, hardworking and pride ourselves on quality, professionalism and delivering results. Our vision is to be every Australian woman’s endless online wardrobe.

About the role

We are looking for a driven and passionate Customer Happiness Representative to join our team to help the company through this period of growth.


  • Provide excellent service through a customer-centric approach and maintain high levels of customer service excellence.
  • Go above and beyond to provide a seamless and memorable experience for our customers.
  • Assist the Customer Service Excellence Manager in overseeing customer inquiries and ensuring all inquiries are responded to promptly via phone, email and social media.
  • Assist the team in handling customer inquiries and complaints as required.
  • Own daily communications between other teams such as our Engineering and Execution team.
  • Work with the team to identify and drive improvements, help resolve difficult requests and make decisions.

About you

  • Experience with Zendesk or similar customer service system is desirable
  • Experience in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Proven track record of exceptional customer satisfaction. Committed to exceeding key performance indicators
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Retail and/or customer service experience
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • “Can-do” and “make-it-happen” attitude
  • Living up to our ASPIRE values: Agility, Altruism, Passion, Impact, Respect and Efficiency

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your CV via https://apply.workable.com/glamcorner/j/FFB78DB626/

Broadway stage manager and author Richard Hester joins THE EARLY NIGHT SHOW with Joshua Turchin


Season eight, episode four (which is also available on the Broadway Podcast Network: http://bpn.fm/TENS) features Broadway stage manager and author Richard Hester (Broadway’s Summer, Jersey Boys, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success , Matters of the Heart, Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, A Delicate Balance, The Red Shoes). The episode can be streamed here:

In this episode, Richard Hester talks about his experience as a Broadway director and writing a book during the pandemic. Richard’s book, Hold, Please: Stage Managing a Pandemic is available for sale at The Broadway Makers Marketplace and online at Amazon and other online book retailers.

Following the virtual premiere of 100 episodes of The Early Night Show, Joshua is thrilled to partner with the Broadway Makers Marketplace in the Broadway Underground to bring free New York shows to the Theater District. The shows feature interviews and performances by seasoned Broadway veterans, as well as Broadway newcomers and aspiring singers hosted, music-led and accompanied by Joshua Turchin in front of small audiences.

Audience seating is extremely limited and reservations to attend any of the tapings can be made by registering online at the links on Broadway Makers Marketplace’s Instagram (@broadwaymakersmarketplace) or Joshua Turchin’s Instagram (@JoshuaTurchin) . All audience members will be required to follow the same guidelines set out by the Broadway League (masks and proof of Covid vaccines) to keep performers and guests safe.

Episodes of Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin stream exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network (https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/the-early-night-show-with-joshua-turchin/) and everywhere you listen your favorite podcasts. Episodes can also be streamed at www.theearlynightshow.com.

The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin is created, written and accompanied by 15-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Forbidden Broadway, Schmigadoon!, The Perfect Fit, The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, Trevor the Musical, A Christmas Story Broadway National Tour). The Early Night Show brings musical comedy to an early evening audience and features many Broadway, TV and film performers.

Joshua Turchin is known in the entertainment industry as a multi-hyphenate; he is a singer, actor, dancer, musician, composer, musical director, accompanist and writer. He was most recently in rehearsal for the New York premiere of Trevor the Musical until the extended Broadway and Off-Broadway intermission due to COVID-19. Prior to that, Joshua completed his run as the first young adult to be part of a Forbidden Broadway starred to rave reviews as a cast member in Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. Additional credits include Flounder in The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at the Hollywood Bowl, two rounds of A Christmas Story the Musical Broadway National Tour, Trevor LIVE: LA, The Pill (Off-Broadway), The Development Lab of a new musical Andrew Lloyd Webber, among many other professional projects. He is a regular comedy voice heard across the United States on iHeartRadio, as well as various animated series and commercials, including Nick Jr. and Pixar, and several Broadway cast recordings, readings and development work.

As a musician/composer, Joshua plays over 13 instruments including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Joshua’s original musical (book, music and lyrics), The Perfect Fit, premiered in New York at the Rave Theater Festival in New York where it won awards for Outstanding Book by a Musical and Outstanding Ensemble, and received critical acclaim in the NY Times, NY Post and Wall Street Journal when Joshua was just 12 years old. Recently, The Perfect Fit, aired live as a concert from New World Stages in New York City during the pandemic, providing opportunities for over 50 artistic workers and a cast including stars from Broadway, television and music. cinema around the world. The Perfect Fit: A Socially Distant Concert received rave reviews ahead of the live stream event during a sold-out drive-in concert at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon Connecticut. Music from The Perfect Fit was released as the first remote EP by Broadway Records in July featuring Tony winner Laura Benanti and numerous other Broadway and TV artists, including Joshua.

As a host, Joshua is the host and creator of the hit web series, The Early Night Show. The series began as a cabaret variety show at The Green Room 42, which Joshua created, directed and accompanied when he was 11 years old. Due to the covid pandemic, he turned The Early Night Show into a virtual format to help raise money and awareness for The Actors Fund, supporting those in the entertainment industry who suddenly found themselves out of work. Guests range from Tony winners to stars of Broadway, TV and film to up-and-coming artists from around the world. Pre-covid, Joshua has worked extensively as a professional host and accompanist in and around New York City since the age of 10, including musical direction at 54 Below, The Green Room 42, and more.

For more entertainment, follow Joshua Turchin on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/joshuaturchin, on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@joshuaturchin?source=h5_m, Facebook http://www.twitter.com/turchindjoshuaor visit his YouTube at www.youtube.com/joshuaturchin.

Fall 2021 Interns – New York Amsterdam News


My name is Asia Floyd and I will be graduating with my BA in Journalism and a minor in Africalogy and African American Studies from Temple University in December 2021. I have worked hard for four years in college and have even makes the dean’s list. Throughout my college years, I volunteered for a show called Temple Update. My goal after graduation is to work and eventually produce and direct my own show. I am very happy to be part of the first business internship program of the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation, because I think it is essential to learn the business side of journalism. LinkedIn profile

I’m Raegan Lee, a recent graduate from the University of Florida with a BA in International and Japanese Studies. Since I was a child, I have been interested in journalism sitting at the coffee table in my living room, creating my diary to show it to my grandmother. This then evolved into my high school journalism class for four years and ended it with a job as an editor my senior year. In college, I used the newspaper subscriptions provided by the university to follow the daily news. I think being informed about current events locally, nationally and internationally is one of the best ways to learn and understand the struggles of others. LinkedIn profile

I’m Angie Xu, and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the spring of 2022, I will be graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Media Studies. I want to use my knowledge to help companies, individuals and businesses understand the impact of the economy and the media on our daily lives. I’m thrilled to be part of the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation’s first corporate internship program to learn about the marketing and media aspects of New York’s most influential black newspaper. The program provides many opportunities to enhance my teamwork and leadership skills while seeking to promote the growth and outreach of prominent men and women of color. LinkedIn profile

I am Iyanna Mackins. I’m originally from Clarksville, TN, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. I am currently attending East Carolina University majoring in Interpersonal Communication with a concentration in Media Journalism. I knew I wanted to be a writer early on, from writing my own short stories to falling in love with fashion magazines and realizing that journalism is what I aspired to do in life. I am very happy to work with New York Amsterdam News and to work with such a great and diverse group of individuals. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us all. LinkedIn profile

I am Victor Aigberaodion Uahomo from Nigeria. I hold a National Diploma in Nautical Studies. I am currently studying at People’s University in California, where I am earning an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. I’m a Google Certified IT Support Specialist and Network Administrator. My goal is to build one of the largest IT companies in Africa. I am excited to be part of the inaugural Amsterdam News Education Foundation Work Placement Program, where I will apply my own experience in brainstorming and solving tasks as a team. LinkedIn profile

I am Nandi Dabrowski. I graduated with a Bachelor of Humanities with a concentration in Creative Writing from New York University. Subsequently, I completed a one-year program at the Conservatory of Figurative and Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art. Currently, I am in the Master of Science in Professional Writing program at New York University, where I will graduate in December 2021. Throughout my academic career, I have centered my studies on the experience black. Participating in the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation Internship is a great opportunity to start my life as a professional writer at an institution that has been documenting black life for over 100 years. I am truly honored to have the chance to serve in this community. LinkedIn profile

Neil Gaiman shares hard-hitting Cleveland story ahead of Playhouse Square reading


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Best-selling author Neil Gaiman hit the road for a storytelling tour, set to hit the Keybank State Theater in Playhouse Square on Tuesday, May 17.

Tickets, ranging from $25 to $85, are available to play on Playhouse Square website.

Expect to hear a range of his stories, essays, poetry and more during the show, all read by Gaiman. Audience members will have the opportunity to write questions on cards, which Gaiman will remove to answer throughout the event, he said.

“The most important thing, really, is reading to people, most of whom haven’t heard of since they were in school. No living human read them a story,” Gaiman said in a phone interview. “There are normally a few moments of discomfort and then you watch people start to relax. They enjoy it. I think for me that’s the best of all – watching a room full of people get comfortable and indulge in stories.

Gaiman is no stranger to the Cleveland scenes. He has read at the Cleveland Public Library, Playhouse Square, and The Plain Dealer’s Book & Author series.

But it’s been a while since he took the stage, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent years, Gaiman has largely stayed away from speaking engagements.

Of course, Gaiman kept busy during this time. His book “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” has been adapted into an award-winning stage production. Filming recently wrapped on the second season of the TV adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s book “Good Omens,” and filming recently began on a TV adaptation of his book “Anansi Boys.”

“’Anansi Boys’ is huge. It’s this huge project, kind of like a six-hour movie,” Gaiman said. “I know it will end one day, but in the meantime we are in the biggest film studio in the UK. We have shot in Florida, Brixton and South London. We are shooting in the Caribbean, we have shot in mythical Africa. Everything is quite incredible.

Gaiman, the author of “American Gods”, “Coraline”, “Stardust” and dozens of other books, children’s books, comics, essays, poetry and more, is one of the most prolific and the best known in the world. world. He has racked up numerous honors including Hugos, Nebulas, a British National Book Award, a Newbery and Carnegie Medal and more.

Before many of these awards arrive, and before one of his books becomes a New York Times bestseller, Gaiman recalls his status as a “cult author.” Specifically, he recounted a memory that stuck in his mind, at a dinner hosted by Plain Dealer Book & Author in 1999, during a telephone interview with cleveland.com:

“The Cleveland Plain Dealer held an event in 1999. There were three authors, one of whom was me. I was not a New York Times bestselling author at that time, and two of them were New York Times best-selling authors. We had an incredibly enjoyable thing where everyone stood up and gave a little speech, and after the little speeches were made, there were signature lines.

“Suddenly things got very weird because even though I wasn’t a New York Times bestselling author, I was a cult author at the time, and my lines were much longer than other authors. There was a completely different audience for mine, in the sense that in mine there were the goths, there were the weirdos, there were the people who didn’t seem like they normally showed up to Cleveland Plain Dealer’s literary luncheons.And there were also very nice ladies in pearls and things, queuing for the other gentlemen.

“It’s a moment I remember because I learned a lot about audiences and about readers and about being an author’s responsibility, and not caring about sales. The best-selling author the best-selling next to me had a lady in her line with one of her books she bought at a library sale. It was an ex-library copy. The author loudly refused to sign it because he said she didn’t buy it new, that he wasn’t getting any royalties from it, that he wasn’t going to sign it. But he did it really hard, like a performance .

“I looked at this reader who, no doubt, if she could have afforded her book, knew that she would have bought it new and after he had signed her book, I was convinced of one thing is that she would have stayed. She would have really saved up to buy her new books. Instead, you saw her being humiliated and saying, “I will never buy one of your books again, even under the threat of a weapon. Then something very strange happened, that some of the other ladies, further back in his line, left his line very ostentatiously, walked towards the table of the bookseller and bought copies of ‘Stardust’ and came into my line.

“I thought, I think I just learned something huge about people. I think what I learned most of all is that a one-on-one sale never matters. for an author, but treating your readers with respect and treating them with kindness and love is something that will always be important.

Find more information about Gaiman’s upcoming event in Cleveland at playhousesquare.org.

11 new books we recommend this week


LEFT AT TENTH: A second chance in life, by Delia Ephron. (Small, Brown, $29.) When her husband of 33 years died, Ephron – author of screenplays, essays and novels – had a new subject to write about: loss. The scope of her subject matter expanded when she was diagnosed with cancer and found love again. Here are his memoirs of those extraordinary events, stitched together with everyday moments that offer their own weight. The book “is less the story of a woman who loses her husband than that of a woman who falls in love again at 72,” writes Joyce Maynard in her review. “Ephron presents a moving and heartfelt portrait of romance – also passion. … If there is such a thing as a feel-good memory, this is it.

HIGH SPIRITS: The Victorians and the birth of modern Britain, by Simon Heffer. (Pegasus, $39.95.) Heffer’s story of Britain in the mid-19th century is the story of a society transformed as the nation moved closer and closer to a humane and civilized social order. Heffer “identifies ideas and feelings as the driving force behind this transformation”, writes Benjamin Schwarz in his review. “Intellectuals, politicians, and largely upper and upper middle class activists,” he explains, “driven by a sense of earnest and selfless moral purpose,” have sought “to improve the condition of the ‘whole of society’. This ambitious effort has manifested itself in “the actions of enlightened government,” actions that have unfolded in a series of historic parliamentary acts and administrative innovations over the nearly 40 years that Heffer examines.”

TELL ME EVERYTHING: The story of a private investigation, by Erika Krouse. (Flatiron, $28.99.) This lyrical, jarring and propulsive memoir of Krouse’s time as a private detective is literary non-fiction at a high level – the author manages the delicate act of balancing a case’s story with a more personal dive. in his past. Plus, according to our reviewer Patrick Hoffman (a PI himself), “she certainly conveys the emotional realities of the job: the narcotic thrill of a good interview, the euphoria of grimy situations, the constant feeling of being a bully , a manipulator, a liar.

LETTERS TO GWEN JOHN, by Celia Paul. (New York Review Books, $29.95.) Paul’s haunting memoir takes the form of correspondence with a fellow painter she never knew: Gwen John, who died in 1939. Drawn to the parallels in their lives, Paul meditates on aging, personality, loneliness, art. “The clarity of the genre’s grammars is compelling and thoroughly contemporary,” writes Drusilla Modjeska in her review. “Truth doesn’t go one way, nor does power and vulnerability.”

CHEVY IN THE HOLE, by Kelsey Ronan. (Holt, $26.99.) Set in Flint, Michigan, this moving debut asks a central question, through a budding romance between a young cook recovering from an opioid addiction and an activist trying to save a town in crisis: a relentless commitment always yield positive results? “They form a relationship based on something subtly beautiful, an unspoken but deep understanding of a particular kind of loneliness they both share,” Dean Bakopoulos writes in his review. “The novel’s primary propellant becomes a question that often applies to relationships as much as it does to stories about America’s forgotten and marginalized landscapes: Can we save them with love, or will they just crumble? “

New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones and future of work analyst Jonathan Roberts will headline Isolved Connect 2022


Business disruption conversations take center stage to better improve inclusiveness, innovation and business impact

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following its highest-traffic isolved Connect of 2021 and amid a series of customer roadshows in 11 cities, isolved has announced its roster of guest speakers for the annual in-person educational event. Held in Nashville September 6-8hundreds of customers and partners will hear twice New York Times bestselling author, podcast host and cultural critic Luvvie Ajayi Jones as well as jonathan robertfuture of work and well-being analyst at Forrester.

“This is a transformative time for both employees and employers, and we wanted speakers who would reflect the need to not only rethink the (EX) employee experience, but also rethink how businesses support the whole of the employee,” said Lina Tonk, Senior Vice President Marketing at isolved. “As we go coast to coast with our series of customer roadshows, we hear time and time again that our customers want to transform their employee experience and that employee development and well-being comes first. list of what they want to know more about This year’s keynote speakers from isolved Connect will challenge business leaders on how they engage and inspire employees to perform at their best themselves to their businesses and communities.”

With humor and honesty, Ajayi Jones will guide participants through what they need to understand before they can do the things that scare them. Ajayi Jones will inspire isolved customers and partners on how to use their voice for good in their businesses and communities.

The need for disruption within human capital management (HCM) has never been greater with recruitment and retention challenges plaguing all sizes and types of businesses. Roberts, a renowned thought leader in employee wellbeing, will address business disruption at the intersection of trust, training and technology to mitigate the impact of the Great Resignation and maximize the recruitment and retention. Focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Leadership and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B), Roberts helps organizations bridge the gap between doing well and doing well for the future of work in their company.

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Valley News – Art Notes: A panel of playwrights talks about the creative process at JAGfest


Before the pandemic, the annual JAGfest took place in February, when people were starved of connection and eager to hang out and discuss African American theater.

Tuesday evening saw the opening round table of JAGfest 6.0 compete with an impeccably sunny afternoon. Outside the five arched windows of Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center, students threw Frisbees onto the green. Inside, Jarvis Green told playwrights Elizabeth Addison and Trevor Tate that he wasn’t going to ask how they were doing, but “can you tell us what color your heart is?”

Violet, Addison said. In the recovery movement, “purple is our color” – it is also the color of a bruise, the color of healing. “My heart is all about healing these days.”

“I think mine is green,” Tate said, like the season. “It’s just very spring-like and lively.”

Public conversations about the creative process are rare, even with the growth of the arts in the Upper Valley over the past two decades. Such conversations between black and gay writers are almost exceedingly rare. For an hour on Top of the Hop as the day waned, Green and his guests talked about, well, the color of their hearts.

“I’m very curious where you started telling stories,” said Green, the founder and name of JAG Productions.

“I remember specifically,” said the tall, soft-spoken, turtleneck and bespectacled Tate, “maybe at 9, 8, or 9, we did a book in our class. Our teacher tied it.

“The reality I discovered,” said Addison, also tall and wearing a black knit beanie over dreadlocks, “is that we are all storytellers.” Every day people tell a story about what they do and why. “I’ve been a storyteller all my life. I didn’t realize it.

Addison’s room, chasing grace, is the first full musical that JAG Productions has created in the studio. It’s kind of a sequel to It’s a treatmenta musical about the experiences of black and brown people in residential addiction treatment. chasing grace continues the story of recovery in the struggle to build a life and a career.

When asked to introduce around 15 people to her work, Addison, who is based in Boston, said she saw Lease for the first time at age 13, but did not begin work as a composer, lyricist and writer until age 29. “I haven’t seen anyone like me write,” she says.

She started writing songs while praying and then sitting at the piano. “YouTube is my education,” she said. “YouTube and invite people over for coffee.”

Despite being a “voracious reader,” Tate, originally from Austin, Texas, went to college to become an actor and realized he had made a mistake when he took a class. writing and felt comfortable doing it. He went to graduate school, wrote a “one-man drag show” and a few plays, and now writes fiction.

His most recent piece, queen of the night, about a man in his 60s taking his gay adult son on a camping trip, was at the Dorset Theater Festival last summer, Green noted. The play was performed outdoors in Vermont, then indoors in Chicago.

“I feel like the piece is really heartfelt and sentimental, in a way that really warms the hearts of the audience,” Tate said. “I want people to feel some hope.”

Asked what their work brings to American theater, the two playwrights gave contrasting answers.

“I think when you write from experience…you have to know by knowing,” Tate said. “So people on the outside can say, ‘Oh, we’re interested in this black, queer aesthetic. …I think it comes from outside the room.

Addison was more blunt, “I’m just saying, hey, I don’t see enough with people who look like me.”

Addison and Tate, along with playwright Kevin Renn, are in the Upper Valley this week, workshopping with JAG. Renn was unable to attend Tuesday’s conference. The week is “focused on work and process and the upliftment of the artist,” Green said.

“How do you define success for yourself and how do you define excellence? ” He asked.

The idea of ​​success is changing day by day, Addison said.

“In terms of excellence, I can’t stand that idea,” she said. “Especially black excellence. Can we just be human? … For me, I’m just like, let me do the things that God told me to do.

“I think I measure success by how much money I have and how many people know my name,” Tate said to general laughter. His “hit from the heart” is having someone in the audience feel the same as him while he was writing.

“Excellence,” he said, “I’m not entirely sure of that word either, but I’m thinking in a pinch.” It is a practice, not a state of being. “One thing I try to do is write every day.”

Their current work is moving forward, with staged readings scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.

Addison had been working on treatments for chasing grace for years, but didn’t start creating it in earnest until April 2021, when she sat down to work on it and started crying. She realized she was ready, but then had to deal with the voice that said, “No, you’re not.”

“Fear is always the first thing that comes, then acceptance,” she said.

She sought help from playwrights and producers.

“It just came out of me,” she said. “It was like he was waiting in the wings until I was ready to receive him and let him go.”

Your maximum potentialthe piece Tate and JAG are working on this week is about the influence of social media, especially on young people, and how we allow the internet to influence our lives.

“I think I’m interested in having queer communities see it,” Tate said. All but one of the characters in the play are people of color.

What do playwrights want from this experiment in Vermont and New Hampshire, Green asked.

“I feel like I already figured it out,” Addison said. “The love, the care”, the attention paid to his work and his listening. “I actually wanted that sense of community that I already have.”

“The last two days,” Tate said, “is like an artist’s vacation.”

People generally don’t know how theater is made, Green said after the discussion. It is important that people see it and understand it.

“I think it’s also an opportunity to learn who exists in our community,” he said, “and how we can break down that fourth wall and find ways to learn more about each other. .”

JAGfest 6.0 features staged readings of Your Maximum Potential by travis tate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Chasing Grace by Elizabeth Addison at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Padiddle by Kevin Renn at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Tickets are $25 and a weekend pass is $50. Visit jagproductionsvt.com for more information.

Local poet creates a better world – The Sopris Sun


Tony Alcántara has been writing poetry for 10 years, publishing poetry under his legal name – José Antonio Alcántara.

Known to friends as Tony, he explained: “When I first started writing poetry, I wanted to use my legal name, José, instead of Tony, because I was in that valley. I wanted others to see that people with a name like mine can do things” – like become a published poet.

Growing up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Alcántara first came to Carbondale in 1997 as a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a member of the second cohort of the Roaring Fork Teacher Education Project (RFTEP) in Woody Creek.

He already had degrees in forestry and biology, but teaching RFTEP students landed him a temporary teaching position at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS). Alcántara recalled, “I held the position of science teacher and I cannot say that I did a very good job.” After finishing the school year, he returned to Boulder and worked in construction.

In the following years, Alcántara taught in Colombia, Costa Rica and back in Boulder. But, 2008 would usher in his return to the Roaring Fork Valley with teaching positions at RFHS and Basalt High School.

And as he got more involved in writing poetry, he discovered what many creatives face: a tug of war between perfecting his craft and working full time. As well as teaching, he worked as a baker, commercial fisherman, studio photographer and even postman in Carbondale – all to balance his creative calling with the economic realities of life in the beloved Roaring Fork Valley.

About four years ago he submitted a manuscript for the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Although he did not win the award, California publisher Tebot Bach told Alcántara that he wanted to publish his first book of poetry. “The Bitten Word” was released in 2021, but with delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not available for purchase until January 2022.

Inspiration for a poem may come from reading the work of another poet. He and his friend and fellow poet, Matt Day, who lives in Wyoming, share poems. He explained that Day had a poem with the phrase “things that can break us”. Alcántara shared, “I liked that line, so I started drawing inspiration from it.”

The first line of his poem “Windfall,” which appeared in the April 2022 issue of Ploughshares, a prestigious literary journal, reads: “Objects heavy enough to break us hang from the thinnest thread.”

While the poem is about a boon – unexpected good fortune – it is also about vulnerability.

On a recent trip to Honduras to visit his father and reunite with his family, he explained that he really enjoyed reconnecting with his loved ones but hadn’t written a single poem. He describes the need for solitude to create: “I know I’m definitely doing the right thing. [working as a poet]but most of the time it’s a solitary business, most of the time I sit alone writing and if I don’t do that, I don’t write.

In October, Alcántara will participate in his first artist residency awarded by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He will live in a community with other writers and visual artists in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is convinced that “new writings will come because I am in a new setting”.

Since October he’s been traveling and writing — living on the beach in Texas and camping in Missouri — and recently returned to Carbondale. Alcántara’s nomadic lifestyle favors his writing productivity because, he says, “I can’t write unless I have time to be away”, whether sitting by a river or during an off-road mountain hike.

Alcántara is currently working on a second book of poetry and applying for writers’ residencies across the country. He thinks he has structured his life so that he can dedicate time and space to writing poetry. “Most of the time the motivation is to simplify life and not have more and more distractions.”

He admits that in many of his attempts at writing, he tries to better understand our individual and collective existence. “Poetry is an aspiration, and part of the process is trying to write a better world.” Alcántara added, “You can leave the reader in a place where things can get redeemingly better.”

By Jose Antonio Alcantara

I run my hand along the surface
and feel a softness like volcanic glass.

Granite comes straight from India,
but when I look closely, I see nebulae.

I see galaxies. I see little black suns
orbited by small black planets,

and on the planets, deep black holes,
hollowed out by broken black bodies.

And I see the black bodies lifting black stones,
and stones polished in black blood,

and polished by black bone
with the softness of volcanic glass.

And on the counter I put bread, apples, cheese,
green olives, and those little swords

we use to stab the olives, so we can lift them
in your mouth without getting your hands dirty.

Into the Belladonna Maze – Sinead Crowley on his new book


An art installation, featuring glass potatoes, in memory of those who lost their lives during the Famine.

Hundreds of story suggestions hit my inbox every week, but as soon as I heard about the Memento Mori I thought it would work wonderfully on TV, so I went to Strokestown House in Co Roscommon to find out more.

My trip west was in May 2021, the morning after I handed in the final version of my novel, The labyrinth of Belladonna, to my editor. My book is set in Hollowpark Hall, a fictional Palladian mansion in Co Roscommon and tells the story of two women, Deirdre Fitzmahon who lives in the house during the famine and Grace, a nanny who works as a nanny for the Fitzmahon family in 2007. One of the characters, Isla, happens to be a sculptor and works in a tower, a free-standing structure located a bit away from the main house.

Hollowpark Hall is not based on any particular house but was inspired by a number of places I have visited during my years with RTÉ. From concerts at Slane Castle to festivals at Stradbally Hall, Lego exhibitions at Castletown House and tours of Russborough, I had the chance to visit some of the finest buildings in the country and get a glimpse of life in the wings. However, although I set my book in Roscommon – partly inspired by my childhood visits to Lough Key Forest Park – the only large house I don’t remember visiting was Strokestown.

Strokestown Park House

I was met in Strokestown by manager John O’Driscoll who informed me that although much of the main house was still closed due to Covid restrictions, the art exhibition itself was housed in a separate building from the main house. A tower, he told me, as he led the way through the park.

“A tower?”

“Yeah, it’s right over here.”

“There is a sculptor who works in a tower, on the grounds of the house but separate from it?”


John must have noticed that I was turning a little pale, and I explained to him that my book, now finished and delivered to its publisher, contained exactly that story. Well, coincidences happen, don’t they?

Filming the art exhibit went really well (watch it here) – artist Paula Stokes told her story beautifully and the glass potatoes themselves were as evocative as I had heard hoped.

Artist Paula Stokes at the Memento Mori exhibition

When we were done, John showed me around and told me more about the history of the house, which of course is also the location of the National Famine Museum. The similarities with my book kept coming. A notorious landlord hated by the locals…a family moving between the countryside of Roscommon and the bright lights of London…even the structure of the building could have come straight from the pages of The labyrinth of Belladonna. The more John talked, the more I found myself nodding, yes, it’s in the book, yes, that too. There are coincidences, of course, but that day, I had the impression of going through the pages of a novel that I had already written.

I wrote most of The labyrinth of Belladonna in 2020 when covid restrictions meant I couldn’t be more than 5,000 away from home, let alone travel across the country doing physical research. Instead, I had to depend on Google and my own memories. I have no recollection of ever visiting Strokestown House before, although I guess it’s possible I was there as a child and somehow absorbed its mysteries. But whether that is in fact the case, or whether the similarities to my book are simply coincidental, my trip to Roscommon that day showed me that, despite the lockdown, my imagination – or something else? – led me in the right direction.

The labyrinth of Belladonna by Sinead Crowley is published by Head of Zeus.

Vacant position: communications officer (part-time) | Information


News article | 11-05-2022 | 05:48


Job title: Communications Officer

Mission: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore

Duration of the contract: 1 year, with possibility of renewal

Number of working hours per week: 18.75 (0.5 FTE)


The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands strives to provide high quality services, both externally and internally. The embassy’s main tasks are to maintain diplomatic relations, provide consular services, and support bilateral trade, investment, and innovation.

The Embassy is responsible for promoting the Netherlands in Singapore and Brunei. The communication strategy focuses on economic activities, innovation, sustainability and consular activities. The Communications Manager also organizes events and supports other departments when official delegations from the Netherlands visit Singapore. The use of social media and contact with the press play an important role.

The Embassy is looking for a seasoned and versatile communications professional with a proven track record who is proactive, flexible and service-oriented. He/she will collaborate as one team with the other departments covering economy, politics, public diplomacy, culture, consular and general affairs.


  • Responsible for all communication and media activities while liaising closely with the Ambassador and other departments;
  • Maintain relationships with various news agencies, journalists and other media companies;
  • Write articles for local media, prepare interviews and write speeches;
  • Collect, write and publish posts for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), Embassy website, mass mailings and publications;
  • Publish the Embassy newsletter and keep the Embassy website updated by regularly checking shared and local content;
  • Measure the results and analyze the effectiveness of social media campaigns;
  • Ensure that all external communications adhere to the Dutch government’s corporate branding guidelines.


  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude;
  • Flexible team player who can work independently with a positive work attitude and collaborative spirit;
  • Practical and curious person who takes initiatives and has a natural feel for matters that matter;
  • Sensation of a diplomatic environment in a multicultural context;
  • Includes Singaporeans’ perception of the Netherlands;
  • Interested in public policy issues and challenges;
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail;
  • Skilled networker.


  • Demonstrated knowledge: degree in (mass) communication or a similar discipline
  • 2 to 5 years of professional experience in the field of communication, journalism, marketing and/or social media;
  • Strong and creative presentation and writing skills with editorial experience
  • Resourceful with great problem solving skills
  • Strong coordination and multitasking skills, able to work under pressure
  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken. Knowledge of the Dutch language is an important asset.
  • Excellent use of CRM and Hippo CMS software or willingness and ability to learn how to use them.


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Flexible team spirit
  • Customer, service and results oriented
  • Very pro-active
  • Integrity


The candidate will be:

  • Employed locally by the State of the Netherlands, represented here by the Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • Offered a contract of 18.75 hours per week.

Please note that the Embassy cannot provide residence permits as this is a part-time role.


For more information please contact:



Interested candidates are invited to send an e-mail, containing their cover letter and CV, before June 6, 2022, to: [email protected]


The selection procedure includes interviews and a written test. Where skills are equal, priority is given to internal candidates.

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

‘Percy Jackson’ author slams racist backlash over casting


By Leah Asmelash, CNN

The ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ author has called on fans to be racist after a backlash against the casting of a black actress in the upcoming TV adaptation of the popular book series.

Actress Leah Jeffries has been cast to play Annabeth Chase in the Disney+ adaptation of Rick Riordan’s beloved novels. In the books, Chase is portrayed as White, and some fans criticized Jeffries’ casting for not visually aligning with the books.

Riordan was quick to defend Jeffries and condemn haters in a blog post published Tuesday.

“You judge her suitability for this role solely and exclusively on her looks. She’s a black girl who plays someone who was portrayed in the books as white,” he wrote. “Friends, this is racism.”

Since the casting announcement was revealed last week, Riordan said Jeffries has been the victim of racist bullying and other online harassment. In his post, Riordan called the comments “irrelevant” and demanded they stop. Still, most reactions to the casting announcement were positive, he said.

“Leah brings so much energy and enthusiasm to this role, so much strength from Annabeth. She will be a role model for new generations of girls who will see in her the kind of hero they want to be,” he wrote.

On Twitter, Riordan also launched the hashtag #LeahisOurAnnabeth, which was trending on the website. by Tuesday afternoon.

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a mid-level novel series first published in 2005, which follows a neurodivergent child who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god. Disney released two films based on the series – “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” in 2010 and “Percy Jackson: Sea of ​​Monsters” in 2013. A premiere date for the Disney+ series has yet to be released. been announced.

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NOTA publishes its spring publication – The Spectator


none of the above (NOTA) released the spring edition of its biannual literature and fine arts publication with a book drop and free reading event last Friday.

NOTA is the only fine arts publication entirely run by students at UW-Eau Claire, according to Elise Vitort, fourth-year creative writing student and editor-in-chief of NOTA.

Students may submit literary, poetic, artistic, and photographic works for publication in one edition each semester.

“NOTA is completely unique to UW-Eau Claire,” Vitort said. “We hold our launch party, and then the publication is distributed to the university buildings on campus.”

Friday’s launch party featured the Spring Edition premiere where contributors and the public were able to read the latest publication for the first time.

After the premiere, the event turned into an open reading where anyone could read or perform their literary, poetic, artistic or musical works.

NOTA hosts several open reading events throughout the semester.

“We try to have an open reading event every month,” Vitort said. “We have people sharing music or reading poetry and anyone can come and share their work.”

BJ Hollars, associate professor of English and NOTA academic advisor, said NOTA students work hard to collect submissions. NOTA students select works for publication and design and edit the book for publication.

“Everything published is student work, and the book is designed and produced entirely by students,” Hollars said. “We are reaching out to other local literary communities to bridge the gap between campus and community.”

Charlotte Gutzmer, a fourth-year French and creative writing student and poetry editor, said it can be difficult to narrow down all submitted work to what should be published.

“I handle all the poetry submissions that come in, it’s usually a few hundred,” Gutzmer said. “I just do my best to support the voice of poets on campus.”

Gutzmer said all submissions go through an anonymous screening process by the NOTA committee to select work impartially.

Gutzmer said NOTA encourages students to submit as much work as possible.

“It’s amazing how much talent we have on campus,” they said.

As the semester draws to a close, Vitort and Artistic Director Bethany Mennecke said in the edition’s Editors’ Note that they hope this spring’s publication will allow readers to lose themselves in the imaginations of writers, musicians and artists.

The publisher said it is constantly motivated by reader support and being able to deliver these works of art, writing, poetry and music to interested and curious audiences.

The spring edition of NOTA is distributed throughout campus buildings and available free of charge. The publication is also available in line.

Mohr can be reached at [email protected]

Six faculties: election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Six faculties: election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Six professors and scholars affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are Yale Goldman, Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman from the Perelman School of Medicine; Nicholas Sambanis of the School of Arts and Sciences; Diana Slaughter Kotzin of the Graduate School of Education; and Dorothy E. Roberts, joint appointments at Penn Carey Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences.

They are among more than 260 new Fellows honored in 2022, recognized for their “achievements and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research”.

Yale Goldman is a professor of physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. A native of Philadelphia, he has been an integral part of Penn for decades, arriving on campus in the early 1970s as a doctoral student and joining the faculty in 1980. From 1988 to 2010, he was director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute at Penn.

Dr. Goldman’s research aims to better understand the structural changes undergone by the biological machinery of the body. He and his lab have developed new biophysical techniques to observe this, ranging from nanoscale tracking of fluorescent molecules to infrared optical traps, known as laser tweezers. The goal is to make discoveries that, in the long term, lead to better outcomes for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and cardiac myopathies.

A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Goldman has also served as President of the Biophysical Society and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Physiology and the Biophysical Journal.

legend: Katalin KarikoKatalin Karikó is Senior Vice President of BioNTech and Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at Perelman School of Medicine. She joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and began collaborating with fellow inductee Drew Weissman in 1997. Together they invented the modified mRNA technology used in vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to prevent infection to COVID-19.

For decades, Dr. Karikó’s research as a biochemist has focused on RNA-mediated mechanisms, with the goal of developing in vitro transcribed mRNAs for protein therapy. She studied RNA-mediated immune activation and co-discovered with Dr. Weissman that nucleoside modifications suppress RNA immunogenicity. This led to the development of the two most effective vaccines against COVID-19.

Dr. Karikó has received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Princess of Asturias Award and the Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Biotechnology. She continues to work on new therapeutic applications of mRNA therapy.

legend: Diana Slaughter KotzinDiana Slaughter Kotzin, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Education, was the first Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education from 1998 to 2011. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human development and doctorates in human development and psychology. clinic at the University of Chicago.

Her research interests include culture, primary education, and home-school relationships facilitating academic success in school.

Prior to joining Penn, she taught at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University for 20 years. Previously, she served on the faculties of Howard University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. Among her many awards and accolades, in 2019 the American Psychological Association named her a “pioneering woman of color among the first to enter the ranks of psychology.”

legend: Dorothy RobertsDorothy E. Roberts is the George A. Weiss Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of African Studies. She is also the founding director of the Program on Race, Science and Society (PRSS). With appointments at Carey Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Roberts works at the intersection of law, social justice, science and health, focusing on pressing issues of justice in the areas of policing, family regulation, science, medicine and bioethics.

His major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Are Recreating Race in the 21st Century (New Press, 2011); Broken Ties: The Color of Child Protection (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Sense of Freedom (Pantheon, 1997). His latest book, Torn: How the Child Welfare System Is Destroying Black Families and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World (Basic Books), was published in April. Dr. Roberts is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of six books on topics including constitutional law and women and the law.

legend: Nicholas SambanisNicholas Sambanis is Presidential Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director of the Penn Identity & Conflict Lab (PIC Lab). He writes about conflict processes with an emphasis on civil wars and other forms of intergroup conflict.

The lab works on a wide range of topics related to intergroup conflict around the world, including the effects of external intervention on peacebuilding after ethnic war, analysis of the violent escalation of separatist movements, conflicts between native and immigrant populations, and strategies to reduce prejudice and discrimination against minority groups. It focuses on the connection between identity politics and conflict processes, drawing on social psychology, behavioral economics and comparative politics and international relations literature in political science.

Caption: Drew WeissmanDrew Weissman is the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research at the Perelman School of Medicine and an internationally renowned scientist whose basic research with collaborating scientist Katalin Karikó led to mRNA vaccines and a highly effective method to curb the spread of COVID-19.

For decades, Dr. Weissman studied immunology and the ways mRNA could trigger protective immune responses, first focusing on HIV at the National Institutes of Health and later at Penn, where he focused on the development of mRNA vaccines for other diseases and conditions. One of the goals is to create a pan-coronavirus vaccine, which could prevent all types of coronavirus, including COVID-19. He has also worked with researchers around the world to help them develop mRNA COVID vaccines and increase access to these vaccines in remote and underfunded areas.

Dr. Weissman has received numerous awards, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Princess of Asturias Award, the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Tampa Bay Times reporters win Pulitzer Prize for ‘Poisoned’ series


TAMPA— Tampa Bay Weather reporters were investigating a lead-in-the-water story from local schools when a source shared a long, dog-eared two-page health report.

These pages showed that Hillsborough County suffered from a higher rate of lead poisoning than anywhere else in Florida. An unnamed battery recycler was to blame.

Over the next few years, Time journalists Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray examined the rebreather more closely than any regulator had ever done.

They revealed how Florida’s only lead smelter, run by Gopher Resource, was endangering its employees and the surrounding community. They read 100,000 pages of government and medical records, spent countless hours talking to workers, and became experts on lead toxicity.

Related: POISONED – A Tampa Bay Times investigation

On Monday, the reporters received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism for their “Poisoned” series.

“We are extremely proud of our team for their tireless reporting that has sparked game-changing change, making conditions safer for workers and the community,” said Time editor and vice-president Mark Katches. “Through their remarkable and meticulous efforts, Corey, Rebecca and Eli uncovered serious issues that otherwise would not have surfaced. Their journalism speaks to the importance of a vital local newsroom like the Time.”

Woolington said the team is most proud of the change in coverage in Tampa.

“Bringing people who had overlooked this place to pay attention in a way they never had was extremely moving,” she said. “It was surreal to see all the fallout and the consequences – and to see that the bravery of these workers led to accountability.”

This is the second consecutive year that the Time won first prize for journalism. Reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi were recognized in the local category in 2021 for their series, “Targeted,” about a police program from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson, Woolington and Murray collaborated for nearly two years to investigate the Gopher Resource plant in East Tampa, where workers recycle car batteries and smelt lead to forge new blocks of metal.

They detailed the neurotoxin exposure suffered by Gopher workers, most of whom were black or immigrant. They also showed that the plant had contaminated the surrounding community.

Investigating a private company proved to be a particular challenge.

“There weren’t the number of public folders that are often available for us to use,” Woolington said. “We had to find a workaround.”

That workaround took the form of a federal rule that allows workers to request internal air quality records and their own medical exams. Reporters used those reports to piece together details inside the plant, which Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors had not visited in five years.

Journalists have visited Gopher employees in their homes for weeks. Johnson said many people were afraid to cross paths with their employer and were skeptical of unknown reporters. They probably wouldn’t have responded to a weird phone call, email, or Facebook message.

“The only way to do that is to knock on their door. There were many door knocks where we had to go back and forth before the ice melted,” Johnson said. “We were neighbors, we were just around the corner, so we can do it.”

The three reporters became certified lead investigators during their investigation.

“When I was there, there were industrial management type people, people who had to follow these OSHA regulations,” Murray said. It was no place for journalists.

Murray and the others pored over two thick binders to get a handle on lead regulations.

After the first parts of “Poisoned” were released, federal and county regulators spent months inspecting the Gopher plant, confirming the Time‘ and imposed more than $800,000 in fines.

Johnson said he was most proud of something that happened outside of the public eye. About 18 workers, some of whom had been afraid to speak to reporters, lined up at the factory after the first story to demand their personal medical records.

“The story and the reporting have allowed those most affected to begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and that for me has probably been the most satisfying,” Johnson said.

Other staff members of the Time The newsroom played a key role in the reporting, including photographers Martha Asencio-Rhine and Luis Santana and video reporters Jennifer Glenfield and James Borchuck. The series was edited by Katches and former investigative writers Kathleen McGrory and Adam Playford.

Designers, copy editors and engagement editors involved in the stories included: Martin Frobisher, Paul Alexander, Sean Kristoff-Jones, Tim Tierney, Greg Joyce, Ashley Dye, Joshua Gillin, Dennis Peck and Scott Brown.

After publishing the first parts of the series, the Time estimated that its main reports – dating back to school coverage – cost $500,000. This sum has since grown to approximately $750,000.

“We do this hard work to make a difference here at home, but it’s exciting that our peers judge him among the best journalists in America,” said Paul Tash, Time President.

“Poisoned” was made with the support of PBS FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative, which provided partial funding. FRONTLINE’s Sarah Childress and Phil Bennett consulted with the team and reviewed the story drafts.

The Pulitzer Laureates in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York. Time staffers gathered in their Tampa newsroom to watch live video of the ceremony.

When “Poisoned” was announced as the winner, a few dozen staff members burst into applause. Johnson, Woolington and Murray stood in a tight embrace.

“What you did was a real public service,” Katches told the team.

the Time has won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, three times in the investigative reporting category. Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed won in 1985 for articles that detailed corruption at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Time Journalists Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, along with Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, won the award in 2016 for “Insane. Invisible. Endangered.” — a series that showed how budget cuts and neglect have allowed violence to plague Florida mental hospitals.

Murray said it was especially special to share this moment with his friends in the newsroom. He, Johnson and Woolington were only able to dig in the lead plant because other Time reporters followed the rest of the news, he said.

“A Pulitzer for a story like this takes a whole press room.”

Read the “Poisoned” investigation series.

Tampa Bay Weather Pulitzer Prize list

2022: Investigative reporting – Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray

2021: Local reporting – Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi.

2016: Local reporting – Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner.

2016: Investigative reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of The Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

2014: Local reporting – Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia.

2013: Editorial writing – Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth.

2009: National Reports – PolitiFact.com Staff.

2009: Writing Feature Films – Lane DeGregory.

1998: Writing feature films – Thomas French.

1995: Editorial Writing – Jeffrey Good.

1991: Writing Feature Films – Sheryl James.

1985: Investigative reporting – Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed.

1980: National reporting – Bette Orsini and Charles Stafford.

1964: Public Service – St. Petersburg Times

Hey sisters, we’re backing up


Right now, when women’s rights are under full attack in the United States, it is very strange to watch clips from the film. 9 to 5.

Upon its release in December 1980, the film proved to be a smash hit. The story of three office workers who take revenge on their infernal boss has spawned a television series and a musical. Since its release, it has become a beloved part of the cultural lexicon.

I remember seeing 9 to 5 as a pre-teen in 1980 and immediately in love with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, the three girl powers at its center. They were capable and smart, but mostly they were angry. In the 1970s and early 1980s, there were very few female heroes or leadership in popular culture. wonder woman and The bionic woman were running everywhere, just like charlie’s angelsbut they didn’t channel the searing rage I often felt as a girl.

Watching these clips now over 40 years later is more than deja vu. It’s more like deja, what is it? That the battles fought then are still actively fought is depressing enough. But in many ways, the things that women fought and died for were pulled even further back.

Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a new documentary by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane currently playing at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. It takes the origins of the 1980 film as its premise, but then expands exponentially to examine the role of women in the workplace, how little change there is, and the need to do so.

The documentary is filled with captivating interviews with 9 to 5it’s three stars. He also devotes attention to the women who were in the trenches, fighting the actual combat. It features Karen Nussbaum, co-founder of 9to5 National Association of Working Women, an organization dedicated to fighting for equal rights and equal pay for women. It also spotlights Lilly Ledbetter, who sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for discrimination in 1998.

In a test on Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Jacobin Magazine, 9to5 National co-founder Nussbaum wrote, “We have seen progress. Women are no longer confined to a handful of occupations and sexual harassment is no longer a personal shame but a public outrage. But the sensible reforms discussed in the film – equal pay, childcare, flexible hours – are still out of reach. As Dolly says in the new documentary, Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.“It’s 40 years later, and it’s still important.”

Along with a dive into the backstory of the original film as well as the movement that inspired it, the documentary features everything from the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, to the #MeToo movement. .

ERA is a particularly painful chapter. The first version, guaranteeing equal rights for all sexes under the law, was drafted in 1923 and then reintroduced in 1971. Ratification of the amendment required the commitment of 38 states to be added to the US Constitution. This is where things went wrong. The required commitment from 38 States was never achieved, even with extended deadlines. ERA has been reintroduced at every session of Congress since 1982.

In 2020, after Virginia finally ratified the amendment, the magic number of 38 was finally reached. But a Justice Department opinion, taken during the Trump administration, argued that the deadline for ratification had passed in 1982. The Archivist of the United States, whose job it was to certify the amendments, agreed with the Ministry of Justice. Once again, the ERA seemed to be dead in the water. But the legal battle to pass the amendment is ongoing.

Recent revelations that the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing federal protection of abortion rights is about to be overturned have brought ERA back into the spotlight. As a recent Ms. Magazine article made explicit, the idea of ​​enshrining equality in law has taken on even greater relevance in light of the Majority Opinion Draft authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and disclosed to the media.

On the labor front, the implications of the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade couldn’t have come at a worse time. Like Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. makes it clear that the gig economy hasn’t been great for women. The pandemic has also hammered home, quite literally, the glaring divisions that still exist in the domestic sphere, with women taking on far more work and childcare than their male partners.

A recent study published in the Feminist Frontiers issue of Gender, Work & Organization found that women were much more affected during the pandemic, stating that “mothers with young children reduced their working hours four to five times more than fathers. As a result, the gender gap in working hours increased by 20-50%. These results point to another negative consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the challenges it poses to working hours and women’s employment.

But anyone with working eyes doesn’t need endless studies to point out the obvious: we’re backtracking.

Every day new shit explodes into the public consciousness, whether it’s a Fox News personality saying pregnant women shouldn’t be hired for important jobs or Judge Alito dishonestly claiming that human rights pregnant women in the labor market are registered and protected by law.

In his essay, Nussbaum quotes Louis Menand and his book The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold World, “In many ways, American women were worse off in 1963 than they had been in 1945 or even 1920. In 1920, 20 percent of doctorates were awarded to women; in 1963 it was 11%. Forty-seven percent of university students were women in 1920; in 1963, 38 percent.

As she writes, “this isn’t the first time American women have had to start over.” But the implications are much broader. As many thoughtful people have pointed out, Alito’s draft opinion sets the stage for the rollback of civil rights, same-sex marriage, contraception, and even the right to education for all children. The list continues.

A return to a white Christian version of the United States is so bizarre it’s almost impossible to comprehend. Although America, as usual, is much more dramatic than Canada, the same forces exist here, working their way into positions of power. It is a pattern that is found in different ways in the world.

The history of women’s rights has long been stuck in the same pattern. Battles are fought and won, but the war continues. Even the women featured in Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seem a little bewildered by the continuation of the rollback. Jane Fonda is still fighting the good fight and regularly getting arrested. Dolly Parton, meanwhile, has created her own form of grassroots activism with her literacy projects and even the development of a vaccine.

For every step forward, it often feels like there are 20 back. It’s a shuffle that’s not just exhausting but enraged. This long-simmering fury is boiling over as the wars women have waged against the death of rights once again spill into the streets.

But taking a page from the original film and the organization that inspired it, imagining innovative, positive and better ways could be the ultimate form of revenge. In the movie, it’s basic stuff like flextime and daycare. In the real world, it’s freedom, money and real power.  [Tyee]

Author Namita Gokhale in conversation with Outlook Traveler


Namita Gokhale shares her journey, her connection with the literary world and her position on writing in the current scenario. Excerpts from the interview below:

* You have always had a deep connection with books. How was the journey – from conceptualizing Kitaabnama for Doordarshan to 2021 when you released your latest book?
I had a long, fruitful and joyful journey all the way. It was a real privilege to be surrounded by books, writers and readers, arguments, poetry and literary friendships. Part of me likes to hide in a corner and write my heart out. I also enjoy reaching out, interacting with people, creating connectivity. Kitaabnama – which I curated for Doordarshan for two years – had the biggest footprint and reach and the legacy lives on in the hundred episodes still available on YouTube. My twentieth book is also a landmark, as is the Sahitya Akademi Award for English 2021.

The blind matriarch book cover

* Can you tell us about your recent book, The Blind Matriarch?
The Blind Matriarch was written in real time during the first and second lockdowns. It is told through the perspective of an old woman who lives on the top floor of the family home, presiding over her two sons, her daughter-in-law and daughter, her grandchildren, and the two ladies who help run the household. It’s a quiet story – nothing happens on the surface, but there are unseen depths, secrets and wounds from the past, and the complex inner life of a common Indian family.

* You have also been behind several other initiatives – the International Festival of Indian Literature, Neemrana and the Africa-Asia Literary Conference, among others. You also advised The Himalayan Echoes Kumaon Festival for Arts and Literature and Abbotsford Literary Weekend. What do you think are the constraining elements of all these institutions? Moreover, what makes them exclusive from each other?
All of these literary endeavors require deep, confident and playful creative collaborations. Working together as a team, supporting each other’s strengths, recognizing weak links in the chain – these things are important in building and sustaining organizations. Bhutan Literature Festival, Kumaon LitFest, Jaipur [JLF] – all of these have been so different in size and scale, yet they share a sense of joyful energy. The International Festival of Indian Literature, Neemrana, and the Africa Asia Literary Conference, as well as the various international editions of the JLF have all been rich in learning and life lessons.

The author herself
The author herself

* Of course, the role played by these institutions or initiatives is enormous. But could you elaborate on some salient features that set the right cultural tone in society?
There are no prescriptive rules in my understanding of culture. It is an intrinsic and natural activity of the human species to share stories, to enjoy music, to enhance their individual experiences and understanding through community.

* How do you think authors’ writing styles have changed over the years?
I think literature, like everything else, goes through cycles. Old stories return, even as words and their meanings may change. Books last, and that is their strength.

The Sound of Magic season 2 is based on fan demand and expandable storylines

The Sound of Magic has just been released on Netflix, but why does the Season 2 renewal now depend on fan love and more creative writing?

With the ongoing simulcast of Korean shows, Netflix continues to produce engaging and interesting K-dramas for fans around the world. The big new thing on the platform this week was the six-episode musical romantic fantasy, The Sound of Magic, starring Ji Chang-wook and Choi Sung-eum.

As of this writing, The Sound of Magic has yet to be publicly renewed for Season 2, but why will the Korean drama’s potential return to Netflix now depend on fan demand and expandable storylines? ?

The sound of magic | Official trailer | netflix

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The sound of magic | Official trailer | netflix






The Sound of Magic season 2 could work a miracle

As previously reported, The Sound of Magic has yet to be publicly confirmed to return for a second season by SLL’s production team or Netflix’s associated distribution partners.

Unfortunately, for the new Chang-wook-led series, the odds are against a second season from the start; with very few “one-drop” K-dramas ever renewed by Netflix, i.e. shows that drop episodes all at once have struggled to return at all.

While Season 2 of global phenomena like Squid Game or Japanese series Alice in Borderland may have been given the green light by Netflix, the vast majority of modern Asian titles are never meant to be more than a one-season production. – especially for streaming-originals.

On the rare occasion that a series returns for more content, which is usually teased or hinted at in the series or promotional campaign, think back to Penthouse 3 or Hospital Playlist for recent examples. This lack of information regarding the future of The Sound of Magic is the primary reason why a possible second season seems more unlikely than many fans will have wanted to hear.

Then we think the storyline itself didn’t necessarily lend itself to a second season. If another adventure was planned, we would have expected a bigger open ending, a big twist, or a shocking reveal.

True, not everything was tied in a neat little arc and there is son which we’d love to see explored in a second season, but it was arguably too ambiguous to offer tangible hope for more content. As noted Stable cut ready“Many other plot points and character arcs have reached a logical conclusion, suggesting that the story as presented is quite contained.”

However, it’s important to remember that Netflix is ​​a streaming company and platform that will pump money into any production that might win back engagement for the service; you have to spend money, earn money.

Therefore, despite the absence of Season 2 teasers in the finale, fans are aware that if The Sound of Magic becomes popular enough around the world, it might prompt Netflix to push a second season into production.

While it looks like The Sound of Magic is initially quite popular with fans, it remains to be seen if the show shows the traction needed for Netflix to really question its future. At the time of writing, the series gets a respectable 8/10 on IMDB8.5/10 on MyListDramaand even a 90% on WikiAsian.

“Korean dramas just keep getting better, I love how they try new things and stray from the typical cliché storylines. It’s such a great story and it’s so brilliantly written. It started out so weird that I kept wondering where this was going, nothing made sense but it did at the same time” – User hanalisss, via IMDB.

However, it is important not to take these numbers at face value; the majority of reviews from critics were rather disappointing, with many noting that the series failed to capture their attention beyond the visuals and voice acting presented.

“It’s the real magic here it seems, and I hope for some it will be more than enough to warrant a watch frenzy. But for others, and I unfortunately have to count myself among them, there just isn’t enough magic here to really capture the imagination of a viewer who has seen these types of stories play out time and time again. ReadySteadyCut.

Next comes the final kick; source material. The Sound of Magic is an adaptation of Ha Il-kwon’s original webtoon called Annarasumanara, released in 2010 domestically and 2014 in English. Naver Webtoons page.

While some electrical outlets reported that there is still source material from the webtoon that could be adapted for another TV season, the production team should seriously expand the remaining content for a full series of six episodes – at least one that had any kind of decent pacing , or come up with an entirely original plot.

“Hopefully the writers can come up with a great new idea to continue expanding the world of Sound of Magic into the future. If a second season never comes, we can be happy to have at least one that ended up being the first one.” one of Netflix’s cutest K-Dramas. fictional skyline.

All in all, Netflix will have to decide for itself if global popularity is enough to justify The Sound of Magic season 2, but there are more clues than not that it could unfortunately just be a show. wonderful of a season…although there is always hope for a magical turnaround.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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The Los Angeles Blade applauds Dawn Ennis for her GLAAD Media Award


SEATTLE — Paul Castle was just 16 when he learned he would gradually lose his sight until it disappeared. Doctors diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease that causes the retina to slowly break down over time. The condition, which alone affects one in every 3,000 to 4,000 people worldwidehas no specific treatment options and no cure – leaving him with nothing he can do.

Castle, who described himself as “eternally optimistic” at 16, took the diagnosis head on – or so he thought he did.

“I spent a good four or five years pretending this was great news,” he told The Blade. “And in some ways it was a relief to know that I wasn’t just clumsy. There were all these unanswered questions, so knowing that this was a disease with a name, that I was not alone, and that science was indeed looking for a cure for it was encouraging.

But this cheerfulness had a limit. Castle said he had always been a visual art enthusiast, so “the irony of going blind” took a long time to set in.

“Since then, I’ve had time to grieve and accept and process this, and come full circle to the point where now, in a weird way, I feel very lucky,” he said. . “Being part of a really cool community, the blind community, is really amazing.”

Now Castle, 31, is legally blind, with about 10% of his sight. He moves to Seattle, where he, along with his guide dog, Mr. Maple, saw a substantial improvement over the white cane he used years before. “Getting the dog was like a super cool confidence boost because I love walking with dogs,” Castle said.

But just because Castle is legally blind doesn’t mean he’s given up on his love of the visual arts. In fact, he’s a full-time artist who’s about to release his first children’s book, ‘The Pengrooms’ – a story about same-sex marriage and her relationship with her husband.

(Photo courtesy of the castle)

“Blind is that term I try to educate people on,” Castle said. “Disabilities are nuanced, and I think most people outside of the blind community assume that blindness means it’s total darkness – that there’s no scale. But the community of the Blind is filled with people who have usable sight, whether it’s shapes and colors, whether it’s tunnel vision, like mine, or complete blindness.

Technically, “The Pengrooms” won’t be Castle’s first book, although it will be the first to hit shelves. His earliest books date back to his childhood – even before he could write the stories himself.

As a child, Castle, who spent most of his childhood in Canada, would have his babysitter sit down to transcribe any story he conjured up in his head. Then he poured onto a piece of paper, drawing the pictures to accompany his stories.

“I would say my first love was storytelling,” Castle said, adding, “I would come up with all these really fantastic stories and the babysitter would basically sit at the kitchen table and write all the time.”

At age 6, when most children were playing outside, Castle was “always” inside drawing. At the time, making his real “very personal” book occupied his thoughts. So he took matters into his own hands.

Castle remembers stealing a book – “GI Joe” – from his brother’s shelf, ripping every page out of the spine, and throwing the remains in the trash. He then recorded a story he wrote titled “Sad Turtle” inside. The story is about exactly what it sounds like: a sad turtle. ” But do not worry, [the turtle] made a lot of friends,” he said.

“It’s one of my most prized possessions,” Castle said. “I swear if this place was on fire and I could only take one item with me, I would take this book.”

It grew exponentially every year thereafter, quickly becoming consumed by Disney animated films. “When I went to see the movies, rather than going home and talking about the story and the characters, I was getting books about how the movies were made,” said Castle, whose dream to the era was being a Disney animator.

Since then he’s come a long way, swapping the strip and the stolen blanket for a real one. color hardback book should ship next week.

“Follow Pringle and Finn, two kind-hearted penguins, as they deliver wedding cakes to their friends in the animal kingdom,” the official synopsis reads. “Every cake tells a story, and every wedding offers a challenge that Pringle and Finn must overcome together. The Pengrooms is an enduring story about love, diversity and the importance of working as a team.

In the story, Pringle and Finn represent Castle and her husband, Matthew, and the “beauty” he found in her marriage.

(Photo courtesy of the castle)

“We work as a team; we’re collaborators who support each other,” Castle said, adding, “For me, our relationship is about teamwork.”

In his book, he echoed that sentiment, dedicating it to Matthew, “…because we’re a great team.”

The LGBTQ-themed children’s book comes as Republican politicians across the country try to limit teachings and books that deal with queer people.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, which provides classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through Grade 3 and allows parents to sue schools or teachers. The legislation has already been challenged in court, with LGBTQ+ rights groups Equality Florida and Family Equality filing a lawsuit against the law last Thursday.

GOP lawmakers have also targeted the fastest-paced LGBTQ-themed literature in recent history. Some Republicans have called these books “pornography” — from Maia Kobabe’s “Gender Queer: A Memoir” to Carmen Maria Machado’s “In the Dream House,” both of which are award-winning memoirs recommended for high school-aged teens — intending to remove them from the library shelves.

journalists from the Texas Grandstand, ProPublica and BNC News obtained and confirmed a recording of a January 10 meeting, where Jeremy Glenn, the superintendent of Granbury Independent School District in North Texas, met with a group of librarians at a district meeting hall — where he explicitly targeted LGBTQ+ books before beginning one of the nation’s largest book moves.

“Specifically, what we’re getting at, let’s call it what it is, and I’m going hunting for a lot of things,” Glenn said, according to the report. “It’s transgender, LGBTQ and sex — sexuality — in the books. That’s why the governor said he would sue people, and that’s what we’re taking back.

This political climate has, in part, fueled Castle’s creative work. “My interest in storytelling usually comes from a place of advocacy, whether it’s LGBTQ or advocacy for the disability community,” he said.

Castle has already started work on his next book, which will focus more on disabilities, detailing the process of finding a guide dog, set in a fantasy world with guide unicorns and dragons.

Castle is not someone who defines himself by his disability – no one is. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had to adapt to keep pushing his creative visions forward. For example, Castle’s eyes no longer pick up a pencil on paper, but he finds that the brightness of an iPad is enough to do the trick.

“The beautiful thing is that iPads and tablets have become such a popular tool for illustrators. In fact, there are very few illustrators who use traditional pen and paper now,” he said.

For Castle, “eternally optimistic”, life’s obstacles have never stopped him from creating and achieving his dreams. And he intends to continue like this.

Legendary comic book artist George Pérez dies after battle with cancer


George Pérez, whose work for DC and Marvel made him one of the most iconic comic book artists of his generation, died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

“George passed away yesterday peacefully at home with his wife of 490 months and family by his side. He was in no pain and knew he was very, very loved. We are all very grieving but, at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. Knowing that George had to love him, and he loved him back. Fiercely and wholeheartedly. The world is much less vibrant today without him,” read a statement posted Saturday on his Facebook page.

“He loved you all. He loved hearing your messages and seeing the drawings you sent and the tributes you gave. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many people.”

Late last year, Pérez revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He wrote in a December post that he had six months to a year left to live.

“I was given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation, but after weighing all the variables and assessing how much my remaining days would be consumed by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays hospital and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I have chosen to let nature take its course and I will make the most of the time I have left with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, my friends and my fans,” he said in the post.

Pérez’s death was announced on Free Comic Book Day, a day his team said he “absolutely loves”. Pérez worked on titles such as The Avengers, Teen Titans, and the 1987 relaunch of Wonder Woman. He was also behind Crisis on Infinite Earths, a maxi-series that celebrated DC’s 50th anniversary, and he designed the look of the Lex Luthor battle suit in Action Comics, DC Comics said in a press release.

DC Comics said he left an “indelible mark on the world of comics” and influenced “an entire generation of creative talent”.

“George Pérez had an art style that was both dynamic and incredibly expressive,” DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee said in a statement. “His art was the perfect storytelling canvas for some of the most important events in DC history. Although he will be sorely missed, his work will live on with countless fans, as well as all the talent he influenced over the years.

DC editor Marie Javins remembered Pérez as a “one-of-a-kind person who brought so much joy to the world”.

Marvel Entertainment said in a Tweeter that “Pérez’s work opened up seminal stories throughout the comics, and his ‘legacy of kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.’

More tributes poured in as writers and artists shared memories and offered their condolences.

Comics artist Cully Hamner said Pérez was “one of the goats in our business, rest in peace and power.”

“It’s gratifying, at least, that he got to hear how we all felt about him while he was still here,” he tweeted. “He was a Titan. Condolences to his family, many friends and many, many fans.”

Comics author Kurt Busiek tweeted: “I’m so glad to have known and worked with George. And glad he got to see and hold the new JLA/AVENGERS edition, and know how much he means to readers around the world. It was an honor and a privilege, George.”

NFL to investigate Raiders workplace allegations

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The NFL announced Friday that it will investigate allegations against the Las Vegas Raiders and their owner, Mark Davis, related to workplace issues.

The allegations were made by Dan Ventrelle, who said he was fired Friday by Davis as team president.

“We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a written statement. “We will quickly look into the matter.”

Ventrelle shared his allegations in a statement at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

He told the newspaper that “multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct have me very concerned.”

Ventrelle did not respond to an emailed message seeking further comment.

“When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to show the level of justified concern,” he said in his statement to the Review-Journal. “Given this, I have notified the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response.

“Shortly thereafter, I was terminated in retaliation for raising these concerns. I stand firm in my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its employees.

Ventrelle said he has retained an attorney and “will have no further comment at this time.”

The Raiders did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier Friday, Davis said in a report dropped by the team: “Dan Ventrelle is no longer part of the Raiders organization. We will have no further comments at this time. »

The NFL’s latest investigation into a team’s labor issues will come with the league conducting its second investigation related to sexual harassment allegations involving Washington commanders. Owner Daniel Snyder denied accusations made against him in February by former cheerleader and team marketing executive Tiffani Johnston before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The league is also investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

Watson has not been charged with a crime but faces allegations in 22 active civil lawsuits brought by women. He denied the charges.

Novel set in Ukraine at the center of the author’s conference on Thursday | faith and values



Lincoln author Carolyn Zeisset could not have known in 1977, when she first penned ‘Then the Rules Changed’, that Ukraine would make headlines around the world when her novel – which takes place in Ukraine – would be published.

But that’s what happened.

Eight days after the book’s release in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Ukrainians to be Russians and sent troops to southern Ukraine – where Zeisset’s novel begins, a story based on his great-great -dad.

“Timing is everything, but sometimes coincident timing is weird,” Zeisset recently said.

Zeisset will speak at First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Mayflower Hall. Its presentation is free and open to the public. Zwieback rolls, a Ukrainian sweet, will also be served. Registration is suggested by emailing [email protected]

Zeisset’s story follows the emigration of Isaac and his family from Russia in the 1870s after the Tsar declared that German-speakers in southern Russia – now Ukraine – should become Russians. The family then immigrated to the American plains, initially in Kansas, enduring the loss of the known, fear, an imaginary future and an arduous journey to America, followed by the unknown, more fear, harsh realities and of struggles towards a new life.

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“Then the Rules Changed” provides historical context between the 1870s and events in Ukraine today. Zeisset wrote the novel for college students. However, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents read it and use it to start conversations with their children about their own family stories.

The book was published by Prairieland Press of Fremont, illustrated by Kathleen Gadeken of Panama, and is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, or by special order from Ingram. Learn more about the author and the book at carolynzeisset.com.

MACS Freshman honored for original poem – Oswego County Today

Luke Lemke pictured with MHS educator Anne Michaelis. Photo courtesy of CiTi.

MEXICO – ?A Mexican high school freshman’s writing has been selected for a prestigious publication to be housed at the Library of Congress in the nation’s capital.

Luke Lemke, who is in ninth grade at Mexico Academy and the Central School District and also a member of the Creative Media Club, had his poem titled “Writer’s Redemption” selected from 5,000 entries to enter the book “Empowered – Voices In Verse “. ”

“Luke is incredibly creative, talented and works very hard to hone his writing skills,” said Anne Michaelis, MHS English teacher and Creative Media Club advisor. “His poem is outstanding, and I hope he continues to read and write creatively in school and also in life.”

Lemke’s poem is under consideration for the competition’s top three, which will be announced in September. Each of the first three receives a prize of $100.

Any MHS student with an interest in reading, writing and other forms of digital media is encouraged to join the Creative Writing Club – just contact Ms. Michaelis!

Luke’s poem appears in full below.


by Luke Lemke

“Tick! Tick!” The second hand is moving, my thoughts are racing,
illuminating so many ideas worth pursuing.
My pencil snagged, my heartbeat jumped.
“I get it!”
With a masterpiece in mind, I begin to write, but the tip of my lead begins to crumble…
And I lost what I was going to find, a perfect train of thought.
I fell into despair!
How unfair it was for my ideas to disappear.
I realized what I had missed and suddenly realized how powerful words are, always, always!
If used correctly, they will find that words can empower any mind!

It’s Floyd Cooper Day! – EIN Newswire


Children’s Book Week Sponsor

Schools, libraries and bookstores across America are celebrating the life and work of great children’s book author and illustrator, Floyd Cooper.

United States, May 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Children’s Book Council and Every child a readerin partnership with Bookshop.org, KidLit TVThe Brown Bookshelf, The African American Children’s Book Project, Highlights Foundation and Dollywood Foundation are proud to announce the first Floyd Cooper Day., May 6, 2022.

This annual celebration of the last day of the 103rd Children’s Book Week will feature eleven original videos; a poster competition for schools, libraries and bookstores; a major social media campaign (#FloydCooperDay); an online listing of Floyd Cooper books and instructional guides; an online reading of Dolly Parton; bookstore and library events; and a major online book promotion by Bookshop.org.

KidLit TV has produced original videos by Crystal Allen, Tameka Fryer Brown, Judy Allen Dodson, Patti Gauch, Nikki Grimes, Leah Henderson, Cheryl Willis Hudson & Wade Hudson, Sharon Langley, Torrey Maldonado, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Charles Smith, Don Tate, and Carole Boston Weatherford read their favorite Floyd Cooper books for viewing in classrooms, libraries and bookstores. Crystal Allen’s reading was filmed on the steps of Ashton Hall in Galveston, Texas, on the day now celebrated every year since 1865 as Juneteenth, the subject of one of Mr Cooper’s books.

Several bookstore and library events will take place, including readings of his Floyd books by local authors, reflections, and distribution of his titles (to the first 20 attendees) at the Philadelphia Free Library Chestnut Hill Branch at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by The African American Children’s Book Project and The Literary Cafe Books & Events.

On the evening of May 6, a special encore presentation of the award-winning online series “Goodnight with Dolly” which will feature Dolly reading “Max and The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd. A new in-memoriam to Floyd will close this presentation, all available on DollyParton.com.

All information and resources are now available at www.EveryChildReader.net

About every child a reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity whose popular national programs include Children’s Book Week, the nation’s longest running literacy initiative, celebrating its 103 year anniversary in 2022; the Kids’ Book Choice Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by children and teenagers; Get Caught Reading, a classroom poster project: and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.

About the Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the non-profit trade association of North American children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry as a whole, including educational programming, advocacy for diversity and partnerships with national organizations. The CBC promotes a culture of reading in communities by creating free reading lists and other materials, supporting book award programs, and more.

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Abortion providers scramble to move services to sanctuary states



The day after Politico reported on a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade, Sean Mehl was trying to figure out how to answer the phone.

Mehl is associate director of clinical services for Whole Women’s Health, an abortion provider and nonprofit advocacy organization that operates nine clinics across the United States, including four in Texas, a state that has already severely restricted access. to abortions.

He knew from experience that whenever information about potential abortion restrictions comes out, the organization sees an increase in calls and many callers are confused. Could they keep their appointments? Would his clinic accept new patients?

His first priority this week, he said, was to make sure there was a recorded message to reassure people that the clinics were still open and still providing services, at least for now. .

“It really sparks a lot of urgency when things like this break,” Mehl said.

“They may not even have taken a pregnancy test at home, but the fear, in particular – a potential decision as monumental as this that has a lot of devastating impacts, people really jump on it as soon as ‘they can.’

With this cold, hard look at the potential future, providers are now planning how to connect their customers to the services they need, even if that means sending them out of state. Clinics in states that have protected abortion access are adding staff and space to meet demand. In fact, they’ve been doing it for quite some time.

Texas has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, which prohibits abortion after about six weeks of gestation. The law is enforced through an unusual mechanism that encourages private citizens to sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion. Successful chases can be rewarded with $10,000. It was written to withstand legal challenges, and the courts refused to overturn it. Other states, including Idaho and Oklahoma, have recently passed similar laws.

In addition to these restrictions, Texas and 12 other states have passed so-called trigger laws that go into effect if Roe v. Wade is canceled. Texas law is set to ban all abortions — except those necessary to prevent serious injury or death to a pregnant person — 30 days after Roe’s cancellation. Still other states have pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that haven’t been enforced for the past 50 years, but could be if the judgment is quashed.

The reproductive health research organization Guttmacher Institute estimates that 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortions if Roe falls.

“I think we kind of see where it’s headed, and as devastating as it is, it’s not entirely a surprise because it’s been reduced over the years,” Mehl said.

Anticipating further restrictions, Whole Women’s Health launched the Abortion Wayfinder program, which helps people who cannot access services in their states. This turns clinics into de facto travel agencies, as social workers help each client figure out where they can go and how to pay for them.

“We are able to get them an appointment where they need to go. And we can work closely with state and national organizations that can help coordinate and, in many cases, fund the actual travel and procedural costs involved,” Mehl said.

Since the program launched in March, Whole Women’s Health has helped about 70 women through the Wayfinder program, the organization said.

Sometimes, if a pregnant person has transportation and can miss work, it may mean that they need to make an appointment at the new Whole Women’s Health clinic in Minnesota. It serves local customers but is also close to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Interstate 35, which connects Texas to Minnesota. It takes 14 hours to drive to Minneapolis from Dallas by car and about 21 hours by bus.

The clinic opened in February and about 30% of clients come from out of state, according to the organization.

Most people who have an abortion – 59% – have other children, according to statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, and this type of trip may not be possible with young children. Three-quarters of abortion patients in the United States are poor or low-income and may not be able to afford gas, hotel rooms or vacation time.

In those cases, Mehl says, they look for other options, like telemedicine appointments to get abortion pills — which seems to be more convenient, but sometimes isn’t.

In 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration made medical abortions easier to access by removing requirements that abortion pills must be dispensed during in-person appointments, paving the way for people to obtain them through mail. That same year, however, Texas made the practice a felony punishable by jail time and a $10,000 fine.

So if a Texan wants a prescription for abortion pills, Mehl says, his group will sometimes help arrange a trip just for a telemedicine appointment.

“If, for example, we are only able to offer telemedicine services in New Mexico, the patient would have to be in the state of New Mexico to receive those services. So there is an element of travel there in many cases,” he said.

“We had patients from Texas who drove, sometimes overnight, so as not to miss any work. They will have a telemedicine visit, and they could come right back to go back to work. They might have kids with them,” Mehl said.

They also have to pick up the pills in New Mexico, so Mehl says people can choose to extend their stay in New Mexico by two or three days, the time it usually takes to get the medicine. “Or some come and go, depending on what really makes sense to them.”

Other times, Mehl says, people who are closer to the border with Mexico will go there.

“People are actually looking to Mexico, even to be currently more supportive or more accessible even than their own country, which I think really shows how devastating that access to care really is,” he said. declared.

Abortion providers in so-called sanctuary states like Oregon say more programs like Wayfinder will be needed if the leaked opinion becomes final.

“That’s one of the things that I think we need to help make easier for people is a kind of traffic control,” said Dr. Maria Rodriguez, obstetrician-gynecologist at Oregon Health Science. University and director of the state’s Title X program. Title X is a federal program that provides family planning services to low-income people through grants to nonprofit clinics.

“It’s a health issue, people are stressed, and then they have to add all this logistics of financial worries as well as logistical worries of travel. It’s a lot. It’s a lot to go through and people need to lots of support,” she said.

Oregon borders Idaho, which has passed a Texas-style abortion law that bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy.

This ban has already increased traffic to clinics in Oregon. It is one of 16 states, along with the District of Columbia, that have protected the right to abortion.

These sanctuary states are preparing for an influx of people traveling for abortions. Oregon, for example, created a $15 million fund to help cover travel and medical expenses. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the state will see a 234% increase in the number of pregnant people going there for abortion care.

Rodriguez thinks that number seems realistic. “We have people coming from Texas. We have people coming from all over the country,” she said.

To prepare, she says, her clinic added two or three days of operating room time each week.

“We’ve almost probably increased our response capacity by 40%, and it’s being filled,” she said.

Her clinic has also coordinated with independent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and the Lilith Clinic. Their healthcare providers have obtained additional medical licenses in other states so they can offer more telehealth care.

Rodriguez knows that even if organizations try to facilitate access, they won’t be able to help everyone who needs it. This makes the gut.

“When I was a trainee, I would listen to the attending physicians who are older, talk about what it was like during their training, before Roe v. Wade, and they literally took care of women’s wings with septic abortions. or complications arising therefrom at county hospitals. And I always found it kind of like the 1700s, to me, something medieval,” she said. “I can’t believe that now we are going to experience this again. And I feel bad that this is the legacy we pass on to the next generation.

Diana Greene Foster, Research Director for the The Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco studied the effects of having or being denied an abortion in nearly 1,000 women over 10 years.

Her research, called the Turnaway Study, was designed to explore the claim that abortions harm women. She said she found the opposite: not having an abortion when they wanted one increase in household poverty and economic insecurity, tied women to violent partners or increased the likelihood of them raising their children alone. Women who gave birth were also more likely to suffer mental and physical harm from the experience than those who had abortions.

Based on her research, she says, some women will not be able to remove the barriers that may soon be put in place to access an abortion.

“It’s pretty guaranteed,” Foster said. “It’s just not the case that people always find a way. When it’s illegal, some people won’t be able to get it. And some people will fail to order pills online or do something terrible. They will carry this pregnancy to term.

‘Married to the Mouse’ author says DeSantis-Disney dispute will likely end in ‘therapy’, not ‘divorce’


Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature revoked Walt Disney World’s single self-governing district known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, effective June of next year.

It came after the CEO of Disney spoke out against a new law that limits discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools.

Retired Rollins College professor Richard Foglesong, author of “Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando,” discussed the situation with WMFE.

A powerful mouse

Foglesong said Walt Disney World has been huge for Orlando. This put the city on the map.

“It’s the economic engine of Central Florida. And a lot of people depend on Disney World for a living and I’m not just talking about people who work in the park. … And Reedy Creek Improvement District, that is, Disney’s private government that I call a Vatican with mouse ears, was essential for Disney to come here. When they came, they said they needed these powers or they wouldn’t come because they didn’t want to depend on a local or county government for public services. And they didn’t want to be regulated by a government they didn’t control. … They wanted their own kingdom in the form of a government.

Reedy Creek’s $1 billion bond debt

We don’t yet have an answer from the state government, especially Governor DeSantis, on how this bond debt will be repaid, by whom, and in what time frame. And there are consequences here, consequences for bond buyers, bond holders, consequences for Orange County. A reading of state law says that if powers are taken away from Reedy Creek, they default to the county government. There could be consequences for the governor if he’s embarrassed at the end because there’s details here and they have to go back and fix something or maybe not be able to execute actually this dissolution of the powers of the improvement district of Reedy Creek.

Disastrous consequences

Foglesong thinks that in the end, little will change, because of the disastrous consequences of a “divorce”.

“I made reference in my book ‘Married to the Mouse’ to the powers of the Reedy Creek Improvement District as a prenuptial agreement. … [T]he Disney company wanted to preserve its power and so they kind of placed a ticking time bomb, you might say, in those powers, which makes it very difficult for the state to take those powers away from them. And I think we see that now with the imbroglio about what to do about bond debt.

“In the last chapter of my book, it’s called ‘Therapy.’ The book’s chapters correspond to the stages of a marriage, and I’ve been asked over the years: Why isn’t the last chapter ‘Divorce?’ And my answer – perhaps a little creepy at times – was Summer: Well, there are too many children. Too many people depend on Disney’s presence and these powers, and I still think that’s true.

“I don’t think there will be a divorce. I think we’re going to have some kind of therapy instead.

A decisive moment?

Foglesong wonders if this dispute could be a “watershed moment” in the country’s history of gay rights.

“I think looking at the model of the Disney company responding to Governor DeSantis, there may be other great companies that will follow in this state, in other states. Some large companies may publicly announce that they are not coming to Florida, that they do not want to invest here because of the position taken by the governor of the state legislature.

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Local artist, musician and healthy lifestyle advocate, she immersed herself in the film industry

Eric Roberts, left, and Sarah H. Wilkinson on the set of “Top Gunner.” (Courtesy of Sarah H. Wilkinson)

Sarah H. Wilkinson is a renaissance woman.

She is a painter, sculptor, poet, musician and advocate for healthy living.

Often there isn’t a free moment in her day – that’s how she likes it.

“I’m trying my hand at writing a film and a television series,” she says. “I was trained in creative writing. I want to go to the next level. I want to write it first as a book and make it a series.

Wilkinson has lived in New Mexico for eight years.

She has since immersed herself in the local film and television industry through makeup.

“I didn’t come here for the film industry. I didn’t know it existed,” she said. “I have a cosmetology license and this lady asked me if I wanted to do a reality TV show. Thanks to that, I was selected to do hair on a production. People kept saying asking me to be a model. I was open to doing photo shoots, then I got into acting.

Wilkinson had found his niche within the industry. She was constantly surrounded by creatives working for a common goal.

“I have always been interested in theatre, cinema and television. I did plays here and there and wrote a bit,” she says. “It’s really about creative expression. When I write, I want to tell a story that connects with other people.

When Wilkinson writes, she envisions complete diversity in the cast.

Sarah H. Wilkinson has not only found her place in the film industry, she is also a model. (Courtesy of Lucas Stein)

“The premise behind standing out too much will change because of diverse actors,” she says. “It’s important to stand out. I want to give others the opportunity to do so.

Wilkinson’s journey in film is a facet of his life.

In 2004 she started her holistic health journey where she became a master herbalist.

“I try to get people to adapt their way of life,” she says. “I teach that healthy eating and healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. I joined a cooking apprenticeship.

Another goal is to open a small cafe or bistro, as Wilkinson is an amateur chef.

“It’s important to open a cafe or a center for people to learn about what goes into their food or how it’s grown,” she says. “It’s a beautiful trip.”

Wilkinson aims to see people succeed in all areas. Here’s a little more about her:

1 “I’m a professional actress and model represented by Tina Presley at Presley Talent. As of 2022, I’m eligible for SAG, which means I’m still non-union but can join at any time. I work on a Series regular on a TV show, as well as a feature film as a lead character I also write, so provided I get the funding, I can produce content with more roles than I can be proud of. to play.

2 “I am a holistic health practitioner and master herbalist, as well as a cosmetologist and would like, again with funding, to open a unique wellness center that caters to the individual on a personal level. mental/emotional/spiritual through food, pleasure and entertainment, holistically.

3 “I study traditional African spirituality as a way to get in touch with my ancestral roots and learn more about the cultures I come from, but I recognize everything as well as a lack of religion and spirituality, because we we are all connected and sharing this world together, hopefully one day, in peace.

4 “I love gardening and I like to propagate vegetation to help increase the abundance of beautiful plants and trees around us. (I prefer planting female trees as they produce fruit as there is already a significant amount of male trees, which produce pollen.)”

5 “I’m left-handed and one of my hidden talents is that I can write backwards in cursive as I can write forwards. I have been able to do this since I was a child. It makes things fun, as most things in life should aim to be.

Patti Smith, Dave Matthews Band, more


Here are our top live music options in the Austin area from May 5-11.

Thursday: ‘Bamako to Birmingham’ at the Paramount Theater

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at the Institute for Blind Youth in Bamako in the 1970s. Originally marketed as the “blind couple from Mali” in West Africa, they rose to prominence in Europe in the early 2000s after winning a hit on French radio. Subsequent tours with Coldplay and U2 made him one of Mali’s greatest exports. The original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, including current bandleader Jimmy Carter, met as children at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s. Gaining popularity with their tight gospel harmonies shot in across the segregated south during the Jim Crow era, they would later contribute to the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the group has collaborated with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Taj Mahal and Valerie June. This show brings the two groups together for a lively cross-cultural outing. $35 to $60. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —SSD

Friday: Robert Earl Keen at the Round Rock Amp

He’s retiring from the road (what, doesn’t it last forever?) later this year, so grab Keen while you can. He’s a true Texas minstrel, one of the state’s top American performers for several decades. It’s also a good chance to see the new outdoor amphitheater in the northern suburbs, run by the folks who operated the now-closed Nutty Brown Cafe to the southwest of the city. 6 p.m. $45-$200. roundrockamp.com. —PB

Related:Robert Earl Keen revisits “Austin City Limits” for an emotional recording

Saturday: Patti Smith at ACL Live

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Smith, now 75, occupies a unique place in American music. From the influential 1975 proto-punk album “Horses” to his 1978 hit single “Because the Night” to his 1988 anthem “People Have the Power” to his 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir “Just Kids,” she constantly transcended borders with works of passion and compassion. $40 to $100. 8 p.m. acl-live.com. —PB

The John Doe Folk Trio plays Stateside at Paramount on Saturday.

Saturday: John Doe Folk Trio at Stateside at Paramount

You complain all you want about Californians moving to Austin, but our beautiful city had a big win when John Doe moved here a few years ago. Co-founder of legendary Los Angeles punk band X, Doe has also made numerous solo records that focus more on country/folk/Americana sounds. Expect this show to prioritize material from “Fables in a Foreign Land,” a new album due out May 20 on Fat Possum Records. His trio includes some local ringers in bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Conrad Choucroun, most often seen in the bands of Willie Nelson and Patty Griffin, respectively. The sunny war opens. $25 to $40. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —PB

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Saturday-Sunday: Patty Griffin, John Fulbright at Gruene Hall

The Austin Griffin singer-songwriter’s latest release, a 2019 self-titled album, won the Maine transplant its second Grammy Award. She’s joined by Oklahoma troubadour Fullbright, whose long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 sophomore album “Songs” is due out later this year. $59.50. 8 p.m. on May 7, 7 p.m. on May 8. gruenehall.com. —PB

Sunday: BenDeLaCreme at Emo’s

Any reservations we might have had about including drag queens in our regular music rosters were lifted when ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Trixie Mattel drew a huge crowd to the Austin City Limits Music Festival for her sparkling set. of ballads, pop ditties and costume reveals. Trixie’s teammate BenDeLaCreme won more challenges than any contestant in ‘Drag Race’ history when the two shared the screen on the third season of the franchise’s ‘All-Stars’ spin-off of reality TV. Self-described “terminally delicious,” Season 6’s Miss Congeniality beefs up her vaudevillian sensibility with some serious vocal chops. His new wedding-themed show mixes original songs, comedy and burlesque. $45 to $55. 7 p.m. emosaustin.com. —SSD

Who will play at ACL Fest 2022?We have a few guesses, with lineup and tickets next week

The Dave Matthews Band plays Wednesday at UT's Moody Center.

Wednesday: Dave Matthews Band at the Moody Center

It’s a new venue for one of America’s most popular musical acts, following three stops over the past decade at the Circuit of the Americas’ outdoor amphitheater. Expect the same blend of multiple genres in an organic sound that has placed DMB at the top of the jam band circuit since their birth in Virginia in the 1990s. $95-$1,176. 7:30 p.m. moodycenteratx.com. —PB

Tiburon author explores his sister’s murder amid 1970s Bay Area radicalism – Marin Independent Journal

  • Author Lee Darby in his home office space in Tiburon on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby says the new book ‘Stars in Our Eyes’ is a journey into the 1975 murder of his 28-year-old sister. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    Author Lee Darby holds a photo of his late sister Sally Voye at her home in Tiburon Friday, April 29, 2022. The photo is Voye’s 1968 graduation photo from the University of Santa Barbara. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – APRIL 29: A circa 1955 photo, rear standing, shows Sally Voye standing next to her sister, Tiburon author Lee Darby with their younger sister Anne standing in front of Lee at their home in Menlo Park. Photographed in Tiburon, Calif. Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby says his new book Stars in Our Eyes is a journey into the 1975 murder of his 28-year-old sister Sally. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – APRIL 29: Author Lee Darby tends to her garden at her home in Tiburon, Calif. on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby’s new book Stars in Our Eyes is a journey into the 1975 murder of her 28 years old – Big sister. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – April 29: A copy of Lee Darby’s new book Stars in Our Eyes, notes for future reading, photo of his late sister Sally Voye and other family photos on desk at space Darby’s work at her home in Tiburon, Calif., on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby’s new book is a journey into the 1975 murder of her 28-year-old sister. The photo is Voye’s 1968 graduation photo from the University of Santa Barbara. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Lee Darby spent decades preparing to write his version of his family’s tragedy in the Bay Area. It wasn’t until she was quarantined at her home in Tiburon that the pages came together in her first book.

“Stars in Our Eyes” tells the story of the murder of Darby’s sister in 1975 at the age of 28 in San Francisco. The book explores the events leading up to her sister’s death, as well as connections to the highly publicized kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the attempted assassination of then-President Gerald Ford.

Darby will present the memoirs from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd.

Darby recounts how her family spent months in the dark about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. Sally Voye was a Vallejo teacher volunteering in a literacy program at San Quentin State Prison when she met Wilbert “Popeye” Jackson, a former inmate and prison activist in 1975. Voye s is involved with Jackson’s group, Black Prisoners’ Union, Darby said.

“We all knew that, because she would come and talk to anyone who wanted to listen,” Darby said. “She believed in their mission, which was to improve conditions in the prison. We knew she had been involved with him, but we had no idea it was going to come to this.

Voye and Jackson were shot several times early on June 8, 1975, while sitting in a car outside Jackson’s apartment in the Mission District. Darby said bullets were found on either side of the car, adding to the suspicion that there was more than one shooter involved.

The murder sparked weeks of local and national newspaper coverage and speculation about their deaths, as well as controversy in left-wing and prison circles. Darby’s book explores connections to their deaths and rumors that the two were FBI informants, which she denied.

Jackson was a recognized liaison between the radical group United Federated Forces of the Symbionese Liberation Army and the police, the FBI and the Hearst family during the kidnapping and ransom of Patty Hearst in 1974. According to Darby, Jackson has also was involved in the food program Hearst organized for the release of his daughter, People in Need – where FBI informant Sara Jane Moore volunteered before attempting to assassinate President Ford.

Richard London was convicted of the murders of Voye and Jackson at a trial in 1978 and recognized as a member of the union’s rival group, Tribal Thumb – a collective of ex-convicts and Berkeley radicals who moved to the peninsula. But Darby said his sentencing was “not at all satisfactory” and described in his book the level of anguish felt by the family.

“It was unsettling to think that these other murderers were out there, if we said something would they come after us?” Darby said. “It was a lot of heartache and we all huddled together. Our family was deeply shocked. We would never have encouraged her to get involved in something like this.

At the time, Darby was not ready to write about tragedy. It wasn’t until she was quarantined at the start of the pandemic in 2020 that she collected all the newspaper articles and books about her sister’s murder that she had collected, to write a book.

She was also motivated to tell the story from the family’s perspective after reading “Season of the Witch” by journalist and former Salon founder and editor David Talbot – which she said contained inaccurate portrayals of his sister.

“When my sister was murdered, it was front page news in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner for weeks,” Darby said. “Each group came out of the woods to comment on it in the newspaper. I just had to defend it and refute it.

Darby grew up in the Bay Area and lived in San Francisco in the 1970s, before settling with her husband in Tiburon in 1976. She wrote for her high school newspaper and yearbook and became then majored in English Studies at the University of the Pacific, writing for that college’s journal.

She then wrote part-time for Tiburon’s newspaper, The Ark, and took local writing lessons in the 1980s, including from Anne Lamott.

“I wrote some things down and I was like, I can do this,” she said.

Although her siblings were supportive, Darby said, “I wouldn’t have written it when my parents were still alive, because it’s painful – just to spare them more anguish.”

Elizabeth Holmes, a Healdsburg writer and former Marin resident who has been in the same writing group as Darby since 1984, laments that the book was “a trip down memory lane.”

“It captures a time in Northern California that I’m familiar with,” she said. “There is nothing like family ties to get the motivation to clarify the facts. I think she did a really good job of contrasting the way it was reported, with her experience of the people involved.

Wastewater research graduate to pursue career at Biodesign Institute

May 3, 2022

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable Spring 2022 graduates.

If someone gave Jasmine Nguyen $40 million to solve a problem, she would invest the money to create a scholarship fund that supports learning for generations to come.

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“I would strive to ensure that every student in Arizona has the opportunity to pursue higher education or an education in general by funding school supplies and necessities,” said Nguyen, a first-generation student who obtained his baccalaureate in biochemistry. from Arizona State University.

“As someone who relied on scholarships to go to school, I would like to give back to the community in this way,” said Nguyen, who received seven scholarships during his time at ASU, including the board of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Emerging Leaders Scholarship, which recognizes top juniors and seniors in the college.

As part of Barrett, The Honors College, Nguyen conducted her thesis work through the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Her project explored the use of wastewater to determine the prevalence of diabetes in a community. After working on her dissertation for over a year, she considers it her proudest achievement of her academic career. It allowed her to apply everything she learned in her classes and the time spent in the Biodesign lab and see the real results of her hard work.

Originally from Arizona, she plans to take a year off after graduation to travel, gain new experiences and visit family and friends. Eventually, she would like to pursue her graduate studies and pursue a career in the healthcare field as a physician assistant.

Question: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study biochemistry?

To respond: My “aha” moment was when I came home after finishing my freshman year at ASU and sat down and thought, “if I want to change majors, now is the time. to do so”, but it occurred to me that I could not see myself in any field of study other than the one in which I was. I was excited about the years of study to come and especially about the different disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry that I was going to learn. There really was nothing else I wanted to study as much as biochemistry and I’ve stuck with it ever since.

Q: What did you learn at ASU – in class or otherwise – that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: Something I learned from being in a lab at Biodesign was that things might not work out the way we thought they would. It’s important to recognize the things that aren’t working, but it’s more important to move past them and learn from the experience. During the development of the method for my project, I encountered many obstacles, but I was able to overcome them and use what I learned to improve my project as a whole.

Q: Why did you choose Biodesign?

A: To start, I chose Biodesign to gain more research experience in a lab. I had heard about various projects from my professors that got me interested in research. With my time there, I highly respect and would be happy to meet anyone at Biodesign because everyone works so hard there. It’s great to be in an environment where people are passionate about what they do and excited about teaching others their field.

Q: Which teacher taught you the most important lesson at ASU?

A: One of my freshman chemistry teachers pushed us to do the hard work the first time to navigate the second time. The idea was to take good notes the first time, so that revising would be easier and quicker to learn. However, I think this lesson can be applied to all parts of life. Get it right the first time, so you don’t have to worry about mistakes or extra work the second time around.

Q: Where was your favorite place on campus, whether to study, meet friends or just think about life?

A: By far my favorite place on campus has been Noble Library, especially the third floor tables near the stairs. My friends and I have always met at this exact location if we have late night study plans or just want to hang out with each other and catch up on our days. It’s been our designated meeting place for four years and nothing beats it.

Q: What is the best advice you would give to those still in school?

A: Have the dedication to achieve your goals. It’s hard to see the end goal and it’s easy to give up, but achieving what you’ve been striving for will be worth it. Also, get out of your comfort zone to try things. When you’re in college, especially at ASU, there are plenty of opportunities to explore new interests, but it’s up to you to commit to learning new things. With new experiences, you learn your likes and dislikes and can improve. I, for one, took a Saturday piano class at ASU and can now play a full line of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” without fail, and I’m proud of it.

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Context and common sense offered by a Danish author on climate change | Remark


As the climate change debate progresses, we continue to seek out people who offer a valid perspective on the issue.

For those who appreciate a calm, reasoned approach to controversial issues, consider the opinions of Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish author who is chair of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

A recent op-ed he wrote caught our attention for its insight and thoughtfulness. Here are some excerpts:

 Over the past decade, the obsession with climate change has taken precedence over the many other major issues facing the planet, as the invasion of Ukraine demonstrated most dramatically. Western European leaders should have spent the past decade diversifying energy sources and developing shale gas instead of shutting down nuclear power plants and becoming woefully dependent on Russia.

 Right now, we are still recovering from the worst pandemic in a century. Inflation, supply shortages and possibly even recession are weighing on the global economy. Yet major donors and development organizations are increasingly focusing on climate solutions. A month after the invasion of Ukraine, the head of the United Nations – an organization dedicated to ensuring world peace – has instead warned of the “climate catastrophe” that “addiction” to fossil fuels could cause.

* So how did the elites manage to get it so wrong? Today, almost all natural disasters are regularly blamed on the climate crisis. The real impact of climate change is much more nuanced. Global climate damages as a percentage of gross domestic product continue to decline, and deaths from climate-related disasters have fallen by 99% in a decade.

Mr. Lomborg suggests the need for a better understanding of the economic models used by the administration of President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama to measure the impact of global warming. This research reveals that the total global cost of climate change – not just to economies, but in every direction – will amount to less than 4% reduction in GDP by the end of the century.

It’s a concern, sure, but it’s far from the disaster liberal progressives and the national media constantly claim to be.

The world faces many challenges, and not just the ones that get the most media attention. The climate should be addressed more effectively by funding research and development on renewable energy sources to see if they can eventually supplant fossil fuels in the market.

Mr. Lomborg ended his op-ed by writing: “We must confront authoritarian expansionism in Ukraine and elsewhere. And to ensure long-term prosperity, the world needs more and cheaper energy, better education and more innovation. We need to regain our point of view to overcome the elitist hyperbole on climate change.

It’s hard to discuss.

From directing two female westerns to signing the next generation of Scream Queens!

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 03, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Writer/director Robert Christopher Smith is set to produce and film his first Slasher/Thriller for his own production company Lethal Voice Entertainment in September 2022. It’s in On the heels of her first two feature films, the two-part female western epic “Vengeance Turns: Volume One” and “Volume Two” have successfully screened at global film festivals beginning with the 22nd Annual Independent Film Festival Hollywood Reel in August on Day 7. This latest film, “Spread: Hogs to Slaughter” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19371340/ ), continues to focus on using diverse talented actors in stories featuring strong female characters.

As a critical step in his plan to keep the film 100% independent, Smith tackled the role of casting director personally. Casting is a role that Smith finds both fulfilling and challenging: “There’s nothing like making that personal connection with an actor when you’re discussing your film and the role you’d like them to play. . When you see that moment – the light in the good actor’s eyes when he “gets it” – it’s unbeatable. However, that means watching a lot of auditions, meeting and getting to know — and loving — a lot of great actors who ultimately won’t get the role. In that regard, Smith says he completely understands the extreme value that a great casting director brings to a project.

For this project, to satisfy not only his creative but professional vision of the film, Smith is happy to have endured the enormous effort. On May 26, 2022, Smith produced an event at his home studio to introduce the film and its entire cast to the world before they all got to work preparing to shoot in September. He says he can’t wait to introduce the world to what he calls the “next generation of Scream Queens” with Sarah Moliski as Eileen, Makenna Perkal as Mazzy, Baracha Walston as Jolly, Melody Parra as Amy and Erika Marks as the mysterious and deranged Florence.

Smith says he never suspected he would ever make a slasher movie, let alone that it would follow so directly on his 5-year mission to get all of the “Vengeance Turns” on screen. However, once he took on the challenge from his “Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” co-writer Kurt Belcher, everyone knew he wouldn’t do anything halfway. Smith wrote the casting notice and audition instructions in a way he hoped would scare off the cast, leaving only those who truly understood what he hoped to accomplish with the film on screen, as well as the responsibility of being the representatives of the film. in the world.

Each of the roles was designed to exploit typical horror movie “tropes” by taking the highly recognizable cardboard cutouts of nearly every slasher movie ever made, then fleshing them out fully in this story. Smith and Belcher felt it was essential to give each character not only an “on-screen purpose”, but also a full and satisfying arc in the larger story. In Smith’s mind, no one else could play “the good girl, Eileen” but Sarah Moliski, an LA actress, host and journalist who is currently best known for her roles as the recurring “Mean Girl” for Dhar Mann. Studios and Jenn in the Netflix movie “Lady-Like.” She has several other upcoming projects that she will share more about as soon as she is cleared. Moliski agrees with Smith that after a very horrific scene in this film, neither she nor the film will ever be forgotten. Neither Smith nor Moliski will provide any spoilers or additional details at this time, but the two promise, with a laugh, that other characters such as “Smashed Fruit Guy” and his scene with Perkal’s “Mazzy” are equally unforgettable. Perkal, literally cast before the real casting started, is a Los Angeles-based actor who is known for his work as Evelyn in “Love and Love Not” and Kaley in “Interface” and has such a passion for this project. that she will also dedicate her AD talents on the set.

Speaking of unforgettable scenes, Smith says each of the actors listed above has scenes that audiences will talk about when leaving the theater. Smith says, “The moment when Florence first appears on screen is something that will scare audiences, disturb them deeply, and then scare them again. Chicago-born Los Angeles actress Erika Marks is a “self-proclaimed horror fanatic who plans to scare audiences to their core while scaring them to death!” Smith says Jolly was fun and difficult to write, and only Baracha Walston could really bring him to life as the character finds himself deeply involved in some of the film’s most intense scenes. Walston brings a wealth of creative experience to the role that began with her years at Booker T Washington High School in Dallas, TX and led to her landing in Los Angeles where she has been hard at work since 2015. And every slasher movie has that character who you are. sure to survive and have an explosive scene at the film’s climax, and it has to be LA actress Melody Parra as Amy, right? No one spoils anything, but all laugh and guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat when you find out what Amy knows by this climax. The five actors will be producers of the film and partners on the commercial side as well.

“Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” will announce its entire cast and introduce its crew ahead of a private screening of “Vengeance Turns: Volume Two” on May 26 in Los Angeles. After that, filming is scheduled for the first two full weeks of September, then the film will be edited and in film festivals by early 2023. Smith and all the cast and crew plan to release a lot about what they are doing all over social media. media. The public is invited to follow the production on www.procrastagram.com and www.pigstoslaughter.com

Robert Christopher Smith is a writer, actor and director born in Louisville, Kentucky and based in Los Angeles. He earned his BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky and his MA in Applied Linguistics from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. After spending nearly two decades in professional sales and entrepreneurship, Smith boldly chose to leave behind his financial successes in this world to pursue his lifelong creative goals in the film world. His feature debut with “Vengeance Turns: Volume One” and its simultaneously filmed sequel “Volume Two” bring together his love of indie film, westerns and comic books. During the five years of development of “Vengeance Turns”, Smith wrote and/or directed a whole series of short films, including “Cut”, “TAKER”, “Her Own Demons”, “Maddest Love” and “Relatable”. (Honourable mention and featured in several festivals); with “Vengeance Turns” actors found in each. Smith continues to act while writing, developing, and directing her own shorts and features with two more feature scripts completed and filming “Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” for her new production company Lethal Voice Entertainment LLC in September 2022. .

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Sneakers, elastic pants: people are changing their office outfits amid COVID


Prior to COVID-19, Martin-Pence wore dress pants with blazers at the pharmaceutical company where she works. She’s gone back to heels, but they’re lower, and she says she’ll never wear dress pants to the office again.

Knit blazers, pants with drawstrings or elastic waistbands and polo shirts as a new button-up shirt.

Welcome to the post-pandemic dress code for the office.

After working remotely in tracksuits and yoga pants for two years, many Americans are rethinking their wardrobes to balance comfort and professionalism as offices reopen. They’re giving a spin to the structured suits, zippered pants and pencil skirts they wore before the COVID-19 pandemic and experimenting with new looks. This is forcing retailers and brands to race to meet workers’ fashion needs for the future of work.

“Being comfortable is more important than being super structured,” said Kay Martin-Pence, 58, who returned to her Indianapolis office last month in dress jeans and flowy tops after working remotely in leggings and slippers for two years. “Why feel buttoned up and stiff when I don’t have to?”

Prior to COVID-19, Martin-Pence wore dress pants with blazers at the pharmaceutical company where she works. She’s gone back to heels, but they’re lower, and she says she’ll never wear dress pants to the office again.

Even before the pandemic, Americans dressed more casually at work. The time spent in tracksuits has accelerated the transition from “business casual” to “business comfort”.

Still, dressing back to the office remains a social experiment, said Adam Galinsky, a social psychologist at Columbia Business School who coined the term “enveloped cognition,” or how what people wear affects the way they think.

“I guess it will be more casual, but maybe it’s not,” Galinsky said. “People are going to consciously ask themselves, ‘Am I wearing the right outfit to be in the office?’ They will reflect on what they are doing, the context in which they find themselves and the social comparisons of what others will do.

Steve Smith, CEO of outdoor sportswear brand LL Bean, said people are stepping out of their “typical uniform” – whatever form that may take.

“They’re going to expect more flexible hours, to be able to work in a hybrid model, and to be comfortable — as comfortable as they were at home,” he said. “Some of the office uniforms, office cabinets, change and change. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be permanent.

Data from market research firm NPD Group and retailers reflects changing trends.

Wire-free bras now account for more than 50% of the total non-sports bra market in the United States, reversing a long-term trend, according to NPD. Dress shoe sales have been rebounding since 2021, but are still 34% below 2019 levels and more likely fueled by the return of social occasions, not the office, NPD said. Instead, casual sneakers are now the most common footwear for work.

Clothing rental company Rent the Runway said blazer rentals nearly doubled in February from a year ago, reflecting a return to offices. But her customers choose colorful versions like pastel and fabrics like lightweight tweed, linen and twill. He said “formal business” rentals — traditional workwear like basic sheaths, pencil skirts and blazers — are about half of what they were in 2019, said Anushka Salinas, president and chief of operation.

Stitch Fix, a personal shopping and styling service, noted that men are increasingly choosing options like hiking and golf pants for the office. For the first three months of the year, revenues from this type of clothing almost tripled compared to a year ago.

Polo shirts have replaced button-down shirts for men, and there is strong demand for pull-on pants, the company said. The ratio of work pants with an elastic waistband to those with buttons or zippers on Stitch Fix was one to one in 2019; now it’s three to one.

Other workers, however, feel excited about dressing up again.

Emily Kirchner, 42, of Stevensville, Michigan, who works in communications for a major appliance maker, said she invests more in her wardrobe when she returns to the office. She used to wear Stitch Fix tunics and leggings in the pre-pandemic era. Now, she turns to the service of high-end jeans, blouses and blazers.

“It’s quite fun to dress up,” said Kirchner, who had a baby early in the pandemic and wants to wear clothes that don’t make her look like what she calls a “frumpy mom.” “It’s kind of like that back-to-school feeling.”

Retailers have had to adapt to the changing demands of Americans throughout the pandemic and now again with many returning to the office. High-end department store Nordstrom, for example, has opened women’s denim boutiques to showcase its expanded selection as it sees more and more women wearing jeans to work.

Even Ministry of Supply, a company striving to make workwear as comfortable as sportswear, had to make big changes. When the pandemic hit, she was stuck with piles of tailored pants and jackets in performance fabrics deemed irrelevant for a remote workforce.

The Boston-based company, founded by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, quickly redesigned the items, sticking on elastic waistbands and removing zippers. He also refined the hemlines of trouser suits to give them “sneaker” cuts.

As workers return to the office, the Department of Supply is keeping those casual looks and sneaker cuts and has eliminated zippers for good — all of its pants have elastic waistbands or drawstrings. It’s also about reinventing your tailor.

“The new challenge is: how do I look presentable when I’m in person without sacrificing comfort?” said Gihan Amarasiriwardena, co-founder and president.

The 200-year-old haberdashery Brooks Brothers had a bigger challenge: It never followed the office casual trend several years ago like its rivals. Under new owner and CEO, Ken Ohashi, the company succeeded in delivering casual styles in a post-bankruptcy reinvention.

Today, 45% of its offerings are casual sportswear like sweaters and polo shirts. Before the pandemic, that figure was 25%, Ohashi said.

He said dress shirts were making a comeback as workers returned to the office. But Brooks Brothers adds a twist: a stretch version of its cotton knit shirts with the comfort of a polo shirt. It also offers colorful jackets.

“The guy is attracted to novelty right now, the color of novelty, the feel of novelty, the pattern of novelty,” Ohashi said. “Historically this guy came in and he was buying a navy, charcoal and black suit. He absolutely wants to mix everything up. And I think it’s here to stay.


Associated Press writer David Sharp contributed from Freeport, Maine.


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Best-selling author to visit Park School of Buffalo this week | Local News


Best-selling author and podcast host Julie Salamon will visit Buffalo’s Park School this week to talk about her 1991 book, “The Devil’s Candy,” and offer writing tips to students.

“The Devil’s Candy” recounts the making and failure of the hit film, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, which starred Tom Hanks.

A podcast based on the book “The Plot Thickens: The Devil’s Candy,” developed with Turner Classic Movies, has been named by The New York Times as one of the best podcasts of 2021.

His book discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Park School Inquiry Center, 4625 Harlem Road, Amherst, is free and open to the public.

On Friday, she will work with junior and middle school students on the writing process, then lead a high school writing workshop for students taking the school’s Introductory Academic Writing course.

Salamon has served as a film and television critic for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and is the author of 12 books for adults and children. Her best-selling novel of 1996, “The Christmas Tree”, has been translated into eight languages.

Find out what’s available inside and outside the library – Maple Ridge News

By Liza Morris / Special for News

The weather is finally getting better, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit your local public library in person or online.

Want to go out in the great outdoors?

Look up to the sky with a birding backpack, rucksack or telescope from our “Playground” loaner collection.

Or check out one of our new vube puzzle kits, which include a variety of puzzle cubes, simple instruction manuals and a quick start guide.

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Missing in-person kids’ programs? Good news!

In May, we resume delivering Babytimes and Storytimes in person at the library.

The Maple Ridge Public Library will host Babytimes in person at 9:30 a.m., Mondays May 2-16; as well as story time at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month. Registration is mandatory.

The Pitt Meadows Public Library will host in-person Baby Socials on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and story times on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No registration is required.

If you enjoyed our on-demand and live Zoom children’s programs, they continue to be available. Discover @ReadLearnPlay on Facebook and Youtube for amazing on-demand programs. Follow the Events link on www.fvrl.bc.ca to sign up for Zoom Babytimes and interactive Storytimes live.

Looking for fun DIY activities? Stop by the Maple Ridge Public Library in May for fairytale-themed “Take & Makes” or the Pitt Meadows Public Library for Star Wars-themed “Take & Makes.”

Both libraries will also be hosting fun Star Wars-themed activities on May 4 for Star Wars Day and handing out amazing free comic books to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 7.

For teens, how creative can you get?

With the Imagine Contest it can be anything you think of! Submit your best artistic effort for a chance to win great prizes (and glory, of course). All submissions must be received by May 14.

READ MORE ON THE PAGE: Everyday Can Be Family Literacy Day

For the grown-ups, check out FVRL’s upcoming Zoom Live Author Presentations with Christina Myers and Omar El Akkad.

May 3, Christine Myers will do a reading and a question-and-answer session with the public.

Christina is a writer, editor and former journalist. She was the creator and editor of the IPPY award-winning anthology “BIG: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies” (2020) and the author of the novel “The List of Last Chances” (2021) .

She teaches creative nonfiction through SFU’s Continuing Studies Creative Writing Department and is a co-host of a reading series called “Words in the Burbs.”

May 18, Omar El Akkad will read and discuss his novel, “What Strange Paradise”.

He is an author and journalist.

El Akkad’s first novel, “American War”, is an international bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages.

He has won numerous journalism awards and his fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ and many other newspapers and magazines.

Online registration is required for both free live Zoom author conferences.

For more information about FVRL’s programs and services, see www.fvrl.bc.ca or contact your local library.

– Liza Morris is a community librarian at the Maple Ridge Public Library


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Phillips Neighborhood History Book Wins Award

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As part of the 2022 Minnesota Book Awards, scholar David Hugill is the recipient of the Minnesota History Prize for his book Colonial town of settlers. Hugill’s book, published last year by the University of Minnesota Press, is a critical look at some of the social forces in Phillips after World War II. Our current city and neighborhoods are not neutral places where history hangs, but rather are grounded in settler-colonial relations, where white supremacy and non-white oppression are intentional. The author lived and worked in Phillips while completing his research.

Hugill describes the Phillips neighborhood in terms of “sites of articulation,” that is, places where the interactions between two or more social factors are particularly visible. Minneapolis is the colonial town of the settlers, and Phillips is where the record is rich in material. This is a study on racism and inequity. It should come as no surprise that our community has seen a lot. Over the years and decades since white colonization, our municipal and state institutions have flourished due to the prevailing attitudes of settler exploitation and domination codified by government policies of dismissal, expulsion and relocation of Indians. These policies continue to affect many residents of our neighborhood. In response, our community is also the site of resistance.

From the start of the book, Phillips is established as a community of people largely excluded from the decision-making and rewards of so-called urban renewal or urban change. Largely because of this exclusion, the community attracted the interest of well-meaning liberal anti-racist organizations who unfortunately used the racist thinking of the settlers to develop and administer their programs. The author implicates these organizations in the perpetuation of inequity, rather than as major adversaries against it.

There are other examples of these relationships. The most visible settler-colonial relationship is found in racialized policing and police brutality in our neighborhoods. In response, the community developed AIM and neighborhood counter patrols as police violence and intimidation reached new lows. Corporations like Honeywell have used our neighborhood to promote their own moral and ethical virtues even as they take advantage of our people to manufacture their weapons of war (even as our neighborhood becomes the new home for refugees fleeing the use of these same weapons).

Material of the small street the newspaper’s more than 46-year history makes an appearance in the book. Eric Almond’s 1986 and 1991 cartoons offer commentary on both police brutality and the weapons of war being made in our neighborhood. The research also includes writings by Wizard Marks, Steve Compton, Steve Parker, Chuck Robertson, and Bob Woligora. One of the photos on the book cover is of longtime collaborator Paula Williamson.

As you might have guessed, this book was not easy to read, both because of the college audience and because of the sadness and anger I felt as the dots were connected , as the evidence mounts. At the same time, we all have much to learn from these stories. It is an honor for our community to have our story told, even if some of it is hard to think about. But it is vital to stop denying the foundations of our country and our states. We must be able to see the connection between the unresolved violence of the past and the systems of oppression that surround us today.

Review: “Anna: The Biography”, by Amy Odell


ANNA: The Biography, by Amy Odell

In the very first pages of “Anna,” a semi-authoritative biography of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the protagonist cries. It’s November 9, 2016, the day after his former friend Donald J. Trump was elected president, and Wintour is speaking at a hastily arranged all-staff meeting. In full invective against an article in Women’s Wear Daily which accused her of going too far in her support for Hillary Clinton, she cracks. That kind of peek into the soul that inhabits the iconic bucket hat and sunglasses is what the book promises. On the cover, Wintour smiles behind her armor, her arms folded defiantly, as if daring the reader to pierce the veil. The author, Amy Odell, tries valiantly.

The book is the product of over 250 interviews and extensive archival research: in the letters of Wintour’s father, Fleet Street publisher Charles Wintour; in just about every fashion item Anna has put together over her long career, including those in the obscure Viva, a Penthouse-owned women’s skin magazine that Wintour tried to clean up in the end. 70s. Odell even finds a double-page spread from a 1969 issue of a fashion magazine published by a young Richard Branson, in which Wintour, misidentified as “Anna Winter”, models the “Swinging London” styles of the time: a minidress, a trouser suit and a triangle top exposing the belly. There are about 80 pages of footnotes, bringing the biography to nearly 450 pages — long, in a sense, but also about half the size of Vogue’s biggest September issue.

Odell’s extensive reporting reveals a wealth of delightful details: the time Wintour scandalized her boss by featuring a $9,000 goatskin trunk in New York magazine, where she also became known for throwing her pennies in the garbage ; that Andy Warhol called her an “awful dresser”; that she often met people rounding the corners of Vogue’s offices because, “being a Brit, she used the other way”; that after having lunch with Bill Gates, she told a colleague “how attractive she found him”; that “she once asked her photo service to touch up the fat around a baby’s neck”.

“Anna” is a biography with naturally complete goals, so those details are scattered throughout a sprawling work that sometimes, well, stretches out. And because fashion prefers the bourgeois and Europeans, the names spring up like a Pynchon novel: Francine du Plessix Gray, Lisa Love, Rochelle Udell, Min Hogg, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Peggy Northrop and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis , who is descended from people who feature prominently in “The Crying of Lot 49”.

Dating PC ‘who had sex’ while appearing on Nigerian Big Brother without permission keeps job


A Metropolitan Police constable has kept his job despite appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother without permission.

PC Khafilat Kareem, who was working, had been given unpaid leave but her bosses denied her permission to appear on the show, saying it was ‘not in her best interests’ or that she was obliged to participate .

Despite this, PC Kareem, who had been based at Lambeth Police Station since 2015, left the country to take part and took her work laptop with her which she then gave to the show’s producers.

While in the house, she struck up a relationship with Ekpata Gedoni and allegedly had sex with him on the show. The couple have since married.

A misconduct hearing convened to determine her future found she had committed serious misconduct, but stopped short of firing her, instead giving her a final written warning.

The officer (pictured) was a poster for the Met as they celebrated 100 years of female contribution to the force

The officer (pictured with Mr Gedoni on the reality show) received a final written warning at a misconduct hearing for his actions

The officer (pictured with Mr Gedoni on the reality show) received a final written warning at a misconduct hearing for his actions

The panel, led by a legal independent chairman, ruled that PC Kareem breached standards of professional behavior in relation to ‘orders and instructions’ and ‘dishonorable conduct’.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Day said: ‘Permission has been denied for PC Kareem to appear on the Nigerian version of Big Brother as it was felt that it was not in the best interests of her or the Metropolitan Police Department to participate.

“Despite this refusal, she still went to the show.

“A detailed investigation has been carried out by the Met’s Professional Standards Branch, which has concluded that PC Kareem should be subject to serious misconduct proceedings.

PC Kareem pictured in his uniform

PC Kareem pictured with Mr. Gedoni

Kareem, pictured left, in her police uniform and pictured right, with Mr Gedoni on the show. The couple have since married

“Being a police officer means you have to meet standards of professional behavior.

“PC Kareem’s behavior has clearly fallen short and she has been given a final written warning.”

In June 2019, PC Kareem applied for unpaid leave to appear on the show and was warned against appearing by her bosses.

They accepted her request for unpaid leave, however, and soon after she left the UK and took her work laptop with her without permission.

She participated in the show in July 2019 and handed over her laptop to the show’s organizers.

PC Kareem (pictured left) was forcibly barred from appearing on the reality show

PC Kareem (pictured left) was forcibly barred from appearing on the reality show

The British police officer (pictured on the reality TV show kissing her future husband Ekpata Gedoni) was at risk of being sacked for his actions

The British police officer (pictured on the reality TV show kissing her future husband Ekpata Gedoni) was at risk of being sacked for his actions

The panel found this violation of professional standards, relating to the laptop, proven to be misconduct.

While on the show, the agent struck up a relationship with fellow countryman Gedoni Ekpata, who later became her fiancé.

The public were caught up in their affair, the couple reportedly had sex on the show, while colleagues feared it would tarnish the reputation of the Metropolitan Police.

After the report in The Sun, she took to Instagram to slam the article, while calling for votes.

She urged people to support ‘TEAMKHAFI’ and shared a link to vote through and shared a statement from the show’s management which described her as ‘a proud black police officer’ as she warned that legal action was considered.

Miss Kareem (pictured) started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable

Miss Kareem (pictured) started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable

The reality star shared a message urging people to vote for her on the show in June, July and August 2019

The reality star shared a message urging people to vote for her on the show in June, July and August 2019

The officer was used as a ‘poster girl’ for the Met, posing alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to encourage recruitment of blacks and women and celebrate 100 years of women in the force.

A colleague told The Sun: ‘She’s a British policewoman on duty – it’s outrageous.’ She asked for permission to go on the show but, when her request was denied, she went anyway.

“Her out of office email response blatantly indicates that she is out of work, but no one is doing anything.

“Other officers working with her are furious that she could simply disobey orders and then leave Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”

Miss Kareem started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable.

The Met Police officer (pictured on the show) allegedly had sex while on the reality show without permission

The Met Police officer (pictured on the show) allegedly had sex while on the reality show without permission

Khafi Kareem (pictured with Mr Gedoni) was a Met poster and was allowed to keep his job

Khafi Kareem (pictured with Mr Gedoni) was a Met poster and was allowed to keep his job

The officer, who spoke out against the stop and search, joined after a 16-year-old friend was stabbed to death.

The PC worked as a lookout at airports, looking for possible victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

She also acted as a translator as she speaks French, Italian and her native Yoruba.

Publicity material for the program showed Miss Kareem in her uniform, calling her a talented singer and dancer.

The material said of Miss Kareem: “Police Officer Khafi Kareem believes you can have it all if you believe in yourself.

“She not only hopes to win the prize money, but she wants the visibility that being at Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do good for society.”

Her romance with Mr. Gedoni captivated viewers of the show.

Pictured: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (front and centre) with PC Kareem stood behind her to her immediate right as the Met celebrated 100 years of women working in the force in November last year

Pictured: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (front and centre) with PC Kareem stood behind her to her immediate right as the Met celebrated 100 years of women working in the force in November last year

Nigerian news sites have published images of PC Kareem and her future husband appearing to be in an act of Congress (pictured) under the sheets

Nigerian news sites have published images of PC Kareem and her future husband appearing to be in an act of Congress (pictured) under the sheets

Nigerian news sites posted images of the couple appearing to be in an act of Congress under the sheets.

One post read: “There are now fears that Khafi will leave Big Brother Naija House pregnant as she and her love interest Gedoni continue their steamy romance.” Cameras captured them for the third time overnight as other housemates were asleep.

“The images, now in fashion, showed the lovebirds moving their bodies in ecstasy under the sheets.

Metropolitan Police PC Khafi Kareem, 29, has been warned not to take part in the Nigerian Big Brother

Metropolitan Police PC Khafi Kareem, 29, has been warned not to take part in the Nigerian Big Brother

“Gedoni and Khafi first fought in the house on Saturday July 20 and then again on Tuesday July 23.”

His participation did not impress his fellow officers. Another Met source told The Sun: ‘There should be no way back for her and her superiors will have to act.’

“She fit the mold perfectly for how the modern force wants to portray itself, but seems to have grown a little too big for her boots.

“It’s hard to see how she can say she didn’t discredit the force.”

A Met spokesperson said at the time: “The Met does not endorse the appearance of the officer or represent the Met in his appearance on the show.

“All officers have a duty to conduct themselves professionally and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute, whether on duty or not.

“Those who do not behave in a professional manner risk breaching police standards of professional behavior and may be subject to misconduct proceedings.”

‘Greater Boston’ Podcast Heads to Crowdfunding Past Seasons to Serve and Reflect Its Community


Alexander Danner, left, and Jeff Van Dreason at Bridge Sound and Stage in North Cambridge, where they are recording recent episodes of the ‘Greater Boston’ podcast. (Photo: Victoria Rein)

Until the end of the month, listeners to the “Greater Boston” podcast can contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to help creators Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason better compensate actors and pay for studio time for their penultimate season.

The pair have long since surpassed their original $15,000 goal and entered stretch territory by offering perks like stickers, posters, stress balls – a reference to a plot point of episode – and spoilers for future episodes. Even experiences are up for grabs, like the ability for a listener to play a cameo role in an episode. A fan claimed an option to purchase each perk offered for $1,000 from the start of the campaign.

“It’s the kind of thing you put out there like, ‘Nobody’s going to do that,’ and somebody did,” Van Dreason said. “It was an exciting moment where we were like, ‘Oh my God, people really care about this. “”

The show, which debuted in 2016, is a sprawling audio drama set in a world where the Red Line has seceded to form its own government – a joke by residents of Alewife Danner and Van Dreason about commute time and the the MBTA line’s notoriously slow feeling at times as if they were living on the train. While there is humor, the show’s storylines also deal with addiction and grief and explore social and historical issues such as gentrification, displacement, and the race-based real estate tactic of redlining.

“The intersection of public transit and social issues is huge, and one thing we’ve really focused on is how public transit is a right. By putting a city in a transit line, it helped us magnify those issues – the fact that Boston’s transit system isn’t great and real estate prices keep going up, people are being moved and kicked out of neighborhoods, especially neighborhoods that are historically Black, Latinx [and other] people of color,” Van Dreason said. “At the same time, you hear people in the neighborhoods saying things like ‘Oh, these restaurants are closing’ or ‘It’s not the same feeling anymore, there are all these chains.’ The culture of neighborhoods comes from the people who live there, and if you make it too expensive for people to live there, of course that will change.

Connection with listeners

The podcast has developed a following. It saw around 1 million downloads last year, its creators said. This helped at crowdfunding time, and by the end of the month the campaign attracted $16,385 from 292 backers.

Sean Howard, a veteran of the podcasting industry – his Fable & Folly fictional podcast network was founded in 2011 – said he was impressed with the show, its longevity and its growing audience. “‘Greater Boston’ just has an amazing fanbase that’s so strong,” Howard said.

“The show we create is so aware of community and people learning to be better for each other that they find it a very comforting show to listen to and can relate to our characters in a very emotional,” Danner said.

Bloomington, Indiana resident Bridget Geene, who once visited Boston, said she bought the $1,000 package because the podcast feels like home. “Around 2018, I started down a pretty dark path, and ‘Greater Boston’ helped me out. It just means a lot to me. I wouldn’t be the person I am without it,” Geene said “I was going to get their top tier no matter what, because I appreciate Jeff and Alexander.”

A DIY start

Danner and Van Dreason met while attending Emerson College’s MFA program and have a background in creative writing, largely solitary passions they turned into collaborations through their podcast. It was initially only an occasional project shared between friends.

“It’s been DIY all along, until very recently,” Danner said. They put blankets around a basement to deaden the sound while recording, and had to take a break when planes or large trucks passed by. “We literally sat in my living room at a computer and opened up GarageBand and were like, ‘Okay, let’s learn how to design sound!'”

Now the show is taped at Bridge Sound and Stage in North Cambridge and is taking more and more steps to professionalize for the past few seasons, including paying actors by the hour. “Season 4, we went into it like, okay, now we’re doing casting calls. For the first time, we have the budget where we can promise people an upfront payment,” Danner said. season, we did a little better.”

Increase diversity

Bringing more diversity to the show also became a priority after casting their friends in the early days of the podcast sparked a moment of realization. “We had to ask ourselves this very difficult question: why don’t we have more friends who are people of color?” said Van Dreason. “We obviously wanted the show to be diverse, because it’s about Boston as a city. We kind of pushed ourselves to address some of these issues in season 2 and say, look, the show is about Red Line, social issues, it’s set in Boston – we have to take this head-on and get past our zone of comfort and address it.

It was easier to initially write characters without specifying their race or other aspects of their larger identity, but the creators found that creating a diverse show was done intentionally.

“Writing the characters knowing that ‘it’s going to be a black character, it’s going to be a trans character,’ that goes right into the casting,” Danner said. “It makes it clear to people that they are welcome.”

The plan is to end the show with five seasons, ending on a “strong, polished note” that sets them up for any projects that follow, Danner said. They also shelved plans for PodTales, a fictional audio drama and podcasting conference hosted in person in 2019 and online in 2020.

Season 4 will be released this fall; the first episode was released early as a teaser and as an incentive for the crowdfunding campaign and is available on the Greater Boston website.

Journalist Evan Osnos shares what he’s learned after seven years of reporting across America and why there’s still hope for common ground | Local News


Photo by Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos, editor of The New Yorker, will speak about healing divisions in America at a free event May 10 at Shakespeare & Company.

LENOX – Returning to the United States after 10 years of reporting abroad, New Yorker magazine editor and award-winning author Evan Osnos was surprised by seismic and unfathomable shifts in the political, social, cultural and economic fabric of the country.

It was 2013, the first year of Barack Obama’s second term as president. As Osnos, 45, writes in his third book, ‘Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury’, published last September, he discovered ‘how fear affects our political lives’ and how the poison of misinformation corroded too many citizens. understanding of the reality around them.

The sprawling and intensely personal volume (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 480 pages, $30) traces a related theme ranging from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to the assault and attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as well as the spread of QAnon conspiracy theories, accepted by 25% of Republicans, according to a recent poll.

“These cracks in American life were part of a larger fracture,” Osnos says. Income inequality, hostility toward immigrants (especially Muslims and Latinos), an epidemic of mass shootings, the trauma of domestic terrorism, accelerating breakdowns in the nation’s infrastructure – a long list of worries.

Osnos hit the road to tell what he saw happening around him, a seven-year reporting and writing odyssey focusing on three places he had lived before becoming a foreign correspondent:

  • Greenwich, Connecticut, where he grew up and graduated from local high school in a town known as an enclave for the super-rich but now increasingly diverse.
  • Clarksburg, W.Va., began his journalism career in 1998 as a photographer for the daily Exponent Telegram.
  • Chicago, where he landed an internship in 1999, then a job with the Chicago Tribune, becoming the newspaper’s Beijing bureau chief.

At 7 p.m. May 10, Osnos will discuss his findings on the plight of ordinary Americans in the face of a lingering pandemic, political polarization and unrest, efforts to achieve racial justice, and the impact of economic upheaval and of inflation. He won the National Book Award for his first book on China in 2014 and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 for his second book, on Joe Biden.

The conversation will take place with Boston Globe opinion columnist and former editorial page editor Renée Loth. The public will be able to ask questions and Osnos will sign copies of his book.

The free in-person event takes place at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, but reservations are required and can be made at eventbrite.com/e/une-soiree-avec-evan-osnos-tickets-317691793707.

The discussion draws from the “Bridging Divides, Healing Communities” speaker series, launched in the spring of 2021 by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and The Berkshire Eagle. The series explored the various forces and trends that are creating division in our society and possible local actions that could create common ground.

The May 10 event is sponsored by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Authors Guild Foundation, the Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Bank.

The Eagle met Osnos on Thursday in Italy, where he is on a reporting trip for The New Yorker:

Q: When you returned to the United States in 2013 and surveyed the scene here, why did you decide to embark on a seven-year, deeply-recorded book-writing project?

A: I was less interested in documenting the strange back roads of Washington – there was enough written about it – than in trying to understand the origins of our crisis of confidence in democracy. Why did so many Americans express little confidence in the government’s ability to solve our problems? How did this happen? I realized that the answers weren’t going to come from conventional political reporting. You have to dig into the lives of ordinary people and try to find the explanations that don’t come so loudly, and that takes time.

Q: The title of your book, “Wildland”, could easily be interpreted as a reference to the state of our nation. But for you, its origin is very particular. Where does it come from?

A: It’s a term that comes from the world of firefighters. Wild land is the land that ignites in a forest fire – land that is very often so parched, overgrown or untended that it only takes a single spark to ignite, and the fire takes on a life of its own. Living in Washington, I often thought of this metaphor, of a country in which the problems of our politics and our economy – problems of race, class and gender – had grown steadily for years, fueling a fire. In the end, it was Donald Trump’s presidency that ignited the spark.

Q: Reading your deep dive into the lives of ordinary Americans in three such distinct places, it seems like you’re reporting on three distinct nations. Can the “United” in the United States survive as we contemplate deceptions and outright lies in some neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill?

A: I think the past few years have contained, for many Americans, an alarming realization of the real fragility of our institutions – and, indeed, the fragility of the union itself. And part of the problem is, indeed, that many of the people we elect to serve on our behalf are willing to bend and attack the truth. I’ve lived in enough places to know that once you lose a public culture of truth and impunity for dishonesty, it can be a cascade of skepticism about anything in society. This is why it is encouraging to see public efforts to recommit society to facts, science and empiricism. It will take effort to bring him up to the political level, but the focus on him is a major step in the right direction.

Q: Since your manuscript was completed just over a year ago, as you watch our nation inflamed by partisans today, do you see a path to reconciliation and, if so, what does it look like? -he ?

A: Believe it or not, I’m encouraged. The mere fact that we speak candidly about these crises of democracy is a sign that we are on the way to something better. Ten years ago, it was considered a bit of a stretch to say that we were facing really fundamental risks to an open society. But today, it is almost commonplace. At the event in Lenox, I will discuss some of the people whose experiences demonstrate resilience and a belief that American society can, in fact, change for the better. I was inspired by many of them.

Review of Jeff Deutsch, “In Praise of Good Bookstores”


It seems that I have spent a quarter of a century without understanding something very important, even definitive, about Amazon.com. Founder Jeff Bezos didn’t start the site out of a particular interest in books, only to see it grow and branch out into what it is today, the largest store in the world. That was how things sounded to a client, but an interview he gave in 1997 reveals otherwise. What rather caught his attention was the fact that, as he put it, “there are by far more articles in the book category than there are articles in any other category”.

Create an online sales platform that can handle this kind of inventory, and the world is yours. Rarely a profitable business anyway, the bookstore was indeed a way to attract attention and build the brand. And that explains a lot. Do a search for “oyster” on Amazon — being careful to limit the search to the books department — and you’ll be offered not only biological studies, recipe collections and occasional aphrodisiac reference books, but also a scaler. clams and oyster knives. set with a stainless steel seafood opener, wooden handle and gloves (at a surprisingly low price), plus oyster-coloured paint cans and planners with cover graphics inspired by the Blue Öyster Cult band . To be fair, most results are actually books of some kind, though their relevance to the search term is often tenuous at best. The publisher’s description of a subtitled book A Dark Mafia Romance gives no reason to expect substantial oyster-related content.

Looking for books in the middle such mercenary mayhem is the exact opposite of the sailing experience that Jeff Deutsch celebrates in Tribute to good bookstores, published by Princeton University Press. Deutsch is the director of Chicago’s famous Seminary Co-op bookstore (as everyone calls it, although the official name is Seminary Co-op Bookstores Inc.), which somehow survived the onslaught of online retail, despite stocking a long list of literary and scholarly titles that sell slowly and often in minute quantities. “Of the 28,000 titles sold by the Seminary Co-op in 2019,” Deutsch writes, “nearly 17,000 were single copies. In other words, each of those 17,000 books was searched for by a unique reader.

To praise is not a memoir of the author’s professional life, nor a history of the cooperative (founded in 1961) as an institution. And while there are moments of philippiness against Amazon, most of Deutsch’s anger is directed toward more productive uses. What is done is done. The question is how to preserve and cultivate all the tracts of rainforest that Bezos did not burn.

This requires more than praise for good bookstores. Without pushing the rainforest analogy too far, I see Deutsch as a kind of ecologist, defining and defending the ecosystem necessary to maintain the well-being of people for whom reading is a vital necessity – a way of to be in the world. “Although bookstores are no longer the most efficient or, perhaps, the most cost-effective method of obtaining specific books,” he writes, “selling books has always been one of the least interesting services provided by bookstores. The value is, and always has been, at least in good, serious bookshops, in the experience of being among the books – an experience offered to anyone who enters the space with curiosity and time.

In other words, bookstores enable (and at best encourage) browsing. The word implies a kind of unstructured use of time that should not be confused with recklessness or lack of consequence. He writes, “While an algorithm may suggest a book we’re likely to enjoy based on who we’ve been, or what an advertiser might want us to believe we want, there’s no substitute for hard work. to help us discover who we are or who we could become.

It is the vocation of the bookseller (to use this term as a seminarian would do) to establish the optimal conditions for coming across a book that the reader is not necessarily looking for. Serendipity may not be willed, but a dedicated bookseller helps it through “filtration, selection, assembly and enthusiasm,” as Deutsch puts it.

The author calls the staff of good stores “book professionals” – a category that would also include publishers and librarians, and perhaps even reviewers. Book professionals are, he says, “readers,” which, in the case of running a bookstore, requires a particular social finesse: the ability to let browsers do their own exploration without interruption while by being conversational enough, when the customer wants it. this.

The skill set is rare and the precarious economic situation of bookstores discourages its cultivation. Deutsch mentions that when he started working in bookstores, in 1994, about 7,000 bookstores were operating in the United States. Amazon opened its doors the same year. In 2019, there were only 2,500 stores. (The decline wasn’t caused solely by competition from the online retailer, of course. Borders’ rise to power has sunk many local stores, and the chain’s collapse hasn’t prompted new ones to join.) arise.) The last pre-pandemic year was also when the Seminary Co-op transitioned from a customer-run cooperative to its current status as a non-profit organization, after more than two decades of operation with a significant deficit.

Which does not mean that it is now impossible to make a profit. Deutsch sums up what market forces currently require of a store: “About 20% of a bookstore’s inventory should be non-book products,” he writes. “The books that are transported must be purchased primarily from large presses that offer higher gross margins than smaller, independent, scholarly presses. Bookstores must leave books on their shelves for no longer than four months. Bookstores must pay booksellers the salary of an entry-level retail clerk.

Of course, browsing is not excluded by the all-in-one model, books and oyster shucking equipment from the brick-and-mortar bookstore. But this is an inefficient phase of the transaction, which contributes nothing to the seller’s bottom line. Deutsch advocates another way to calculate the value added by smart booksellers and insists it’s time to develop new ways to keep their doors open. Exactly how is another matter. The Seminary Co-op’s metamorphosis into a nonprofit is presumably relevant, but it’s not something he sees as a model.

“To be clear, he writes, the bookstore is not a place for everything. This is not the internet, where every idea or thought is given its space, no matter how good, hateful, or begging. The bookseller’s selections must filter quality and a certain set of standards – of course, what we exclude is as significant as what we include – that help create a discourse that is inclusive, intellectually honest and aware of the multiple ways in which materials are used in intellectual life in the broad sense.

Like clean air or clean water, conditions conducive to certain kinds of attention are easy to take for granted, until they start to wear thin.

Jennifer Weiner, best-selling author and ‘undisputed patron of beach reading,’ kicks off new book tour with stop in Harford County – Baltimore Sun


New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner kicks off the tour of her new book, “The Summer Place,” at an in-person event May 10, 7-8 p.m., at Water’s Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Drive in Belcamp. The event will also be simulcast online.

“We are thrilled to welcome our patrons back to an in-person authoring event, our first since the pandemic began,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “Jennifer Weiner is such a popular author with our customers, and we’re thrilled to bring her to County Harford and be the first stop on her in-person book tour for her new book.”

Described as “the undisputed patron of beach reading” by The New York Times, Weiner’s new book, “The Summer Place,” is a testament to the family in all its messy glory. It’s a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Exciting, witty, big-hearted and keenly observed, this book is Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, to how our lives are enriched by the people we call family. and the countless ways love can surprise us.

“‘The Summer Place’ is sure to be a page-turning summer read this year,” Hastler said.

Weiner is the bestselling author of 18 books including “Big Summer,” “Mrs. Everything,” “Good in Bed,” and a collection of essays, “Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing.” Princeton University and a frequent contributor to the Opinion section of the New York Times, Weiner lives with her family in Philadelphia.

Presented in partnership by the Harford County Public Library and the Howard County Library System, the in-person event includes a presentation on “The Summer Place” and the opportunity to purchase the book and have it autographed by Weiner . Photo ops with the author will also be available. Copies of “The Summer Place” will be on sale the evening of the event. Attendees are encouraged to register early for the in-person event as space is limited.

For virtual attendees, a link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to the event. For virtual attendees interested in purchasing a book, contact The Last Word Bookstore (thelastwordbookstore.com) or Bethany Beach Books (bethanybeachbooks.com). A limited number of signed bookplates are available, while supplies last.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Registration is required for those wishing to attend the event in person or virtually: https://hcplmd.org/3DKe7ls.

Taco Bell hands out over $8 million in purses


There is a new class of Live Más Scholars.

Today, the Taco Bell Foundation announced more than $8 million in scholarships to break down barriers to education for 772 passionate students who seek to inspire change in their communities and across the country.

With the help of Taco Bell’s Chief Impact Officer, cultural icon Lil Nas X, the Taco Bell Foundation is excited to create a memorable experience for this next generation of leaders.

“I know firsthand what it’s like to be a young person who dreams of breaking convention and changing an industry,” says Lil Nas X. “It’s an honor to support these Live Más Fellows and I can’t wait to see their next chapters unfold.”

To qualify for this year’s scholarship program, these students, aged 16 to 26, submitted a two-minute video describing their passion, a positive change they want to make in the world, and how their education will help them. to achieve this objective.

Selected from a pool of 8,000 applicants, this year’s awardees include nearly 200 brand fans, 150 Taco Bell restaurant team members and 430 renewal winners (fans and team members who applied for renew a Live Más scholarship they have received in the past). The scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000 per student. This year’s fellows will also have the opportunity to attend the Live Más Scholarship Summer of Creativity, an in-person conference in San Diego, California, bringing together past and present Live Más Fellows to learn, engage, and network personally and professionally.

“We are thrilled to welcome an ambitious new class of scholars,” said Jennifer Bradbury, CEO of the Taco Bell Foundation. “These scholarships aren’t just about providing funds. They’re about creating opportunity, igniting passion, and fueling inspiration and ambition in young people across the country.”

The Taco Bell Foundation is giving $2.3 million to Taco Bell restaurant team members and $5.75 million to other youth nationwide. To raise money for the Live Más Scholarship consumer fund, the Taco Bell Foundation is partnering with Taco Bell restaurants through the Round Up program. By asking Taco Bell customers to round their order total to the nearest dollar, the Taco Bell Foundation has raised over $60 million since 2019.

The Live Más Scholarship is for students with bold ambitions, a community focus and an eye on the horizon. Hear the stories of two of the scholars who will use these funds to reach new heights:

  • Joel B.: Joel is a medical student at Washington State University and is the co-founder of Hugs for Ghana, a non-profit organization he founded in honor of his late grandmother who died of malaria. and dedicated to bringing needed school and medical supplies to children in African countries. As the first black student in his medical school, he is dedicated to advancing other minority doctors and impacting communities of color, a cause he speaks loudly about on his “Medical Mythbuster” account. which currently has nearly 500,000 subscribers.
  • Jasmine B.: Jasmine is a senior at Manchester High School in North Chesterfield, Va., where she is co-captain of her Lancer Dancers dance team and big sister to two younger siblings. Falling in love with reading and writing at an early age, Jasmine pursued her interests by becoming heavily involved in her high school’s mass communication center. In her journey to follow her passions for journalism and mass communications, she won third place statewide for a documentary she co-directed and edited in the Virginia High School League competition. Currently working as a member of the Taco Bell team in Midlothian, Virginia, Jasmine plans to attend a four-year college majoring in mass communications with a minor in creative writing to pursue her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist.

The news and information presented in this press release have not been corroborated by RSQFood News Media or Journalistic, Inc.

Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction: In the Company…


Originally published as In the company of men, the work was translated by the author in collaboration with John Cullen. Tadjo’s novel includes a series of moving snapshots presented through the eyes of those affected by the Ebola outbreak: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphan boy driven out of her village for fear of infection.

In the company of men is one of two recent African novels in translation to receive recognition: Rwandan Scholastique Mukasonga Our Lady of the Nile has been shortlisted for the Republic of Conscience award, the winner of which will be announced shortly. This counts as a welcome trend that will encourage further translation of African works.

Read an excerpt from Véronique Tadjo In the company of men.


The beginning


‘Go ahead, get out now. Go to the capital, go to your aunt. The village is cursed. Never come back here.

She stuffed some clothes into a bag and took the money her father handed her. She knew that was all she had left.

“When the bus arrives at the main station, there will be people everywhere. But don’t worry, your aunt will be there waiting for you. Don’t tell him anything. Above all, don’t tell him we’re dying here. It would terrify her. Don’t tell him that your mother and your two younger brothers are very sick. She wouldn’t understand. Say as little as possible, watch and do whatever she asks you to do. This is your chance.

He hugged her quickly and walked away without looking back.


Two mischievous young boys from a village on the edge of the forest have gone hunting. Their village was a cluster of small houses and large circular mud huts with conical roofs and stepped layers of thatch rising skyward. The nearby forest was an imposing presence, both protective and nurturing, a realm inhabited by mysterious forces invisible to the naked eye. The villagers lived amidst great natural beauty and utter destitution.

That morning, before the sweltering, humid sun came out, the whole area was shrouded in mist. Armed with slingshots, the two brothers shot at anything that moved. Then they looked up and spotted a colony of sleeping bats hanging upside down from the branches of a tall, rough-barked tree. The cool, shady foliage formed a screen against the sun’s rays. A child aimed and hit one of the animals. As it fell, several other bats flew off with screeching. The boy aimed again. A dull sound came from the carpet of dead leaves.

The second boy took his turn, and he too hit his target. A third bat hit the ground at his feet and began to crawl feebly. The young hunters recovered their prey and returned proudly to the village. There they lit a wood fire, threaded the bushmeat and seasoned it with pepper and other spices stolen from their mother’s kitchen. Then they grilled it over the fire, although there wasn’t much to eat: a few soft bones and some meat that tasted like game. But it was their own loot.

Less than a month later, both boys were on the verge of death. Blood flowed from all the orifices of their bodies.

When the nurse was notified, he rushed home but stopped short in the bedroom doorway and watched the two boys writhing on their beds. He saw the stains of blood and mucus on the dirt floor, smelled the stench in the air. He said to the father: “Whatever you do, stay away from your children. Don’t touch them, don’t dry their tears. Don’t take them in your arms. Keep your distance from them. You are in grave danger. I’ll call my team. He scribbled a brief report in his notebook and rushed to alert his superiors. But the mother did not move from her children’s bedside. She wept as she stroked their faces and gave them sips of water to drink.

Huddled side by side in a red earth house with a tin roof, the two frail little bodies endure their suffering. Nobody knew. The medical team took a long time to come. The mother could not sit still and do nothing. She visited the local healer to get plants to cure the sick.

The man said: “There are so many deaths, too many deaths, it’s not normal. This disease is not from here. Someone is there to catch us. He cast a curse on us that I don’t know how to break. We have to clean the village and perform purification rites. But in the end, he took pity on her and gave her potions for her children.

The father, waiting for the arrival of the medical team, had not moved from the front door. He let the mother do as she pleased and watched the villagers intently go about their daily business. The farmers, their hoes slung over their shoulders, walked in single file toward the fields. Women with buckets of water on their heads came back from the river. Kids trotted behind the women, clinging to their skirts, bare feet covered in dust. A few kids rummaged through a pile of garbage, while hens scraped and scratched the ground looking for worms. The father looked up at the yellow sun, at the rain-laden clouds, and decided bad luck had crept into their lives.

The medical team has arrived. The men pulled out their gear and began to douse the floor with chlorine solution. The father moved away. The team ordered the mother out, but she refused. They erected a sanitary cordon all around the house, then the neighbors crowded onto the stage, their faces still wrinkled with sleep, their loincloths tied around their chests.

The villagers watched from a distance, standing in silent groups under the trees. Father and mother already looked like ghosts, their neighbors thought. Another missing family.

In the past, each new death was announced with a lot of fanfare. Screams spread the news throughout the village. The women were wailing and rolling in the dust tearing their hair. But now, this time, there was no such thing, absolutely nothing. Everything was happening in silence, a thick and threatening silence, auguring even more heartbreaking days. The death of the two boys triggered an ominous premonition that petrified the entire village.

The mother got into the ambulance with her children; it was the last time the father saw them alive. He barely had time to send his eldest daughter away. Not a single tear was shed. He was already fighting for his life. DM/ML

In the company of men is published by Jacana Media (R195). Véronique Tadjo is a writer, academic, artist, poet and author of children’s books. Born in Paris, she grew up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where she attended local schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Abidjan and a doctorate from the Sorbonne, Paris IV, in Afro-American literature and civilization. To visit The reading list for South African book news, every day – including excerpts! This excerpt originally appeared in The Johannesburg Book Review.

Letter to the Editor: Old Autocratic Tactics | Letters to the Editor


I see that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is leading a book ban movement there to “save the children” from that state’s horrific liberal “caregiver” teachers. The Republican Party has decided that accusing someone of child molestation is the way to shut them up, including Disney. That’s what Putin did when he was in the KGB. He helped Boris Yeltsin, who was under investigation for corruption, by accusing the prosecutor of pedophilia with two underage girls. He made the guy disappear.

These are old autocratic tactics that are now being recycled by the Republican Party. They just tried it out at the Jackson SCOTUS confirmation hearings! You know, Hitler in 1930s Germany also liked to ban and burn books. What’s next, big bonfires burning books? What’s the next step after that? Concentration camps for gays, transgenders, blacks. liberals and immigrants (except, of course, straight white Christian immigrants)?

Wake up people. Republicans want freedom for themselves, but for no one else. They were against big government telling people how to live their lives. Now they tell anyone who disagrees with their autocratic ambitions how to live their lives.

You think this kind of crazy politics can’t get worse? Just look. I believe Republicans when they say something crazy is happening. Look what they did on January 6, 2021. They told us they were going to do it ahead of time, but most of you didn’t believe them. I believe them.

—Michael Gresham, Ridgecrest

Cal Poly Finance Team Advances in Global Competition with PayPal Stock Outlook Analysis – Cal Poly News


Business students have won local and regional titles in the CFA Investment Research Challenge and have reached the highest level of any team at the university’s Orfalea College of Business.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A detailed analysis of PayPal’s stock outlook, along with a sell recommendation, helped a team of Cal Poly finance students outperform hundreds of others recently in the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge.

Competing against more than 900 schools in North, Central and South America, the Cal Poly team was one of only 17 to advance to the Americas semifinals held this month, after winning local and sub-regional stages. The global competition includes more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from universities in over 91 countries. Students are tested on their analysis, evaluation, report writing and presentation skills.

For the competition, students were tasked with performing an analysis of PayPal, a San Jose-based company providing financial transaction processing services. The team spent five months compiling a report – which included information on PayPal’s business model, industry insight, risks and more – before recommending the sale of PayPal stock, predicting that its value would decline by more than 12% in one year.

“Building this report may be one of the most challenging and extensive projects we’ve ever worked on,” said team captain Alexandra Joelson of San Diego. “We were confined to 10 main pages and 10 appendix pages. While that might seem like a lot, we had so much research and analysis, and it was hard to stick to that page limit.

The team also included: Cameron Wong and Dominic Juliano, both of San Francisco; Samuel Paik, of Orinda, California; and Walnut Creek, Calif., resident Shingo O’Flaherty.

“Early on, our team members identified the skills and talents of each individual,” said Cyrus Ramezani, Academic Advisor, Professor of Finance at Orfalea College of Business. “They then divided the work and specialized to be more efficient. It’s the closest our students can get to a real-world experience. It is also one of the best examples of our Learn by Doing mantra at Orfalea College of Business.

Scott B. Kirk, a Cal Poly alumnus (Business Administration, Financial Management, 2005), also served as a team advisor.

Once assigned tasks, the team researched PayPal, its market and revenue drivers, then worked as a team to develop a detailed financial model, write a comprehensive report and prepare their presentations.

“This financial model helped us find key findings that could drive our sales story,” Joelson said.

This story, Ramezani said, was delivered in a well-written and carefully developed report — with extensive use of charts and tables — that could be used by portfolio managers to make investment decisions.

“Students also created a complete slide deck and gave several presentations to industry professionals (the judges),” he said. “They are expected to clearly present and defend their analysis and investment recommendation.”

According to their research, PayPal’s competitors include Apple Pay, Google Pay and Zelle, a digital payment network backed by financial institutions such as Bank of America, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

PayPal’s current population is largely made up of consumers between the ages of 35 and 55. While the company has benefited from the shift to online shopping, particularly during the pandemic, the encroachment of powerful competitors, rising interest rates and inflation, and geopolitical risk are all contributing to a stock market future. questionable, the team concluded.

As the project lasted several months, this analysis was subject to change. The report even refers to the 2-month war in Ukraine, which started during the project.

“It was extremely difficult to update our presentation due to market volatility and constantly fluctuating PayPal news,” Joelson said. “The team laid out a clear plan of what we wanted to update to ensure we had the most up-to-date and accurate presentation possible.”

After winning the local competition in San Francisco (16 teams), the team also advanced from the US West round to the Americas semi-finals. Cal Poly did not qualify for the Americas Finals, which will take place on April 28.

“The competition is extremely competitive in the semi-finals, and we may have been knocked out by a fraction of a point,” Ramezani said. “Still, this is the first time our students have reached this level, and we are proud of the work our team has completed.

The project provided students with important skills that will prepare them for future careers, Joelson said.

“This experience felt like a real project because we had to keep up to date with the market all the time.”

Photo Info: A team of five Orfalea College of Business students have advanced to the next stage of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s 2021-22 Research Challenge. Finance students, left to right, Dominic Juliano, Samuel Paik, Alexandra Joelson (team captain), Cameron Wong and Shingo O’Flaherty represented Cal Poly in the annual global competition.
Photo by Austin Ma

Contact: Pat Pemberton
805-235-0555; [email protected]

April 26, 2022

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What older women want, says Bay Area author


When a newly divorced Vicki Larson reached her late 40s, she didn’t consider herself “withered,” undesirable, professionally irrelevant, or “invisible,” as women in business have long been told. a certain age.

Instead, the Bay Area journalist and author was thrilled to be entering the “prime prime” of her life, never “more confident…interesting, vibrant and juicy,” as she writes in “Not Too Old For That” (Rowman & Littlefield, $32), her insightful and provocative new book on women and aging.

Now in his 60s, Larson has had short- and long-term romances, gotten a promotion at work, bought a house, raised two sons, wrote a book, and nurtured new, long-term friendships.

Whether or not Larson’s trajectory is typical, she says it’s not a path society typically describes for women of a certain age, an issue that frustrated Larson but also prompted her to investigate. The result is a book that challenges hurtful messages in the media and elsewhere about postmenopausal women.

These messages say that older women are no longer attractive or sexual because they no longer bear children or please the male gaze. The posts also say their aging bodies and brains make them “frail, incompetent” and a growing burden on others.

“I just hit my peak and society tells me I’m no longer visible?” said Larson. “That I am unwanted? That I have nothing to offer?

Lifestyle editor of the Marin Independent Journal, Larson brought these issues to a reporter’s attention, using research on the science of aging and interviews with scholars, authors and everyday women. In the book and this interview, Larson emphasized that she had no intention of writing a self-help guide or an “Eat, Pray, Love” style tome that tells women how to “find themselves “.

“I approached the issue of aging as a journalist,” says Larson. “I wanted to know what is going on in your body. What messages do you hear? Who benefits from these messages and are they accurate? »

In the process, Larson argues that older women already have power. While ageism is real, older women have become increasingly visible in important areas of American life. They have founded and run businesses, won awards for their work in Hollywood, and run for local, state, federal, and presidential elections. Perhaps most importantly, older women have strength in numbers. They will become a key demographic group in the American population over the next decade, when the elderly will outnumber children for the first time in history.

“The vast majority of these people will be women because we tend to live longer than men,” Larson says.

With that kind of power, “we have the opportunity to create new narratives about aging as a woman, ones that value women at all stages of life, not just the young,” Larson writes.

A pervasive narrative that needs to go is that older women don’t care about sex, Larson says. The idea is that they lose interest, while “older men are always ready to go”. But women generally maintain the same level of desire as men as they age, with men even more likely to lose desire due to erectile dysfunction, Larson points out, citing a 2017 study. is probably rooted in men’s anxiety about their own sexual problems. Larson also examines how negative messages about women and sexuality are particularly affected by black women and women from other marginalized groups.

And Larson dissects recent seemingly positive coverage about aging telling women how to do it “successfully” – like 52-year-old megastar Jennifer Lopez, who is praised for her smooth skin, tight abs and ability to always s fit into the body-hugging Versace dress she wore more than 20 years ago.

While there should be room to celebrate women like Lopez, Larson also cites other women who speak out against the impossible standard for anyone without Lopez’s genes or resources, and experts who explain the ageism inherent in the language that defines aging “beautifully” as looking young.

Rowman & Littlefield Editors 2022

Larson’s book doesn’t shy away from other serious issues of aging, including the fact that many older women struggle financially as they approach retirement. A chapter is dedicated to encouraging women to take control of their finances and seek ways to invest.

“If there’s one thing I hope women take away from my book, it’s that,” Larson said.

Larson also addresses the fear of dying and how women can stay in less than satisfying relationships because they are afraid to leave this world alone. But many people die alone, a fatality made brutal by hospital deaths from COVID-19, Larson says bluntly. The question, she says, is how women get the most out of their lives, whether in a long-term, happily single marriage or in new configurations of relationships with extended family, friends and even loved ones. ex-spouses.

She concludes by calling on women of all ages to “start having honest conversations not only about what they perceive to be the negatives of aging as a woman in this world, but also about how aging has made them stronger, more resilient, more open-minded, more tolerant.

Hear Vicki Larson, author of “Not Too Old For That,” speak at 5 p.m. May 1 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera; www.bookpassage.com.

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. Announces Sixth Annual Poetry Showcase Winners for Global Creativity and Innovation Week 2022


The Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. has announced the winners of its sixth annual poetry showcase for Global Creativity and Innovation Week 2022.

The Northwest Indiana Poetry Showcase had no official theme. Nevertheless, appealing to their imaginations, nearly 150 young poets and four adults submitted nominations.

“Our creative partner, Ester, founder and owner of The Nest in Michigan City, came up with an ‘Inspiration List’ designed to help refresh a memory or spark an idea for an original poem,” said Bill Halliar, Co-Chair. . of the celebration of this year’s Global Creativity and Innovation Week. The results were poems about animals, outer space, boxes, toys, clouds, flowers, food, family, to name a few of the themes.

For example, one poem was about cleaning up the Lake Michigan waterfront. Jeremiah Kilbourne, an 8-year-old sophomore at Coolspring School in Michigan City, wrote:

I like cleaning the beach. When I run, I fall to my knees.
My dad was on the paper once. It was really fun.
When I got home, I hung it on my wall. It was really high.
I clean the beach every Monday. I’m always excited to play.
I clean the beach with my dad. There is so much trash on the beach.
It’s bad sometimes. I go very far on the beach. I’m going in my dad’s car.
There is always so much to clean up.

The number of entries this year has doubled compared to last year’s contest. At times, “it seemed a bit overwhelming. The huge response to our call for poems made the contest more competitive than ever, Halliar noted. “As always, we were fortunate to have a top-notch writer, Dr William Allegrezza, to judge the young people’s entries.”

Dr. Allegrezza teaches courses in creative writing, professional writing, composition and literature. His main interest is contemporary poetry from the Americas.

Last week, several poets read their works on WIMS. The best poems will also be published in The Beacher, the Michigan City weekly. Each student will receive a certificate and a book containing all submitted poems to share with family and friends.

This summer, writers will read their poems during Art-in-the-Park programs at Fox Park in La Porte. Hailliar hopes the Poetry Showcase will eventually become an adult poet laureate program in Michigan City.

For more information, visit the CenterforCreativeSolutions.com, send an email to [email protected] or call 219-326-7259.

The winners are:

1st year
First: “I love you.”
Samuel Bosch, 7 years old
Westfield Carey Ridge Elementary School
Mr. Byers, teacher

2nd year – Queen of All Saints School
First: “Space Rocketship”
Alea Smith, 8 years old
Mrs. Moskovich, teacher

Second: “Heavenly Space”
Mariah Stone, 8 years old
Mrs. Moskovich, teacher

Third: “Holy Heaven”

Henry Morefield, 8 years old
Mrs. Moskovich, teacher

Grade 2 – Coolspring Elementary School

Premiere: “I like flowers”
Olivia Wood, 8 years old
Mrs Covington

Second: “Clean the beach”
Jérémie Kilbourne, 8 years old
Mrs Covington

Third: “Ducks”
Mariska Losiniecki
Mrs Covington

3rd year

First: “The clouds are fluffy white puffs”
Anna Nelson, 9 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Olsen, teacher

Second: “White clouds fill the sky”
Audrey Nelson, 9 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Olsen, teacher

Third: “Up there is a sky”
Liam Yuknis, 9 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Olsen, teacher

4th grade

Premiere: “The Green and White Glow”
Eli Morefield, 10 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Lohse, teacher

Second: “Hidden box”
Andy Rendon, 10 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Lohse, teacher

Third: “A box was brilliant”
Manny Rocilez, 10 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Lohse, teacher

5th year

First: “How high, how high?” »
Finnian Hendricks, 11
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Wellinski, teacher

Second: “Cold Lonely”
Gregory Hopper, 11 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Wellinski, teacher

Third: “Far in the Clouds”
Amelia Arnold, 11 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Wellinski, teacher

6th year

Premiere: “In the Clouds”
Bruno Cervantes, 12 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Champagne, teacher

Second: “Hello, goodbye”
Elijah Arnold, 12 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Champagne, teacher

Third: “The Clouds Hide”
Elijah Arnold, 12 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Champagne, teacher

7th grade

First: “Clouds”

Bradyn Losinsky, 13
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Wozniak, teacher

Second: “There is a hidden box”
Xander Seedorf, 13 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Wozniak, teacher

Third: “The constant expectation”
Sophia Vaugh, 13 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints,
Mrs. Wozniak, teacher

8th grade

First: “I grew a sapling”
Andrew Hoang, 14 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Gasaway, teacher

Second: “Wave a hint to your friends”
Eleanor Crane, 13 years old
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Gasaway, teacher

Third: “Goodbyes can be sad”
Madison Woodruff, 15
Michigan City Queen of All Saints
Mrs. Gasaway, teacher

High school

First: “Please stay a little longer”
Samantha Williams, 16 and Junior
Chesterton High School

Mr. Livovich, teacher

Second: “The long moral of life”
Melody Pearson, 17 and Junior
Westville High School
Kim Klein, teacher


“My Walk” – Jeannie Halliar (poem below)
“Cross” – Roy Summerville (poem below)
“Thoughts in the Rain” – Bill Halliar


“My walk”
by Jeannie Y. Halliar

Late winter morning, sky colored with shades of grey,
Trees stand bare near the path I take every day. The humidity and the cold embrace me with the air,
and sheets like rugs are strewn everywhere.
The winds feel like Jack Frost is breathing on my face,
I feel so much peace and comfort walking in this place.
The soothing voice of creaking trees joins the stream to speak,
I never feel alone on this path that I take.
A deer carefully passes me by and stops to pick me up,
there is nowhere else on earth to talk silently with your friends.

by Roy Summerville

Leave Wheeler, go to the store.
Out of hot season for February.
The ice is melting on the road.
I can save time.
Speed ​​limit 55 so I’m going 65.

Pick up groceries.
Pick up the kids.
Make dinner.

The radio is on but I’m not really listening.
Truckers in Canada. Russia and Ukraine.
What is an NFT? Why are we slowing down?

Pick up groceries.
Pick up the kids.
Make dinner.

The SUV in front of you has hazard warning lights.
The SUV pulls to the side. Cars are moving.
The driver gets out and approaches for a moment.
She kneels down.

Pick up groceries.
Pick up the kids.
Make dinner.

By the way, I see her standing with crowns in her arms.
They had to be on the three wayside crosses.
Probably exchange fresh flowers.

How many years have these crosses been there?
How many times has she done this?
How many times have I walked past?

They were someone’s family.
They were someone’s friends.
They were someone’s children.

Pick up groceries.
Pick up the kids.
Make dinner.

Maybe I should go 60.
Maybe I should hug my kids.
Maybe I should read the names on the crosses next time.

David A. Robertson’s new novel The Theory of Crows is a dramatic tale of suffering and healing – read an excerpt now


The crow theory is the latest book by best-selling Canadian author David A. Robertson.

Robertson’s first adult novel is about a disconnected and distant relationship between a man named Matthew and his teenage daughter Holly. Following a tragic event, Matthew and Holly reunite and head ashore in search of a long-lost cabin on the family trapline, miles from the Cree community they once called home. them.

When things go wrong during the trip, they find they have only the other to turn to for support. What happens to father and daughter on earth will test them and eventually heal them in ways they never thought possible.

Robertson is an award-winning author and graphic novelist based in Winnipeg. Multi-talented heritage writer Swampy Cree has published 25 books in a variety of genres, including graphic novels Will I see? and sugar fallsya book foreignersthe memory black water and the Governor General’s Literary Award– winning picture books called When we were alone and On the trapline, both illustrated by Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett.

Robertson served as Radio-Canada Books judge of the student writing challenge The front page in 2020-2021. Her mid-level book series includes The tundra and The Great Bear. The tundra was a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature — Text.

He also hosts the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew and is one of the Indigenous creators who contributed to the graphic novel anthology This place.

Robertson said Radio-Canada Books writing her first adult novel book was a “confluence of lived experiences” that has accumulated over the past two years. This includes the experiences and events described in his memoirs black watera book that won two Manitoba Book Awards in 2021.

“When I went to the trapline with my dad in 2018, he told me about another trapline he had lived on as a child that was lost to him. father died, I imagined going with him again and taking him there to rest. It became the setting for the novel, a homecoming, both physical and spiritual,” Robertson said.

“Personally, the last two years have been difficult from a mental health perspective. Losing my father and then going from anxiety to depression has left me in a bad state. It has affected my relationships, especially with my daughter Living with my father’s teachings, hearing his voice, thinking about our time together on earth, many things have helped me to heal – and through that, to heal the relationship with my daughter.

“I put it all together to The crow theory. It was a way for me to keep healing, because sharing truths through history heals me.”

The crow theory will be available on September 13, 2022.

You can read an excerpt from The crow theory below.

I was eight years old when my grandmother died. She went to boarding school when she was five, until she was about the age you are now. If you think about the worst things the kids went through in those schools, you can imagine what happened to my grandmother. She went through hell, came out the other side, but the flames never really went out. Survivors talk about their experiences now, and I think it helps them, but no one was listening then, so there was no one to talk to. My grandmother died of a lung problem. I don’t know what kind, just that finally she couldn’t breathe. Maybe keeping all this truth was taking her breath away. Vacuumed it clean.

Or maybe she just died.

“Now what?” I asked my mother, lying in her bed one evening after the funeral.

“Nothing now,” she said. (Your grandfather believes in the Creator, your grandmother not so much.)

“What do you mean nothing?”

“She is dead. She will live on in our memories.”

To be remembered is not the hereafter. It’s other people using their brains to think about you.

It’s not really living. I knew it then as well as now. To be remembered is not the hereafter. It’s other people using their brains to think about you. When you die, you won’t know if anyone remembers you or not. I said something like that to her, as an eight-year-old would say, and then my mom just ignored it. She told me that my grandmother didn’t know she was alive before she was born, she wouldn’t know she was alive after she died, and that was it. It was like that for everyone.

“Are you trying to make me feel better?”

“We all share the same fate, son. Isn’t that comforting? Isn’t it nice to know we’re all in this together?”

It’s a fucking boat, I thought.

For years after that, I would lie in bed and think about what my mom said, and it kept me up all night. I rolled out of bed and wandered around the house aimlessly. I remember one night, I found myself in front of the windows of our house, looking at the sky, the stars, the moon, then all that. I lifted my hand and looked at my palm in the soft moonlight, I looked at all the little lines covering my skin. They were as small to me as I was to the world, as the world was to the universe, as the universe was to eternity, and I felt crushed by the weight of it all.

For years after that, I would lie in bed and think about what my mom said, and it kept me up all night.

On nights like that, I snuggled into my parents’ bed. My father would be awake. I guess he’s come to expect that at some point in the night, I’ll get stuck between him and my mom. He’d put his hand on my stomach, all those little lines on his palm pressed against my skin, and told me to raise his hand, then lower it, with my breath.

“Like that?”

I was breathing in my stomach. I watched his hand rise, then fall.

“Like that.”

My pulse would slow. My breathing would slow. I stared at his hand until my eyelids grew heavy.

When I would open my eyes, it would be morning.

And I think about it. I think of how we sleep for a third of our lives. Life is already so short that I’m afraid that if I close my eyes, it’s too late to work things out with you. I’ve been sleeping for so long already.

Adapted from The crow theory by David A. Robertson. Copyright © 2022 David A. Robertson. Published by Harper Perennial, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Reproduced by agreement with the publisher. All rights reserved.

From Deserts to Islands: Coloniality, Environment and Language in Latin America and the Caribbean | Events | Calendar | News


Dr. Macarena Gomez-Barrisprofessor and dean of liberal arts and sciences at Pratt Institute and Dr Amilcar Antonio BarretoProfessor and Chair of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies at Northeastern University.

Dr Gomez-Barris is a writer and researcher specializing in environmental themes, decolonial theory and practice, and intersections with queer/trans* feminisms. She is the author of three books including, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives(Duke University Press, 2017), which examines five scenes of ruinous extractive capitalism, and Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Currents in the Americas (UC Press 2018), a text of critical hope on the role of submerged art and solidarity in troubled times. She is also the author of Where memory dwells: culture and state violence in Chile (2009) and co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a sociology of the trace (2010). She’s working on a new book, At the seaside (Duke University Press), which considers colonial ocean transits and the generative space between land and sea. Macarena is the founding director of the Pratt Institute’s Global South Center, www.globalsouthcenter.org. More recently, she received the Pratt Institute Research Recognition Award (2021-2022), the University of California, the Santa Cruz Distinguished Alumni Award (2021-2022) and the Andy Warhol Curatorial Grant (2022-2023).

She will share a talk titled “Atacama: An Integrated Research Practice”, in which she will reflect on how writing, research and creative practice come together in a palimpsest of approaches in relation to the particular site of her analysis. , the Atacama. Given the colonial Anthropocene and the context of continued environmental degradation, ruin and extractivism, how might we think about the role of the human and the non-human in the desert?

As for Dr. Barreto, he specializes in nationalism and ethnic politics and citizenship and race. Most of his work has focused on Puerto Rico and Latinos in the United States. His most recent books are Language politics in Puerto Rico revisited (2020) and American Identity in the Age of Obama (2014, co-edited with Richard L. O’Bryant). And some of the most recent articles include “Bifurcating American Identity: Partisanship, Sexual Orientation, and the 2016 Presidential Election,” Politics, groups and identities (2018, co-authored with Nicholas G. Napolio), “Hierarchies of Belonging: Intersecting Race, Ethnicity, and Territoriality in the Construction of US Citizenship”, Citizenship Studies (2017, co-authored with Kyle Lozano) and “American Identity, Congress and the Puerto Rico Statehood Debate”, Ethnicity and Nationalism Studies (2016).

He will share a talk titled “From Puerto Rico to Puerto Rico and Back: Debating the Value of Racialized Citizens.” This lecture will focus on how, after four centuries as a Spanish colony, the government of Madrid was forced to cede Puerto Rico to the United States at the end of the Spanish-American War. The English text of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, the agreement finalizing this conflict, misspelled the island’s name as Puerto Rico. Since the U.S. Senate only ratifies the English text of a treaty, this error remained entrenched in U.S. law and sparked a decades-long campaign to restore the territory’s original name. The error was finally corrected in 1932. More than a comedy of error, this incident exposes conflicting interpretations of American citizenship and the dignity of different groups of American citizens. Naturalized in 1917, Puerto Ricans found that the statutory citizenship granted to them was mitigated by their perceived value. And dignity was a position limited by representations of their community as members of the so-called Spanish race.

Book Review: Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by Vladislav M. Zubok


In collapse, Vladislav M. Zubok examines the fall of the Soviet Union, showing how the collapse was not sudden but rather the result of a long decline with economic strains at the center. It is a compelling and detailed study that will prove to be the new standard work on a critical period in world history that still has ramifications today, writes William B. Whisenhunt.

Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union. Vladislav M. Zubok. Yale University Press. 2021.

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was once news, but now it’s ancient history. The last years of the Soviet Union were tense and contentious. The 1970s and 1980s were defined by the idea of ​​Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), Cold War movies like The next day, War games and Red Dawn, economic stagnation and the fiery rhetoric of such figures as the leader of the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov, and US President Ronald Reagan. For those who lived through this era, the fear of an apocalyptic disaster was mixed with a grim cynicism about the politics of the time.

With collapse, eminent historian Vladislav M. Zubok has written what will prove to be the new standard work on one of the most dramatic events of the late 20th century. The collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 seemed to the world suddenly, and even a little unbelievable. Yet Zubok highlights the fact that the collapse was not so sudden, but rather the result of a long decline.

Zubok’s book takes a new approach to the subject by focusing on economic tensions as the main cause of the collapse. The economic stagnation of the 1960s and 1970s has often been referred to in other works on the last years of the Soviet Union, but collapse brings this theme to the fore. After reading Zubok’s long study, the economic argument becomes more and more convincing. While traditional interpretations still hold up over time, this work clearly shows that the main constraint was economic.

This economic theme falls squarely on the shoulders of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. His economic reforms, known as perestroika (“restructuring”), were slow to develop and did not produce the kind of change that allowed the Soviet economy to modernize. Its policy of openness, known as glasnost, allowed Soviet citizens to see this world in a new way, but it also exposed many flaws of the Soviet regime in the past and present. This engendered impatience among Soviet citizens to fulfill the long-held Soviet promise of a better standard of living, but this did not materialize.

Zubok’s long and detailed study is easy to read. It is designed with a strong narrative approach to tell an unfolding drama. It not only keeps the reader’s attention, but also provides a wealth of detail and analysis that can only be undertaken by someone who has worked Zubok’s entire life on the subject.

The first section of the book focuses on the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was in decline as it passed through a series of older and ailing leaders before Gorbachev came to power in March 1985. For the generalist reader as well as the specialist, this section is very important. . It draws the reader into the details of the drama that shaped not only the internal collapse of the Soviet system, but also describes how the outside world (especially the United States) played a key role in the development of that era.

In the second section, Zubok emphasizes the roles that many Western powers played in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The intimate details that Zubok reveals about the conversations and negotiations that took place place between 1989 and 1991 are treasured in this book and will be used by scholars for years to come.

In particular, the administration of US President George H. W. Bush (1989-93) played a crucial role in dismantling the Soviet Union with its desire to see it end peacefully rather than explode into regional or international conflict. . While the Bush administration hesitated in the first half of 1989 to fully engage with Gorbachev, it would prove central to the events that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the final months of 1991.

One of the most compelling parts of the books is Zubok’s account and analysis of the period between August and December 1991. The details are revealing of the inner workings of the Soviet government in its final days and weeks. The future first president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin, emerges in this treatment as a pivotal figure who saw the changes ahead and positioned himself to take advantage of them for his own personal power. Moreover, the hardline communists in the leadership presented obstacles at almost every turn to Gorbachev’s reforms that rendered his attempts at transformation quite anemic.

Zubok concludes, however, that the real responsibility for the collapse rests with Gorbachev. He introduced sweeping economic reforms that could not be carried out. He points out that Gorbachev’s inability to adapt to developing realities during his six years in power helped spread disillusionment with the system itself. Gorbachev’s inspiration for this reform effort was the work of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin. However, he only partially adopted Lenin’s tactics to bring about such radical change. Zubok’s conclusion about Gorbachev is revealing. He notes that “Gorbachev’s messianic idea of ​​a humane socialist society was increasingly detached from the realities of Soviet power and its economy” (427).

In conclusion, Zubok’s book is an excellent study of this critical period in world history that still has ramifications today. His research and analysis will prove invaluable to scholars and the general public as they attempt to understand the 1991 collapse and its continuing impact on the present.

Note: This article was first published on our partner site, LSE Review of Books. It gives the author’s point of view, not the position of EUROPP – European Politics and Policy or the London School of Economics. Featured image credit: Tengyart on Unsplash

Author Patricia Nicol unveils a selection of the best books on: Refugees


Author Patricia Nicol unveils a selection of the best books on: Refugees

I heard a young Ukrainian, Naliia, describe her “difficult past month” recently. “I lost my hair, I lost my house; the village where I spent my childhood has been completely destroyed,’ she voice-mailed the Invaded podcast.

You can see it on your screens, hear and read vivid stories, but it is still difficult to grasp the enormity of this humanitarian situation: that in Europe more than five million people, mainly women and children, have fled a country in the past two months, while millions more have been uprooted internally.

The rediscovered 1938 novel The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz captures, in terrifying fashion, having to leave your home and your life in a hurry.

Its most desperate aspect is that its Jewish protagonist, Berlin businessman Otto Silbermann, leaves Nazi Germany too late. The novel resembles a John Buchan thriller rewritten by Franz Kafka. The day after Kristallnacht, Silbermann criss-crosses Germany, but nowhere will he find refuge; his homeland has become a prison.

The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz

British author Patricia Nicol has collected a selection of the best books on refugees, including the rediscovered 1938 novel The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz and A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka.

Tomas and Tereza, the central couple in Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, manage to flee their homeland after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. But safe in exile in Zurich, Switzerland, they feel restless and uprooted. The urge to go home is irresistible.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka, although a comic novel, explores how the trauma of exile and immigration can reverberate through generations.

In modern Britain, two estranged sisters, Vera and Nadia, unite in their antipathy for their widowed father Nikolai’s much younger new wife, Valentina. Nikolai came to the UK as a refugee after World War II. Valentina is part of a post-Soviet exodus.

I chose books that describe a European experience of fleeing from war and seeking refuge.

There are others, like The Kite Runner, The Beekeeper Of Aleppo and East West Street, which all too vividly express the perilous life led by migrants fleeing war. And remind us to show compassion.


UC Davis Picnic Day Returns – Daily Democrat


Double-decker buses, dance groups, golden retrievers, cheer bands and floats showcasing some of UC Davis’s most popular fields of study marched through downtown Davis in a parade who kicked off the school’s first in-person picnic since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The annual celebration has returned after two years of virtual celebrations under the theme “Rediscovering Tomorrow”.

“We showcase our world-class research, our experts and our unique programs while giving you and your family the opportunity to discover and experience who we are,” said the UC Chancellor. Davis, Gary S. May, in a message in the Picnic Day Program.

Hundreds of people ranging from families and local residents enjoying the annual festivities to prospective UC Davis students using the event to see if the school would be right for them filled the campus and downtown Davis on Saturday.

Missy and Matt Campbell, who moved to Davis from Los Angeles at the start of the pandemic, were thrilled to finally be able to celebrate the event they’ve heard so much about.

“We moved to Davis in 2020 and we heard stories of picnic day,” Matt said. “But the last two years it’s been a very low-key celebration. It’s great to see this city that we’ve come to love celebrating itself.

He added that the celebration is a confirmation of what the family thought Davis was going to be like when they moved there.

“And now seeing all the families and seeing the students and community members mingling, it’s like, well, that’s exactly what I thought it was going to be,” he pointed out.

Missy added that she was happy to see the city come to life after two years of canceled events and social gatherings.

“We love so many things about Davis, but it’s nice to see that he continues to thrive and be part of those traditions,” she said.

Besides families, the event also attracted prospective students who took the opportunity to see what school attendance would be like.

Olivia Ojeda and Ella Baggioloni, two high school students from Nevada, said they visited Davis for the picnic because they were curious about attending UC Davis.

“My history teacher went to UC Davis and he recommended it, so we came,” Ojeda explained.

The picnic day seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about the school and see what the environment would be like for Baggioloni and Ojeda, who are interested in studying psychology and science respectively. creative writing.

Speaking about the event, Baggioloni said she loved it and “needed some normalcy” after two years in a pandemic that has shut down most gatherings.

“I just needed normality and this brings it out and that’s great,” she pointed out.

Several venues around campus were open, offering “shows of the day” like a chemistry show and a weather balloon launch, while also offering several information booths that showcase the work students are doing in certain departments.

Jaden Brewer and Alexia Huang were both stationed at an anthropology booth where they offered families and anyone interested the opportunity to ‘explore Sacramento’s history’ through artifacts students found in the area. dating back hundreds of years.

Brewer, who is a junior majoring in anthropology and history, said she was thrilled to finally celebrate Picnic Day.

“They’ve tried to do it online and it’s just not the same,” she explained.

Brewer said she had family in Davis who had told her about the event for a long time and was thrilled to finally be able to experience it when she started two years ago.

“Freshman year, I was like, ‘oh, picnic day, spring term!’ But then COVID hit and it was like, oh, sad,” she remarked.

Two years later, she said it’s nice to see students like her show off all the cool projects they’ve worked on or showcase what they’ve learned at UC Davis.

“It gives you an idea of ​​how big the school really is and how many different things we all fit into in this small community,” she pointed out.

Huang, a freshman anthropology student, agreed with Brewer, adding that she was happy to see her community coming together.

“It’s cool, the things that the community and the students can show,” she noted.

Huang said she enjoys talking to families and passers-by about her field of study and seeing how interested people are in learning more about anthropology.

Live performances by multiple bands, comedy shows, games and plenty of food trucks were available to attendees throughout the day, with most events ending around 5 p.m., depending on the schedule.

Anupamaa, 23 April 2022, Written update: Anupama chooses his ring


In today’s episode Anuj tells Anupama that a woman forgets how precious she is and says nothing has value in front of her including hundreds of diamonds. He tells her to go back inside the store with him or he will pick her up and take her away. She holds his hand and smiles and says the mark of her old engagement ring will not go away. He asks her not to hide it because her past is part of her life and he will accept it no matter what. He says without the past that she wouldn’t be where she is right now.

Anupama cries and he wipes her tears and takes her back to jewelry shop and shows her the rings. Anupama chooses a ring and Anuj asks her why did she choose such a simple ring. She says she liked that one the most and she is happy when she receives it. Bapuji, Jignesh, Samar, Kinjal, Toshu and Pakhi discuss marriage and the duties they should take on. Vanraj comes and asks Kavya where is she from and asks why she didn’t inform Bapuji before leaving the house. She says she had to take care of an important job. Baa’s mother calls her and informs her that she is coming home and Baa now thinks she will ruin Anupama’s happiness.

Anupama comes home and shows her ring to everyone and Kinjal gets extremely happy. Anupama and Anuj are happy thinking that they will get engaged the next day. The next morning, Anupama goes to the temple and prays. She turns around and gets scared after seeing Vanraj standing behind her. Vanraj tells her that he came to talk about something important.

This episode was viewed on the channel’s OTT platform.

Also read: Anupamaa, April 22, 2022, written update: Anuj surprises Anupama

Local author’s trilogy of novels to be made into film | News, Sports, Jobs


Photo provided From left to right, Chuck Johnson and Kendra Johnson, whose pen name is Kay G. Jay. Kendra said her trilogy of novels beginning with “Once a Long Time Ago” could be made into a movie.

PARKERSBURG – Local author Kendra Johnson said her trilogy of novels beginning with ” A long time ago “ is being made into a movie.

Johnson, who writes under the pen name Kay G. Jay, also wrote the other books in the trilogy, “Sometimes” and “Once for all” about covert operations to arrest a madman.

A private event for potential backers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25 at the Odyssey Theater in Marietta. Working with producer and director Kevin McAfee, known for his films “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” and “The Last Ounce of Courage” Johnson accepts funding from interested investors in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“His book is being turned into a feature film script,” McAfee said.

“We can’t wait to reunite with our financiers in West Virginia, as we want to shoot there. Congratulations to your native citizen whose incredible talent has captured the attention of Hollywood and our country’s top filmmakers.

McAfee is the founder of Oceania Omnimedia Films, his production company who discovered Johnson’s Christian trilogy when the Filmmakers Roundtable reviewed his work and voted his series one of the best among 350 submissions.

“In 45 years of experience in the film industry, working with Disney, Sony, New Line Cinema and since we created the Filmmakers Roundtable to judge writers and screenwriters, we haven’t seen a talent like Kendra Johnson”, McAfee said.

The experience “It was the thrill of a lifetime to see this dream come true.” says Johnson.

“I can’t wait to see these charismatic characters jump off the page and onto the big screen. I hope Central Ohio Valley comes to love their story to the depths I experienced when they took life in my books, says Johnson. “Even though the film will be its own creative enterprise, the spirit of my characters will come to life in the stars who portray them.”

Johnson’s trilogy follows the adventures of social worker Kenann (Kee’nan) James and ex-Marine Daniel McKenzie (Danny Mac) as they find themselves caught in the web of an ancient secret society bent on controlling the world. . The couple and a mismatched group of family and friends join their mission to save the world.

All over the world, they uncover dangerous secrets and uncover their enemy’s weaknesses in mad ways. The love emerges as the drama unfolds and brings unsuspected romance amidst the terror.

“I have been blessed to have the support of so many family members, friends and community members,” says Johnson. “I look forward to walking hand-in-hand with everyone who has shown interest in this next phase.”

In one look :

• In her day job, Kendra Johnson works in community mental health as a licensed therapist.

• She shares her love of romance, mystery and travel through her stories.

• His stories and characters are strongly influenced by his Christian faith.

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