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IT firms in Japan recruit those in Ukraine to help war-torn country


Some Japanese information technology companies are employing workers in Ukraine to support them as their country grapples with war against Russia.

The IT sector has been a driver of economic growth in Ukraine, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe” for its abundance of tech talent.

But there are fears that human resources may leave the country because of the Russian invasion.


Konstantin Chvykov, 40, from Ukraine, has been working since May at the Tokyo-based IT company i3DESIGN Co., which supports companies in their digital transformation.

He oversees the recruitment of engineers in Ukraine.

Chvykov received applications from 50 people when he posted a job offer on a local job search website.

He decided to proceed with seven of them, he said.

Chvykov lived in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, where a fierce battle unfolded between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

He ran a web design business with his Japanese wife, Izumi, 38.

Relying on the support of Izumi’s parents, they came to Japan at the end of March and joined i3DESIGN.

Coincidentally, he once worked for its local branch in Kharkiv.

Most of its 15 locally recruited staff sought refuge in the western part of Ukraine or neighboring countries after the invasion.

They continue to work remotely, however, using their strength as IT professionals who can work anywhere with internet access.

Newly recruited engineers can also work wherever they want.

“We want to support them not temporarily but on an ongoing basis,” said Yoichiro Shiba, President of i3DESIGN. “There are many talented resources in Ukraine, and they also have positive effects on our growth.”

According to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Ukraine’s IT industry has grown more than eight times in 10 years.

The nuclear and aerospace industries laid the foundation when the country was part of the Soviet Union, with the ratio of technical personnel per capita being higher than in European countries.

Large companies such as the American computer giant Google have set up bases there.

Chvykov said the number of project orders from the United States and Europe was down, however.

There are also fears that companies will pull out of Ukraine amid the protracted invasion of Russia.


Other companies place orders from Japan.

Next Age Inc., based in Osaka, outsources web design work to several companies in Ukraine.

She has awarded 11 projects worth more than 3 million yen ($22,500) since March.

“We can support them regardless of the distance,” President Daisaku Yoshimura said.

Viacheslav Kolpakov, who runs the Next Age-commissioned company, said Japan was a new market for his company, which worked with many European firms.

Tokyo-based PJ-T&C, whose business includes web design and other technical work, purchased software developed by Ukrainian engineers.

In June, Yahoo Japan Corp., Line Corp. and five other IT companies jointly organized an employment assistance seminar for Ukrainian evacuees to accelerate support momentum across the industry.

Chvykov said he hopes that not only IT companies, but also companies in other sectors, will do business with Ukrainians to sustain themselves and keep the economy going.

(This story was written by Yasuyuki Onaya and Takashi Yoshida.)

DC-Inspired Author’s Book Is Built On ‘Beach Week’ Plot | Culture & Leisure


Author Aggie Blum Thompson had heard of “beach week,” but as writers do with juicy information and information, “I kind of filed it away.”

Then, when the topic came up during the nomination hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Thompson said in a recent interview, his curiosity was piqued again.

A resident of Bethesda, Md., Thompson appeared for a book signing at Bethany Beach Books on Thursday, Aug. 4, promoting her new book, titled “All the Dirty Secrets.” During an interview at the outlet, Blum said that the annual migration of high school students to the beach at the end of the school year intrigued her so much that it eventually led her to use it as the central theme of the book, intertwined with a look into Washington, DC, society and what makes it tick.

“It felt so wild to me,” Thompson said of the annual “beach week” ritual, where underage students descend on beach houses rented by their parents — who also sometimes provide them with water. alcohol.

In “All the Dirty Secrets”, a tragedy occurs during the celebration of the right of passage – a friend of the main character Liz Gold goes swimming late at night and never returns. Haunted by loss for years, Gold is forced to face hard truths about her friends when a similar incident occurs during her own daughter’s “beach week” trip.

The book, she said, brings together the beach setting with the Washington, D.C. social scene she was privy to as a journalist. Although she grew up in Long Island, NY, Thompson said her husband gave her a glimpse into growing up in this world.

“He was a typical DC kid,” she said, having attended school with some of the capital’s elite families.

As a journalist covering the police and the courts, Thompson said she learned how these worked and that this insider knowledge helped her incorporate them into her books. While her first book, ‘I Don’t Forgive You’, published in 2021, took her two years to write, she said ‘All the Dirty Secrets’ was written at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. , especially during the first “lockdown period”.

“It took me a little over a year,” she said, adding that the project “really helped me through the pandemic,” although having to work from home, with her husband, her two teenagers “and a dog and a cat” was a little distracting.

“All the Dirty Secrets” was released last month to critical acclaim. The Publisher’s Weekly review called the book “a winding tale of friendship and betrayal”. It was named “Best New Book to Read” by the New York Post.

Her background in journalism, Thompson said, has helped her in more ways than just learning the ins and outs of the cops and the courts. It taught her, she says, how to listen.

“If you give people space and attention, they’ll tell you things,” she said, adding that she thinks “being curious” is a big part of what makes for success. writers – whether they immerse themselves in journalistic or fictional activities.

Thompson’s recent trip to Delaware beaches was part of a “mini-tour” to promote his latest book. She had also attended a book signing at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

ʻŌiwi poet-teacher published the 1st book

No’u Revilla

A Sacred Tribute to Survival, Resistance and the Unbreakable Bonds Between Indigenous and Queer Kanaka Women ʻōiwi (Native Hawaiians) wrap a newly published collection of poetry, written by an assistant professor of creative writing at the University University of Hawaii in Manoa. In his first book ask the brindlesaward-winning poet No’u Revilla highlights themes of longing and intergenerational healing through Hawaiian cultural figure moo, or shapeshifting water protectors. Revilla is the first openly queer ʻŌiwi wife to have a comprehensive collection of poetry published by an industry leader.

Portrait of Revilla
No’u Revilla (Image credit: Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada)

“Seeing my family’s name on the cover of this book awakens my naʻau (gut) every time,” Revilla said. “Recently my dad and sister asked me to read them poems from the book, poems I wrote for them. Having read poems aloud for my dad and sister in Maui, where I was born and I grew up, and seeing them cry because they recognized themselves in my words, because they felt the aloha that I poured into each poem… it’s a singular kind of ingrained joy.

Last September, Milkweed Editions, one of the country’s top independent publishers, offered Revilla a book deal after she outscored more than 1,600 other poets in 2021. National Poetry Series open competition. The Wai’ehu, the Maui native’s first poetry book is based on her thesis which explores how aloha is possible in the face of colonization and sexual violence. Written primarily in English, Revilla’s 141-page poetry collection also includes ʻōlelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language), which sometimes better expresses some of his deepest thoughts and feelings. In 2019, Revilla obtained a doctorate from the uh Mānoa English Department and continued to teach creative writing with an emphasis on ʻŌiwi Literature. She is immensely inspired by the late uh Mānoa Emeritus Professor Trask Haunani-Kay who was a famous Aboriginal author and poet. In his book, Revilla dedicated the poem “Recovery, Waikīkī” to the iconic Hawaiian scholar who helped mentor the young ʻŌiwi college writer.

“Poetry helps me reflect on and metabolize grief, especially as a ʻŌiwi wahine who loves and will always fight for my ʻāina (earth),” Revilla said. “Poetry helps me refocus on aloha, which means very concretely that poetry helps me listen better to my kūpuna (elders).”

Ask the Brindled book cover
(Image credit: Jocelyne Ng)

Celebrating Indigenous spoken word

The public is invited to celebrate the debut of Revilla’s poetry collection on September 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ka Waiwai at Mōʻiliʻili (1110 University Avenue, Suite 100). The official book launch party will feature Revilla performing selected poems and other stage appearances by Brandy Nalani McDougall, Alohalani Brown, Mahealani Ahia, Kahala Johnson and Lyz Soto.

ask the brindles is available for purchase online and at Native Books in the Arts & Letters Building in Chinatown.

For more information, visit No’u Revilla’s website.

Newfoundland writer Stan Dragland, co-founder of poetry press Brick Books, dies at 79


The Canadian literary community remembers Newfoundland writer, editor and literary critic Stan Dragland, who died at the age of 79 on August 2 of a sudden cardiac arrest in Trinity, Newfoundland.

Dragland, who co-founded one of Canada’s few poetry publishers, Brick Books, was also the founding editor of the literary magazine Brick and a writer whose poetry, non-fiction and literary criticism have won several awards. over his career spanning more than four decades.

Dragland, originally from Calgary, later settled in St. John’s, where he was an integral part of the literary and artistic community.

“I don’t know what to say about losing Stan,” said Newfoundland poet and novelist Michael Crummey, who called Dragland his “best friend.” Radio-Canada Books by email.

“He was such a quiet and timid presence that it is easy to underestimate what an enormous – and extremely positive – force he was in my life, in the province he adopted as his home and in the cultural life of the country. “, Crummey added. .

He was such a low-key presence that it is easy to underestimate what an enormous force he was in the cultural life of the country.-Michael Crummey

A long-time professor of English literature at the University of Western Ontario, Dragland co-founded Brick Books in 1975 with fellow poet Don McKay and served as its publisher for many years.

Dragland was also the poetry editor for the publishing house McClelland & Stewart from 1994 to 1997, supporting a new generation of Canadian poets.

Dragland’s work has won several awards and nominations over the years: his first novel, 1979’s peckertrackswas shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (1994) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism; 12 bars (2002) was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Prize; Apocrypha: other journeys (2003) won the Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Cable Award for Non-Fiction. His most recent book, Gerald Squiresa retrospective on Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires, won the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for non-fiction.

Stormy Weather: Quartets (2005) was shortlisted for the EJ Pratt Poetry Award, and Strangers and Others: Newfoundland Essays (2015) was shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award.

In 2020, Dragland was named to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.

Listen | Stan Dragland on his 2015 Newfoundland essay book:

W.A.M.13:31Strangers and Others, New Newfoundland Essays by Stan Dragland

Dragland, known as one of Canada’s leading champions of independent publishing, has devoted much of his time to mentoring and nurturing new and established literary voices, including publishing new work through The Brick Books and teaching emerging writers at the Banff Center and in Chile.

“He was endlessly creative and supportive of any creative endeavor he touched as an editor, contributor or cheerleader. It was all about love and joy for Stan, in his work and in his life,” said said Crummey.

Deep Too is a 2013 non-fiction collection by Stan Dragland. (Book * hug Press)

Dragland’s collaborations have extended to publishing his own work with small presses, including those in 2013 deep tooa non-fiction storybook about the phenomenon of human competitiveness, with independent Toronto publisher Book*Hug Press.

Jay MillAr, co-editor of Book*hug (along with his wife Hazel Millar), recalls knowing Dragland and his work even before meeting him for the first time on a trip to Newfoundland.

“A mutual friend and poet arranged a reading for the two of us, and Stan read an early draft of an article on the subject of male bravado and competition. This work became the text that Hazel and I would eventually publish as deep tooa book of thoughtful and entertaining non-fiction stories, and certainly one of the most original books we’ve ever published,” MillAr said. Radio-Canada Books by email.

“On the one hand, it’s a very small book, the kind that can fit in the palm of your hand (which Stan found hilarious given the subject matter), and it contains the thoughtful work of one of the writers most unique Canadians of the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Dragland would also continue to urge Book*hug to publish 2014 Aerial carnationthe first novel by Argentinian writer Guadalupe Muro, whom he mentored at the Banff Centre.

“He was very passionate about the book and Lupe’s decision to write the book in English rather than his native language, Spanish. While working on the book with us, Stan shared that Lupe’s beautiful writing made it possible to fall in love with literary publishing again,” said Millar.

“Hazel and I were surprised and deeply moved when Stan flew from Newfoundland to Toronto to attend the book launch, where he introduced Guadalupe and his new book to Canadian readers with intelligence and grace.

“We are honored to have these memories of working with such a kind, generous and wise person in Canadian letters,” added MillAr. “We hold those memories close and are grateful to have known and worked with Stan.”

Dragland was also an integral part of Newfoundland’s creative community, said poet George Murray, founder of the defunct literary website Bookninja and former St. John’s Poet Laureate.

Murray is married to fellow author Elisabeth de Mariaffi, whose short story collection nominated for the Giller Prize in 2012 How to get along with womenwas published by Dragland – who also performed at the couple’s wedding in 2014.

“Stan contacted me when I came to Newfoundland 16 years ago. He was kind and welcoming,” Murray said via email. “By the time Elisabeth and I got married, he had become a regular at our Friday night kitchen parties, and we were invited to jam sessions at his house with other local writers and musicians. He was always so calm, but smiling his half-smile.

Every time he opened his mouth to speak, it was always the right thing that came out. His wisdom was immense, both as a literary character and as a human.-Georges Murray

“I fear silence, but not Stan. He could sit quietly, just listen, until he had something to say. And whenever he opened his mouth to speak, it was always the right thing that came out. His wisdom was immense, both as a literary figure and as a human,” he added.

“He and his dear friend Holly Hogan sang to us inside and outside the venue of our wedding – a public performance he may not have been the most comfortable with, but he did. nonetheless did as a great friend. I was sad not to see him, except fleetingly for the past two years, but I feel honored to have known him in the first place.”

Dragland is survived by his wife, poet and novelist Beth Follett, also founder and editor of independent Newfoundland-based publisher Pedlar Press.

“He was months away from turning 80 when he died,” Crummey said. “But I only heard Stan express concerns or doubts about his age in relation to the projects he was in the middle of and the projects he hoped to be involved in – wanting more time to talk about the world he loved, to ‘offer to us with his ironic, discreet and ingenious voice; to make us visible to ourselves.

Raymond Briggs obituary | Raymond Briggs


Raymond Briggs, who died at the age of 88, did much to elevate the art of illustration to more than a servant of writing. Although he is best known for his highly popular books Father Christmas (1973) and The Snowman (1978), his output has also explored themes such as war, politics and the environment through a deeply human and very Briton who often settled on quiet heroism. ordinary lives.

Briggs can be seen sitting comfortably in the English anecdotal tradition exemplified by Randolph Caldecott in the 19th century and Edward Ardizzone in the 20th, but his often wordless graphic literature built bridges between picture book and comic strip or novel. graphics, introducing a new way of reading to the adult publishing market, or at least asking adults to relearn how to read a silent visual sequence.

He began in 1957 peddling his portfolio as a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art in London, picking up freelance illustration work from newspapers, magazines and design studios. His first book order came from publisher Mabel George of Oxford University Press, in the form of illustrations for Peter and the Piskies: Cornish Folk and Fairy Tales (1958) by Ruth Manning-Sanders.

George championed the work of a number of artists who were to transform picture book illustration in the early 1960s, including Brian Wildsmith and Charles Keeping. She sought out printers who were on the cutting edge of developing technology and who could do justice to the work of these emerging artists. But, as with most illustrators, Briggs’ early years of work involved undertaking a series of commissions, drawing anything and everything, starting with a schematic diagram for House and Garden magazine in 1957 -” how deep to plant your bulbs”.

Raymond Briggs’ illustrations for his 1978 book The Snowman, adapted into a film in 1982. Photography: © Raymond Briggs

As various narrative texts came to him, he realized that not all of them were of the highest quality and set about writing it himself. In 1961, he wrote and illustrated two books, Midnight Adventure and The Strange House, for publishers Hamish Hamilton, with whom he maintained a lasting working relationship.

That year he began teaching illustration part-time at Brighton College of Art (now the University of Brighton Faculty of Art) at the invitation of the then head of department, the calligrapher and engraver John R Biggs. He continued to teach one day a week in Brighton until 1987, and his tuition was much admired and appreciated by generations of artists, including the prolific Observer illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell.

In 1963, Briggs had married painter Jean Taprell Clark. His death from leukemia in 1973 and the deaths of his parents led Briggs to embark on his work. A major breakthrough had already taken place in 1966, with The Mother Goose Treasury, for which he received his first Kate Greenaway Medal. Santa Claus brought him a second one, and propelled him to glory. His grumpy, lavatorial, imperfect Santa Claus proved hugely popular.

Raymond Briggs' artwork for Santa Claus, about a grumpy, imperfect Santa Claus.
Raymond Briggs’ artwork for Santa Claus, about a grumpy, imperfect Santa Claus. Photography: © Raymond Briggs

As with all of Briggs’ later titles, the book is replete with autobiographical material and references. His own childhood home and Loch Fyne holidays appear regularly and he himself appears in the sequel, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (1975). Briggs stands in front of Santa Claus in the queue to shave at the campsite, along with illustrator John Vernon Lord (wearing his initials on his toiletry bag). The author’s VW motorhome also made regular appearances. Fungus the Bogeyman (1977) could also be seen as a character very close to home, displaying as he does an extreme version of the author’s own tendency to be outspoken and impatient.

At Hamish Hamilton, newly arrived editor Julia MacRae (who would later set up her own publishing company) played a major role in the development of the artist’s career. Illustrator John Lawrence, who was also published by Hamilton, recalled those days with great fondness: “The whole debate was about ‘is the world ready for Fungus the Bogeyman?’ and we all showed up to the launch party in green rubber boots surrounded by buckets of suspicious green liquid, wondering if it was the wine.

Raymond Briggs' Fungus the Bogeyman showed an extreme version of the author's own tendency to be outspoken and impatient.
Raymond Briggs’ Fungus the Bogeyman showed an extreme version of the author’s own tendency to be outspoken and impatient. Photography: © Raymond Briggs

The subject of mortality formed a recurring theme, tackled explicitly in Briggs’ retelling of her parents’ lives, Ethel & Ernest: A True Story (1998), which was made into an acclaimed full-length animation that aired over Christmas in 2016. , and implicitly in the melting at the end of The Snowman and the disappearance of The Bear in the 1994 book of the same name. But perhaps the most potent motivation was an authoritative hatred of injustice towards the helpless, naively respectful common man. The latter could be seen most directly in When the Wind Blows (1982), Briggs’ examination of an elderly couple’s attempts to follow government directives as a nuclear war breaks out; and The Tin-Pot General and the Old Iron Woman (1984), a thinly disguised general Leopoldo Galtieri and Margaret Thatcher.

In 1982, he told The Times: “When I did [When the Wind Blows] I was not at all a supporter of the CND. I just thought it was a good topic. It’s very depressing and quite political, and I didn’t even know who was going to buy it. But I never think about the potential audience when I embark on a book; it wasn’t even made specifically for children.

Raymond Briggs in 1980.
Raymond Briggs in 1980. Photography: Rex/Shutterstock

Nonetheless, the children of his longtime partner Liz provided inspiration and source material for other projects, notably The Puddleman (2004), which grew out of a remark made by one of the young children on the passage of a puddle while the family was out. walk in the countryside.

His latest book was consciously intended to be just that. Compiled over several of his later years, Time for Lights Out (2019) is a poignant, funny and deeply honest exploration of the experience of aging and reaching the end of life, in the form of a collage of verses, drawings and random thoughts.

Many of Briggs’ books have been successfully adapted for film and other media, Channel 4’s 1982 animated film version of The Snowman, with its familiar theme song Walking in the Air, became a staple of Christmas Day television. Briggs approved a sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog, which aired in 2012. Other books have been translated for stage and radio, with Briggs taking a keen interest in the overall production.

Raymond Briggs, second from left, among authors and publishers delivering a recommended reading list for Margaret Thatcher at No 10 in 1985, in support of the book's action for nuclear disarmament.
Raymond Briggs, second from left, among authors and publishers delivering a recommended reading list for Margaret Thatcher at No 10 in 1985, in support of the book’s action for nuclear disarmament. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA

He was born in Wimbledon, south London, to Ethel (née Bowyer) and Ernest Briggs. Their first meeting is beautifully described in the silent opening sequence of the book dedicated to their story. Ethel, a young maid in a house in Belgravia, had innocently waved her feather duster from an upper window as Ernest cycled past and confidently returned what he considered a friendly wave.

Briggs attended Rutlish School, Merton, South West London, and later studied at Wimbledon School (now College) of Art, Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central Saint Martins ) and, after a two-year hiatus for national service, the Slade. His father, a milkman, had tried to dissuade his son from studying at art school, fearing it would equip him for a steady job.

Briggs’ keen interest in narrative drawing did not go down well at the Wimbledon School of Art, which was rooted in traditional figure painting. He remembers: “I went to art school to learn how to draw in order to become a draftsman. But I was soon told that comics were an even lower life form than commercial art.

A scene from Ethel and Ernest, the 2016 film from Raymond Briggs' book about his parents' story.
A scene from Ethel and Ernest, the 2016 film from Raymond Briggs’ book about his parents’ story. Photography: Vertigo Films

Such prejudices, not yet entirely eradicated today, were commonplace in art schools of the time. Although he laments his tutors’ failure to recognize a “natural illustrator”, the formal training he received imbued Briggs with a strong sense of structure and the importance of good drawing. These equipped him well in book illustration, although he left the Slade with what he considered a poor sense of color and an aversion to painting. When he finally arrived at the film version of The Snowman, he said he was delighted with the way it replicated his colored pencil technique so faithfully and painstakingly, despite the massively laborious approach it required.

The characteristic that journalist John Walsh described in a 2012 interview as a very English “arduous curmudgeonness” later became a stereotype that Briggs happily embraced, exemplified by his column in Oldie, Notes from the Sofa, collected in book form. in 2015, where he railed against various incomprehensible aspects of modern life. But the friends knew another side of Briggs – loyal and playful, an inveterate prankster. Lord once made the mistake of confessing an aversion to dogs in Briggs’ presence, thus immediately committing to becoming the recipient of all sorts of dog-related gifts on subsequent birthdays and Christmases. Like so many of his characters, Briggs’ moodiness never quite managed to conceal an underlying warmth and kindness. In 2017 he was appointed CBE.

He is survived by Liz, his children, Clare and Tom, and his grandchildren, Connie, Tilly and Miles.

Raymond Redvers Briggs, illustrator and author, born January 18, 1934; passed away on August 9, 2022

The unexpected face of the sex work positivity movement



About a month ago, Arielle Egozi decided to post on LinkedIn about her decision to quit an internal job as a brand manager and how sex work reinforced that decision. This message would send shockwaves around the world and kick-start conversations about sex work.

“I had just saved enough on selling and engaging my image that I could wonder if I was happy. I wasn’t,” Egozi wrote. “Yeah, the few bucks I accumulated over time helped me, but the main reason I was able to walk away was because sex work shows me what my power can do when I possess it intentionally.”

Egozi, who uses the pronouns she and they but whom The Washington Post will address as her, bragged about charging “exorbitant amounts” for her sex work and explained that she only engages in a sex work that feels “safe, playful and abundant”, avoiding the need to barter and negotiate its time and value.

“Why is this different from any other client work,” Egozi wrote. “The answer I come to, over and over again, is no. so it’s now on my LinkedIn.

Overnight, 31-year-old Egozi became an international face of the sex work positivity movement.

The message was picked up by media covering India, Britain and the United States. Social media users also weighed in, some discussing the merits of recognizing sex work as legitimate work while others criticized Egozi for shamelessly listing it among many other roles on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn told The Post in a statement that “conversations that inform and educate are welcome on LinkedIn, as long as they adhere to our professional community policies.”

The Brooklyn resident, who declined to specify the type of sex work she does for legal and safety reasons, told the Post in an interview that LinkedIn’s post stemmed from a deep-rooted dissatisfaction with contorting herself. to fit into workplaces where she felt undervalued.

More than a month after her post went viral, Egozi is recovering from the onslaught of attention and struggling with the idea of ​​saying goodbye to sex work.

Contortions and workplace

Egozi, who is of Turkish, Cuban, Jewish and Guatemalan descent, said fitting into the culture of work has often felt like it shatters all of his identities, even in liberal spaces where diversity and inclusion seem like things. leadership priorities.

“I’m a fag. I am a woman. Latin. First generation American. I am Jewish,” Egozi said, adding that she is also neurodivergent. “I cover so many identities that are considered unprofessional.”

Egozi said she learned early on that she had to find a way to tone down or whiten their identities to really fit in. The struggle for diversity and inclusion was overwhelming and meeting the demands of her job left her feeling drained, she says.

She said she was told she was too rigid and closed in when her last company did a culture audit there.

“I spent two hours being radically honest and making suggestions on how things can change,” she said. “I got the response of ‘you’re too rigid.’ That’s when I realized it wasn’t going to get better and no one really seemed to care.

Even when she rose to director status, Egozi said she felt she had the illusion of “power,” where she felt like authority was expressed on paper but not in the face. practice to actually implement change.

Egozi is one of millions of Americans who have quit their jobs since the pandemic began.

A May survey by consultancy PwC’s Global Workforce found that one in five workers plan to change employers in 2022, with salary being the main reason, as well as calling themselves as their real name, among other things.

For minorities, workspaces can turn into places that generate fatigue and promote burnout, according to Meghna Sabharwal, program manager for public and nonprofit management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Sabharwal co-authored a scholarly paper that found that hiring women and people of color is not enough to change an employee’s perception of organizational justice if companies don’t actively try to make their inclusive workplaces.

Minority groups in the article reported feeling tokenized as well as a sense of non-belonging.

For women and minorities who have reached leadership positions like Egozi, they can still reach a glass cliff, Sabharwal said.

“These women have broken through the glass ceiling but do not feel empowered enough in policy-making or decision-making,” Sabharwal said. “After breaking the glass ceiling, they are faced with the glass cliff where they just want to go.”

This is exactly what Egozi did.

“I felt objectified for all my creative energy. I felt very used, that’s what you hear about people in the sex industry,” she said. “For me, my work there was above all a healing space, a place where I could show myself fully. ”

Egozi has consistently written about sex education, wellness, and consent for years, but the pandemic has given him time to test the strength of his beliefs.

With a dearth of creative advertising prospects at the height of the pandemic, Egozi left New York and returned to her hometown in South Florida and stayed with her father for a while.

“I was like, ‘I need to make money, and I need to do things,'” Egozi said. “It was something from home. I could really face a lot of personal things. … As a creative person and someone who directs and writes creatively, it was very transferable.

Egozi said she was unprepared for the wave of emotions that awaited her as a new sex worker.

“It was very different to be an ally and a supporter of sex worker rights,” she said. “I felt the stigma, realizing how naive you can be, how you get into this. There are so many things attached to it.

Egozi monitored her reactions to her new job. If regular sex work didn’t do her any good, she would back off. Pursuing it full-time wasn’t quite right for her, so she didn’t.

She said the work made her an unofficial counselor for men who struggled to express their loneliness during the height of the pandemic.

Egozi has re-entered the tech world after her pandemic respite with a new found internal authority through sex work that has seeped into the way she intends to interact with her brand, tech and social partnerships. creation.

Egozi said she has no regrets posting on LinkedIn despite others trying to break into her social media and banking profiles. She also worries about her safety.

“It’s such a shame because [sex work] has been such a safe space,” Egozi said. “I am easily recognizable. It’s really scary. I’ve had death threats before and all that, but I never felt like it could be real. Things are changing… there’s no way of knowing what’s next and what it means for my life, my family and my safety.

She had to stay calm for her family members who were tagged on social media accounts that weren’t taken private, a task that saw her comforting them more often than not.

Egozi hopes her message could lead to the destigmatization of sex workers, she said, but noted that such a change did not depend on her and a single post on LinkedIn – it is society .

“I created this post to feel owned and powerful,” she said. “I hope everyone who sees this message comes closer to listening to themselves and feeling empowered.”

Her direct messages were also packed with other sex workers who have white-collar jobs, thanking her for coming and expressing how they too wish they could get out of their jobs.

“The next few moments could be a culmination and a gift of it all,” she said of the aftermath of her post. “Otherwise, I don’t know why it had to be my face for all this. My whole journey has been unique and that put me in this situation.

Biyi Bandele: Nigerian author and filmmaker dies at 54



Acclaimed novelist and filmmaker Biyi Bandele has died, his family announced in a Facebook post on Monday evening.

Bandele, 54, was a prolific author, playwright and filmmaker whose work includes the adaptation of acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

His death was announced in a statement signed by his daughter Temi Bandele.

She wrote: “I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday August 7 in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele.”

“Biyi was a prodigiously talented writer and filmmaker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father. He was a storyteller to the core, with unflinching perspective, a singular voice and a wisdom that spoke boldly through all his art, in poetry, novels, plays and on screen. . ”

“He told stories that had a profound impact and inspired many people around the world. Her legacy will live on through her work,” she wrote in the post.

Bandele was considered one of the finest filmmakers and storytellers of his generation.

In a 2014 interview with CNN, he said, “I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was six years old. My father took me to the local library. I was five or six years old and I fell in love with books.

Bandele grew up in the small town of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, northwestern Nigeria, and left Nigeria at 22 after studying drama at Obafemi Awolowo University.

“Actually, I came [to London] because I had been invited to a theater festival…within weeks I had a publisher, not just in the UK but in Italy, France and Germany,” he told CNN.

“Then I was offered a job as literary editor of a Nigerian weekly in London, so I actually had no intention of staying.”

Shortly after arriving in the UK, his work was published and he received his first commission from the Royal Court Theater where he was catapulted into the arts.

Three years later, Bandele wrote a screenplay that was picked up by the BBC, which attached a promising young director. His name was Danny Boyle.

“Working with Danny was a game-changer. At the time I wasn’t really interested in directing anything, but I watched Danny… he was a joy to work with,” he said. he declares.

Mo Abudu, founder of Ebony Life Studios and one of his longtime collaborators, told CNN that they are preparing to launch their new film, Elesin Oba (The King’s Horsemen) at the Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF) in September.

“He was so passionate about Elesin Oba, more than any other project he had worked on with us…and was so excited when he heard about our selection at TIFF. I’m sad he’s not at TIFF and can’t see how loved his latest project has been.

Bandele also co-directed Netflix hit Blood Sisters. The streaming platform paid tribute to him in a Twitter post calling his passing “a monumental loss to Nigeria’s film and creative industry”.

“The passing of Biyi Bandele is a monumental loss to Nigeria’s film and creative industry. He will be remembered as a powerhouse that made some of Africa’s best films. As we mourn him, we sympathize with his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in power.

Nolensville Book Nook is more than just a children’s bookstore


A love of books has become a new business venture for two local moms.

Nestled in the historic corridor of downtown Nolensville, Nolensville book corner opened July 31 and is now the only children’s bookstore in town.

Hundreds of people passed by the store during its recent grand opening. Families and children flocked to shelves full of colorful books, looking for classics and new pieces to add to their home collections.

“We had, of course, a lot of friends and family who came out to support us, but some (of the people who stopped by were) people from Nolensville who were really excited, who we had never met before “, co-owner Jessica Bates said.

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Bates, a writer, lives in Murfreesboro, but has been friends with co-owner Dr. Liz Kiilerich-Bowles, a longtime teacher and Nolensville resident, since their college days.

It was Kiilerich-Bowles’ idea to set up a bookstore in Nolensville. And she was inspired by her personal experience.

“As an educator for 15 years and a mother of three children (aged) 7 and under, I have seen the incredible impact of a good book – the lessons learned, the thoughtful conversations started, the connections made and pure joy and excitement,” Kiilerich-Bowles said.

As the founder of a writing group and self-published author, Bates immediately agreed.

“One of the ways I love to connect with anyone is through books and reading,” she said. “So I think fostering a love of reading early in a person’s life is so important and prepares them to be lifelong learners and readers.

The women launched the store as a monthly pop-up in October 2021, moving into local businesses like Town Barre and Mill Creek Brewery.

“We met a lot of people who were so excited about a bookstore,” Bates said. “We were building a community of curious, artistic families who wanted more books, so we were looking for a brick and mortar. We knew that was our vision.”

When the opportunity to lease Southern Eatery’s lobby space opened up on July 11, it was time.

Meeting a great need in Nolensville

Bates said she hopes The Nolensville Book Nook can become a community and an expansion of Nashville’s already-existing book scene.

The co-owners have already developed a full schedule of programming, including preschool literacy, a bilingual English/Spanish story hour, creative writing for teens, a “Gameschool” meetup for homeschooled families, and more. .

“We just want it to be another thing to do,” Bates said. “This Nolensville strip has so much history that it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot for the kids to do.”

They even have their “Grown Up Book Club” which will soon host local author Jeff Zentner for a talk.

Customers flocked to the shelves that line the Nolensville Book Nook's new brick-and-mortar space to choose books with their children on Sunday, July 31, 2022 in Nolensville, Tennessee.

Although Nolensville has a public library, providing residents with books they can keep and pass on is a way for children and families to thrive with their books, much like the store’s motto, “Plant Curiosity. Cultivate readers,” says.

In addition, it is a place where families can go even with their youngest children, the owners point out.

“We want a place where parents, and especially mothers, can feel welcome and be able to sit down for a while,” Bates said. “A place to belong.”

The Nolensville Book Nook is the only bookstore for milesmeaning it will also help serve several large rural communities just south of the city, where it is not easy to get to a library or the nearest Barnes and Noble.

For people like Teresa Berryessa, grandmother and resident of nearby Arrington, getting her start in a longtime building is priceless.

She used to take her 30-plus-year-old son there when it was a general store, and he’d have a Peach Nehi soda after baseball practice.

The Nolensville Book Nook logo, created by Micah Jones, is inspired by the historic Buttercup Festival tradition of the surrounding town.  The merchandise was available for sale during the grand opening of the children's bookstore on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

She stopped at the Nolensville Book Nook and bought a selection of books as gifts.

“Now I have grandkids that I can take to the store, so that will be awesome,” she said. “You can’t have enough books.

“We know it’s so important for kids to grow up in homes where there are lots of books, so to have access right here locally with local people that you can get to know and be part of their programs. .. It’s a treasure.”

Bates and Kiilerich-Bowles said they look forward to connecting with and serving people like Berryessa.

“I am thrilled to share all of this and more with our amazing Nolensville community,” said Kiilerich-Bowles. “Our store is a place where children and their families can discover our books in a comfortable environment designed especially for them.”

Visit The Nolensville Book Nook at 7301 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville, TN 3713. To see hours or operation or learn more, visit https://www.thenolensvillebooknook.com/.

Anika Exum is a reporter covering Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today – Tennessee Network. Contact her at [email protected], 615-347-7313 or on Twitter @aniexum.

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Ohio State Murders directed by Audra McDonald set dates at Broadway’s James Earl Jones Theater | The Broadway Buzz


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Adrienne Kennedy Ohio State Murders, starring Tony winner Audra McDonald, has announced its Broadway venue and dates. The previously announced production will be the first show to play at the newly renamed and renovated James Earl Jones Theater, formerly known as the Cort Theater, when it begins performances Nov. 11 ahead of its Dec. 8 opening. Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct. An additional casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

“I am humbled and honored to be a part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-awaited Broadway debut at the new James Earl Jones Theater with Kenny Leon,” McDonald said. “This timeless piece has powerful resonance and relevance today, and we look forward to sharing it with the world.”

Ohio State Murders is an unusual look at the destructiveness of racism in the United States. When Suzanne Alexander, a black fiction writer, returns to Ohio State University to talk about violence in her writing, a dark mystery unfolds.

McDonald has won six Tony Awards in all four acting categories. She won for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She earned three additional Tony nominations. In 2015, McDonald received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was named one of Time the magazine’s 100 most influential people. On TV, McDonald won an Emmy Award for PBS Animation Live from Lincoln Center. Her film credits include Disney Live-Action The beauty and the Beast and the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. She should appear in the film directed by George C. Wolfe and directed by Colman Domingo. Rust for Netflix.

An award-winning playwright as well as a lecturer and author who has contributed to American theater for more than six decades, Kennedy is best known for plays such as A Negro’s Funnyhouse, June and Jean in concert, sleep deprivation room, Sun, mom, how did you meet the Beatles?, The Owl Answers, She’s Talking to Beethoven, Lennon’s Play, A Movie Star Must Play Black and White, A Rat’s Mass, Motherhood 2000, A Lesson in a Dead Language and much more. She is the recipient of an Obie Award for sleep deprivation room, which she co-wrote with her son Adam. She is also the recipient of the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2018. Her other awards include a Guggenheim Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and American Book Award for 1990. She was also a Hutchins Fellow in 2016-2017. She was a visiting lecturer at Yale University, New York University, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she was Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer in 1980 and 1986. She taught in the Department of English from Harvard University for six semesters.

court upholds ‘modern’ judicial approach to penalty clauses in Hong Kong employment case | Insights and Events


In Ng Yan Kit Alfred and another c. Ever Honest Industries Ltd and another [2022] HKCFI 1834, the Court of First Instance (CFI) confirmed that the approach to reviewing penalty clauses in Law Ting Pong High School vs. Chen Wai Wah [2021] HKCA 873 must be followed in Hong Kong.


The employee was vice-president and director of the defendant companies.

Clause 6 of the employee’s 2016 letter of employment (“purpose clause”) provided:

The Group cannot dismiss you within three years of the start of this employment contract. If the Group dismisses you within three years of the start of this employment contract, you will receive two full years of salary as compensation. If this employment is terminated by you within three years, one month’s written notice or one month’s pay in lieu of notice is required, and after resignation, you will not be permitted to work in any organization belonging to the same industry. or to the sector concerned or to the compensation of two full years of salary will not be granted.

The employee was dismissed on April 1, 2016, together with a three-month notice indemnity, an annual leave indemnity and an end-of-year bonus. The employee then filed a claim with the Labor Court (LT) for 24 months’ wages under the object clause.

Initial LT decision

The LT considered, among other things, whether the subject matter clause was a penalty or a liquidated damages clause, and found that “…since there is no evidence to show that the parties attempted to make a true pre-estimate of the loss in the event of a breach of the new agreement, the object clause is a liquidated damages clause and not a penalty.“*

(*Note: on this point, the Honorable Mr. Justice David Lok at the CFI said: “The presiding officer made a serious mistake here. I think what she meant was that since there is no evidence to suggest that the parties attempted to make a true pre-estimate of the loss in the event of a breach, the subject matter clause is a penalty clause. This should have been the logical conclusion of his discovery.“)

In so deciding, the LT had considered that the payment of three months’ salary in lieu of notice constituted adequate compensation, since the employee had been found to suffer from cancer after his dismissal, so that he would not could in no way work due to treatment.

The employee entered the TPI.

FCI appeal decision

The CFI criticized LT’s reasoning on the issue of sanction as being overly simplistic, as it had relied solely on the fact that there had been no attempt by the parties to make a genuine pre-estimate of loss (which is the old approach to penalty clauses) .

The decision did not reflect the modern approach set out in the Law Ting Pong High School case, which, according to the CFI, should now be considered “Hong Kong law reflecting the modern judicial approach in reviewing the application of the sentencing rule“.

In addition to not taking the right approach, the TPI said the LT also seriously mixed up the effects of its findings.

If the LT meant that the subject matter clause was a damages clause and not a penalty, then he should have allowed the employee’s claim for 24 months pay as the “compensation” specified in the clause.

“Modern Approach” – Case of Law Ting Pong High School

The previous approach to penalty clauses was set out in the UK case Dunlop pneumatic tire against new garage [1915] AC 67, and the main question was whether the payment of a sum of money was a true pre-estimate of damages (damages) or whether it was a form of punishment imposed on the offending party (penalty).

However, this position has changed as a result of UK Supreme Court cases Cavendish Square Holding BV v Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis [2016] AC 1172, followed by the Hong Kong case of Law Ting Pong High School.

In Law Ting Pong High School, the teacher (employee) signed a letter of appointment, but did not report to work on the first day. The employment contract documents contained a termination clause, providing that either party could terminate employment upon three months’ written notice or payment in lieu. The court had to decide, among other things, whether this provision was inapplicable as a penalty clause.

The Court of Appeal (CA) ruled that payment of a sum in lieu of notice was a contractually agreed method of lawful termination of the employment contract, and was not in the nature of damages for breach of contract. In other words, it was a primary obligation to pay, not a secondary obligation arising from the breach of a primary obligation of result.

Further, the CA concluded that even if the provision were a liquidated damages clause (i.e., a secondary obligation), it would not be an unenforceable penalty clause, since the school ( the employer) had a legitimate interest in enforcing the performance of the employment contract – and in the circumstances the provision was not out of all proportion to the legitimate interest of the school.

The court took into account factors such as the possible disruption of the school timetable and the difficulties in finding a replacement teacher at short notice. Therefore, he held that even if such a provision were a damages clause, it would still be enforceable since it did not violate the penalty rule.

Two-step investigation to penalty rule

In this latter case, the CFI confirmed that the “modern approach” in Law Ting Pong High School should be followed. This involves a two-step investigation:

  1. First, the court must interpret the clause to determine whether it is a contractually agreed method of legal termination of the contract (which is a principal obligation to pay), or whether the stipulated sum has the nature of damages for breach of contract (which is a secondary obligation arising from the breach of a primary obligation of result). If it is a principal obligation, the doctrine of penalty is not engaged and the court will generally have no jurisdiction to consider the fairness of the clause.

    This is a matter of interpreting the provision, looking first at the actual wording used in the provision itself, as well as other factors that may be relevant in determining the nature of the payment to determine the intended contractual function of the provision.

  2. Second, if payment is considered a secondary obligation, then the court must identify the legitimate interest of the innocent party protected by the clause and assess whether it is disproportionate to that legitimate interest. The court must take into account the circumstances in which the contract was made, including the context, reason and purpose of why the parties agreed to the terms of the relevant provision.

The TPI felt it had no choice but to refer the matter to the LT, since the LT had made no investigation into the true nature of the payment. In addition, if payment was considered a secondary obligation in the event of default, the TPI did not have sufficient information to determine whether there was a legitimate interest to be protected, as well as whether it was proportionate to this legitimate interest – this investigation of the facts could only be carried out by the LT and not by the CFI (as the court of appeal).

Takeaways for employers

Penalty clause law in Hong Kong has moved on from whether a clause is a “true pre-estimate of loss”. The court will now take a two-step approach to determining whether a clause is unenforceable as a penalty clause.

Employers must be careful to determine whether a clause relating to the payment of a sum of money is a primary or secondary obligation.

In the event that an employer seeks to bind an employee to a “fixed term”, having a clause that requires the employee to pay wages for the remainder of the fixed term if he terminates his employment before the fixed term can be invalidated as a penalty clause. It may also contravene Section 6 of the Employment Ordinance which provides the employee’s right to terminate employment at any time by giving proper notice.

A better way to structure this arrangement would be to provide for termination by either party giving the agreed notice during the fixed term – the agreed term of notice being the longer of (a) a number of months (eg, 24 months) minus the number of completed months of continuous employment with the employer, and (b) the minimum notice period (eg, three months).

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Author-Professor Tarun Khanna on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies


For more than two decades, Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna has closely studied entrepreneurship as a means of social and economic development in emerging markets.

Between 2015 and 2019, he worked closely with the Indian government on various national commissions to frame entrepreneurship policies in India. Tarun is also associated with many profit and non-profit organizations and has written several books and essays on entrepreneurship.

In an episode of the Prime Venture Partners podcast, Tarun discussed the different facets of entrepreneurship and its evolution in India. He says,

“And we have this image in India of the state being somehow antithetical to private enterprise. At least for your generation and mine, that’s how we used to think of it. But I think that this needs an overhaul, especially with such big hits as Aadhaar, UPI, etc.

Developed and developing countries: the landscape of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is never easy whether you are building a business in Boston or Bengaluru. Nevertheless, founders of startups in developed countries, such as the United States, have access to strong ancillary support institutions.

From litigation and arbitration to arbitration, entrepreneurs have access to experts for every ancillary task, giving them more time to grow their business, develop new products, and reach more customers.

But the same is not true for developing countries like India, which creates an institutional vacuum and leaves it up to entrepreneurs to create the conditions.

“That’s why I say it’s harder, more rewarding and more exhilarating. I think ‘the highs are higher and the lows are lower’ is a way of comparing the businesses I’ve done in Bengaluru with those in, say, Boston,” Tarun remarks.

The Chinese exception

Although India and China became independent in 1947 and 1949, respectively, the countries’ startup ecosystems are poles apart. The rapid growth of China’s entrepreneurial culture can be attributed to the government’s active participation and investment in scientific R&D.

Tarun estimates that in China, the R&D/GDP ratio is significantly higher than that of India. The Indian government has yet to realize the impact of scientific research on economic and social development, he says.

“I fear the lack of ambient scientific know-how, necessary to integrate science into the process of economic development and create cutting-edge companies. However, this ambient knowledge is not cultivated in India,” he adds.

Trust issues in entrepreneurship

To be successful, entrepreneurs must seek to partner with a diverse set of people. But in low-trust companies, founders often end up working with people who look like them.

They seek proximities, whether geographical, religious or linguistic, before choosing to work with a person, limiting their access to human resources and creating a new institutional vacuum.

“At the end of the day, all innovation is about mixing and matching. That’s all. So if you can mix and match with people everywhere, you’re much better off than if you’re limited to a few matching partners,” he says.

word of wisdom

When asked if he would like to share any advice with young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Tarun had one thing to say: “Find a place where there are a bunch of smart people doing interesting work and dive in there and get your hands dirty. And you will inevitably learn something about human beings, and that’s all it takes.

You can listen to the full episode here.


01:00: Create the conditions to create

07:00: State of Entrepreneurship: India vs. China

3:00 p.m.: The value of trust in entrepreneurship

27:00: Work with government on entrepreneurship

34:30: The best way to learn how to create a startup

(This story has been updated with corrections to some quotes.)

Review: Flannery O’Connor’s Letters Home Published for the First Time | book reviews


DEAR REGINA: Letters from Flannery O’Connor of Iowa. Edited by Monica Carol Miller. University of Georgia Press. 304 pages. $34.95.

Before Flannery O’Connor became one of America’s most famous and studied literary figures, she was a young student who had written to her mother every day since grad school. These letters, which reveal so much about O’Connor and his early work, have been compiled and first published in the new book “Dear Regina: Flannery O’Connor’s Letters from Iowa”, edited by Monica Carol Miller.

O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, where she spent most of her childhood until her father’s job brought the family to Milledgeville. At age 20, O’Connor went to Iowa to study writing, her first time away from home and away from the South. When she arrived in Iowa, she was enrolled in the school’s journalism program. But she soon visited the director of the school’s prestigious creative writing program and asked for a place. His southern accent was so thick in his Midwestern ear that he had to ask her to write his request. She simply wrote: “My name is Flannery O’Connor. I am not a journalist. Can I come to the Writers’ Workshop? The principal agreed to watch her work, and by the second semester she was into it.

Her mother’s side isn’t included, and the letters don’t carry much weight in terms of subject matter, but they convey the depths of the relationship and the writer. They’re like everyone’s daily check-ins with a best friend or spouse or, in this case, parent. Almost every letter mentions food, where she eats, what she picked up at the grocery store, what she cooks on her hot plate in her bedroom, from eggs to canned meats to oranges, and what she loved and hated in the most recent care package. She tells her mother what her teachers thought of her work. She was, in every way, an outstanding student. By the end of her freshman year of college, she had published her first short story, “Geranium,” in a well-regarded literary journal.

Looking for autobiographical details in an author’s fiction is, in general, an uninspiring pursuit, but “Geranium” concerns similar situations to those she alludes to in her letters to her mother, and themes that have made her work so unique and powerful. The graduate school was O’Connor’s first extended trip outside of his bourgeois south-to-north world, where Cuban women tried to fit into the same building and a black woman was in his class of workshop.

When it was her turn to share her work out loud in class, the teacher had to read her story because no one could understand O’Connor when she spoke. O’Connor wrote to her mother asking the teacher to read her work anonymously because she had used the N-word in her story and did not want to upset the black woman. When O’Connor eats a meal with her black classmate, she teases her mother about it, who must have been, on O’Connor’s side of things, outraged at the idea.

“Geranium” is about a southern white man in poor health who is forced to live up north with his daughter. Both father and daughter have deeply racist views, but they react differently when they realize a black man is watching the apartment next door. The daughter, who was “well brought up,” minds her own business and stays away from the black people she encounters in integrated society. But her father is deeply troubled. When he meets the black man in the stairwell, the shock nearly kills him. But the black man, probably the only one raised in this situation, is friendly and helps the old man upstairs. In the end, the humiliated old man’s worldview is shattered, as we like to think O’Connor’s was when she first sat in class with a black woman.

O’Connor grew up in an awful time and place where “being raised right” meant being racist, but his work captured something honest about that oppressive system, and he didn’t associate with black people the way black people did. smaller representations. As in “Geranium,” she had a cruelly comedic knack for showcasing the immense power of black people over southern white people. In “Dear Regina”, Miller quotes writer and critic Hilton Als on this aspect of her work: “O’Connor’s deepest gift was her ability to impartially describe the bourgeoisie into which she was born, to humorously and nonjudgmentally portray his rapidly collapsing social order.”

The letters from “Dear Regina” show that all the elements of a promising young writer’s career are falling into place, but that career was ultimately cut short. O’Connor mentions various family members and friends, but she doesn’t say much about her father, who died young of lupus five years before O’Connor went to Iowa. This same illness would take O’Connor’s life 20 years later, although she did not know it at the time. The only time O’Connor mentions lupus to her mother, she writes, “I sure hope Dr. Nippert can say that Ben Harrison doesn’t have lupus; however, I imagine they can do more about it now than 5 years ago. The absence of the disease in their correspondence, and certainly the sad hope of this single mention, haunts the letters.

“Dear Regina” will delight scholars and O’Connor fans alike. But even passive readers of O’Connor can revel in the details of daily life in America in the late 1940s, as observed by a serious young woman going to college, making herself through her formative years. .

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Tim Winton on Blueback, Ningaloo and 40 years of writing


Tim Winton recalls a recent moment when he drove his elderly mother to the beach to help her swim. Her mother had been a swimming instructor when she was younger, but she was now too frail to swim on her own. As Winton and his wife held his mother in the ocean, they were both very aware that this was a scene Winton had imagined and written over 20 years earlier.

In one of the most moving scenes in Winton’s 1997 novel Blueback, the protagonist Abel cradles his aging mother in the water she loves. “We come from the water,” the mother whispers to her son. “We belong to him, Abel.

“I’m there in the water with my wife and my mom looking at each other like, ‘Do you remember anything?'” Winton said.

“It was weird because I think we were all aware of the connection, like we were inhabiting a fictional reality.”

Forty years into his publishing career, Winton says those odd moments — of his writing coming to life — are becoming more and more common.

“If you’re on this adventure long enough, you realize it’s inevitable that you’re going to repeat yourself, but not in a conventional way,” Winton says.

“You find yourself living through things you’ve already written; you find yourself living through scenes you’ve already imagined and released.”

“The Wrong Side of the Wrong Country”

The string of successes in Winton’s career belongs only to the most fanciful imaginations.

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At 21, he won the Vogel’s Literary Award for his first book, An Open Swimmer. Three years later, he won his first Miles Franklin Literary Award for Shallows (he has won the Miles four times to date and shares the record for most wins with the late Thea Astley).

He has written best-selling novels for adults and children, short stories, plays, essays and memoirs. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he has been named a Living National Treasure. There’s even a species of fish named after him – you can find the 30 centimeter ‘Hannia wintoni’ (or Winton’s Grunter) swimming in the fresh waters of the Kimberley.

It’s an unlikely story for any writer, and would have been unimaginable for a young Tim, who at age 10 decided he was going to be a writer. Growing up in a working-class family in the suburbs of Perth, Winton understood that he lived “on the wrong side of the wrong country in the wrong hemisphere”.

A career in the arts was a radical aspiration.

“The culture told us all the real Australia was somewhere else, it happened on the east coast,” Winton says.

“Everyone on TV was from the east. Skippy the bush kangaroo was from Waratah National Park, wherever it was, but that wasn’t where we were.”

Winton was the first member of his family to go to college, where he studied creative writing.

“I knew I was working hard. And I knew I knew I was determined. I thought I could be good,” Winton said.

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Winton counts Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises among his favorite books. “It really upset me when I was young,” he said.(ABC Arts: Nina Otranto)

And he was good. But when the awards started rolling in, Winton was more embarrassed than proud. He felt indebted to the teachers and mentors who had helped him succeed, who had not themselves received the same accolades.

“Art isn’t fair,” says Winton.

“I think it took me ten years to not feel bad about doing well.”

pleasure and pain

Looking back, Winton says some books were much easier to write than others.

Blueback, a heartbreaking allegory about a boy, his mother, and a blue groper, was written “in one working week,” Winton says.

“This book just dropped,” he said. “It was a great experience to write. There was almost no rewriting, it just came out formed.”

Perhaps it’s this simplicity that makes Blueback so powerful for readers young and old. Winton says he gets more fan mail about this book than anything he’s written. (A screen adaptation starring Mia Wasikowska and Eric Bana is set to hit theaters in January).

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The film adaptation of Blueback tells the story of Abby, a young girl who befriends a wild groper while diving into the ocean.(Supplied: Roadshow)

Cloudstreet – Miles Franklin’s award-winning novel about two families sharing a house in Perth between the 1940s and 1960s – was also a “pleasure” to write. The book was inspired by stories Winton’s grandparents told about life in Perth – a place Winton could see disappearing.

“Perth was just being bulldozed,” says Winton, referring to the many old buildings that were demolished in the 60s and 80s.

“The Perth that my grandparents knew and my parents knew was a foreign place to me, and my children have never seen it. So I guess it was a time when I was in my twenties when I first wanted to try to capture that.”

If Cloudstreet and Blueback were fun, Winton’s 2001 novel Dirt Music was something else altogether. Winton spent so many years trying to find a way to finish the story that some of his children had never seen him work on another book.

Even when the day came to submit the final manuscript, Winton was unconvinced that he had nailed it.

“My wife left for work at eight in the morning, and I was packing it up to send to my editor,” Winton explains.

“And she came home at four and I was still there unpacking it, packing it up. And I just knew something was wrong.”

That night he got up and started the book again, from scratch. For 55 days and nights, he rewrote Dirt Music, “as my wife watched, like I was a ticking time bomb,” he says.

Winton says he learned a valuable lesson from that “dark, dark time”.

“It’s just a fucking book,” he said.

“And I don’t think it’s worth going crazy or tormenting your family.”

This “damn book” earned him his third Miles Franklin and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Tim Winton, 2022
A committed conservationist, Winton donated his $25,000 Western Australian Premier’s Award to the Save Ningaloo Reef campaign in 2002. (Vee at Blue Media Exmouth)

writing and the environment

Whether it’s the majesty of the ocean in Breath or the sparse salt lakes of The Shepherd’s Hut, Tim Winton is recognized as one of the most lyrical observers of the Western Australian landscape.

Her love for the natural world is reflected in her conservation work.

Between 2000 and 2003 he was instrumental in the campaign to save Ningaloo Reef from resort development. It was another one of those weird moments of art imitating life: in Blueback, published in 1997, Abel and his mother managed to protect their piece of coast from the developers.

Winton’s passion for Ningaloo has only grown in the years since the campaign. He is currently working on a three-part documentary on the reef, which will air on ABC TV next year.

“It’s one of the last great wilderness places in the world,” says Winton.

“And if we lose those places, we’ve lost everything.”

Winton is lucid when it comes to the urgency of environmental action, stating that a “clock is ticking” on human existence. Yet he still believes there is a place – and indeed, a very important place – for art and writing.

“I’m in the useless beauty business,” he says. “And I’m happy about that.”

“I don’t think art needs an excuse to exist. We need beauty in our lives, so we don’t go crazy.”

Tim Winton appears as part of ABC RN’s Big Weekend of Books. Listen to his conversation with Claire Nichols of The Book Show.

‘The Devil Takes You Home’ invites readers to consider the depths of darkness: NPR

The devil bring you home

Consider this: In 2021, 596 migrants at the US-Mexico border died or went missing, according to the Missing Migrants Project – and this year so far the number is 252. Due to the recent SCOTUS ruling on the reproductive rights, Americans are currently traveling to Mexico or ordering drugs from Mexico in order to access abortions. Meanwhile, this year there have been at least 356 mass shootings in the United States (and that’s just August); at least 21 trans people were murdered; climate change continues apace; the most common variant of COVID-19 in recent times is more resistant to vaccines than previous ones; and monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

Do you feel nihilistic enough? Good. That’s exactly what you want to be when you read Gabino Iglesias’ captivating new novel, The devil bring you home a black barrio that invites readers to consider the depths of darkness in this world, its material effects, and the cycles of violence we enter into willingly and by force.

At the start of the novel, Mario, the narrator, and his wife Melisa have just learned that their daughter Anita has been diagnosed with leukemia. A few weeks later, Mario is fired from his job after taking too long to care for her. Bills, medical and otherwise, pile up, and in desperation Mario reaches out to Brian, a former colleague who once told him “Call if the damn noose of poverty gets too tight, yeah?” Before long, Brian gives Mario a gun, a mark, and the promise of $6,000. Mario shoots the stranger he is accused of killing and, despite having fought with himself beforehand, he admits: “I didn’t feel bad. I felt good. scared a little and I couldn’t breathe, but it was like energy running through my veins…He deserved it. He was as guilty of Anita’s illness as everyone else.”

When Anita dies and Melisa leaves (it’s early enough in the book not to be considered a spoiler, I promise), Mario is left with nothing but grief, rage, and hunting down collection agencies. When Brian offers Mario to join him and a man called Juanca on a two-day job that will earn them $200,000 each, Mario – both of whom are fully aware of what he is doing and desperately hoping the money l will somehow help get Melisa back. , accept.

The devil bring you home is written in both English and Spanish – the former takes precedence over the latter, and any Spanish dialogue too much for plot or mood is translated – and takes readers on a journey to hell and back. Whether the hell is American racism, the Mexican cartel industry, Mario’s grief and growing comfort with violence, or all of the above, it works; as Juanca says, “the devil is everywhere”.

According to Otto Penzler, owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York and one of the editors of The best American black of the centurydark fiction (often confused with hard crime fiction) is about lost characters “who are caught in the inescapable prisons of their own construction, forever trapped by their isolation from their own souls, as well as from society and the moral restrictions that allow him to be considered civilized.”

Iglesias, who is the author of several books including Zero Saints and coyote songs as well as a book reviewer (for NPR, among others), certainly draws inspiration from these elements of noir. But he has a broader definition of barrio noir, which “is any writing that wanders between languages, borders and cultures [and] which occupies a plethora of interstitial spaces and is not afraid to engage with all religions and superstitions as well as bring supernatural elements.”

The mixture of religious, superstitious and supernatural elements adds a dimension to the novel that accentuates its horror, but also its social commentary. Mario, whose mother used drugs, always said he had angels watching over him, and he had waking visions all his life; At the beginning of the book, a neighbor from Mario’s time in Puerto Rico as a child, who may not even be alive anymore, shows up to give him a warning. Increasingly over the course of the book, however, Mario’s visions become the least of his problems, as gods and demons are called upon to bless a series of gruesome deeds that make no sense. But as Mario knows, “stuff that doesn’t make sense happens all the time.” Things like Mario, being bilingual, college-educated, and smart, being denied jobs because of his race; things like racist white men getting a cut of the Mexican cartel money because they can so easily buy guns in Texas; things like priests who need to come to terms with the violence around them in order to continue caring for their communities; things like doctors calling a dying child a “fascinating case.”

The devil bring you home may not be a joyous book, but it still allows for glimpses of love, moments of connection, and glimmers of beauty. Even if these cannot save us, they point to what, with a little effort and luck, just might.

Ilana Masad is a fiction writer, book reviewer and novel author All my mother’s lovers.

Teamwork Can Sometimes Make the Dream Work: How to Properly Maintain Common Interest Doctrine Protections in North Carolina | Ward and Smith, Pennsylvania


Parties to a trial often find themselves on the “same side of the courtroom” as other entities or individuals. In these cases, when a party is one of multiple (or more) co-plaintiffs or co-defendants, it is often advantageous to work collaboratively while navigating the legal battlefield presented by the litigation.

When applied correctly, the principles of the common interest doctrine protect the confidentiality of information and communications exchanged as part of a collaborative effort. However, to maintain this protection, counsel for each party must proceed with extra caution. This article will review the landscape of the Common Interest Doctrine in North Carolina and provide practical guidance to help keep attorneys and their clients within the bounds of its safeguards.

Common Interest Doctrine in North Carolina

The common interest doctrine allows parties with a common legal interest to maintain confidentiality while working together to pursue their common interest. The doctrine is most often used in lawsuits with multiple defendants. Typically, defendants will enter into an agreement to facilitate the joint or collective exchange of documents, communicate strategy, and otherwise coordinate litigation activities such as discovery. The common interest doctrine is an exception to the waiver of attorney-client privilege which, without consent, most likely results when such information or communications exchanged between an attorney and a client are disclosed to a person outside of the relationship. When applicable and properly used, the common interest doctrine effectively extends solicitor-client privilege to the parties to the agreement. SCR-Tech, LLC vs. Evonik Energy Servs. SARL2013 WL 4134602, *6 (NCBC 2013) (“the common interest doctrine extends the protection of solicitor-client privilege only to communications between parties sharing a common interest in a legal matter.”); Friday Invs., LLC vs. Bally Total Fitness of the Mid-Atl., Inc., 247 NC App. 641, 648, 788 SE2d 170, 177 (2016) (“the common interest doctrine does not recognize independent privilege, but is ‘an exception to the general rule that solicitor-client privilege is waived when disclosure of privileged information [to] a third.'”) (quoting United States vs. Schwimmer892 F.2d 237, 243-46 (2d Cir. 1989).

A party seeking to avail itself of the benefit of the common good doctrine must: “(1) share a community [legal] interest; (2) agree to exchange information for the purpose of facilitating legal representation of the parties; and (3) the information must otherwise be confidential.” Friday Inv., 247 NC App. at 648, 788 SE2d at 177. North Carolina courts distinguish between parties who share a commonality legal interests and those who share a common point Company interest. Identifier. 247 NC App. at 649, 788 SE2d at 177; see also, SCR-Tech2013 WL 4134602 at *6 (“A party seeking to rely on the common interest doctrine must demonstrate that the specific communications at issue were designed to facilitate an agreement legal interest; a business or commercial interest will not suffice. ); and In re Grand Jury Subpoena: Under Seal415 F.3d 333, 341 (4th Cir. 2005) (“For the privilege to apply, the promoter must establish that the parties had ‘a common interest in a legal matter.’”).

In SCR-Techthe North Carolina Commercial Court held that the parties shared a common legal interest when they were both defendants in the same lawsuit. SCR-Tech, 2013 WL 4134602 at *7. However, the parties only shared one thing in common Company interest when one party, SCR-Tech, became the plaintiff in a secondary lawsuit where the other party, Ebinger, was not a party to litigation and had no discernible or real legal interest. Identifier. (“Communications intended solely to facilitate SCR-Tech’s pursuit of its claims in this lawsuit may relate to a common business interest, but do not rise to a level of shared legal interest sufficient to support a privilege of common interest.”).

There is no clear rule in North Carolina as to whether the common interest will apply. The courts engage in a factual analysis when the doctrine is affirmed. Friday Inv., 247 NC App. at 648, 788 SE2d at 176. Corporate affiliation between parties claiming common interest privilege is not required but may be considered a factor by the court. SCR-Tech, 2013 WL 4134602 at *4 (“The common interest doctrine depends more on the common legal interests between the separate entities, although the fact of a social affiliation between them may be taken into account in the analysis of this legal interest common.”). What is important, even essential, is a shared legal interest in what is at issue.

Key practical tips

To ensure that a court recognizes a common interest agreement with another person or entity, lawyers should carefully adhere to the guidelines set out in previous doctrine opinions. Here are four key takeaways from the North Carolina case law on this topic:

Firstalthough it is not technically required, the parties will be well served to put their agreement in writing. Friday Inv., 247 NC App. at 648, 788 SE2d at 177 (“Although a prudent attorney would always put an agency agreement in writing, there is no requirement that the agreement be in writing.”). Establishing the existence of a commitment to collaborate on a matter of common legal interest can be very difficult without a clear written agreement that concisely states this.

Second, attorneys must mark all information exchanged and communications between them as “Common Interest Privilege: Common Interest Communication” (or with a similar declarative caveat). This will clarify the intent to apply the doctrine, exercise the privilege, and help ensure that confidential information and communications exchanged are not inadvertently produced or, if they are, not reviewed without the court’s review. has resolved the assertion of the applicability of the doctrine. and the exercise of privilege.

Third, to the extent possible, lawyers should ensure that lawyers are involved in all exchanges of information and communications. In addition, persons and entities that are not parties to the agreement should not be involved. For example, although lawyer A may need some factual information from client B, it is better for lawyer A to request this information directly from lawyer B. Alternatively, lawyer A should at least copy (or otherwise include) Lawyer B in his communications. with Client B. Parties not included in the mutual interest relationship should not be involved in the exchange of information or communications.

To finish, lawyers must preserve the privilege created by the doctrine by opposing requests for access when it is justified. Since the doctrine is only an exception to the general rules governing the waiver of solicitor-client privilege, the related privilege can still be easily waived if not properly asserted and protected. Where required, information exchanged and communications that are subject to doctrine and privilege should be recorded in a privilege log.

US library canceled after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We won’t ban the books’ | Libraries


A small-town library is at risk of closing after residents of Jamestown, Michigan voted to defund it over condoning certain LGBTQ+-themed books.

Residents voted Tuesday to block the renewal of funds related to property taxes, Bridge Michigan reported.

The vote leaves the library with funds until the first quarter of next year. Once a reserve fund runs out, it would be forced to close, said Larry Walton, chair of the library board, in Bridge Michigan — harming not just readers but the community as a whole. Beyond the books, residents visit the library for its wifi, he said, and it houses the very room where the vote took place.

“Our libraries are places to read, places to gather, places to socialize, places to study, places to learn. I mean, they are the heart of every community,” Deborah Mikula, executive director of the Michigan Library Association, told The Guardian. “So how can you lose this? »

“We are champions of access,” she added, including materials that some community members might like and not others. “We want to make sure that libraries protect the right to read.”

According to Lawrence, an anonymous letter was sent to homes in Jamestown. Photography: Courtesy of Matt Lawrence

The Jamestown controversy started with a complaint about a memoir by a non-binary writer, but it quickly escalated into a campaign against the Library of Patmos itself. After a parent complains about Gender Queer: a Memoir, by Maia Kobabe, a graphic novel about the author’s experience who turns out to be non-binary, dozens of people show up at board meetings of the library, demanding that the institution abandon the book. (The book, which includes depictions of sex, was in the adult section of the library.) Complaints began to target other books with LGBTQ+ themes.

A library director resigned, telling Bridge she had been harassed and accused of indoctrinating children; his successor, Matt Lawrence, also left the post. Although the library put Kobabe’s book behind the counter rather than on the shelves, the volumes remained available.

“We, the board, will not ban the books,” Walton told The Associated Press on Thursday.

A few months later, in March, an anonymous letter reached homes in the neighborhood. He criticized the “pornographic” memoirs and the addition of “transgender” and “gay” books to the library, according to Lawrence. “It triggered a lot of people and caused them to come to our board meetings to complain,” he said. “The concern of the public was that it would confuse children.”

The library’s refusal to comply with the demands led to a campaign urging residents to vote against renewing the library’s funding. A group calling itself the Jamestown Conservatives handed out flyers condemning Gender Queer for showing “extremely graphic sexual illustrations of two people of the same sex”, criticizing a library manager who “promoted LGBTQ ideology” and calling for make the library “a safe and neutral place”. place for our children. On Facebook, the group says it exists to “keep our children safe and to protect their purity, and to keep the nuclear family intact as God intended.”

flyer describes buying 'books with LGBTQ content' and criticizes staff
A flyer distributed at the city’s Memorial Day events. Photography: Courtesy of Matt Lawrence

Residents ultimately voted 62% to 37% against a measure that would have raised property taxes by about $24 to fund the library, even as they approved similar measures to fund firefighters and roadwork. The library was one of the few in the state to suffer such a loss, Mikula said: “Most passed with flying colors, sometimes as high as 80 percent.”

The vote came as a “shock” to Lawrence, who quit his job in part because of criticism from city officials of the Patmos Library and libraries across the United States.

“I knew there were people who were upset with the library material, but I thought enough people would realize that what they’re trying to do with the removal of these books is against our constitution, especially the First Amendment,” he said.

The vote comes as libraries across the United States face an increase in requests to ban books. The American Library Association identified 729 challenges to “library, school, and university materials and services” last year, resulting in about 1,600 challenges or removals of individual books. This was up from 273 books the previous year and represents “the highest number of attempted book bans since we began compiling these lists 20 years ago,” ALA President Patricia Wong said. in a press release.

“We are seeing what appears to be a campaign to remove books, particularly books dealing with LGBTQIA themes and books dealing with racism,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, ALA Office Manager for Intellectual Freedom. , to the Guardian last year. Famous books by Toni Morrison, Alison Bechdel and Ibram X Kendi are among those banned.

“I don’t know exactly what triggered the culture wars that we see, but libraries are definitely on the front line,” Mikula said. Indeed, as states across the United States attempt to deny LGBTQ+ rights, ALA’s “most contested” #1 book last year was Gender Queer.

“When you pull these books off the shelf or publicly challenge them in a community, what you’re saying to any young person who identifies with this narrative is, ‘We don’t want your story here,'” said Kobabe. the New York Times in May.

Each library chooses its own collection, Mikula noted, an intensive process that involves keeping up to date with what’s new, listening to what’s in demand, and “weeding out” selections that are rarely loaned out.

“Our librarians are qualified. They have higher degrees,” she said. “We want to make sure that the people who have been hired to do this work are trustworthy and credible, and that they make sure that the whole community is represented within their library. And that means having LGBTQ books.

If community members object to certain books being included, there are formal ways to request their removal, involving a review committee and verifying that the person appealing has actually read the book in question. But recently, she says, people “go to board meetings, whether it’s a library board meeting or a school board meeting and say, ‘Here’s a list of 300 pounds. We want them all removed from your library. And it’s the wrong channel, but they’re loud and their voices carry.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 2 datamine previews potential future courses


Following the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 2dataminers investigated the latest update and found clues to future DLC tracks.

Shortly after the release of the second wave of Mario Kart 8 titles, Nintendo’s well-known dataminer @OatmealDome (opens in a new tab) – with the help of fellow dataminers record player (opens in a new tab)BLBambooMK2 and @fishguy6564 (opens in a new tab) – shared a list of 2.1.0 update music preview files. Thanks to this, we can see what kind of tracks could be coming to Nintendo’s racing game in the near future.

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If you do not want to know what courses could arrive one day in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, we suggest that you scroll through this next paragraph.

According a video (opens in a new tab) sharing the group’s findings, fans may one day get the chance to run around London Loop (MK Tour), Peach Gardens (DS), Boo Lake/Broken Pier (GBA), Rock Rock Mountain (3DS), Berlin Byways (MK Tour), Waluigi Stadium/Wario Colosseum (GameCube), Merry Mountain, Rainbow Road (3DS), Amsterdam Drift (MK Tour), Los Angeles Laps (MK Tour), Sunset Wilds (GBA), Bangkok Rush (MK Tour ), Vancouver Velocity (MK Tour), and finally, Maple Treeway (Wii).

It’s worth noting that since these are yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, you should take them with a grain of salt, as there’s always a chance these courses won’t end up appearing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Don’t worry if your favorite track hasn’t made it yet either, as Nintendo has promised fans a total of 48 courses added to the game, and with Waves 1, 2 and the tracks offered above, we have yet another seventeen to be revealed.

In other Mario Kart news, after several fan complaints; Nintendo has finally Fixed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version of Coconut Mall and it’s now even better than the original.

Derian House wins award at Chorley Flower Show inspired by local girl’s book


Colorful characters taken from a budding author’s book, hailed by David Walliams. were the inspiration behind a hospice’s award-winning garden display at the Chorley Flower Show.

Chorley-based Derian House’s entry to the gardening competition told the story of ‘The Teeny Tiny Plumber’, written by six-year-old Evie Mayren, whose little sister was in hospice care.

The digital signage, created by Derian’s gardener Gareth and his army of volunteers, won over the judges and Chorley Hospice won gold in the show which took place at Astley Park over the weekend (29, July 30 and 31).

Evie wrote and published her book to raise money for Derian House after the charity cared for her family while her little sister Martha spent time in intensive care.

Martha, now 18 months old, has been released from Derian’s care and is doing well.

The bestseller raised over £1,000 and Evie even caught the eye of British Got Talent judge and award-winning children’s author David Walliams, who congratulated her in a special letter and video.

The garden exhibit, part of the Community and School Garden Competition, brought the story of Evie to life – with Polly the plumber, her snowy owl and a witch hiding in plants and shrubs.

Also strewn about the garden were a pair of orange underwear, false teeth, half a car, an alligator, Winnie the Pooh and a cow – all things Polly the Plumber finds on her trip around the ‘story.

Visitors could also order a copy of Evie’s book, view the letter David Walliams wrote to her and watch the girl’s feature on the Granada Reports television news from earlier this year.

Evie, who turns seven in August, said: “It was a great idea to use my story.

“Loved seeing the teeth in the garden and the snowy owl – I had never seen a model snowy owl before. Thank you so much for making a garden out of my story. I hope all the children who visit Derian can get better like Martha.

Sarah Mayren, Evie’s mother, said: “I thought the garden was a beautiful representation of Evie’s story.

“It was a nice touch to add Evie’s artwork and the designs for all the items looked perfect.

“I was truly moved to see Evie’s story come to life as Derian was such an important line of support for our family.

“We will always be honored that you chose The Teeny Tiny Plumber as inspiration and hopefully it helped raise awareness and hopefully some more sponsorship for Derian as well.”

Gareth Elliott, gardener at Derian House, said, “It was great to see so many people come together over the weekend to see the entrance to Derian’s garden.

“It was great fun to be able to bring Evie’s story to life – we had to get creative because the garden wasn’t big enough for half a car and a whole cow.

“Thank you to our garden volunteers who helped put it all together – it was a fantastic effort and I’m so glad we got gold!”

Bobby Wood, events manager at Chorley Council, said: “The standard of the gardens this year was fantastic.

“I’ve had such positive feedback from everyone. What a fantastic community we have here at Chorley. You can all be very proud of yourselves.”

The Chorley Flower Show is a three-day flower family event held in Astley Park where visitors can view award-winning gardens and speak with gardening experts.

You can still get a copy of Evie’s book The Teeny Tiny Plumber for £3 by contacting [email protected]

John Williams joins The Post as book editor



Announcement from Diversity and Inclusion Editor Krissah Thompson and Associate Editor Mitch Rubin:

We are delighted to announce that John Williams is joining The Washington Post as Book Editor, helping to reinvigorate this important area of ​​coverage.

John will lead our award-winning non-fiction and fiction book team, hiring new writers and working with colleagues to reach new audiences. We believe in book coverage that revels in the life of the mind and big ideas and is also consumer-oriented, giving book lovers the information they need when choosing what to read. .

John is a leader in literary journalism. Since 2011 he has been in the New York Times Book Desk, first as a web producer and often as a writer. He has profiled Paul Beatty and James McBride, and written book reviews for Zadie Smith and Sally Rooney and many others. From 2016, he became the journal’s book review editor. He’s also been a mainstay on Book Review’s weekly podcast, producing and, more recently, hosting the show.

Prior to joining The Times, John spent six years in the editorial department of HarperCollins and then worked as a freelance writer and editor. In 2009, he launched a literary website called The Second Pass, which featured reviews of new books, essays on older ones, and a blog anchored by John.

John was born and raised in Oceanside, NY on Long Island, where all of his family roots lie, before moving to Texas when he was 14 years old. He spent 12 years there, including college (Trinity University, San Antonio), despite a cold. – weather person. After college, he worked as a sportswriter for Dallas-area newspapers, often covering high school football (the Texas equivalent of White House coverage).

“I couldn’t be happier that all of this led me to the Post,” says John.

John lives with his partner, Aviva, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where they moved a year ago. He loves baseball and apologizes in advance for being a Yankees fan; watch the Criterion Channel (and a reality show or two he won’t admit here); and loves live music (and recorded music), really cold martinis, and lingering at second-hand bookstores.

Please welcome it as it begins on September 6th.

Ships rescuers find a message in a bottle and return it to the family of the late son


A Mississippi family has been reunited with a message in a bottle written by their late son 33 years ago.

“Love never goes away,” said Eric Dahl, 68.

Eric Dahl, his wife Melanie and son Chris traveled about 200 miles from Oxford, Mississippi, to meet the Vicksburg shipyard workers who found the bottle during an otherwise ordinary salvage trip down the Yazoo River. The bottle was completely intact and still remained sealed.

“I’m still like this,” said Billy Mitchell, the rescue diver who first spotted the green bottle floating above a barge. “I’m always looking for unique things – driftwood or whatever…I said to my mate, I said, ‘there’s a message in that bottle!'”

Mitchell became even more curious; in his 20 years in the business, he says he’s never found anything like it. Half an hour later and using “shish kebab sticks”, he says he carefully extracted the faded paper from the glass bottle and left it to dry.

Most of the note was destroyed, but he and his boss, Brad Babb, began to piece together what was left of it. They deciphered the surname Dahl, the year 1989, the location of Oxford MS, a “please”, “thank you” and a phrase that made them laugh: “Call or phone”. It was all in a child’s handwriting.

“We’re all kids at heart. We could all imagine ourselves as this 11-year-old boy,” said Babb, safety manager at Big River Shipbuilders in Vicksburg, Mississippi. “It really pushed us to say, ‘Let’s go find this guy,’ because it’s kind of a family feeling where, ‘Would I like someone to find me? Yeah, I would.'”

They stayed late at work and started calling nearby school districts to find leads. They kept every torn piece of the note in a safe place, even taped to the desk, so it wouldn’t be accidentally thrown away by someone cleaning up. And they talked about it day and night at work and at home. But it wasn’t until they posted a photo of the note on the company’s Facebook page, which was widely shared, that the mystery began to unfold.

“I never thought it would take the life it took, but I’m so glad it did,” Babb said.

On an extremely hot and humid summer day, the Dahl family sees the bottle and ticket for the first time on a table in the shipbuilders’ office. They take a moment to examine the intact glass and read the note.

“One thing that jumps out at me is an 11-year-old boy saying ‘please’,” Eric said with a smile. “Knowing that something he wrote connects strangers really helps.”

While shipyard workers initially thought Dahl’s son, Chris, wrote the note, it was Eric and Melanie’s other son, Brian, who composed the message. An athlete who once beat cancer, Brian died in an accident at home at the age of 29.

“He was victorious in his life because of the relationships he made, the connections with others,” Eric said. “And he continues to inspire relationships.”

The message in a bottle was a sixth grade class project in 1989. Martha Burnett, now 82, was his teacher.

“We took a field trip. We dropped our bottles in the water and for many years we didn’t hear a thing,” Burnett said from his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

The class had tossed their bottles into the Mississippi’s Talahatchie River. Burnett says a bottle was found years later in Louisiana. Brian, however, floated about 200 miles to the Yazoo River.

It turned out to be floating in a channel, where Mitchell was able to find it. But had the bottle taken a slightly different turn, it could have ended up in the vast Mississippi River and possibly even the Gulf of Mexico.

“Who would have ever imagined this would happen? said Burnet. “I think it brings him back to life in a way.”

Burnett says she told all of her students to write their names and hometowns on the paper and seal their bottles with wax to keep them tight. The bottle’s survival testifies, she says, to Brian’s ability to listen in class.

Back at the shipyard, Melanie flips through the photo albums she brought from Brian. The pages show a boy who loved baseball, fishing, wasn’t afraid of snakes, and became an avid cyclist and a loving uncle when he grew up.

As Babb and Mitchell learn more about Brian and his life, they ask the Dahls if they might have time for another surprise. Babb has access to a tug and wonders if the family would like to see where Mitchell first found the bottle. The answer is a resounding yes.

As Babb takes Eric, Melanie and Chris out on the water, they all marvel at how something so small from decades ago could turn out to be so significant all these years later. Eric says they don’t feel like new friends, but more like instant family.

“He’s still with them,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s what the note meant when we found it. To let his parents know he was watching over them too.”

Melissa Bank, author of ‘The Wonder Spot’, dies at 61


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Melissa Bank, the author best known for writing The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, died at age 61. According to a statement from Viking Penguin, she died on August 2, 2022, in East Hampton, New York, after a battle with lung cancer. The bank’s logbook, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing debuted in 1999 and was a New York Time bestseller for 16 weeks. It is a series of short stories linked by a common main character named Jane Rosenthal. It is generally understood that the book is at least somewhat autobiographical. “Jane and Banks [sic] are both born in Philadelphia and live in New York, they share a neurologist father who died of leukemia in his late 50s, a background in publishing, an older lover with a history of drunkenness and diabetes” , wrote Simon Hattenstone in a 1999 profile. of the Bank in the Guardian. At the time of its release, the book was often compared to Bridget Jones Diary, although “Bank’s is a much more subtle work, which achieves even more than it aims,” ​​said The New Yorker in his review.

Bank was regularly associated with being a “women’s” writer, which she grew to love and hate. “Women identify with Melissa Bank, whether she likes it or not,” began a 1999 profile of Bank in New York. Time. Later, when she published The wonderful place in 2005, she was talking about being lumped into the literary category of chick lit. “The problem with Chick Lit is that it has become more Chic than Lit,” Bank said in a Chicago Grandstand profile. “It’s demeaning to both readers and writers. It’s like saying that these are books written by girls, about girls and for girls, and that what happens to a single woman has no consequence for anyone but herself or other women… I can’t believe how offensive this is to women.

Bank added in the Grandstand profile, “I’m really happy that women read my writing. I don’t feel elitist about this. To say that I am not one of them, I feel like I am attacking myself and my readers. Bank split his time between New York and East Hampton. She was a faculty member at Stony Brook University Southampton’s 2022 writers’ conference with fellow author Matthew Klam, who first shared the news of Bank’s death on social media.

Final Fantasy 14 suffers a DDoS attack, causing problems for players in North America


Final Fantasy 14 recently fell victim to a series of DDoS attacks, which as a result temporarily caused problems for gamers in North America.

Earlier today (August 3), Square Enix reported technical network difficulties via the Final Fantasy 14 Official Site (opens in a new tab), which only affected players in North America. According to the post, the issues affected the game’s network on August 2 between 4:58 PM and 5:03 PM (PDT) – so you wouldn’t be blamed for not noticing it as it only causes issues for about five minutes or so.

Issues caused by the DDoS attack include: players disconnecting from North American data center worlds, players having difficulty connecting to North American data center worlds, and finally, players having difficulty connecting to access, send and receive data from North American data centers. Fortunately, the problems seem to have been solved, because a monitoring station (opens in a new tab) reveals, and Square Enix said it “will continue to monitor the situation and work with ISPs to find countermeasures.”

In other more positive Final Fantasy 14 news, fans theorize that the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 14 6.2 patch set to release soon on August 23rd. Square Enix has shared details about this upcoming update a few times recently – with another showcase scheduled for next week – but has not yet specified a release date other than a “late August” release window.

Speaking of the update, a recently released poster for “Buried Memory” has gamers losing their minds as they believe Final Fantasy 14 Patch 6.2 Could Unmask Lahabrea. In true Final Fantasy 14 gamer fashion, fans are already smitten with the main character on the poster, though it’s yet to be confirmed if it’s really Lahabrea. We’re talking about the same the players who went wild on Ameliance just a few months before after all.

Need a little break from Final Fantasy 14? Take a look at our list of best MMORPGs for an idea of ​​what to play next.

I struggled to write but fell in love with it in college


For many of us, thinking back to when we first started learning to read and write seems like a huge mystery. When did I learn to pronounce the word “lazy” and do I still say “açaí” wrong in my head? The answer is probably yes. In elementary school, I was always at the lowest reading level, struggling hard with reading comprehension. When I read books, my goal was to finish them as soon as possible. If you asked me who the main character was, I wouldn’t even be able to tell you. In college, my essays received average grades and I dreaded writing assignments at all.

So you might be wondering how I became a columnist for The Michigan Daily? When did I start loving writing?

My difficult writing journey began during my freshman year of high school. I had just graduated from using generic essay templates to writing specially structured argumentative essays. In my ninth grade English class, we wrote essays on literary works ranging from epics like “The Odyssey” to novels like “The Catcher in the Rye.” We often had assignments that were only one page long but required us to make an argument in SPA format – statement, proof, and analysis – about the reading. I remember enjoying challenging myself to create bold statements, but struggling to explain the evidence to support that argument. Every assignment returned to me included blue ink in the analysis section with the phrases “Explain more” and “Why?” Explain.”

This problem continued into my second year. Despite a change of teachers, I still received comments about the need to broaden my analysis, particularly by looking closely at the connotations of each word in the sentence. (Perhaps it was because my second-grade English teacher was on track to become a lawyer, but decided he liked teaching more.) In his class, I had a downward streak in my grades and I was missing that “wow” factor. in my writing.

I often met with this teacher one-on-one to discuss how I could improve my writing. I asked him what I was missing in my writing and why my analysis section always seemed to be lacking. For the first time, I received detailed feedback and we had very productive conversations about how to put what I want to say on paper. In the past, I only received comments like “How? and why?” which didn’t help me understand exactly what needed to be changed. I was frustrated with these one-word questions and felt like a teacher was picky for no reason. However, this teacher went into great detail about what he expected and gave examples of how I could improve and expand on the sentences he had commented on. Instead of completely deleting the sentence in question, he supported it by adding another sentence that deepened my analysis.Because of his encouragement and clarity, I felt more confident and excited to write.

While I had well-formulated ideas for my analysis, I had forgotten that people couldn’t read my mind, so I needed to write down my thoughts explicitly. While explaining my thought process to my teacher, I noticed that I was not including my ideas in the document. These additional points would have strengthened my argument. To solve this problem, I started to drill down into blocks of text and organize everything that came to mind into bullet points. Then I mold all my points together into an argument and eventually a paper. Before, I wouldn’t even describe my argument and tried to be as conservative as possible in my writing. Often this bad habit would lead to clumsy and disorganized work. But after the meeting, I constantly thought of his advice and applied it to my writing. Eventually, I received a book award from my teacher because of my dedication and improvement in her class. During my junior and senior years, I continued to work with my teachers to refine my essays. Having not even been nominated, I ended up receiving an honorable mention in my school’s Prize Papers book – an anthology of essays by outstanding students – at the end of senior year. I also began to enjoy homework more, anticipating the next opportunity to showcase my new analytical writing skills.

Somehow, this class also led me to join and get involved in my school’s press club during my sophomore year. (My teacher was the faculty editor for the journal.) I was admittedly flaccid when I attended the first year, signing up for the schedule section but quitting halfway because I didn’t. wasn’t funny enough to come up with puns for school events. I joined because of my sophomore teacher and contributed extensively to the student news section for the rest of my high school career, eventually becoming the section’s editor before graduating.

The first article I wrote with the club was about Senior May, a three-week program for seniors to complete internships and explore their professional interests. I was very excited and determined to go through with this article, unlike my first attempt. However, my dreams were immediately shattered when my original draft came back with a seemingly endless number of comments. Almost every sentence contained a suggestion or comment that needed to be addressed. I suddenly felt like a little minnow in an ocean of sharks.

Learning to accept criticism is a difficult but ultimately necessary step for a writer. I worked with a faculty member to respond to these comments. Simultaneously, he explained the basics of journal article writing and how it differs from writing an academic article. I discovered “ledes”, the starting sections of articles that entice readers to want to know more. After publishing my article, I was ready to start working on the next one. As a personal editor, I devoted myself to the student news section while exploring the opinion and arts sections. I’ve written articles with topics ranging from cancel culture to Logic’s album, Confessions of a Dangerous Spirit. These diverse experiences have made me a writer who has developed her own distinct writing style.

When I became editor, I taught new contributors the same things I had learned. I worked overtime in the newsroom, clicking Adobe InDesign and connecting with other editors over pizza. Even over the Thanksgiving holiday in California, I sat in a hotel room with my computer working on a draft with a new contributor to help respond to his comments. I enjoyed editing and helping others improve their writing because I found my journey so rewarding and I hoped others would go through a similar journey with my help. Hoping to continue my career in the press, I wrote in my college application that I wanted to join The Michigan Daily.

Fast forward to one of my first classes at University. I first took Classic Civilizations 101: Ancient Greek Civilizations to fulfill the freshman writing requirement, but ended up falling in love with the subject and the essays. Just like in high school, I also worked closely with my GSI and my teacher to improve my writing. But now it wasn’t for the grade; I really enjoyed learning more. When the application for the Sweetland Minor in Writing arrived, I decided to apply with an essay on gender stereotypes in “The Iliad.”

Now I’ve taken two courses – Writing 220 and English 225 – as part of the writing program, and they’ve been the most wonderful courses I’ve taken since starting college. The teachers are very genuine and their enthusiasm is very contagious. In both courses, I explored my interest in STEM and humanities and wrote an article in each but in different styles. For one, I used Wix to create an infographic teaching students to create their own statistical surveys. In the other class, I conducted an interview study asking people what their majors were.

In college, I’m free to experiment with my writing and take on new challenges. I also created a Wix Wallet which compiles all my essays and projects throughout my college career. Where I used to cower at comments, now I accept them with open arms because I know they are meant to help.

Here at the Michigan Daily, I also found a cohort of people who share a similar interest in writing. When I first worked with the staff at MiC, I felt like my writing was in demand here. During the editing process, the editors are very passionate and hardworking; these are the people I want to work with to continually develop my skills. I also had the opportunity to write about myself after years of academic analysis. I want to continue to explore my identity and be able to express loud and clear my feelings that I have kept buried in my heart.

MiC columnist Daisey Yu can be reached at [email protected]

Anne Howard, pioneering English teacher and one of the founders of women’s studies, has died


Anne Howard, a university English professor for 37 years and a campus figurehead who helped found the women’s studies program, died in May. She was 94 years old.

Howard, who retired from college in 2000, had moved from Reno and was living in Redding, Connecticut during the pandemic with his son Jason and his family.

“The accomplishments are legion – and legendary,” Jason said recently. “She savored literature, art, scholarship, politics, family and friends every year. Among Anne’s many hyphens were mother, wife, friend, daughter, grandmother, aunt, teacher, journalist, and distinguished professor at NUR. In addition, one could add a feminist, politician, leader, author, actress, activist, public television spokesperson, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) , volunteer or Chautauqua scholar.

Anne Bail Howard taught and directed the remedial English program at the University of New Mexico before she and her husband, Bill, an art professor, joined the University’s faculty in 1963.

Jason Howard noted that the Howard family arrived in Reno after Bill “unexpectedly lost his teaching job” in New Mexico. “After a job search on the road, he came back with an offer to teach painting at the University of Nevada, Reno,” he said. “The bonus for Anne (who was finishing her thesis in English) was her position in the English department. For several years she was the only female professor in the department.

Howard quickly made an impact. Jason Howard added: “The new job was a giant leap that she took very seriously. Some male colleagues were unsure of a woman in the department, but several enlightened men helped break down barriers. While teaching full-time, usually English composition, to often reluctant undergraduates, she used the summers to complete her dissertation on Nathaniel Hawthorne. Finally, with a doctorate, she was allowed to teach classes reflecting her passion for 19th-century American literature.

“When she learned that her salary was significantly lower than that of her male colleagues, she made a plan. First, she ran for the Faculty Senate. Once established as a senator, she launched an ultimately successful 11-year campaign to force a study of faculty salaries, an effort that resulted in salary adjustments for women across the University.

Founder of Women’s Studies

In 1973, Howard served as chairman of the President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Women’s Studies. That year, Howard sent a letter to University President N. Edd Miller, requesting funding to start a women’s studies program by 1974.

“We present the materials for your consideration in the hope that this report may be the first step in the realization of a women’s studies program at UNR,” Howard wrote. In the 1994 article, “Defining Moments in Women’s Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno,” by Sheryl Kleinendorst and Jean Ford, the authors noted that Howard’s letter was not simply a request. It included survey results focusing on possible courses, student preferences for courses, and a survey detailing universities of similar size and scope where women’s studies programs were already in place.

Howard’s letter included the news that several departments – political science, English, sociology, social and correctional services, anthropology and art – were already offering courses on the subject or planning to add courses soon. The short-term goal was to offer a foundation course, Women’s Studies 101, and within three years to offer a minor in Women’s Studies.

Howard added in his letter, “We have tried to be realistic in our demands, taking into account the University’s perennial lack of money for new programs, but recognizing the real need to develop programs to the women. Although it took some time, the Women’s Studies 101 course was offered by the University in the fall of 1979.

In a 1979 interview, Howard, who taught the language portion of the course, said, “In a way, it’s an effort to remedy past omissions. … I think women need to be told about their own past and their own character.

Howard worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout her career at the University to ensure that women’s studies gained a foothold. A program director, Elaine Enarson, was appointed for the 1985-86 academic year. A women’s center was founded around this time, eventually finding a home in one of the Center Street Victorians. A new major in Women’s Studies came on board in the late 1990s. Director of Women’s Studies, Jennifer Ring, noted in a 1997 interview that, of the program’s growth, “English teacher Anne Howard started it, and Ann Ronald, former dean of arts and sciences, made it a priority.

“The Long Campaign” and Equal Rights

In addition to the work Howard did on numerous campus committees, Howard was an award-winning instructor and writer.

“She loved teaching teachers so much that she spent many years with the Nevada Writing Project, helping high school teachers across Nevada,” Jason Howard said. “Her colleagues, who were familiar with her talents as a speaker during the Faculty Senate’s crusades for pay equity with men, called on her skills as an interpreter on several occasions.

Howard’s 1985 biography of Anne Martin, “The Long Campaign: A Biography of Anne Martin,” brought to life a story that was significant in Nevada history. Martin, who graduated from the University in 1894, was one of the founders of the University’s history department. She traveled statewide in an ultimately successful campaign that led to the passage of women’s suffrage in Nevada in 1914. Martin then ran for the U.S. Senate.

Martin, writes Howard in her book, was “the classic new woman…educated, independent, traveling, ambitious.” Martin has made it her mission to not back down and find ways to empower other women. She wished, writes Howard, to be “a role model for women to emulate – a woman acting for her cause with all her ability”.

A life of teaching, community involvement

Howard herself had grown up around reading and education. His mother, Effie, was a schoolteacher. His father, Ernest Bail, was chief road engineer. In high school, she had worked as a proofreader at the newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earning 85 cents an hour. After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1949, she served as editor of the Albuquerque newspaper, then moved with her husband Bill, who was an artist, to Mexico City where she worked on the editorial staff. an English language newspaper.

In a 1985 interview, Howard said that while she enjoyed the writing and reporting involved in journalism (she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism), “I felt I didn’t served no purpose in journalism.”

When she and Bill moved back to New Mexico, she taught high school English and loved it.

“So I went back to school to get my doctorate,” she said. She and Bill also had family – son Jason and daughter Emily. Their home was based on the arts, on learning, respect for others and the fight against discriminatory behavior. It was natural, she says in her 1999 oral history, that when there were opportunities to change the status quo for the better at the University, she felt it was her duty to do something about it.

“When I have causes, I tried to behave very well, earn A’s,” she said in a 1999 college oral history. “I had two things I wanted to take care of. : the Women’s Studies Program and the Women’s Center, and that makes you a public and polite person – up to a point.

It was during the 1980s that Howard became an even more visible and notable presence in the community. She lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment in the Nevada State Legislature and supported and was the confidante of many of Northern Nevada’s most prominent and pioneering female political figures. – State Deputy and State Senator Mary Gojack, Secretary of State and Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa and Lieutenant Governor Sue Wagner. When Bill Howard died of cancer in 1986, Howard continued to give back to the community. She served as an on-air spokesperson for public radio station KUNR and public television station KNPB, and was actively involved in Chautauqua, performing as notable female figures in American history.

In 2019, Howard sold his house in Reno and moved to an assisted living facility in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She moved in with Jason and his wife Gail during the pandemic.

Howard is survived by his daughter Emily Howard and his wife Jennifer Strauss and their children, Emmett and Marina Blu Howard of Berkeley, California; son Jason Howard and wife Gail Hall Howard of Redding, Connecticut; Anne’s granddaughter, Emily Hall, and great-granddaughter Rosie Hall of Redding, California; and a cousin, Carolyn Bail Isbell of Montrose, Colorado.

A celebration of Anne Howard’s life is scheduled for late August in Reno. Once finalized, Jason Howard will share rally details on his Facebook page.

Suki Waterhouse on Music, Her Album, Songwriting About Her Feelings – WWD


“I definitely started praying,” says Suki Waterhouse. The 30-year-old Briton is no stranger to the limelight, having built a career as a model and actress since she was a teenager – but performing her own songs on stage in front of a live audience is a whole different beast. The one where a prayer that “nothing bad will happen” certainly doesn’t hurt.

“But it’s funny, actually,” Waterhouse continues, “I kind of realized that you can’t really go wrong live. Even if things go wrong, it’s part of your show. It’s which makes it exciting.

Waterhouse is one of the most famous British models currently working, but she always hoped to take a more serious turn to music. With the release of her debut album “I Can’t Let Go” earlier this summer, she has arrived, and the songs have lent themselves to many summer playlists so far.

The album has been in the works for years, and a dream for even longer. “It’s kind of an amazing feeling [now that it’s out],” she says. “Throughout the time I was writing it, you spent many years navigating and finding the words for the moments in your life that you were trying to express. And it’s very cool to see them all tangible, not just in the songs, but in a whole album.

Waterhouse has been writing “intensely” since she was 15, counting artists like Cat Power, Lucinda Williams and Sharon Van Etten as influences. Ani DiFranco was also a formative first listener, shaping the way Waterhouse approached songwriting.

“Listening to songs of a woman talking about things we didn’t really talk about at home growing up,” she says. “And ways of talking about intimacy that I hadn’t really experienced in my own life.”

Now she approaches songwriting as a way to work on things that otherwise wouldn’t make sense in her life.

“I think songs usually come when I’m frustrated with myself…usually it’s when you can’t talk to your friends about something anymore because you talked about it. You know what I mean? It’s a feeling that hasn’t left you yet, and you’re frustrated with your inability to move on, I guess. The writing part comes when I’m trying to get some kind of perspective on something that I’m really in the middle of, that I’m having a hard time feeling at peace with.

Although she was working on music as a teenager, she’s grateful in hindsight that opportunities didn’t come to her then.

“I wouldn’t have been ready when I was younger,” she says. “All the time I had to myself, just by accident, to make a ton of mistakes and try to teach myself how to write, having that in private was great for me because it was the only something I had to do without it being a public thing for a long time.

She’s been releasing singles since 2016 and had to overcome her own anxieties about engaging in music more publicly in order to finally make a full album.

“Making music was always this pretty private thing that I did out of necessity to have to do it,” she says. “But I was definitely hesitant and had a lot of anxiety about releasing music. I finally released a song and released a few more songs and I think it was a combination of more guts for myself and also seeing a very small audience of people listening to it. I think I finally felt ready. I was pretty hard on myself in many ways. I had albums ready before, I wrote so, so many songs. And mostly all my friends have been living with the songs for a few years. And so I was really hard on myself, making sure that I really felt as ready as ever. I never feel quite ready.

Suki Water House

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘quick denouement’ revealed by author Tom Bowers in new interview as dinner party secrets are revealed


Meghan Markle was reportedly advised not to take legal action over a damning new book because its author provides more information about what he calls the “denouement” of the so-called Harry and Meghan show.

Royal biographer Tom Bower made a series of claims in his book – Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors – and appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise on Tuesday to reveal new secrets.

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Bower doesn’t hold back on the unauthorized biography, for which he says he interviewed more than 80 sources.

The author claims it was difficult to speak with people who viewed the Duchess of Sussex in a positive light.

Bower sat down with Sunrise hosts David “Kochie” Koch and Natalie Barr on Tuesday and was asked a question he doesn’t usually come across.

David Koch and Natalie Barr talk to author Tom Bower. Credit: Sunrise

Does he have anything nice to say about Meghan Markle?

“I think she’s an ambitious and successful woman in her own right, I think she can be nice if she wants to,” the author said from the UK.

“She’s smart, she’s sassy, ​​I think she’s one of those people you take with a grain of salt.

“Sometimes she can be nice…depending on how she wants to behave.”

Bower said that while researching the book, he spoke to people who worked on Meghan’s Suits show, her school friends and her friends in London.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II in 2018. Credit: WPA pool/Getty Images

While the Duchess’ friends painted her in a positive light, the author said her ‘victims’ were telling a ‘different story about her than the one she wanted to publish’.

Barr asked the author why attitudes towards Meghan are now different from when she married Prince Harry in 2018.

“She came to England voluntarily and married into the royal family and she must have known what that required,” the author told Sunrise.

“She had to be part of the team and support the Queen and play her part.

Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the war between the Windsors. Credit: Sunrise

“And all she really did was complain because she wanted the limelight, she wanted to be number one.

“She wanted to turn the royal family into a Hollywood celebrity game.”

Bower said he thought Meghan never wanted to stay in Britain.

“I think she wanted the title, she wanted the stardom, and then go back to California,” Sunrise said.

Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle. Credit: PA Images via Getty Images

“It was really because of that, and because she would have bullied a lot of her staff, it made them very upset,” he claimed.

Bower also alleges that Meghan “turned Harry against his family and Harry was the most popular of all the royals apart from the Queen”.

“Overall (she) did what Meghan wanted, not what the Royal Family expected…and it all fell apart quickly,” he said.

“And it didn’t crumble because she wasn’t helped, it didn’t crumble because of racism, it crumbled because Meghan didn’t get what she wanted, that is, she was in the spotlight.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Max Mom/Indigo/Getty Images

Bower also makes other intriguing claims in her book, including that Meghan made Kate Middleton cry before Meghan’s wedding in 2018 – contrary to what Meghan said in her Oprah interview.

He claimed the Queen was relieved when Meghan did not attend Prince Phillip’s funeral in April 2021.

Another claim he makes is that Meghan suspected Victoria Beckham of leaking stories to the media.

‘Fuck Nut’

Meanwhile, UK publication Express reported that Bower claims in the book that Prince Harry’s Eton pals thought he was “f***nuts” for dating Meghan.

During a ‘filming’ weekend, the couple had joined 16 of Harry’s friends for dinner on Friday.

Bower claimed in the book that, like other such weekends, “Harry looked forward to endless banter, jokes – and lots of booze.”

The jokes involved “sexism, feminism and transgender people,” and “Meghan challenged every guest whose conversation violated her values,” Bower wrote.

“’She lacked a sense of humor,’ he wrote.

“Coming home after lunch on Sunday, text messages rang between the cars: ‘OMG, and SHE?’ one says. “Harry must be fucking crazy”.

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Where is Netflix’s Blown Away filmed?


Soufflé Season 3 blew viewers away as ten new glassblowers compete to create stunning glass art to win a life-changing prize of $60,000, as well as an installation at the distinguished Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

Glassblowers take on a series of challenges in a huge studio affectionately dubbed “North America’s Largest Hot Shop,” complete with ovens and everything a glass artist could hope for.

But where is the largest hot store in North America? Read below to find out where Soufflé Season 3 was filmed…

Where is Netflix’s Blown Away filmed?

John Sharvin in Blown Away

Competitors stepped out of their creative comfort zone. (Image credit: David Leyes/Netflix)

As with seasons 1 and 2, Soufflé Season 3 was filmed in the city of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, located an hour’s drive from Toronto.

It was there that an empty warehouse, apparently located on Imperial Street near Sherman Avenue, was transformed into “the largest hot store in North America”.

This is where glassblowers pushed their creative boundaries to achieve exceptional and unique glass art throughout the 10 challenges.

Who are the Blown Away judges?

Host Nick Uhas and judge Katherine Gray

Host Nick Uhas and master glassmaker Katherine Gray. (Image credit: David Leyes/Netflix)

Not only do the contestants have to contend with the heat of the kilns when creating their glass sculptures, but also the heat of the judges.

Glass artist extraordinaire Katherine Gray has returned to the series as Resident Evlautor, and glassblowers have worked hard to earn her accolades.

She became a glass artist and university professor after attending the Ontario College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.

They will also have to impress other high profile guest judges, including Soufflé Season 1 winner Deborah Czeresko, Chris Clarke, Pittsburgh Glass Center director of operations, and Dr. Marianne Mader, a space scientist who has worked for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Good luck to them !

Nick Uhas, who was part of big brother 15, also resumed hosting duties for the new series.

Soufflé seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix now.

Resumption of the Dame Days of Summer

It was in August. For years, it was August…there was a heat like wet gauze and a high, white sky and music coming from everywhere at once. – Paula McLain, ‘A Ticket to Ride’


The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it stops turning. —Natalie Babbit

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I reposted this as there are still a few bugs to work out when transferring to my new machine. I hope to be here to host, but if not, now you know why!


Please forgive the pun – it was irresistible. The “Ladies” are four female poets from the Western Hemisphere born in the first week of August:

Aline Murray Kilmer, born August 1, 1888

Anne Hebert, born August 1, 1916

Lorna Goodison, born August 1, 1947

Allison Adele hedge coke, born August 4, 1958

Although their journeys are very different, in each case their writing has been influenced by loss and hardship.



lover of light

by Aline Murray Kilmer
WHY don’t you go back to the sea, darling?
I am not one of those who would hold you back;
The sea is the woman you really love,
So let his be the arms that bend you.
Your bright blue eyes are sailor’s eyes,
Your hungry heart is also that of a sailor.
And I know every port you pass through
Will give birth to a daughter both beautiful and wise
Who learned light love from the eyes of a sailor.

If you ever go back to the sea, darling,
I will miss you – yes, can you doubt it?
But women have been through worse than that
So why should we care about it?
Take your restless heart to the stormy sea,
Your light, light love for a lighter girl
Who will smile when you come and smile when you pass.
Here you can only confuse me.
Oh, I think you better get back to sea!


“Light Lover” is in the public domain

Aline Murray Kilmer (1888-1941) American poet, children’s book author, essayist, and from 1908 until her death in 1918, the wife of Joyce Kilmer, a poet remembered primarily for her poem “Trees”, and for die young in the ‘war to end all wars.’ She was a mother of five children, but their eldest daughter suffered from infantile paralysis and died aged four in 1917, shortly before her husband was deployed to France.He was killed in 1918 at age 31 by a bullet. sniper during the Second Battle of the Marne. Aline Murray Kilmer turned to writing children’s books and publishing her poetry to support her four remaining children. Her second son, Michael, died at the age of 11 in 1927.



The piano

by Anne Hebert
All it took was a light note
A finger
By a quiet slave
A single note a supple moment
For the muffled clamor of offense
Tucked in the back of the black veins
Rise and burst in the air without commotion
The master not knowing what to do
In the face of such a tumult
Order the piano to be closed

translated by A.Z. Foreman

The original French:

The piano

Just a light note
With one finger slapped
By a quiet slave
A single note held for a moment
So that the deaf clamor of outrages
Buried in the hollow of black veins
Rises and discharges into the still air
The master doesn’t know what to do
In the face of this tumult
Order the piano to be closed
For ever

“The Piano/The Piano” by Anne Hébert: Poems, © 1975 by Anne Hébert – Musson Book Company

Anne Hebert (1916-2000) French Canadian poet, novelist and short story writer. Her father was a poet and literary critic, and she began writing poetry at a very young age—by her early twenties her poems had been published in several periodicals. His first collection of poetry, Dreams in Balance, published in 1942, won the Prix David du Québec. Much of his poetry reflects the tragic untimely death of his sister and a cousin. Hébert earned his living in the 1950s working for Radio Canada and the National Film Board of Canada. She has won Canada’s highest literary honour, the Governor General’s Award, three times, twice for fiction and once for poetry. His best-known work is his 1970 historical novel Kamauraskaa classic of Quebec and Canadian literature. Kamauraska won the Prix des libraires de France and the Grand Prix of the Royal Academy of the French language of Belgium. Hébert died of bone cancer at age 83 in January 2000.



Tribute to the mother of Jamaican art

by Lorna Goodison
She was the nameless woman who created
images of her children sold away from her.
She hung her wooden babies on a rope
around her neck, before eating, she fed them.
Touches of pounded yam and plantains
with sealed lips, always urging them to sip water.
She sculpted them with absinthe, teeth and nails
her first tools, later she wields a dull blade.
His saliva cleansed faces and limbs; pitch oil
of his skin darkened them. When woodworms
bored in their bellies she was heating castor oil
they purged. She learned her art by breaking
hard rocks. She did not sign her work.


Praise to the Mother of Jamaican Art” by Collected Poems, © 2017 by Lorna Goodison – Carcanet Press

Lorna Goodison (1947 – ) Jamaican poet, writer and painter; she is born
in Kingston on the first day of August, which is Emancipation Day in Jamaica. “I don’t think it was an accident that I was born on the first of August, and I don’t think it was an accident that I was given the gift of poetry, so I take that to mean that I should write to about these people and their condition, and I will bear the burden of what they endured and how they triumphed until the day I die.” Goodison was the first woman to be named Jamaica’s Poet Laureate (2017-2021). She was awarded the 1999 Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for literary contributions, the 2018 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Poetry, and the 2019 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry; his poetry collections include I Become My Mother; Oracabess; and Bring salt and light. Goodison is also a talented painter and the covers of her books are usually illustrated with her works.



street confetti

for Stephanie
by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Just opposite Turk Street, south side intersection Hyde,
in the building where 911 won’t call a rookie,
a man beats his wife,
the twentieth time or more, their children bawl.
Over here, in this apartment on the third floor,
above blazing red neon signs highlighting
the Triple Deuce Club downstairs, I listen while
wired white hippies move furniture on checkered tiles
across my sister’s vaulted plaster ceiling until 3 a.m.
Dragging me around with a couch like I’m rearranging the heavens in my head.
Me, I sleep. Or try. I can’t do anything else.
Every day I slip away in search of a job, slipping into the
The streets of San Francisco
sinuous, curved, like turbulence.
Dawn brings out sweet Cambodian street children
in a Feinstein-era playground,
still filled with hypes, wines, yellow-green from the day before,
still smelled of piss and lizard.
These kids though, they’re climbing on steel swings,
fifteen, twenty feet tall,
as if they were walking on common lines in concrete.
Easy balance, thanks Mohawk.
Their sisters cause a paper war in the street,
block party closed.
Flying paper, I
grab a piece, fold it in an original way, create
a false financial pyramid, reject it,
watch little girls with shiny black ponytails make confetti
for this continuous parade of tickers,
just opposite Turk Street, Hyde Junction.

“Street Confetti” from Off-season city hose, © 2005 by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke – Coffee House Press

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (1958 – ) American poet and publisher born in Texas, raised in North Carolina and Canada, of mixed Native American and European descent. She dropped out of high school to become a field worker and sharecropper in North Carolina, but earned her GED and took classes at North Carolina State University, before fleeing domestic violence in California. She went on to earn an AFAW in Creative Writing from the former Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and an MFA from Vermont College. His poetry collections include Dog Road Womanwinner of the American Book Prize of the Before Columbus Foundation, Off-season city hoseand Blood race. She has worked as a mentor and teacher on reservations, in urban areas, in juvenile institutions, mental institutions, in prisons, with migrant workers and youth at risk. She also founded and ran youth and worker outreach programs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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A Thread Through Time” tells stories of the LJ Rowan High School Class of 1968


Publishers Doris Townsend Gaines and Carolyn Hall Abrams, both graduates of the Class of 1968 from LJ Rowan High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, have completed their new book, “The Class of 1968: A Thread Through Time.” The book is a compelling and powerful collection of personal essays that tell the stories of a group of students at a segregated high school in southern Mississippi. Also included are other students of the same era attending other schools in southern Mississippi, who shared similar experiences.

Editor Doris Townsend Gaines writes after classmates visited the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi: “We cried looking at Vernon Dahmer’s exhibit and thinking back to that day. Many Hattiesburg civil rights activists were part of our daily lives and not recognized as heroes and heroines back home. They were our parents, uncles, aunts, neighbors, pastors, friends and other ordinary people in the community doing their best under the circumstances. When we were young, we did not know the depth of their sacrifices and the danger of the threats they risked day by day to make a better world for us. Our lives have been influenced by our homes, our churches, our schools and the “village”.

Published by Page Publishing, editors Doris Townsend Gaines and the insightful work of Carolyn Hall Abrams share the first-hand experiences of students who belonged to one of the last segregated classes at the all-black LJ Rowan High School, as they reflect on their families, community, and school experiences.

Readers interested in experiencing this original work can purchase “The Class of 1968: A Thread Through Time” from Barnes and Noble, online at the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon.

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King Salman receives a written message from the President of the Central African Republic


Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea launches tourism scholarship program for high school graduates

RIYADH: The Red Sea Development Company recently launched a scholarship program for high school graduates to study international hotel management in partnership with Prince Mugrin University and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

The program aims to provide young Saudis pursuing a career in tourism with hands-on experience in the sector and international expertise to help build the Kingdom into a world-class tourist destination.

The curriculum of the program equips students with the knowledge and experience based on Swiss and international hospitality standards to succeed in the growing sector.

One of TRSDC’s missions is to develop the talents of Saudis to specialize in different branches of tourism and hospitality.

Upon completion of the program, TRSDC plans to help qualified students find employment in their field.

The launch of the program follows the second agreement of the TRSDC Grants program signed with the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and the University of Prince Mugrin in Medina.

The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is known as the first hotel school created in 1893 in Switzerland. Prince Mugrin University in Medina provides training for students in a variety of fields and research programs.

Students can choose between two tracks, including an accelerated four-year program that skips the preparatory year and proceeds directly to the major.

The second program option is a five-year program that begins with a preparation year before students can qualify to start their major.

To enter the program, applicants must meet a set of requirements.

The program is open to Saudi nationals with a high school diploma (as a full-time student) from within the Kingdom or an overseas equivalent.

Applicants must apply within five years of graduating from high school and must be under the age of 23 with a standard admission test and cognitive ability tests of 60% and above.

In order for applicants to enter the Accelerated Programme, they must score six or more on their IELTS or equivalent test and must submit a statement of purpose essay in English explaining why they wish to participate in the programme.

Interested students can learn more about application requirements by visiting the Red Sea Development Company programs page.

Registration for the program is open from July 28 to August 4, 2022.

How to write a captivating thriller? This author found clues in the woods


Growing up, thriller writer Megan Miranda spent time with her grandparents in the Poconos. There was no cell service – just her and her family out there in the woods, cut off from society. “During the day it would be this great adventure,” Miranda recalls. “But at night, I was just staring into the dark thinking, ‘what’s over there? “

Thus began Miranda’s long obsession with the duality of nature – both a beautiful, serene place, and also, with just a slight shift in perspective, a terrifying place.

“You walk into the woods and you feel like the legends can almost be real,” she said on a recent hike near her home in North Carolina. “It’s a place where things are hidden, but where you can also hide. It’s just a great place for thrillers.”

Nature – the woods, the lakes and the ocean – has become a constant and often menacing character in more than a dozen of Miranda’s thrillers. His latest novel, The last to disappear takes readers to a small North Carolina hiking town pushed against the Appalachian Trail. There, 7 people have gone missing in the woods over the past 25 years. Were they all accidents—hikes doomed by nature—or was it something more sinister?

As we hike the wetland trail near Miranda’s house, the green trees glisten from the recent rain, the air laden with humidity. The woods are lush and full in mid July and you can’t really see past 20 feet. It is during a hike like this that the idea of Last to disappear came to her.

“It had just rained,” Miranda explains as we walked, “and inside the woods it still looked like it was raining. I pulled out my phone at that point and started taking notes. It reminded me of this idea of ​​echoes of the past, of a city where everything you see has already happened. I went home and started writing immediately.

This seed of idea turned into a much more complex canvas. The main character, a young woman named Abby, is a stranger who moved to the fictional small town of Cutters Pass ten years ago. She works at the inn at the base of the mountain, the last place so many hikers were seen alive.

Of The last to disappear:

He arrived at night in the middle of a downpour. The type of conditions more conducive to a demise. I was alone in the lobby, removing the hand-carved canes from the barrel behind the registration desk, replacing them with our stock of sleek navy blue umbrellas when someone pushed through one of the double doors outside. ‘hall. The sound of rain cascading over gutters, the rustle of hiking pants, the squeal of boots on waxed floors. A man stood just inside as the door closed behind him, with nothing but a black raincoat and a gory story about his camping plans. Nothing to fear. Weather. A hiker.

The room where Miranda writes her thrillers is on the second floor of her home in Davidson, North Carolina. There are items from her new book in the room: hiking poles she and her husband bought on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains leaning against a shelf and there are pictures of her and her his family on a hike, hanging around his desk.

His writing method includes keeping spreadsheets that detail the story. “I don’t have a murder wall,” Miranda explains with a laugh, “it’s all on a piece of paper.” Columns include dates, plot points, major turning points (eg a body is found) and clues (eg there is glass in his toes, blood in the hallway but nowhere else.)

She pulls out the spreadsheet for The last to disappear. “I’ll try not to spoiler,” she said, swiping her finger across the page. He comes across a clue halfway through: a window has remained open in a cabin. “I remember writing this and thinking, is this something I’m going to use or is this something I’m not going to use? ” she says. It’s not too revealing to divulge that the open window ends up being important.

A thriller writer who is afraid of many things

On our hike, we pass a pond full of frogs. We stop to listen, enchanted by the sounds of the woods. Recent rain has made the trail muddy and as we walk a few patches I notice that Miranda is deep in thought. his writing brain is spinning. Spending time in the woods can do that to you.

“Right now I was like, ‘What would it be like to race when it’s a little bit muddier? How can I use it? It changes so much, whether it’s raining or what season of the year it is. She looks down the side of the path, into the dense landscape of trees and bushes. “You know, we’re focusing on the track right now, but there’s this whole other part where you’ll get confused if you run away,” I ask her if she’s still thinking about running away. “I’m not,” she laughs, “I just have that in mind.”

Growing up, Miranda’s mother was an avid reader of mystery books who took her daughter to the library once a week. Miranda remembers leaving the library with a stack of books. Nancy Drew was an early favourite, but she always loved books that had a wilderness element: Hachette, where the red fern grows, and Bridge to Terabithia.

The question of the unknown – the hypotheses – has always appealed to Miranda, who began to solve mysteries, first in the field of science – working in biotechnology after university and becoming a science teacher in high school – before to try writing thrillers.

As we walk down the trail, I ask Miranda what scares her. “I have a wild imagination, so I’m afraid of a lot of things,” she says. She is especially afraid of being alone in the woods at night. Feeling vulnerable and nervous, not knowing what else is. “The idea that you hear footsteps behind you and you can’t see it and they stop when you stop,” she says, “that to me is this terrifying idea.” That feeling when the hair on the back of your neck stands on end, you feel the tension in your shoulders, and you focus on safety – that’s the feeling that Miranda tries to capture in her books.

And yet, it’s intriguing that someone who spends his life writing books with tension and murder is apparently afraid of most things. How can someone who scares so easily not only reads – but writes – thrillers?

“I think it’s almost a safe way to explore it,” she says, “It’s like you’re taking a trip and you know you’re going to the other side. I think there’s a comforting element and that relief at the end.” Because in fiction, unlike life, murders and mysteries have a resolution, an answer or an explanation, which really is the surest way to be scared.

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These Serial Entrepreneurs Explore Multiple Business Areas


It is often said that entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, determination and courage to meet the multiple challenges that come with it.

For some, taking that risk once is an exhilarating feeling; for others, getting started multiple times also means making an impact in the areas they choose to be in.

Whether it’s e-commerce, nutraceuticals, or fashion, meet four women who are upping the game in the startup ecosystem as serial entrepreneurs.

Somdutta Singh

In 2018, Kolkata-born serial entrepreneur Somdutta Singh started Assiduus Global Inc, an AI-powered cross-border e-commerce accelerator that helps direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands launch, scale and grow in e-commerce markets and geographies by enabling their digital commerce through end-to-end distribution and supply chain management.

Prior to that, the first-generation entrepreneur, who now splits her time between India, the US and Dubai, ran a few private D2C brands like Amplicall, The Real Boss Lady Beauty, Biotevia and Irotica.

With these brands, she realized that selling online was not an easy task. Multiple nuances have been attached to the process – understanding rankings, deciphering user data, analyzing prices and consumer behavior, and automating listings. With Assidus, Somdutta’s goal is to focus on brand centrality and cross-border e-commerce.

Before Assiduus, the serial entrepreneur had launched several startups, including Unspun Group, an adtech company in 2013 – her first startup.

Anupama Dalmia

Although Anupama Dalmia’s extended family is extremely patriarchal in nature, her parents encouraged her to dream big and succeed on her own terms. After obtaining her engineering degree and her MBA, she joined Infosys in 2006.

However, bitten by the virus of entrepreneurship, she decides to quit her job to pursue her passion for creativity. Anupama is the founder of three seeded startups: Rhythms & Beats, Tingle Your Taste Buds, and Beyond the Box.

Rhythms & Beats regularly organizes classes, workshops and public events like dance relays and marathons.

Anupama took advantage of her mother’s passion for cooking and started a small cooking page, Tingle Your Taste Buds, for her. When it started gaining popularity, she decided to make a website out of it in 2014. She also built a revenue model around it – earning ads and collaborations. An original cookbook is also on the way.

Her third – and favorite – company Beyond The Box launched in 2019 and runs online and offline creative writing classes for kids and adults.

Pooja Goyal

During the dotcom boom, Pooja Goyal started a start-up company in the Bay Area, one that shut down during the 2001 recession.

While working with Adobe in 2007, Pooja decided to return to India. However, she soon quit her job to launch her second startup, Intellitots, which she created with a teammate from IIT Delhi. After 10 years of seeding and managing Intellitot, the startup was acquired by KLAY.

Pooja joined his third startup, Avishkaar, in 2020. The edtech startup developed a combination of hardware, software, programs, and communities to deliver curated experiences for schools and children.

Arjita Sethi

When she was just 16, Arjita Sethi joined her mother, an entrepreneur who ran The School of English, a Delhi-based institute that provides students with professional training in communication, language and technology.

She moved to the United States to pursue her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School in 2014. There she created Equally, an AR platform, with her husband Anshul Dhawan in San Francisco.

Equally already has more than 20,000 users on board and is present in 12 countries around the world.

In 2021, she launched the New Founder School, an invitation-only collective of aspiring, values-driven immigrant founders who support each other in building their ideas in a sustainable way.

The New Founder School membership platform gives founders access to weekly office hours, monthly training, accountability workshops, and a worldwide network of experts. It offers a 12-week acceleration program to get any idea-stage founder to their first launch, guiding founders through idea refinement, building user pipelines, creating of prototypes and finally the launch on the market.

Literary calendar for the week of July 31 – Twin Cities



The Talking Volumes fall reading series will host Karen Armstrong, Celeste Ng, Dani Shapiro and Ross Gay at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Armstrong discusses his new book, “Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World” Sept. 14; Ng presented her with her third novel, “Our Missing Hearts” on October 26; Shapiro reads from his novel “Signal Fires,” Oct. 28, and Gay discusses his new collection of essays, “Inciting Joy,” Nov. 2. $30 tickets for the general public are available at mprevents.org. The series is presented by Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune.

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the 2022 recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Award, given annually in recognition of outstanding achievement by an author or illustrator in the creation of children’s literature and their generous contributions and support at the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries. . (Courtesy of the University of Minnesota)

University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature awarded the 2022 Kerlan Prize to Andrea Davis Pinkney for his outstanding achievements in the creation of children’s literature and his contributions to and support of the Kerlan Collection. Pinkney is the award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults and has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award. She’s been a four-time NAACP Image Award nominee and she and her work are the subject of the Emmy-nominated short film “Andrea Davis Pinkney: National Author Engagement.” Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Trade Books, she had a distinguished career as a publisher and editor of children’s books, including founding the first edition of African-American children’s books at Jump. at the Sun, a large publishing house. The presentation of the prize will take place on October 11 at the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. The event will be broadcast live as part of the Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Festival.

ojibwe author David Treuer, who grew up on the Leech Lake reservation, published her first novel, “Little,” in 1995 when he was only 24 years old. Now considered one of the greatest writers of his generation, Treuer began the book, now back in print after 27 years, in a course he took with Toni Morrison. The novel (which Morrison called a “marvel”) was Fiona McCrae’s first acquisition when she took over as head of Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press, from which she retired last month. In a new introduction to his novel about life in the reserved town of Poverty, Treuer writes: “I began this book around the five-hundredth anniversary of the initial landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The question of Indian sustainability, of our insistence on not just survival but life itself, as my answer and it’s something that has run through all my work. Among his books is the best-selling “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee”, a National Book Award finalist.

Sara Nintzel and Dana Jacobs sign copies of the children’s book “Dasher” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 5, at Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

‘Little Miss [Blank]’: How a children’s book meme became a viral comedy

‘Little Miss [Blank]’: How a children’s book meme became a viral comedy


What began as innocent tickling half a century ago now provides the art of darker contagious laughter.

The heartbreaking kid-lit characters from the popular Mr. Men and Little Miss franchises hit a new wave of virality this summer, thanks to their co-optation for a cheekily darker meme that leaps across platforms, brands and politics. . Where the official series has someone like “Little Miss Jealous”, the meme delivers someone like “Little Miss At My [Expletive] Breaking point.”

Some creators and social media watchers call it the comedy of our time.

Giorgio Angelini, the filmmaker who followed the comic meme arc Pepe the Frog in the ‘Feels Good Man’ documentary, sees a similar initial dynamic at play with the Little Miss meme: “She’s not just grumpy anymore. She is reeling from anxiety and depression because the world is heating up, democracies are collapsing, and those in power seem to be more Mr. Greedy than Mr. Actionably Concerned.

British author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves launched his Mr. Men series in 1971 after, according to the book series’ website, his eldest son Adam, 8, asked, “What does a tickle look like?” The resulting creation, “Mr. Tickle,” was the first of a cast of simple, brightly colored Mr. Men characters that the site says sold a million copies in three years.

The Heartwarming Books – in which readers see how a main character’s personality trait affects their lives – spawned BBC comics, songs and adaptations over the decade. Hargreaves then began publishing her Little Miss spin-off books, creating a growing stable of characters who “identify with a multi-generational audience through self-expression, color, simplicity and humor,” the website says. Adam Hargreaves has overseen the series since his father’s death in 1988, most recently adding characters such as “Mr. Calm”, as well as celebrity inspiration such as “Little Miss Spice Girls”.

Fast forward to this month, when a single Instagram account – “LittleMissNotesApp” – garnered nearly 2 million followers by posting the Hargreaves characters under captions such as “Little Miss Lexapro”, “Mr. Vape Cloud” and “Little Miss Aggressive Drunk.” The account credits user “Juulpuppy,” who last spring began posting art updates such as “Little Miss Weed Psychosis.”

Back in April, “A lot of the memes I was doing were pretty dark and I wanted to create a relatable meme that didn’t take itself too seriously,” “Juulpuppy” said via email, speaking on condition of anonymity. for the sake of his privacy. Books for young readers have inspired some of his previous “remix” articles, including “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and Diary of a Wimpy Child.

“Visual comedy takes advantage of unexpected associations and I love building on that with all the memes I do,” continues “Juulpuppy,” who says she’s a 21-year-old woman from Brooklyn. “This trend is so contagious because couples are so ridiculous and concern so many people. Any caption can be applied to an image of Little Miss, so no one has to feel left out of this trend. “

“We see pretty imagined versions of ourselves and laugh together about the messy nature of our flawed personalities, which I think is very genuine and sweet.”

Nicole Gagliardi, a 22-year-old student based in San Francisco who is linked to the “LittleMissNotesApp” account, says via email, “I think people resonate with this meme for the same reason that they like to know their personality type. or their zodiac sign: They like to see something they can relate to, and there’s something for everyone. Gagliardi also credits TikTok user @starbucksslayqueen with some of the content in his account.

The ‘Little Miss’ hashtag has over 140 million views on TikTok, with some creators setting their posts to Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Cash In Cash Out’.

When the meme recently resurfaced, Max Knoblauch’s wife told him so reminded him of something he had done.

Sure enough, Knoblauch — a Queens-based writer, illustrator, and comedian — paired the Hargreaves characters with contemporary-toned captions in 2014, for an article on Mashable created with editor Annie Colbert.

“The top word was while the galleries were doing just fine,” Knoblauch recalls, so he drew “Mr. Men Children’s Books Reimagined for Millennials,” featuring characters such as “Mr. Student Loan Debt.” and “Little Miss Underemployed”.

Knoblauch says his article grew out of a comedic psyche of the time: “We would recognize things like student debt and these larger issues, but we would recognize it in a way that it exists and is insoluble. I think now the comedy reflects [the view]: ‘Maybe there is a solution and we just won’t. ”

Knoblauch, himself a millennial, says he loves current memes, which he sees as darker, more absurd and more nihilistic. “The ones I did were like, ‘Wow, this is the peak of 2014 here’ – there were just bad things going on but they could be fun. Now, well, they’re bad and they don’t are not improving.

Still, he sees the Hargreaves characters as still meme-friendly, “He’s a blob with a smile and it was so positive.”

“The original Hargreaves books were created to explain very specific traits that were referential enough for many children to access,” says Jamie Cohen, assistant professor at CUNY Queens College, specializing in media and cultural studies. digital. “Like memes, Hargreaves’ books are reductionist and shareable.”

The appeal of the meme, he says, is that it allows people to share a hyper-specific personal description. “I think it’s good that people use it to introduce really specific traits like neuroses, traumas or divergent characteristics – something that I think is good because it helps people hear new vocabulary and unknown characteristics in a way that is both fun and serious.”

Cohen likens Little Miss parodies to recent viral trends such as the American Doll meme – in which childhood nostalgia is combined with current comedic sensibility.

Although what triggered the recent rise of the Hargreaves meme is uncertain, the Twitter account “dreamgirltathelped popularize the trend when she shared a character captioned “Little Miss Smokes Too Much Weed” on April 17. The tweet received more than 36,000 likes.

This image appeared earlier on the Tumblr account of “NotYourGayBestie”, which is linked to New Jersey restaurant worker Mike Di Carlo. He tells The Post via email that the recent Twitter trend has “shocked” him: “I absolutely loved how it completely took over all the platforms. Nothing but absolute love and admiration for the Hargreaves/Little Miss characters.

Naturally, companies follow the trend. Organizations such as LinkedIn, M&M’S and the Philadelphia 76ers took over the meme, as well as PBSThe Kelly Clarkson Show“and the production account”Wretched.”

“I think the corporate trajectory of this meme takes away from its initial purity,” says Cohen. “I’ve seen so many ads using this format, and many companies and organizations that have caused so much harm to humanity are trying to follow the trend. It’s definitely dampened my enthusiasm for the whole trend.

Cohen says, “It’s a double-edged sword, creating something that can be shaped to fit any identity.

Political Notes: Schulz issues statement on gubernatorial race, updates on close contests and some LCV winners

Former Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz addresses the crowd on her election night in Annapolis. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

As Maryland counties wrapped up vote counting from the June 19 primary on Friday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz released what amounts to a statement of concession.

While his GOP rival, Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), claimed victory on election night, Schulz steadily added votes in his favor as mail-in ballots were tallied statewide. Cox led by a 16-point margin on election night. That had fallen to around 9.5 points by 6 p.m. Friday when Schulz tweeted his statement.

There are still more mail-in ballots to be counted in the state, mostly in Montgomery County, but Cox leads by more than 27,000 votes.

The GOP primary pitted Schulz, who was backed by popular term-limited Governor Larry Hogan (R), against Cox, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Schulz’s statement Friday night echoed the message she delivered to supporters on election night.

“While we are very disappointed with the outcome of this election, I am proud of the campaign we ran and am forever indebted to our supporters and friends who fought alongside us,” the statement read. “We ran a campaign based on the truth and the issues that really matter to the people of Maryland. Affordability, crime, education – the things families struggle with every day. More importantly, we have never lied to the people of Maryland. We respected them enough to tell the difference between what was real and what wasn’t.

During the campaign, Schulz and Hogan condemned Cox’s attendance at a “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and several of his controversial and misleading past statements. Hogan said he would not support Cox in the November general election; Supporters of Schulz have said his primary victory virtually guarantees Democrats will regain control of the governorship in November.

“Coming January, Maryland will be under one-party rule, with no checks and balances. This is not progress and I am deeply concerned about the consequences,” Schulz said in his statement Friday. “In politics, there are no ultimate wins or losses and I will always remain optimistic about the ability of the people of Maryland to overcome any obstacle. I will always have hope for the future and a faith in the goodness of people and in the greatness of our State.

“Congratulations to the Republican candidates up and down on the ticket,” the statement concluded.

State Attorney Race Set

Robbie Leonard conceded in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County state’s attorney on Friday, after having a slim lead in early returns on election night.

However, as absentee and provisional ballots were counted over the past 10 days, incumbent Scott Shellenberger garnered thousands of votes, leading the race by 2,115 votes when counting ended on Friday.

Leonard released a statement around 3 p.m. Friday.

“We missed out on victory, but we started a real conversation for change. And Baltimore County voters deserve change,” Leonard said.

In the concession statement, he advocated for the state’s attorney’s office to create written policies for prosecuting sexual assaults — the office’s practices have come under scrutiny and are the subject of criticism. an ongoing federal lawsuit — and to examine racial bias in political decisions.

Leonard also said he would donate the remaining balance of his campaign account to the Daniel Carl Torsch Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to members of the community struggling with substance abuse, substance abuse and of mental health.

Shellenberger has been on leave from his office, The Daily Record reported on Thursday, citing exhaustion. He released a statement on his victory on Friday afternoon.

“Many different voices have been heard throughout this primary election, and I have been encouraged by the instances where issues have been discussed and debated fairly,” Shellenberger said.

Shellenberger will face Republican James Haynes, a former assistant attorney general, in November.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore City, the winner of the Democratic state’s attorney primary appears to have no contest for chief prosecutor in November’s general election.

Ivan Bates (D), defense attorney and former prosecutor who also ran for office in 2018, won the city’s Democratic primary with more than 40% of the vote on Friday.

On Friday morning, he was joined at a press conference by Roya Hanna, also a defense lawyer, who had launched an independent campaign to become a prosecutor. Hanna, who originally filed as a Democrat, dropped out of the primary to retain the chance to challenge Marilyn Mosby in November, should the incumbent prevail in the Democratic contest.

Mosby, however, came in third and Hanna said Friday she would retire from the race, clearing the way to victory for Bates.

“My goal when I started the campaign was to bring about change in our city,” Hanna said in a joint appearance with Bates. “I put the safety and security of the people of Baltimore City ahead of my own political interests, because for me it was never about personal ambition, it was about having a professional prosecutor in this office.”

Mosby is under federal indictment for false financial statements related to Florida home purchases; she claimed innocence.

The deadline for Hanna to meet the candidacy requirements and file her candidacy as an independent in the November general election would have been next Monday.

No Republican ran for office.

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Baltimore City House Delegation Chair Stephanie Smith (D) celebrated victory Friday in her re-election bid, after finishing among the top three candidates in a five-way race to represent District 45 in the House of delegates.

The final returns, reported Friday evening, showed Smith in second place among Democratic voters in the district, with 22.85% of the vote.

Jackie Addison, a community activist and member of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee who works for the mayor’s office, finished first with 25.34 percent of the vote.

Caylin Young, an attorney who serves as the deputy director of the City of Baltimore’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights, finished third, according to unofficial results.

Chanel’s outgoing branch finished fourth, just 116 votes behind Young.

Smith, who was first elected to the House in 2018, was opposed to her re-election bid by District 45 Sen. Cory McCray (D).

“While there were perplexing forces that not only counted me out – but tried desperately to get me out – they were ultimately denied. This is what makes democracy beautiful and sacred: ONLY voters choose their Leaders,” Smith tweeted Friday night.

“In the general election, we must work diligently to ensure the success of our Democratic ticket statewide,” Smith continued, highlighting the party’s candidates leading the poll. “…With strong partners in these statewide offices, I can do even more to help our district, city and state. Let’s go! »

MoCo is waiting

With an interim investigation yet to be completed and a partial tally of tens of thousands of mail-in ballots, Montgomery County residents are waiting to see who will be the Democratic nominee — and overwhelming general election frontrunner — for the county executive.

After additional votes were reported on Friday, businessman David Blair maintained a narrow 131-vote lead over County Executive Marc Elrich (D).

Montgomery’s vote count will continue Saturday and likely into next week; County election officials have set a goal of certifying the local vote count by Aug. 12.

There were at least 72,000 absentee and provisional ballots to be counted in the county; more than 49,000 interim and mail-order results were reported in races for governor and county executive.

LCV names winners of a different kind

Like all good advocates, the leaders of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters know where the power lies in Annapolis. The environmental group announced this week that it had named the presidents of the General Assembly — Senate Speaker Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) — its lawmakers from the year for 2022.

LCV cited the pair for their leadership role in driving the Climate Solutions Now Act in 2022 through their chambers.

“The Climate Solutions Now Act is the nation’s most significant climate legislation and positions Maryland as a national leader in addressing this pressing issue,” Maryland said. SEEN Executive Director Kim Coble. “Senate Speaker Ferguson and Speaker Jones have been unwavering in their efforts to ensure this landmark legislation crosses the finish line with strong support.

The LCV will present the awards at its annual dinner on September 15 in Baltimore.

In separate statements, Jones and Ferguson said they were honored by the designation and vowed the climate bill would be just the beginning of their fight to improve the environment and public health in Maryland.

“The General Assembly has more to do going forward to ensure the future health of all Marylanders,” Ferguson said.

“Everyone in Maryland should have clean air, clean water, and resilient communities,” Jones added. “Thank you, Maryland League of Conservation Voters for this award and for your support as we continue to work for a cleaner Maryland.”

Maryland SEENThe Legislator of the Year award was established in 2012 and honors environmental champions from the last legislative session. Read the full list of Legislator of the Year award winners here.

Charlotte Pomerantz, inventive author of children’s books, dies at 92


His first children’s book, “The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep”, was published in 1965.

“I started writing because it was the only thing I was good at,” Ms. Pomerantz said in the Alchetron interview.

His books reflected all sorts of influences, including James Joyce: One book, “Here Comes Henny” (1994, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker), was inspired by a passage from “Finnegans Wake”, said his daughter, the Dr Marzani. Mrs. Pomerantz’s son, Daniel, had asthma issues as a child, which led the family to winter in Puerto Rico, and some of his stories were set there or incorporated Spanish.

Dr Marzani said his mum also once wrote a play, ‘Jonas and the Humpback Whale’, and recently staged a performance of it at her apartment building in Charlottesville – which will be held at afternoon tea on the day. of his birthday.

“The group had been training for months,” she said, “meeting weekly, under mum’s guidance from her wheelchair.”

Her mother, she said, had passed into unconsciousness in the days before her death, but the band still performed the piece for her at her bedside the day before her death. She died a few minutes after midnight on her birthday, but the band also got her wish and repeated it later that day at tea party.

Carl Marzani died in 1994. Besides her daughter, Ms. Pomerantz is survived by her son, Daniel Marzani; her domestic partner, Robert Murtha; a stepson, Anthony Marzani; Jason Olivencia, a longtime family member whom she considered a son and who assisted her with her end-of-life care; a grandson; and two step-grandchildren.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 deal temporarily makes it cheaper than iPhone SE


Despite launching for a princely sum, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is now available at a surprising discount – in fact, it now costs less than Apple’s budget iPhone SE (2022).

It’s a deal at Best Buy, which slashed the price of the foldable phone by a startling $700, to just $299. (opens in a new tab). This is only on the 128GB version of the phone – the 256GB model is “just” $150 off.

Oh, and the offer is only available if you activate today with Verizon – so there are a few hurdles to jump through, you can’t just pick up any version of the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a foldable clamshell phone, with powerful internals but mediocre cameras.

It is popular due to its form factor, which makes it easily storable as you can close it when you don’t want to use it. There’s also an exterior screen so you can check your notifications without opening the thing.

Of course, it was launched at quite a high price, but thanks to this offer, it is much cheaper. And if you’re wondering what the catch is (beyond all the Verizon stuff) and why it’s so cheap, we’ve got a simple answer for you. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is coming out very soon, so companies are likely trying to get rid of their stock of the older model.

If you’re not in the US, you’re not going to see a bargain, but here are the prices in your area:

Mary Alice, veteran actress who won a Tony for ‘Fences,’ has died


Mary Alice, who brought emotional depth and dignity to her performances on stage and screen, winning a Tony Award for August Wilson’s play “Fences” and reaching an even wider audience through the spin-off “Cosby Show “A Different World,” died July 27 at her home in Manhattan. She was 85, according to the New York Police Department, although other sources suggest she could have been 80.

His death was confirmed by Lt. John Grimpel, a police department spokesman. Additional details were not immediately available.

A former secretary and elementary school teacher in Chicago, Ms. Alice began acting in her twenties, beginning with an all-black community theater production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” “It was escapism,” she later told the Chicago Tribune. “Escaping. That’s why I went for it in the first place. I was escaping my environment of working class people.

Ms Alice went on to appear in nearly 60 films and TV shows, including as the mother of three talented singing sisters in the 1976 musical drama film ‘Sparkle’ and as dorm manager Lettie Bostic in the first two seasons of “A Different World,” about life at a historically black college in Virginia.

She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her supporting role in “I’ll Fly Away,” an NBC period drama about race relations in the South, and later played the Prophetic Oracle in “The Matrix Revolutions.” (2003), succeeding the late actress Gloria Foster, who originated the role.

But for the most part, she found the most interesting roles on stage. She was first widely known for her portrayal of Rose Maxson, the compassionate but beleaguered wife in the 1950s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Fences,” part of Wilson’s 10-part Pittsburgh cycle, a exploration of race and class, love and betrayal, in every decade of the 20th century.

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Opening on Broadway in 1987, the play ran for over a year, starring James Earl Jones as her husband, Troy, a bitter garbage collector who played Negro League baseball before serving time in prison. . The character of Mrs. Alice tries to hold the family together even as Troy reveals that another woman is about to have his child; defending himself in a meandering and self-righteous speech, he insists that he had simply wanted more from life. Then Rose cuts him off.

“Don’t you think I ever wanted anything else?” she said, her voice shaking. “Don’t you think I had dreams and hopes? And my life? And me?”

Ms Alice’s line caused outbursts from the crowd at some performances, according to a report from the New York Times, including shouts of “It’s true!” or “Come on, girl!” The newspaper’s theater critic, Frank Rich, wrote that “Mrs. Alice’s performance emphasizes strength over self-pity, open anger over festering bitterness. The actress finds the spiritual quotient in the acceptance that accompanies the love of Rose for a bruised and deeply complicated man It’s rare to find a wedding of any kind presented on stage with such poise.

“Fences” won four Tony Awards, including Best Actor for Jones and Best Featured Actress for Mrs. Alice, who found herself increasingly in demand.

She left the play to appear in ‘A Different World’ – “I felt like I had sold out”, she later said – but returned to Broadway in 1995 to play the role of a fiery centenarian in “Having Our Say”. Adapted by Emily Mann from an oral history bestseller, the play tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two sisters born in the late 19th century to a once-slave father who went on to successful careers in as a teacher and dentist, respectively.

Mrs Alice played Bessie, who jokes that she and her sister, played by Gloria Foster, have reached the age of 100 because “we never had husbands to worry about to death”. The play ran for 317 performances and received three Tony nominations, including Best Actress for Ms. Alice, who saw the role as a rare chance to rise above the ‘one-dimensional’ roles she said were often given to performers. older blacks, in particular. women.

“Metaphysically, I know why I’m playing Dr. Bessie,” she told The Washington Post. “My temperament is very close to his. Very. She is what they call a “sensitive child”, who wears her emotions on her sleeve. She is outspoken, quick to anger. She finds it difficult to walk away from the things that are close to her heart. This description fits me perfectly. There’s no middle ground for people like Bessie and me.

Mary Alice Smith was born in Indianola, Mississippi and raised in Chicago. She rarely spoke about her personal life, but said she modeled her performance in “Fences” in part on her mother and an aunt.

“It was kind of a tribute to them and to the black women in my family who were never able to pursue their dreams,” she said. the temperature.

After graduating from Chicago Teachers College, she began working in education and moved to New York in 1967 with the intention of continuing to teach. Instead, friends persuaded her to audition for the new Negro Ensemble Company, which sought to promote a black alternative to the white-dominated theater scene. The company turned her down but assigned her to an acting class taught by Lloyd Richards, who later directed her in “Fences.”

“I’m an actor today because of that,” Ms Smith told the New York Daily News.

She dropped her last name, much to her father’s dismay, and by the mid-1970s she was appearing in episodes of “Police Woman” and “Sanford and Son”, starring in the television adaptation of Phillip Hayes Dean’s play “The Sty of the Blind Pig. She also performed regularly in off-Broadway plays, winning an Obie Award in 1979 for her performance as Brutus’ wife, Portia, in an all-black and Hispanic production from Julius Caesar.

Besides “Fences,” she performed on Broadway in two other Pulitzer-winning plays, a 1971 production of Charles Gordone’s “No Place to Be Somebody” and a 1994 revival of Michael Cristofer’s “The Shadow Box.”

On screen, she played Oprah Winfrey’s mother in the 1989 miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place”, based on Gloria Naylor’s novel about women fighting poverty and sexual violence in a project dilapidated housing. The following year, she appeared in three films, including ‘To Sleep With Anger’, filmmaker Charles Burnett’s critically acclaimed dark comedy, as a wife and mother whose family life is turned upside down by an old man. friend, played by Danny Glover. She was also a nurse alongside Robin Williams in “Awakenings” and the mother of a hit-and-run victim in “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”

Information about survivors was not immediately available.

Ms. Alice’s later screen credits included roles in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” (1992), Clint Eastwood’s “A Perfect World” (1993) and Maya Angelou’s “Down in the Delta” (1998), the only film directed by the famous poet. After appearing in the 2005 TV remake of “Kojak”, she retired from acting.

“Acting was a big sacrifice,” she told the Tribune in 1986. “I sometimes think that if I had continued to be a teacher, I would have already retired. The income would have been constant. … But I didn’t want to teach like I do to play. It’s my service in life. I’m supposed to use it.

“I had an experience years ago when I thought about giving it up,” she continued. “I really didn’t feel like playing anymore. I was sitting down. I got up and had the experience. It was a feeling, a feeling with such clarity and I had no doubts about it. it was. It was my God. The voice said go home, everything will be fine. As long as you work, it said, don’t worry about the money.

James Lovelock, scientist behind ‘living’ Earth Gaia theory, dies at 103


As the British research vessel RRS Shackleton headed for Antarctica in 1971, scientist James Lovelock was a familiar presence on deck with his invention: an ultra-sensitive instrument capable of detecting virtually any trace of pollutants and other environmental toxins. .

Even in the most remote regions of the South Atlantic, Dr. Lovelock’s device revealed that the air carried chlorofluorocarbons that were then used in aerosols, refrigerants and other commercial applications.

It was a time when the main threads of Dr. Lovelock’s groundbreaking work and theories began to weave into one. He was already exploring his hypothesis that the Earth itself is a fully intertwined ecosystem – “like a gigantic living thing” – that can self-regulate to sustain life.

The ship’s readings brought a sharper edge to his Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess who personified the Earth. He showed that no place on the planet was immune to human-made threats to the environment, discoveries that helped launch Dr. Lovelock’s reputation as a planetary guardian with a sick patient.

“The biosphere and I are both in the last 1% of our lives,” Dr Lovelock told the Guardian in 2020. It was an environmental warning repeated in many variations over a career of over 80 years of remarkable scientific scope and originality – winning widespread praise as a visionary and despised as an apocalyptic fatalist.

These overlapping roles – inventor, researcher, moralist, provocateur – were carried with pride by Dr Lovelock, who died on July 26 at his home in Abbotsbury, on England’s south-west Dorset coast, the day of his 103rd birthday.

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British journalist Jonathan Watts has called Dr Lovelock “the Forrest Gump of science”: he comes at the right time to have a major influence on environmental studies, the understanding of climate change and the interconnectedness of the global ecosystem.

“He was the ultimate big thinker on the subject,” said Watts, the Guardian’s global environmental editor, who writes a biography of Dr Lovelock.

Dr. Lovelock used his radical theory of Gaia as an entry point for specific challenges aimed at relieving a planet under stress. He broke with eco-allies to promote nuclear energy and supported agro-giant farming and genetic modification for more sustainable crops. He ignored renewable energy policies and carbon reduction targets as being too progressive. Just “faffer,” he said.

Ultimately, it’s up to humanity to make huge, groundbreaking accommodations to live with Earth — “a super-tech, low-energy civilization,” he wrote — or the planet. to find a way to live without humans.

“The question is not how humanity can retain planetary dominance, which has always been an illusion,” Dr. Lovelock wrote in “The Revenge of Gaia” (2006), part of a series of “Gaia” books over four decades. “It’s about whether humanity can use science and technology to engineer a sustainable retirement.”

James Ephraim Lovelock was born in Letchworth Garden City, about 30 miles north of London, on July 26, 1919. He lived his early years with his grandparents, then joined his parents in Brixton Hill, London, where his father ran an art shop and his mother worked in the municipal offices.

He said his early interest in nature stemmed from hiking in the hills of Hertfordshire with his father, who taught him the names of various plants and insects. Dr Lovelock graduated from the University of Manchester in 1941 during World War II, but was granted conscientious objector status due to his family’s Quaker pacifist beliefs.

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He joined the government-run Medical Research Council, where he would spend the next two decades while pursuing a doctorate in medicine in 1949 at the University of London. As he took on new projects, he realized that the equipment of the day was not up to the task. So he designed his own, which led to more than 60 patents ranging from a method for freezing bull semen to a blood pressure monitor for divers.

In 1957, he discovered his most ambitious invention: the electron capture detector, a portable device that looked a bit like a hose nozzle and could detect minute evidence of man-made chemicals such as pesticides. It was one of the most important analytical instruments of the 20th century, compared by French philosopher Bruno Latour to Galileo’s telescope, but peering into our planet’s interior rather than the heavens.

The sensor data became part of the scientific basis for Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, “Silent Spring”, which helped start the environmental movement, and later was cited in the banning of chemicals such as pesticides. DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in some countries. .

The device, equipped with a gas chromatograph, accompanied Dr. Lovelock during his trip to Antarctica, and his discoveries helped confirm the links between chlorofluorocarbons and the hole in the ozone layer. (Chlorofluorocarbons have been banned in most countries, including the United States.)

At the dawn of the space race in 1961, Dr. Lovelock was recruited by NASA for projects that included the search for life on Mars. The first stirrings of the Gaia theory came when Dr. Lovelock and a colleague at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, noticed the stability of the atmospheres on Mars and Venus, when Earth was “in a deep state.” of imbalance”. written in “Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine” (1991).

“That’s when I glimpsed Gaia,” Dr. Lovelock wrote in 1991. “A brilliant thought occurred to me.” A neighbor in England, “Lord of the Flies” author William Golding, suggested wrapping ideas around the name of the Greek goddess.

Dr. Lovelock began unfolding the theory in the late 1960s in academic papers and lectures. The response was mostly dismissive. Some researchers have dismissed the claim that ecosystems – from bacteria underground to ice crystals in the stratosphere – could function in a large network. Evolutionary researchers have said this goes against the laws of natural selection.

Others have called Dr. Lovelock pushing Age of Aquarius quasi-science with a luster of Mother Earth spirituality.

“I suspect the Earth behaves like a gigantic living thing,” Dr Lovelock said in a 1969 speech, echoing an 18th-century precursor, Scottish geologist James Hutton, who described the planet as a “superorganism “.

A few colleagues, including evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, became early acolytes and helped generalize Gaia and the fundamentals of a discipline known as Earth system science.

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Dr. Lovelock remained a tireless champion of Gaia, giving interviews just weeks before his death. He favored simple analogies to explain what he saw as a world on the brink. One story was his imagined Daisy World: the hypothetical planet’s black daisies absorb light and warm the planet; white daisies reflect light and keep it cool from the planet; a change in balance could be catastrophic.

He married Sandra Orchard in 1991. Besides his wife, he is survived by four children from his first marriage to Helen Hyslop, who died in 1989; and grandchildren.

At a conference in 2011, he said he had no plans to retire due to the urgency of climate change. “The need to do something about it now,” he said.

His final years, in a cottage by the sea, were spent oscillating between optimism about humanity’s resilience and fear of its unwillingness to face the perils at hand.

“The Gaia hypothesis is for those who enjoy walking or just standing and looking, wondering about the Earth and the life on it, and speculating about the consequences of our own being here,” he said. wrote in “Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth,” her seminal 1979 book. “It is an alternative to that pessimistic view that sees nature as a primal force to be mastered and conquered.”

All-Star show at the National Gallery of Art doubles its identity



The best artists, without exception, hate to be “understood”. They will fight to the death if they feel they are in danger of being explained away. Statements by artists, although sometimes unavoidable, are anathema to them. (Why make art if you can put it in a statement?) Many feel that the best way to avoid having to “clear up” is to create decoys, in the form of avatars, duplicates or duplicates.

Marcel Duchamp excelled there. Jasper Johns, although less theatrical, was his best pupil. What the two realized was that “identity,” insofar as it exists, always goes against description.

“The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900” at the National Gallery of Art is partly about this. It also discusses double vision, copies, mirror reversals, shadows, twins and alter egos. It’s a lot to take on. But the show is concise, rigorous, funny and sincere. As such, it is an antidote to the harmful politics that today turns every word into a slogan against its opposite.

Even better, he moans with great art. Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Kerry James Marshall and Eva Hesse are just a few of the artists included. There are surprises galore. (My favorite? A self-portrait, suggestively fractured in two, by Sylvia Plath. The poet made it at Smith College while writing her graduation thesis on – what else? – the theme of “double” in Dostoevsky’s novels.)

Johns and his hero Duchamp underlie “The Double”, which was put together by James Meyer, curator of modern art at the National Gallery. Both artists dismantled the notion that our identities are stable or knowable. Rather, they immersed themselves in whirlwinds of poetic secrecy, spirals of deviation, a circus of self-escapism.

The show is, as the subtitle quite emphatically promises, about “identity and difference”. But don’t be discouraged. Meyer takes these quirky words of our present time and all their unspoken implications (“you must express your assigned identity; you must celebrate difference”) to a deeper place. Transcending the infantilizing miasma of affinity groups, identity acronyms and rote recitation of pronouns, the works of “The Double” take us to stranger, more provocative, more philosophical places.

Two works of art at the entrance to the exhibition seem to announce a political agenda. One is a double flag painting of Johns, the other a neon sign (the word “America” ​​and its reversed inversion) of Glenn Ligon. Johns has spent his career thinking about the implications of copies, pairs and doubles. Like targets and numbers, the flag was simply (as he put it) an image that “the mind already knows”. He wasn’t trying to talk about an America divided. Foisting this read on “Two Flags” may be tempting, but it’s flippant.

Ligon’s “Double America,” on the other hand, is clearly political. It’s about America’s racial divide and what WEB Dubois called the necessary “double consciousness” of African Americans. But Ligon is too subtle and adult to make easy propaganda statements. Something deeper is going on in his work, and in the show in general.

Admission to the National Gallery is free. Nevertheless, you wander through the first few galleries of “The Double”, unable to shake off the constant, elated feeling of getting two for the price of one. After the Johns-Ligon prologue, we discover two still lifes by Matisse. The first time he painted a motif, Matisse wanted to record his first response; the second time, to distill and deepen it.

After the Matisses come two paintings of a chocolate grinder by Duchamp. One casts shadows, the other is flatter, more schematic, with thread sewn into the canvas; a new proposal on the same. A little further on are two versions of Arshile Gorky’s harrowing double portrait of himself with his late mother, followed by two near-identical abstractions by Robert Rauschenberg.

What is happening here? Why did these artists paint the same thing twice? And how do we know that the copies are not counterfeits?

Rather than propositions about identity, the works of “The Double” are above all expressions of curiosity. Some ask, at the most basic level, what it means to have two eyes instead of one, or what about the fact that our bodies are fundamentally symmetrical – one side mirroring the other?

Others address reproduction technologies which, with ever-increasing facility, transform an image into a copy of itself, a double. How, they ask, can our sense of ourselves as unique survive this creeping duplication? When a copy is made, is it identical to the original? Or is a quality (his “aura”?) escaping? And what about love? Isn’t love also a manifestation of life’s inherent desire to duplicate itself?

At the end of the show, one wonders if all art is not the expression of a need to duplicate nature. This proposal is tackled head-on by René Magritte, whose 1933 painting, “The Human Condition”, shows a window with drawn curtains. In front of the window, exactly in harmony with the outside landscape, is a landscape painted on an easel. “Each picture,” notes the wall tag, “is double what it represents.”

Much of modern art was an attempt to escape this truism – to make images that represent nothing and are therefore singular, irreplaceable. Hence the abstraction. But Magritte suggests that art is always mimetic, if not of the outside world at least of consciousness.

One way to create a duplicate – albeit upside down – is to mirror the original. I was bewitched, in part of the exhibition on the reversals of mirrors, by the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti. Boetti was so obsessed with duplication that he changed his name to Alighiero e Boetti (Alighiero and Boetti): no longer one artist but two. A two-minute video shows the artist writing on a wall with both arms simultaneously. The text inscribed with his left hand (“The body always speaks in silence”) mirrors and inverts that written with his right. Impressive feat!

Doubles create dilemmas: Of the two things in front of me, which do I prefer? A work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who used found objects (à la Duchamp) and modes of poetic minimalism to express aspects of same-sex love, includes two stacks of white paper. The leaves in a pile are inscribed “Nowhere better than this place”; those on the other with “Somewhere better than this place.” Visitors are invited to take a sheet with them, but which one?

Nearby is a tribute to Gonzalez-Torres and his partner, Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991. The artwork is by Roni Horn, who once declared his desire to have “a language without pronouns” and approvingly compared the Thames to “an identity solvent”.

Gonzalez-Torres and Laycock had seen and liked an earlier work by Horn – a thin crumpled sheet of annealed gold. Thus, after Laycock’s death, Horn made a second work: this time two sheets of shimmering gold, one above the other. “There’s sweat in between,” she told Gonzalez-Torres, who replied, “I knew it.”

In a context of AIDS and homophobia, even sweaty sheets are political. But if “The Double” is trying to teach us anything about politics, our current dysfunction may be at least partly attributable to our preoccupation with grossly limiting “identities.”

The idea that to achieve justice people must come together and march under particular identity banners has led to incredible gains. But as these militant strategies have spread, they have tended to calcify, to deepen divisions, to provoke reactions, to jeopardize democracy. It may be that to extend justice today and preserve democracy, we need to lower those banners and become more curious about each other.

And that’s of course where the art comes in. So it’s a relief that this show, in the heart of a city suffocated by politics, is above all tenderness, humor, invention and love.

“The double: identity and difference in art since 1900” at the National Gallery of Art until October 31. nga.gov

Best-selling authors explain how they organize their shelves and what’s on them


Shelfies by Elin Hilderbrand, Diana Gabaldon, Garrett Graff, Vanessa Riley, Emma Straub, Hernan Diaz, Jennifer Weiner, Chris Bohjalian and Christopher Buckley


My shelves are messy. It’s not just that I have too many books and too little space. I’m also just plain disorganized. It has not always been so. The bookshelves I assembled years ago, as pre-children, remain mostly intact: a library full of poetry, arranged alphabetically by author, and several libraries filled with fiction, also by author’s last name. These shelves are now mainly used for decoration or reference or even as a lending library for guests. But there’s more, much more: the pile tumbling on my desk – supporting the computer I’m typing on – and the volumes stuffed frantically into my bedroom bookcase and stacked in towers on and around my bedside table. These are the books that are part of my daily life — for work, for pleasure, sometimes both. There’s no rhyme or reason to the way I organize them, but as I read in one of the books I consulted (then threw away) to help me solve my little problem “If it’s where you wanted it to be, then it’s organized.” I adopt this as the organizing principle of my book. Don’t tell my children.

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I asked nine writers to share a photo of a favorite bookshelf (or what social media might refer to like a “shelf”), explain the principle of organization (if there is one) and tell me a bit about what is on this shelf. Here is what they said.

Hilderbrand is the author of 28 novels, including “The Island”, “Summer of ’69” and most recently “The Hotel Nantucket”.

This shelf is unique – my other shelves are organized according to when in my life I read the books. So, for example, there’s a shelf of novels I read in 1992-93, when I was living in New York City, commuting between Manhattan and my teaching job at IS 227 in Queens. There’s another shelf I read when I was breastfeeding my first child, Maxx. There’s a shelf I read when I was going through a divorce, when I was being treated for cancer, etc. But if a book was lucky, it was moved to that shelf! It’s my “favorite book” shelf and my #1 favorite book of all time is “Franny and Zooey” by JD Salinger. I received a first edition for my 50th birthday from my kids – which really means we can credit my ex-husband, who somehow found one. (He was looking for a signed first edition, but that apparently added a cipher.) Never mind – it’s the best gift I’ve ever received.

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Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander series. The final episode is “Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone”.

This is part of my working reference collection, which includes some 80 herbal guides (some weirder than others); a dozen slang dictionaries; a “Claire” shelf, which contains medical references (like the Merck manual which represents the temporal limit of his medical knowledge in the Outlander series) and biographies written by and about doctors; historical medical stuff; Scottish stuff (history, language, customs, geography, Scottish romances and poetry, etc.); various Big Books, ranging from a two-volume collection of Carl Barks’ stories of Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck to books on historical costumes, maps, and things like hurricane history. In addition, I have biographies of people I think I should know, medical histories, a small collection of pornography, and a shelf of family writings (my grandfather occasionally wrote fantastic short stories), the only book published by my mother (professional – as in the teaching profession) and my great-grandmother’s Bible. There are about 2000 books here in my office. There are another 1,500 downstairs. Then there’s a “real” library (as in, it’s a room lined entirely with shelves and has no other function) in my old family home. Charming and peaceful room. Whenever I’m there, I always take the time to sit down and read quietly for about an hour.

Review: ‘Go Tell The Bees I’m Gone’ by Diana Gabaldon

Graff is the author of, among other things, “The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert S. Mueller III’s FBI” and “Watergate: A New History”.

I often feel like “managing books” is my main job: buying them, reading them, shuffling them on the shelves. When my wife and I moved from DC seven years ago, we had about 5,000 pounds of books and I’m still piling on at the rate of about 200 a year. Despite this, I can tell you where every book actually is in my library. I usually group them by subject first, then loosely try to organize them by color and/or subject so the shelves don’t look too chaotic. I have my Cold War bookshelves; my 9/11 shelves; my chair shelves; and, of course, a handful of fiction shelves. I sprinkle a lot of historical artifacts and images, too, that I have accumulated. My shelf on the Richard M. Nixon tapes actually has as a bookend a boxed hazmat suit that once sat in George W. Bush’s presidential limo.

Review: “Watergate: A New Story”

Vanessa Riley writes historical fiction, historical mystery, and historical romance novels. Her most recent books include ‘Island Queen’ and ‘Sister Mother Warrior’.

My The principle of Shelfie is to have things at hand that make me smile or make me think. This shelf is near my desk and is often visible in my Zoom calls. At the top are my Barbies: Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, The African Goddess (designed by Bob Mackie), Ida B. Wells and Katherine Johnson. Then come the books. My favorite authors and titles, things that move me, things I learned from, things that changed me. My reading habits are diverse. I need “Something Like Love” by Beverly Jenkins close to “The Mirror & the Light” by Hilary Mantel. Nothing like having the exploits of the court of Henry VIII alongside the political struggles of Olivia Sterling. The latest from Jayne Allen, Kristan Higgins and Nancy Johnson keeps me attached to the present, while Kate Quinn, Maya Angelou, Sadeqa Johnson and Denny S. Bryce bring the past to life in new and rich ways. And, of course, my professional achievements – my titles and awards – round out my shelves. Probably on the floor near this library is my latest manuscript, again reflecting my theme of past and present.

How ‘Bridgerton’ flipped the script on ‘The Duke and I’

Straub’s most recent book is “This Time Tomorrow”. She also owns the Books Are Magic bookstore in Brooklyn.

I would describe our shelves as random alphabetically, with rocks and children’s art and mysterious little objects scattered throughout. Pictured: Pretty extensive sections of Dan Chaon, Michael Chabon and Lauren Groff, a paper cut portrait of me and my husband in front of Books Are Magic, made by amazing artist Lorraine Nam, and donated to us by Mabel Hsu, a children’s animator and book editor who worked part-time at the bookstore, several totems made of sticks and string, a rock that lived in my older brother’s room when we were kids, a painted pine cone , galleys, loved books, never read books. In short, a slice of life.

Review: “This Time Tomorrow”

Diaz is the author of the novels “In the Distance” and more recently “Trust”.

This is a more or less random section of my library, mostly representing fiction. If the taxonomy of genres here is rather vague, so is my attempt at literacy. Different languages ​​coexist rather promiscuously. Even if it’s all a bit chaotic, at least the photo shows that I’m definitely not a spine breaker. The notebooks above the books (spiral, red, yellow) are manuscripts at various stages of the competition. Dickens and Tintin stand guard.

Review: “Trust”, by Hernan Diaz

Weiner is a novelist whose books include “The Summer Place,” “Mrs. Everything,” and “Well in Bed.”

My house has a gigantic closet that was clearly meant for a woman with a huge wardrobe. I don’t have a lot of clothes, but I do have a lot of books, so the closet is now a closet/library, containing overflow from the living room, study, and bedroom shelves. I organize my books by color – sorry not sorry – but books, in addition to being magical portals offering escape and transformation, are also physical objects that you live with, and there is nothing wrong with them. dispose of in a way that you find aesthetically pleasing. Here I keep favorites that have traveled with me since college, books from friends, TBR books, books I read as research for my own novels, and books with special meaning – the copy of “Almost paradise” by Susan Isaacs was a gift from my mother, who had it signed by the author for my 40th birthday.

Review: “This Summer”, by Jennifer Weiner

Bohjalian is the author of many books, including “The Lioness”, “Hour of the Witch”, and “The Flight Attendant”.

My fiction is listed alphabetically by author, and my non-fiction, which leans heavily toward history, moves chronologically. So the Vikings precede the Puritans, which predate John Pershing’s WWI Doughboys. But my collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald is vast (not precious, but ample), and so I interrupt the literacy of my fiction to give his work and the work on him two shelves of their own. I usually offer a book for my own entertainment when I walk into my library every morning, and currently it’s my Armenian translation of “The Great Gatsby,” which I cherish because I’m Armenian.

Review: “The Hour of the Witch”, by Chris Bohjalian

Buckley’s books include “Thanks for smoking”, “Losing Mom and Puppy”, and “Make Russia Great Again”. Her next novel, “Has Anyone Seen My Toes?” will be published in September.

All the books in this section were originally arranged not just haphazardly but chaotically, which made searches endless and time-consuming. Then one day my agent called to report that my current book was broken. I was so depressed that I spent the next three days alphabetizing them. I don’t know why, but for some reason this helped.

Teen Wolfpack: a young graduate makes history


Madhusudan Madhavan, 16, doesn’t yet have a driver’s license in North Carolina, but he has an undergraduate degree in applied math with a minor in physics from NC State.

Teenager Cary graduated this spring with a 4.0 GPA in just six semesters, plus a handful of classes in multiple summer sessions. After his birthday, he focused on final exams, commencement exercises, and a graduation trip to see his family in southern India. He postponed a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles for his driving test.

This rite of passage – skipped by three-quarters of all Gen Zers like Madhavan – is about the only test he hasn’t passed on his rapid march to adulthood.

A passion for learning

“I’ve always had a passion for learning and always enjoyed exploring new things,” says Madhavan. “Since I was a child, I was very curious and loved to learn.”

He started reading at the age of 2 and had mastered mathematical functions such as calculating means, medians and modes, as well as advanced multiplication before kindergarten. He outstripped other students in his classes at Wake County Public Schools and spent a brief period of his preteen years preparing for undergraduate classes while being homeschooled.

At the age of 13, he was ready to enroll in the College of Science, soon after his older sister, Aishwarya, started her course in the business administration program at Poole College of Management. Aishwarya often dropped off Madhusudan near SAS Hall for her classes during her first semester – until the global COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person classes for most students for about 18 months.

Madhavan graduated about three weeks after his 16th birthday.

“To be honest, I knew he was young,” says assistant professor of applied mathematics Alen Alexanderian, one of Madhavan’s mentors. “I didn’t know he was that young.”

Alina Duca, director of undergraduate programs and teaching professor of math, first met him at an “Experience NC State” recruiting event for high-achieving admitted students and their families. He was with his father and sister, and Duca at first believed the younger brother was following. She soon realized that Madhusudan was where she needed to log on before starting classes in fall 2019.

For Madhavan, the son of a first-generation immigrant working in information technology and a housewife, studying math is more than multiplication tables, word problems and standardized tests.

It’s art.

“I’ve always had a passion to see the beauty of mathematics and its applications,” he says. “That’s what brought me here to NC State.”

Young graduates are now rare

Young students pursuing a degree at the largest school in the University of North Carolina system aren’t exactly unheard of. In fact, when it opened in 1889, county scholars were between the ages of 14 and 15 and attended the North Carolina College for Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as a preparatory school to prepare them for post-secondary courses, a time when public schools in the state were not standardized. Devoted patron David Clark earned three engineering degrees from NC State and another from Cornell between 1894 and 1998 before enlisting to serve in the Spanish–American War at age 21.

However, since State College became North Carolina State University in 1965, such young graduates have been rare, although complete records of age at graduation are not available.

New Faces: NC State’s first class poses with President Alexander Q. Holladay.

Records from the university’s registrar’s office show Madhavan is the first 16-year-old to graduate since Thomas York of Walkertown, North Carolina graduated in 2010. Raleigh native Stephen Conley, who enrolled in mathematics, earned his undergraduate degree in computer science at age 16 in the spring of 1998, something rare enough for him to appear in the New York Timesthe Associated Press and statewide newspapers.

Last spring, 18-year-old Samantha Kiser from Georgia graduated with a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. She spent two years at Wake Technical Community College before enrolling at NC State and would be the university’s youngest graduate.

Madhavan is modest about his achievements as a young scholar.

“Most of my teachers and even my friends at NC State didn’t know my age,” Madhavan says. “So because of that, I didn’t feel any separation or difficulty adjusting with the different communities in NC State.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any specific challenges or issues I had as a student.”

For the most part, however, it is difficult to quantify how young Madhavan is compared to the rest of the university community.

Ready for College

He was born in April 2006, a few months after the billionth song was uploaded to iTunes (“Speed ​​of Sound” by Coldplay) and Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Barely a dozen years later, he had no doubt that he was ready for college classes.

“I saw that I already had the same background as any other student applying to NC State,” he says. “I had taken algebra, calculus, all of those classes. So I thought, given that background, why not try college, especially since NC State is such a wonderful university here in my town.

“I felt it was the right decision for me.”

Although young, Madhavan was successful at NC State because he was a mature student, Duca says.

“Madhusudan was just serious in everything he did,” she says. “Even though the material was really easy for him, he was always there to answer and ask questions.

“He wanted to do everything very well, but he was also quite balanced and mature in his approach.”

Madhusudan Madhavan holds his degree at the base of the bell tower.
Madhusudan Madhavan celebrates graduation from NC State at the base of the steeple.

He not only filled his days with undergraduate and graduate coursework, but he also devoted time to the same pursuits as most top-performing university students. He is a member of several NC State student organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Society of Undergraduate Mathematics, Society for Multicultural Scientists, Society of Physics Students, Mathematics Insights Club, AI Club, and Quantum Information Club. He has also participated in the University Honors Program, the Mathematics Honors Program, and the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society.

“I think that’s about it,” he said. “I always felt completely at home in college.”

Apart from being a perfect A to A-plus student, Madhavan has also completed two semester-long research projects, one on a mathematical approach to COVID modeling and the other on the Zermelo navigation problem. , in which he not only presented a solution for the 90s-old optimal control problem, but also wrote a detailed history of its use in mathematical optimization.

“I was able to use theoretical math in a real environment to solve real problems,” he says.

Yet it was his handling of these problems and the effort he put into them that stood out to his advisers.

“Of undergraduates who choose to do a research project, most do just one, regardless of age,” says Alexanderian. “Madhusudan has completed two. What impressed me the most was that he took the time to write about the history of his subjects, which hardly anyone does.

For his efforts as an undergraduate student, Madhavan received the Outstanding Scholarship Senior Award from the Department of Mathematics, received the Gordon Family Scholarship for Academic Merit, and completed the College of Sciences Honors Program . Both projects were fully funded by the National Science Foundation

So what does a 16-year-old with a college degree and a special talent for math do next?

Madhavan was accepted into a Ph.D. from NC State. applied mathematics program and will begin classes this fall.

After that?

“I’m ready to see where life takes me,” he says.

Maybe even the DMV.

Florence’s Restaurant receives its James Beard Award medal at OKC


On Friday, local dignitaries gathered at the humble cafe which has stood on the northeast corner of NE 23 and Fonshill since 1959 to celebrate the state the first-ever James Beard Foundation award to land in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, were on hand to raise a glass and give Florence Jones Kemp, founder and owner of Florence’s restaurant since 1952, a standing ovation as she received a medal money from the James Beard Foundation.

Last month, Florence and her daughter Victoria Kemp attended the James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago for receiving an American Classics Award.

During a champagne reception at the restaurant on Friday, Holt asked Victoria how much time her 91-year-old mother was still spending in Florence’s kitchen.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt was present when Florence Jones Kemp received her James Beard Foundation Award Medal during a ceremony at the Florence Restaurant on July 22, 2022.

“Most of the time she swears when she’s in there,” laughed Victoria. “When the pandemic hit, my mum had to get used to staying home. She’s now over 90, so we had to be more careful. She always comes in, but she ends up getting mad at someone . Usually me. I caught her trying to walk home in this heat the other day!”

Brian Schwartz of Tulsa, representing the Beard Foundation, presented the medal to Florence. In Chicago, Florence and Victoria were celebrated along with five other restaurants from across the country with an American Classic award.

“It was such an honor to be there,” Victoria recalled. “My mom loved every minute.”

Brian Schwartz of Tulsa presents Florence Jones Kemp with his James Beard Foundation Award Medal during a ceremony at Florence Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

On Friday, guests crowded onto the patio which has been erected during the ongoing pandemic where a jazz trio put on the soundtrack and provided the microphone for Victoria and Florence to take turns thanking everyone for coming. help celebrate.

A small crowd gathered at Florence's restaurant on July 22, 2022 to watch Florence Jones Kemp receive her James Beard Foundation award medal in Oklahoma City.

The leading lady wore an emerald green dress and a smile that stretched all the way to her hometown of Boley. She posed for photos with everyone who asked and thanked the Almighty for making it all possible.

Victoria said 2022 has been an unbroken parade of good news, starting with the Beard Award and followed by the regular parade of good wishes he brought to the restaurant.

Florence was only 22 when she opened Florence’s “on a hot dog and a dream” near Deep Deuce. The cafe moved in those early years and the menu was constantly changing.

Florence Jones Kemp receives her James Beard Foundation Award medal during a ceremony at Florence's Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

“We sold hot dogs for a quarter and hamburgers,” she said in a 2018 interview. “Everything people wanted to eat!”

Since moving to 1437 NE 23 in 1959, the menu has been pure comfort.

“I don’t like to call it soul food,” Victoria said. “It sure is southern. Really, it’s just good home cooking.”

You won’t find a better fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken and meatballs or oxtail in town, and no one offers a better selection of sides from collard greens to candied yams with “a nice little salad” in between. of them. Appetizers come with three cornbreads and yeast.

Victoria said the biggest thing coming will be a book she and her mother are working on with local lawyer, author and historian Bob Burke. Merchandise from Florence could follow. Victoria has long wanted to resurface the parking lot and add a freestanding walk-in cooler, but that’s as far as any expansion talk will ever go.

Florence Jones Kemp receives her James Beard Foundation Award medal during a ceremony at Florence's Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

“People ask me if there will ever be another Florence’s, and I tell them ‘no,'” she said. “There may be other restaurants, but there will never be another Florence’s Restaurant. My mother made her dream come true and spent her whole life keeping it that way. It will never happen again.”

Amen to that.

Quick bites

Chef Lee Bennett cooks fried chicken twice a month at Rococo in Oklahoma City.

Have you tried the fried chicken at Rococo? Nope? Well, veteran chef Lee Bennett (of Picasso, Iguana Lounge) fry whole poultry two Mondays a month and it’s everything you’d expect from fried poultry. This Monday, the birds came with collard greens and mashed potatoes with jalapeno sauce. In two weeks it will be green beans and cheese grits. If you’re lucky, like us, Lee will also have gizzards and liver available! …

Dave’s Hot Chicken is set to open its first franchise in Oklahoma next week. The people at Social Order Restoration Collective (The Jones Assembly, Spark, Fuzzy Tacos) are behind the move. Watch for previews here on Thursday. …

Chef Jonas Favela announced on social media that he was leaving Steak the experience. Go see Jonas before August 6th. …

Store table, 3 NE 8, closed on Saturdays. The space will be undergoing renovations for a new restaurant. Details soon.

Nick Saban Considered Leaving Alabama to Become a TV Analyst After Kick Six, New Book Claims

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Last summer, Alabama coach Nick Saban signed a contract to stay as coach of the Crimson Tide until 2028. It was further proof that the legendary coach who is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time is dedicated to staying with the program until his retirement. However, a new book reveals that his coaching career was almost over long before that extension was signed.

Saban considered hanging up his headphones in 2014 and joining ESPN as a television analyst according to new book “The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban,” by AL.com sports editor John Talty, whose release is scheduled for August 9. According to The New York Post, the book reveals that Saban met with agent Nick Khan, who represented several high profile media figures at the time, before the 2013 season to discuss the possibility of joining ESPN. Saban had just won back-to-back BCS championships and had led the Crimson Tide to three of the previous four national championships.

Plans were put on hold during the regular season, which saw Alabama earn 11 straight pre-Iron Bowl wins over Auburn – which served as the de facto SEC West championship game for the first time since the conference’s divisional split. in 1992. That game provided one of the most iconic moments in college football history, the “Kick Six”, when Auburn defensive back/returner Chris Davis received a missed field goal on the back of the end zone and went 109 yards for a touchdown when time expired. to secure a 34-28 win at Auburn, the division title, and prevent Alabama from winning its third consecutive national title.

Crimson Tide’s season ended with a loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, which accelerated talks with ESPN. Saban allegedly “allowed Khan to reach out to ESPN with the message that Saban was considering the next chapter of his career and wondering if the media should be a part of it,” according to the book.

Despite a serious interest in becoming a television analyst, Saban ultimately decided to stay in Alabama.

“If he wasn’t interested, he never would have,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack, who worked with ESPN at the time, said in the book. “But I didn’t think he was ready to step down as a coach either.”

Saban has won three national championships and six SEC titles since discussions with the network.

Chinese artist Nut Brother fights pollution with rock music



On a remote dirt road in China’s northwest Qinghai Plateau, a four-piece band dressed in hazmat suits and gas masks launch into a thrash metal number about the dangers to burn waste.

“A person’s life is just a breath, a breath filled with garbage,” the singer growls through his mask in videos of the performance.

The unusual concert is part of a nationwide series designed and led by Chinese artist known as Nut Brother, who stands in front of the camouflage-clad band, nodding softly at the distorted eight-string guitars.

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In recent years, the 41-year-old, who prefers not to reveal his real name to avoid further scrutiny from authorities and online critics, has developed a knack for highlighting overlooked environmental and social issues in China using original and social media-ready performances. an art that can slip through the cracks in China’s tightly controlled media environment.

Designed to draw attention to water, air and soil pollution in remote parts of the country, the “heavy metal” tour – pun intended – was Nut Brother’s most ambitious project. Backed by a loose coalition of 30 people conducting research, writing lyrics and composing hardcore bangers, he set out to visit 11 venues across the country last year, but the tour was cut short as coronavirus restrictions put a damper on been reinforced.

In written responses to questions, Nut Brother called his art work an “emergency response” featuring projects that tap into pressing social issues he considers chronically neglected by mainstream Chinese society.

He added that the work is risky and takes place in a “complex and rapidly changing environment” where local governments and polluting companies often resent the highlighting of their failures. Its response is to be as open as possible, publishing any denials it faces, including kickbacks from polluters and letters from local governments demanding retractions.

“Our projects are not really radical; we don’t make things happen through confrontation, but rather we make things happen through imagination,” he said.

Nut Brother is one of the first social media handles of the Shenzhen-based artist who rose to fame in 2015 when he wandered the streets of Beijing dragging a large vacuum cleaner, its nozzle pointed skyward smog from the city, during a high point for public attention on China’s ‘airpocalypse’ problem.

In 2014, Prime Minister Li Keqiang declared “war on pollution” after years of growing concerns about outsized levels of particulate matter in the air. A documentary by a Chinese state media reporter – titled ‘Under the Dome’ and published in February 2015 – directly implicated state-owned fossil fuel giants, attracting hundreds of millions of views before being censored .

At the time, the pervasiveness of air pollution and its official recognition sparked cultural attention on the issue. Some artists tackling smog mostly tried to convey a sense of frustration, depression, or despair, but others, like Nut Brother, began thinking about the social impact of their work, Kathinka Fürst said, researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research. , an environmental foundation.

This type of artwork still struggles to reach a large audience in China, but the ambiguity of art, where the intention is up to interpretation, gives people like Nut Brother more leeway. to publicly address sensitive topics that activists might avoid for fear of official censorship.

“They’re not NGOs, they’re not protesters, they’re not directly involved,” said Fürst, who interviewed many prominent Chinese artists depicting air pollution about five years ago. . This flexibility creates a small, albeit fragile, space to draw attention to local issues without being perceived as a direct challenge to senior management.

With coal boom, China puts energy security and growth ahead of climate

In recent years, improvements in air quality in China have been dramatic. From 2013 to 2020, pollution levels in Beijing have dropped by more than 50%. In 2021, the capital met China’s national air quality standards for the first time.

But environmentalists worry that soil and water contamination issues are relatively neglected and harder to clean up than gray skies. In remote areas, poor industrial practices like burying copper-clad sludge, burning garbage or spraying chemical fertilizers mean that about a fifth of China’s arable land is contaminated with heavy metals.

One of the reasons these problems go unresolved is that they are often invisible to wealthy city dwellers. “Small places don’t have the power to speak up,” said Nut Brother. “In the mainstream, their voice is so small it’s imperceptible.”

Nut Brother’s work often highlights this tendency to react with apathy to distant environmental disasters. As he sucked up particles from Beijing’s skies, passers-by mostly ignored the man dragging an industrial-sized vacuum cleaner on a cart.

Despite the seriousness of the subjects covered, Nut Brother’s work is tinged with irony and humor. When he transformed a muddy canal into a giant soup of inflatable fish in the eastern town of Zibo, the installation quickly became an attraction on Chinese restaurant rating site Dianping.com thanks to a flood of positive reviews from the from the fans.

Nut Brother has transformed a brown canal into a giant ‘pot’ full of inflatable fish to raise awareness of water pollution in the eastern Chinese city of Zibo. (Video: Nut Brother)

Fürst said this style creates an appeal for viewers who engage and make a human connection with the artist and the issue. “It gives other people the opportunity to play with the idea,” she said.

Building an audience remains an uphill battle, however. The pounding drums and distorted guitar riffs of the “heavy metal” tour caught the attention of young music fans, but didn’t always sit well with locals. Groups played in empty fields or puzzled villagers. In one instance, the concert had to take place in a hotel room after local authorities heard of the band’s arrival and shut down the show.

“We have encountered many villagers who have virtually no way to redress rights violations other than to petition or call the relevant authorities to complain,” Nut Brother said. “The suffering villagers are the quietest group. It is difficult to hear their voices in the outside world. In life, they don’t cling to fantasies or miracles, otherwise they suffer more.

The same goes for Nut Brother’s most recent project to draw attention to chemical waste in Huludao, a coastal city in northern Liaoning province. In a symbolic representation of local struggles to get the word out, Nut Brother has commandeered one of Beijing’s few remaining payphones as a listening post for outsiders to come hear about the health issues Huludao residents face. .

“Nut Brother’s campaigns are great and they are making people more aware of what is happening in Huludao. But many domestic journalists are still under a lot of pressure and afraid to report on this case,” said a 39-year-old Huludao resident, who gave only his surname, Lei, for fear of repercussions for him. talking to foreign media.

Lei said the smell of exhaust fumes from chemical plants in Longgang District of Huludao is noticeable almost every day. “Sometimes there’s no noticeable smell, but it just chokes you up and makes you want to cough,” he said.

In recent months, Lei and other residents had discussed organizing a protest, but their online discussion led to police summonses. “They are not solving the problem. They only ‘solve’ those who find and raise the issue,” he said.

No chance of resurgence of Khalistan movement: author Ramesh Inder Singh


By Sukant Deepak

Chandigarh, July 26 (IANS): Stressing that despite all the noise around the resurgence of the Khalistani movement, amplified by politicians ahead of the recent Punjab Assembly elections, author and former IAS officer Ramesh Inder Singh, whose book “Turmoil in Punjab , Before and After Bluestar: An Insider’s Story” (HarperCollins Publishers India) recently entered the stands, says that what was witnessed during the darkest period in Punjab’s history – the days of militancy cannot not really be attributed to the “Khalistani movement”.

“It always suits political forces to label a movement as accessionist. Even Bhinderwale never said he wanted Khalistan, but stressed that if the government decided to give it to him, he would have no problem. In fact, the killings of Nirankaris had started way back in 1978. The first non-Nirankari was not killed until after Bhinderwale was arrested. Separate state — some overseas-based had begun issuing fake passports and currency.

The author took office as Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar on June 4, 1984, just two days before Operation Bluestar, and later became Chief Secretary of Punjab.

Adding that the 500+ page book aims to present a comprehensive view of the situation and beyond, given that much has been written about Operation Bluestar and what followed next.

“My service code of conduct did not allow me to go public with these issues. In addition, there were also issues related to the Official Secrecy Act. So it is only now, after retirement, that I I can talk about it. After an RTI in 2014, I started working on the book,” the author told IANS during a book signing event at Bahrisons in Chandigarh.

If Operation Bluestar is the central subject of the book which he recounted step by step, it also deals with the analysis of the information, the course of the operation and the ways in which militancy was approached.

“It’s also about political parties and foreign interference. The second part of the book gives the reader a historical perspective on how and why radicalism erupted in Punjab. Sikhism is a religion that has its roots in Punjab, but at that time the state was a predominantly Hindu state. We know about the mass exodus of Hindus and their targeted killings, although more Sikhs died during this period. I wanted to trace the history of the congruent communities of Punjab, their possible parting of ways, and how that led to whatever happened in Punjab.”

Singh, who entered the Golden Temple during “Operation Black Thunder 1”, and along with others who negotiated with the opposing side, believes that Operation Bluestar was not only poorly designed, but also poorly executed.

“Now even the army realizes this. Several generals have spoken openly against it. Unfortunately, no serious attempt at negotiation has been made even when there was a possibility of dialogue,” says the author, who took three years to write the book, spending time in different libraries for research.

In Robert Lowell’s “Memoirs,” Mental Illness, Creative Friends, and Dad’s Teardown


He remembers the high-ceilinged houses, the Dresden porcelain chandeliers and the armors in the corners; men in squeaky shirts; Sunday roasts; Harvard-Yale football games; the agitation of the supernumeraries. American literature has been there, and has done it, but Lowell refreshes the eye.

Lowell revered his mother’s father, a handsome, husky, self-made, “moose-shouldered” man, a half-mothed warship, because “he was everything I could want to be: the bad boy, the problem child, the commodore of his house. »

His own father, on the other hand, was a perpetual disappointment. “Memoirs” contains one of the most systematic dismantlings of a father in American literature. Lowell’s father was a mumbler; he looked badly dressed; he was bald; he couldn’t properly carve a roast; he looked like, when he gained weight, “a juicy earth beaver.”

He lacked that WASP knowledge; his son recoiled from the books he read, with titles like “How to Play Tennis” and “How to Sail”. The anarchic instincts of the family slumbered within him.

Lowell quotes an aunt who said of him, “Bob doesn’t have a mean bone, a quirky bone, a funny bone in his body!” She wanted to lobotomize him and “stuff his brain with red peppers”. Lowell writes: “In his forties, Father’s soul went into hiding. He adds, in a particularly blunt sentence: “He was post-Edwardian, post-Teddy Roosevelt, post-riding, post-panache, post-personality and post-World War I.”

Those who are engaged take note: Lowell is convinced that his parents’ choice of honeymoon location, the Grand Canyon, doomed the marriage from the start. “The choice was so heroic and unoriginal that it forever left them with a gaping sense of emptiness,” he wrote. He adds:

I never thought our lives were determined by the stars, and yet, at idle moments, I could imagine myself branded with the mark of the Grand Canyon, as if it were a sticker on an automobile.

The editors of this book, Steven Gould Axelrod and Grzegorz Kosc, silently and skillfully correct Lowell’s many small errors of fact in their footnotes and indicate where he seems to have invented characters. There’s a whole other book going on there in the footnotes.

“Properties of thirst”, part four



Alta Journal is pleased to present the fourth installment of a five-part serialization of the opening section of Properties of thirst, the new novel Marianne Wiggins, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist. The book is a multi-generational California saga in which rancher Rocky Rhodes battles the Los Angeles Water Corporation against the backdrop of World War II, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the death of his wife.

Each week, we will publish online the continuation of this first section, entitled “The first property of thirst is an element of surprise”. Visit altaonline.com/serials to continue reading and register here for email notifications when each new installment is available.

IIn the house, someone was running, then he heard the sound of women’s voices and, Cas running with her, Sunny burst into the portals. A well-behaved child, she had always been wiser than her age and Rocky could see, now, in the terror on her face, that she understood the deepest sadness of this news that was unfolding, elsewhere, in the world – until her saying two words that made no sense. to him:

stryker. Honolulu.

– two words, in Rocky’s mind, that made no sense together in one sentence.

“Stryker. Stryker is in Pearl Harbor.

It seemed to take some time before he replied accusingly, “But you told me he was with the fleet.” In San Diego.

“I Told you…” The words slowed, but her voice rose, “Don’t say I didn’t. to tell about you Tops. The fleet was moved last year.

He knew it.

-he knew that, it had been reported on the radio – last April – Roosevelt had ordered the Pacific Fleet from California to Hawaii as a warning to the Japanese, but Rocky had stubbornly or blindly allowed himself to think that “the Pacific Fleet Pacific” did not mean stryker“’Pacific Fleet’, in Rocky’s mind, was a code word, a specific cover, for all the sons of those other fathers.

It wasn’t Sunny’s fault – no Cas either – he had made it nearly impossible for them to tell him about his son.

Cas walked over, pulled out the envelope she’d been tapping—hidden– in his pocket. “It happened yesterday.”

She handed it to him and when he hesitated, she said, “You need to take a look.” He is married.”

This took Sunny by surprise.

Rocky took the letter and scanned it for a return address – there was none: just “USN, Honolulu” in Stryker’s teenage penmanship – then he opened it.

Sunny could see that the letter was a single page and a photograph was hidden inside.

Behind them, the voice of the man on the radio stopped, then resumed, narrating what sounded like a geography lesson, an atlas of the western states – Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah – until that she realizes that he was naming ships.

She watched her father quickly read her brother’s letter without changing his expression. Then she saw the muscles in his face relax as he examined the photo. He looked up, met Cas’s eyes, and held his gaze for what seemed to Sunny enough time to write a treatise. Twins. She felt left out: at a time when the world as she had known it seemed to be in pieces, when she needed both her father and her twin most.

She couldn’t help herself: “Are we under attack? Will they bomb us next?

Rocky folded the letter back into the envelope and handed it to his own twin before answering. “Get that out of your head, honey. California’s too far away.

“But they have Hawaii…” She took his arm. “I do not understand what is happening.”

Rocky put his left hand, with his fingers missing, over hers. “Do you want to ride with me to town?” The phones will all be down. I go to Lone Pine for Western Union.

“Everyone will be at church,” Cas warned, then Sunny walked away from them and said, “Somebody please explain to me what’s going on…”

The last time death had felt so close in this house, she was three years old.

And his father had rung the bell.

“Let me go and try to find facts about your brother,” Rocky told him. “Come and roll. It makes you feel good to be with other people.

Sunny shook her head.

After Rocky left, Cas put his arm around his shoulder and handed him the letter. “I was going to show you this, whatever.” There are no secrets between you and me. Who knows why Stryker does what it does. I don’t know why he didn’t want to tell you first.

I do.”

It was because of Stryker that her fiancé fled the county. Stryker was the reason Sunny wasn’t married.

She turned the letter over in her hand, hesitating, as Rocky had done, to find out what exactly Stryker had in store for them this time.

The first word was written in big block letters and jumped off the paper:


Sunny’s eyes scanned the page—super kid named SuzyIn the United States, Christmasrelatives in Sacramentothen: “Named the 1st 1 Ralph the other Waldo, that should score points with the old one.” (Emerson, do you understand??) Don’t tell Sunny ’cause she’ll freak out, I’m getting caught before her! Imagine me a dad! Times 2!!”

His handwriting hadn’t changed since he was ten.

– and no, she couldn’t imagine him as a husband Where a dad.

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But there he was, in the photo, a tall, handsome blond navy flag in his starched whites, leaning over the shoulder of the little woman who was looking at him, her face partially obscured by a pair of aviator sunglasses, her very black hair curled along her head. forehead like a wad of cash or a big sausage, lips curled into a smile. She wore a light dress with large darker flowers on it – large flowers, like in Hawaii – and she wore silk stockings in the sun (the light streamed down her calves). She had small feet in big black pumps and small hands, though Sunny couldn’t see the wedding ring.

Stryker had landed in Hawaii over a year ago and Sunny had received half a dozen letters from him around that time, none mentioning the “big kid Suzy” who looked like half her size, Sunny had to admit it, and very heavy, poised in it. arms two identical shapes that looked like swaddled torpedoes. Ralph and Waldo. Third line of consecutive twins in the family – Rocky and Cas, Sunny and Stryker before them. But those two had broken the mould, Sunny thought. Unlike her and their father, these two would be identical. No one but themselves – and not even themselves – could ever tell them apart.

Sunny took her aunt’s hand, almost twice the size of hers. Ever since their mother’s death, Cas had been the defining woman in Sunny and Stryker’s lives, arriving to help her grieving brother and sacrificing her own chance at parenthood. There was no woman Sunny loved more. No one trusted anymore. “If anything happened to Tops,” Sunny said. “If you and Tops didn’t live near each other, if he lived far away from you and something happened to him, if he got sick or had an accident – or died – don’t think you wouldn’t know? ”

“What do you mean?”

Cas stiffened a little. Sunny felt her aunt’s attention drift to the radio.

“…I mean, don’t you think you would feel it, like a premonition…”

“Oh for God’s sake.” Cas pulled his hand away. “What’s up with you, button…?” »

“-like a doubleI mean.”

“Where do you pick up this garbage? »

Where?– the first distinctive sound Sunny had probably ever heard in life had to be the sound of Stryker being born, the sound of Stryker screaming. Whole years had passed when she had believed Where is your brother? was his name. She walked into a room alone and the first thing she heard was Where is your brother?sounding the alarm that Stryker had escaped again, somewhere on or off the premises, unaccompanied, unattended, unpaired. Where is your brother? supposed You don’t do your job: every time he gets in trouble, so do you. Every time he gets in trouble, it’s your fault.

Sunny’s life had been designed by others in service to her brother. Who could blame her habit of surveillance, the guilt she felt when she didn’t know where Stryker has been?

“I don’t feel Stryker is in any danger. I don’t have that feeling at all. I don’t feel like Stryker is… dead.

“…oh, for God’s sake, don’t be stupid – the nation has been attacked, boys are dying and you’re acting like a seer from the First Act. Premonition my ass. Pull yourself together. Your mother would be ashamed to hear you talk like that.

– Big Cannon, Artillery Case Summon: Sunny mother. What is Sunny mother have you thought or done? How did Sunny measure up to her unknown mother’s dreams for her?

Cas could see she landed a blow and immediately regretted it. She patted Sunny’s hand. “Let us concentrate our intelligence on doing something useful. Despite what your father says, I’ll take care of the phone. We need to know someone who knows someone high up in the Navy. I will make the calls. What are you going to do?”

Sunny stared at her. Everyone in the family had the same blue eyes. Different pieces of the sky.

“Cook, I guess. Start making lots of food.

“Always helpful.”

None of them dared to turn off Rocky’s radio so they left it there, ringing in the void. portals as Cas walked towards her apartmentand Sunny walked, without any real thought or plan, out of habit, to the kitchen.•


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Sports world loses two all-time greats from Erie County


Erie recently lost two native sons who rose to the top of the sports world.

Dave Wickersham, who was born in West Springfield and raised here, pitched in the major leagues for 10 seasons. He died at age 86 on June 19 in Overland Park, Kansas. And Hobie Billingsley, one of the world’s top diving coaches who mentored more than a dozen Olympians, died July 16 in Bloomington, Indiana, at the age of 95.

Wickersham, who pitched for the Kansas City A’s, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals, was a shrewd right-hander who won 19 games for the Tigers in 1964. He later transferred to the bullpen when the Tigers’ starting pitchers included Dennis. McLain, Mickey Lolich, Earl Wilson and Joe Sparma.

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I remember a speech Wickersham gave at a local sports banquet when he jokingly lamented his banishment to the bullpen. “The Tigers told me they wanted to keep the hard-throwing pitchers in the starting rotation,” he said. “I threw hard too, but my pitches just took a little longer to get to home plate.”

Go find the New York Times obituary on Billingsley, whose accomplishments as a trainer and diving innovator were incredible. When Hobie was a boy in Erie, he and his mother endured terrible poverty. Billingsley said he learned to swim at a local YMCA and developed his innovative training techniques by studying diving pictures on the wall.

Hobie Billingsley made Indiana University a perennial diving powerhouse.

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● We were about to leave for the horse races at Almost Isle Downs on a recent Friday when I called to check on the start time. Lo and behold, Friday races have been canceled for the rest of the season. Something is wrong.

● Send a card to longtime Erie Times-News editorial page editor and writer Ed Wellejus, who is battling illness. Ed was one of the giants of local journalism and he was always a gifted historian and storyteller – not to mention a really good guy.

● Mercyhurst University has lined up some big names for its Institute of Arts and Culture’s 2022-23 season. Bernadette Peters will open the season at the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on September 17. She will be followed by Fran Lebowitz on October 6, Michael Feinstein on October 26 and many others.

Customers browse tables of used books during the Great American Book Sale inside the Flo Fabrizio Ice Center on July 11.

● When I purchased a copy of Cleveland writer Dan Coughlin’s book, “Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It,” at the recent Great American Book Sale, I was surprised to find an extremely funny profile by Erie native Don Elbaum. Coughlin captures the boxing promoter really well.

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● Fans of Erie basketball star Kayla McBride won’t want to miss Mary Solberg’s interesting profile and interview with the former Villa Maria and Notre Dame star. The article will appear in an upcoming issue of Faith magazine, published by the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

Minnesota Lynx guard Kayla McBride looks for a pass during the second half of their WNBA game against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday June 23, 2021 in College Park, Georgia.

● August is just days away, which means Erie can expect two of its best local ethnic festivals. St. Paul’s Italian Festival is scheduled for August 12-14, and Zabawa, Erie’s Polish Festival at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, is scheduled for August 26-28.

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Jack O’Connor’s influence written in prose as well as poetry


WHEN Paidi’s September nights roll around and there’s no training from Kerry to keep the summer vibe going, they’ll be fixing up early for winter talk about All-Ireland’s 38th and winning.

It will only be the second time in a dozen years that the former canister has spent the end of the year in Kerry’s dungeon and they will wisely nod when someone says Jack felt it was the “most sweet of all”.

Because now they appreciate what he’s talking about.

Sure, their 0-20 to 0-16 success at Croke Park on Sunday was an uplifting highlight for the football campaign – and only one previous final has delivered more scores – but the sweetest thing for the people of the Kingdom is the fact that this campaign title winner will be told in prose, not poetry. Even though the Kerry footballers have won all four competitions they have entered in 2022, much of their career will be framed by what happened in the final 20 minutes of Sunday’s decision.

For all the times Kerry has been involved since 2019, nothing spoke renewal like this team’s ability to come out of the duck when it didn’t have its best Sunday in tow. They never led until the 41st minute of the final, a game they entered as big favourites. There were frantic spells in both halves at Croke Park where Galway tugged their favorite rivals through the nose, making the smartest decisions in possession and out of possession. Kerry was ‘jiggy’, Jack admitted. Like Kilkenny a week before, Pádraic Joyce and his players will reflect on a final that could have ended differently.

What ultimately denied them an exciting All-Ireland tenth was their opponents’ ability to keep a clear head and achieve their end goal. When it came to a 67th-minute moment that always came, David Clifford made the killing blow with a superb free under the Cusack stand. After the game, Jack O’Connor visited the venue to make sure it was as shrill and challenging as he had imagined it to be in real time from the touchline at Hogan Stand. Clifford delivered an MVP display when the climax called for it. He has earned his place in winter comparisons with Mikey, Maurice and Gooch now.

Again, that Kerry side had found a way. They finally put a limit on Shane Walsh and pushed Damien Comer to the sidelines. It wasn’t all stroke angles and smooth curls.

It dates back to the League opener of the season when they phased out Newbridge but emerged with a draw. Ease of getting results has too often been beyond Kerry’s recent teams to be circumstantial and it’s something Jack O’Connor set out to tackle from the start of his third coming as as senior manager. He mentioned coach Paddy Tally and sports performance coach Tony Griffin too generously for it to be a coincidence and their impact is one of the most fundamental differences between coming up short and squeezing the tape first.

O’Connor noted after Sunday’s roller coaster win that they only conceded one goal from Cormac Costello in the league, and another couple in the league – one from a Monaghan penalty and the second from a rubber death against Tyrone. It’s a remarkable statistic for a county where joga bonito is an expectation, and one that will be celebrated as joyfully as the crowning of David Clifford with his first Celtic Cross medal.

Kerry manager Jack O’Connor and Galway manager Cian O’Neill after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Has Kerry football finally bought into pragmatism and accepted that artistic brushstrokes and champagne football won’t always prevail? Is this Jack O’Connor’s greatest achievement, more remarkable even than bringing his people back to the top of the mountain?

O’Connor went hard for Paddy Tally when he interviewed to replace Peter Keane, with the fear that he might have walked away with his grand plan had the executive not backed his vision. He said so himself, so it’s no small feat to suggest that the Dromid Man would make a deal with Lucifer if he thought it would serve as a means to the end of Kerry’s football.

Kerry’s board of directors was won over to some alternatives, but in the area of ​​guarantees, O’Connor offered as close as possible. Tally and Griffin were the small margins.

It’s been 18 years since his first All-Ireland hit on Mayo in 2004 and some old tricks remain. He knocked down Graham O’Sullivan, his own club man, as he did then with Galvin and O’Mahony. Like that first final, he’s not too smart to dust off old schemes. While using Johnny Crowley and Dara Ó Cinnéide, he had Kerry bombard Galway’s backline with air traffic controllers and turned them into scores via David Clifford’s marks.

Although Galway headed into the interval break 0-8 0-7 ahead, they had done their job well and deserved a more representative lead. O’Connor and Kerry knew that. There were a few ‘yahoos’ at the break, the manager said, and they emerged with both Spillanes to provide the missing first-half legs and advantage. O’Connor always believed in Killian Spillane, but the sniper Templenoe might have left other critics perplexed. His two points on Sunday were worth way more than what was on the giant scorecards.

In the 46th minute, a riveting finish seemed to have rocked Galway’s path. They led 0-14 to 0-12 in front, and Kieran Molloy returned possession to Stephen O’Brien. Tom O’Sullivan saw a shot blocked but Killian Spillane stepped in to collect the remains and was fouled. It was a crucial intervention, just as Graham O’Sullivan’s first point was three minutes after.

If Kerry thought they had beaten Galway’s best, they were premature. Damien Comer, squeezed out of the full forward by a lack of involvement, pinched a restart from Kerry to set up the wonderful Cillian McDaid for the game’s 32nd point – also shared.

It was in the 64th minute. There were ten minutes of football left, but Galway would not score again. Clifford’s point in the 67th minute was a magnificent thing and a source of controversy. Pádraic Joyce felt after Comer was pushed before Daly and Killian Spillane struggled. Sean Hurson awarded the free to Kerry, who surprised the most in the sold-out crowd of 83,000. That said, McDaid won a free after being sandwiched six minutes earlier and both of Kerry’s challenges appeared to be on the shoulder.

Small margins, big calls.

And sweeter still for it all, Kerry’s manager reflects afterwards.

“In the first half I thought we were very restless and not composed on the ball. I think we had seven kicks wide before Galway recorded one. We were very wasteful. I felt that we were not exploiting our potential there.

“It needed to be ground down and we talked about it on Thursday night. There are many ways to win a game. We feel that all the work we have done on the mental side of the game with the guys, that we can dig a match, we can get out of it. It turned out to be the way.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard on the mental side of the game this year with Tony Griffin. I just think we needed everything at the end to get over the line because it was a really good display in Galway.

But one that came aimlessly. Indeed, Shane Ryan’s gloves have not been tested.

“The big difference this year is that we haven’t conceded any goals. It took a superb goal from Cormac Costello to break through against Dublin. Every day a Kerry team doesn’t concede, you have a big chance.

Extraordinarily, Gavin White exploded from the Hogan Stand side of the field to score a 72nd-minute point that put Kerry three down. Leaving the pitch a fortnight ago, he feared a cruciate ligament injury had ended his dream and his year, but he got a session this week to convince everyone he would bring the goods. Just like Joe O’Connor late doors. And Paudie Clifford, who fought her way through the first half – an apt metaphor for Kerry’s performance – but reacted in a second half by delivering the clutch late, making smart calls and taking decisions that change momentum.

Symptomatic of a different and wise Kerry.

Jack came back fine.

Qualicum Beach author completes children’s trilogy


A Qualicum Beach author recently completed her trilogy of children’s books.

Sally de la Rue Browne released Fairy Hollow Golden Treasure Adventure, the third book in “The Fairy Hollow Chronicles” series.

The series follows the adventures of four fairies and the curious journalist, Foxglove Squirrel, who writes about the events.

“Each book has a different theme,” de la Rue Browne said. “And the very last one was to challenge you to go on an adventure. It’s about finding a lost treasure of gold and all the characters, at the end, come together, and those who haven’t been redeemed are redeemed and it has a happy ending.

The first book tells of the four little fairies’ quest and how they got their wings, while the second is about Foxglove Squirrel helping her friend, which de la Rue Browne says is an important message for children.

“The last one is about going on an adventure,” she said. “And discover the gold in the end, the treasure of gold.”

De la Rue Browne, a retired health inspector, began writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. After submitting the first book, her publisher suggested writing more so readers could find out what happened to the characters. The books were also spread out to allow their illustrator, Barbara Warwick, time to complete all the illustrations.

Characters from the series may even appear in some short stories the author is currently working on for an ebook.

De la Rue Browne is also working on a memoir, as well as a book about her mother’s experience working at a club for Canadian soldiers during World War II.

Fairy Hollow Golden Treasure Adventure was originally slated for release in February, but supply chain issues delayed it until June.

It’s available online at www.sallydelaruebrowne.com and Rue Browne said she hopes to get copies in stores this winter.

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SDCC 2022: the “HerUniverse fashion show” returns to the catwalk


HerUniverse Fashion Show is back and better than ever! The show has been virtual for two years but made its triumphant return at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. To reflect the homecoming, this year’s theme was “Coming Home: Wizard of Oz.” As such, co-hosts Nina West and Ashley Eckstein rocked two magical looks inspired by Glinda the Good Witch and Dorothy Gale.

After reintroducing the show, the hosts introduced the judges which included last year’s winners Teighlor Johnson, Skyler Barrett and Vivien Lee and gave them the chance to finally walk the runway.

This year’s show saw 26 designers compete for the opportunity to design a HerUniverse collection for Hot Topic and Wonders (2023).

All the looks of this year’s finalists are available here:

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This year’s looks were inspired by become red, Perry the Platypus Phineas and Ferb, Studio Ghibli Ponyo, Disney’s Mrs. Potts The beauty and the Beast, Disney Tinker Bell Peter Pan, Oh the places we’ll go Dr Seuss, Disney Bruno Encanto, The Matrix: Resurrections, My Hero Academia, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Doctor Strange, BTS, the CW’s 100, Our Flag Means Death, the city of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lizzy McGuire Movie, Into the Spiderverse, The Haunted Mansion, Disney Yzma The emperor’s new routine, by Disney Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Hades Hercules, Ghostface and Casey Becker from Scream, Studio Ghibli’s No-Face Taken away as if by magic, Doctor Octopus fromSpider Man, and Godzilla.

As always, this show showcased creativity in Geek circles, with everyone from professional tailors and cosplayers to casual hobbyists and newcomers, people of all ages and genders coming together to celebrate fandom and Geek Couture.

Hosts Ashley Eckstein and Nina West also donned additional looks inspired by Romy and Michelle’s high school reunion and performed the dance from the movie, before finishing the show in Captain Marvel-inspired outfits.

Sonuniverse also took the time to unveil her collection for the Harajuku Collective, which will be a pop-up collaboration with Studio Ghibli debuting in Tokyo.

Small spoilers for those who want to see the results for themselves!

The show had 2 winners! Michael Burson (@thewizardtailor) won People’s Choice with his Doctor Strange: Hellfire Gala look and Cindy Guillermo Heselton (@sinnanoms) won Judge’s Choice for her CAGED look inspired by turn redboth wild and sensational.

Winners of the 2022 HerUniverse Fashion Show, People's Choice winner Michael Burson is a day-to-day, bespoke therapist every other hour who seeks to create the fashion he wants the world to see.  Judges winner Cindy Guillermo Heselton is a self-taught seamstress from Virginia Beach whose true passions are geeking and fashion.
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But all of the looks were awesome, so be sure to check them out and the designers! I’m already looking forward to next year and everything that comes next for these designers and the show!

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Obituary of Professor Judy Barrett Litoff


Renowned historian, prolific author, one of Bryant’s longest-serving faculty members and a loving mother and grandmother, died suddenly at Miriam Hospital on July 3 following surgery minor medical. Professor Judy Barrett Litoff was 77 years old.

Born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1944 to John “Pip” Barrett and Dorothy “Dot” Wooddall Barrett, Judy received a BA and MA from Emory University and, in 1975, a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine.

Judy was a professor at Bryant University for nearly 50 years, from 1975 until her retirement last year. As well as being a sought-after professor of women’s history, she has written 14 books on midwifery and World War II, with a focus on women’s correspondence and their contribution to the war effort. .

In a major historical undertaking, Judy has assembled an archive of 30,000 letters written by American women during World War II. These letters—previously thought lost or destroyed—gave insight into the women’s impact on the war effort and their growing sense of belonging to the world.

The archives began with a single comprehensive set of letters, those from her own aunt and uncle, which led to her first book on war letters, “Miss You: The World War II Letters of Barbara Wooddall Taylor and Charles E. Taylor”.

Judy has received numerous awards throughout her career, including, in 2007, the prestigious Honorary Chairs’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. In 2006, she received the Best in French Culture Award from the Office of Cultural Services of the French Embassy for her book, “An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoirs of Virginia D’Albert-Lake” . She also received the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board. From Bryant, she received two Distinguished Faculty Member Awards, the Herstory Award, 12 Merit Awards and two Research & Publication Awards.

At the time of her death, Judy was a board member of Festival Ballet Providence and Stages of Freedom. She has also served as a board member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island Humanities Forum, USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Moses Brown School and Lincoln School.

Judy leaves behind two daughters, Nadja Pisula-Litoff and Alyssa Barrett Litoff, longtime partner Val Vlasov, sons-in-law Jim Pisula and Joshua Gordon, and six grandchildren, Dorothy, Pearce and Miles Pisula-Litoff, and Lillian, Barrett and Isabel Gordon.

A celebration of life service in honor of Judy, hosted by her daughters, will be held Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m. at Moses Brown School. Please visit JudyBarrettLitoff.com or email [email protected] to reach her girls for more information.

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Nanjiamma: Goalkeeper to winner of the national award for best female singer | Latest India News


A day after the country celebrated the election of tribal leader Draupadi Murmu as President of India, a tribal folk singer from Palakkad of Kerala received the national award for best singer.

The laurels came to Nanjiamma (62) for his song in the Malayalam film ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, written and directed by KR Sachidanandan. “It was unexpected. Well, I can go to Delhi for the first time and I can also meet our beloved president,” she said in her first reaction.

Originally from Attapadi, she used to graze sheep and do agricultural work before making inroads into the world of garlands. She dedicated the award to Sachi (KR Sachidanandan), who died in 2020. She also had a role in ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was also selected as the best Malayalam film, as the lead actor’s mother-in-law Biju Menon. “Sachi was God to me. He encouraged me a lot to sing in a natural way. He took me to a stardom I never dreamed of,” she said.

The award-winning tribal song is written by her in the Irula language and composed by Jakes Bejoy. It became a big hit after it was released on YouTube in 2020, receiving 10 million views within a month. The song was a big hit even before the release of the film, an action-thriller centering on a conflict between a wealthy planter, Koshi Kurian, and Deputy Inspector Ayyappan Nair.

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She once complained to reporters that since her song became a hit, people had stopped calling her for farm work under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. “They say they can’t hire a singer and an actor for such a job because they feel bad about it.” The film fraternity and art lovers helped her build a new house and she was moved from the hut where she lived with her family members.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition Leader VD Satheesan congratulated singer and crew of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, who also won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor (Biju Menon) and Stuntman (M Sasi ). The Hindi remake of the film starring Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham is in the works.

The winners of the 68th National Film Awards were selected by the 10-member jury headed by Hindi filmmaker Vipul Shah and the awards were announced by jury member Dharam Gulati on Friday.


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Ted Kessler’s Paper Cuts: Why the Music Press Couldn’t Live Forever


When Ted Kessler was named editor-in-chief of music magazine Q in 2017, he told superiors he didn’t want to be the last person in the job. “Don’t be stupid,” was the reaction. The magazine had stabilized. There were other titles in its owner’s stable that were more vulnerable.

y 2020, and after a prolonged rattle, Kessler learned that Q had to fold after 34 years. The writing had been hanging on the wall for months, between meetings about meetings, blue-sky brainstorming and mumbling about numbers (not insignificant, considering that Qhad slipped from a 1990s high of 200,000 to 28,000).

When it came to keeping Q alive, it is not for lack of having tried on the part of several leaders: a “consultant” proposed several whistles to keep the brand afloat, as detailed by Kessler: “Ready Steady Q (pop stars cook us their favorite dish); Through the Q-Hole (pop stars let us into their homes and readers would have to guess who would live in a house like this); Q‘s Style Challenge: We’re asking pop stars to dress up their rivals in a brand new stage outfit!

While there’s no shortage of books that celebrate the glory of music journalism, Kessler’s book is arguably one of the first to offer some kind of post-mortem. Right off the bat, he cites the “content abyss” – the insatiable abyss of reviews and interviews that can be found online – as spelling the death knell for print media.

“With the sheer volume of free equipment being blocked, it encroached noticeably on Q,” he writes. “On the one hand, we hated that there was so much undeserving nonsense covered online. But on the other hand, we found ourselves increasingly sought after for exclusives with big ( and sometimes not so great) artists.

Kessler offers a thoughtful take on how music journalism found itself falling from its glorious heyday to the present day. In a seamless blend of personal and polemic, he maps coordinates using moments from his own musical career. Start as a freelancer Lime Lizard in 1990, he first saw his name printed on the newsstand of the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street, and his fate was sealed.


Ted Kessler, author of Paper Cuts

Ted Kessler, author of Paper Cuts

He moved to NME at the height of its Britpop-era power, becoming a live reviews editor, then a features editor. His career came of age at a time when access to rock stars was more generous than it is now; the junkets were lush, remote and extravagant. Kessler details trips to Cuba to spend time with Happy Mondays and Manic Street Preachers; to Seattle to eat seafood with a post-breakup Florence Welch; to Atlanta to interview brand-new minstrel Jeff Buckley; and to Los Angeles to watch a post-9/11 version of The Strokes.

Of Oasis, he writes, “You could hear the lineage immediately, but despite those echoes, they sounded quite contemporary. Their performance was wordless, virtually motionless, but all senses were overwhelmed by the noise with which these straight-faced Mancunians faced you.

As Kessler swings from one impressive encounter with a rock star to the next, the book’s sense of place is admirable – from the singular energy of Camden in the Britpop era to the maze-like streets of Soho, where much of the British music press operated.

On the inner workings of NME, he reveals: “Historically, the newspaper was able to shake off any cultural lethargy by designing scenes around new acts. All they needed was two or three bands in vague geographic, sonic, and sartorial proximity to each other. Baggy, shoegazers, Grebo, the new wave of the new wave – each invented movement provided weeks of copy and momentum, delivered by the youthful exuberance of new bands delighted with press recognition.

Kessler traces his formative years, growing up in London, then transplanted to the suburbs of Paris as a teenager. His move there has more than a note of intrigue. The family lived far from the city center as Kessler’s journalist father had a secret second family on the Left Bank. That said, the reader spends a little too much time in the Parisian suburbs with Kessler, who regularly gets drunk, has his Doc Martens stolen and devours his weekly delivery of the NMEbefore returning to London.

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Elsewhere, Kessler details the unusual experience of being editor of a music magazine while being the older brother of a rock star (Daniel Kessler of Interpol). At the turn of the century, the then unknown musician sent his older brother a demo EP. “Distraught, I put the CDs back in the mail for later and walked down the hall to the bedroom, where I put on my running gear,” Kessler writes. “I didn’t have time for that right now, for my brother’s band. I was just too busy. Over time, Interpol would become inescapable, leading to a situation where Kessler sometimes became conflicted to cover up the group (while also being forced to deny any allegations of nepotism).

At the end of the day, paper cuts reads like the valentine of an industry and a magazine that, far from dying spectacularly, died at the hands of British publisher bigwigs:[s] which smelled like a Range Rover and looked like it was selling country estates for Savills”.

For any music fan, the last 30 years have been a turbulent time. For Kessler, infinitely more.


Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Music: Paper Cuts by Ted Kessler
White Rabbit, 320 pages, hardcover €24.50; e-book €8.99

‘New Orleans Disasters’ author to speak about his stories of 7 major tragedies at library events | Entertainment/Life


Royd Anderson, Cuban-American filmmaker, teacher and historian specializing in Louisiana disasters, will discuss his new book, “New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy” at two events in August.

The first discussion/signing will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

The second will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

“New Orleans Disasters” is a collection of stories exploring seven disasters through first-hand interviews, planting readers in the midst of chaos.

They include the 1976 Luling ferry disaster; the 1982 Pan Am Flight 759 plane crash; the 1999 Mother’s Day bus crash on I-610 that killed 22 people; the unsolved fires at the Rault Center in 1972; the UpStairs show in 1973; the Continental Grain elevator explosion in 1977; and Howard Johnson’s 1973 Sniper Terror.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at both events.

POETRY MEMORY: Contributors to a new poetry anthology, “Hearths III,” will read excerpts from the collection at 1 p.m. on Saturday August 6 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

“Hearths III, A Magazine of Poetry, Prose and Interviews” is dedicated to the memory of local poet Lee Grue, founder and director of the New Orleans Poetry Forum, dubbed the city’s unofficial poet laureate. She was editor of the literary journal The New Laurel Review. She died in 2021.

The 10 poets featured in the anthology are Martha McFerren, Dave Brinks, Gina Ferrara, Nancy Harris, Chris Champagne, Bill Lavender, James Nolan, Peter Cooley and Carl Mayeaux. Grue is represented with nine of her poems. Lenny Immanuel is the editor of Hearths III.

During this event, the poets will read one of Grue’s poems and one of their own.

METAIRIE LIBRARY UPDATE: Over the past year, the East Bank Regional Library has undergone several physical upgrades, including a new roof, a new maintenance building behind the library, and two new generators. Minor cosmetic improvements were made to the interior.

IT’S A MYSTERY: The Mystery Book Club will be discussing Kate Khavari’s “Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poison” at 5.30pm on Monday August 8 at the Belle Terre Library, 5550 Belle Terre Road, Marrero.

The book centers on new research assistant Saffron Everleigh, who attends a big dinner party, expecting to strike up a conversation about a university department’s big expedition to the Amazon. What she did not expect was the death of Mrs. Henry, who falls to the ground, poisoned by an unknown toxin.

GENEALOGY: Margaret Scully presents “South Louisiana Repositories of Family History Records” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 at the East Bank Regional Library. Gaynell Brady presents “African American Genealogy” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, at the same location.

TALKING ABOUT WWII: Jake Yount, a doctoral candidate in history at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will present “Bushido Abandoned: Allied Prisoners of War Under Imperial Japan,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at the East Bank Regional Library. Yount is an archivist at the Louisiana State Archives.

CREATIVE WRITING: The next session will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway. The chef is Nicholas Caluda, a library staff member who holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Alabama.

This adult workshop is for creative writers of all levels who want to hone their voice, style and character by producing, sharing and critiquing texts written by other writers. Authors should attend at least one session before submitting a short text (no more than five pages) to read and discuss during each session.

Writers are encouraged to continue working on their plays over several meetings. For more information, call (504) 736-6455.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Upcoming events that are part of the annual summer reading program include:

  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 27, Terrytown Library, 680 Heritage Ave., Terrytown.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia, Waggaman.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, East Bank Regional Library.
  • Professor Universe: In the depths: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Old Metairie Library.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday July 29, Belle Terre Library.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, River Ridge Library.

COMPUTER LESSONS : Receive free computer training at the East Shore Regional Library and the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Shore Regional Library. Places are limited and online registration is mandatory.

Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule”.

Upcoming Farmhouse courses include:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 27.
  • Individual computer skills: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 27.
  • Microsoft Word 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, July 28.

Upcoming Harvey courses include:

  • JPL Digital Content: 10 a.m. Friday, July 29.

Chris Smith is head of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

New funding scheme for Victorian creatives


The Government of Victoria continues to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring creative projects and the people of Victoria to life.

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Victoria-based independent creators are invited to apply for the new Creative Projects Fundthat will help them develop, present or launch new creative content, products and experiences.

Whether you are a visual artist, writer, theater artist, designer, dancer, game developer, musician or craftsperson, Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to individual creatives, creative collectives, or micro-enterprises at all stages of their careers.

Eligible projects may include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion brand in international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more.

Designed to ensure that what we see on our stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of Victoria’s creative community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Nations creatives and Deaf and disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regional creatives.

The Creative Projects Fund part of the Victorian governmentCreative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the former VicArts grants program, expanding opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries and providing a more streamlined, flexible, and responsive application process.

Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3 p.m. on August 18.

Manny’s: Book Talk: Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City


Want to know more about SF?

Have you been caught up in the whimsical nature of the city of San Francisco?

Join us for a conversation with author Gary Kamiya and artist Paul Madonna about the beautiful city of San Francisco and their book The Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City.

Books will be available for purchase followed by signing with Gary and Paul.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase before, during and after the event. Manny never refuses anyone for lack of money. To receive a free ticket, simply email the word “grapefruit” and the title of this event to [email protected]

About Gary Kamiya:

I was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, and have lived in San Francisco since 1971. I received my BA and MA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, where I won the Mark Schorer Citation. I was co-founder and longtime editor of the groundbreaking website Salon.com, where I reported on the Middle East, covered three Olympics, and wrote about politics, pop culture, literature, art, music and sports. Until March 2018, I was the editor of San Francisco magazine, where I wrote award-winning articles on San Francisco’s technological transformation, homelessness, the Tenderloin, the injection drug crisis, the sea, the new museum of modern art, the controversy over the canonization of Father Junipero Serra and the legalization of marijuana, among other topics.

My first book, Shadow Knight: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically acclaimed narrative story of Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive. My second book, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, received the 2013 Northern California Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category and has sold over 50,000 copies. My local history column, “Portals of the Past,” runs every other Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle. My work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones and many other publications and has been widely anthologized including The Best African-American Essays 2010, The New Harvard Literary History of the United States , and the Longman drive. I have received numerous awards, including the Ron Ross Founder’s Award from the San Francisco History Association and the Presidio Historical Association Award. I’ve appeared as an expert in front of the camera in numerous documentaries, including an upcoming 4-hour PBS documentary on William Randolph Hearst, Jim Yager, and Peter Stein’s upcoming Moving San Francisco (about the past, present and life). future of transportation in San Francisco) and two of their previous documentaries, Water from the Wilderness (on Hetch Hetchy) and The People’s Palace (on City Hall), Emmy Award-winning Michael House’s I Remember Herb Caen, and others. I live on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

About Paul Madonna:

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and best-selling author whose unique blend of drawing and storytelling has been heralded as a “whole new art form”.

Paul is the creator of the All Over Coffee series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of five books, including the Emit Hopper Mystery series. His book Everything Is Its Own Award won the 2011 NCBA Best Book Award.

Paul’s work ranges from novels to cartoons to large-scale public murals and can be found internationally in print as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California. , the William Blake Association in France and San Francisco International Airport.

Paul was a founding editor of therumpus.net, taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) art intern at MAD magazine.

Newspapers are dying? This digital media veteran launched one anyway.



Not even ten years ago, Susan Clark was in charge of digital operations for The Economist magazine worldwide.

It was a forward-looking role that seemingly placed her at the forefront of journalism at the time – championing the online future of media, in an organization well-positioned to tap into a lucrative global audience.

In other words, Clark was essentially one of the last people who would be expected to start a print newspaper in a small town in 2022.

Yet that’s exactly what she did with the Redding Sentinel in Fairfield County, Connecticut. And while it’s still early in the Sentinel’s trajectory, Clark is more than happy with how it’s going.

A quarter of Redding households are already subscribers. Some townspeople have sent donations – from a few dollars to $1,000 – just to support the business. And everywhere she goes in her hometown, readers thank her for what she has done.

“We desperately needed an article,” Clark told me. Before retiring from The Economist, she had returned to Redding, with a population of around 9,000, after living in Geneva. “Given the burst of news and the tribal Facebook groups people were turning to, our city needed an independent community news source.”

Beware of proponent “pink slime” sites posing as local news

It therefore took the plunge at the beginning of this year, starting in April with a monthly edition which it considered a pilot project.

“I wanted to see if the city would come around to a newspaper,” she said. The answer came back loud and clear: yes, it would, even if the sale price was $3. (Part of her business model, she noted, is “not afraid to charge a fair price.”) Subscribers and donors will cover 25% of the cost of the publication; the rest will come from advertising. The Sentinel ships via US Mail.

Clark described the response from potential advertisers as “explosive” and “phenomenal”. Why? “There’s no other way to reach people in Redding.” The community’s newest newspaper – a weekly called the Redding Pilot – has been much missed since going out of business several years ago.

In a letter to the editor published in the second issue of the Redding Sentinel, reader Tina Miller praised “this indispensable undertaking in community building”. noting that a real community needs reliable, unbiased information on issues such as taxes, schools, the environment, roads, elections, public safety and more.

The three issues of the 16-page broadsheet that I reviewed begin with articles on the city’s budget, a controversial tree-cutting plan, and plans to redevelop an industrial site.

The plan now is to convert the Sentinel, gradually, to a weekly publication by November, with a digital version which is a reproduction of the printed newspaper. With reporting by a small group of freelancers and her own versatile roles overseeing news, publicity, broadcasting and finance (she plans to hire an editor soon), Clark lacks the resources to publish. an ever-changing live website with the latest news. .

Say that this company is against the grain is an understatement. Newspapers are closing across the United States at the rate of two a week, according to a recent report from Northwestern University. And while there are encouraging signs with the digital publications of start-ups, it is still true that information deserts – regions in which there is no (or almost no) source of information local – are becoming much more common.

Every week, two more newspapers close and the “information deserts” grow

The trend is largely driven by the loss of advertisers and readership to online sources, including social media platforms, over many years. As I showed in my 2020 book, “Ghosting the News,” the resulting dearth of local news harms individual communities and threatens American democracy as a whole.

Clark is a shrewd critic of how most local newspapers are run, noting for example in an email that “they overcharge readers for print subscriptions in order to drive them to digital where the reader’s eyeballs can be monetized (in theory)”. And she describes the difficulty of getting newspapers printed and distributed in today’s tight labor market. But she thinks, overall, print newspapers serve the public better because they focus less on driving click-worthy “engagement” and more on public service content.

Given the challenges, I asked Clark if she would encourage other potential entrepreneurs to follow her lead.

“Absolutely, yes,” she told me, then quickly clarified that. “Whether the conditions are met. It’s a complex calculation: are there enough advertisers? Is there a clearly perceived need in a community? Are freelancers available? Are you ready to be non-partisan?

But she considers what she does a civic duty: the equivalent of serving on a city council of finance or a planning commission, which she has done in the past.

And in the end, launching the Sentinel was a simple decision: “My hometown needed a newspaper, a newspaper that would provide a common set of facts and a ‘foundation’ of information specific to our city, so that we can make informed decisions.”

The Sentinel is swimming against the tide, but given Clark’s objectives, I’m hoping it can stay afloat.

Why is it so difficult to adapt Jane Austen? The fans play a role.


Few authors (leaving aside Shakespeare, always a special case) have seen their works reinvented as frequently or as generously as Jane Austen. On stage, screen and in books, his novels have been transformed into slapstick farces, fantasy mash-ups, Bollywood extravaganzas and saucy romantic comedies. They’ve been transported to, among other places, Cincinnati, Delhi, Fire Island, Los Angeles, modern-day London, and, in the case of the “Pride and Prejudice”-inspired vampire novel “Twilight,” the sleepy town of Forks, Wash.

So why did the most recent adaptation – the spicy version of Carrie Cracknell’s “Persuasion,” now streaming on Netflix – send so many viewers to their couches swoon, heaving high dudgeon? What prompted Dana Stevens of Slate magazine, for example, to call the film “not only the worst adaptation of Austen, but one of the worst films in recent memory”? Or Philippa Snow, referring in a New Republic review to modern heroin drinking habits, to say that the film seemed to be set “not just in the early 19th century, but in the hour of wine?”

The answer lies in the expectations that Austen’s fans, a particularly passionate and opinionated crowd, bring to her work. The problem isn’t that Cracknell’s version takes liberties — every iteration does; that’s pretty much the point – but what kind of freedoms are these.

“Persuasion” is the least flashy of Austen’s six great novels. The last of his completed books, published in 1818, it is calmer and more introspective than its more popular siblings, although many Austenites claim it as their favourite. Anne Elliot, her 27-year-old heroine, spends much of her time lost in thought, wracked with regret and seemingly reconciled playing a supporting role in the lives of others rather than being the heroine of her own. story.

But the moment the trailer for “Persuasion” was released, Austen purists rose up in collective outrage. There was Anne, who was no longer reserved, thoughtful and suffering alone, but performing self-pity, speaking directly to the camera à la “Fleabag” and making asides about her loved ones. At one point, speaking of Captain Wentworth, the man she still loves after foolishly rejecting him years earlier, she observes anachronistically that “now we’re worse than exes – we’re friends”.

The release of the film confirmed the reluctance of fans. The feeling seemed to be that while quirky period pieces featuring fiery, sassy, ​​and emotionally operative heroines are OK for “Bridgerton” and “Dickinson,” two recent streaming series, they’re not OK for Jane Austen.

In Harper’s Bazaar, Chelsey Sanchez wrote that the characters seemed “unrecognizable from their origins”.

“Would Anne Elliot make sarcastic, girlboss jokes to a discerning audience?” she wrote. “Would we even want her to?” When we lose the beauty of subtext – Austen’s greatest storytelling strength – what exactly do we gain? »

Austen’s best adaptations are both true to the spirit of the original – the basic plot, the way the characters interact with each other and in society – and confident in the world in which they are set, even though that world is a group of gay men looking for love and dating in what is now Fire Island, in the Hulu movie of the same name.

Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” (1995), which transposed “Emma” to a status-conscious high school in 1990s Beverly Hills, succeeded because it reflected a deliciously Austenian understanding of the most pitiful social gradation . Gifted with a delightfully modern name — Dear Horowitz in place of Emma Woodhouse — Alicia Silverstone deftly channeled the authoritative self-esteem of the original character, the way her height detracted from her charm, and her ability to admit and atone for his faults.

Similarly, Emma Thompson’s screenplay for Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) gave the book a feminist slant – highlighting the injustices of primogeniture and describing the difficulty of being a single woman with a uncertain financial future – while staying true to the emotional truths and romantic possibilities of the original.

And Autumn de Wilde’s highly stylized “Emma” (2020) was choreographed almost like a Kabuki opera – with a bold and witty color palette, startlingly offbeat costumes and heightened elements of farce and erotic desire – but with recognizable characters behaving the way they were meant to.

Authors and playwrights who have struggled with Austen say the challenge of adaptation is to stay within the contours of her worldview while being clear about what stands to gain.

“You have to know the rules to break them, and you have to be clear about the rules in your job,” said actor and playwright Kate Hamill, whose adaptations of Austen for the stage include an explosive “Sense and Sensibility.” with a chattering chorus of incisive incisors. “It has to work both for people who love the original book and for people who have no relationship to it.”

British author Gill Hornby, who has written two novels – ‘Miss Austen’ and the new ‘Godmersham Park’ – featuring Jane Austen herself, said she has a high tolerance for fanciful adaptations, with some warnings.

“My gut view is that anything can work, as long as the characters are preserved and the core moral issues — Snobbery Is Revolting, Gossip Is Harmful, Nobody Likes a Bighead — are seriously addressed,” she said per E-mail.

She also said that the language of adaptation should adapt to its environment. One of the most shocking aspects of the new “Persuasion” is how it lays modern colloquialisms into what bills itself as a classic period drama, with its Regency sets and costumes. (“Dickinson,” the wild fever dream on Apple TV+ that reimagined a sort of alternative life for poet Emily Dickinson, could get away with anachronisms because they were embedded in the company to begin with; this was clearly not a 19th century American family neither of us had been exposed before.)

It’s very strange to hear a character from “Persuasion” make a sarcastic geographical point by announcing that “if you’re a five in London, you’re a 10 in Bath”.

“You can’t ride through the waves,” Hornby said. “If you keep the period dress, then you have to keep the language. That’s not to say it should be textual, or exactly Austenian in style. Obviously, the realism of the screen must be taken into account, compared to the literary requirements of the page. There is a middle way – credible and accessible translation.

Perhaps even more shockingly, the new adaptation dispenses with the novel’s long, slow burn, undermining its own melancholic tone and hampering Austen’s careful pacing by allowing her characters to reveal their feelings and motives far too soon. “By weaving a comedic narrative out of a tragic one, the film undermines Austen’s purpose,” Emmeline Cline wrote on LitHub. “I think she wanted us to cry, not laugh.”

Of course, no Austen adaptation will ever satisfy the most rigorous fans. There were even objections to perhaps the best scene in the BBC’s six-part ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995, a peak year for adaptations): when Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), emerges from a swim in the lake, his wet shirt clinging seductively to his hunky chest.

Hamill, who has adapted classic works by other authors for the stage, said that in response to one of her plays, she once received an email from an Austen fan that began “Dear Mrs. Hamill: How could you?”

“I haven’t had any Bram Stoker or Homer or Hawthorne fans knocking on my door,” she said. “Jane Austen fans are remarkably passionate.”

Filipino author’s suggestion for men to wear ‘babydolls’ in UK Heatwave gets a boost


The UK is experiencing severe episodes of heat waves in various parts of the country. In an effort to add some respite, a user on Twitter cooked up a thread full of advice on “how to stay cool during the UK heatwave”.

The now-viral Twitter feed is centered around Filipinos and features some very unique and hilarious ways on how Brits can find ways to cool off in the scorching heat. The first the yarn says is to wear the most “loose” cotton or linen you can find. For this, according to the photo, men should prefer to wear babydolls or, as it is called in the Philippines, “Duster Dress”.


Following it is another tip that tells users to “do nothing” and “open all windows”.

Tips like turning on all the electric fans and falling asleep on the couch, “in front of the fan,” also appear in the thread.

After spending the day indoors doing various activities, including a highly recommended “quick midday ban” or a quick bath, comes dinner time. The tweet read: “We don’t eat salad, because we are Filipinos. We don’t cook inside either, because it’s too hot for that shit! Grill a ton of BBQ Pinoy pork on skewers.

The thread went viral and loved the Filipino-style ways to beat heat waves. Internet users particularly liked the first advice which suggests that men wear nighties.

One user wrote: “It doesn’t matter where you are from! Good heat wave advice is good heat wave advice! Stay calm.”

One user called it “Solid Advice”.

One user praised “Dusters”.

“I love it so much,” this user said.

“Daster supremacy,” said one user. Daster is the name of baby dolls in Indonesia.

So what do you think of these tips? Are you ready to try?

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents Grupo Animo In RE-IMAGINATION: COLLIDING INTO ONE


The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has announced the Grupo Animo 2022 Summer Theater Camp production of “Re-ImagiNation: Voices Colliding Into One” on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. with free admission to the historic Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. San Antonio, TX 78207.

Grupo Animo is the resident youth theater company of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, founded in 1993 and made up of young people (ages 13-18) from all walks of life and neighborhoods in San Antonio. Under the mentorship of professional artists and directors, members of the Grupo Animo company are guided through a three-week summer theater experience, providing young people with a platform to make their voices heard through theater / theater performance-based, challenging, engaging and culturally relevant. . Instructors include Nicolas Valdez, Clint Taylor and Sarah Tijerina.

“After three very intense weeks of dialogue, research and theatrical games, the participants are ready to perform their new work” according to Jorge Piña, director of programs of the GCAC.

“Our mission at Grupo Animo is to use the teatro/theater to instill an understanding of the value of culture, creativity and community. It is essential, even more now in light of recent events in Uvalde, that students learn to use their natural talents to express themselves creatively, working cooperatively to share their thoughts and feelings about the world they live in,” according to Nicolas Valdez, Head Instructor of Grupo Animo. “We strive to provide a safe space for our members to feel comfortable regardless of race, gender, economic status or sexual orientation.”

Friends and family members of Grupo Animo and Guadalupe community members are encouraged to attend this free event. Free placement ; first come, first served. To learn more about Grupo Animo, visit https://guadalupeculturalarts.org/classes/theatre/.

Grupo Animo is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Founded in 1993, Grupo Animo’s goal at the end of the program is to have taught students the history and basic practice of theatre/drama, acting, teamwork, poetry , creative writing, movement and videography.

For more information, visit www.guadalupeculturalarts.org.

Book review: “Death by Landscape” by Elvia Wilk



By Elvia Wilk

The landscapes invite contemplation. Natural or built, strange or spectacular, these are spaces in which we project ourselves. What if I lived out there in the woods? What kind of person would I be if I lived by the sea? What if I jumped off that cliff?

“Death by Landscape” by Elvia Wilkinspires the same kind of distant feelings. This book of essays – divided into four sections: ‘Plants’, ‘Planets’, ‘Bleed’ and an epilogue – takes its title from a short story by Margaret Atwood. The principle: Two teenagers go on a hike. One step from path and disappears forever. The other remains obsessed with landscapes. She sees her lost friend there, only in the form of a tree. “If you take the narrator’s conclusion at face value,” Wilk writes, “the death at the center of ‘Death by Landscape’ is no death at all. It’s a transition, a twin becoming of the girl and the tree. The first essay starts from there, an in-depth study of the works of Amitav Ghosh, Tom LeClair, Anne Richter, Kathe Koja, Mark Fisher, HP Lovecraft, Erik Davis, Jeff VanderMeer, Han Kang, Daisy Hildyard and Steven Shaviro.

It’s a whirlwind of thought that turns into a fictional philosophy of ecosystems, and the notion that we could alter the centrality of the human in the storytelling to find other, deeper conclusions. Wilk, the author of the 2019 novel “Oval” and editor of the monthly e-flux, says that only this kind of shift in perspective “can adequately portray the ecological dependencies that have led the world to environmental cataclysm. , the interdependence that neoliberal capitalism and its pervasive narrative forms continue to violently deny.

As for his own place, writes Wilk, “where do I fit in this book of essays on the importance of ecosystems beyond the human, in a book about what the world might look like without me finished at all?” It is, she adds, “a book about becoming what you study, about what it feels like to be integrated into the landscape”. I’m not sure that’s entirely true: Wilk’s first-person perspective is ubiquitous among all the disparate references. The tangible sense of the quest is relatable, but as a result the book sometimes has the feel of something in progress.

“This Compost” offers a model of artistic creation via the porosity of the body – physical and otherwise – compared to more traditionally understood normative modes of reproduction. (There’s a reason Wilk coined the term “rot erotica” for nothing.) “Working and loving this way can be very disgusting. It can also be very intoxicating. Fairly true. But I wish Wilk had gone a little further. What might that look like for you? And how could it change your life? If this is the landscape, where are you?

The strongest of the book’s sections, “Bleed”, features feature stories – about art, vampire LARPs, Wilk’s first novel, and virtual reality. This is also the part that seems most alive. You can feel her trying out ideas that don’t get confused in a thicket of references. The essay on PTSD and Christian mysticism is particularly noteworthy, and I enjoyed Wilk’s vivid account of witnessing a live roleplay for the first time.

In any role-playing game, you play as a character with their own wants and desires, but you do it as yourself. Among role-playing gamers, the times when the two – character and player – merge are called “bleeding out”. I think it’s a useful concept to think about “Death By Landscape”. Basically, it’s a book about the collision between Wilk as a writer and Wilk as a character. As we all. And in the end, it’s up to you to decide which you prefer.

Bijan Stephen is the host and executive producer of the “Eclipsed” podcast.

DEATH BY LANDSCAPE, by Elvia Wilk | 320 pages | Soft Skull | Paper, $16.95

Interpol: The Other Side of the Make-Believe Album Review


In those first two tracks, there’s the germ of something more intriguing than a return to form: a late-day Interpol record where mind and sound are finally aligned. Although the fully formed aura that Interpol projected into the elegiac atmosphere of post-9/11 New York has been chipped away like a disintegration tape by questionable side projects, inessential studio albums and a reconsideration of indie culture that backed them, they all gave Interpol a chance to tackle the pathos of post-punk agitators easing into a wiser, wittier political sense – maybe like Nick Cave or, damn it , By the way-era Red Hot Chili Peppers. Banks seems up for the task, repeatedly leveraging his reputation to sell lines that would be ridiculous coming from anyone else – making the title of ‘Big Shot City’ rhyme with ‘girl you look like gritty”, “You really burst too hard / That’s why you’re a god of size.

But like so much of Interpol’s work since Our love to admirethe spark in The flip side of pretending is subsumed into a gray expanse of Interpol Music, which has remained largely undisturbed by a rotating cast of bass players, songwriter producers and the passage of 20 years. Alan Moulder and Flood are at least better suited to Interpol forces than previous charges like Rich Costey and Fridmann. The duo’s work with Depeche Mode, Curve and Nine Inch Nails is about one degree separate from the band’s lasting influences. Although drummer Sam Fogarino claims that Flood was trusted to “hyperbolize our best qualities”, he does so à la carte on songs that largely betray their origins written remotely in different parts of the world. Daniel Kessler’s sound structures remain instantly identifiable and also interchangeable, a batch of “Interpol-like rhythms”. Although working at roughly the same pace throughout The other side of pretending Fogarino adds much-needed math to the rhythms of “Greenwich” and “Into the Night”, though neither finds a melodic basis. Too often, the trio feels like they are writing or overlapping instead of locking each other up.

Compared to the “refined methods” that Banks describes in “Toni”, far less attention has been paid to the meta self-assessment on the “Go Easy (Palermo)” fence: “I’ll keep moving forward/Every obstacles in my path have come down. Even though Turn on the bright lights still eclipses the majority of their work – and with its 20th anniversary just months away it will do so even more now – a group of Interpol’s stature mostly needs to talk about a good game, making sure it’s is always committed enough to bring a good narrative and around 20 minutes of new material on a career-spanning setlist. This is evident from most of Paul Banks’ lines of Paul Banks on The flip side of pretending. “All along I was different/’Cause my nature made me awesome,” he sings, leaving just enough time to ask the question “is this guy real?” And then, the punchline: “But not so great”, a wink from a wise group that knows its limits.

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Interpol: the other side of pretense

First successful novel for this Teesside graduate


A TEESSIDE University graduate and owner of a thriving independent bookstore celebrates the release of her first novel.

Jenna Warren graduated with an MA in creative writing in 2008 and owns The Book Corner, an independent bookstore in Saltburn which last year featured in the Guardian’s list of Britain’s top 10 independent bookstores.

She is now ready to see her first novel of contemporary fiction “The Moon and the Stars” published, with pre-orders now available. “The Moon and Stars” is inspired by Jenna’s passion for musical theater and is tinged with a touch of romance.

She said: “I wanted to write a book loosely inspired by ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, which is my favorite story, but I wanted it to be in a different genre from the original, so not a gothic novel. I hope I’ve written something characterful and uplifting that people will relate to.

“The story follows Matthew, a classically trained singer. Unfortunately, he suffers from low self-esteem and chronic stage fright. He is desperate to perform again, so he sings in the shadows while his handsome friend, Ralph, takes the stage.plan has the potential to go horribly wrong, which it does.

“The story generally centers around Matthew’s journey to self-acceptance.”

Jenna graduated from Teesside with an MA in Creative Writing and is reflecting positively on her time at university.

She added, “My teachers were so enthusiastic and offered constant support and encouragement throughout my studies. They really opened my eyes and showed me that there are a lot of writers going on in the area.

Jenna has already started working on her next project, adding: “I have some ideas for future books. I’m currently working on another novel about music and performers. In the same vein as ‘The Moon and Stars’, it’s contemporary and character-driven, but there’s also an element of folklore in it. I’m still writing the first draft, so I’m excited to see where it’s going.

The Moon and Stars is published by Fairlight Books and is available for pre-order now with an October 20 release date.

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Singapore Literature Prize: Wang Gungwu and Suratman Markasan in the running at 91


SINGAPORE – At 91, historian Wang Gungwu and literary pioneer Suratman Markasan are the oldest writers shortlisted for the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize.

Wang’s Home Is Where We Are, the second part of her memoir, is up for creative English non-fiction.

Suratman, a Cultural Medal recipient who has been shortlisted for four previous editions of the award, dominates the Malaysian creative non-fiction category this year with his essay collections, Mengasah Kalam Jilid 2 (Honing The Pen Volume 2) and Mengapa Saya Menulis (Why Do I write).

The biennial prize, organized by the Singapore Book Council, is Singapore’s oldest ongoing literary prize in all four official languages.

This year, 49 works were shortlisted in the genres of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

The top prize in each category includes $3,000 and a trophy.

Of the 43 shortlisted writers, five are nominated in two or more categories.

Wang, who is known for his research on Chinese history, wrote Home Is Where We Are with his late wife Margaret Wang.

It will face Clara Chow’s New Orleans Travel Diary, Kagan Goh’s early memoir Surviving Samsara: A Memoir Of Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, And Mental Illness, and Nilanjana Sengupta’s The Votive Pen: Writings On Edwin Thumboo, a biography of the veteran poet. and Singaporean academic. .

Chow, a former Straits Times reporter, has two other books in the running for the award – a short story collection Not Great, But At Least Something in the English fiction category and Lousy Love Poems, for Chinese poetry.

She is the first writer in the history of the prize to be shortlisted in three categories in two different languages.

Not great, but at least something stands against This Side Of Heaven by Cyril Wong, Shantih Shantih Shantih by Daryl Qilin Yam, She Never Looke Back by Mallika Naguran, and Snow At 5pm: Translations Of An Insignificant Japanese Poet by Jee Leong Koh.

Koh is also in the running for the English Poetry Prize for his collection Connor & Seal.

He will face Anything But Human by Daryl Lim Wei Jie, The Orchid Folios by Mok Zining, We Make Spaces Divine by Pooja Nansi and One To The Dark Tower Comes by Yeow Kai Chai.

Yeow and Nansi are the former and current directors of the Singapore Writers Festival respectively.

Harvey Weinstein: From tycoon to me too


END HOLLYWOOD: Harvey Weinstein and the culture of silence

Author: Ken Aulette

Editor: Penguin

Price: $30

pages: 466

As you’d expect, there aren’t many laughs in Hollywood end, the new biography of Ken Auletta from the cradle to prison of Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul convicted of third-degree rape and another sex crime in New York and awaiting trial on other charges in California. When Auletta calls Weinstein’s relationship with his brother Bob “Shakespeare worthy,” he puts the story squarely in the tragedy column of the ledger.

But then Broadway star Nathan Lane makes a brief appearance, like Puck doing cartwheels on the set of Coriolanus.

The year was 2000, and Weinstein’s cultural capital was perhaps at its peak. He still ran Miramax, the prestigious studio he and Bob launched in 1979, though now under the incongruous but lucrative watch of Disney. He had recently founded Talk magazine with editor Tina Brown, then New York’s most agile puppeteer on high and low culture. He dated politicians, co-hosted a lavish birthday party, and raised money for then-senator Hillary Clinton at the Roseland Ballroom. And he didn’t like some of the jokes that Lane, everyone’s dream MC, had written for the occasion.

“I’m going to ruin your career,” threatened Weinstein, in Auletta’s account.

“You can’t hurt me,” Lane retorted. “I don’t have a film career.”

On stage, Lane said in a smirking tone, “I’m going to do all the jokes that Harvey Weinstein wanted me to cut.”

It wasn’t the last time that theater somehow trumped the producer’s favorite medium. Auletta attended every day of Weinstein’s trial in 2020, recounting the experience here in four chapters. “The essays are not movies, shot under controlled conditions and subject to editing in the editing room,” he wrote. “These are live productions, dependent on the chemistry of their participants, and not a bit of luck.”

The books, which Weinstein is obviously fond of — his media mini-empire included an editorial imprint — can look like movies. Auletta effectively, if perhaps a bit too elegiacly, frames this one in the long shadow of Citizen Kane. Auletta is, of course, Jerry Thompson, the reporter searching for his anti-hero’s rosebud: the mysterious missing object or influence that will explain his personality. But he is also Citizen Ken, magnanimous and avuncular when he encourages his New Yorker boss, David Remnick, to publish young journalist Ronan Farrow’s investigation into Weinstein’s misdeeds. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times announced the story five days before Farrow’s article was published.

The well-connected Auletta draws on the work of these reporters and his own interviews with major players, including many surely fascinating hours with beleaguered brother Bob. As for Harvey, he emails terse responses to questions, and his reps haggle over possible interview terms before ghosting his biographer — but Hollywood end also pulls out a detailed profile that Auletta wrote of him 20 years ago, and his results. At that time, he had heard of Weinstein’s sex crimes, an open secret for years, but was unable to register any victims, and so focused on bullying and prodigious appetites. of his subject.

Weinstein’s reputation for sexual intrusion had begun early, when he was a concert promoter in Buffalo. As he got older, his influence waned — the whole movie industry waned — just as he sought younger prey, from a cohort who “increasingly spent their free time on social media like Facebook,” Auletta recalls. , “rather than going to the movies.”

After the producer, then in his 60s, rushed from his office couch to Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a 22-year-old Miss Italy finalist, in 2015, she did what many previous women who had been in her shoes , frightened by Weinstein’s towering power, had shied away from doing: She called the police. The fourth wave of feminism had come with a big splash, dragging Weinstein and his ilk into the backwash.

And yet the male jury foreman who convicted Weinstein, Auletta points out, cited the testimony and demeanor of male witnesses, not female victims — “suggesting,” Auletta writes, “that ‘believing women’ can do facing a steep climb.” Instead, he suggests “listening to women”; but the voice of a key woman is overwhelming.

As there was a roving “fifth Beatle”, so there was a series of Miramax executives dubbed the “third brother” – loyalists who helped enable bad behavior – and, chillingly, a kind of “system ferry to funnel women” to Weinstein’s hotel suites. If you’re not interested in NC-17 and the often disgusting details of what happened in those sequels, or the jaw-dropping convolutions of nondisclosure agreements, you might prefer one of the recommendations. of the disgraced protagonist of the finer era he adored, Elia Kazan’s autobiography, A Life, or a book Weinstein was often seen carrying while preparing for trial: The Brothers Mankiewicz, from Sydney Ladensohn Stern. Herman Mankiewicz is credited with the screenplay of Citizen Kane; his brother, Joe, wrote All About Eve.

Remembering those great films, and even some of Miramax’s glory days in the 1990s, is daunting, as the pictures keep getting smaller. Participating in Weinstein’s slow rise and fall, even with the capable Auletta by his side, can feel even more daunting, like riding one of those creaking roller coasters on a faded municipal playground.


Why labor campaigns work


After decades of declining union membership, organized labor may be on the verge of a resurgence in the United States. Employees seeking better working conditions and higher pay have recently organized unions at Starbucks, Amazon, Apple and elsewhere. Candidates for this year’s union elections are set to reach their highest level in a decade. I asked Noam Scheiber, who covers workers and labor issues for The Times, what’s behind the latest wave of union activity.

Ian: You recently Profile Jaz Brisack, a Rhodes Scholar and barista who helped organize a union at a Starbucks in Buffalo, the first at a company-owned store in decades. Why did she want to work there?

Noam : The Jaz comes from a tradition. We saw it during the Depression; people with radical policies taking jobs with the explicit intention of organizing workers. The term for this is “salting”, like seasoning. The practice has had limited success in recent decades, but we are seeing a wider revival, and Jaz is one of them. Several salts got jobs at Amazon and helped organize a facility on Staten Island. Academics like Barry Eidlin and Mie Inouye have written extensively about this.

Jaz is very public about her beliefs. She wore a Karl Marx sweatshirt to Oxford University and once pressed the University of Mississippi chancellor — at a reception honoring Jaz — to remove a Confederate monument from campus.

She’s idealistic and ambitious, but being a social creature hasn’t always come naturally to her. She told me that when she came to college she was “incredibly socially awkward,” in part because she was homeschooled. Still, she would somehow be willing to do things that required interacting with strangers in order to further the cause, such as handing out flyers to promote a union campaign at a nearby Nissan plant.

Employees of nearly 200 other Starbucks have organized from the Jaz store unionized in december. Did they follow his example?

After their union’s victory, Jaz and the other organizers received demands from Starbucks workers across the country. They would make Zoom calls and tell them how to get started. I was with Buffalo organizers the day the union won at a Starbucks in Mesa, Ariz., the first outside of Buffalo during the campaign. A Jaz store employee, Michelle Eisen, had been in close contact with Mesa workers. I went to dinner with her and some of the other Buffalo organizers that night, and they were giddy. They were proud of what they had set in motion.

So these things are spreading. Every time I cover a labor campaign these days, I ask, “Have you been paying attention to what’s going on at Starbucks?” At Amazon? Invariably, the answer is not simply yes, but “we were inspired by it, we were motivated by it, it showed us that it could be done”. This was the case when I interviewed employees of Trader Joe and Apple. And, historically, unionization has tended to happen in spurts.

University graduates seem to be driving this push.

A key part of the story is the radicalization of the college-educated worker. You have experienced a meteoric recovery from the Great Recession followed by the pandemic. Having a college education does not necessarily mean being on board. But whether it’s Starbucks, Amazon or REI, college-educated workers have been heavily involved.

As a group, college-educated Americans are becoming more liberal than working-class Americans. Has this been an obstacle to the unionization of workers without a diploma?

College-educated workers often get things done, but they’re pretty good at bringing a diverse group together. I spoke to Brima Sylla, a Liberian immigrant who helped organize his colleagues at the Staten Island Amazon factory. He has a doctorate. public policy and speaks several languages. He helped enroll hundreds of people, many of them African or Asian immigrants. Another organizer was Pasquale Cioffi. He’s a former stevedore and has a more traditional working-class background. He was good at talking to non-academics and Trump supporters. Having a coalition of Brima and Pat helped the union win.

You compared today’s organization to that of the 1930s. What parallels do you see?

The Great Depression was obviously a traumatic time. The financial system was collapsing. The economy was collapsing. Unemployment was 25%. But in 1936 things were much better, though still not great. This has also been true during the pandemic. Many people lost their jobs in 2020, but in 2021 the labor market was tight and workers felt empowered. That one-two punch—one traumatic event, then things get better—is a recipe for successful organizing.

Your Jaz profile reads differently than many Times stories. You speak for yourself – like her, you were a Rhodes Scholar and interviewed your former classmates, contrasting their pro-business view of the late 1990s with her skepticism. Why did you write it like this?

Once I understood Jaz’s background and role in the Starbucks campaign, my first thought was, “Wow, this probably wouldn’t have happened among my cohort of Rhodes Scholars.” My reflex was to compare it to my group and marvel at the differences. It felt more honest, authentic, and compelling to own just that.

Learn more about Noam: He joined The Times in 2015 after nearly 15 years at The New Republic and lives near Chicago. After a bad experience involving a late-night cup of coffee, his college comedy magazine, and an 8 a.m. math class, he avoids caffeine.

  • President Biden presents his meetings with Middle Eastern autocrats as an effort to contain Russia and outsmart China.

  • The Russian Defense Minister has ordered troops to step up attacks in Ukraine.

  • President Vladimir Putin is making sweeping changes to school curricula to shape the opinions of young Russians.

  • Europe is at a time of fragility: it faces trials of its democracies, a plummeting currency and war in Ukraine.

  • Dozens of wildfires have swept across Europe, sparked by a heat wave.

  • The pandemic is still a driving force behind global economic difficulties.

  • At the end of 2020, a conservative lawyer presented Donald Trump with a “martial law” plan to reverse his electoral defeat.

  • Some residents of a North Dakota town were excited about a new plant and its promise of jobs, but its ties to China deterred others.

  • New state abortion bans will likely have an outsized impact on younger pregnant girls.

Sunday’s question: Should Biden have met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

Biden’s Friday meeting with Prince Mohammed after convicting him of murdering a journalist affirms the idea that the United States only cares about human rights selectively, Agnès Callamard argues in Foreign Affairs. Yasmine Farouk writes that while it may not have been Biden’s main goal to restore relations, the meeting was an opportunity to pressure Saudi Arabia on human rights.

On the dance floor: A Middle Eastern party scene is thriving in Brooklyn.

Travel issues: It is becoming more and more difficult to obtain a passport quickly.

Sunday Routine: A cruise ship captain tries to direct crowds as close to the Statue of Liberty as possible.

Wirecutter Tips: Moving your home office outdoors this summer? Bring a fan – not only to keep you cool, but also to repel mosquitoes.

A Times classic: A timeless tomato pie.

‘Novak Djokovic didn’t even hesitate,’ says British author


Novak Djokovic has stressed that he has no intention of making his way to the United States, but remains hopeful of having a chance to participate in the US Open. Djokovic has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and under current US vaccination laws anyone entering the country must show proof of vaccination.

Djokovic traveled to Australia earlier this year after being granted a medical exemption, but his visa was later revoked and he was deported from the country. “I’m not going to go to the United States if I don’t have permission, so the Australian saga for me hasn’t been pleasant at all,” Djokovic said, according to Reuters.

In December, Djokovic applied for a special medical exemption and got it. After Djokovic was denied participation in the Australian Open, some accused the Serb of trying to enter the country illegally. “People still think that I forced my entry into Australia and tried to enter without papers, without permission or exemption, that’s not true,” Djokovic pointed out.

“It was proven at trial so I would never enter a country where I didn’t have permission to travel. I would love to go back to Australia. I love Australia, I had my best results in Grand Slam in this country. I hope I can be there in January because I want to be there, and I also want to be in New York.

I want to be in America and wherever I can play.” Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title last Sunday, but now he risks missing the US Open and the Australian Open. “I am a professional tennis player , I don’t get into politics or anything because it doesn’t interest me,” he said.

Claire Fox talks about Djokovic

British author and politician Claire Fox, who was a panelist on the TV show “Plank of the Week”, has praised Novak Djokovic. “I also thought the way he handled what happened in Australia and America was great.

I thought he was treated catastrophically by Australia where he was denied the game due to his medical condition, his decision about his own body not to take a vaccine, Fox said. “Not one I would agree with, but whatever, it’s not my body, it’s his body.

But he didn’t even laugh at it. He asserted his position. They keep telling him, “why did you give up those big tournaments just for that and he says, ‘because I have principles’ What a joy, he’s not only a brilliant tennis player, but he is a brilliant tennis player with principles,” she added.

Nick Offerman goes to Albany in “Who Do You Think You Are?” from NBC.


Nick Offerman — (Chris Haston/Getty Images)

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When the genealogy documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?”, an American adaptation of the British BBC series of the same name, returned to NBC last Sunday 10 years after the network canceled it after its third season, Billy Porter, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and singer (“Pose”, “Kinky Boots”) was the famous subject investigating his family tree.

But for residents of the Capital Region, it was the clips from the next episode, airing this Sunday at 7 p.m. EST, that perhaps sparked the most interest. In these, actor, writer and comedian Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) is shown strolling past gushing fountains through an eerily empty Empire State Plaza in Albany, captured in both shots tracking at ground level as well as in elevated bird’s eye views from a crane or drone.

Other images show Offerman — whose wife and fellow actor Megan Mullally was the subject of a 2018 season nine episode after the show was picked up for seven seasons on cable network TLC — walking through the streets of the city and meeting historians or genealogists in libraries, all of which could have been filmed in the capital. He discovers that his family once worked in the “tavern business” and that an ancestor was a Revolutionary War soldier.

“Who do you think you are?” is produced in partnership with Ancestry.com, the for-profit genealogy company that is featured prominently during each hour-long episode, as well as during commercial breaks. Among the show’s producers are actors Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky.

Offerman, originally from Illinois, was in Albany in October 2019 to present a talking and comedy show at the Palace Theatera venue he and Mullally had previously played together.

Two years later, in October 2021, Offerman visited John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville as the backdrop for an interview with CBS News about the release of his fourth and most recent book, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of an Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outdoors.” It was during this time that he also reportedly shot the local scenes for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Incidentally, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play” chronicles a trip the 52-year-old artist took to Glacier National Park with two of his closest friends, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy – creator of the Annual Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, where Offerman appeared — and award-winning fiction writer George Saunders — professor of creative writing at Syracuse University and former Albany resident.

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Susie Spikol Wins Hull Prize


Published: 07/15/2022 10:40:02

Modified: 07/15/2022 10:39:48

Susie Spikol, a naturalist teacher at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, is one of this year’s recipients of the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of environmental education, honoring those who “inspire children…to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.” In announcing the award, the club cited Spikol’s “incalculable impact on children in the Monadnock area” and noted that “there are few children or teenagers [in this area] who have never canoed, hiked, explored wetlands, spotted birds, discovered amphibians or [gone mammal] followed with Susie.”

Spikol has been a professional naturalist and environmental educator for over 30 years. Beginning with her internship in Central Park as a student at Columbia University, Brooklyn-native Spikol has dedicated herself to teaching children to connect, understand, and embrace nature.

More recently, Spikol founded the Lab Girls after-school program to connect girls with STEAM through nature. Each week the girls meet a different female role model who works in STEAM and have the chance to experience the tools of her trade. ConVal High School students with an interest in science help middle school girls navigate hands-on experiences.

Spikol’s first book, “The Animal Adventurer’s Guide,” comes out in the fall, and she’s working on a second book about insects.

Stephen Sprouse exhibition at Newfields showcases iconic fashion moments


Stephen Sprouse was famous for sending neon colors and graffiti to clothes that became a groundbreaking marriage of punk and high-end. When pedigree designer Hoosier affixed his heavy lettering to Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram in 2001, waiting lists swelled before the fashion line even came out.

Her single-strap “Choose or Lose” dress – covered in buttons but without a bodice – was part of a 1996 MTV voter education campaign with model Kate Moss and musician Iggy Pop. And Sprouse’s single strap wore the 1979 TV scanline print dress that singer Debbie Harry wore in Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” music video.

The looks have emerged through Sprouse’s decades in the spotlight. Critics have characterized his career as a series of backslidings and valleys – a designer whose ideas were great but who never really fit into the niche of the retail market that the bigger names do. In the years since Sprouse’s death in 2004, his work has crystallized into a stable legacy that is the subject of a new Newfields exhibition.

AfterMonet and his living friends! opens at the Lume in Newfields. Here’s what you need to know.

“Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion” opens Saturday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a venue that has been meaningful to the designer. Sprouse visited the museum when he was growing up in Columbus, Indiana, and in 2019 his family donated a collection of more than 10,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, textile samples, sketches, audiovisuals, and Polaroids. . Many items are a major source for the show’s exhibit, which includes more than 60 garments as well as shoes, videos from its runway shows and more.

“We have this very specific image of the 80s in our mind, which is more of a working girl, a company, big suits, women entering the workforce. And he focused a lot on the youth of the industry. era and the underground culture of the time, which is kind of not our universal understanding of the 80s,” said curatorial assistant Lauren Pollien.

Many of the roots of his creations were born while living in a loft in New York, when he explored the underground music scene at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. With neighbors like Harry, whom he began to dress, Sprouse was already well on his way to becoming the designer who captured America’s transition in the 1980s and beyond.

‘I use music and art to give my business the see

In May 1984, Sprouse’s show at the Ritz nightclub captured that energy. The club’s atmosphere contained concert speakers, a video screen, and strobe and black lights, according to “The Stephen Sprouse Book”.

Three years later, in 1987, he told the IndyStar fashion editor how his new collection captured America’s exhausted teenagers.

“Between AIDS and the economy, it’s a pretty weird time, and people need to keep a cool head and pray for good things,” he said of his mantle with ‘God Save America’. written on it.

In person, Sprouse spoke softer than his designs. Both IndyStar and Indianapolis News have reported remarks about his shyness over the years, while noting that he was polite and answered all questions.

In a preface to ‘The Stephen Sprouse Book,’ his friend Tama Janowitz described him as cool, saying he loved children and animals and drew pictures on his friends’ shoes, which, even though it was unexpected, ended up making them better.

Sprouse formed strong friendships with many of those he worked with – evidenced by a biker-style leather jacket in the museum exhibit tagged by his friends. One is by artist Keith Haring, whose collaborations with Sprouse included a shirt design based on an 1872 Antonio Ciseri painting that shows Pontius Pilate and Jesus after being scourged.

Pop artist Andy Warhol granted Sprouse the rare opportunity to use his prints on his clothing and was later buried in one of his suits. In the exhibit, Warhol’s camouflage pattern is depicted in a dress rendered multidimensional through cut-out fabric shapes stiffened with acrylic paint. Other rooms show paintings created by the collaboration between Warhol and art pioneer Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“Music and art really influence my fashion,” Sprouse told IndyStar in a January 1998 interview. “While I use everything I learned from Halston, sewing and all, I use music and art to give my business the see.”

Hoosier designers framed Sprouse

Halston taught Sprouse fine tailoring, and under her tutelage the young designer helped outfit Anjelica Huston and Barbra Streisand.

Sprouse, who was born in 1953 in Ohio, moved with his family to Indiana as a child. There he designed such stunning fashion collections that his father took them to the Art Institute of Chicago. From this connection, Sprouse met Norman Norell of Noblesville and Bill Blass of Fort Wayne.

The influence of Sprouse’s high-end training is evident up close in his clothing. The scan-lines dress made famous by Harry, for example, is constructed from two layers with the stripes exactly aligned, the museum briefing notes. Another olive and orange ensemble consisting of a hooded cape, sweater and skirt is so fitted that Pollien had a hard time putting it flat.

“It only rests on a body,” Pollien said.

In order to preserve these carefully cut garments, the museum actually modified the mannequins to fit them.

“We take measurements of the garment, then we cut out the fiberglass mannequins, then we reconstruct them,” said Amanda Holden, Senior Textiles Conservator.

Video throughout the exhibit shows Sprouse’s runway shows, which Niloo Paydar, curator of textile arts and fashion, says are important for gaining a deeper understanding of clothing.

“Models are jostling. It’s not like those stoic, European catwalks,” Paydar said. “He wanted to create a livelier club environment for his shows.”

Mind-blowing and expensive materials

Newspaper articles that cover Sprouse’s career note that he struggled to understand in the retail market. Part of that stems from his love of innovative high-end materials in wild colors that were difficult for mass retailers to acquire, Pollien said.

“He wouldn’t compromise on the colors he chose,” interpretive planner Maggie Ordon said. “He’s worked with a few very high-end department stores, though, on a few collections, but overall he didn’t compromise to sell to a wider market.”

But Sprouse’s perfectionism bestows a gift on those who view his work. Her coat and matching pants from Fall/Winter 1999-2000, for example, appear to be a solid gray in the front. But step back enough that light from the nearby screen hits them, and the whole thing goes from blue to teal to purple in seconds. That’s because tiny glass beads embedded in the high-visibility fabric reflect light, Holden said.

Elsewhere in the exhibit, a stringy pale pink dress glows in the dark. Next to him, a bright pink Day-Glo jacket fluoresces under black lights, becoming much brighter, Holden said. Sprouse’s love of technology also continued to evolve with developments. In his Fall/Winter 1999-2000 show, he used NASA photos of Mars from the Pathfinder mission in his fabrics.

The unique letters he drew are incorporated into many of his designs – forwards and backwards. The words have meaning, sure, but seem to say more in their artistry, with dull strokes and refined edges that communicate his bold visions.

IndyStar’s fashion editor wrote on December 6, 1987 that Sprouse’s art was the most telling. She noted that he apologized for being difficult to reach, saying he rarely gives interviews. His reason?

“I don’t think I have much to say,” he told her.

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What: « Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion “

When: From Saturday to April 2, 2023

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road.

Tickets and more information: Included with admission. Free for members. Advance tickets required. Visit Discovernewfields.org.

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Buchanan County flood victims wary of ‘storm chasers’, BBB warns


ROANOKE, Va. – As if they hadn’t been through enough already, flood victims in Buchanan County are now vulnerable to scammers in their area, according to the BBB.

On Thursday, the Better Business Bureau serving Western VA released a statement warning Buchanan County flood victims of people seeking to take advantage of those in need of assistance after Tuesday’s storms.

These people are called “storm chasers,” the BBB said, and they have been known to take money from disaster victims and do shoddy work, or simply never return after payment.

The BBB said you can take these steps to reduce the risk of being scammed following a natural disaster:

  • Visit BBB.org for reliable information and lists of BBB accredited businesses by industry and business reviews you can trust on local businesses.
  • Check that your contractor is duly licensed by the Council for Professional and Occupational Regulation of Contractors.

  • Verify that contractors must obtain a permit by contacting your local township or municipality.

  • Get everything in writing. Representations and agreements that are clearly written, detailed and broken down into separate items are a good sign that the contractor has prepared an accurate estimate.

  • Don’t pay in full or agree to the terms of a payment schedule, but never pay for the entire job upfront. Never make final payment or sign a final release until you are satisfied with the work done.

And if you want to lend a hand or donate to the victims, the BBB said you can follow these steps to do so safely:

  • Search for the organization on Give.org for reliable charity information and listings of charities that meet the 20 BBB standards for charities.
  • Be careful when donating online and you should always go directly to the charity’s website.

  • Beware of claims that 100% of donations will help relief victims.

  • Find out if the charity has a presence on the ground in the affected areas, as unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to help quickly. See if the charity’s website clearly outlines what it can do to meet the immediate needs of those affected.

  • In-kind collections of food and clothing may not be the fastest way to help those in need unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute this aid properly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans.

To learn how you can help the Buchanan County community, read this article.

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Ticks and Lyme disease: co-authored paper by USM researchers that examines tick microRNAs


Thu 07/14/2022 – 14:22 | By: Ivonne Kawas

According to recent estimates reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease cases have rapidly increased in the United States to more than 476,000 per year, and health care costs exceed $1 billion per year. .

Most cases of Lyme disease in the United States are due to the bacteria spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto transmitted by the bite of a blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis.

A research article recently published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences by researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) opens up a new area of ​​study: explaining the functional role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in tick biology and tick-pathogen-host interactions.

miRNAs, a small non-coding RNA molecule that is 19-25 nucleotides in length that regulate post-transcriptional gene expression, are thought to play a role in tick immunity and can help scientists understand the process of disease development.

The lead author of this study, Dr. Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher at the USM Center for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and his collaborators published new information in the article titled: “Identification of microRNAs in the vector of Lyme disease Ixodes scapularis, as they examined the manipulative potential of the novel class of tick miRNAs.

The team of researchers note that miRNAs have enormous potential to regulate cellular processes, including immune pathways within the tick to control bacterial, parasitic and viral infections; however, there are limited data on differentially expressed miRNAs in the blacklegged tick after infection with the spirochete bacterium.

In the study, they identified that miRNAs differentially expressed in Borrelia burgdorferi– infected ticks. They explain that the manipulative potential of the novel class of tick miRNAs in the context of Borrelia transmission will likely help to develop tick-borne pathogen control strategies that may pave the way to preventing or treating infection.

Collaborators included Latoyia Downs, a graduate student in USM’s School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences; Dr. Monica Embers, associate professor of microbiology and immunology division of immunology at Tulane National Primate Research Center; and USM Center for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences professors Dr. Alex Flynt and Dr. Shahid Karim.

Researchers sequenced, assembled and annotated tick miRNAs, a key informative dataset to better understand the molecular adaptations of ticks. Borrelia burgdorferi survive in Ixodes scapularis. The team added >254 new and novel miRNAs to the existing database.

“Tick-borne diseases are increasing due to climate change and are expected to increase,” said co-author Dr. Karim. “The increase in tick-borne diseases is a significant threat to public health in the absence of preventive measures. The field of tick miRNAs is mostly overlooked and unexplored. This work is the tip of the iceberg, as it opens a new way to exploit the full potential of miRNAs in ticks.

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal providing an advanced forum for biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, molecular biophysics, molecular medicine, and all aspects of molecular research in chemistry. It is published twice a month online by MDPI. Its affiliates include the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS), Epigenetics Society, European Calcium Society (ECS), European Chitin Society (EUCHIS), Spanish Society of Cell Biology (SEBC) and d ‘others.

The research was published in a special issue of the journal, Molecular biology of disease vectors. Read the newspaper.

Rogersville Middle School Beta Club enters national competition | Appalachian Highlands


ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville Middle School Beta Club placed 10th in the nation at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in the Draft Proposal event.

The eight beta club members competed in three days of competition at the convention, which ran June 27-29 in Nashville.

The club participated in three events: creative writing, thinking outside the box and project proposal.

“We had already qualified for the Outside the Box Leadership and Project Proposal in September 2021 at the Leadership Conference,” said co-sponsor Shari Mefford.

RMS Beta Club members took 10th place in the project proposal event, challenging them to develop a service project that meets a community need. RMS offered a project called Blessing Backpacks, which provides essentials for children entering the foster care system.

“Blessing backpacks are meant to help with the transitions foster children have to deal with as they enter the system,” said co-sponsor Brandy McCracken. “Many foster children aren’t allowed or don’t have time to take anything with them when they are moved to a safer placement. Additionally, the RMS Beta Club has students who have been in the foster system and know firsthand what children would like or need in these backpacks, such as toiletries, brushes/combs , hair ties, toothpaste and brush, games and many more. items that a young child or teenager would find useful.

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McKracken said the club plans to continue the backpacking program.

“In the future, we hope to help local foster groups ease the transition of children into foster care,” McCracken said.

RMS had been trying to attend the national convention for three years, but couldn’t due to COVID and other travel issues.

“This year’s convention meant a lot to the students and allowed them to show off all their hard work,” McCracken said. “Rogersville Middle School could not have been present and placed without the help of parents, RMS staff and donations from the community.”

The RMS Beta Club worked on its service project for about a year before the competition.

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Reviews | To fight book bans, support librarians


For the editor:

Regarding “As parents call to ban books, librarians are seen as criminals” (front page, July 7):

As a retired school librarian, I am appalled by the growing right-wing movement to ban and burn books. While not the first anti-intellectual, anti-diversity book banning the movement in American history, it is the most vicious and vocal of my 30-year career.

No one has the right to impose their values ​​on others. Librarians are trained to evaluate books according to high standards of literary merit and to know who in their community would be served by them.

There are procedures in place for those who disagree with a librarian’s choices. Ignoring these procedures is both thoughtless and undemocratic.

All righteous and thoughtful people need to support their local school and public librarians now, not just when attacked in a heated school board meeting.

How do you do that? Make sure you know the names of your librarians. Talk to them when you go to the library. Tell them you want to show your support for all they do in our communities. Ask your local elected officials what their position is on censorship. Write a letter of support to your local library board and send a copy to your local newspaper.

Take action to support democracy and free speech – our First Amendment right.

marilyn elie
Cortlandt Mansion, NY

For the editor:

I just finished rereading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953, and I was scared.

Vigilantes are taking over the books they claim pollute the minds of young children. The curious child wants to know all kinds of things that a parent doesn’t always talk about. It is often books that expand our knowledge and enable critical thinking. Schools and public libraries allow us to acquire this knowledge free of charge.

These vigilantes probably haven’t read many of the books they review. They are afraid of what they don’t know, but they believe they have the right to dictate and control. If these deniers gain power, their push will include more than pounds.

Readers, stand up! Become advocates for libraries and librarians! It is only through your efforts that a diverse range of library content will be available to everyone.

Miriam Kagan Margoshes
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
The writer is a retired librarian.

For the editor:

Regarding “Trump Intended to Send His Mob to Disrupt Count” (front page, July 13) and “Trump Wrecked Lives on Jan. 6. I Should Know,” by Aquilino Gonell (Opinion guest essay, July 11):

It was indeed a poignant moment after the hearing on Tuesday January 6 when one of the rioters, Stephen Ayres, apologized to Mr Gonell, who was so badly injured on January 6 that he will never be able to work as a Capitol Police officer.

The two men have one thing in common. They lost their jobs because Donald Trump couldn’t bear to lose his.

Morabito wine
Scranton, Pa.

For the editor:

Liz Cheney offered an obvious reminder during Tuesday’s hearing: Donald Trump is a 76-year-old man who should tell right from wrong. He is not a child. You are right, Ms. Cheney. He just acts like one.

John Gilmore
Santee, California.

For the editor:

Re “Is a GOP-Supreme Court showdown coming?” by Noah Millman (opinion guest essay, Sunday Review, July 10):

Mr. Millman is quite right that there are two trends in recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on administrative agencies: the first would place them under tighter presidential, that is, political, control; the other often tends to neutralize them completely.

Donor money would favor the first outcome, self-proclaimed constitutional fundamentalists the second. I would bet on the big bucks every time. No more constitutional vandalism.

Charles Fried
North Hero, Vermont
The author is a professor at Harvard Law School.

For the editor:

My youngest daughter decides where to go to college. Immediately after the Dobbs decision, it struck all colleges in anti-choice states off its list. We will not continue to live in Texas after graduation.

To all companies moving to Texas, I say, beware. Top talent won’t want to work in this state. Once young families realize how difficult reproductive privacy will be in Texas (there is a bounty for outgoing women who wish to terminate their pregnancies), they will demand to be relocated.

It’s crazy that in 2022, women have to notify their human resources department of funds to travel to terminate their pregnancy. Why do they have to negotiate a maze of appointments, plane tickets, hotels, corporate policies and state laws to control the autonomy of their organs? I ask all CEOs, how exactly do you think women will feel going through a ritual that no man will ever need?

Again, we are second-class citizens, while men reign supreme. I say to all the citizens of this country, not live in states that do not support a woman’s autonomy over her body, her life. Do not pay taxes or support any business in these states. We need to boycott all anti-choice states and show them how wrong they are!

For the editor:

Regarding “California’s fight against homelessness has become desperate and dangerous”, by Jay Caspian Kang (Opinion, July 1):

As a psychiatrist with extensive experience working on homelessness issues, I agree that out of political desperation to do something for the people living on our streets, we could be doing more harm than good by implementing the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Plan, or CARE, of the California Courts, which could involuntarily control the homeless.

In the 1970s, I was the chief psychiatrist for the Napa County Community Mental Health Service in Napa, California when Napa State Hospital was downsized and patients were being discharged for live in communities.

Half of the patients were hospitalized voluntarily and we lost a necessary facility for people who could live in this supportive setting. On the other hand, there were real benefits to ending long-term involuntary commitments there and across the country. Not only did they deny civil liberties, but they also stigmatized mental health services and degraded psychiatric treatment.

We need to increase the number of psychiatric beds now, so that we can support more people who need acute psychiatric care. We also need to increase the staffing of County Conservator’s offices, which can assess people with mental illnesses so severe that they need an appointed Conservator to manage their care and finances, in accordance with applicable laws. And above all we need to expand housing at a lower cost, and with some support services, to get homeless people off the streets.

Stephen A.Fisher
Berkeley, California.

For the editor:

It’s time to stop protesting in Washington. It’s time to stop expecting the federal government to make a positive difference in the lives of Americans.

The Supreme Court has shown by its recent decisions that it is up to Washington to dismantle any semblance of federal government and leave the decisions to the states.

If the polls are correct and the majority of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court’s rulings, they should throw the fight back to their state and local governments.

If people want to see change, they have to start at home. They must vote in every election, no matter how small, no matter how local, because that is where the decisions will be made.

Republicans believe in limited government, and that’s what they delivered. Now, with the Supreme Court they installed, we are reaping the results.

Claudia Sumler

‘Nightbitch’ author Rachel Yoder to speak at Prairie Lights


In an interview with The Daily Iowan, “Nightbitch” author Rachel Yoder discussed the inspiration behind her work, her growing popularity as an author, and her upcoming reading and conversation at Prairie Lights.

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Author Rachel Yoder poses for a portrait in front of Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City on July 12, 2022.

The mundane mingling with the bizarre – that’s the idea author Rachel Yoder aimed for in her debut novel ‘Nightbitch’.

A graduate of Iowa’s nonfiction writing program, Yoder celebrates the release of the paperback copy of “Nightbitch” at Prairie Lights in Iowa City. Book reading and conversation is July 13 and starts at 7 p.m.

“Nightbitch” is a story that follows a stay-at-home mom who was once an ambitious entertainer. Yet the monotonous life this mother lived turns into something a little more mysterious as she begins to believe she is turning into a dog.

The title itself comes from a joke between Yoder and her husband. In an interview with The Iowan DailyYoder said that when her child was around 3 years old, Yoder slept very little and would go wild if someone disturbed her while she was trying to rest.

The idea of ​​a “Nightbitch” was simply something she and her husband would laugh at, and Yoder even commented that she thought a book where a mother turns into a dog was a terrible idea.

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Then, as she continued to think, the idea became more interesting to her. Yoder finally took on the challenge of turning what started out as a joke into a full-fledged novel.

Yoder said Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties” played a role in inspiring this idea. She said the imaginative concepts with complex and compelling storylines in “Her Body and Other Parties” paved the way for a similar theme in his own work.

“This book really gave me permission to look into something as imaginative and bizarre as a mother turning into a dog,” Yoder said. “It also grew out of my own frustrations and contemplations as a stay-at-home mom.”

Yoder said she drew on her own personal experiences when writing. While this may not fully align when writing fiction, she has said that all of her writing has an element of personal connection.

“I think all of my writing is deeply personal and true to my life, and the faithfulness of my writing varies widely. So there was definitely a very personal impulse and emotion that drove this book,” Yoder said. “But then, of course, I never thought I was becoming a dog.”

The foundation of the book is built on very traditional experience, as Yoder discussed the commonalities of being a stay-at-home mom, and even touched on her own experience as a parent.

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As the story progressed, Yoder said it aimed to build on the more dramatic and artful elements to reinforce the novel’s relatable concepts. She said that in part, the dog’s transformation was about heightening that expression and having the emotion transcend beyond reality.

“It’s really prosaic day-to-day details that are then set against this supernatural event that hopefully makes the book balanced and feels like it’s actually meaningful to real people,” Yoder said.

After gaining great public recognition for her work, Yoder said she looks forward to the future. While she can’t yet divulge information about what’s in the works, she said she’s been sitting at a table on her porch to figure out what’s next.

“I’m totally thrilled that it caught the eye, but I’m also very interested in what’s next,” she said. “How can I continue to create books and artwork that I find interesting and that others find interesting too?”

“The excitement everyone is feeling is contagious”: Daniel Pewewardy on Sundance Native Lab 2022

Daniel Pewewardy, winner of the Sundance Native Lab 2022

With Sundance Native Lab reverting to an in-person (hybrid) model for the first time in two years, Director asked 2022 Fellows to reflect on their recent experiences through short journal entries. Read the rest of the responses from the 2022 cohort.

I’ll start by saying that my journey to the Sundance Native Lab is anything but traditional. I was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and currently live in Wichita, Kansas where I work as a public librarian. Before 2022, the only writing anyone associated with me were jokes and memes. Cinema was one of my lifelong passions, but something that I had put aside and only resumed a few years ago. To think that I would go from writing my first feature film script to becoming a 2022 Sundance Native Lab Fellow in less than a year was hard to fathom. When I think of my experience so far, the word “surreal” comes up a lot. Honestly, I never thought I’d be here, but if Sundance has shown me anything, it’s a sense of belonging — and despite my humble Midwestern background, my stories are worth telling.

The first week of the lab, we met via Zoom. Despite virtual meeting exhaustion after two years of work-related Zoom calls, the experience was still very refreshing and I looked forward to each session. These Zoom sessions included cold reads from episodic projects and presentations from advisors, as well as time to mingle with fellow fellows. On the last day, we were treated to an incredible virtual performance by First Nations musician Sebastian Gaskin. Listening to advisors share their journeys during these sessions was truly inspiring. Just hearing their very human stories of growing up loving movies and continuing to make them had a demystifying effect that really resonated with me. “You can do it too!” was definitely a recurring feeling I had throughout the program.

The advice and support of Bernardo, Shandiin, Patrick and Erica during our one-on-one meetings was practical and really helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. One of my favorite one-on-one moments happened when I met Shandiin and she told me she really enjoyed my script. Not only was she the first native to tell me she loved him in person, but hearing it for the first time from another native filmmaker was a validating experience that I don’t know if I would have had as soon as me if it wasn’t for Sundance.

Today is Monday, May 9, 2022. Today I am leaving Kansas for the high desert of central New Mexico for the in-person portion of the lab. Due to a delay, my flight arrives late and I take a shuttle myself from the airport to Santa Fe. Once off the shuttle, I am immediately greeted by the lab coordinator Moi and my colleague Tiare. I drop my bags and head to the meeting room where everyone is finishing dinner. The sense of community is quite immediate when I first enter the room, it doesn’t feel like a room full of strangers at all but a room full of old friends. The excitement everyone is feeling is contagious.

Upon entering the lab, a recurring fear I had was the thought that I would be overcome with impostor syndrome. However, that was not the case. The environment created by the program the staff were welcoming and encouraging. The staff have done an incredible job of creating a sense of community among fellows. Having gone through similar experiences that were very competitive and alienating, I have a strong sense of gratitude for their efforts to make fellows feel at home.

Having the chance to read other Fellows’ scripts not only gave me the opportunity to see how other screenwriters brought ideas to the page, but to the lab, it was a great tour of the Indigenous world. The 5 filmmakers represented cultures from different parts of the globe and their stories reflected that. While there are a number of differences in our cultures, what stands out most are the similarities and how we as Indigenous people bond around family and storytelling. stories.

It’s Wednesday night. I’ve already had a lifetime of memories this week, but now it’s time to get to work. Tomorrow is the day of my cold reading. I don’t really know what to do, but I decided to take the time to assign parts and write an introduction. It’s weird to bring a ghost story to a town as old as Santa Fe, a place with more than its own share of ghost stories. Given that my storyline is set in a former Native American boarding school and Santa Fe’s own history with colonial violence, I felt it necessary to acknowledge this before I read on. I wasn’t the only one doing this either. Acknowledging our ancestors and thanking them for taking care of us is a commonality shared with a lot of Indigenous people and it was really cool to be in an environment where that was respected.

All in all, I was really happy to see my script come to life during the cold read. When you write a script, you do your best to mentally visualize your movie, but you really have no idea what it will look like until you have objectively experienced your script for the first time. . After the cold reading, it was obvious that I had work to do. While I quickly noticed the things that didn’t work, the biggest takeaway from the cold read was the things that worked really well and didn’t get the attention they needed in the first draft . Seeing which characters needed to come out of the background and which scenes needed to be explored further was a motivating experience. All in all, I was excited to get to work on the next project. Feedback was something I was concerned about going to the lab. I haven’t had much formal creative writing experience and given the subject of my script, I’ve had plenty of worst-case scenarios during my shower thoughts in the weeks leading up to the lab. However, the advisor and fellow feedback went better than I expected and I left cold reading feeling positive with a sense of validation that I was doing what I was allowed to do and that I was doing it well.

The biggest surprise I got from all the comments was that people thought I could lean more into the comedic elements of my story. I have a long history in comedy, and when writing the script, I hesitated because I was writing a horror film to submit to Sundance and I wanted to be taken seriously as a writer. . It was really good to hear people say that they really enjoyed those elements and that stories like the one I’m telling need comedy to counter some of the darker elements of the script. At the end of the intensive writing workshop, Joan Tewkesbury came up to me and said, “You walk a hard line between light and dark, walk harder. I will never forget those words and thought about them a lot in the weeks following the workshop.

On the last day of the lab, we met in the hotel conference room where we spent most of our working time. Every day from the lab we get a guest and we go around and share our ideas with each other. This is great practice for getting to know a group of people who were strangers three weeks ago. The guest of the day was what our main takeaway from the program was. I look around at the fellows and staff I’ve spent the past two weeks getting to know. I think of our time together, all the laughter, all the tears and all the stories we shared and I was in awe of the Indigenous excellence that I have been surrounded by over the past few days. Never in my life have I been in a room with people I’ve connected with on so many levels and what I take away is I have a new family and I’m excited for what will follow for all of us.

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Carmen Giménez takes the reins of Graywolf Press


The Noemi Press founder will succeed Fiona McCrae, who helped transform the publishing house into a cultural force during her nearly 30-year tenure.

Carmen Giménez will join Graywolf Press as Executive Director and Publisher starting August 8. She will succeed Fiona McCrae, who served as director and editor for 28 years.

“Carmen came forward through our extensive international search for a leader whose experience and passion for publishing would expand Graywolf’s strong reputation in new and exciting directions,” said Kathleen Boe, Board Member of administration of Graywolf and chair of the search committee. “As we got to know her, it seemed to us that Carmen had been preparing for this role all her life.”

Giménez is a queer Latinx poet and publisher, and founder and current publisher of Noemi Press, a Virginia-based nonprofit literary arts organization and publisher. She is also an English teacher at Virginia Tech.

Giménez is more than qualified to take up the mantle of McCrae, who helped the authors of Graywolf win a host of Pulitzers, National Book Awards and Booker Prizes. In 2019, Graywolf released Giménez’s latest collection, Be a Recorder, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lord Award for Lesbian Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

“[Graywolf Press] has been a vital force in literature and as a mission-driven organization led by transformative Fiona McCrae,” Giménez said. “I hope we can build on this legacy as we continue to evolve, take risks, engage directly with the current moment, and serve our local, national and international community of readers and writers.”

Giménez is also the author of five other collections of poetry (including cruel futures and Milk and dirt, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). She is also the author of the lyrical memoirs Shoot down the little birds, which won an American Book Award. Additionally, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2020 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Howard Foundation, and Hermitage Foundation during her career.

Fantastic Farewell: Dan Slott Reflects on ‘Fantastic Four’


MARVEL.COM: During your career at Marvel, you’ve written books like SHE-HULK, THE THING, and SILVER SURFER, all featuring prominent FF members or frequent guest stars. It’s a bit like always building to write FANTASTIC FOUR. Did that sound like it to you?

DAN SLOT: Oh my God, yeah!

There was a time when Marvel didn’t publish a FANTASTIC FOUR book, and I was about to leave AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Two or three times a month on Spidey used to wear me down a bit. I loved Spider-Man, but what kept me going Spidey were the milestones.

It was a bit like running a marathon: you look at the road thinking you can do it. You climb a mountain bit by bit, but you can always see what you are aiming for. What kept me going was knowing that if I wrote a certain number of issues, I had written a fifth of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. There was a time when the 800 number was coming and I wanted to be the guy who wrote the 600, 700, and 800 numbers. I could go through the program without going crazy because I had my eye on the prize. Once I hit #800, the next milestones were so far in the future that I knew I was done. It was the concert of my dreams, but I couldn’t continue.

So I told Marvel that after AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 there was a grace note number I wanted to do, and then I left Spidey. Around SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, they had given me a blank check to stay on Spider-Man as long as I wanted. I thought I would never leave, but I hit #800 and I was ready. I went to see Axel [Alonso]who was editor at the time, and told him I was done, but I gave enough notice that they asked me what I wanted to do next.

They offered me some really nice things. At one point Axel asked me to take over the X-Men franchise. I’ve always been more of a Marvel superhero guy than an X-Men reader. I knew my X was low. I hadn’t really read the X-Men religiously in over a decade. I was at company retreats and picked up issues here and there about where the characters were or where they were going – “Now they’re in San Francisco!” etc I said I wouldn’t do a good job, that I would go all the way if I tried to do X-Men. [Laughs]

I said no thanks to the X-Men and Axel asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to do FANTASTIC FOUR Indiana Jones. Axel said we weren’t doing FANTASTIC FOUR Indiana Jones. OK. We would meet every two weeks and he would introduce me to, say, DEADPOOL – hey, I just did Spider-Man, it’s kind of X-adjacent. So he asked me what I wanted to do. “I would like to do FANTASTIC FOUR IndianaJones.” “We don’t make FANTASTIC FOUR IndianaJonesIt became a running race. They offered me things and I just said I wanted to do FANTASTIC FOUR. Eventually FANTASTIC FOUR opened up and they gave it to me! Yay!