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This year’s winners revealed – The Irish Times


Two books that eloquently and movingly communicate the human cost of social collapse and political failure have won top prizes this year An Post Irish Book Awardswhich took place tonight at the Convention Center Dublin.

My fourth time, we drowned, by Sally Hayden, an investigation into the migrant crisis in North Africa and Western complicity in the mistreatment of refugees, was named non-fiction book of the year. Sally Rooney called the book, which also won the Orwell Prize and the Michael Déon Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, “the most important work of contemporary reporting I have ever read”.

Sally Hayden’s harrowing account of the plight of contemporary refugees is both a gripping epic and an intimate encounter with exact personal experience.

“Sally Hayden’s harrowing account of the plight of contemporary refugees is both a gripping epic and an intimate encounter with exact personal experience. It achieves what all great writing hopes to do: restoring humanity to those who have been deprived of it,” said Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole, also an Orwell Prize winner. Hayden reporting from Africa for The Irish Times. My Fourth Time We Drowned is his first book.

Offenses, by Louise Kennedy, a moving and searing portrait of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, with at its heart the doomed, tender and erotic love story of Cushla, a young Catholic teacher, and Michael, a older left-wing man, married. wing protestant lawyer, won novel of the year. Kennedy’s first collection of short stories, The end of the world is a dead end, won the John McGahern Prize for his first Irish fiction earlier this year. Trespasses is the debut novel by Kennedy, a former chef who lives in Sligo and is originally from Holywood, Co Down.

“There are shades of John McGahern in Kennedy’s surgical breakdown of coincidence and his deadly operations, and of Ciaran Carson, the winner of the otherwise invisible towns of Belfast,” Nicholas Allen wrote in his Irish Times Review. “And it’s also hard not to think of Anna Burns’ masterpiece Milkman as the nervous system of Kennedy’s bodily intrusions.”

Alice Ryan won Newcomer of the Year for her novel, There was a little incident. She is the daughter of the late Irish Times literary editor Caroline Walsh and writer James Ryan. Arts journalist Edel Coffey won Crime Novel of the Year for her debut novel, Breaking point, while Marian Keyes won popular fiction book of the year, for Rachel again, sequel to her bestseller Rachel’s Holiday.

Olympic boxing champion Kellie Harrington won Sportsbook of the Year for her memoir, Kellie, written with Roddy Doyle. RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird, along with Ray Burke, won biography of the year for Time and tide. Gutter Bookshop owner Bob Johnston won Children’s Book of the Year for our big day, illustrated by Michael Emberley. Footballer-turned-psychotherapist Richie Sadlier won Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year for Let’s talk.

Anne Enright, Ireland’s first fiction winner, 2015-2018, received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a literary career spanning seven novels, three collections of short stories, a memoir on motherhood and the 2007 Booker Prize , which she won for her fourth novel, The Gathering.

“Books represent the best of us as a nation,” said David McRedmond, Managing Director of An Post: “An Post is very proud to be associated with the Irish Book Awards. It is wonderful to celebrate such great writers, illustrators, poets and booksellers from all over the island. I congratulate the winners and all those who have been shortlisted.

Wonderful books have been published this year, many by established literary stars, but also by a surprising number of talented newcomers who seem to spring fully formed onto the Irish literary scene every year.

Brendan Corbett, Awards Chairman, said: “Our industry has worked so hard to grow awards from something quite small to the juggernaut it has become today, and we are immensely proud of what we have. accomplished through a broad coalition of readers. , writers, publishers, sponsors, booksellers and librarians.

“Some wonderful books have been published this year, many by established literary stars, but also by a surprising number of talented newcomers who seem to spring fully formed onto the Irish literary scene every year.”

The overall award for Irish Book of the Year 2022 will be revealed in a one-hour special, hosted by Oliver Callan, on RTÉ One on December 7.

An Post Irish Book Awards 2022: the winners

novel of the year

Intrusions by Louise Kennedy

Best Irish Book of the Year

A Treasure of Irish Folklore by John Creedon

Nonfiction Book of the Year

My Fourth Time We Drowned by Sally Hayden

Lifestyle Book of the Year

An Irish Atlantic Rainforest: A Personal Journey into the Magic of Rewilding by Eoghan Daltun

cookbook of the year

The Daly Dish: Bold Food Made Good by Gina and Karol Daly

Sports Book of the Year

Kellie by Kellie Harrington, with Roddy Doyle

Biography of the year

Time and Tide by Charlie Bird, starring Ray Burke

Children’s book of the year: junior

Our Big Day by Bob Johnston, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Children’s book of the year: senior

Girls Who Slay Monsters by Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald

Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year

Let’s talk about Richie Sadlier

Irish Bookstore of the Year

Bridge Street Books, Wicklow

Irish Language Book of the Year

EL of Thaddeus Ó Buachalla

poem of the year

Wedding dress by Martina Dalton

Short story of the year

This Dizzy Little Life by Nuala O’Connor

Detective Book of the Year

Breaking Point by Edel Coffey

Popular Fiction Book of the Year

Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes

Newcomer of the year

There Was A Little Incident by Alice Ryan

Author of the year

John Boyne

Has relying on technology made us dumber?


I was driving home from Palo Alto to San Francisco, a trip I’d done dozens and dozens of times before. Only this time I encountered a problem: a phone without power; a trip without GPS. I missed my exit and got hopelessly lost on the streets less than a mile from my home. How embarrassing: I claim to love this city, and yet, at that moment, I felt like I barely knew it. Suddenly deprived of my technology, I couldn’t find my way, because I had never really needed to learn it.

I have no objection to the use of GPS. But I mention it to demonstrate that effective technology can be an obstacle to learning. Only through effort and repetition, without shortcuts, can we truly retain useful knowledge.

Much has been written about GPT-3, one of the most advanced artificial intelligence systems in the world. He can do things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago, like generating realistic articles or translating between languages ​​he’s never seen before. It does this by learning from a large amount of text and then making predictions based on that data.

(He also wrote that last paragraph, just using the prompt “much has been written about GPT-3”. I’d like to think I’d never stoop to using that writing cliché, “like science- fiction”.)

This type of AI-generated text is creating waves in academia. This is an inflection point from which we have to be careful how we proceed. A recent Vice article detailed how a community of students used GPT-3 (and other similar AI text programs) to do the heavy lifting in writing essays, filling in context, and winning. time. Because the AI-generated text was “unique”, it allowed students to evade plagiarism detection software. “I just use AI to handle things that I don’t want to do or find meaningless,” said one student.

Does the student cheat? You could argue convincingly both ways. It may be easier to ask if the student is deceiving himself, to which the answer is surely yes. These things students don’t want to do are what underpin retention. Write, rethink, remember, again and again.

It is practice makes perfect. We’ve all heard of the “10,000 hour rule” – the amount of intensive practice supposedly needed to master something – but we have many ways to make the same point: repetition means remembering. Remembering means learning and mastering.

Hermann Ebbinghaus, a psychologist who has studied the benefits of repetition, illustrated this with his “forgetting curve” – ​​demonstrating how knowledge slips away over time if not consciously memorized – and “the spaced learning”, repetition at regular intervals. His work has influenced the way we learn for more than a century. It’s the difference between becoming an expert and simply passing a test. Does a student deserve an “A” grade if the algorithm does the job? He or she does not become more aware of the subject than I was when I got home.

Also, today’s AI capability experts warn against it in a more brutal sense. Nathan Baschez, creator of Lex.Page, a word processing system that can be used to invoke GPT-3 to flesh out your sentences, told me that it should be used with great caution in “high stakes” environments. like journalism or academia.

“GPT-3 can just make up facts that aren’t true and say other things that don’t make sense,” he said. But it will only get better. It’s always learning. Are we?

Dave Lee is a San Francisco-based correspondent for the FT. Follow @FTMag on Twitter to hear our latest stories first

Author Jacqueline Woodson expands her creativity with a new piece


When you step into a new classroom on the first day of school, anything is possible. “Every year is a new chance to make friends and find out where your dreams lie,” says author Jacqueline Woodson, who vividly remembers those moments from her own childhood. “Every time I start a book, it’s the same feeling. This is my chance to write something different and better.

A similar feel comes from being Kennedy Center Education’s artist-in-residence, turning many of its children’s stories into productions families can enjoy. Most recently, a world premiere musical based on “The Day You Begin,” a picture book that explores how kids – or anyone – can shake off self-doubt.

Woodson found inspiration in his great-grandfather William Woodson, who was the only black child in an all-white school just after the American Civil War. Even though she lives in a much more diverse world, Jacqueline Woodson can connect with how it must have felt. “There are very few rooms that I walk into and say, ‘It’s like home,'” she says.

So Woodson has filled his book with characters from different backgrounds, like Rigoberto, who is adjusting to life in the United States after leaving his native Venezuela, and Angelina, who has to take care of her younger sister. She pointed out how common it is to feel like you don’t fit in, whether it’s because of how you look, what you’re cooking for lunch, or what you’ve been up to on vacation. ‘summer.

The original title was “It’s Gonna Be Scary Sometimes”, which Woodson borrowed from a poem she had written about William in her memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming”.

Trying new things is usually scary but also exciting, says Woodson. She thinks of the freedom of riding a two-wheeled bike for the first time and finally playing double Dutch jump rope after years of watching older children make it so magical.

“Leaving the single rope behind felt like a rite of passage,” says Woodson.

The message of “The Day You Begin” is that whether you’re in the playground, in the classroom, or anywhere else, it’s better because you’re there. You bring something special that no one else has.

Take, for example, the book “The Day You Begin.” Woodson appreciates that illustrator Rafael López didn’t just draw images to go along with his words – he also contributed his point of view. He scattered rules throughout the pages to show how we compare to others. And he inserted an image of his non-verbal autistic son, standing alone next to a tree.

His son became the character of Sam in the musical version of “The Day You Begin,” which taps into the talents of a larger team, Woodson says. There’s music (by his friend Toshi Reagon), as well as dancing and unexpected visual effects, such as tiny flashlights that glow to mimic rain. As they began to plan, director Charlotte Brathwaite asked Woodson, “What do you think of the puppets?” She hadn’t considered them. Now they are an important part of the show.

“I get shy, but not to create things,” says Woodson, who enjoys the experience of seeing his story come to life in a different way. “It became once for me when I wrote the words. Now it becomes again in this world.

Of course, as with anything new, it’s a bit scary. Woodson’s concern on opening night last Saturday: “Am I going to be sitting in an empty room? [theater]?” But she pushed the fears aside and instead focused on the endless positive possibilities.

What: “The day you start.”

Where: Family Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street Northwest Washington.

When: Until December 18.

How old: Ideal for ages 7 to 12.

How much: $20 to $25. Buy your tickets online at kennedy-center.org.


A photo caption in an earlier version of this story misidentified the title of the picture book Jacqueline Woodson is reading. The book is “The Other Side”.

Moores wins $1,000 poetry prize


Margaret Moores, left, and Janet Charman, judge for the Kathleen Grattan Prize for Poem Sequence in 2022.

Cockle Bay poet Margaret Moores is the winner of the Kathleen Grattan Prize for Poem Sequence in 2022.

Lincoln Jaques, also from Auckland, is a finalist.

This prestigious award, made possible by a bequest from the Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust, has been organized by the International Writers’ Workshop NZ Inc (IWW) since 2009 and over the years has been won by established and emerging poets.

At this year’s IWW Awards in November, Judge Janet Charman, author of nine books of poetry, hailed all of the entries as brave and imaginative.

She hailed Margaret’s winning entry Absences to be a unified sequence with a compelling narrative voice and evocative imagery that was satisfying to read while the intriguing factual content contributed to a compassionate, evocative, and compelling realization of past lives.

On receiving the award, Margaret said she was both delighted and honored to be deemed the winner of the 2022 competition.

She said: “This footage was kind of a Covid lockdown project in many ways. My mother died just as Covid arrived and I spent many hours locked away thinking about how to represent maternal absence in writing that would have the evocative power of a photograph.

The result was a sequence of prose poems – both literal and figurative – inspired by photographs and ideas surrounding photography and photo albums. The idea of ​​maternal absence is introduced by poems about the Victorian photographs of the “Hidden Mother”, but more personal and poignant maternal absences are revealed in poems about the existence of a “hidden mother” in the own family of the poet and the progressive deterioration of the health of the mother. the mother of the poet whose death is the subject of the last poems.

The poems are placed on the page in the form of dense squares surrounded by empty spaces as if they were photographs and the sequence of which they are part is a photo album.

Margaret holds a PhD in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Massey University. His poetry and Flash Fiction have been published in online journals in Australia and New Zealand and in anthologies including Landing and The New Zealand Poetry Yearbook. She and her husband own Poppies Books, an independent bookstore in Howick.

Runner-up Lincoln Jaques, whose streak Janet described as a substantial offering in both scope and depth, also belongs to Isthmus Poets, a group of active Auckland-based poets and writers who are alumni of the Master of AUT’s Creative Writing.

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is sometimes called the “Little Grattan” because the Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust also funds the biennial Kathleen Grattan Prize, managed by Landfall/Otago University Press.

IWW, which formed in 1976, meets twice a month from February to November, and in 2023 will hold meetings via Zoom and others in person in their rooms at St Aidans Church in Northcote. The group hosts workshops and runs writing competitions throughout the year covering a range of topics and themes. IWW aims to encourage and inspire new writers as well as more experienced writers.

For more information about the prize, or how to contact the winner, or about IWW in general, please visit the website at www.iww.co.nzemail [email protected]

Kate Masur’s book wins American Historical Association award


History professor Kate Masur’s book, “Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction,” won the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize, according to an October 31 press release.

The award recognizes the best book in any subject focusing on the history of American law and society.

Masur’s book details the history of the equal rights movement leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the 14th Amendment. The book was named one of the best books of 2021 by the New York Times. and was a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for History finalist.

Masur is co-editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era, which is published by the University of North Carolina Press, along with University of California, Davis history professor Gregory Downs. She also recently appeared in the CNN movie, “Lincoln: Divided We Stand.”

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4 things Musk did on Twitter that leaders should never do


Elon Musk surely deserves some sort of reward for running a company the size of Twitter into the ground in record time. So far, his tenure at the former social media giant has been a masterclass in what not to do as a leader.

Here are the four biggest mistakes he made and why you should avoid repeating them in your own business:

1. React without thinking

One of my personal mantras (and podcast tagline) is: Bad leaders react, good leaders plan and great leaders think.. Musk did little planning (“Hey, let’s start charging blue ticks! October 28 – but he reacted a lot.

Just look at the wacky streak of quick decisions that began Wednesday with his ill-conceived ultimatum demanding that all employees who have not yet been laid off agree in writing to his “extremely hardcore” vision of a dystopian workplace in which “only outstanding performance will constitute a passing grade” (at least the worst performing team doesn’t get electrocuted). That missive exploded in Musk’s face like a misfired hand grenade when Thursday’s deadline came and went with most of Twitter’s remaining employees refusing to sign off. He therefore decided to close the offices of Twitter. Then he realized it wasn’t going to work, so Musk sent another ultimatum — this time ordering all coders to report in person to Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters by 2 p.m. Friday. But what about the many programmers working in other states? Oops! Musk was forced to edit once again.

While Musk’s first decision was bad, each of these subsequent reactions made an already bad situation worse. He shouldn’t have issued such a ridiculous ultimatum in the first place, but the fact that so few employees responded to it should have been a clear sign that he needed to stop and rethink. Instead, he reacted. Then he reacted again. And each reaction compounded the original error.

2. Decision by decree

That initial mistake was to rule by fiat – a modality of leadership most associated with autocratic dictators and other insecure types. Perhaps that’s why the ultimatum Musk sent employees on Wednesday sounded a lot like something Vladimir Putin might have written.

This is nothing new for Elon. He has been sadly issuing ultimatums to his employees for years now. Earlier this month, Musk reportedly ordered some Twitter employees to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week – with some employees told to “work 24/7” to meet aggressive deadlines by Musk. Earlier this year, Musk demanded that all Tesla employees return to the office for a minimum of 40 hours a week or “pretend to work somewhere else.” At the start of the pandemic, Musk defied California’s shelter-in-place rules (and common sense) by ordering factory workers to stay on the assembly line. And in 2018, Tesla workers were working an average of 100 hours a week as they struggled to launch the Model 3.

While sometimes it may be necessary to ask your employees to do very heavy lifting, good leaders know that such requests should be made with humility, delivered with empathy, and should never become the default. If they do, workers will inevitably be burnt out and alienated. Their performance will also suffer: just look at the quality issues plaguing the Model 3.

3. Use arbitrary measures to judge employee performance

When you think of your employees as fungible assets, as Musk seems to do, it’s tempting to sort them out using arbitrary metrics. However, great leaders know that metrics only matter if they tie into the organization’s strategic goals.

If one of those goals is to improve your NPS, getting front-line employees to have positive interactions with customers will steer their behavior toward that end, while getting them to sell more aggressively probably won’t. .

In his executive orders, Musk often imposes arbitrary measures that, rather than promoting the long-term success of his businesses, actually undermine it. Requiring software engineers to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week doesn’t make for better code, it makes staff burnt out and burnt out. Measuring performance by the number of lines of code produced simply encourages programmers to produce bloated code.

4. Ignore your employees

Disbelieving Twitter employees tried to warn Musk of the dangers posed by his recent changes at the company.

For example, on November 1, Twitter’s trust and safety team sent him a detailed memo outlining the many serious risks posed by his plan to start selling “verified” blue ticks. In it, they warned that the “(i)personification of world leaders, advertisers, brand partners, election officials, and other high profile figures” could create chaos on the platform. They also warned that “(m)otivated scammers/bad actors might be willing to pay…to leverage increased amplification to achieve their ends where their benefit outweighs the cost.”

Musk dismissed those and other concerns, and things played out just as Twitter staff feared.

If Musk had been less arrogant and more attentive, he could have learned a lot from his new employees. Great leaders know this. That’s why Steven Covey’s fifth rule for successful people is: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Effective Teaching English and NEP Workshop at DPS Ranchi


A workshop on “Effective Teaching of English and NEP” for Primary and Intermediate Grade Teachers was held at the Delhi Public School, Ranchi on Saturday under the auspices of Ratna Sagar Private Limited. Over 130 teachers from 42 different ICSE and CBSE schools in Ranchi and surrounding towns i.e. Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Lohardaga, Chanho and Mandar etc. participated in this workshop. The workshop was held at the Auditorium Vivekananda. The main objective of this workshop was to keep teachers informed about effective English teaching methods, ideas and techniques needed to implement them in their teaching in accordance with the teaching pedagogy mentioned in the NEP.

The resource person for this workshop was Professor Victor Allen Jabez Sudhakar, from Trichy, Tamil Nadu. He is a graduate in English Proficiency with 24 years of professional experience in administration, recruitment and teaching English in CBSE, IGCSE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Boards in India and in countries like United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Maldives and Indonesia.

The workshop largely focused on the four essential facets required for teaching English: listening ability, reading ability, writing ability and speaking ability. Through various activities, he made teachers understand the different interesting ways to teach vocabulary, grammar and creative writing. The resource person emphasized the importance of using engaging worksheets of exercises focused on grammar and vocabulary, as these techniques become portals to reinforced learning. Workshop activities also focused on improving vocabulary, sentence structure, phonetics and parts of speech. Teachers were also prepared for a brainstorming session to engage in creative writing and they learned techniques for improving listening and speaking skills in a learner-centered classroom. .

The workshop was a great learning experience for the teachers as it provided them with new avenues in the areas of effective English teaching and implementing NEP strategies.

The director, Dr. Ram Singh, appreciated the tireless effort of the dedicated educators. He credited the resource person for imparting effective strategies and intriguing techniques of teaching the learning process in a competent manner. For him, good teachers must continue to enrich themselves to be relevant in the classroom.

Alaskan author Seth Kantner wins National Outdoor Book Award

By Anchorage Daily News

Updated: November 19, 2022 Posted: November 19, 2022

Alaskan author Seth Kantner won a National Outdoor Book Award for “A Thousand Trails Home: Living with Caribou.”

Kantner, who won in the natural history literature category, lives in northwest Alaska.

The life of caribou in Kantner’s native region provides the framework for the book, which includes material from a memoir and a work of philosophy, tied to a natural history string.

His first novel “Ordinary Wolves”, published in 2004, won the author the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.

[Seth Kantner’s latest: A masterwork of northern observations and reflections on a life close to nature]

The book was published in 2021 by Mountaineers Books.

A statement from the National Outdoor Book Awards describes the award-winning work:

“This is a life of subsistence – a life that has sustained the native Alaskans, the Iñupiat, for centuries. Caribou hunting was central to their existence and, therefore, there are many frequent depictions of hunting in this book, but it is also about changes in recent decades – social, political, technological – that have altered the lifestyles of those who live there.

Poet John Donne’s biography wins UK Non-Fiction Book Prize


LONDON — A book that argues Elizabethan poet John Donne should rank alongside William Shakespeare as a literary genius has won Britain’s top non-fiction book prize

British writer Katherine Rundell’s biography ‘Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne’ was named the winner of the £50,000 ($59,000) Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London on Thursday evening.

Rundell said she would donate her award to a group of refugees and a climate change charity – inspired by Donne’s most famous lines: “No man is an island… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in humanity.”

“There are people who could use this money better than me,” Rundell told The Associated Press on Friday.

Rundell said Donne – who over the years was a sailor, jurist, legislator and priest – “stepped outside the bounds” of the poetic traditions of his time to talk about the pain and wonders of life.

“He understood that we are deeply flawed and the body is full of decay,” she said. “We are basically some kind of disaster, but the most miraculous disaster that has ever happened on the same hand.”

She said she hoped the book, which took a decade to write, would give readers “a set of tools to unravel it, because when you crack a poem by Donne, it’s like cracking a safe. There is gold inside.

Journalist Caroline Sanderson, who chaired the judging panel, said Rundell’s book was the unanimous choice of the six judges from 362 books submitted for the prize.

She said Rundell, who has published several award-winning children’s novels, wrote “a masterpiece of passion and persuasion”, which “sends you on a journey of discovery”.

Sanderson said the book argues that Donne is “a writer perhaps as great as Shakespeare, and a writer we should all read for his writings on love, sex and death”.

The Baillie Gifford Prize recognizes English-language books from all countries in the fields of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and Arts.

Other finalists were “Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire” by Caroline Elkins; “My Fourth Time We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route” by Sally Hayden; “The Escape Artist: The Man Who Escaped Auschwitz to Warn the World” by Jonathan Freedland; “The Restless Republic: Britain Without a Crown” by Anna Keay; and “A Lucky Woman: A Country Doctor’s Story” by Polly Morland.

Last year’s winner was Patrick Radden Keefe’s ‘The Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty’, an expose on the family that helped spark the opioid epidemic in the United States. .

Why Your Brain Craves Despacito. The plus: the books of 2022


This week we learn why we love the music we love. Lilah speaks with Susan Rogers, who was a sound engineer for Prince on albums such as “Purple Rain”. Today, she is a neuroscientist who has studied the effects of music on the brain. His book, “This Is What It Sounds Like,” helps us make sense of our own musical preferences. Susan joins us to listen to music and explain how it affects us. Why is Despacito one of the most streamed songs of all time? Why does one person like techno and another don’t care? Then, ahead of the FT’s Books of the Year special, our literary editors Fred Studemann and Laura Battle come to share their personal favorite fiction books of 2022.

Tell us your cultural prediction for 2022! You can record a voice message here: https://sayhi.chat/jzdg3

If you prefer, you can email us at [email protected] We are on Twitter @ftweekendpodand Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.

Links and mentions of the episode:

– Susan’s book is called This is what it looks like: what the music you love says about you: https://www.thisiswhatitsoundslike.com/

– Here is the Spotify playlist, which you should listen to while reading the book: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5FwghDk8f8jgJdGPIF1RNM

– Fred is on Twitter @frederick65. Laura is on Twitter @battlelaura

– The FT Books of the Year will be published across the FT on November 26

Books mentioned by Fred and Laura:

Trust by Hernan Diaz. FT Review: https://on.ft.com/3GkYZOW

Iron Curtain by Vesna Goldsworthy. FT Review: https://on.ft.com/3OfuYBT

The goose book by Yiyun Li. FT review: https://on.ft.com/3tCvtg7

Punishment by Ferdinand de Schirach

Grand: Becoming my mother’s daughter by Noelle McCarthy

A kind of life by Graham Greene, in Slightly Foxed Magazine

Magnificent Rebels: Early Romantics and Self-Invention by Andrea Wulf

A Huge World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

Special offers for FT Weekend listeners, ranging from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial, can be found here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast

Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco

Excerpts courtesy of Universal Music, DFA/Virgin/Parlophone and Warner

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

The true story of a Hungarian Jew’s fight for freedom”


Robert Wolf, author, speaker and media personality publishes his new book “Not a Real Enemy: The True Story of a Hungarian Jewish Man’s Fight for Freedom”. The book details the remarkable story of his family’s history which follows his Jewish parents and grandparents living first under the Nazis and then under Communist rule in Hungary. He explores the depths of his family, shares their experiences, and his father at Ervin Wolf quest for freedom.

NEW YORK, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Robert Wolf, author, speaker and media personality publishes his new book “Not a Real Enemy: The True Story of a Hungarian Jewish Man’s Fight for Freedom”. The book details the remarkable story of his family’s history which follows his Jewish parents and grandparents living first under the Nazis and then under Communist rule in Hungary. He explores the depths of his family, shares their experiences, and his father at Ervin Wolf quest for freedom. This insightful and deeply felt book is fascinating, captivating and inspiring. This is one of the best and most anticipated books that will become your favorite book of 2022 and beyond.

In 1944, nearly half a million Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Among the few surviving Hungarian Jews from this era were young men who, like Wolf Ervin, were conscripted into the brutal Forced Labor Service where they were cut off from the outside world and condemned to endure inhuman brutality and servitude. Once liberated, a new oppression set in as the communist regime under Stalin turned friends into foes, shrouded the nation in fear and suspicion, and tested everyone’s character and strength.

This is the true story of Wolf Ervin and his family like the fascist tide of Eastern Europe takes hold of Hungary. From the Wolfs’ comfortable upper-class life to imprisonment, daring escapes, tragic deaths, swashbuckling adventures and Ervin’s final escape to freedom in the dead of night, “Not a Real Enemy” is a page-turning tale of suspense, tragedy, comedy and, ultimately, triumph.

“Not a Real Enemy: The True Story of a Hungarian Jewish Man’s Fight for Freedom” is available at retailers and online, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon:

About Robert Wolf
Robert WolfMD, grew up as the only child of Ervin and Judit Wolf. Their stories of their escape from the communist Hungaryand the tragic story of his father, who twice escaped the Nazis but had his own parents deported to Auschwitz, inspired Robert to document his parents’ stories and share those stories with Jewish groups and others. around the world. United States. In “Not a Real Enemy”, Robert shares his family saga – and the forgotten story of nearly half a million Hungarian Jews who were deported and killed during the Holocaust – through an epic and inspiring tale of daring escapes, of terrifying oppression, of tragedy and triumph.

Robert Wolf is featured in the media and on television. For more information on “Not a Real Enemy: The True Story of a Hungarian Jew’s Fight for Freedom”, please visit: https://robertjwolfmd.com and follow @robertjwolfmd on social media. For media interviews Robert WolfContact Tamara York from Tamara York Public Relations via email at [email protected]

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Oswego Faculty Member Among Selected Leaders for SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute Class of 2023 – Oswego County Today

Photo of Roberta Hurtado, SUNY Oswego faculty member, courtesy of SUNY Oswego.

OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego faculty member Roberta Hurtado is among nine emerging Hispanic/Latinx leaders who have been selected for the State University of New York’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) Class of 2023.

This promotion, the sixth since the start of the program in 2018, will begin in January 2023.

As a program within the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, HLI is a rigorous six-month experience for SUNY leaders of Hispanic descent that provides an opportunity to further develop skills and higher education leadership skills. HLI Fellows will participate in training sessions and webinars, engage in conversations with national and statewide Hispanic leaders, and use personal assessment tools.

Hurtado is an associate professor teaching Latin/e/o/x literature and culture in the Department of English and Creative Writing, as well as the director of SUNY Oswego’s new Latin American and Latin American Studies minor.

Her book “Decolonial Puerto Rican Women’s Writings: Subversion in the Flesh” won a silver medal at the International Latino Book Awards in 2019. She has published in journals such as Chiricú, Diálogo, Label Me Latina/o and Journal of Critical Latina Feminisms.

Hurtado’s awards at SUNY Oswego include the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Counseling and the Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Additionally, she is SUNY Oswego’s inaugural Triandiflou Institute Fellow for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice.

She resides in upstate New York where her current research projects include studies of sexuality, Puerto Rican women’s literature, and trauma.

“HLI is an important part of SUNY’s strategy to expand and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of our system. This is one of SUNY’s most meaningful executive education programs, combining education, resources, relationship building, and day-to-day support for the future leaders of our campuses,” said Chancellor acting from SUNY, Deborah F. Stanley. “My thanks to University of Albany President Havidán Rodríguez for his leadership and guidance in growing the HLI program, and to our first HLI Director-in-Residence, Claudia Hernandez. My gratitude to Governor Hochul and lawmakers in the State for their investment in HLI each year.

HLI creates a pipeline of career opportunities through SUNY and ensures program alumni network and receive ongoing support and mentorship. To date, 53 SUNY faculty and staff have graduated from HLI.

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2022 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize Winners Announced


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Waverley Council is delighted to announce that Dr Delia Falconer, Newtown author and Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has been awarded the 2022 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize for her book Signs & Wonders (Scribner Australia).

Falconer is the second author in the Nib Award’s celebrated 21-year history to win the $20,000 Nib Prize twice. She first won the award in 2011 for her extraordinary book sydney.

The Mark & ​​Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize celebrates excellence in research and writing and is presented annually by Waverley Council with the generous support of Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran. It remains the only major literary award of its kind in Australia presented by a local council and is judged on high literary merit, research quality, readability and value to the community.

In Signs and Wonders, Falconer explores what it’s like to live as a reader, writer, nature lover and mother of young children in a time of profound ecological change. The book builds on Falconer’s two acclaimed essays, ‘Signs and Wonders’ and Walkley Prize-winning ‘The Opposite of Glamour’, and was named 2021’s Book of the Year in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Australian book review.

The $2,500 Nib People’s Choice Award was presented to renowned Glebe scholars and psychologists Dr Rachel E. Menzies of the University of Sydney and Professor Ross G. Menzies of UTS for their co-authored work. Mortals (Allen & Unwin). Over 500 votes were received for the Nib People’s Choice award.

Mortals explores the theory that the fear of death has shaped human society and is the hidden driving force behind most of humanity’s endeavors. It examines the main human responses to death throughout history, from the development of religious systems denying the finality of death, to “immortality projects” involving enduring art, architecture and literature.

2,022 shortlisted authors were selected from a record 174 entries received across the country. Each shortlisted author received the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize ($1,000). Joining Delia Falconer and Rachel and Ross Menzies, the shortlisted authors were:

  • Two afternoons at Kabul Stadium by Tim Bonyhady (text edition).
  • The asparagus war by Carol Major (ES Press)
  • mafia by Colin McLaren (Hachette Australia)
  • nothing is right here by Steve Toltz (Penguin Random House)
  • This year’s jury included renowned Sydney-based poet and anthologist, Jamie Grant, award-winning writer and author, Katerina Cosgrove, based in Noosa, Queensland, and author, famed mentor and teacher of writing Lee Kofman, from Melbourne.

    The award judges praised the quality of the work nominated for this year’s award, noting:

    We received a large number of applications this year and it was an absolute honor to read them. Our decision-making process was spirited and fun as always, perhaps even more so this year because the caliber of entries was so high and we had to choose from many worthy and deserving books.

    Chief Justice Jamie Grant added:

    “The six books we have chosen as finalists are linked by a common theme: in different ways, all six deal with mortality. It may sound morbid, but the approaches to this common theme take us along various and surprising paths. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”

    Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said after 21 years, the Nib Award continues to spotlight extraordinary authors, compelling stories and fresh ideas, bringing quality literature to Australian readers and inspiring a wealth of talent creatives in our community.

    “The Nib Award is a true people’s project, the only literary award of its kind awarded by a local government authority, offering a reward for the long, lonely hours that writers spend researching their work – most often at their own expense” , said Mayor Masselos.

    “It is an honor for Waverley Council to be able to continue to present the Mark & ​​Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize with the generous support of Lead Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran, and the continued commitment and support of our partner community Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Café in Bondi.

    The winners of the main categories of the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize 2022 were announced this evening (Wednesday 16 November) at a community event hosted by author, broadcaster and comedian James O’Loghlin at the Council’s newly restored Bondi Pavilion .

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    FBI Director Wray says China could use TikTok to ‘control software on millions’ of US devices


    By David Shepardson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. operations of Chinese company TikTok raise national security concerns, FBI Director Chris Wray said on Tuesday, flagging the risk that the Chinese government could exploit the video-sharing app to influence users. or control their devices.

    Risks include “the possibility that the Chinese government could use [TikTok] to control the collection of data on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations,” Wray told U.S. lawmakers.

    Beijing could also use the popular app, owned by ByteDance, to “control software on millions of devices”, giving it the ability to “technically compromise” those devices, he added.

    The US government’s Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews US acquisitions by foreign acquirers for potential national security risks, in 2020 ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok over concerns that data from American users from being passed on to the Chinese Communist government. .

    CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months in a bid to reach a national security agreement to protect the data of more than 100 million TikTok users.

    TikTok leader Vanessa Pappas told the U.S. Congress in September that TikTok was moving toward a final agreement with the U.S. government to further protect U.S. user data and fully meet U.S. national security interests.

    Asked about the FBI’s role in the CFIUS investigation, Wray said the agency’s foreign investment unit was part of the CFIUS process. “Our input would be factored into any agreement that might be reached to resolve the issue,” he added.

    Wray noted that Chinese companies are required to “do whatever the Chinese government wants them to do in terms of sharing information or serving as a tool for the Chinese government. ‘to be extremely concerned’.

    A TikTok spokesperson said: “As Director Wray clarified in his remarks, the FBI’s input is considered as part of our ongoing negotiations with the US government. Although we cannot comment details of these confidential discussions, we are confident that we are on track to fully satisfy all reasonable national security concerns of the United States.”

    Former President Donald Trump in 2020 attempted to block new users from downloading WeChat and TikTok and ban other transactions that would have effectively blocked app usage in the US, but lost a series of battles court on the measure.

    President Joe Biden in June 2021 withdrew a series of executive orders from Trump that sought to ban new downloads of the apps and ordered the Commerce Department to conduct a review of security issues with the apps.

    Any security agreement with TikTok should include data security requirements.

    (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Alexandra Alper and Matthew Lewis)

    Manager, Development and Outreach – United States of America




    Department of Development and Outreach

    Los Angeles office

    Application deadline: November 30, 2022

    The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Manager to focus on fundraising and outreach events and initiatives in and around Los Angeles. In collaboration with the development and outreach team in Los Angeles, the manager will actively participate in the local fundraising strategy by developing and maintaining a portfolio of supporters and improving internal and external communication. This full-time position will be based in our Los Angeles office and will report to the Southern California Director within the Development and Outreach Department. We anticipate that the successful candidate will begin this role in late January to early February 2023.

    Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating with reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely if local mandates require, but will be required to work from the Los Angeles office at least 2-3 days per week. We recognize that this time during the pandemic is a particularly difficult time for most people, especially those with care responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in the recruitment and onboarding of this post.


    1. Work in partnership with the Southern California Director on the fundraising strategy for Los Angeles and its implementation;

    2. Manage production and logistics for fundraising, awareness and culture events in Los Angeles, including HRW’s annual Voices for Justice celebration, scholar briefings, film screenings, advocacy , cultural events, conferences and private dinners;

    3. Manage communications with the Los Angeles committee and the community, including programmatic updates and targeted outreach;

    4. Coordinate certain initiatives and help manage the interest groups and sub-committees of the committee;

    5. Collaborate with the Los Angeles team to build the organization’s support base by seeking, identifying, cultivating and soliciting philanthropic commitments and general support funds from current supporters and potential donors. Identify areas of interest to our community in relation to the work of HRW so that the Development & Outreach department can take a proactive and strategic approach to events;

    6. Support the production of the annual Santa Barbara Voices for Justice event;

    7. Present the work of HRW to existing and potential supporters;

    8. Assistance in the creation and regular monitoring of a budget;

    9. Create agendas, prepare reference documents and follow up on meetings;

    10. Supervise support staff, interns and volunteers as required;

    11. Deliver results in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Development and Outreach Department; and

    12. Perform other duties as required.


    Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in international relations, social sciences, communication/marketing or related studies is required. A graduate degree in one of these fields is desirable.

    Live: A minimum of 5 years of experience in donor or volunteer management, philanthropy or fundraising and demonstrated success in managing large-scale events is required.

    We look forward to hearing from candidates who can fulfill the essential functions of this role even if they do not meet all of our desired qualifications – particularly if they come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the fundraising sectors. or NGOs.

    Related skills and knowledge:

    1. A demonstrated commitment to human rights issues and the ability to understand and represent HRW’s mission and programs is required.

    2. Creativity, initiative, follow-through and excellent organizational skills are required.

    3. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.

    4. The ability to effectively build relationships with donors and volunteers is required.

    5. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required. A track record of effective teamwork is highly desirable.

    6. Ability to multi-task effectively including having good planning and organizational skills and an ability to work well under pressure is required.

    7. Strong computer skills are required. Experience with Salesforce, CRM software and knowledge of social media is highly desirable.

    Other: Occasional night and weekend work to support events is required.

    Salary and benefits: HRW seeks exceptional candidates and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance program and will help employees obtain the necessary work authorization, if necessary; people of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

    How to register: Please apply immediately or by November 30, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and CV or curriculum vitae. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    If you encounter technical difficulties while submitting your application or require accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] Due to the large number of responses, emailed applications will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

    Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek out a diverse candidate pool and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and non-parents, self-taught and college graduates, and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and world perspectives. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

    Human Rights Watch is an international human rights watchdog and advocacy organization known for its thorough investigations, incisive and timely reporting, innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and success in changing human rights policies and practices. influential groups. governments and international institutions.

    How to register

    How to register: Please apply immediately or by November 30, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and CV or curriculum vitae. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    If you encounter technical difficulties while submitting your application or require accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] Due to the large number of responses, emailed applications will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

    Author Mike Acker makes his TEDx Talk debut with “Why We’re Doing a Bad Web Conference”


    Communication coach, author, and speaker Mike Acker recently gave a TEDx talk outlining ways web conferencing can be less exhausting and more energizing.

    Acker, author of the best-selling books “Speak with No Fear” and “Speak with Confidence,” is an esteemed executive trainer who offers training specifically focused on improving corporate communication. He is the founder of SMV Training, which focuses entirely on training trainers to conduct exciting, dynamic and engaging virtual meetings. Acker’s sixth book “Speak & Meet Virtually” helps people move from Zoom fatigue to engaging online conferences.

    In his TEDx Talk, Acker compares web conferencing with Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek and reminded his audience of the awe people feel looking at the screen and wondering if some of this technology could be a day become reality. Web conferencing was launched with Cisco’s WebEx in the 90s. Today, platforms such as Zoom are used every day for millions of virtual meetings around the world.

    This technology is not without drawbacks. While convenient, web conferencing has been linked to fatigue and burnout, as well as a host of physical ailments. For example, positioning the head to look down on a keyboard actually affects the gravitational torque on the body, adding 10 to 20 pounds of force applied to the neck per inch the head extends forward. People tend to stare at the screen, they don’t make eye contact or dress up for virtual meetings like they would for in-person conferences.

    Acker described how the body and mind go into social mode when someone is face to face with other people. For example, people tend to adopt good posture and make eye contact during face-to-face meetings. In front of a screen, however, the mind goes into “solo” mode. Slumping occurs, little or no eye contact is attempted, and energy is generally depleted.

    It turns out that working in front of a screen can be tiring. The eyes have to constantly adapt, and poor computer posture causes pain and fatigue.

    Acker encouraged his audience to think like Captain Kirk and shift their mindset to a social mode before entering a Zoom meeting. He offered lighting and positioning tips and told the audience to maintain eye contact and use social skills. Putting the mind and body into social mode before a Zoom meeting is energizing during and after the conference.

    See Acker’s full TEDx Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIYIk_mF5pI.

    Learn more about its corporate training programs at https://www.smvprogram.com/.

    About Mike Acker

    Mick Acker is a communications coach, author and founder of the SMV program, which “trains the trainers” on how to liven up outdated virtual meetings with dynamic web conferencing strategies in order to be effective and productive. He currently works with ADVANCE, Coaching and Consulting.

    The Campus Civic Poet Award was born out of students ‘demanding accountability’ – The Daily Evergreen


    The award celebrates civic engagement, poetry and inclusivity

    The Campus Civic Poet Award was relaunched this year for students of diverse voices. The award was inspired by those who protested former President Donald Trump’s retort. wall in 2016 through slam poetry.

    The Campus Civic Poet Award is a collaboration between WSU’s English Department, the Martin Luther King Program, and Undocumented Initiatives to celebrate civic engagement, said Linda Russo, associate professor in the English department. Students address issues that concern themselves and the public through spoken word poetry.

    “The Campus Civic Poet Award was born out of the voices of students on this campus demanding accountability from administration, faculty, and fellow students. [regarding] the racism that [people of color] students encountered in the classroom and on campus more generally,” Russo said.

    The Civic Poet Campus was created when Russo, English Instructor Bryan Fry, and English Department Chair Donna Potts had a creative writing meeting to find ways to support and advocate for students at a a time when many thought they didn’t fit in at WSU.

    “We got together and it was clear that we were like, ‘we have to do something. How do we support students because we care?'” Fry said.

    Russo said the award is meant to include all voices and challenges students to use their passion for poetry to bring important issues to light through civic engagement.

    Marcela Pattinson, director of undocumented initiatives, said the center has partnered with the English department and the MLK program to educate different students about experiences through art or words.

    “I think we want to invite and challenge our students to be able to communicate and to be able to really put themselves forward and learn from each other,” she said.

    When a student wins, they can sit down with those who selected them for the award and talk about their vision for civic engagement. Then a mentor is selected to guide them in their aspirations, Fry said.

    There were four previous winners, such as former WSU student Allyson Pang, who contacted 50 people to ask what makes them happy and used their responses for a spoken video poem, Russo said.

    “”I am personally excited to read the submissions and work with my colleagues and peers on the task force, who are both community members in the wider community and WSU,” Russo said.

    The winner will receive $500 Campus Civic Poet Award with a chance to participate in the main event of the MLK program’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The award recognizes students for exploring how art has influenced MLK’s nonviolent resistance activism as well as Equity Now, said Allen Sutton, executive director of the Office of Outreach and Education.

    “This program is important because we hope to show that we are surrounded by students, who are cultural and community leaders and activists working to advance a peaceful and just society,” Sutton said.

    The deadline for the award is Tuesday and students can email three to five original works to [email protected]

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” Comes to ASU Gammage Dec. 6-11


    TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The Oscar-winning production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee arrives at Arizona State University’s Gammage Theater on December 6!

    Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation has been called “the most successful American play in Broadway history” and has become the highest-grossing play in history, according to Variety. In 1962, a film adaptation starring Gregory Peck hit screens around the world, prompting audiences to reflect on the consequences of racism, prejudice, the justice system, individualism and its impact on society. The film was such a success that in 1995 it was added to the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.

    This stage adaptation, stemming from Sorkin’s literary adaptation of Lee’s book, brings a fresh take on the American classic. Instead of hosting a single trial, this stage adaptation tells the story of Finch’s defense of Tom Robinson, an African-American man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama, and his internalized view of American justice. Sorkin’s adaptation also transforms the original text into a spectacle that families can enjoy and learn from.

    Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, known for his portrayal of John-Boy Walton in The Waltons, will play the role of Atticus Finch. Want to get your tickets? Click here! This production will last approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes.

    Keith Levene, co-founder of Clash and Public Image Ltd, dead at 65 – Rolling Stone


    Keith Levene, a founding member of Clash and Public Image Ltd, died on Friday 11 November. He was 65 years old. His former bandmates Jah Wobble and Martin Atkins confirmed the news via social media. Levene, who had liver cancer, died at his home in Norfolk, England, by The Guardian.

    “RIP Keith Levene – guitar sound like crushed diamonds shot at you through a high pressure hose”, Andy Bell of Ride tweeted.

    While Levene’s influential vocalizing shaped the sound of punk and post-punk to come, one of his earliest gigs was working as a roadie for progressive rock artists Yes as a teenager. Shortly after, he joined forces with Mick Jones to form a group that would become The Clash. He left the band before their debut album, although he co-wrote the song “What’s My Name” from their 1977 debut album. He went on to play briefly in the Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious, before teaming up with John Lydon, drummer Jim Walker and bassist Jah Wobble to form Public Image Ltd after the Sex Pistols disbanded in 1978.

    Levene and the band were integral to the fusion of reggae and dub in punk and post-punk music, particularly their work on their second album, 1979. metal box (released under the name Second edition in the USA). Levine worked on their debut, Public image: first issue and their third album, Flowers of the novel.

    “What happened to me was that once I got good enough to know the rules, I didn’t want to be like any other guitar player,” Levene said in a 2001 interview. I didn’t do everything possible to be different. I just had an ear for what was wrong. So if I did something wrong, i.e. made a mistake or did something that wasn’t in the key, I was open-minded enough to listen again.

    Levene left PiL in 1983. Although he contributed by co-writing, he did not officially play on their fourth album, It’s what you want, it’s what you get. Commercial zonewhich includes early recordings from the album, features some of his performances of songs from their fourth release.

    After leaving, Levene moved to Los Angeles, where he shot the 1987 films violent opposition EP, which featured members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone. In 2012, he teamed up with fellow PiL Wobble to release yin and yang.

    According The Guardian, Levene had been working on a book on PiL with author Adam Hammond. Hammond took to social media to pay tribute to his friend, Levene.

    “There is no doubt that Keith was one of the most innovative, daring and influential guitarists of all time”, Hammond wrote. “Keith sought to create a new paradigm in music and with willing collaborators John Lydon and Jah Wobble succeeded in doing so. , defined what alternative music should be.

    “As well as helping to make PiL the most important band of the era, Keith also founded The Clash with Mick Jones and was a major influence on their early sound,” Hammond continued. “Much of what we listen to today owes a lot to Keith’s work, some recognized, most not.”

    Letter from the HTSI Editor: What’s on our Christmas wishlists?


    It’s time to start thinking/All about Christmas shopping./Don’t stress. We have you.

    For Christmas, I’m giving you a haiku—my contribution to the annual rush that accompanies the gift-giving frenzy. I promise you, somewhere in this 120-page issue, you’ll find inspiration for at least one gift. The HTSI The team has been compiling their Christmas wish lists for months to come up with ideas for everyone. I’ve put the giant terracotta pots suggested by Clare Coulson on my wishlist (in addition to stuff crammed on my own page) along with a Fair Isle knit from Old Stone Trade and maybe a pocket watch.

    Elsewhere, Maria Fitzpatrick has rounded up the best advice on how to commission a portrait – because what better way to impress yourself on your loved ones than presenting them with a canvas of your face? Meanwhile, Nicola Moulton delves into the art of the perfume bottle and this year’s most beautiful bottles, as well as the best beauty oils.

    The most beautiful perfume bottles of this year © Kristy Noble

    Or maybe you fancy a classic car? Although I have only a fleeting interest in modern engines, there is something about the geometry of a vintage BMW 3.0 CS coupe, or the no-frills splendor of an Alfa Romeo 1750, that even I can to understand. Mark Gallivan has written a guide to what you need to know before buying your dream vehicle (“never get emotional about it”, for starters), while Julian Broad’s photographs of the vehicles assembled at the Goodwood Revival of this year are so beautiful that I hope they will one day become a full-fledged folio.

    A classic Porsche 356 at Goodwood Revival

    A classic Porsche 356 at Goodwood Revival © Julian Broad

    Can’t afford to shell out for a real Ferrari? Maybe get a mini instead. Some 16 Hot Wheels models are sold every second and the line now includes more than 20,000 cars. Rory FH Smith delves into the phenomenon to find out what Mattel toys are that still bring out the kid in all of us.

    Beatrice Hodgkin also focuses on the delights of childhood – in this case the books she reads to her sons and daughter. In a year in which we’ve lost giants of children’s literature, including Raymond Briggs and my beloved Shirley Hughes, Bea’s roundup of the next generation of writers and illustrators suggests names that might one day fill the shoes of these authors.

    Parisian Chocolaterie À la Mère de Famille

    Parisian chocolate factory To the Mother of the Family © Alexandre Guirkinger

    Of course, some of you prefer feasts to gifts (I know my mother, who will be reading this, does). Alice Lascelles and Ajesh Patalay have selected things to digest from the Gift Guide. Ajesh also reflected on the custom of opting for dim sum instead of Christmas dinner: while he tries his hand at the dumplings, I think I’d rather eat the ones made at A Wong in London .

    Old Stone Trade Fair Isle Knitwear

    Old Stone Trade Fair Isle Knitwear © Maxwell Tomlinson

    We also followed food writer Emiko Davies on the annual white truffle hunt that takes place around her husband’s hometown of San Miniato. Truffle hunting is a centuries-old geoculture now endangered by climate change. Emiko’s play is both a hymn to local rituals and traditions and a warning that this most celebrated luxury may one day disappear from its hills.

    All that, and evening dresses. Cara Taylor makes her debut on HTSI‘s cover in appropriate party clothes. The model was born in Alabama and was a basketball and volleyball player and high jumper, and she’s been a charismatic presence on the catwalk since her debut in 2016. Love the shoot she did with James Brodribb and Jasmine Hassett. She remembers 80s model Bonnie Berman, a former vogue cover star and muse of Patrick Demarchelier. Cara has the same athletic confidence and self-control – I think she’s the epitome of modern glamour.


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    Indian-born storyteller and author Umesh Moudgil tackles real-world issues in the novels Deliverance and Brothers in Arms


    Having emigrated from India to the UK at the age of five, author Umesh Moudgil witnessed racism firsthand growing up in the 1970s. He uses this knowledge to make his characters’ situations more emotional. and realistic.

    The Indian storyteller strives to help his readers understand how certain life events can change them. Through his novels Brothers in Arms and Deliverance, author Umesh Moudgil forges a special relationship with his readers, taking them on a journey of discovery and understanding.

    The author lives with his wife and three children. He uses writing as a healthy form of self-expression, where he can bring his characters to life with depth and emotion. Moudgil’s beliefs are reflected in his writing and the positive actions of his characters.

    Brothers in arms

    A person’s skin color or background should never affect how others perceive them. The sad reality is that the world changed after September 2001, especially for people of color. Follow the story of Aman, a young British Asian man who fights for loyalty, love and honour.

    Umesh Moudgil was nominated for an Anisfield Wolf Book Award in the United States for diversity and the author recently completed a pilot script to pitch to television studios. It’s safe to say that the world will hear more about Mudgil.

    Austin Macauley Publishers Presents: Brothers in Arms by Umesh Moudgil

    “Brothers in arms don’t care about the color of your skin; for them, it’s about the loyalty you have to each other. When you’re in the thick of it, it doesn’t matter if the person fighting next to you is of a different religion; he is your brother, he supports you and will die and fight with you,” reads the description of the book.


    The author said he wrote Deliverance at a dark time in his own life. The process of writing the novel allowed him to heal through the storytelling process. By the end of the book, he felt he understood himself and his own triggers better.

    Deliverance, published by New Generation Publisher and now available on Amazon Kindle, answers the question, “Is there life after death, and do our actions decide where our souls go next?” Follow Raj as he faces his demons and finds the emotional release he desperately needs to make peace with the people he loves. Critics praised the novel, calling it love, passion, and humor.


    To learn more about Umesh Moudgil and his books, visit the Austin Macauley Publishers website.

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    The Best Pre-Law Majors to Consider – Forbes Advisor


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    For many people, navigating their way to a successful career in law begins with choosing an undergraduate degree. There are many options available, and the type of law you plan to practice may come into play when choosing your pre-law undergraduate major.

    Some majors have higher law school admission rates than others, and some majors have more difficult courses than others. When planning your education and career, be sure to keep these factors in mind. In this article, we discuss the 13 most common undergraduate majors for law students.

    Which major is best for law school?

    The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any specific undergraduate major for students who want to become lawyers. Instead, the organization suggests that any student considering becoming a lawyer choose an undergraduate major that interests and challenges them.

    Your undergraduate major should offer courses that develop your research, critical reading, and writing skills. It’s best to choose a major that offers a comprehensive education through a variety of courses. Your major should challenge you to learn more about the subjects you love.

    Whereas law schools consider your major, they also look at your undergraduate GPA. A high undergraduate GPA can demonstrate that you take your education seriously and can do the work necessary to complete a juris doctor (JD) and become a successful lawyer. For this reason, you must choose a major in which you will excel.

    LSAT or GRE scores also play a key role in JD program admissions. According to a report from Law School Admissions Board (LSAC), law school applicants with the highest LSAT scores were economics majors, followed by philosophy majors and history majors.

    Best Undergraduate Majors for Law School

    According to the LSAC report mentioned above, the most common undergraduate major for law school applicants was political science. Applicants with the highest admission rate (77.5%) were history majors.

    Note that many universities do not offer pre-law majors, and pre-law majors were not among the most common undergraduate majors for law school applicants.

    Below, we list the 13 most common undergraduate majors for students who applied to ABA-approved law schools, according to data from the LSAC.


    There were 3,366 history majors who applied and 77.5% were admitted. Courses for history majors include cultures and civilizations, specific eras, geography, American and international studies, research and analysis, and social justice.

    History majors had the highest percentage of acceptance into law schools. A specialization in history can give you a better understanding of people from different cultures and backgrounds, which can be useful for lawyers who practice any type of law.


    There were 3,709 economics majors who applied and 76.1% were admitted. Economics courses include micro and macroeconomics, market outcomes, fiscal and monetary policy, and basic economic modeling. Majoring in Economics is a great option for tax attorneys and corporate lawyers preparing for their careers.


    There were 3,509 English majors who applied and 74.4% were admitted. Courses for an English major include Literature, Cultural Studies, Historical Periods, Creative Writing, and Critical Theory. A specialization in English can help students develop strong communication skills, which is essential for lawyers who decide to practice any type of law.


    There were 2,720 philosophy majors who applied and 73.4% were admitted. Coursework for philosophy majors may include metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, social and political philosophy, and history of philosophy. A major in philosophy can help students develop communication, analytical, and logical argumentation skills that are useful for any type of legal practice.

    Political science

    Political science was by far the most common undergraduate major. There were 14,946 political science majors who applied, and 73.1% of them were admitted. Political science courses include political theory, government systems, and how the justice system works, making it a great option for an undergraduate major. A major in political science can help prepare you to specialize in virtually any type of law.


    There were 2,024 finance majors who applied and 72.7% were admitted. Courses for finance majors may include business economics, cost analysis, accounting, business law, ethics, statistics, and management. Finance can be an excellent major for those planning to work in tax law, corporate law, or real estate law.

    Arts and Humanities

    There were 2,766 arts and humanities majors who applied and 71.7% were admitted. Courses for arts and humanities majors vary by major, but may include languages, literature, music, art, astronomy, logic, philosophy, drama, religion, and social sciences . Arts and humanities programs provide broad knowledge for future lawyers to use in many types of legal practice.


    There were 2,377 communication majors who applied and 69.1% were admitted. Courses for communication majors can include rhetoric, public speaking, journalism, writing, public relations, and advertising. The Communication specialization helps students develop excellent communication skills, which are essential for any lawyer both in and out of a courtroom.


    What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology? Well, you can go to law school. Of the 4,265 psychology majors who applied, 69.1% were admitted. Psychology courses include the study of human behavior and mental health issues. A specialization in psychology can be an advantage for those who specialize in many types of law, as understanding how people think and behave is helpful in a variety of situations.


    There were 2,194 sociology majors who applied and 64.7% were admitted. Courses for sociology majors may include human behavior, race relations, social theory, statistics, research methodology, criminology, social policy, family structures, and religion. Sociology majors develop skills that help them relate to people from all walks of life, so law students who intend to work in the area of ​​divorce and family law, Immigration and Public Defense can particularly benefit from this major.

    Business Administration

    There were 1,805 business administration majors who applied and 63.8% were admitted. Courses for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree may include economics, marketing, business communication, entrepreneurship, human resources, accounting, and organizational management. A business administration major can be helpful for those who intend to practice corporate law, patent or intellectual property law, tax law, or real estate law.

    other places

    This category includes all majors that were not among the 144 majors in the report. There were 5,866 students with “other” majors who applied, and 57.4% of them were admitted. This category is a catch-all for various majors, so be sure to consider each option to determine if a major qualifies you for a particular specialization.

    criminal justice

    There were 3,762 criminal justice majors who applied and 56.2% were admitted. Bachelor’s courses in criminal justice include forensics, human behavior, social policy, research, and management. While this course may help law school applicants who are considering becoming defense attorneys, admission rates for criminal justice majors were relatively low, so this major may not improve your chances of success. admission to law school.

    Should you major in pre-law?

    A pre-law degree covers general education, an introduction to law, and other courses that help learners develop strong analytical and reasoning skills. This major introduces students to some of the concepts they will need to know later in law school.

    Although pre-law may seem like the best logical option, it is not necessarily the case. In fact, this major may hinder you more than it helps you.

    According Max LSAT, an organization that offers LSAT test prep courses, a pre-law major provides an introduction to basic legal concepts, but it may not offer particularly difficult courses because this major is considered relatively easy. This could potentially make you a less competitive law school applicant than other students.

    Your major should be something you enjoy and excel at. If pre-law ticks those boxes for you, consider choosing it as your major. Otherwise, choose a major that will broaden your knowledge and help you develop your skills.

    Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 10, 2022: Richard Powers – Lisa Ramirez (Part Two)


    Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and animated by Richard Wolinsky.

    Links to various local theater and reading venues


    Richard Powers, author of “Bewilderment”, just released in paperback, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr on September 27, 2021.

    Richard Powers is one of America’s most distinguished novelists. In 2006, his novel The echo maker, won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer, and his most recent novel, The dominant storywas shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

    “Bewilderment” is the story of a father-son relationship, set in a world slightly different from ours, in which a president like Donald Trump has been re-elected. The father is an astrobiologist exploring planets based on spectroscopic input whose wife died before the book was opened; he deals with his ongoing grief and issues involving his brilliant son who has a host of psychological issues. Long-listed for the National Book Award and receiving stellar reviews, “Bewilderment” is a meditation on grief, love, science and the wonders of nature.

    Complete interview of 43 minutes.


    Lisa Ramirez, playwright, “The Book of Sand” at the Oakland Theater Project, November 11-December 4, and associate artistic director of the Oakland Theater Project, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Second of two parts.

    Lisa Ramirez is a bi-coastal actress and playwright. She recently appeared in “Water by the Spoonful” at the San Francisco Playhouse. Among the pieces she has written are “Exit Cuckoo”, a solo piece about nannies and “To the Bone”. During the pandemic shutdown, she performed a solo version of TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” in a parking lot in Oakland, using radios. She also works with the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles

    Oakland Theater Project website.

    Book Interview/Events and Theater Links

    Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many sites will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to the actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the site for closures, ticket refunds and vaccination status requirements before you arrive. Dates are indoor performances, unless otherwise stated. Hourly Pacific Standard Time.

    Bay Area Book Festival Highlights of this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022 and upcoming schedule.
    Passage of the book. Monthly calendar. Mix of online and in-store events.
    Books Inc. Mix of online and in-store events.
    The bookstore. Monthly calendar. Online events only.
    Literary Arts Center, San José. See the website for Book Club guests in the coming months.
    Kepler’s books Update the program listings on the page online.

    Live theater companies
    Actors’ Reading Collective (ARC).
    See website for past streams.
    Alter Theatre. Coming: Hitch of Tara Moses, Pueblo Revolt by Dillon Chitto
    American Conservatory Theater A Christmas Carol, November 30 – December 24, Toni Rembe Theatre.
    Aurora Theater Colonialism is terrible, but Pho is delicious by Dustin Chinn, from November 4 to December 2, indoors. Broadcast: December 3 and 4.
    Awesome theater company. Check the website for upcoming live shows and streaming.

    Berkeley Representative Jerrod Charmichael: Ari told me I lacked focus, November 8-13, Peets Theatre. The Wuthering Heightsadapted and directed by Emma Rice, from November 18 to January 1, Roda Theatre.
    Boxcar Theatre. See the website for the event.
    Brava Theater Center: See website for events.
    BroadwaySF: Ain’t too proud November 9 – December 6, 2022, Golden Gate. Hadesville returns from September 12 to 17, 2023 at the Orpheum.
    Broadway San Jose: The Book of Mormon, November 22-27, 2022
    California Shakespeare Theater (Cal shakes). 2023 season to come.
    Central Representative: Index based on the script, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, October 29 – November 20, 2022.
    Central works The museum annex by Mildred Inez Lewis, until November 13, 2022.
    Cinnabar Theater. daddy long legsfrom January 6 to 22, 2023.
    Contra Costa Civic Theater Master the art by William Brown and Doug Frew, from April 21 to May 21, 2023.
    VSyouRran Theatre: An Evening with Nigella Lawson, November 14, 2022.
    Tailor-made theater. Shoshana in December. From November 18 to December 18, Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., San Francisco.
    42n/a Moon Street. Gypsy in concert, 12-13 November, Théâtre de l’Alcazar.
    golden thread The language of wild berries by Nagmeh Samini, recorded during a live performance, streaming until November 13, 2022, on demand.
    Historical musical theatre. The Addams Familyuntil November 20, 2022.
    Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Halie! The musical Mahalia Jackson, world premiere. From December 2 to 24, at the Magic.
    Magic Theatre. The travellers by Luis Alfaro, from February 15 to March 5, 2023. See the website for other theatrical events at the Magic.
    Marine Theater Company Two trains in motion by August Wilson, from November 25 to December 18, 2022.
    Mission Cultural Center of Latin Arts Upcoming events page.
    New Conservatory Theater Center (NCTC) A picture of two boys by Nick Malakhow until November 27, 2022. Oy vey in a manger, by the Kinsey Sicks, from December 7 to 31, 2022.
    Oakland Theater Project. Book of sand: a fairy tale by Lisa Ramirez, November 11-December 4, live/on-demand November 26. The Oakland Theater at FLAX.
    Pear Theatre. Frankie and Johnny at Moonlight by Terrence McNally, from December 1 to 18, 2022.
    PianoFight. Schedule of shows.
    Playground. See website for upcoming shows.
    Presidio Theater. Sleeping Beauty: Panto at the Presidiofrom December 1 to 30, 2022.
    Ray of light: See website for upcoming productions.
    San Francisco Theater. As you like it, a musical adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare, from November 17, 2022 to January 14, 2023.
    SFBATCO See the website for upcoming streaming and indoor shows.
    San José Stage Company: Meet John Doe, a stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s film, from November 23 to December 18, 2023.
    Shotgun players. Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy. November 5 – December 30, broadcast November 17, December 1.
    South Bay Musical Theatre: The Spitfire Grill, January 28-February 18, 2023.
    The Breath project. Continuous archive.
    Marsh : Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
    Rhino Theater A slice of life, world premiere by John Fisher, from November 5 to 27. At the Rhino Theater (formerly Spark Arts). Diffusion: Essential Services Projectconceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances are now available on demand.
    Silicon Valley Works Theater. Little Shop of HorrorsNovember 30 – December 24, Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto.
    Word for word. See the schedule of live and streaming works.

    Miscellaneous Announcements:
    On View Calendar for BAM/PFA.
    Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
    San Francisco chamber music: Calendar, season 2023, from February.
    Dance Mission Theater. Calendar of events on stage.
    Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
    San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
    San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Calendar listings.

    Playbill List of streaming rooms: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international plays and musicals streaming. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
    National theatrical distribution: Pieces to come from across the country.
    Filmed musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

    If you would like to add your bookstore or theater to this list, please write [email protected]

    Youngkin apologizes for Pelosi attack comments


    A statement from Youngkin provided through his office also condemned the violence and said it was a “personal note” between him and Pelosi.

    “My full intent in my comments was to state categorically that the violence and the type of violence that has been perpetrated against Speaker Pelosi’s husband is not only unacceptable, it is atrocious. And I haven’t done a great job with it,” he said. “And so listen, that was a personal note and it was a note between me and the speaker, just to reflect those feelings.”

    Youngkin also previously backtracked on his comments publicly on November 1, tell a Punchbowl News reporter he had wanted to call the incident “atrocious”. Punch bowl too reported for the first time on the note to Pelosi.

    Paul Pelosi was hospitalized after David DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosi household and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. He told police he was looking for the speaker and planned to hold her hostage, according to court documents. Paul Pelosi has since been released from hospital, but Nancy Pelosi said her husband has a long recovery ahead of him.

    DePape faces separate local and federal charges that, if convicted, could land him in jail for decades. Court records showed DePape was likely driven to violence by conspiracy theories and beliefs that Pelosi ran a corrupt political establishment.

    Although Pelosi hasn’t publicly indicated whether she plans to continue leading House Democrats after the midterm elections, she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a recent interview that her plans would be influenced in part by the attack on her husband.

    Greenfield, ME author publishes book on livestock guarding dogs


    Living with Unicorns: A Journey with Livestock Guardian Dogs, a new book by Tarma Shena, has been published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

    Living With Unicorns follows the author’s unique journey, tragedy, and joy as they intertwine to create incredible relationships raising cattle guard dogs, rising from the ashes to create a life supporting others in their efforts to understand a unique dog breed. The author hopes her experiences will help others see how amazing a relationship with these animals can be when we leave our cultural clichés behind.

    About the Author
    Tarma Shena’s interests include horseback riding, sustainable agriculture, and ongoing research into genetics and how breeds were created without modern science. As a certified canine behaviorist and trainer, she devotes much of her time to helping people make their canine partners good citizens, thereby reducing the number of animals turned over to shelters for behavioral issues.

    Living with Unicorns: A Journey with Livestock Guardian Dogs is a 246-page hardcover retail price of $91.00 (eBook $86.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6853-7427-3. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual press room at https://dorrancepressroom.com/living-with-unicorns/ or to purchase the book, visit our online bookstore at https:/ /bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com /living-with-unicorns-a-trip-with-lifting-guardian-dogs/

    Profile: Annabelle Kennedy – L’Observatrice du Mont


    Professional Writing Major Discusses the Benefits of Being a Death Doula

    By Lexi Gallagher | Observer Contributor

    Annabelle Kennedy, Lunenburg resident and professional writing student at Mount Wachusett, has a history with the written word and loves the act of writing. However, she also has a passion for going in a different direction than most after graduating: to be a death doula.

    “Helping dying people and their families deal with their emotions and helping with a difficult transition really seemed to be calling me,” Kennedy said. “I definitely explored the idea of ​​being a death doula. I started listening to a Tarot podcast about five years ago, and the woman who hosted it is a thanatologist and discussed the From there, Kennedy learned about the death doula movement.

    According to experts, death doulas are people who provide a range of social, emotional, practical, and spiritual support to people at the end of life and their loved ones.

    Kennedy, 38, has also enjoyed writing for some time. Kennedy’s mother was a professional writer when she was growing up. “My mother worked for the local newspaper while I was growing up. I spent my formative years in a newsroom. I remember when I was little, my mother had to hide me under a desk while she worked because the editor at the time didn’t allow children in the building. All of her co-workers knew I was there and even her direct boss, but no one reported her,” Kennedy said.

    Kennedy said she found the most enjoyable part of her professional writing degree was creative writing, especially poetry. Asked about her favorite class at MWCC so far, Kennedy replied, “I think it’s creative writing. It really helped me to explore writing in its different forms, and I discovered that I really liked poetry.

    Although within her degree she found poetry to be her passion, Kennedy anticipates that her even deeper passion of becoming a death doula will have a huge impact on her path after college. She said, “I feel like my poetry really helps me explore and express my spiritual side. Poetry also allows me to deal with all feelings and all situations.

    Kennedy continues to show that you can change your mind about your life path, take a break from studying, and have multiple interests, whether they relate to a decision made years ago or not. Kennedy explained, “When I was 18, I came to MWCC for a few semesters and did most of my prerequisites, then left for a while, then decided this year to come back with the goal of finishing university before I turn 40. .”

    For some, going in a different direction of your degree, especially with a job like this, might seem scary or dark, but for Kennedy, it’s a job that would be both interesting for her and helpful for those who need peace in these difficult situations. time. “Just being able to allow them to find peace in the situation is really appealing to me,” Kennedy explained. “It’s a way to help people heal in ways you wouldn’t expect.”

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    How Dr. Lisa Williams Created an Award-Winning Multicultural Doll Company


    Black representation in toys is one way to fight racism. When children see their beauty and shine in the toys they play with, it builds their confidence and encourages positive play.

    Children learn by playing. The more diverse the toy box, the better they learn about diversity, inclusion, family dynamics, and how to navigate the world. The eye-opening 1940s study by Kenneth and Mamie Clark used dolls to investigate how young black children perceived their racial identity. They found that, given the choice between black dolls and white dolls, most black children favorite to play with white dolls.

    Since that study, many ethnic and racially diverse dolls have made their way onto the toy shelves of major retailers. Companies like World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration have given children, girls and boys, the opportunity to see themselves in dolls that look like them.

    Dr. Lisa Williams, founder of World of PPE, helps children embrace their beauty, uniqueness and positive game through the representation of the doll. As the creator of the largest multicultural, black-owned doll company, she spreads joy by providing children with dolls that inspire dreams, foster intelligence and boost self-esteem. Her award-winning Positively Perfect Dolls have unique faces and custom skin tones with natural hair textures and styles. The collection has more than 65 dolls representing black, brown, mixed race and mestizo children. The line of dolls is distributed in national mass retail stores, including Walmart, and in international markets. She recently teamed up with Disney and Marvel to create a line of dolls for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverfor which she just received the highest honor in the industry, the doll of the year.

    “It’s heartbreaking if you think a six or seven year old didn’t believe or see their own beauty and shine,” William shares in reference to an updated doll study. “It affected me so much then, and it affects me now. I was that little girl. The difference is, I had a mother who told me I could be anything. what at that age. And somehow, she [the girl interviewed for the study] got a message while playing with her dolls and probably other societal messages that she wasn’t good enough. She was not pretty; his skin was dirty. It broke my heart. I remember laying on my couch and saying, ‘This can’t happen…’ So then I theoretically launched that day, the company, the World of PPE. We started with two dolls.

    After earning her master’s degree, Williams realized she wanted to work with students. So she went back to school for her doctorate, focusing on logistics. She believed that the key to success in this business was trust; without trust in the supply chain, it collapses. She was the first African American to earn a doctorate. in Logistics from Ohio State University and became the first African-American woman to earn a position at Penn State.

    Williams enjoyed the research aspect of her role in logistics and global supply chain. His work quickly became internationally recognized. She then accepted an offer from the University of Arkansas as an endowed chair, meaning the University would spend millions of dollars on her research and projects.

    “I became the highest ranked person, not just the black one, not just the female, but I was the highest ranked person in my field,” she shares. ” I was having fun. I travel the world. I research all over the world. I share my findings with colleagues around the world, ranked nationally and internationally for my research productivity. When I say, life was beautiful. It was really good.”

    Then one day she watched a news report talking about the doll study and similar recent studies. Still, more black girls preferred white dolls. That moment changed the trajectory of his career. In 2003, she resigned from her mandate. She waived the endowment. As a single mother, giving up financial security wasn’t easy, but Williams believed in the societal impact she envisioned and started the world of PPE.

    She wrote the book Lead beyond excellence, where she interviewed Walmart CEO Lee Scott. He offered to sell the book in stores. This led to a conversation about turning his research into children’s books in which all ethnicities were represented. The management team even asked him to create dolls of the characters from his books. Although this was before she saw the doll documentary, that moment led to a partnership with the retail conglomerate, which helped Williams navigate the doll landscape.

    The transition from teaching and research to owning a business was difficult. She struggled with loss of identity and redefined who she was beyond the classroom. She decided to start the business so as not to give up her ownership of the company’s vision. This decision had a cost; it had to file for bankruptcy at some point.

    However, she remained steadfast. Williams and his team have grown the company into a multi-million dollar multicultural toy manufacturing and design company. Today, she offers six collections of dolls on her site and in store, including Rock The Bells by LL Cool J and the Fresh Fairies.

    As Williams continues to grow her business, she is focused on the following critical steps:

    • Know why. If it’s for the money, what if you fail? If it’s driven by passion, you’re more apt to take on challenges.
    • Find out as much as you can about the position or industry before taking the risk. The better prepared you are, the greater the likelihood of success.
    • Understand that just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It might just take a little longer.

    “We have just started producing quality boy dolls,” concludes Williams. “These are action figures with modes. They are still very strong and powerful and masculine. I’m thrilled when I see a dad buying one of our dolls for his boys.

    6 Most Romantic Couples Cruise Itineraries to Book in 2023


    Departure: January to March 2023

    Live: Sailing the Caribbean’s most secluded ports like Gustavia in St. Barths and Soper’s Hole in the British Virgin Islands on a 300-cabin yacht is romantic on its own, but pair it with Seabourn’s amenities and shore excursions like “Caviar in the Surf,” where liveried stewards set up a surfboard bar stocked with caviar and chilled champagne just steps from the waves of a white-sand beach, and you’ve got the ultimate couples escape. For more indulgence, book a Wintergarden Suite with a glassed-in patio featuring a hot tub and daybed. Suite hosts and attendants ensure minibars are stocked with guests’ favorite beverages and prepare relaxing soaks in lavishly appointed marble tubs stocked with Molton Brown toiletries.

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    Itinerary: 12 nights in New Zealand

    Departure: December 9, 2023

    Live: Sailing from and returning to Sydney Harbor is an iconic and romantic cruise experience for couples in itself, but so are the best stops in Aotearoa, New Zealand, from the Art Deco haven of Napier to Milford Sound, where rainforests and waterfalls crash down the sides of the fjord, and wildlife enthusiasts can spot fur seals, penguins and dolphins from their endless onboard balconies Celebrity benefit. Couples looking to splurge can book a suite for access to The Retreat, a separate lounge and terrace, as well as the private Luminae restaurant, featuring chef Daniel Boulud’s signature dishes. The ship’s public areas are also filled with commissioned artwork by artists from around the world.


    Itinerary: Transatlantic crossing

    Departure: January 2023; April to December 2023

    Live: There’s no stopping on Cunard’s iconic transatlantic crossing, giving couples a week to enjoy the delights of the Queen Mary 2, the world’s last ocean liner and the grand dame of maritime glamour. Suite guests will dine in the one-seat Grill restaurants, with their own lounge and terrace, though afternoon tea in the Queens Room is a staple on every sailing (don’t call it a cruise). On gala nights, the two-story, chandelier-topped dance floor features a live band, ballgowns and other adornments (guests can perfect their ballroom moves during a series of daytime dance lessons included). Passengers can enrich their days by perusing titles from the ship’s library and join the onboard book club for literary debates led by the ship’s librarian, explore the skies at the ship’s planetarium or attend lectures by experts guests.

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    Itinerary: 14 nights Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands

    Service children commemorate the Queen at 10th anniversary service | New


    More than 600 children of Armed Forces personnel stationed in North Yorkshire gathered in Ripon Cathedral today (Friday November 4) for their own special service of remembrance.

    The event marked the 10th anniversary of the services, which are hosted by our Service Child Champions, who support young people in the large number of county families involved in military service.

    This year, the service commemorated the life and 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, following her death at the age of 96 in September. The children’s contributions and their artwork displayed in the cathedral recognized the Queen’s service in World War II and her commitment to serving staff and families during her 70 years as Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces .

    The service included an original song written by the Wensleydale School Choir to commemorate the Queen’s life. There was also a performance by the Service Children Community Choir.

    Students from Risedale School, Catterick Garrison, recorded a video in which they talk about what remembrance means to them as members of military families. The video was screened in the cathedral.

    Executive Member of Children and Youth Services, Cllr Janet Sanderson, said: “These services have become a highly anticipated event on the calendar of many schools with service students on the roster. The service gives this wonderful group of children and youth the opportunity to have their voices heard on a day so relevant to our military community. I’m proud that as a county we work so well together to give kids that platform every year.

    The Dean of Ripon, The Very Reverend John Dobson DL, said: ‘In this service we thank God for those who have given their lives to ensure that we can live in peace, and we pray for those serving in the Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. today.

    “We also thank their family members, including all of the children here today, for how they make such a fantastic contribution of loving support. We thank them for what they do to help the world be safer than it would otherwise be.

    Among the guests were Second Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Helen Collin, present on behalf of Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Jo Ropner; the Deputy Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Eamonn Parkin, present on behalf of the Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Sid Hawke; Group Captain Gareth Prendergast, Station Commander RAF Leeming; and Col. Matt Palmer of Catterick Garrison. Grahame Shepherd MBE, former director of Catterick Garrison, was the master of ceremonies.

    Cpl Michael Grant of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards closed the service with a performance of the lament played by the Queen’s Piper at her state funeral.

    For more information on Child of Service Champions, contact Jess Greenhalgh at [email protected]

    Verde Valley Author Expo returns to Cottonwood Rec Center

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    Bibliophiles in the Verde Valley can once again look forward to the return of the Verde Valley Author Expo on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s Authors’ Exhibit returns to the Cottonwood Recreation Center located at 150 South Sixth Street across from the Cottonwood Public Library.

    Here’s your chance to meet local Verde Valley authors of different genres! At the Verde Valley Author Expo, you can purchase books for yourself, friends, and family. Stop by and talk to other book lovers and authors. Admission and parking are free for this event.

    Verde Valley Author Expo returns to Cottonwood Recreation Center

    The Cottonwood Public Library partners with the Sedona Public Library and the Camp Verde Community Library to hold several author talks at each library leading up to the author exhibit. Local authors interested in participating in the Verde Valley Author Expo 2022 can complete an application on the Cottonwood Public Library website (ctwpl.info). The $20 table fee is due by Thursday, November 10.

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    A glimpse of future clean energy docks in Bridgeport

    The L/B Jill. Photo courtesy of Seacor Marine Holdings.

    Je L/B Jill docked in Bridgeport in early November, offering residents and passers-by the opportunity to board a unique vessel, which will play an important role in the construction of the South Fork Wind Farm off Long Island.

    The L/B stands for “lift boat”, a class of vessel capable of deploying “legs” which will lift the body of the boat out of the water and provide crews with both accommodation and a stable working platform to from which they can work during the construction of the first major offshore wind project in the tri-state area. The hull will be suspended 15 to 20 feet in the air above the surface of the water, avoiding waves and instability. Measured from the seabed to the top of its leg slot, the Jill will stand 335 feet tall – a height taller than the Statue of Liberty.

    When completed, the South Fork wind farm will serve as a central component in a project providing the Eversource power grid with an additional 130 megawatts of energy, enough to power 70,000 homes. It will be associated with several energy storage facilities and transmission upgrades on Long Island.

    This is the first of several joint ventures between Eversource Energy and Ørsted, formerly known as Danish Oil and Natural Gas but now known for its wind energy projects.

    When in place, the Jill will work with crews on shore near Wainscott Beach to drill a path for the cable that will transmit power from the turbines to the grid. The “dish-dinner” sized cable will be 80 feet underground, shielding it from most weather events and keeping disturbances on land and at sea to a minimum.

    “This project was chosen following a competitive solicitation,” said Jennifer Garvey, head of New York market strategy at Ørsted. “It has proven to be the most cost-effective way to meet the Long Island Power Authority’s power supply needs.”

    Although most of the electricity is used locally, it could also help meet overall demand and will help meet energy needs across the grid.

    “Once the electricity hits the grid, it flows to where it’s needed,” Garvey said. “You get a glimpse of the workhorses that will be part of this story.”

    According to Garvey, the techniques employed to set up the South Fork project will likely see increased use all along the Atlantic coast as more wind farms are established. The Jill and her sister ships may well become a common site in the future.

    “It’s really a glimpse of the future for our other two projects, both Revolution and Sunrise, when we’re going to use similar technology,” said Ray Collins, government affairs and community relations manager for wind. offshore at Eversource Energy.

    Collins noted that the Jill or similar vessels will also be in the area for the Revolution Wind Farm and the larger Sunrise Wind Farm. Revolution will provide power to Connecticut and Rhode Island while Sunrise will help New York meet its clean energy goals.

    The Jill is expected to spend around two weeks at Barnum Pier in downtown Bridgeport embarking crew and equipment. After traveling more than 100 miles south to the future site of the seven wind turbines that will make up the wind farm, the Jill will be serviced by the Brave, a tender vessel that will make two weekly trips to Bridgeport.

    9 modern classics you should have on your shelf HelloGiggles


    If you are a voracious reader with a penchant for a page turner but have not yet found the desire to tackle one of the great classics of literature, you are not alone. Although there is a certain recognition in finishing a Tolstoy, a Dostoyevsky or a Dickens, the idea of ​​shoving your way through the doorstep of a novel can be anything but fun if you are looking for entertainment and escape.

    Enter: the modern classic. While there’s no agreed-upon definition of what exactly a modern classic book is (Penguin publishers in Bloomsbury all have their own lists), each book I’ve selected below has been published in the over the past sixty years.

    From the award-winning novel by one of Nigeria’s most renowned literary heroes to the creme de la creme of campus novels, read on for some of the most famous books of the past decades that deserve a place on your bookshelf.

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    Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s gripping novel (which won the 2013 US National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction) is a powerful story about love and race.

    Adiche’s third novel, Americanatakes place between Lagos, London and the United States, and centers on the star-crossed lovers, Ifemelu and Obinze, as they face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

    virgins who committed suicide

    First novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, virgins who committed suicide, was released in 1993 to widespread critical acclaim. A haunting and poignant coming-of-age story set in a quiet suburb of Detroit, virgins who committed suicide tells the story of the five Lisbon sisters, who all die by suicide in a single year.

    Lying in black humor and a quivering sense of unease, virgins who committed suicide remains Eugenide’s most beloved book thanks to its hypnotic and unforgettable narrative that explores themes of teenage love and untimely death.

    The Underground Railroad
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    Whitehead’s wildly inventive book, The Underground Railroad, which has since been made into a TV miniseries, won its American author both a Pulitzer and a National Book Award – and was also praised by obama and Oprah.

    A thrilling and undeniable read that follows the adventures of a young slave girl as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the pre-war South, The Underground Railroad is essential reading for bookworms.

    Secret History

    Tartt’s first novel was published in 1992 and instantly won the author a legion of loyal followers, despite his notoriously private nature.

    Widely considered one of the best campus novels ever written, The secret story is narrated by Richard Papen – one of six smart and eccentric misfits at an elite Vermont college around which the book is set. Fusing impeccably crafted narrative, fast-paced plot and elegant prose, The secret story is masterful storytelling at its finest.

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    A sprawling saga between Korea and Japan, Pachinko is the second novel by Harlem-based author and journalist Min Jin Lee. The story begins in the early 1900s, when teenage Sunja, the beloved daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls in love with a wealthy foreigner at the seaside near her home in Korea.

    What follows is a powerful, poignant and deeply moving story of love, sacrifice and ambition that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.

    white oleander
    Back Bay Books

    A beautifully crafted and haunting story set in a series of Los Angeles foster homes, white oleander is a dark and heady tale about the intricacies and complexities between mother and daughter, Ingrid and Astrid.

    Rich in lyrical prose and lively storytelling, white oleander is an immersive and evocative literary experience that will leave readers wanting more.

    I know why the caged bird sings
    Ballantine Books

    Angelou’s first memoirs I know why the caged bird sings instantly became a modern American classic, loved by readers around the world. Angelou’s memorable and masterful command of language dominates the narrative as she tenderly addresses issues of assault, rape and racism.

    An unforgettable and moving memoir that continues to touch the hearts of readers more than fifty years after its first publication, no list of American classics would be complete without an appearance by Angelou.

    The purple color
    penguin books

    In 1983, Alice Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for The purple color – a book that also won the National Book Award.

    An iconic depiction of the lives of African American women in early 20th century rural Georgia, in The purple colorWalker uses a range of storytelling techniques (such as what Walker called black folk language), short chapters, and poor grammar to weave together a powerful story of redemption and love.

    A little life
    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

    The critically acclaimed bestseller that became an instant hit despite its length and difficult subject matter, Hanya Yanagihara’s second book, A little lifewas shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has since become a cultural reference for readers around the world.

    A deft, dark depiction of heartbreak that’s not for the faint-hearted, it’s a nuanced book about hope and friendship that’s as stark as it is beautiful.

    What are cookbooks good for? Hope, love and beauty (but not cooking) | Australian food and drink


    A novel I once read describes a protagonist as the kind of woman who reads a cookbook in bed. I glance at my bedside and consider the hard covers lying there. Hetty McKinnon. Anna Jones. Alison Romain. Aren’t these the great writers of our time? Steinbeck sits under a glass of water; the essential and reliable storyteller and coaster. But for everyday practical beauty, for hope, for love, for mind-altering advice, it was always cookbooks.

    My library is full of excellent advice: the stories, the instructions and the voluminous volumes of the profession and the passion that I have chosen. My grandmother, Margaret Fulton, – who sold 1.5 million copies of her first cookbook and wrote about 20 others, as well as countless mini-books and magazines – gave me a day explained why she had chosen the profession. I’m paraphrasing: once you’ve discovered something truly magical and practical, it’s impossible not to want to share it with people who you can see could really use some help.

    Cookbooks – and by that I mean a collection of recipes that have been triple tested, edited, verified and dreamed up by their author, handed down by an editor and publisher, remade by a recipe tester, thoughtfully compiled and meticulously in a useful way and, perhaps less importantly, printed on paper – is what my family does. My mother, Suzanne Gibbs, is a cook and food writer at London’s Cordon Bleu who wrote books in her twenties; my sister, Louise Keats, wrote at least a handful. Announcements of a new cookbook deal at my house get a partially attentive nod, the kind of recognition you’d get in another family if you’d gone to the supermarket that day. It’s not news, exactly, and it’s definitely less interesting than telling the table that you have a new kvass recipe and asking if anyone would like to try it.

    The book that started it all: The Margaret Fulton Cookbook was first published in 1968.

    So it is with zero objectivity that I watch the rise, fall and rise of cookbooks in recent history, and I ask: is there a future for them in our kitchens, on our nightstands ?

    In October 1961, the New York Times reported that publishers could not keep up with the constant demand for cookbooks. “Until very recently,” journalist June Owen began, “food, especially the dishes served, was not an appropriate topic of conversation at dinner… Today, the situation is reversed. A hostess who spent several hours concocting a complicated bouillabaisse would be shocked if not a single one of his guests complimented it.

    The writer had no statistics available, she said, but “publishers report that they can’t get enough good cookbooks. The demand, it is said, is constant… [They] know that the chances of making money are greater on a cookbook than on a novel. People suddenly liked to talk about food, cooking, and the conversation has continued ever since.

    Earlier that same year, an almost unknown cook named Julia Child delivered a 726-page manuscript to her publisher, Alfred A Knopf, who said, “I’ll eat my hat if this title sells.” By the end of 1964, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was selling 4,000 copies each month, and by 1969 approximately 600,000 copies had been sold. The book, co-authored with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, helped revolutionize cooking in the United States and sold 1.5 million copies.

    Thirty years earlier, Irma Rombauer self-published a collection of her recipes in an effort to support her family after the death of her husband. She could only afford an initial print run of 3,000 copies, and her first instruction to readers at the time was “to stand facing the stove.” Her Joy of Cooking sold 18,000,000 copies.

    Nobody’s cookbook sells 4,000 copies a month these days. But that’s not the important statistic. Those who say cookbooks are no longer selling are looking at individual author sales, not total cookbook sales. When Julia, Irma and Margaret wrote their books, they were groundbreaking authors, blazing new trails with the backing, eventually, of huge marketing budgets from publishing houses. And there wasn’t – from year to year – a lot of competition. Individual authors rarely/never hit those numbers now, of course. But the appetite for cookbooks has only grown since the 1970s. In 2017, an estimated 17.8 million cookbooks were sold in the United States alone.

    Data from Nielsen BookScan shows that cookbook sales in the United States increased 8% year-on-year between 2010 and 2020, as sales figures were further boosted by the pandemic.

    However, we don’t usually cook from cookbooks.

    Woman reading a cookbook and stirring a bowl full of liquid
    A top publisher says if a reader cooks just two recipes from a cookbook, it’s considered a success. Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images

    Toxic recipes and pristine pages

    A very experienced editor at a large publishing house once told me that it was considered a good thing – a great success, even – if the consumer cooked two recipes from a cookbook that he was buying. Of them! I love cookbooks and I have loads of them – over a hundred (I pick them up regularly). But I don’t cook every night from these books; I don’t even cook from all those books. There are some that I have never technically cooked a recipe for. It’s absurd.

    In her history of British cookbooks, Culinary Pleasures, Nicola Humble includes a relevant story from the 1940s when a magazine inadvertently published a recipe with a combination of deadly poisonous ingredients. She doesn’t go into detail about what it might have been – rhubarb leaf stew? Leftover rice dish with sautéed fall skullcap mushrooms? Undoubtedly in shock, editors tipped off the police and desperately tried to recall copies, then anxiously awaited reports of people falling ill. They waited…and waited. But none came. The editors could only conclude that none of their readers had actually cooked from the recipe.

    Fans used to approach my grandmother, Margaret, at events or book signings, professing their adoration and proudly displaying their original 1969 yellow-bound Margaret Fulton Cookbook. They told stories about the book’s place in their hearts – it had been given to them when they left home, or when they got married, or it had been passed down through two generations. Margaret smiled softly and flipped through the pages as if looking for something. Then, often, she would close the book tightly and smirk at them (I say “up” because she was usually seated, but she was also just over five feet tall). “You have never cooked from this book. Where are the splatters, the kitchen markings, the glued pages?

    But her books were loved and treasured — even if sometimes uncooked — so she signed autographs anyway.

    But cooking from recipes we must. It’s the only way the food you cook will stop tasting like the food you’ve always cooked. By using higher quality ingredients, following the recipe is the only way to be delicious.

    My grandmother also said this: “I tell people to cook the onions until they are soft and translucent. When they don’t, I have to shrug my shoulders and tell them, well, I told you so. They think they know better than the professional cook. Once you’ve mastered the expert way, Margaret advised, add your own spin, but go back to the original every now and then to make sure you haven’t gone completely off the rails.

    A close friend of mine—and self-proclaimed “average cook,” author Meg Mason—hilariously wrote in Delicious magazine about the patience of recipe followers:

    The cold fact is that no matter what new dish we turn to, it will eventually taste and taste like anything we’ve ever made. It’s truly remarkable that with enough weekday iterations, the average chef’s spicy Asian chicken becomes nearly indistinguishable from their sausage pasta. I tried to figure out the moment in a recipe when things start to go wrong for us… The answer is: right away.

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    So if people aren’t cooking from the cookbooks they buy, what are they doing? They fantasize, in part. They imagine dinners and beautiful encounters, the laid table and the captivating conversation. It’s the same reason we buy Vogue, even though we never consider taking our Birkenstocks off. That’s why we buy home improvement magazines even though we can barely afford our rent. I’m also unlikely to ever roll my beef in truffles and pastry that I click on “Add to basket” for an Eames recliner in white leather… but a girl can dream.

    Author of controversial Freedom Convoy MOU testifies before Emergencies Act Commission


    The author of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that drew attention to the Freedom Convoy last winter and was used by the Liberal government to claim protesters wanted to overthrow the government, testified Thursday before the Emergencies Act Inquiry.

    Trucker James Bauder spoke about the genesis and purpose of the memorandum of understanding he drafted with fellow trucker Martin Brodmann.

    The idea was to enter into a memorandum of understanding with unelected federal officials to repeal restrictions related to COVID-19.

    “We had a lot of groups that we could have facilitated the creation of the Canadian Citizens Committee so that we can then sit down in partnership with the Senate and the Governor General and address the illegal warrants that are happening across this country and achieve a resolution,” Bauder said.

    Bauder said he doesn’t know if Freedom Convoy organizers signed the memorandum of understanding posted on his Canada Unity website.

    Several convoy organizers have so far testified before the commission examining the Liberal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act on February 14.

    They criticized the MOU when it was brought up during reviews.

    Attorney Keith Wilson, who represented protesters during last winter’s events, called the memorandum of understanding “legal nonsense” on Nov. 2.

    “It was not something on our agenda. It was not something we were looking for. It had nothing to do with why we came to Ottawa,” Freedom Convoy initiator Chris Barber told the November 1 inquest.

    Freedom Convoy spokesman Tom Marazzo told the commission Nov. 2 that he had recommended the memorandum of understanding be removed from the website.

    “I remember having a conversation once I found out about the MOU with someone I thought was involved in drafting the MOU…and I said ‘you have to take that out, if you don’t take it out, or take it out or put the genie back in the bottle, we’re going to call it out,” Marazzo recounted.

    The next day, February 8, the MOU was taken offline.

    Bauder told the inquest that the MOU was “strategically” withdrawn “after we were viciously attacked by this government, and slandered, and defamed, and everything,” Bauder said.

    The Liberal government used the memorandum of understanding to claim that the protesters were not simply demanding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, but that they wanted to “overthrow” the government.

    “At the end of January 2022, members of the so-called ‘freedom convoy’ demanded that all vaccination warrants be revoked, failing which the governor-general should unilaterally remove the prime minister from office,” the minister said. of Public Security, Marco Mendicino, on April 26. with reference to the memorandum of understanding.

    Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault said Feb. 21 that the Freedom Convoy’s “stated objective” was to “overthrow a duly elected national government.”

    The stated goal of the main organizers of the Freedom Convoy was the repeal of vaccination mandates.

    No violence

    James Bauder was interviewed by Brendan Miller, the lawyer who represents several convoy organizers who have criticized the memorandum of understanding.

    He asked if Bauder’s Unity Canada organization had ever called for violence or to violently overthrow the Government of Canada.

    “We call for love, unity and peace and give bear hugs. Violence is the last thing that comes to mind,” Bauder said.

    Bauder was also asked if he had the help of a lawyer to draft the memorandum of understanding.

    “No… It’s just a document written by two truckers,” he said.

    “So I guess it was just a piece of paper,” Miller said.

    “Yeah,” Bauder replied.


    Noé Chartier is an Epoch Times reporter based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret

    Writers’ Trust Book Prize Winners Raise $270,000 in Prizes


    It was a busy day of awards for writers on Wednesday as $270,000 in prizes were handed out in seven categories at the annual Writers’ Trust ceremony at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

    This year’s awards season has seen a wide range of writers appear on lists of the nation’s biggest prizes, including the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Awards – with little overlap between them, making it an exciting year for beginning writers in particular.

    Nicholas Herring won the second annual Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize worth $60,000 for his debut novel “Some Hellish” on Wednesday, with the jury declaring “What Cormac McCarthy has done for cowboys and horses, Nicholas Herring does it for fishermen and boats.” The other finalists each receive $5,000. The winner was selected from 132 books submitted by 70 publishers. This prize was renamed in 2021 and was previously known as the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

    Dan Werb won the Hilary Weston Non-Fiction Prize, also worth $60,000, for his book “The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure”, which the jury called ” science detective tale that leaves the reader scared that the villain is still on the loose, and possibly in the house. other finalists receive $5,000. For this award, 103 books were submitted by 63 publishers.

    Emerging Writer received the $10,000 Dayne Ogilvie Award for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers, which was awarded to francesca ekwuyasi for her first novel”Butter Honey Pork Bread.” This book was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and finalist for the GG in 2020.

    Four authors were recognized for their lifetime contributions to literature in Canada: Candace Savage won the $25,000 Matt Cohen Prize; Elise Gravel won the $25,000 Vicky Metcalf Prize for Children’s Literature; Shani Mootoo won the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Prize of $25,000; and Joseph Dandurand won the $25,000 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize.

    The Writers’ Trust is a charitable organization created in 1976 by a group of writers — Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence and David Young — to professionally and financially support Canadian writers. It continues to offer support programs for writers, as well as 11 national literary awards, financial grants, an emergency fund, and career development.

    You can find more information about the winners and prizes at writerstrust.com.


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    Review of American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild



    Too many Americans are indifferent to their own history and know it too little. This ignorance makes the present more confusing than it should be. Adam Hochschild has written a beautiful book about a dark time a century ago that has largely faded from national memory but seems painfully relevant to 2020s America. “American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis” vividly depicts a time when racism, white nationalism, and anti-foreign and anti-immigrant sentiment were rampant. Reading it is almost therapeutic. To realize (thanks to this book) that American democracy survived that dark moment and that a decade later began a half-century of democratic renewal made this reader feel more optimistic than he has in a good while. moment.

    Hochschild’s account demonstrates the folly of believing that Donald Trump and the era he gave us are departures from normal trends in American history. What is normal in our past is American vulnerability to mythical enemies, demagogues and ignoramuses. These dangerous forces abounded in the years described by Hochschild, from 1917 to 1921.

    We remember an event from that time: the First World War. For the European powers involved in this slaughter, the war began in 1914, but an isolationist America remained on the sidelines until April 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson finally declared war on Germany and its allies. . Seventeen months later, after millions of American aggressors had taken up arms in Europe and 117,000 had been killed, the Germans surrendered.

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    Victory in war came at a high price that we chose to forget. The war justified a brutal period in America that featured “mass imprisonments, torture, vigilante violence, censorship, murders of black Americans… [and] a war against democracy at home,” writes Hochschild. Its powerful 12-page prologue grabs readers by their setbacks and confronts them with an ugly America poles apart from the pink and patriotic versions.

    The nation’s delayed entry into the war spurred intrigue and violence in the United States that pitted Americans sympathetic to Germany against those sympathetic to our traditional allies in Britain and France. Wilson initially sought to distance himself from propaganda on both sides, and he campaigned for re-election in 1916 on the ultimately misleading slogan “He Kept Us Out of War”. In 1917, when the Germans began indiscriminate submarine warfare in the Atlantic that sank American ships, Wilson went all out for the war.

    Wilson is at the center of Hochschild’s narrative. He is one of the most complex and contradictory characters in American history. Raised in Augusta, Georgia, by a family that supported the Confederacy, Wilson clung his whole life to the ugly racial views of a Southern segregationist. The first and last holder of a doctorate to occupy the White House, he was president of Princeton University before becoming governor of New Jersey in 1911. Governor and then president (elected in 1912), he was a progressive reformer on the questions economic. and an internationalist. But once he led America into war, he became a dedicated jingoist. Hochschild denounces its many faults.

    Wilson signed the Espionage Act in 1917 and the Sedition Act in 1918, two laws that authorized restrictions on free speech that were draconian by today’s standards. Once America joined the war effort, Wilson had no apparent qualms about jailing American dissidents, including the Socialist Party candidate who had run against him for president in 1912 and won 6% of votes, Eugene V. Debs. Debs was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving a speech in 1918 that the Wilson administration interpreted as discouraging participation in the war. Debs’ sentence was commuted by Wilson’s Republican successor, Warren G. Harding, in 1921.

    Wilson allowed his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, a former Texas congressman, to deny left-leaning and pacifist magazines and newsletters the use of special low U.S. mail rates for printed matter, which forced several widely read publications to close their doors. He banned a publication called the Gaelic American because it favored Irish independence from America’s ally Britain. Burleson’s legal director, William Lamar, explained wartime censorship to Oswald Garrison Villard, editor of the New York Evening Post. “I know exactly what I’m looking for,” Lamar said, “pro-Germanism, pacifism and high-browism.” Burleson also separated the labor from the post office, with Wilson’s explicit approval. Wilson himself earlier resegregated the federal workforce in Washington.

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    Race, immigration, and labor unrest, especially when promoted by socialists, were the most inflamed national issues of those years. Anti-union sentiment was fierce. The main target of anti-worker hostility was industry Workers of the World (the Wobblies), a union that attempted to organize women workers, blacks and unskilled workers ignored by the American Federation of Labor. The prosperous classes viewed the IWW as a grave threat to the country, a threat further aggravated by the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917. This unexpected event sparked the first Great Red Scare in the United States.

    A. Mitchell Palmer, a Quaker from Pennsylvania who had served three terms in the House, became Wilson’s attorney general in 1919. On June 2, 1919, three months after taking office, Palmer was the target of one of eight bombs triggered. almost simultaneously in the cities of the Northeast. He and his family were inside their home on R Street NW in Washington when the bomb collapsed the front facade.

    Surviving the bomb left Palmer “deeply transformed”, writes Hochschild, and “signaled the beginning…of a war at home the likes of which the United States had never seen”. The infamous “Palmer Raids” of November 1919 and January 1920 rounded up and imprisoned thousands of leftist, black and union activists. The perpetrators of the eight bombings have never been identified.

    Palmer’s raids secured him a place in American history, but another contribution he made to his country was perhaps more consequential. As he rushed to respond to the June 2 attacks, Palmer decided he needed a new “radical division” in the Justice Department. As division chief, he chose a 24-year-old Washington native already working in the department. Thus began the career of J. Edgar Hoover, who would serve eight other administrations in various capacities, eventually as Director of the FBI, his tenure ending upon his death in 1972.

    Palmer nominated Hoover on August 1, 1929. Two months later, Wilson suffered a massive and debilitating stroke and never really served as president again. The country was not told the severity of the stroke that had crippled him, one of the great scandals in American history.

    Wilson’s condition made it easy for Palmer to pursue the presidential ambitions he had long nurtured. He and Hoover concocted an ambitious plan to round up thousands of new American immigrants and deport them, a ploy obviously intended to appeal to then-burgeoning anti-immigrant sentiments. in America.

    Hochschild, who wrote 10 previous books, skillfully juggles several narrative threads. His story includes an unexpected happy ending that might encourage contemporary American readers.

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    With Wilson permanently sidelined after his stroke, Hoover and Palmer felt free to arrest and deport thousands of immigrants in the most aggressive plan since slavery to suppress residents of the United States. But a legal “roadblock,” to use Hochschild’s term, disrupted their efforts.

    By law, deportations of immigrants living in the United States had to be legally approved by the Department of Labor. Acting Labor Secretary Louis F. Post was a liberal civil libertarian and one of the founders of the NAACP. That Post, who served as assistant secretary of labor, found himself wielding the authority of the secretary of labor to approve or block evictions was kind of bad luck. He did not hesitate to seize the opportunity. He prevented Hoover and Palmer from carrying out their plan.

    Palmer had heightened fears of a possible revolutionary uprising by socialists and trade unionists on May Day, 1920, but May Day passed quietly, without an American Revolution – and without mass deportations either. Like the elected Republicans who blocked Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Post rose to the occasion with steadfast dignity and determination. Harding, elected to succeed Wilson in 1920, abandons the ferocious anti-immigrant and anti-socialist crusade. Calm has returned. Soon, as is our custom in this unique country, we turned the page and found ourselves swept away in the Roaring Twenties, dancing the Charleston and drinking illegal gin.

    Robert G. Kaiser is a former editor of the Washington Post.

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    Award-winning author Clint Smith, Atlantic Staff Writer, to deliver the 2022 Reverend Bernie Clark, CSC Lecture | News | Notre Dame News

    Clint Smith

    Clint Smith, award-winning author and editor for The Atlantic, will deliver the 2022 Lecture by Rev. Bernie Clark, CSC, of ​​the Center for Social Concerns, at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 (Wednesday) in the Smith Ballroom at the Morris Inn on the Campus of Notre Dame University. The event is free and open to the public.

    Smith is the author of the nonfiction narrative book “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award. for non-fiction, as well as “Counting Descent,” winner of the American Library Association’s 2017 Black Caucus Best Book of Poetry Literary Award and finalist for the NAACP Image Award.

    A New Orleans native whose family survived Hurricane Katrina, Smith has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, Emerson Collective, Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His essays, poems, and scholarly writings have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, Harvard Educational Review, and elsewhere.

    Presented in partnership with the Departments of American Studies and History, the Reverend Bernie Clark, CSC Lecture was established in 2009 to shed light on issues of justice and themes affecting the common good.

    For more information, visit socialconcerns.nd.edu/bernieclark.

    Contact: Erin Blasko, Associate Director of Media Relations, 574-631-4127, [email protected]

    Katherine Dunn’s ‘Toad’ sees publication almost 50 years after its completion

    The late Katherine Dunn will be to be the subject of a tribute event Tuesday at Powell’s Books in conjunction with the release of his long-delayed novel, “Toad.” Photo courtesy: Katherine Dunn Archives at Lewis & Clark

    Almost 50 years after it was written, Katherine Dunn’s novel Toad will be released on Tuesday.

    Best known for her third novel, geek love, Dunn was a writer, journalist, radio host, and literary cult icon who spent much of her life in Portland. She went to high school in Tigard before attending Reed College in the 1960s, where she began writing her first novel, Attic. After finishing Truck in 1971, she hosted a literary radio program on KBOO before becoming a professor of creative writing at Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University. Dunn, 70, died in May 2016 in Portland.

    Although she did not graduate, Dunn’s time at Reed Glueage played an important role in her career, and she was proud to have attended, according to her son, Eli Dapolonia, a doctor of psychology and neuropsychology living in Maine. Dunn’s time there inspired Toad, an autobiographical account of her youth through the eyes of a reclusive, melancholy woman named Sally Gunnar. Sally has withdrawn from her surroundings and spends her days nitpicking at home and brooding over a cast of difficult men and equally difficult peers. As Sally laments her soul-searching time in isolation, she recounts the shaky foundation her eclectic friendships were built on and becomes filled with worry about her position as an outsider.

    Toad is more firmly a tragedy than a coming-of-age story; Kirkus Reviews called it “a sweet, funny and heartbreaking indictment of the naive excesses of the 1960s and the testimony of a woman who survived them.” Despite her courage and honesty, the book was rejected by publishers throughout Dunn’s life, causing her to put it away for many years. It was only years after the author’s death that his son showed Toad at Naomi Huffmanformer editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

    “Naomi Huffman came to see me after the release of On swearing and asked if my mom had any unpublished work,” Dapolonia said via email. “Toad was in a rough typewritten manuscript with all sorts of notes in the margins and was not in good enough shape to scan into a text document. My mother’s friends – Jim Redden, Bill Redden and DK Holm – spent several weeks transcribing the novel so it could be shown to Naomi and FSG in a usable form. They worked hard to make it readable. Naomi and FSG liked what they saw, and on November 1 Mom readers will get to see it too.

    Besides being a famous writer, Dunn was a devoted mother and community member.

    She was kind and generous, her son recalls, especially to fellow struggling artists and writers. She spent many years working in service jobs to support her writing career and understood the difficulties of balancing creative endeavors with the support of a family.

    “When she had money, she always tipped 50 to 100 percent,” Dapolonia said.

    When asked what Toadwould mean to her mother, Dapolonia replied, “Redemption.” The book is part of his legacy. The first rejections were very painful for her. I hope this will make her proud. I am also happy to be able to share more of his writings with his readers. It’s always a privilege to be able to speak with people who enjoyed my mother’s writing or found it meaningful in some way.

    Toad will be published on Tuesday by MCD, a division of FSG dedicated to “the experimental, the stunning, the strange”. In honor of the book’s publication, the Portland Book Festival will present a Katherine Dunn tribute event featuring Toad editor Naomi Huffman and author Lydia Kiesling at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Powell’s Books.

    Earlier this week, I spoke with Dapolonia about Dunn’s legacy, his rejection, and what it was like to be his son.

    I read that you were born in Ireland and traveled often with your mother as a child. What was it like discovering different parts of the world at a young age and having Katharine Dunn as a mother?

    I think it gave me a broader perspective, traveling through Europe and the United States I was exposed to other languages, like French and Italian, very early on, and that facilitated language learning in adulthood. We were pretty poor all the time, but the experience was rich. Mom was very comfortable wherever she traveled. She was outgoing and friendly and related well to people, even in places whose language she didn’t know.

    Katherine Dunn and her then-husband, Danta Dapolonia, hold their young son, Eli Dapolonia, in a 1970s family photo. Photo credit: Katherine Dunn Estate
    Katherine Dunn and her then-husband, Dante Dapolonia, hold their young son, Eli Dapolonia, in a 1970s family photo. Photo credit: Katherine Dunn Estate

    Dunn has lived in Portland for much of his life. What did the city represent for her and her work?


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    In the 1970s when we moved to Portland, it was a unique city with the flavor of many small European towns. It was walkable, and the cost of living was such that artists and writers could work part-time and afford an apartment. Northwest Portland was still working class, and it became a stronghold of artists, musicians, and writers. She loved the Nob Hill area with its amenities, art galleries and theaters. Her luck followed the development of the neighborhood, and as she succeeded, the neighborhood followed. She moved several times but was always in the same two-block area.

    Revised Dunn Toad for many years, apparently working on its structure. Did she consider herself a perfectionist when it came to writing?

    She was very perfectionist. She cared about the musicality of the language and the structure of each phrase.

    Toad explores, in part, the counterculture of the 60s. Did this period affect your education?

    Of course, the counterculture was central to who she was, and also something she sometimes rebelled against. I grew up with counterculture comics like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and R. Crumb.

    How was the rejection of Toad over the years affect Dunn? Do you remember the first rejection letters?

    I only remember one. I remember it made her cry, and I remember it caused her to stop writing for a few years.

    What drew Dunn to the boxing world when she wrote for The Oregonian and Willamette Week? Was she a boxer?

    She was introduced to boxing by a man she was dating. She fell in love with sports and started writing about it. Writing about boxing was one of the things that brought her back after the Toad rejection. It helped her love writing again. She was a boxer for many years. She trained at Grand Avenue Gymnasium and Matt Dishman Community Center. She used these skills to defend herself when, in her 60s, someone tried to mug her on the street outside her building. She successfully defended herself using only her left hand and never dropped the grocery bag in her right. She was right-handed.

    Are there any other upcoming projects or releases that we can look forward to?

    FSG will publish an anthology of short stories by Katherine Dunn in the next year or two, and Eric Rosenblum working on his biography.

    The brilliant mind of Patti Smith, author of “A Book of Days”


    “You walk like a poet.” In 1969, at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in New York, this remark to Patti Smith, who was holding a notebook, changed the course of her life; Bob Neuwirth, songwriter and aide-de-camp to Janis Joplin, urged the 22-year-old to In 1971 she would debut her half-spoken, half-sung hallucinatory verse at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, launching his career as a seminal recording artist, resulting in game-changing albums like Horses (1975), Easter (1978), and Vague (1979). Performance, she says, became her “vehicle for improvising poetry”.

    Throughout, literary mentors—Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso—encouraged her to keep writing, resulting in several books of poetry and prose. In 1989, her soul mate, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, would plead on his deathbed for her to write “our story” – which became winner of the 2010 National Book Award, Just children.

    Twelve years and three books later, Smith’s constant photo taking, extensive travels, Instagram habit, and daily writing regimen have merged into exquisite A book of days. Documenting each day of the year, Smith illustrates his unique thoughts on the world, his literary and visual heroes, and the people and objects he holds dear through his own and archival photos. The beautifully crafted volume is both uplifting and bittersweet.

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    Much of Smith’s development as a writer, she told me in 1996, evolved during her disappearance from public life between 1979 and 1994. During those years, she lived nearly Detroit with her husband, pioneering rock guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, with whom she would have two children, Jackson and Jesse. “I really liked having some free time,” Smith said, “because I was able to write in a way that I hadn’t been able to write before. When you sing or play the guitar, you ignore your feelings or emotions, instead of using language to express what you feel.

    The Smiths and their children traveled the country, often stopping at small coastal towns. “I like to write by the sea, so we found little motels on different coasts,” she recalls. Elements of those years and his literary pursuits emerged in Smith’s elegiac. M-train and The Year of the Monkey.

    The death of her husband of 46 years from heart failure in 1994 led a grief-stricken Smith to return to her beloved New York with Jackson and Jesse. There, she resumes her stage life, turns with Bob Dylan then leaves lefthis first new album in eight years.

    Often accompanied by Jesse, a pianist, and Jackson, a guitarist, she kept a fast pace, touring, recording, writing and photographing around the world, a product of what she calls her “jumping personality”. In 2018, a few years after Smith got her first smartphone, Jesse introduced her to Instagram, and on the spring equinox she posted on her newly created account, thisispattismith, which garnered a million followers. As she writes in her introduction to A book of days“Jesse felt the platform would be a good fit for me as I write and take photos every day.”

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    Smith, who turns 76 on December 30, is not intimidated by the passage of time or the pandemic. While grounded, she released “The Melting” on Substack and communicates with subscribers through short videos. In the December 29 entry of A Book of Days, it sums up his dedication to using whatever life brings to express himself artistically. Offer
    both solace and a spark for fans, she wrote, “Now to put energy into the task at hand…Creating endlessly.”

    Holly George-Warren is the award-winning author of 16 books, including the bestselling Janis: his life and his music, and a longtime contributor to publications such as rolling stone, The New York Timesand Weekly entertainment. She received two Grammy nominations: for co-producing the box set Respect: A Century of Women in Musicand for his liner notes to Joplin’s The pearl sessions. She is currently writing a biography of Jack Kerouac (Viking) and collaborating on a book with Dolly Parton (Penguin).

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    Publishers of famous quote book struggle to keep pace


    A book titled Bartlett’s Familiar Quotes has been published in the United States since the 1850s. A quote is something that has been said or written that people like to repeat.

    It all started with John Bartlett, owner of a bookstore near Boston, Massachusetts. He selected words or quotes from famous people including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and John Keats for the book.

    Geoffrey O’Brien is the current editor of the 170 year old book. He said it was difficult to keep up with so many quotes due to “the speed of events” in modern times. “No matter when we went to press, we would be cut in the middle of the story,” he said.

    The 19th edition of Bartlett’s just got out. It is the first publication since 2012 and the second under O’Brien. “With the Internet and cable news, you have the constant fabrication of statements of one type or another,” O’Brien said. Thus, he tried to choose quotes that have power beyond current news.

    The book’s editors paid attention to people like writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tesla founder Elon Musk and President Joe Biden.

    But of all the quotes, or quotes, over the past 10 years, O’Brien said former President Donald Trump’s words presented both a clear choice and a problem.

    FILE – In this May 28, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks as he receives a briefing on the 2020 hurricane season in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The United States left the Paris climate agreement the day after the presidential election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Trump said a lot of things. He said them at all hours of the day. And his news-making quotes came from everywhere, from radio and television programs to Twitter. O’Brien said he tried to search for important or memorable words. “His guesses at best since no one knows how things will turn out,” he said.

    One of Trump’s quotes came from a speech in Nevada where he said, “I love the poorly educated!” During a debate with Hillary Clinton, he said: “Such a nasty wife.” And there were even a few bad words from her interview with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that were included in an investigative report by Robert Mueller.

    O’Brien said Bartlett’s has “evolved overtime.”

    At first, the book consisted mostly of quotes from white men. But recently, the book includes lyrics from singer Beyoncé and track and field athlete Usain Bolt. It even has thoughts of other languages ​​like Russian and Navajo, a Native American language. The Russian quote is: “To live with wolves, to yell like a wolf. The Navajo part is about the hunt: “Blessed am I, in the luck of the hunt.”

    With so many new quotes, some older ones had to be deleted. O’Brien said he was sad to drop the comments by John Dryden, one of his favorite poets.

    O’Brien must also keep the book to around 1,400 pages. Thus, once a very well-known American comedians like Bob Hope and Johnny Carson aren’t in the last book. Quotes from former US Vice President Dan Quayle and actress Sally Field are also gone.

    FILE - Dolly Parton poses for a photo before the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony at Gotham Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in New York City.  (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    FILE – Dolly Parton poses for a photo before the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony at Gotham Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Singer Dolly Parton is included for the first time. His comment on his appearance: “it takes a lot of money to watch this cheap” is in the book but the lyrics of the famous song Jolene are not.

    O’Brien said the purpose of the book is to be “representative” but not like an encyclopedia. Not everyone can enter. He said he was sad that he could not include a comment from American civil rights activist and politician John Lewis, who died in 2020.

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    Dan Friedell adapted this story for VOA Learning English based on an Associated Press report.


    words in this story

    familiar –adj. often seen or heard

    editor -not. a person whose job is to edit something

    guesses -not. the act of finding an answer by guessing

    nasty –adj. very unpleasant

    evolve -v. change or grow slowly

    to yell -v. make a long loud sound

    actor -not. a person who performs in front of the public to make people laugh

    cheap –adj. something inexpensive


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    Behind the Mask: Optimus Volts channels a love of vintage cartoons, sports and Mexican culture into his art


    Isaac Coronado sits in front of a bed frame in his Barrio Logan studio. What was once a simple wooden frame is now an alarming shade of red, decorated with elaborate carvings, old spray paint cans and downright spooky skulls, their mouths open as if screaming from the dark corners of the imagination of the creator.

    “It was broken into pieces when I found it. To be honest, it was actually in the trash,” says Coronado, who goes by the name Optimus Volts. at garage sales. We were driving and I just had to stop when I saw it. She kept telling me it was broken, but I said, “I bet I could fix it.” I saw in my head what I could do with it.

    Piece by piece, it took him a month to turn the bed frame into a downright gothic work of art that now sits in his studio. He ended up unveiling the frame in a solo exhibition at Sparks Gallery in 2019. Along with woodworking, which he learned from his father as a child, the piece includes resin skulls created by hand. using a mould.

    “The rooms were getting bigger and bigger until I was soon making furniture like this,” Coronado explains.

    The approach is emblematic of the Optimus Volts style. Take something that was once ordinary — a bed frame, baseball card, or comic book, for example — and turn it into something else. Something that may seem spooky or sinister on the surface, but is also representative of its culture and pop-cultural influences. The concept of upcycling – that is, taking something that would otherwise be thrown away and using it as a medium or a canvas – is not uncommon in the art world. But in the case of Coronado, and what has become his masked alter ego, it has become second nature. For him, a canvas can really be anything.

    “I’m the type of person who likes to use recycled and repurposed resources,” says Coronado. “Frames, wood, whatever.”

    Artist Isaac Coronado shows off one of his recycled trading cards in his Barrio Logan studio.

    (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

    Take his paintings, for example. A sports card collector and comic book fan since childhood, Coronado reuses vintage cards and comics, painting on faces and backgrounds to give them a pop-surreal vibe. Sports superstars like LeBron James and Ken Griffey Jr. are retouched to look like Día de los Muertos-style skeletons. The Batman and Thor comic book covers are painted in hyper-colorful, street art-style tones, with the character’s logo revamped in block letters to look like it’s been written on like a graffiti-style tag.

    “I get collectors from some players who DM me on Instagram or send me emails, and they want their favorite player made by me,” Coronado says when asked about his work on sports cards. “A lot of those people are reposting it, so a lot of card collectors are embracing it now.”

    This work in particular has led to some exciting opportunities. While once painting on a trading card was frowned upon, Coronado said he was recently invited by Beckett Media to an industry summit in Las Vegas. Beckett, arguably the most respected trading card and memorabilia grading company, gave Coronado its own stand at the top.

    “They are now embracing this type of work,” Coronado says. “It’s a big business in the industry, so just having them talk about me and my art makes other collectors accept it too.”

    Some of artist Isaac Coronado's hand painted vintage baseball cards.

    Some of artist Isaac Coronado’s hand painted vintage baseball cards.

    (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

    This concept of acceptability is one Coronado has struggled with over the years, but also one he pushed through. Born in Chula Vista and raised there and San Ysidro in the 80s and 90s, he remembers a time when his art style was not always easily embraced.

    “When I was growing up, street art and graffiti were considered bad or destruction of property,” says Coronado, who grew up in a Catholic family. “Even my parents thought I was just another hoodlum and thought I should paint religious stuff.”

    While he says he’s always been into the art, he admits he “often hung out with the wrong crowd in the South Bay.”

    “Back then, in the 80s and 90s, there was a lot of gang life,” Coronado recalls. “So I often got in trouble. Doing graffiti in the streets and stuff like that.

    He found refuge in things like comic books and cartoons that aired on Saturday mornings. When the cartoons were finished, he said he would switch the channel to a Spanish show in hopes they would show his other favorite show: lucha libre wrestling.

    “I was so drawn to it. I couldn’t take my eyes off it,” Coronado says.

    Artist Isaac Coronado with a bed frame he turned into a skull-filled artwork at his Barrio Logan studio.

    Artist Isaac Coronado, whose artist name is Optimus Volts, with a bed frame he transformed into a skull-filled artwork at his Barrio Logan studio.

    (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

    He drew sports personalities, wrestlers, and comic and cartoon characters in class. He says he “barely graduated” from high school but still decided to take art classes at Southwestern College in Chula Vista while doing odd jobs. It was at Southwestern that he met Michael Schnorr, a teacher and muralist who had a number of murals in Barrio Logan. Coronado often accompanied Schnorr to create murals and says that Schnorr was responsible, but incidentally, for the development of the Optimus Volts style.

    “The style actually developed in his painting class,” Coronado recalls, saying his own particular brand of using spray paint cans in his work stemmed from an incident where he was the victim of bullying by classmates. “To be honest, it came out of anger. One day I decided to tear these spray paints into pieces and ended up using them in a canvas.

    Schnorr came to love the new work, but it’s also a style that was born out of necessity. Making art can be expensive, and Coronado remembers using everything he could get his hands on to create his work. He would often take discarded materials and paints from his classmates, items they had left or thrown away, and repurpose them to create his own work. Judging from his current work, it’s a practice that’s still useful today.

    Out of school in the early 2000s, Coronado found a community in the local underground gallery scene at venues and events like Ray at Night, Roots Factory and The Spot, which eventually became La Bodega Gallery. He began wearing custom-made lucha libre masks and using the nickname Optimus Volts professionally around 2012.

    “When I put the mask on, I realized I wasn’t afraid to be on camera or to speak in public,” Coronado explains. “It started to pick up steam, all of these people loved it and loved my energy.”

    Over the past two decades, he has channeled his myriad influences into creating works that are both original and tribute. He has a solo exhibition featuring new work opening Nov. 11 at The Soap Factory space in Logan Heights. He says he’s just glad he stayed true to his style and now there’s a market for the art he’s had trouble with.

    “When I really started doing this, I was like, ‘You know what? I just want to be different and distinct,’ Coronado says. “It was like a new person starting a new chapter, and for some reason whatever, it just happened.”

    Last name: Optimus Volts (real name: Isaac Coronado)

    Born: Chula Vista, California

    Age: 45

    fun fact: His artist name is a mixture of the first name he used while doing graffiti (Volts) and Optimus Prime, a character from the popular 80s animated series, “Transformers”. His custom lucha libre masks often have a modified version of the emblem of the Autobots, the protagonists of the series.

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    Local author receives second book award | Local News


    Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr., founder of Renaissance Publications LLC and resident of Colombia, received the 2022 International African American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award in the Regional Genealogy category for his publication titled “The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga”. , Vol.1, A Narrative Story.

    The award was presented during a virtual awards ceremony at the African American Historical & Genealogical Society conference October 12-15. The session covering the winning authors was October 15, 2022, to honor the winners for their outstanding publications that accurately examine and describe African American history and genealogy in a wide variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction. fiction, for adults and young readers.

    Liesl Heinz named to BJU Bruins women’s cross country team

    GREENVILLE — Clarks Hill resident Liesl Heinz has been named to the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s cross-country team roster for the 2022-23 varsity year. Heinz is a junior nursing major at BJU.

    Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will attempt to become national champions again as the Bob Jones University Bruins compete in five regular-season competitions throughout the fall.

    “The goal was to expose the team to good competition and quality courses because we have a balanced cross-country schedule this season,” said head coach Ken Roach. “I feel like the team is much better prepared to approach racing more aggressively this season compared to last year. This will be very helpful as the calendar introduces new courses this year with new teams. We are positioning ourselves towards an NCAA DIII schedule which will be essential as we move forward.”

    CCTC welcomes new students for the fall 2022 semester

    SUMTER – Central Carolina Technical College is home to more than 3,000 students who began their college careers in fall 2022.

    Area students include: Roderick Cunningham from Sumter, Briana Curry from Graniteville, Merik Gardner from Wagener, TiMya Green from Smoaks, Amanda Guinyard from Aiken, Trinidy Hammond from Graniteville, Shania Jackson from Salley, Shaolin Kennedy from Aiken, John Moore from Aiken, Jessica Shiffner from Salley, Jack Taylor from North Augusta and Devin Yomtob from Summerton.

    John Paul White with special guest Sydney Rhame


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    John Paul White

    With The Hurting Kind, John Paul White has crafted a stunning album that draws inspiration from the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. Yet these songs retain a modern twist, which he writes about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships or the fading memory of a loved one.

    White grew up in little Loretto, Tennessee, and now lives in Florence, Alabama, not far from Muscle Shoals. He cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then as one half of The Civil Wars – a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before splitting in 2012. to categorize, White gained a fanbase among indie rock listeners, folk audiences, US outlets, and AAA radio. So what if people hear The Hurting Kind and call it country? “Well, that doesn’t scare me in the least,” he said. “Actually, it turns me on a bit.”

    What did you have in mind before The Hurting Kind sessions? I wanted The Hurting Kind to be a much more complex record than what I’ve done before. I wanted it to be a more thoughtful and arranged record. I had buried my head in countrypolitan stuff like Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline and early Roy Orbisons, and a lot of Chet Atkins and Bill Porter records. I think I was doing that because I was looking for that style of music in today’s world, and for any artist doing that kind of stuff. Then I decided to make the kind of record that I wanted to sit down and listen to – one that I was looking for and couldn’t find.

    Where did you save it?

    I have a little studio near my house called Sun Drop Sound, and it was one of the first things we recorded there. We converted an old turn-of-the-century home next door to mine in historic Florence, Alabama. It has high ceilings and large rooms. We were able to adapt the space to what we wanted this record to look like, and then captured it as we heard it in our heads. It was a lot of work and a lot of headaches sometimes too, because of the complexity of the songs.

    What makes writing The Hurting Kind different from your past work?

    I approached this album differently on the writing side before even entering the studio. I really wanted there to be a torch song quality, the classic, timeless quality. To not be afraid of the big note, and not to be afraid of the drama. Often, without even thinking about it, I take the reins away, especially when the lyrics are quite sad. When the lyrics are heavy enough, I’m a little more careful not to go too far. After conversations with people I’ve met on the road – telling them about the songs I’ve written and how they say my songs have helped them – I felt like I could say what I meant on this recording. And don’t worry about it being too watery or too heavy. I thought, “I’m just going to go.

    So I had this idea. My publisher, BMG, had been very kind and patient while waiting for songs from me. I knew I wanted to write new songs and I was like, “You know what? I will use their Rolodex, find my heroes and see what they do. See if they’re still writing songs – and see if they’re ready to write songs with me. One of the first phone numbers I got was Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. He’s one of my great heroes. He has this overflowing energy, this excitement! It was inspiring to see his eyes light up when a great line came out or a melody played. I just ate and fed him.

    Why was it important for you to research these classic writers?

    It played into the kind of record I wanted to make. Bill is definitely from that era – writing and recording songs like “The Tips of My Fingers” and “Still” – and to me, that’s hot. I thought, “Well, if he answers the phone, let’s see who else will.” So I called Bobby Braddock and he was on board. He told me a million amazing stories about writing songs like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “D-IVORC-E” and “Golden Ring” but also about his time playing the piano with Marty Robins. It was the best! We wrote a song in maybe an hour.

    It was also very rewarding in other ways, because I got immediate feedback from them on whether I was writing classic country songs or not. I told them right away, I really want to make a record that is undated. I don’t want it to be retro. I don’t want it to sound like those classic records, but I want it to have the same aesthetic. I want it to have the same thought process and be as deliberate as those recordings were. Coming out of each of these situations, I received resounding encouragement that I was on the right path. I didn’t need anyone else’s approval after that.

    You’ve built a huge international following with The Civil Wars. What do you hope these fans will hear in The Hurting Kind?

    I’ve always had the same mentality with everything I’ve been a part of – just write something that moves me. If it moves me, then I think it will move others. Then we’ll try to bring the subject back to a specific moment in time and really dissect that moment instead of trying to write an epic. Getting to the heart of something that bothers me, or makes me happy, or confuses me – I feel like I’m always doing the same thing. At the heart of it all is me and a guitar. There are other things going on, but deep down it’s really about the song, more than anything else. It’s always been that way, with my solo stuff, or with Civil Wars, or with anything I’ve written for the Nashville market. The core is always the most important part.

    What made you choose “The Hurting Kind” as the title track for this album?

    I titled this album The Hurting Kind because those are usually the types of emotions, ideas and songs that I deal with. The things that constantly come to mind every time I sit down to write a song. Whenever I listen to records, the songs I gravitate towards are the hurtful kind. These are the emotions that I think are the most powerful. These are the ones that last the longest. They cut deeper and they stay with us.

    The Runner Movie Review and Movie Synopsis (2022)


    Capturing one of the main paradoxes of childhood, “The Runner” portrays Amiro’s existence as one of both freedom and confinement. Because he has no adult to tell him what to do, the boy can exuberantly wander through a magnificent landscape of sea, plains and city. Yet he is smart enough to know that this place offers him no future and that poverty is the ultimate trap. His gaze repeatedly returns to the means of escape – trains, ships and, most bewitchingly, planes.

    Through, What Naderi shows us that Amiro’s life is not as convincing as How? ‘Or’ What he shows it. Rendered in Firooz Malekzadeh’s exquisite color cinematography, Amiro’s surroundings are full of dazzling light and color, with the clear edges of a hyper-realistic painting. But Naderi’s most distinctive technique is his use of movement (again Scorsese comes to mind), particularly the rapid sideways tracking shots and shots, say, from inside a train while he walks away from a crowd of boys running pell-mell after it. Obviously, Amiro, an itinerant, is the title runner, but the same word could be applied to the film itself, which has a frantic gait (the editing is by Bahram Beyzai, one of Iran’s greatest filmmakers).

    Lest anyone suspect that Naderi stumbled across this captivating visual language on his own, it should be noted that he was known as the most avid moviegoer among leading pre-revolutionary directors. In Iran, I heard the story of how he once drove a VW Bug from Tehran to London to be on the front lines for the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” When Iranian films began to hit international festivals in the 1980s, critics often spotted the influence of the two most important previous movements in postwar cinema, Italian neorealism and the French New Wave. “The Runner” highlights the impact of both. Like De Sica’s “Shoeshine,” it was shot in real-life locations and uses non-professional children in a story of social outcasts. As in Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”, its story is drawn from the director’s own life. (The influence of “Pierrot le Fou” and other Godard films can be felt in the film’s visuals.)

    During the Iranian new wave period, Naderi made some great films with movie stars, but he also kicked off the autobiographical side of his work with a film called “Harmonica”, which also features a character called Amiro. (His teenage years were dramatized in “Experience,” which he wrote and directed by Abbas Kiarostami.) After the effective destruction of Iranian cinema in the 1979 revolution, there was doubt about his resurrection under the Islamic Republic. . In May 1981, Naderi, Kiarostami, Beyzai and other New Wave veterans published an open letter urging the regime to rebuild the film industry. Within two years, their advice was heard and cinema resumed in Iran.

    IHC seeks written arguments on the justification of the ECP


    ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday requested written submissions from PTI’s lawyer on a petition challenging the show cause notice of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a case of financing prohibited.

    The court also instructed the lawyer to share the copy of the arguments with Akber S Baber, the plaintiff in a prohibited finance case. The largest bench headed by Judge Aamer Farooq and comprising Judge Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Judge Baber Sattar heard the case.

    At the start of the hearing, PTI lawyer Anwar Mansoor said depositing money into accounts had been declared as prohibited funding. The said amount was collected abroad and sent to Pakistan, he added, indicating what is wrong if the company concerned itself admitted that this money was only sent by them.

    Counsel took the position that as per procedure after review of any party’s accounts, a justification was used to be served and then a final decision was made. But in this case, the ECP declared this opinion as the final verdict and proclaimed the PTI as foreign-funded, he said.

    The attorney also referred to a highest court verdict and US law and asked how his party could be said to be foreign-funded. However, he admitted that the ECP had the authority to collect the relevant data. The court asked the head of the PTI to do paper work and submit written arguments at the next hearing. The rehearing of the case was then adjourned until November 22.

    How best-selling author Jenny Lawson deals with her anxiety at work


    Best-selling author Jenny Lawson has had a busy career.

    Her site, The Bloggess, which features her colorful blogging for more than a decade, has been named one of the top 100 sites for women by Forbes and has won numerous awards. She has written four books, including “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and her most recent, “Broken (in the Best Possible Way),” all of which were New York Times bestsellers. More recently, in 2019, she opened a bookstore, Nowhere Bookshop, in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

    Among the topics Lawson covers at length is his own mental health. She has written openly about her struggles with depression, ADHD and OCD. She also frequently spoke about how anxiety manifested in various aspects of her life.

    Lawson recently spoke to CNBC Make It via email about battling workplace anxiety.

    CNBC Make It: How often do you experience anxiety in your professional life?

    Jenny Lawson: All the time. It never completely disappears.

    How does this manifest for you?

    A gnawing sense of doom. I’m afraid of never finishing what I have to do. If it gets bad, my stomach hurts and sometimes it can feel like a terrible stomach flu.

    How do you deal with your anxiety at work?

    I remember that I have always crossed it before and therefore I will cross it again. I take a walk when I feel overwhelmed. If it gets too bad, I allow myself to take a break for a while or even for the day. I’m lucky to be able to reschedule my work for weird hours so I can work around my brain when it gets too weird. Breathing exercises also help me. And if all else fails, there’s always Xanax.

    Has anyone given you any advice on how to handle it?

    Once, while recording my first audiobook, I was not well because my anxiety overwhelmed me. Neil Gaiman told me to pretend I was good at it. I did and it totally worked. Even now, if I have to speak in front of people, I first write “pretend to be good” on my arm. Also, beta-blockers. Talk to your doctor first.

    Do you have anything else to add on the subject?

    Sometimes the anxiety of not being able to work because you are anxious becomes a snake biting its own tail. I wish there was an easy answer, but I remind myself that all the things I’ve been worried about in the past have generally worked out well and I can’t undo all the time I’ve wasted at worry. This can sometimes help me worry less. But sometimes it makes me more worried because I worry about all the time I’ve lost and will continue to lose. Anxiety sucks.


    The work was overwhelming. I couldn’t stay motivated. I would let go. Turns out I have ADHD.

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    The 12th annual film festival kicks off with an author’s perspective on diversity


    Jerald Walker reads his essays. / Photo by Alberto Guzman

    UPDATE October 26: YourArlington intern Jingfei Cui attended the kickoff of the 12th annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) on October 4 as acclaimed writer Jerald Walker spoke at the Boston Public Library. Here are his reports and descriptive commentary on the event:

    It might have to do with my paranoia, or my recollection of school events organized by Emerson’s international student office that only international students, a small proportion of the student body, attended. Making efforts to promote and celebrate “diversity” in the real world is more or less like inserting an extra after-school class into an already busy schedule. Therefore, I didn’t expect huge crowds when it comes to events titled “international,” especially when the conversation started with less than 20 attendees in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library; then I found out I didn’t need it.

    The Arlington International Film Festival has a tradition of celebrating the arts in its various forms, while this event was a celebration of creative writing “which has the ability to lift us out of ourselves and allow us to see and understand others,” April Ranck, the festival’s executive director, said at the kickoff.

    Ranck presented Walker, a former professor of mine at Emerson College, who, as I know, dedicates his life to writing and teaching writing. Walker spoke about his experience as a determined writer – and the importance of not letting the unfair aspects of reality enslave his mind. As the event progressed, humor and candor filled the air.

    ‘Dragon Slayers’

    Walker read an excerpt from his essay “Dragon Slayers“, which figured both in his memoirs, street shadowsand in his most recent book, How to Make a Slave and Other Trials. In the story, Walker describes how he was at a Christmas party talking with a white man who said he believed Walker should hate “all white people” because they are his “oppressors”, as the insisted the man.

    Walker read: “I looked around the room, just as one of my oppressors passed by. She was holding a tray of canapes. She gave me one. I asked the man if, as a remedy, I should take two. This evoked one of the many waves of laughter in the room. Nevertheless, people were serious about the content of the event; several participants had notebooks in hand and frequently wrote things down.

    Sitting in the largely vacant room, I thought that a larger group would have found enlightenment in this way of approaching racial issues? Is the ‘big group’, as I have phrased it, aware of the variety of ways to communicate about diversity?

    The Arlington Film Festival is set to present its 12th annual Thursday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Capitol Theater in East Arlington.

    The event moderator was Arlington resident Crystal Haynes.

    Arianna Stoughton poster, 2022

    Walker’s past

    A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Walker has seen his work published in magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, The Missouri Review, The Harvard Review, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review and The Oxford American. It has been widely anthologized, including five times in America’s Best Essays.

    Walker is the author of Street Shadows: A memoir of race, rebellion and redemption, recipient of the 2011 PEN New England/LL Winship Award for Nonfiction and named best memoir of the year by Kirkus Reviews. He also wrote The World in Flames: A Black Childhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult.

    His latest book, How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Nonfiction, and it won the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction.

    ACMi interviews Walker:

    He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the James A. Michener Foundation and, in 2022, the MacArthur Foundation.

    Walker’s doctorate is in interdisciplinary studies, combining the fields of African American literature, African American history, and creative writing.

    Before coming to Emerson College, where he is a professor of creative writing, he was an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State University. He was also a visiting professor in writing and humanistic studies at MIT and in the MFA in nonfiction program at the University of Iowa. Her teaching honors include the Favorite Faculty Award and the Martha D. Jones Award for Most Outstanding Dedication to Students.

    Crystal HaynesCrystal Haynes

    Haynes, the moderator, is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and weekend anchor for Boston 25 News.

    His Prices and equity in education The series won Northeast Regional Emmy and Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She is the creator, producer and host of the award-winning series Boston’s Black History: Inspiring Our Future series.

    Haynes is an Arlington resident. She is the event task force leader at the Arlington Human Rights Commission, a member of the Boston Association of Black Journalists, a member of the NAACP, and a part-time lecturer at Northeastern. University.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College and a master’s degree in media advocacy from the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University.

    This news and opinion mix was published in August 2022 and updated on October 14, 2022, to add comments from YourArlington intern Jingfei Cui. On October 26, it was moved to Your View, the site’s blog, where the opinion is posted.

    Award-winning author coming to Haddington to discuss a new book


    MARY, Queen of Scots, and the clothes she wore are the focus of an evening with a best-selling author.

    Clare Hunter will be at Holy Trinity Church in Haddington tomorrow to discuss her latest book, Embroidering Her Truth.

    The author has been a banner maker, community textile artist and textile curator for over 20 years and started the community business NeedleWorks in Glasgow.

    His first book, Threads of Life, won the Saltire First Book Award and was named Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month.

    She will visit the Haddington site tomorrow to discuss how Mary used textiles to advance her political agenda, affirm her royal lineage and tell her own story.

    Embroidering Her Truth seeks to blend history, politics and memoir to tell the story of Mary, Queen of Scots.

    Clare will be interviewed about her new book by Kristian Kerr, Advertising Manager at Birlinn Ltd, followed by questions from the audience.

    It will be possible to buy books and have them signed by the author after the end of the conference.

    The event, sponsored by The Lamp of Lothian, starts at 7.30pm.

    Anyone wishing to attend the free evening should contact [email protected]

    Letter: Stop Questioning Local Educators About Books | Letters to the Editor


    Maria Parker applauds the clergy for identifying and exposing pornographic books in our public school libraries, and she believes that a meeting among said clergy to further discuss the removal of pornographic and age-inappropriate material should take place.

    HELLO!!! Is there a Bible in the house? And, by home, I mean Westerly Public School Libraries. Well, look no further for stories of perversion and sexual deviance, because it’s all there. We’ve all heard (at least those of us of a certain age) about sex, drugs and glorified rock ‘n’ roll in the seventies. What about rape, incest, adultery and immorality personified throughout the chapter and verse? The Bible has it all!! Should this be one of the books to be removed from school shelves? Are we going to make high school students avoid learning about the Italian Renaissance altogether? The walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are adorned with naked bodies, and let’s not forget the Renaissance sculpture, ‘David’, which leaves everything ‘hanging out’, so to speak. So should we hide or suppress all books on Michelangelo since homosexuality seeps through his art? Is it porn or is it art? Who’s deciding ? So which clergy would be the decision maker? We have Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Protestants, etc. Oh, and if we’re fair, we should have someone to represent Wicca too.

    Having the clergy decide the contents of the library goes against public education! Going back to the “good old days” (were they really that good?) is a panacea. What some would call “dirty” books also existed back then, along with drugs, alcohol and bullying. And, inevitably, there was always a moral authority trying to ban certain books. In my day it was JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” and DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. Of course, I read them both.

    Open dialogues between parents and their children are what is needed rather than having a “chosen” group of individuals picking and choosing what those dialogues will, in fact, be in designing school curricula. Stop guessing our local educators and know that they have your children’s best interests at heart.

    Beverly Conti


    Colin Farrell in a weird movie


    The best way I can find to describe “The Banshees of Inisherin” is…interesting. But, to be honest, I’ve never walked out of a movie feeling more confused.

    The film is something of a reunion for director Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who worked together on another dark comedy, 2008’s “In Bruges.”

    Farrell also starred in “The Lobster,” which has similar vibes to “The Banshees of Inisherin.” So these guys are no strangers to the genre, but I can’t say this movie is their best work.

    It starts with the end of a friendship

    Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) are best friends forever until the day they are gone.

    Colm decides, seemingly out of nowhere, that he no longer wants to be friends with Pádraic. Not because of what he did or said, but simply because he’s “boring” and Colm wants to spend the rest of his life having great conversations and creating a legacy through music.

    Colin Farrell stars in

    Pádraic lives with his sister, Siobhan (Kerry Condon), in their deceased parents’ house, where they have several animals, including Pádraic’s beloved donkey which he treats more like a dog. Siobhan is an avid reader and incredibly smart, but when offered a job as a librarian she is afraid to take it, as it would be leaving Pádraic alone since Colm was her only friend.

    It’s a story of loneliness

    Out of loneliness, Pádraic begins to spend more time with Dominic (Barry Keoghan), a child whom everyone on the island finds annoying, but whom they pity because it is common knowledge that his father, a policeman, is violent.

    Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan in

    Everyone knows everyone’s business on such a small island.

    In fact, it’s so small that there’s only one pub, so Colm and Pádraic are bound to cross paths at some point. And, of course, they do.

    When the time comes, Pádraic can’t help but try to reason with Colm, who threatens that if Pádraic doesn’t leave him alone, he’ll cut off the fingers of his left hand, which would make it quite difficult to finish writing. the violin song he is working on.

    Nobody knows if he’s bluffing or not, but it’s a risk they urge Pádraic not to take.

    Behind “The Banshees”

    “The Banshees of Inisherin” is named after the title Colm gives to the song he writes. In Irish folklore, banshees are female spirits that scream or howl to signal that a family member is about to die.

    It’s visually stunning, well-written, and the acting is top-notch. But without context, the plot falls flat, leaving behind an unsettling and bizarre film.

    Maybe I can save you from my fate by giving you some history.

    The relationship between Pádraic and Colm in “The Banshess” is an allegory of the Irish Civil War which ended in 1923, the year the film is set. The plot makes a lot more sense once you know that.

    My question is, how was I supposed to know? Is it just me? Is everyone familiar with Irish history in the 1920s?

    Maybe I’m the problem. Some movies just aren’t for everyone. And if so, maybe this movie just wasn’t for me.

    ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ 2.5 stars

    Awesome ★★★★★ Good ★★★★

    Correct ★★★ Bad ★★ Bomb ★

    Director: Martin McDonagh.

    With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

    Rating: R for language overall, some violent content, and brief graphic nudity.

    Note: In theaters October 28.

    Contact the reporter at [email protected] or follow the reporter on Twitter @alexispotter_.

    LI Young Adult Author’s New Novel ‘Creep: A Love Story’ is set on LI


    ROSLYN, NY — A young adult novelist from Roslyn has set another acclaimed novel on Long Island. “Creep: A Love Story” was released in September, and local readers will recognize many of the settings and details, according to interviews with author Lygia Day Peñaflor.

    Peñaflor’s latest novel follows “All of This Is True” and “Unscripted Joss Byrd”, and like “All of This Is True”, is set on Long Island. “Creep” is set in a fictional Catholic high school and follows a young female protagonist who becomes obsessed with a popular couple at her high school.

    She told the School Library Journal that she likes to add details about Long Island for local readers to her books.

    “In ‘Creep,’ I name Drop Old Westbury Gardens, Hempstead Turnpike, Garden City and local celebrities like Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey.”

    Another recurring element of Long Island in the novel is the characters’ love of dining in restaurants.

    Peñaflor’s first novel was inspired by his work as a private tutor for young Hollywood stars like the “Gossip Girl” actors.

    The fictional Catholic high school in “Creep” was inspired by Peñaflor’s own high school, Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.

    “I don’t see a lot of YA books in a Catholic school, so I thought readers would like it too,” she told the School Library Journal.

    “The student body reflects the demographics of a Catholic school on Long Island. Laney Villanueva is Filipino-American, and so am I. I also wanted to include the mass, the choir, and the tight-knit community.”

    GHC to host “Haunted Humanities” Halloween events at its libraries – Six Mile Post


    Julia Haynes

    Authors such as famous horror writers Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft can exhibit their novels in the GHC libraries. (Photo illustration)

    On Halloween, Monday, October 31, GHC will host afternoon “Haunted Humanities” events at the Paulding, Cartersville, and Floyd Libraries from 2-5 p.m. and at the Marietta campus on Thursday, October 27 from 3 p.m. at 17 o’clock. pm

    The main event at the Floyd Campus Library will be a Spooky Short Stories contest at 2 p.m. Students will have 20 minutes to write a two-sentence horror story based on an inkblot prompt. English teacher Frank Minor will present the top writer with a $10 gift card.

    Next, there will be an Open Mic where students can share a story or read a Halloween-themed poem. Students are encouraged to wear costumes and refreshments will be provided throughout each event.

    There will be a horror writing workshop and a two-sentence horror story contest at the Cartersville campus library at 2 p.m. It will be moderated by Shannan Harrington, Assistant English Teacher and Creative Writing Club Supervisor. She, along with Creative Writing Club members and librarians, will judge each story and choose the winners to receive prizes, which have yet to be determined.

    “I love discussing the different elements of creative writing, and thriller/horror is such a fun and challenging genre with unique characteristics,” Harrington said. “I hope participants find it useful, and I also really look forward to reading the two-sentence horror stories our students write. Some that I read in the past still haunt me today.

    Pizzas, drinks and candies will be offered to participants and costumes are encouraged.

    Local horror novelist Andy Davidson will host a reading and signing of his latest novel, ‘The Hollow Kind’, at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of Paulding Learning Commons. There will also be trick-or-treating activities, a costume contest and a “ghost hunt”. Assistant English teacher Danny Bellinger is credited with hosting the Paulding event.

    Events at the Marietta Campus Library will take place from 3-5 p.m. on October 27. There will be an Open Mic night where students are encouraged to share spooky poetry, essays and songs. Assistant English teacher Mackleen Desravines hosts the event.

    According to Floyd Campus Library Associate Tamantha Hargett, there will be “a horror and true crime book exhibit set up for the month of October” throughout the events across all campuses. Students are encouraged to read in the library or consult books to continue at home.

    “Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I had a blast planning this event,” Hargett said.

    The idea for “Haunted Humanities” began as a collaboration between the GHC Humanities department and campus libraries to attract more students to the library and to promote the Creative Writing Club and the upcoming Highland Writers Conference.

    “We wanted to give students on all of our campuses the opportunity to engage with their English faculty outside of the classroom to complete spooky-themed activities and develop their love for the humanities and our fabulous faculty,” Professor of Library and Information Science and Cartersville Librarian, Caroline Evergreen, said. “At each activity there will be a prize as well as food and drink provided by the Creative Writing Club.”

    Award-winning poet and essayist Ross Gay celebrates the unexpected possibilities of joy

    Poet and author Ross Gay will appear at Brookline Booksmith on Friday and the Boston Book Festival on Saturday as part of his multi-city tour in support of his new book of essays, “Inciting Joy.”NATACHA KOMODA

    Ross Gay wants to throw a party for your grief. It’s going to be a loud affair, with dancing, fabulous covers of all your favorite songs, tons of food, a backyard full of people – some you know, some you don’t – and all their sorrows too. Everyone will bring a dish, and somehow, even if your house is a mess, everyone will feel a little lighter, because of this shared carrying and caring.

    In Gay’s new collection of essays, “Inciting Joy,” due out Tuesday, the writer explores the intersections between grief and loss as well as the opportunities for joy. Considered “prompts”, these essays are arguments embedded in stories that stretch like rubber bands around the themes of laughter, basketball, skateboarding, gardening, time, death, music , gratitude and dance. It is impossible to read them without feeling a shift in your awareness of joy and its unexpected possibilities.

    The Poet Laureate will perform at Brookline Booksmith on Friday and as part of the Boston Book Festival on Saturday. Ahead of the release of “Inciting Joy,” Gay sat down with the Globe to discuss the transgressive and complex nature of joy and his new found love for the essay form.

    Award-winning poet and essayist Ross Gay’s latest book of essays, “Inciting Joy,” arrives October 25.Provided

    Q Since publishing your last book of essays, “The Book of Delights”, in 2019, how have you found pleasure, especially during the pandemic?

    A. I gardened, followed people, wrote, tried to take care of my relationships. Talking to my mom on Zoom. [Laughs] My dear mother, she didn’t know how to make him look at her face instead of her forehead.

    Q In “Inciting Joy”, you consider joy rather than pleasure. How would you describe the relationship between pleasure and joy?

    A. Things like time are a component of pleasure: you have time to walk, to smell the flowers, to have a conversation. If you’re working 60 hours a week in miserable conditions, which so many people are, there’s not much time for those other things that give our lives meaning. Joy is a more serious emotion that is actually born out of our sorrows, born out of our sorrows. When we come together in our sorrows, or help each other carry our sorrows, that is where joy emerges. Joy does not exist without pain. He does not exist without sorrow.

    Q The essays in this collection are full of stories. They are also directives. (“Share your bucket!”, which is about skateboarding, is the fifth prompt; losing your phone is the seventh.) What made you decide to organize the book by prompts? It’s almost as if joy is transgressive or illegal.

    A. [Laughs] Exactly. I think of one of my skate heroes, Mark Gonzales, running from the law while skating in front of a bank or something. When I say we incite, I wonder about the way we care for each other, the way we love each other remarkably, and how those ways are a profound rejection of this manufactured belief that we would fail to take care of each other if it weren’t for [institutions] who brutalize us.

    Q You are not present on social networks, and I heard that you are rather low-tech. What is the connection between denial and the pursuit of joy?

    A. The book of refusal could be another title for this book. Fifteen years ago when [phones] there was [social] codes. You haven’t really talked on the phone out loud and in public. Now, all of these things make us less caring about those we love. And if we’re not open to what’s in front of our eyes, if we’re not aware of who’s there, that’s a real recipe for disappointment.

    Q How does your version of joy differ from, say, Marie Kondo’s version that only keeps objects that “spark joy”? Can an object bring you joy?

    A. I have this papaya sitting in front of me that I’m going to eat, from a tree my partner and I grew. It is sometimes called the Indiana banana; it tastes like a mixture of banana and pineapple. Just talking to you about it, I feel a lot of joy! And I have other things, like my father’s slippers, and scarves from people who are no longer there, and I’m glad I have them. They make me feel connected, and I’m happy to have them.

    Q One of the many pleasures of this collection are the long, long footnotes. Why did you decide to include them?

    A. I’m so glad you asked! They are a formal element for me, and they appeared in the writing process. It’s a way to digress like you would in a conversation, and a really interesting way to slip mini-essays into these low-key meditations. I’ve always loved the footnotes to “The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. It’s like the writer comes out from behind the story and tells you things you need to know to understand the book.

    Q You are well known for your poetry. What do you think essays communicate that poetry cannot or cannot?

    A. There’s something about a relationship with an audience, so with essays you’re in conversation with people you might not otherwise be because of writing poetry. I’m really interested in the essay form because there’s not really a way to do it, so it’s more open-ended than poetry. Trying really just means an attempt, or an effort; it could really be anything. And, in my writing, I like to do what I can’t do.

    The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

    Rachel Becker is a poet, writer and teacher of English and creative writing at Newton South High School. She can be reached at [email protected].

    A new Stephen King book promises a lot – and it delivers


    It’s been almost 50 years since Stephen King published “Carrie” and turned mainstream publishing upside down. Never before has a “horror writer” achieved the kind of gigantic sales that King has enjoyed, nor achieved the widespread popularity that the prolific author enjoys.

    Just after King’s 75th birthday, Bev Vincent, King’s longtime scholar, friend and collaborator, took the opportunity to update his “Stephen King Companion” with “Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences”. The subtitle promises a lot, and King’s loyal “constant readers” will be delighted with the results.

    Similar books have been published before, but this one strikes a happy balance between the heaviness of an encyclopedia and the narrowness of some semi-professional undertaking.

    Vincent is the author of “The Dark Tower Companion”, “The Road to the Dark Tower”, the Bram Stoker Award nominated companion to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and “The Stephen King Illustrated Companion”, which was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award and a 2009 Bram Stoker Award. In 2018, Vincent and King co-edited the “Flight or Fright” anthology.

    When it comes to exhibiting King’s work, Vincent knows his stuff, inside out. Whether he’s writing about King’s radio station or his time with the Rock-Bottom Remainders, Vincent is curious in his approach and thorough in his results.

    Many King fans will have read tales of how his wife Tabitha King saved “Carrie” from the trash when her husband gave up on the idea of ​​writing convincingly about young teenage women. Some readers are under the impression that she saved her career that night, but the reality is more nuanced.

    As Vincent recounts, King began writing — and submitting for publication — stories at an early age. His first professional sale, “The Glass Floor”, was published by Startling Mystery Stories for $30.

    By the time he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, King was working on the novel “Getting It On,” which would become “Rage,” and on “The Long Walk,” which intrigued the editor. from Doubleday, Bill Thompson, just shy. from the point of actually buying the book.

    There is a chapter on “The Poetry of Stephen King”, including “The Dark Man”, one of the earliest references to the mutable villain from “The Stand” and the “Dark Tower” sequence. King probably won’t be celebrated for his verse, but his early influences are worth noting.

    “Stephen King” features a generous helping of illustrations, from family snapshots to correspondence with Thompson of Doubleday, who essentially “discovered” King, to a photo of him accepting a medal from President Obama.

    Fans of the “Dark Tower” sequence will be delighted to find information that connects hundreds of characters, settings, and concepts. Vincent writes, “A dominant theme in King’s fiction is that reality is thin and that there are countless, possibly infinite, parallel universes adjacent to each other with only thin curtains separating the parallel realities.”

    Vincent’s clear and lively writing style suits the Compagnon. He is learned without being pedantic and unearths intriguing anecdotes.

    Interested in visiting King’s version of his original state? There’s a generous section on the geographical and historical attractions of Derry, referred to in “IT” as an alternate version of Bangor, listing dozens of mysterious deaths. Other examples of prime real estate in Stephen King’s universe include Castle Rock, home of Cujo and the boys from “The Body,” and Haven, a coastal community with its share of strange happenings.

    According to Vincent, tour operators are offering a king-themed excursion to Bangor, taking care not to disturb the locals who these days rarely reside in the mansion behind a wrought-iron fence infested with giant spiders. The house is to be converted into a scholarly library and writers retreat accessible only by invitation.

    The book includes a particularly interesting section on King’s many collaborators. It makes sense that the author would want to work with his pseudonymous son Joe Hill on a tribute to legendary fantasy Richard Matheson. But who had the idea to pair John Mellencamp with King for a musical project such as “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County”?

    Vincent offers details about King’s only non-fiction partner, Stewart O’Nan. The two followed the Boston Red Sox during the team’s unlikely championship season in 2004, resulting in “Faithful.” This relationship inspired another baseball-related project with O’Nan, the short story “A Face in the Crowd”.

    “Stephen King” is as up-to-date as it gets, with short entries on last year’s “Billy Summers,” this spring’s “Gwendy’s Final Task,” and the recently released (and particularly well-received) “Fairy Tale.” Fans of the Bill Hodges trilogy will be happy to know that King is working on another book starring idiosyncratic detective Holly Gibney.

    Readers will find plenty of details about the car accident that nearly killed King in 1999. Knocked down during his daily walk, King was told he might never walk again and endured months of therapy excruciating and addictive to painkillers. After all that agony, King insisted on attending the presentation of the National Medal of Arts, which resulted in a two-month bout of pneumonia that nearly killed him.

    Vincent includes a useful set of appendices, which include lists of short stories, novels, and adaptations.

    It’s been a long time since anyone compared King’s literary output to a Big Mac. Vincent’s “Stephen King” convincingly shows how experimental King was, willing to tackle a serialized novel like “The Green Mile” or write from the perspective of a middle-aged woman. He wrote an e-book, “Ur”, exclusively for the Amazon Kindle and still allows fans to get the rights to some of his stories and film them as “Dollar Babies”.

    King is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, but what could his literary legacy be? Vincent quotes him as saying, “I have never been wrong that I am going to have a lot of popularity beyond my lifetime. . . . There may be one or two books that people will read later. “The Stand” and “The Shining” are likely contenders.

    King has repeatedly threatened to retire, and despite hiatuses, near-tragedies and fallow periods, he maintains an impressive output for someone who has been around for three-quarters of a century.

    As Vincent demonstrates, King still occupies the throne of horror. May he reign long!

    Berkeley writer Michael Berry is from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has contributed to Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, New Hampshire Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. He can be contacted at: [email protected]
    Twitter: @mlberry

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    Pratha REVEALS the truth to Prathna; share a meeting in tears


    The celebrations are in full swing as Anmol and Rudra are about to get married. Rudra still finds himself unable to overcome his love for Prathna, while the latter is determined to kill Rudra. She loses an opportunity to kill him when he prepares, and when he catches her rummaging through her suitcase, Prathna transforms into Anmol just in time. As Anmol’s friends train Prathna as Anmol for mehendi, the real Anmol arrives and Prathna escapes. Everyone is shocked to see that the mehendi they applied on Anmol’s hand is gone.

    Rudra is still in love with Prathna to the extent that he imagines Prathna instead of Anmol when the two are dancing. When a chandelier breaks loose, Prathna pushes Anmol aside and the injured elders. Pratha takes Prathna to heal her wounds and reveals the truth – that Prathna is Pratha’s biological daughter. The two share a tearful reunion, much to Naagraaj Thakshak’s delight. But Prathna is worried thinking that Rishabh, her biological father, is the one who murdered her adoptive father, the professor.

    Anmol hugs Prathna and says she loves him, while Prathna swears to protect her sister at all costs and prevent her marriage to Rudra, whom Prathna thinks is a murderer. Meanwhile, Rudra wonders whether or not he should tell Anmol the truth that he doesn’t love her.

    When Anmol is going to change his dupatta, Rudra is going to tell her that he loves someone else, but will still consider her as his best friend. Anmol is devastated by the news and takes a gun and puts it to her head. She threatens to commit suicide if Rudra does not marry her. Rudra gives in.

    As her friends rush to her side, Anmol says the gun she had was fake. She dismisses Rudra’s proclamation, while pre-wedding nervousness. She states that Rudra only loves her job and no other woman can come between them, and if a woman does, she would kill her.

    Rishabh takes Rudra aside to talk to her, and Prathna rejoices that the two people she wanted to kill are together, making it easier for her. Just as Prathna is about to put her plan into action, she is taken to the dance floor.

    Rishabh tells Rudra about the Naag Mahal they were looking for, which the wicked wanted to find and open the gates. Rishabh reveals that the villains need the Sesh naagin to open the door, and he tries to convince Rudra of the naagin’s existence. Rishabh reveals that there is hidden treasure in the temple. Rishabh tells Rudra about Zack’s return.

    Zack’s father and Rudra are seen plotting together. It is revealed that Rudra’s father betrays Rudra, passing all important news to Zack before it even hits the channel. Rudra’s father reveals that he is one of the five people who want to harm the nation.

    Prathna discovers that five people are responsible for her father’s death and mistakenly thinks that Rishabh and Rudra are among them.

    Rudra saves Prathna from a live wire. Prathna is invited to Anmol’s bachelorette party and tries to convince Anmol to give up his marriage to Rudra, to no avail.

    During the Haldi ceremony, Anmol asks Prathna to apply Haldi on her first, fulfilling the role of a sister. Patalini mixes something in the haldi to turn it blood red and spoil the ceremony, but is shocked to find her sinister plan isn’t working. Pratha arrives and tells Urvashi and Patalini that she intercepted their plan. She warns that she will destroy the two if they mess up her family again.

    A Buddhist monk, author of a new book, finds his home in the Ozarks


    Buddhist monk Khentrul Lodro T’haye Rinpoche grew up in the mountains of Tibet in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, when China destroyed its monasteries and desecrated its shrines.

    These days, he lives in the hills of northern Arkansas, freely teaching the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism at the Katog Choling Mountain Retreat Center near Jasper, and sharing his wisdom with visitors from around the world.

    Last month, Shambhala Publications, based in Boulder, Colorado, released his book, “The Power of the Mind: A Tibetan Monk’s Guide to Finding Freedom in Every Challenge.”

    Rinpoche emphasizes lojong – the training of the mind – as the path to serenity and contentment.

    “Peace and happiness can be achieved, but not by seeking something in the outer world. Peace and happiness are found within ourselves,” he writes in the introduction. “If our minds are disturbed, we can never find lasting peace and happiness.”

    The book offers Buddhist teachings, meditation techniques, and “21 actions to take that support mind training.”

    Actor Michael Imperioli, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” says “The Power of the Mind” contains wisdom that “can benefit us all, from absolute beginners to most seasoned dharma practitioner”.

    Psychologist Tara Brach calls the book “a deep well of wisdom that is both timeless and practical.”

    The monk’s followers call him Rinpoche, an honorary title given to highly respected lamas. Born in 1965, he is considered a reincarnated master or tulkou.

    As a child, the formal Buddhist teaching “was very underground”, but the principles were instilled in him nonetheless by his mother and others, he said.

    He was taught “to do no harm and to truly give love, compassion and kindness” because “every living being was worthy of compassion”, he said.

    As restrictions on Buddhism eased, he was able to receive formal instruction.

    Today, he holds three kenpo degrees – the equivalent of a doctorate – in Buddhist philosophy and speaks two languages ​​besides English: Tibetan and Chinese.

    He is also abbot of Mardo Tashi Choling in eastern Tibet, notes his biography.

    Since arriving in the United States two decades ago to teach at a Buddhist center, he has developed a national following.


    Initially, however, he suffered culture shock.

    “I didn’t speak a word of English when I arrived in this country. Not even ‘Hello’,” he said Wednesday, through an interpreter.

    “It was quite an experience to land in this country and not know anything. I didn’t know anyone personally,” he said.

    Before boarding the plane that would take him to America, his friends handed him a piece of paper and encouraged him to share it with those he met.

    “Please help this man because he doesn’t speak English,” he said.

    The travelers Rinpoche met at San Francisco International Airport pointed him in the right direction, allowing him to arrive on time for his connecting flight to Redding, California.

    He was met at the airport by Paloma Lopez Landry, a woman who had studied Tibetan in Nepal.

    Since then, she has translated her teachings – and this book – into English – for audiences around the world.

    After two decades in the United States, Rinpoche’s oral comprehension skills are considerable; he can answer questions in his most recently acquired language, but generally prefers to answer them in Tibetan.


    He teaches on both coasts and in between, his home base is in Newton County.

    The property was purchased in 2007.

    “I was looking for a place in the United States to have a retreat center…and we were looking everywhere,” he said.

    “One of the issues, for example, on the east coast or the west coast is that it’s very expensive,” he said.

    There’s also more red tape there, he noted.

    “We were looking for somewhere we could afford that didn’t have very strict zoning laws,” he said.

    He was looking for “a natural environment with trees, water and mountains, and ideally, beautiful,” he said. Somewhere rural but not “so remote that we couldn’t get there from anywhere”.

    “I had several friends and students looking around and a few of them took a trip to the Ozark Mountains, and we got way more than we could have ever wanted. We love this place,” did he declare.

    Early on, he and his followers built a temple on the property, not far from the Buffalo River, incorporating a grotto into the design.

    Soon cabins were added. A barn has been restored and transformed into a gathering place. It is now planned to become a kitchen and a dining room.

    A new temple was built on a hill.


    Now that he is a published author, Rinpoche’s message is gaining an even wider audience and he oversees meditation groups on four continents.

    In recent weeks, he’s been on a promotional tour that’s taken him across the country, including New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and even Fairbanks, Alaska.

    He will return to Arkansas next week for the Six Bridges Book Festival in Little Rock, followed by a November 1 appearance at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, then on to Miami, Oxford University in England and London.

    Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of “taming the mind” to cultivate positive rather than negative thoughts and emotions, portraying it as the key to peace of mind.

    “External circumstances can only rid us of so much suffering and can only give us so much happiness, and that is very limited,” he said. “We actually have the ability to work with our mind to free ourselves from suffering and find true happiness.”

    Short animations by a local artist a window on homelessness in Brandon


    October 21, 2022

    Brandon artist and educator Chris Reid presents a window into the realities of homelessness in Brandon in his latest project Twig, a series of animated shorts.

    Reid will present his animations at a public lecture at Brandon University (BU) on Thursday, October 27. Her work addresses the stigma of homelessness and gives a voice to those who are often not heard or listened to in their communities.

    The animations are based on interviews Reid conducted in 2020 with homeless people in Brandon. Interviews were conducted in person at the Brandon Safe and Warm Drop-In Center and the Community Health and Housing Association drop-in room.

    This latest project stems from his previous work featured in Nothing Smells in Absolute Zero, an exhibition on the subject of homelessness in Brandon, which opened at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in April 2021.

    The Reid animations that will be screened at this event are still in progress. They include musical soundtracks composed by Brandon sound artist Brendon Ehinger.

    In addition to her work as an instructor at BU’s Ishkaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Visual Arts Department, Reid works for the Community Health and Housing Association, where she is developing a sober living center. She graduated from the University of Alberta and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she specialized in painting and drawing. She has exhibited across Canada and the United States.

    The event is sponsored by the English, Drama & Creative Writing Literary Exchange at BU and will take place in room 104 of Clark Hall from noon to 12:40 p.m.

    The Literary Exchange Lecture Series is supported by the Office of the Dean of Arts and the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing at Brandon University.

    The lecture series is an ongoing interdisciplinary project featuring writers, scholars and artists working in the creative arts. For more information contact Dale Lakevold in English, Drama and Creative Writing at 204-727-7413 or [email protected]. Lakevold can also be contacted for any accessibility questions.

    Nine Speculative Stories from Asia and the Asian Diaspora ‹ Literary Center


    Fairy tales, folklore and myths are often the first stories we are told. They become the models of our understanding not only of the narrative, but of the very values ​​that our cultures transmit to us, whether conscious or unconscious. Cinderella tells us that beauty is moral goodness but ugliness is moral decay. Little Red Riding Hood tells us not to talk to strangers. Countless Grimm fairy tales tell us not to trust a woman or a stranger.

    So what’s it like to be inundated with stories of people who aren’t like you or you, who have different priorities, communities, or family structures than yours? What is it to speak the language of a colonizer? Work there, write there, dream there, read there and live there? love it? How can we translate our own cultures onto the page, how can we find ourselves in stories never written to include us except as villains – and how do we change the very landscape of English-language literature simply by being who we are without apologies?

    Much of literature is about filling in gaps – where can your point of view, your story flourish? Especially if you are queer, disabled, BIPOC, a religious minority, a marginalized gender? And especially when the story of marginalization in so much folklore is one of monstrosity?

    These nine stories by writers from Asia and the Asian diaspora illustrate the scope and possibilities of contemporary writing in the folk tradition. From upending narrative expectations in retellings of old tales to introducing us to worlds entirely new to us, these subversive writers’ tales to watch are by turns searing, celebratory, and devastating.

    Bluebeard’s sisterby Lucy Zhang

    In this twist on the Bluebeard tale, Lucy Zhang lends depth to the titular villain – the most prolific serial killer in French folklore – by giving him a sister to protect, one both grateful and loyal enough to clean up after. him again and again. Despite this, Zhang doesn’t let either character off the hook: Bluebeard is enthusiastic and unabashed in his desires for both wives and murder, and his sister is patient but tolerant of what she sees as her weaknesses. . Zhang paints a portrait of a dangerously entangled family for whom there is no bridge too far, making readers wonder what exactly they would do for those they love.

    Lucy Zhang specializes in fairy tales and multimedia stories. His notebooks hollowed out and Absorption were published this year. Check his website for more (especially the dazzling “Before happily ever after“), and follow her on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

    The woman who was everything” by Seema Yasmine

    Seema Yasmin, a woman who, indeed, seems to be everything, weaves a whole new story about the pressures on women to meet every conceivable need of the people around them. Balancing humor and cultural commentary, Dr. Yasmin takes his nameless protagonist to his breaking point and shows us the awe-inspiring and terrible freedom beyond.

    Seema Yasmine is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, physician, teacher, and author. His most recent book, What is the factexplores the importance of factual journalism in a world challenged by the decline of media literacy.

    Whiskey on barbed wire” by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

    Winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award, Kane and Margaret’s book by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi is a surreal exploration of love and rebellion against the backdrop of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Although each story seems to restart Kane and Margaret’s journey, readers take with them the stories, triumphs and hurts of all Kane and Margaret before. “Whiskey Over Barbed Wire” tells the story of a Kane who grows wings and becomes a smuggler of “frivolous” goods that keep his fellow prisoners’ spirits up. The loss of his wings at the hands of the guards – the loss of his dignity on the altar of racism – heralds the loss of his love and all the hope he might have had for the future.

    Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Clara University.

    The boy is fishingby Sequoia Nagamatsu

    Momotaro is a famous figure in Japanese folklore: a warrior born from a peach as a gift to an old childless couple. There are countless additions to his legend, countless iterations of his story, and Nagamatsu’s version fits effortlessly into the Momotaro canon with a gravity that feels new and electrifying. In this story, we meet Momotaro as an adult in a comfortable marriage, his adventures behind him. The only thing he and his wife lack is children; she continues to give birth to shriveled peach pits early. After many years of disappointments, Momotaro’s wife sends him on one last adventure to complete their family.

    Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the collection of stories inspired by Japanese folklore and pop culture, Where we go when all we were is gone. His novel, How far do we go in the darkis a national bestseller shortlisted for the Ursula K. LeGuin Prize for Fiction.

    “Cowgirl and Laundry” by Celeste Chen

    With the Chinese myth “The Cowherd and the Weaver” serving as scaffolding, Celeste Chen delivers a mighty kick in the teeth. In Chen’s hands, the California Gold Rush, a time and place of so much pain and violence for Chinese indentured immigrants, becomes a space where Asian women can recover their strength, Asian men their gentleness and all these indentured workers their humanity. Triumph is tempered by the bitter knowledge that you can no longer return home.

    At Celeste Chen work has placed in the best short fiction and has won awards from XRAY On, Pigeon Pages, and Sine Theta Magazine. She’s working on her first novel, which explores age-old ideas of loyalty, leverage, home, and destiny (note: this phrase composed by Celeste herself). Find her on Twitter at @celestish_.

    The Precipice” by Jiksun Cheung

    In “The Precipice,” Cheung tells a heartbreaking new tale of Ghost Festival lore. Cheung creates a cold (and creepy) atmosphere even as readers are warmed by the protagonist’s palpable love for his child, but there’s a fox spirit and the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thinnest. . The reader feels the tension mounting, and while he may have an idea of ​​what he is about to fall into when he reaches the precipice in question, the truth is nonetheless a devastating blow.

    Jiksun Cheung is a quote editor for Quarterly SmokeLong and editor of The dispatch from the Bureau. He lives in Hong Kong and is working on a novel.

    Tales of the Devil’s Wife: Our Childrenby Carmen Lau

    That old lesson from Cinderella still haunts us: our culture teaches us to be wary of what we deem ugly (and foreign, and different, and and and—). Ask for a description of a monster, and you might receive a list of disturbing physical attributes that become inseparable from the monstrous in the creature’s actions. In this story, Lau asks us what is real monstrosity: an accident in physical appearance, or a rot in character? Here readers are confronted with the banality of evil and the familiarity of its words.

    Carmen Lau is the author of a collection of short stories inspired by fairy tales, A girl wakes upwinner of the 2015 Electric Book Prize.

    A fableby Sheena Raza Faisal

    In this new tale that reads like the best of the old, Faisal manages to stage himself in the modern world without compromising the rhythmic lull of folkspeak. When a father abuses and marries off his three daughters, his cruel and neglectful words become curses that condemn his daughters to live up to his worst expectations. When left alone without even a phone call from his children, he is beset by the harshness of the elements but has no idea he is just reaping what he has sown.

    Originally from Bombay, Sheena Raza Faisal now lives in New York.

    His beloved Iantheby Priyanka Bose

    Bose, a non-binary transmask writer, reorients the mythos of Iphis and Ianthe as explicitly trans. Historically considered a lesbian story despite the extremely trans premise of the “woman” Iphis being raised as a boy to save her life, this iteration feels less like a reimagining than a removal of the cis-normative lens so often placed upon it. . Here we get the mythos of Iphis dug to the core: a trans child reaches adulthood longing for a body that matches his spirit and receives a gift from the gods to finally become who he really is.

    Priyanka Bose is working on her first collection of stories and can be found on Twitter @mspriyankabose.


    The Grounded World: Instant Fairy Tales and Folklore by Jasmine Sawers is available from Rose Metal Press.

    Letter to the editor: Building housing in empty parking lots


    A new trend is coming to a car park near you: housing. For generations, we’ve overbuilt our malls and malls with oceans of unused parking spaces – part of an overly cautious policy to ensure every station wagon has its place on Black Friday. For most of the year, a significant proportion of this land remains unused. Just look at a Google satellite view of a big box parking lot anywhere in America.

    Final rendering of The Downs Town Center in Scarborough, the site of the former Scarborough Downs Racecourse off Highway 1. The mixed-use development of The Downs and Freeport Town Center will be a free Greater Portland Council of Governments event on Tuesday at Freeport Town Hall. The photo of the stockings

    While online shopping traffic has increased, retailer traffic is down. Cities are beginning to turn to these wastelands for another desperate demand: housing. Introducing new housing into shopping districts is not a new idea – we’ve been doing it for centuries before the advent of the strip mall.

    It turns out that housing next to retail businesses leads to increased foot traffic from customers, greater demand for a greater variety of goods and services, and higher tax returns for the city. Additionally, this concentration of density makes the numbers work for transit, allowing more frequent travel options for residents and customers (reducing the need for more parking spaces).

    It is the new and old trend of urban development. Come see how Freeport is reinventing its downtown core by converting excess parking into a livable neighborhood. We will also discover why the developers of Scarborough Downs sought the same balance between businesses and residences to make their project work. Coffee is offered next Tuesday, October 25, at Freeport City Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Free and open to the public.

    Robert O’Brien
    Senior Director of Economic Development, Greater Portland Council of Governments

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    Teachers, Be Courageous in the Face of Unjust Laws (Opinion)


    (This is the second article in a three-part series. You can view part one here.)

    The new question of the week is:

    What are your suggestions for making English classes culturally appropriate?

    In part one, Jacquleyn Fabian, Marina Rodriguez, Stephanie Smith Budhai, Ph.D., and Jennifer Yoo-Brannon shared their answers.

    Jacquleyn, Marina, Stephanie and Jennifer were also guests on my 10 minute BAM! Radio program. You can also find a list and links to previous shows here.

    Today, Margaret Thornton, Denita Harris, Ph.D., Chandra Shaw, and David Seelow are pitching their ideas.

    ‘Now more than ever’

    Margaret Thornton is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. His research interests include equity-focused school leadership development, school leadership for disruption, and critical race theory:

    Be brave.

    Prior to far-right culturally appropriate education, English teachers were already struggling to meet the diverse needs and interests of their students while helping them hone their critical thinking skills. Now that work has become both more difficult and even more important.

    Students from historically oppressed backgrounds deserve mirrors where they can see themselves in the classroom. This attitude has the added benefit of being not only culturally sustainable for students, but also beneficial to their learning.

    And now, more than ever, students from privileged backgrounds, especially white students, need to be exposed to literature that invites them to consider other perspectives.

    Taking on these tasks is no small feat and is made more difficult in states that have actively banned discussion of race, student families, and other topics out loud. minority controversial judge. School leaders must do all they can to protect teachers from these blatant and unfair laws, and teachers and families can work together to overturn them.

    “Use Their Authentic Voices”

    Denita Harris, Ph.D., is the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Wayne Township School District in Indianapolis. She is the recipient of the INTESOL (Indiana Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) 2019 Best of the Best in K-12 Education and the African American Excellence in Education Award 2017 and 2020. Find her on Twitter @HarrisLeads:

    In order to make English lessons more culturally appropriate, educators need to be culturally aware and have a deep understanding of their personal inner culture, the culture of the students they serve, and an equity lens that s extends beyond the classroom walls.

    Educators must ensure that classrooms invite both students and carers so that our young people understand that not only handing in homework and getting good grades is welcome and strongly encouraged, but also their humanity ; so is their culture. Educators should engage all students in a balanced and culturally appropriate approach that allows students to use their cultural lens to demonstrate their levels of English proficiency as they apply their learning to the four domains of language: reading , writing, listening and speaking.

    Cultural responsiveness goes beyond the superficial level of receptive and productive skills that focus primarily on food, famous people, events, and vacations. While these things are certainly part of their culture, students today have a deeper desire to be seen and heard in the books they read and the written essays they are commissioned to write and discuss. Students should be exposed to and required to interact with a plethora of literature, materials, and resources that reflect their rich culture, as well as the culture of their classmates. Students should see visual reflections of themselves as soon as they enter the classroom, with displayed images of people who look like them, as well as various languages ​​and countries displayed throughout the room.

    There should be books, essays, poems and articles for students to read throughout the year, written by authors representative of a global society. Students should be able to use their authentic voice in their writing, tell their own stories and do so while engaging in class discussions about how certain characters might react if they came from their country or of their neighborhood.

    The English classroom can easily be one of the best places in a school for students to fall in love with learning. We can all appreciate that educators have a responsibility to teach academic standards, and this can be done more successfully when there is a cultural connection between students and classroom materials and resources.

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    We need more teachers of color

    Chandra Shaw has over 24 years of experience in the field of education, working as a teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, and now a literacy consultant at one of her state’s Regional Service Centers. As a TEDx speaker and amateur YouTuber, Chandra enjoys finding ways to share her passion and love for teaching and learning with educators around the world:

    If English lessons are to be culturally appropriate, one thing we can do is ensure that students in classes see themselves represented in the books and stories they read. We also need to ensure that these representations show a wide range of diverse experiences within the groups because no group of people is a monolith. Allowing all students to read and discuss the lived experiences of others can lead to greater understanding and the revelation that we have much more in common than differences.

    A bigger challenge in making English classes more culturally appropriate would be to ensure that classes are taught by educators who see the value and beauty of different cultures. The data tells us that the teaching profession is made up of almost 70% white women, which does not match the demographics of students in public education. For this reason, I have seen many teachers turn away from texts that might show different cultures for fear that they would not know how to navigate uncomfortable conversations or questions that might arise from reading such texts. Worse still, some of these teachers do not feel they can identify themselves with texts written by and for marginalized groups, which only shows a major disconnect between a majority of teachers and students. that they serve. This underscores the importance of the representation of people of color in education.

    Being culturally sensitive starts with seeing the similarities AND differences in others and valuing the beauty and uniqueness that makes them who they are.


    Use literature

    David Seelow has been teaching in higher education and grades 7-12 for 30 years in a variety of settings. He recently edited two collections of practical essays on innovative teaching practices: Teaching in the Game-Based Classroom: Practical Strategies for Grades 6-12 and lessons learned: Essays on the pedagogy of comics and graphic novels. Find him on Twitter at @davidfreeplay:

    Literature offers a simple and fruitful way to make every English/ELA class culturally appropriate. You cannot teach literature without having deep conversations about the many cultural factors that impact both the creation and reception of literature.

    For example, Shakespeare’s teaching othello requires discussion of race and teaching As you like it requires classroom discussions about gender. Shakespeare, of course, spoke not only to Elizabethan and Jacobean England, but he also speaks to our time. The musical and movie “West Side Story” brings Romeo and Juliet in conversation with modern Hispanic culture. Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 reinterpretation of star-crossed lovers introduces a Renaissance family feud into the context of modern organized crime and disputes over business “territory”.

    The tricky part of being culturally sensitive is the politically charged atmosphere of our culture. Yet this is why literature is perfect for such culturally sensitive teaching. Let class discussion of literary texts spark discussions of race, gender, religion, class, and nationality. Avoiding or ignoring these questions would be irresponsible and would do students a disservice. For me, these kinds of text conversations can be extremely productive. This strategy requires students to question the areas that are essential to their maturation as students and learners while exposing them to different cultural experiences.

    My favorite couple has always been The autobiography of Frederick Douglas and Elie Wiesel Night. The horrors of slavery and the horror of the Holocaust must be studied. Talking about these powerful short works as part of the story understood through the lens of personal experience educates students about the tragic experience of African Americans and Jews while enhancing their understanding of religion, race , nationality, identity, etc., in addition to appreciating great writing, the human spirit and the value of freedom.


    Thanks to Denita, Chandra, Margaret and David for their thoughts!

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    Is anyone in the United States persuasive? Author talks to AOC and other ‘Persuaders’


    On the bookshelf

    ‘The Persuaders: On the front lines of the fight for hearts, minds and democracy’

    By Anand Giridharadas
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    In 2020, bestselling author Anand Giridharadas felt fatalistic about America’s future. His previous book, “Winners Take All,” examined how global elites retain wealth and power at the expense of progress or fairness. Now he was noticing that people with whom he agreed on common political goals gave up trying to convince others of those ideas — let alone the basic realities of things like vaccines and electoral integrity. “It became, ‘Don’t bother,'” he recalls.

    Giridharadas understood the impulse, but felt that giving in meant “essentially declaring the game over. If it is impossible to change mentalities, it is the end of democracy.

    So he started spending time with people who still believed change was possible and committed to making it happen. The result is “The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy,” a book he calls “a tonic of hope.”

    The author spoke to a wide range of activists and politicians, including Linda Sarsour, who helped promote more diverse viewpoints during the 2017 Women’s March; Diane Benscoter, who helps deprogram people who have been in cults; Anat Shenker-Osorio, a consultant who uses research to help clients understand how to motivate voters; and a former bartender named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He asked how they hoped to nudge, coax and drag America into a better future.

    Sometimes, as in the case of Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, they begin to persuade people simply by pushing their ideas — like student loan debt forgiveness — into the public conversation. Others, like Cesar Torres, an undocumented immigrant who engages in “deep canvassing,” carry on long conversations to engage voters one-on-one on issues where they might be open to a second look at a idea.

    “They took the book in this direction of being a more useful and practical book,” Giridharadas recently said in a video interview from his home in Brooklyn. “It is the book of this moment, when the country is potentially tipping towards fascism Where towards a true multiracial democracy, it has never been in the past.

    This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    Obviously, it takes a ton of hands-on work to move the needle on social, racial, and political topics. With a large percentage of Americans who don’t even believe the facts, can changes be made in time to save the country?

    I’m as desperate as anyone from where we are, but politics isn’t meant to be easy or without conflict. We are historically a predominantly white, predominantly Christian, male-dominated society. But in our lifetime it has radically evolved in the direction of being a completely different place. So we’re in this turmoil for a reason, not just because we’re a nation of failures.

    We had a genre revolution – which is good, but it’s complicated and a lot to manage. The technological revolution is crazy – no activity from the 1960s is the same today, especially with social media. And the demographic change has led us to become a color superpower in the near future. So of course our society might have problems and flare-ups and people who don’t appreciate change.

    We need to talk to people about what’s going on – and I’m not just talking about white men who voted for Trump. Many people are confused. It’s slow, grueling work that requires being on the ground and engaged in the community. But not only do I think it works, I think it’s the only way to go.

    In the book, Ocasio-Cortez makes a distinction between bipartisanship, which she sees as selling, and finding common ground with others. How do you explain that?

    The standard Democratic playbook is often about reaching out at the expense of defending anything. You say “save the planet” and then try to persuade people by going in the middle, tempering real ambition, looking less and settling for a few tax credits. Then, on the side of activists, people sometimes defend their moral commitment without worrying about awareness.

    But some of the cleverest persuasives in this book, including AOC, combine loyalty to your truth with moral commitment. and give a hand. These people say, “How do we frame these truths so that they are appealing to more people?”

    Instead of saying Medicare for All — naming the concept after a government program — use the language of freedom. My idea is that it should be called FreedomCare. That’s what the right would do. It would really make people freer. But I’ve never seen Democrats talk about it using that language of freedom and independence — from your boss, from the bureaucrats.

    The book is less about the conversion of MAGA die-hards and more about small changes among those who are open to change on a specific topic.

    In our system, a 5% swing is the difference between two completely different lifestyles. Nobody talks about how you win back all the people who voted for Trump, but if a few million change, it’s a really different country. Is it possible? Yes, because it happened. Enough people saw Trump as president and didn’t like it. They changed their minds.

    There are enough people who vote for things that look like madness but are in play. People can have 40% good in their hearts on an issue, with the awful part at 60%. Very few people are 100 to zero on anything.

    But these true believers are storming the Capitol and persuading Republicans to take unbalanced positions. You argue that the return of politics to reality-based arguments involves the deprogramming of cults on a large scale.

    It’s one thing to say I want low taxes and corporations should be left alone. We can haggle over that. But at least 40 million Americans are better understood to live in a cult, which is a sobering reality. We should try to crack down on misinformation and regulate media platforms, but this stuff is here to stay, so it’s a public health concern.

    What we need to do is find ways to reach people. The spirit with which we approach them – heavily reliant on shame and making people feel stupid – is utterly wrong. We have to recognize that people want the world to make easy sense. And people don’t want to be anybody’s fool or pawn. So we have to say with love, “I fear that you are being misled by people who are using you for their own purposes and profiting from it. »

    The heart of this response is to build the part of people in people that doesn’t want to be fooled, to compete in them with the part that wants the world to make sense of it. It’s a challenge, but it’s hard to find a more pressing one.

    British Indian author wins Gordon Burn Prize for ‘Aftermath’ work on terror attack


    British Indian author Preti Taneja said that Consequences is the most difficult book she ever hopes to write after work following the 2019 London Bridge terrorist attack in the UK won her the 2022 Gordon Burn Prize.

    The award, which celebrates the year’s most daring and forward-thinking fiction and non-fiction written in English, is now in its tenth year.

    Taneja’s book was selected by a jury of sportswriter and columnist Jonathan Liew, author Denise Mina (chair), broadcaster Stuart Maconie, artist and poet Heather Phillipson and writer of Indian origin based in Scotland Chitra Ramaswamy.

    Consequences is the hardest book I hope to write,” Taneja said.

    “To some it’s a controversial book. To others it’s simply the obvious harms of the endemic racism of a British education system that fails to teach colonial history properly; the prejudices in the pipeline of school to prison and criminal justice and the corresponding narratives of policing, security and educational rescue that we cling to but fail to keep anyone safe,” he said. she declared.

    Taneja is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and her first novel, We who are younga translation of “King Lear” set in contemporary India, won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize.

    With Consequences she struggles to make sense of the London Bridge terror attack in 2019, when five people were stabbed – two of whom died from their injuries.

    Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist who spent eight years in prison and later killed two people, Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, at an event marking the anniversary of a prison program he had been involved in.

    Taneja had taught Khan in prison and Jack Merritt was his colleague and “Aftermath” is described as a profound attempt to regain trust after violence and rebuild faith in human compassion: a powerful recommitment to activism and radical hope.

    “As a writer of fiction and non-fiction, Gordon Burn has never shied away from tackling the most difficult subjects. He has devoted himself to finding the best form for his work, experimenting not only for effect , but also to explore the ethics of writing about these topics through the writing itself,” Taneja noted.

    The Gordon Burn Prize, announced last week, comes with a winner’s check for £5,000 and the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders.

    It was created in memory of the late author of novels like “Fullalove” and non-fiction, including Happy as Murderers: The Story of Fred and Rosemary West.

    The award aims to celebrate those who follow in Burn’s footsteps by recognizing literature that is fearless in both ambition and execution. Recognized works often make the reader think, playing with style or genre, pushing boundaries or deviating from mainstream literary culture.

    Consequences is a beautifully crafted and carefully judged examination of an atrocity and the structures and systems surrounding it,” said Justice Ramaswamy.

    “I am blown away by Preti Taneja’s writing: both the moral integrity of her approach and her fractured, minimalist prose. “Stayed. I haven’t read anything like it, and I can’t think of a more deserving winner of the Gordon Burn Award,” she said.

    North country author Manske hailed for ‘Adventures with Stoney’ serial novels | Content for children


    DICKINSON — A North Country author has received a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for his serial novels based on real-life experiences with wild animals.

    Mark A. Manske is praised for his “Adventures with Stoney” series. It has four installments currently running. He has written a fifth to be published this fall and is writing his sixth book.

    Manske said he named his main character Stoney in reference to the Potsdam Sandstoners.

    “Stoney is basically my alter ego, a big guy who lives at Dickinson Center and he lives with his dog Reggie and … live hawks and owls,” said Mr. Manske, who also runs the Adirondack Raptors where he exhibits birds from prey. He actually keeps six owls, two hawks, and a falcon in his Dickinson Center home.

    “I will see people stopping because the building with the birds is right next to the road,” he said. “I get a lot of rubberneckers.”

    Its Moonbeam Award is a bronze medal in their Best Chapter Books category. He hopes to use this as a springboard to spread his works, intended for college readers, to a wider audience.

    “The reason I entered the whole Moonbeam contest was because I was looking for a literary agent to get my books published so I could get into books like Scholastic, so I could get into schools. Unfortunately, Scholastic Publishing kind of has a monopoly on schools. They don’t look at unsolicited work. You have to have a literary agent,” Mr. Manske said. “I was told that if you have an award-winning series, you’re more likely to have someone interested in your work… Hopefully, first of all, it will spark interest where people want to publish the book, or two, I’ll find a literary agent.

    The fifth book “Adventures with Stoney” by Mr. Manske, titled “Gabboons Aloft”, tells the story of the characters who follow the migrations of falcons in a hot air balloon.

    “I call my apprentices ‘gabbons’,” he said, adding that all of his stories are based on things he experienced in real life.

    In one part of the book, the characters end up rescuing a migrating loon that has become confused and ends up in a parking lot. He said it could happen to them.

    “They see the shimmer of a parking lot and they get confused and think it’s a body of water. Once a loon is on the ground, it can’t get off the ground” due to the position of its feet on your body, Mr. Manske said, “Everything is built to be on the water.”

    He said falcon migrations aren’t usually charted with hot air balloons, but that’s within the realm of possibility and also makes for a better story, he said.

    “They do it with hang gliders and parasails. I thought about getting them to do a parasailing or that sort of thing,” he said.

    Anyone interested in Mr. Manske’s books can buy them online.

    “My books at this point are not at Barnes and Noble. The best way to get them is to order directly from my website,” he said, which is adventureswithstoney.com. The site also offers a list of bookstores in the area that sell his novels.

    The Moonbeam Awards will be presented on Veterans Day weekend at a ceremony in Traverse City, Michigan. Mr. Manske said he does not plan to attend, but will receive a plaque and medal in the mail for his achievement.

    “The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting children’s literacy and lifelong reading,” according to its website. “The competition is open to authors, illustrators and publishers worldwide of children’s books written in English or Spanish, which are published with a 2021 or 2022 copyright.

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    Review of the book “The Cashless Revolution” by Martin Chorzempa



    When Martin Chorzempa, then a few years out of college, moved to Beijing in 2013 as a young researcher, he witnessed an antiquated and very low-tech financial system. Interest rates on savings were capped below the rate of inflation. Credit cards issued by a state monopoly were used by only a few. Most people paid cash for almost everything. Online shopping was clumsy. But soon after, China’s fintech revolution hit, moving so fast that by the time Chorzempa returned to the United States in 2015, it felt like stepping back in time. Cash in China had largely disappeared. Smartphones have replaced wallets. And the pattern was spreading. When Chorzempa went to Thailand for his honeymoon in 2017, he found convenience stores wouldn’t take his Visa card. it was either Thai baht or Chinese Alipay, a mobile payment app with more than a billion users in China and beyond.

    Today, China is ahead of the United States in almost every aspect of digital finance – including the creation of the central bank’s digital currency – and it wants its super apps to grow in the future. global scale. In “The cashless revolution: China’s reinvention of money and the end of American dominance of finance and technology, Chorzempa, now a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains how Chinese fintech entrepreneurs grew so rapidly and rapidly — and what happened when they became a threat to the Chinese state . Despite the hyperbolic subtitle, the book is an authoritative, comprehensive, and thoughtful account of a remarkable episode in technology and finance that offers lessons for the United States as it seeks to foster innovation in finance without jeopardizing consumer stability or financial stability. It is written clearly enough for readers who are not experts in Chinese finance or politics. (Full disclosure: While reading the acknowledgments, I discovered that Chorzempa and I share an agent and a publisher. I have not discussed this book with either of them.)

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    The first and last chapters of this book capture the essence of the story and may be enough for readers less interested in the blow-by-blow (and sometimes repetitive) narrative of the rise and fall of Alibaba’s Jack Ma. and Tencent’s Pony Ma (who share a common surname in China and are unrelated). In short, the large public banks were not run for the benefit of savers or small borrowers, but for the benefit of public enterprises, which benefited from low-interest loans. Banks had virtually no competitors until Alibaba (which launched Alipay) and Tencent (which owns WeChat), encouraged by the leadership of the Communist Party, built, as Chorzempa explains, “a new model finance around the super-apps that started with e-commerce”. , social media and games and have grown into financial empires spanning payments, investments and loans. It was as powerful an economic force as a merger of Facebook and Vanguard would be. The apps are so entrenched in the daily lives of Chinese people that in 2020, a Guangdong court ruled that instead of jail, labor camps or fines, convicts would stay free but face a five-year ban from prison. to use digital payments. This was considered a severe enough punishment.

    Chorzempa highlights several elements of the success of Alibaba (and its spin-off, Ant Group) and Tencent that are not popular in the United States. One is the important role of foreign investors (including Yahoo and US venture capitalists). At first, foreign expertise also played a role, helping, for example, to introduce the QR codes originally developed by Japanese automakers for supply chain tracking, which are now so ubiquitous in China that beggars use them. A second factor is the opening created for upstarts when China banned Visa and Mastercard to protect UnionPay, China’s credit card monopoly. This meant that, unlike Americans, the Chinese did not appreciate the usefulness of credit cards and were therefore more open to another alternative to cash. Third, the Chinese economy has not been propelled exclusively by state subsidies and five-year plans, but by law-abiding entrepreneurs. “China,” writes Chorzempa, “is extremely messy, with widespread violations of the law and a government with massive blind spots to what is happening in its economy and financial system, with tacit authorization often given to activities manifestly unlawful”.

    Finally, there is the crucial role of Zhou Xiaochuan, a pro-market reformer who led the People’s Bank of China, China’s analogue of the Federal Reserve, from 2002 to 2018. Zhou, as Chorzempa puts it, “invited big tech in finance compete with state-owned banks and force them to transform, realizing that simply ordering banks to become more innovative was doomed to fail.He ensured that incumbent financial institutions could not use their political influence to block fintech disruptions in their monopolies.

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    It’s not a happily ever after story. Peer-to-peer lending, largely unregulated, has turned into a bubble that has cost Chinese savers billions. Then the Communist Party and financial regulators — including Zhou — decided that their efforts to break up the banking monopoly had produced an even bigger one in super-apps. In 2020, the government forced Jack Ma to cancel the IPO of his Ant Group. He resigned from his post and largely disappeared from public view. The regulation of fintech giants has been significantly tightened. And when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the government used the super apps to monitor the health and control the movements of Chinese citizens, illustrating the amount of personal information companies had made available to the government. (Chorzempa writes, however, that Chinese consumers have more control over how their data is used for credit scoring than Americans).

    What does all this mean for the United States? China illustrates how promoting competition can generate innovation and reduce costs for consumers and traders. But it also shows the dangers of a siled regulatory system that is not equipped to ensure that fintech does not rip off consumers, offload risk onto taxpayers, compromise citizens’ privacy, or hide no blatant conflicts of interest. China, says Chorzempa, is a laboratory for the rapidly changing world of fintech and how governments are dealing with it — and it has ambitions to dominate the global fintech market. We must learn from China as it has learned from us.

    David Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is “Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age,” the story of the Opportunity Zones.

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    Robert Wilson: “We shouldn’t do theater if we can’t laugh” | Theater


    Ssomewhere between revisiting his first encounter with the theater (“it was so boring, with those people playing”), delivering a perfect imitation of Tom Waits’ blistered croon, and recalling how he and Samuel Beckett bonded around a shared love of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Robert Wilson begins to draw on a sheet of paper.

    With just a few strokes, he renders Beckett’s set of Happy Days and its famously trapped female protagonist. “Beckett’s best works are those that are treated in a very artificial way, like Keaton or Chaplin,” says the veteran American director and artist.

    “It’s all dance, it’s all timing and the makeup is artificial. It’s this other world and I’m always surprised that people try to do it in this more naturalistic way. He wrote an image that goes with the text and you can’t have this woman sitting on the street waiting for a bus.

    Naturalism is not a word associated with the theater maker, who is now 81 years old. Over the past six decades, in his work and collaborations with everyone from William Burroughs to Lady Gaga, Wilson has not so much avoided naturalism as refused to leave it anywhere. near the building. His latest project, premiering at the Es Baluard museum in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday night, is no exception.

    “It’s one of those myths that playwrights have written about for centuries”… Robert Wilson in 2022. Photograph: Markus Scholz/AP

    Ubu, a performance that oscillates between theatre, soundscape and visual art installation, is an exploration of Alfred Jarry’s outrageous 1896 play Ubu Roi and Joan Miró’s lifelong obsession with Jarry’s text.

    A deeply subversive tale of power, tyranny, cruelty, violence – and the strange marauding bear – Ubu Roi caused a riot on his first night 126 years ago. Jarry’s dramatic foreshadowing of surrealism, dadaism and the theater of the absurd came to fascinate Miró, who made drawings and puppets from the play, and found parallels between dictator Ubu and General Franco.

    As Wilson points out, the subject of Jarry and Miró is both topical and timeless. “It’s in some ways very timely with this terrible war that we have now in Ukraine with the Russians,” he says. “And it’s not unlike the time when [Miró’s] work was created, with Franco. But it’s one of those myths that playwrights have been writing about for centuries.

    The bear from Jarry's original greets the audience in a sinister tone
    The bear from Jarry’s original greets the audience grimly. Photography: Luca Rocchi

    The draw for the director was the absurdity of Ubu and his collision between the terrifying and the comic. Humor, he says, “can make a situation that much more terrifying. And we shouldn’t actually do theater if we can’t laugh or if we don’t have that distance from matter. It is the space behind the mask that gives power to the space in front. It’s not a counterpoint; it is to find the good point”.

    Wilson’s new take, a sinister, multilingual pantomime bathed in red light and looped in noise, is rightly violent, absurd, disturbing and infantile. Amid the chaos and bloodshed, playful dance routines cover scene changes and the bear from Jarry’s original Waves addresses the audience.

    According to the director of the Es Baluard museum, Imma Prieto, the idea of ​​the piece is to remind the public that Ubu and his murderous mediocrity never really disappeared.

    “We are called to open cracks in creation, exposing gaps from which courageous and free gestures could speak out against injustice and barbarism,” she says.

    Wilson says that Miró’s visual interpretations of Jarry’s work offered him a kind of freedom and suited his approach to theatre. And a puppet, he notes, featured in his first play, The King of Spain, in the late 1960s. “So when I was asked to do this work, I thought of this great puppet that I had and in a way, it goes back to my origins, my roots.”

    In particular, Ubu appealed to what Wilson describes as his “painterly” state of mind. “The scenic image is a kind of mask for a text. Very often, I stage a work – whether it’s Wagner’s The Ring or Hamlet – first visually, then I add text. The visual book is as important as the audio.

    In life, adds Wilson, what we see is just as important as what we hear. And, very often, there is a tension between the two.

    “Half an hour ago I saw Donald Trump on TV. If you listen to what he says, it’s one thing. But if you watch, you’ll see it’s a lie. The body do not lie.

    Wilson is reluctant to speculate on his early audience’s reaction to the piece’s Palma. But he says his highly visual style tends to make border crossings easier.

    “Because it’s staged visually, there’s no language barrier.” Photography: Luca Rocchi

    “Even tonight, where I speak a lot about the English text myself, and where I would say 50% of the audience won’t understand the words, because it’s staged visually, there’s no barrier of the tongue,” he said, “It’s what you see. What I see is what I see, and what I hear is what I hear. Ideally, anyone can enter into this theater tonight and get something out of it.

    While Saturday’s pristine audience often didn’t know when to laugh and when to wince, it ultimately gave Wilson a standing ovation rather than the riot Jarry faced. And while the coin has lost some of its shock value over the past 100 years, the world it reflects has not.

    “It was pretty shocking to see the television half an hour ago,” Wilson says. “Donald Trump’s charts and popularity. It’s quite shocking.

    • Robert Wilson’s Ubu is at the Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca, until October 23. Sam Jones’ trip was provided by Es Baluard.

    Favorite Trump author distraught after Brady Buccaneers loss to Steelers


    Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 20-18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Nick Adams, an author who was personally endorsed by former US President Donald Trump, isn’t exactly thrilled.

    The Buccaneers have lost for the third time in their last four games, this time at Steel City, as many questions about Brady and the Buccaneers offense continue to be asked.

    Adams took to his Twitter account and posted that when the Buccaneers quarterback loses, America loses.

    “When Tom Brady loses, America loses.”

    When Tom Brady loses, America loses.

    The 45-year-old quarterback exceeded his usual high standards in the first six games of the 2022-23 NFL season.

    Many cite his relationship issues with his wife Gisele Bundchen as one of the main reasons. But for Adams, he’s clearly disappointed the Buccaneers didn’t get the win.

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Facing a Pittsburgh team that had rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett at the helm, many in the NFL landscape would have thought the Buccaneers could pull off a win.

    After Pickett had to leave the game due to a concussion that brought Mitch Trubisky down, Tampa Bay was still in control. Unfortunately, their top-to-bottom form of 2022 continued.

    Although the Buccaneers had more total yards, more first downs and seven more plays, they failed to win the most important stat – scoring.

    Tampa Bay also wasn’t good on third down, converting just four of its 14 attempts.

    Frustration on the sidelines was evident from Brady as cameras captured the 45-year-old giving his offensive line a serious narrative. The seven-time Super Bowl champion has been fired twice and never looked comfortable.

    Video – The Broadcast Stand later said, “Tom holds his offensive line accountable.” https://t.co/LgWFP6sbVD

    The loss leaves the Buccaneers level at the top of the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-14 to move to the top of the division.

    Many wonder exactly where Tampa Bay sits in the Super Bowl conversation. For some, they will be among the favorites, but after their rocky start to the year, making the playoffs could be a tough task.

    The outfit will then travel to Bank of America Stadium for a Week 7 game against division rival Carolina Panthers.

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    Don’t Worry About Missing It — The Phoenix


    don’t worry darling, director Olivia Wilde’s second film, hit theaters on September 23 after what can only be considered a nightmare for the PR team in the weeks leading up to its release. With casting battles, Shia Labeouf being replaced by Harry Styles, and speculation that Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine, Twitter was constantly buzzing in anticipation of the film’s release. The movie itself started out strong, with solid, perhaps a bit clichéd visuals, appropriate music, and intriguing characters. As expected, the opening scene made the film look like a love story. All in all, the beginning of the film was very promising. However, everything went wrong as the film continued.

    The film, in addition to being confusing and hard to follow, somehow has both too much and not enough in terms of plot, with a plane crash going nowhere and Florence Pugh wrapping her head in cotton. cellophane for apparently no other reason than a good shot for the trailer. While the important details only take a few minutes, most of the screen time is filled with montages of housework and ballet lessons, dating and dinner parties. The film’s plot ended abruptly in a ridiculous “everything is a simulation” revelation.

    Don’t Worry Darling was marketed as a feminist psychological thriller, with the intention of giving women female-centric sex scenes and strong female characters. While the film’s sex scenes were intended to center women and female pleasure, the idea that Harry Styles’ character (who is portrayed as an Andrew Tate-esque incel follower) would enthusiastically fall for his wife is , frankly, ridiculous. The sex scenes could not be female-centric or empowering because Alice had not consented to the situation and her memory had been erased. It’s not a movie about female pleasure, it’s a movie about manipulation, and it shouldn’t have been marketed as a movie of female-centric sex scenes.

    Another glaring problem with this movie was the many logistical inconsistencies. The film on the one hand shows a perfect world that no one else seems to have a problem with, but on the other shows a myriad of bugs with the simulations, from eggshells with nothing in them to walls that close at chance. When you consider the number of glitches that have to occur in a simulation for planes to randomly crash, you have to imagine that there would also be other glitches and bugs in the simulation, and that Alice wouldn’t be the only one to have noticed that something is going on.

    One of the only scenes that seemed to work well was the dinner scene near the end of the film. From the camera work to the compelling dialogue, everything about this scene seemed to flow together in a surprising way compared to the rest of the film. Pugh’s compelling monologue and performance combined with the visuals and intense tension caused by the camerawork create a lingering sense of anxiety for the viewer. The dinner scene felt like that was what the movie wanted to be the whole time.

    The problems with the script were obvious, especially towards the end of the film. Pughs character, Alice murders Jack, played by Harry Styles, and is told that only men die in real life as well as the simulation, which doesn’t make much sense considering the simulation was conceived by a misogynist, Frank, who outside of the simulation is an “alpha male” podcaster. Alice then leads a high-speed chase with men in red jumpsuits, which looked like an obvious homage to We by Jordan Peele that looked less like a wink or inspiration than a cheap imitation. The car scene ends with a fiery car accident, which seemed to have been added only to give the blockbuster budget something to do. The end of the film was nowhere near as exciting or as tense as the dinner scene.

    It was unclear who was responsible for the unfortunate quality of this film. It would seem easy to blame the screenwriter, but Olivia Wilde isn’t completely off the hook about how this movie turned out. The actors gave it their all (it’s no surprise, everyone knows Florence Pugh can act) but that alone can’t save the movie. Harry Styles was a terrible casting choice. He wasn’t ready to be considered a villain because he just isn’t taken seriously enough. The theater laughed every time Harry Styles’ character was meant to be serious, he just doesn’t have the reputation to be in a serious acting role, however unfair that might be. Her game was far from the quality of Florence Pugh.

    What was most overwhelming about this film was that it had potential: if the script had been revisited, if scenes had been cut, moved and reworked, this film could have been captivating and fascinating. The marketing was biased and wrong with the story, the direction only focused on certain scenes, and only those scenes were done well. The movie had a lot of potential to be a good movie – it just didn’t reach it.

    Watching this film was like reading the first draft of a creative writing assignment: lots of promise and very good for a first try, but definitely not something ready for release or public viewing.

    “It is not fair !” : how Stephen Sondheim got angry after a bad review | Stephen Sondheim


    Stephen Sondheim may have written some memorable songs that lifted people’s hearts, but the composer-lyricist had a quick temper when it came to criticizing his work, according to the author of a new book.

    Paul Salsini, former editor-in-chief of Sondheim reviewan American quarterly magazine dedicated to the composer, recalled how the author of I Feel Pretty and Everything’s Coming Up Roses became angry in 1996 after reading criticism in the publication.

    This particular edition covered his lesser-known musical Passion, staged at the Queen’s Theater in London after its success on Broadway. The article acknowledged that although British critics generally praised Sondheim’s musicals, their mixed responses to Passion had varied from describing it as a “piece of the heart” to giving it the new title of “Songs to Cut Your Throat By”. The newspaper’s own reviewer thought it was “a little embarrassed, frequently seeking your approval and acceptance”.

    Enough was enough for Sondheim, who took out his anger on the newspaper’s editor.

    “To my surprise, Sondheim didn’t wait to write,” Salsini said. “He called. He was furious and he started right away. I tried to answer, but he kept interrupting me, ‘How could you print that? You didn’t quote the other reviews accurately. This review wasn’t fair. Did the reviewer even see the show in New York? [Your writer] has no reference for writing about musical theatre.

    When Passion opened in London in 1996, two years after Broadway, it was a big deal, Salsini said. London critics had always loved Sondheim’s shows and this show was expected to be unanimously acclaimed. To the surprise of many – including Sondheim – that was not the case.

    “So when the Sondheim review ran an account that had reservations, he was, in a word, furious. We had spoken on the phone before, but it had always been pleasant. I don’t think anyone has ever reported Sondheim’s anger before. I don’t mean it was frequent, but it shows that artists can be deeply protective of their work.

    The magazine bore the composer’s name but Sondheim was not formally linked to the publication. Salsini remembers trying in vain to soothe him: “I couldn’t believe he was fuming – and that’s the only word for it. He later wrote to apologize for his behavior on the phone, but not for what he said.

    Playwright Stephen Sondheim in 1997. Photo: New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News/Getty Images

    Salsini thought it was a “balanced” article on a musical adapted from Ettore Scola’s Italian film Keen of love, with a London production featuring Michael Ball. Audiences clearly enjoyed it, as it ran for 232 performances. He tried to point out to Sondheim that the review was citing both positive and negative responses, that the reviewer had seen the New York staging twice – even while being moved to tears – and that they were certainly qualified. to review musicals, having been a theater manager for a time. national theater and deputy director of an opera company.

    Sondheim, who died last November at the age of 91, made a name for himself in 1957 as a lyricist for Leonard Bernstein for West Side Story. He became the most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history and was crowned with awards including an Oscar and a Pulitzer. Salsini recalls the dispute in his forthcoming book Sondheim & Me: Revelation of a musical genius, published by Bancroft Press. It chronicles Salsini’s relationship with Sondheim during his 10 years as editor of the Sondheim reviewwhich he founded in 1994.

    Salsini shares his experiences interviewing and corresponding with the American composer, including dozens of notes from him on articles: “Sondheim read the magazine from cover to cover, perhaps circling or underlining words or sentences, correcting or clarifying something that others might overlook. Every word had to be clear and correct. He obviously considered the Sondheim review important as this would provide a permanent record.

    Sondheim was surprised by the magazine’s creation, writing to Salsini: “I am flattered, embarrassed and delighted by your interest. I can only hope there will be enough news to warrant posting.

    Ironically, the Queen’s Theater was renamed the Sondheim Theater by its owner, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who acknowledged its influence on musical theater as having “no equal”. It is among historic theaters that Michael Coveney, former theater critic of the Observerincludes in his new book on Mackintosh theatres, Master of the house.

    80% of Stamford core classes have no written curriculum


    STAMFORD – Four out of five compulsory courses at Stamford public schools – English, math, science or social history – have no written curriculum, according to the findings of a year-long audit.

    Senior auditor Jeffrey Tuneberg of CMSi said auditors expect 100% of core courses to have a corresponding written syllabus.

    But after reviewing 352 documents, visiting 317 classrooms and interviewing 234 staff, administrators and school board members, auditors found the program was lacking. Only 20% of secondary school classes have a written curriculum. The figure for middle schools was 15% and for elementary schools, 21%.

    “What we found is that the written curriculum is very limited overall and in some areas it was non-existent,” Tuneberg said.

    “If teachers are going to teach it, the curriculum has to be written somewhere and it can’t just be a state standard or something we buy from outside,” he said. told educators Tuesday night. “It has to be something that bears the Stamford stamp of approval.”

    Amy Beldotti, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, said the district has already made changes based on the audit findings, including resurrecting curriculum committees, which have been put in place. in place in the past but have not been used for many years, she said.

    “We have a lot more written programs in place,” she said. “The good news is that we have committees ready to go and they will continue the work.”

    The findings of the audit, which began in August last year, were presented at a meeting of the Stamford Board of Education’s Teaching, Learning and Community Committee. The auditors wrote an approximately 300-page report of the findings, along with recommendations to the district. The audit was a district-wide review of Stamford Schools and does not present school-specific data or comparisons between different buildings.

    One of the findings was that Stamford’s curriculum policy is “woefully outdated,” Tuneberg said, because it hasn’t been updated since 2009 and doesn’t appear to be used regularly.

    “What we found in talking to people is that it’s just not used, at least not used consistently across the district,” Tuneberg said, adding that many interviewees for the audit were unaware of the existence of the policy.

    Additionally, many job postings do not appear to be related to the district curriculum.

    “Everyone should have a connection to the primary mission of the school, not just the function of their job,” he said.

    The audit also found that classrooms are not periodically observed by administrators consistently across the district, and that Stamford as a school system does not adopt any instructional model. Listeners observed different styles in the classrooms, ranging from the traditional lecture setup in some classes to student-centered teaching in others that relies more on student participation.

    Tuneberg said very few classes employed small group or project-based learning in the rooms observed.

    Another finding was that the district appeared to have no plan for using student assessment data.

    “We expect some type of district-monitored assessment to be in place to interpret results to see if students are learning what we expect of them based on the written curriculum,” Tuneberg said. “Well, since you have very little written curriculum, you really don’t have any assessments because there’s no written curriculum to go with it.”

    He said some of that work is done inside individual school buildings, but not district-wide.

    While the audit uncovered some of the district’s shortcomings, it also highlighted some positives.

    “SPS outperforms other demographically similar districts on state assessments and far exceeds these districts on assessment results for high-risk students,” the report said.

    The audit includes a list of six recommendations. One is to update the district’s curriculum policy and create district-wide consistency in terms of what is taught in classrooms. Another recommendation is to develop a district-wide evaluation program to better assess the effectiveness of the curriculum.

    “These are not quick fixes…it’s hard work that needs to be done,” Tuneberg said, estimating it would take three to five years to implement the changes, let alone institutionalize them. .

    Council members especially praised the work of the auditors in bringing to light the shortcomings of the district.

    Member Andy George expressed concern that some parents feel there are too many assessments given to students and that teachers often teach until the test.

    Tuneberg agreed that too many tests were undesirable, but said there are many ways to monitor student performance and that assessments can be useful if used correctly and consistently.

    “The problem is not that we have more tests, but that we coordinate the tests that we give,” he said. “A teacher may take a classroom test at the end of a unit in her fourth-grade math class that doesn’t reflect what is happening somewhere in a fourth-grade teacher’s math class. It doesn’t there’s no consistency and there’s no coordination.”

    He added: “With no written curriculum and no formalized assessment program in the district, it’s really like the Wild, Wild West, everyone does their own thing and it’s a group of people. independent agents working in a school district calling you a public school.

    Jackie Heftman, the only current member who served on the board in 2009 when the program policy was adopted, expressed dismay at the policy which appears to have received little attention.

    “Now, 13 years later, we understand that a lot of things never happened and so from a board perspective… what do we need to do to make sure the multitude of work that needs to happen does happen so that 13 years from now, we don’t look back and say, ‘Oh, that was awesome and it went off the shelf and nobody ever did it,'” he said. she stated.

    Author Wendy Koile writes about the murder and mayhem around Lake Erie


    PORT CLINTON — Thousands of people flock to Lake Erie every year for its quiet beaches and quaint coastal towns, but there’s a dark side to the lake filled with murder mystery, national hoaxes and modern-day pirates. Ohio-based author Wendy Koile discusses some of the most compelling of these true stories in her latest book, “Lake Erie Murder and Mayhem.”

    Koile was a guest speaker at the Ida Rupp Public Library on Sept. 28, when she talked about her four Lake Erie-related books. When she’s not “doing that super fun job” of researching, writing, and talking about Lake Erie, Koile works as an English teacher and director of teaching and learning at Central Ohio Technical College.

    Koile fell in love with Lake Erie as a little girl during her family’s annual trips to Geneva-on-the-Lake, which she described as “better than Christmas.” Her passions for writing, history, and Lake Erie skillfully converge in her books, where she captures some of Lake Erie’s lesser-known and more intriguing stories.

    “There is so much history around the shore of the lake,” she said. “Research is like a treasure hunt for me. I’m looking for stories that haven’t been told over and over again. I want to add my own piece and preserve those stories.

    A story links a mysterious death in Geneva-sur-le-Lac

    One of those stories, “The Seeandbee: When the Lights of Cleveland Disappeared,” has a direct connection to Koile’s beloved Geneva-on-the-Lake. The lifeless body of Narene Mozee washed up on the city shore on July 31, 1940, just two days after she boarded the luxury liner, the Seeandbee.

    Wendy Koile's four books tell true and little-known stories about Lake Erie.

    In the story, Koile guides the reader through the details of Mozee’s mysterious death. Mozee was a trained nurse, the wife of a U.S. Marshal, and a seasoned traveler. She died in questionable circumstances that led the FBI to investigate her husband, one of the ship’s passengers, a night watchman, and even Mozee herself.

    Koile’s research included FBI files.

    “I received a 200-page file from the FBI. It was a very exciting day,” she said.

    After reading the story, Koile fans sometimes share their opinions on who made it.

    “They were never able to find a perfect suspect, and J. Edgar Hoover ruled it an accidental death,” Koile said. “To me, it will always be a mystery.”

    The writer also shares stories of chaos along the lake

    In his book, Koile goes beyond mere murder into the other chaos inspired by the lake, including the many hoaxes that have arisen from its waters. In the chapter, “Lake Erie Hoaxes: Serpents, Sinkings and Signals”, she talks about Clifford Wilson and Francis Bagenstose, who gained national attention and attracted a visit from an expert from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History when they discovered the Sandusky sea serpent in Sandusky Bay in 1931.

    “Lake Erie has its share of really good monsters,” Koile said.

    Koile’s other books reflect different aspects of Lake Erie. In “Legends and Lost Treasures of Northern Ohio,” she shares true stories of sunken ships and buried treasure, including the lingering mystery of buried gold near the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse. The location of the gold was revealed during a 19e confession on the deathbed of the century.

    “The treasure has a modern value of $800,000,” Koile said. “He was never found.”

    Koile’s other books are “Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands” and “Geneva on the Lake, a History of Ohio’s First Summer Resort”. More information about Koile’s books can be found at arcadiapublishing.com/imprints/the-history-press.

    Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at [email protected]

    The Creative Journey: Film Industry Professionals Teach Students How to Succeed


    The Sidney Poitier New American Film School brings The creative journey at ASU, an event dedicated to teaching aspiring filmmakers on Saturday how to succeed in the film industry, presented by those who have done just that.

    For those unfamiliar with the hardships of studying film, this opportunity couldn’t be more valuable. Any film student knows the struggle. “What are you going to do after college?” “How are you going to secure a job, let alone a stable salary? “How do you plan to meet the right people and get your big break?”

    We do not know ! We are just as ignorant of our future as you are. Being myself major of the cinema, I can confirm.

    Many film students have surrendered to the heartbreaking idea that success in creative fields is just luck and pixie dust. Oh, and nepotism. We cannot forget nepotism. Film students wonder daily how they are going to write the screenplay, direct the short film, or make the connection that will roll out the red carpets of Hollywood, where the golden little men live.

    The Creative Journey is designed to address these concerns with industry insight.

    Film and Media Production Junior Issa Sanchez wanted to ask our panel members ahead of time, “What’s one thing… someone can do to help them take the first step into the business?”

    Ellie Smith, a film and media studies junior, echoed that concern, saying her biggest concern was finding a steady job with the company.

    This is a most valid concern for students hoping to break into the film industry, but Chris La Montan industry veteran, assured us that there are ways to take charge of the future.

    “Keep writing and…keep getting better and better at your writing,” he said of the young screenwriters in an interview before the event. “Then these opportunities will open up for you.”

    Yet even for the best filmmakers, the sting of rejection never fades. “There’s nothing like getting used to rejection,” LaMont said.

    All you can do, he says, is learn from it.

    “If storytelling is in your heart and in your soul, then you have to keep telling your stories,” LaMont said. “No one else in the world can tell stories from your perspective. Keep believing the stories you tell because they matter.”

    LaMont will be joined by another panel member Scott Steindorfwriter and producer known for “Station Eleven”, “Chef” and “Love in the Time of Cholera”.

    This is a conviction shared by Carlo Dall’Olmo, president of Phoenix Screenwriters Association Inc., which is partnering with ASU for this event. Dall’Olmo has held similar events in the past and is looking forward to integrating ASU filmmaking students and faculty for this iteration.

    After forming the association in 2009 to meet other creators in the area, PSA quickly became the leading group of screenwriters in the Phoenix area. The mission and purpose of this association is to help scriptwriters and filmmakers to perfect their skills, whatever their experience or professional status.

    The association offers an interactive space to give and receive feedback on its work, as well as a supportive community of individuals who are all passionate about the same thing: film.

    “Everyone is welcome, all levels,” assured Dall’Olmo. “We have people in their 70s who are members of our group. We have people in their twenties who are members of our group.”

    Dall’Olmo said the event will give “people the opportunity to connect with someone who was in the industry, who was successful.”

    To learn from these professionals, students and other interested members of the community can register for the event. here. Use promo code “ASU22” to enter for free and come to the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. to learn from industry professionals how to succeed in this most competitive and exclusive industry.

    Because let’s be honest, we film majors, minors, and even just those interested in film, need all the help we can get. Again, can confirm.

    Edited by Claire van Doren, Wyatt Myskow and Grace Copperthite.

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    Gloria Muñoz is St. Pete’s New Poet Laureate • St Pete Catalyst


    Mayor Ken Welch and the St. Petersburg City Council will honor poet and educator Gloria Muñoz at Thursday’s meeting, naming her the city’s newest poet laureate.

    Muñoz, who teaches creative writing at Eckerd College, is the author of Danzirly, winner of the 2019 Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Gold Medal of the Florida Book Award. His handwriting appeared in Puerto del Sol, VIDA Review, Acentos Review, Lumina, the Rumpus, Yes Poetry and elsewhere.

    “I’m thrilled to see how St. Pete embraced the arts,” said Muñoz, a St. Petersburg native and daughter of Colombian-American immigrants. “And I’m thrilled to be the first Latina in this role. I think that says a lot about the city where we are and where we’re going.

    “As we have seen in the wake of the pandemic, there are changes that need to be addressed in terms of racial and social division – and I am very, very happy to be part of that change in St. helping bring to light the voices of BIPOC and also work in a more intergenerational way.

    Muñoz succeeds Helen Pruitt Wallace, who was named Saint Petersburg Poet Laureate in 2016.

    “Our new Poet Laureate will help shine the spotlight on St. Petersburg as a city of artists and writers,” said Celeste Davis, the city’s director of arts, culture and tourism. “Having an advocate for creative writing and literature will allow the city to better express artistic experiences that are accessible to everyone in our community.

    “It’s important to give voice to the unique and inclusive experiences of St. Pete – and Gloria Muñoz will do just that.”

    Muñoz was not entirely clear what his responsibilities as poet laureate would be. “But I understand that I am someone who is a champion of poetry for the city. That is, everyone in town.

    “That means working with educational programs, working with adults and maybe with our older community and our immigrant community, finding programs that have long arms that become roots after a while. So that at the end of my mandate, they will be established.

    Peter Meinke was named St. Petersburg’s first Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Ontario Employers Now Required to Have Written Electronic Monitoring Policies | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, CP


    Under the Labor law for workersEvery covered Ontario employer with twenty-five or more employees is now required to have a written electronic monitoring policy that complies with Part XI.1 of the Employment Standards Act 2000.

    The electronic monitoring rules do not limit how an employer can engage in electronic monitoring of Ontario-based employees; however, they require an employer to state the following in their written policy:

    1. whether the employer engages in electronic monitoring;
    2. if so, what form(s) of electronic monitoring does the employer engage in and under what circumstances does it monitor employees; and
    3. what potential use(s) will the employer make of the information collected through electronic monitoring.

    Part XI.1 of the Employment Standards Act 2000 does not define what “electronic surveillance” means. However, guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development states that the policy should list “all forms of monitoring of employees and assigned employees that is done electronically and gives examples of GPS tracking, electronic sensors, and website tracking. /network traffic. The policy should cover surveillance conducted through electronic devices or equipment provided to employees as well as surveillance that occurs in the workplace (which may include home workspaces, for example, surveillance of employees who access corporate networks from personal computers or devices). Employers who do not engage in electronic monitoring must still have policies that expressly state that they do not engage in such activities.

    Although an employer’s policy must state the purposes for which an employer may use information collected through electronic monitoring, the employer is not limited to the uses of information listed in its policy. The Department of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development also lacks the ability to investigate complaints about employer compliance with its policy on electronic monitoring. Employees cannot file complaints with the ministry about their employers’ actual monitoring practices; complaints are limited to determining whether a policy has been provided pursuant to Part XI.1.

    An employer must provide employees with a copy of the policy beginning October 11, 2022. In subsequent years, employees must receive a copy of the policy no later than March 1 of that year. The policy must indicate the effective date and the date of any updates. The law also requires an employer to keep a copy of the policy for three years from the date it ceases to be in effect.

    As this is the first year that electronic monitoring policies have been required by Ontario law, employers may want to be vigilant about how employees react to the policy, as well as any guidance issued. day that can be provided by the Department of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

    How Braiding Sweetgrass Became a Surprising and Enduring Bestseller


    GETTYSBURG, Pa. — A dozen years ago, Robin Wall Kimmerer submitted an unsolicited manuscript to Milkweed, an independent nonprofit press in Minneapolis. It was a brick of about 750 pages.

    “I sent it without any certainty that anyone would want to read such a thing,” says Kimmerer, 69. “I didn’t have an agent. I’m not a professional writer. I’m a botanist. But it was something I felt I really wanted to say.

    The submission was “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant Teachings,” which asks readers to reconsider how they view and treat the natural world.

    Kimmerer’s goal was to reach two specific audiences: fellow scientists and students. She achieved much, much more than that. The book is a word-of-mouth publishing marvel, with over 1.4 million print and audio copies, and it has been translated into nearly 20 languages. On Wednesday, Kimmerer was named the MacArthur Fellow, recipient of the “genius grant,” which this year increased to $800,000 paid over five years.

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    In February 2020, more than six years after the initial publication, for which the book had been reduced to around 400 pages, the paperback edition of “Braiding Sweetgrass” hit the New York Times bestseller list. He resided there for 129 weeks.

    Kimmerer is a member of the Potawatomi Citizen Nation. In “Braiding Sweetgrass,” she weaves Indigenous wisdom with her scientific background. The book is both meditative about the abundance of the natural world and bold in its call to action on the “climate emergency.” Kimmerer asks readers to honor the glories of the Earth, to restore rather than take, and to reject an economy and culture rooted in the acquisition of more. It invites us to learn about plants and other species, masters of nature. “If we use a plant with respect, it will flower. If we ignore it, it will go away,” she wrote.

    Her work is “an invitation to reciprocity,” says Kimmerer. “In exchange for these spectacular gifts from the Earth, say to yourself, ‘What am I going to do about this? What is my responsibility in exchange for all that I have received? »

    Sales of the book were up when the pandemic began, a time, Kimmerer says, “of values ​​clarification for all of us, of saying what really matters.” It was a time when many people spent more time contemplating and living in nature, opening up to the teachings of other cultures, and seeking guidance in the face of impending climate disasters.

    “I felt, as an environmentalist, this great public yearning, a yearning to belong to a place,” Kimmerer says. “I think of the number of people who don’t have a culture, who don’t have an ancestral home. ‘I don’t belong here’, that’s what I heard from people. This feeling of not belonging here contributes to how we treat the land.

    The success of the book was sudden, but the time it took to arrive was not. As a single mother, Kimmerer’s primary responsibility has always been to her two daughters, now 40 and 35. Her time for writing was long limited to the hours after they fell asleep or when she took a sabbatical. (She is a professor in the College of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the State University of New York at Syracuse, and founder and director of its Center for Indigenous Peoples and the Environment.) On the book jacket, she lists “mother” first among her accomplishments. As an academic, she needed to publish scientific papers and secure a permanent position, and she was one of the first women on her campus to do so.

    “Braiding Sweetgrass” sparked musical collaborations; inspired visual artists like Jenny Holzer; and asked a reader, a textile designer, to create a fabric and a skirt, which Kimmerer wore the day I met her, before a lecture she was giving that evening at Gettysburg College.

    She knows how to hold a room. Kimmerer’s voice is soft, seductive and measured. She has the ability to be poetic in depicting nature’s bounty and fiery in her call to protect the Earth and take action. “We have even accepted the banishment of ourselves,” she writes in “Sweetgrass,” “when we spend our utterly singular beautiful lives earning more money, buying more things that nourish but never satisfy .”

    Ironically, the book made Kimmerer a tidy sum, and now there’s the hefty MacArthur Fellowship — though, she says, she lives as simply as before, “except it’s allowed me to convert to life.” green energy in my home. My 200 year old house is now carbon neutral, thanks to Braiding Sweetgrass.

    Kimmerer tends to speak in prose as transporting as her work, with occasional bursts of exquisite botanic wonder: “I am perhaps well known for my photosynthesis craving.” She refers to the book as if it too were animated, like one of her beloved plants. She mentions its inherent beauty, on recycled paper, and “how it made its way to international audiences without me having to do much with it”. The book changed his life. She is invited to speak everywhere, including at the United Nations, and receives letters and poetry from readers around the world. Her work, she says, has had “an impact in places I never expected”.

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    To his readers, Kimmerer is a plant star; his work, transformative. “I was driving across the country listening to him read the audiobook and had to stop several times,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers. “My eyes were filled with tears and I couldn’t see the road.” He became a fan of Kimmerer long before she landed on the bestseller list. In tribute, he gave his name to a character in his novel “Perplexity”.

    Kimmerer is modest in assessing her talent when she claims she is not “a professional writer”. She won the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing for “Gathering Moss,” a 2003 college press book rooted in academic research that inspired Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel “The Signature of All Things.” On the cover of “Braiding Sweetgrass”, Gilbert touts the book as “a hymn of love to the world”. If Kimmerer hadn’t become a botanist, she says, she would have been a poet.

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    When his manuscript arrived at Milkweed, editor Patrick Thomas was immediately delighted. “I guess she was born with that voice,” he says. Together, he and Kimmerer spent a few years whittling the book down to a manageable length.

    Being published is one thing, being read is another, as many crestfallen authors know. Of the 3.2 million titles tracked by NPD BookScan last year, only 2% sold more than 5,000 copies, the first run of “Braiding Sweetgrass.”

    There was little marketing for the book, Kimmerer says. He was barely seen again. The authors’ initial tour was largely limited to college campuses in Minnesota.

    But readers kept buying the book — stacks, thanks in large part to word of mouth and the passionate support of independent bookstores. The reading world split into two groups: Braiding Sweetgrass fanatics and people who hadn’t heard of it before. Sales have doubled each year; Kimmerer compares it to the exponential growth of a forest. Thomas says, “People were craving a message like this, scientific and tied to a tradition they don’t understand.

    The book changed the fortunes of its publisher. “Braiding Sweetgrass” is the most popular book in Milkweed’s 42-year history “by a factor of three,” says CEO and publisher Daniel Slager. Its success is “the craziest thing that has happened here, completely unheard of in my experience”. Since the book’s publication, Milkweed’s staff has doubled, as has the number of titles it publishes each year.

    In 2016, Kimmerer appeared on Krista Tippett’s “On Being” radio show, an episode that aired again that year. “It struck a chord,” Tippett says. “She names the only limits of science that we rely on in the West.”

    Kimmerer receives about 90 speaking invites each month — she accepts about 10% of them, many of which are conducted virtually; she fears leaving too large a carbon footprint and burning out. She still teaches. Her beloved garden in upstate New York is a “weedy mess.”

    A life of constant public appearances is not one she would have chosen. “I’m a pretty private and introverted person. I’m happiest at my desk or in the woods,” she says over lunch. “This kingdom has a cost to me. It’s not something I would look for, but it got me. It is important to celebrate this extraordinary moment of opening up Indigenous knowledge,” she says. Last month, the Biden administration appointed a plant and animal diplomat.

    Kimmerer feels the weight of his family’s legacy, the imperative to honor the stories. At age 9, her father’s father was sent to Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which Jim Thorpe also attended, less than 30 miles from where she is. It was one of many schools designed to force assimilation of its native students. Kimmerer speaks of his “deep responsibility for our knowledge,” Indigenous knowledge, “which they have tried to eradicate from our people,” she said. “If the world is listening, I have a responsibility to speak.”

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    Kimmerer is working on an illustrated children’s book inspired by “Braiding Sweetgrass.” (An illustrated young adult version of the book, adapted by Monique Gray Smith, will be published next month.) She is also writing a third book, which builds on her earlier ones. “It’s about seeing the natural world as full of people. It is meant to enliven the plant world,” she says.

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    Powers, who appeared at a Harvard symposium with Kimmerer, says that “she looks at things with a long sense of time. I wanted to hear that wisdom, that clear-eyed, levelheaded, intensely informed voice explains everything. »

    Kimmerer loves stories, which she likens to medicine in their healing power. “Braiding Sweetgrass” swells with them. During her lectures, she is prone to asking questions, inviting readers and audiences to seek answers. “Each of us receives gifts from the Earth every day,” she says at Gettysburg College. “We have an economy that is always asking for more. What we should ask now is not what we can take, but what can we give? »


    A previous version of this article misidentified the novel in which Richard Powers named a character after Robin Wall Kimmerer. It was “Perplexity”, not “Orfeo”. This version has been corrected.

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    West Hartford author received prestigious honor – Hartford Courant


    West Hartford – A story titled kitsune, by West Hartford resident Devon Bohm won the author a Writers of the Future award and will be published in the L. Ron Hubbard introduces the writers of future volume 39Next spring.

    Bohm said she was “in shock” when she learned she had won the award.

    “I’ve entered this specific contest probably five times,” she said. “I already got two honorable mentions, one with this story. I resubmitted it, because I was working on my poetry, so I didn’t have time to write anything new in fiction recently, so I decided to edit the story and resubmit it, because I thought it was a strong story.”

    A poet and writer for as long as she can remember, Bohm graduated from Smith College and earned her master’s degree in poetry and fiction from Fairfield University. She said she just always knew she was a writer.

    “I never wanted to do anything other than be a writer,” she said, adding that she had held adjacent jobs including teaching writing and English, but that she had no interest in working in areas unrelated to writing.

    “There’s never been anything else that interests me. I’ve worked in other jobs, because that’s what being a writer is like,” she said, “but I’ve never wanted to do something other than write fiction and poetry.”

    Currently, she is taking a break as she is expecting her first child in December.

    kitsune is what Bohm calls “speculative fiction” and is based on the Japanese lore of foxes who can transform into women.

    “The story takes place in the very near future,” she said. “A young woman in her thirties tries to figure out what she is doing with her life, and things get bogged down. Then the foxes, which in this world have disappeared, begin to return. There’s something very mystical and mysterious about what’s going on, because it’s not just foxes that are native to her area, it’s all kinds of foxes, including some she’s never seen before. , and at the same time, women begin to disappear. This mystery occurs as she tries to unravel the mystery of her own life.

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    The majority of Bohm’s work, she says, deals with feminist issues. She said she had never written from a male perspective.

    “We have a lot of that in this world, so I try to write female stories, from a female perspective,” she said. “That’s what I can speak from experience. I can add my voice without blocking the voice of others.

    Four writers each quarter earn the honor. All 16 will travel to Hollywood, California next spring for a week-long masterclass, and stories will be judged by authors including Tim Powers (author of About Stranger Tides), Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (dune prequel series), Robert J. Sawyer (quantum night), Brandon Sanderson (Born of the Mists series, The Stormlight Archive), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s game), Nnedi Okorafor (who is afraid of death), David Farland (rune lords) and Katherine Kurtz (Deryni series).

    Currently, she is working on a play, potentially her first full-length novel, set in Rhode Island. It’s a ghost story, which is a bit of a departure for her.

    “It’s something I haven’t really tried to do before,” she said. “I had a hard time finding the horror that I really like, so I’m trying to write one that I really like.”

    After the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed best-selling science fiction novel, battlefield landwritten to celebrate 50 years as a professional writer, Hubbard created the Writers of the Future in 1983 to provide aspiring speculative fiction writers with a way to get that much-needed break.

    For more information, visit www.devonbohm.com or www.writersofthefuture.com.

    ‘Chronicles of Chaos’ ventures into darkness | Culture & Leisure


    A writer’s life is an inner life, a life that may have little to do with how one appears on the outside. Justin Criado – writer, editor of this newspaper, Buck’s Gate ambassador, metal music fanatic, cat lover and Harley rider – gives readers a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind through his column, The Chopping Block, for years. The columns are an excursion into the macabre, distributing slices of dark reflections tinged with horror, humor and pulsed by the intense music he loves. His first book, “Chronicles of Chaos,” was released Tuesday and will be the latest featured work from Monday’s Discovered Authors, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library.

    The laconic, easy-going writer from Pittsburgh is staunchly independent when it comes to the book industry. In July, Criado earned her master’s degree in creative writing with a focus on publishing from Western Colorado University. There he studied with bestselling author and owner/founder of Colorado’s WordFire Press, Kevin J. Anderson (“Dune,” “Star Wars”). For his master’s project, he co-edited and published “Weird Tales: Best of the Early Years 1923-25” with bestselling horror author Jonathan Maberry. The collection includes lost pieces by HP Lovecraft, Harry Houdini and “other bizarre writers of that era,” said Criado, who publishes his works under the name Rev. Justin Criado.

    “I decided to pursue the publishing program because I wanted to learn how to publish my own books,” the ordained minister said. “My vision is to operate and distribute my work as an underground record label that only releases short runs of Scandinavian black metal on cassette tape. If you know, you know. I have no desire to be part of from mainstream or pop culture in any sense when it comes to my writing. I want to do my own thing and foster a cult. And there’s always an underground. I was lucky enough to receive a Telluride Arts Fellowship that covered expenses related to the release of “Chronicles of Chaos”.

    “Also, damn, Amazon. A billionaire trying to leave Earth in a penis-shaped rocket doesn’t need my money.

    For Criado, writing and the metal music he worships go hand in hand.

    “I’m a shameless metalhead. I’m literally listening to Slayer’s ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ right now,” he said. “I can’t write without music, and I almost always listen to music no matter what I’m doing, so it seeps into my tracks in an insidious way, especially when I’m exploring a thought and then I hear a lyric that I’m going to reinterpret, given my state of mind at the time. It really doesn’t make any logical sense. If I could explain it better, I would. But as Slayer said, “Get out of you and let your thoughts run out, as you go crazy, go crazy!”

    The voluntary fall into madness naturally leads to the horror genre that dominates his work. He grew up watching classic black-and-white Universal Monsters movies with his dad. Early monsters such as “The Mummy” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” sparked Criado’s fascination with fear.

    “I was scared of everything as a kid, thanks to movies like ‘It’ and ‘Child’s Play’. Clowns eating children and toys wielding butcher knives were very real to me at that age,” he said. “But the older I got, the more I appreciated the writing, the stories and the effects behind them. Then you have catwalk horror, like ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’

    As hair-raising as the genre can be, Criado said he doesn’t find a hopeless artistic prospect in any way.

    “I think horror is a more sober look at the world, especially at the things people don’t want to think about,” he said. “Horror allows people to momentarily experience the worst of humanity, but then laugh it off as fiction in the end.”

    Horror, in fact, is a genre that enjoys huge popularity if the rise of horror movies – especially at this time of year – is any indication. Horror, he says, holds up a mirror to the deepest parts of the human psyche.

    “Watch Jeffrey Dahmer become a rockstar again in 2022,” Criado said. “Obviously he was a terrible person, but people still glorify him and even take advantage of him and what he did. People, whether they want to admit it or not, have this morbid curiosity deep inside It’s a bit unsettling and scary, but horror allows people to indulge in it.

    This weekend’s Telluride Horror Festival is one event Criado will never miss. He’s especially looking forward to Clint Howard serving ice cream at the ice cream social, then the screening of “Ice Cream Man,” as well as Joe Begos’ latest “Christmas Bloody Christmas” and the new “V/H/S/ 99.”

    “But I like to find something new that I didn’t necessarily expect. I always check the author’s readings and events,” he said.

    His own writing for the Daily Planet has been recognized by the Colorado Press Association as one of the best in the state over the years, and his work has been featured in the Denver Post, Westword, Salt Lake City Weekly, Phoenix New Times, Pittsburgh . Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    “Chronicles of Chaos” is a three-year collection of pieces by The Chopping Block, which he revisited and expanded to make them “a little spicier”. Read: scarier.

    What is Criado afraid of?

    “I have anxiety. I’m pretty much scared of everything, but it makes my plays, especially in ‘Chronicles of Chaos’, little pocket panic attacks. Perfect for the apocalypse,” he explained. “Besides, I hate spiders.”

    “Chronicles of Chaos” marks the beginning of what he considers a life of independent releases.

    “I already have the sketches for 10 to 12 new pieces for my next collection (working title: ‘Lies I Tell My Cat’). I plan to bury myself in writing in early 2023,” he said. “My overall vision is to release at least one book per year for the next 10 years. If something doesn’t give way within that time, then maybe I’ll get a real job or leave Earth too.

    “Chronicles of Chaos” will be available this weekend at the Horror Fest headquarters at the Sheridan Opera House’s SHOW Bar and Between the Covers. Additionally, orders can be placed at justincriado.com. Because f—k Amazon. The Criado Discovered Authors’ Talk and Book Signing will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library.

    Demand skyrockets for children’s books about violence and trauma


    Like the new school year go into high gearsome students have more to worry about than doing their homework: the demand for children’s books dealing with traumatic events such as school shootings has grown steadily.

    Sales of books for young readers about violence, grief and emotions have increased for nine consecutive years, with nearly six million copies sold in 2021, more than double the amount in 2012, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks retail sales of printed books in the United States. .

    As anxiety and depression rates have skyrocketed Among young Americans, educators and advocates say children’s books can play a role in helping them cope.

    “While it may be second nature to try to shield children from the harsh realities of life and scary news, it proves difficult to avoid major societal issues,” said Kristine Enderle, editorial director of Magination Press, the children’s publishing arm of American Psychology. Association. “Children face these issues and challenges in their daily lives.”

    One book, “I’m Not Scared…I’m Prepared,” was reprinted several times to meet demand after the Massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in May, according to the National Center for Youth Issues, the nonprofit group that published the book. The story, first published in 2014, features a teacher who shows children what to do when a “dangerous person” is in their school.

    According to bookseller Barnes & Noble, bookstores across the country see interest in titles in the genre rise and fall based on local and national headlines.

    Some newer titles deal directly with real-world gun violence.

    In “Numb to This,” a graphic novel released this month, author Kindra Neely details the 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, which she survived, and the aftermath as she attempts to heal amid repeated shootings elsewhere. Initially, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ editorial director Andrea Colvin said she was shocked when Keely pitched the idea.

    “I had to remind myself that, yeah, that’s what our stories are like now. That’s what young people have been through,” Colvin said.

    Michele Gay, whose 7-year-old daughter Josephine was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, has turned to children’s books herself to help her two surviving daughters. A picture book she read to them was “The Ant Hill Disaster”, about an ant boy who is afraid to return to school after it is destroyed.

    “It was one of many books that gave them comfort and a little bit of confidence to face one more day, one more minute, because we can do this together,” said Gay, who advocates for a better safety in schools. through a non-profit organization, she co-founded Safe and Sound Schools.

    Parents should ensure books dealing with trauma are age-appropriate and backed by psychologists, experts say.

    It’s important to know whether children are aware of or feel stressed about scary things in the news, said Aryeh Sova, a Chicago psychologist who works with children who have attended the 4th of July Parade in suburban Highland Park, Illinois, where seven people were killed in a shooting. A child asking a lot of questions about an event can mean they’re anxious or obsessed with it, he said.

    “If it comes from the child’s need, then books could be a great way for children to learn and read with their parents and revise it on their own and process it at their own pace, at their own pace. own pace,” Sova said.

    But bringing up violence when a child isn’t concerned about it could unnecessarily increase their anxiety, Sova said.

    Some young children are victims of gun violence at alarming rates, especially in communities of color.

    For them, it’s important to start tackling the effects early, said Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street writer Ian Ellis James, known by his stage name William Electric Black. He is the author of the illustrated children’s book ” A gun is no fun.” He said young children in areas affected by gun violence are more aware of it than parents realize.

    “They know the flowers, the candles and the cards in the street. They walk beside them every day,” he said.

    Through children’s literature and theater, Black works to reduce gun violence in urban settings. “If you start when they’re 5 and come back when you’re 6, 7, 8, 9, you’re going to change the behavior,” he said.

    In the spring, he will collaborate with New York Public School PS 155 in East Harlem with a series of gun violence awareness and prevention workshops for young readers, using puppets, storytelling and rehearsal.

    “They won’t even get rid of assault weapons here in this country. So my thing is we gotta go and we gotta help them help themselves save themselves,” Black said. “We are really failing at that.”


    Claire Savage is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues. Follow Savage on Twitter at https://twitter.com/c_thesavage.

    Letter to the Editor: Bill Sniffin Should Write a Book Called “Profiles In Cowardice”


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    Dear Editor:

    When John F. Kennedy was a senator from Massachusetts and took his candidacy for national office seriously in 1956, he published a book called Profiles in Courage.

    The book was a compilation of stories of U.S. senators and a congressman who had put principle before advancement, that is, they had publicly voted for something they knew might to harm or even destroy their careers because they were sure it was the right thing to do. do and it was a matter of national importance.

    The central idea of ​​Kennedy’s book was that it took courage and character for an elected official to make an unpopular choice, perhaps a career-ending choice, but in certain circumstances it was the right thing to do. .

    America read the book, understood Kennedy to be his role model in power, and generally agreed with his assessment that courage and character were more important than following the crowd.

    At the time, no one was saying that the cowardly acceptance of bad politics or that “holding [one’s] nose” and ignoring or supporting sedition, trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power, or lying about election results were admirable things to do.

    Certainly, no one in Wyoming at that time argued that holding their noses up to sedition and lying on a grand scale was admirable behavior.

    Bill Sniffin, who writes a column for Cowboy State Daily, maybe just old enough and literate enough to have read Profiles in Courage and so it is sad that he forgot all that he could have learned in this book or elsewhere about political ethics.

    In a recent column of cowboy state DailySniffin argued that Liz Cheney could have been the next Republican Speaker of the House, if only she had sat quietly and “held her nose” when confronted with Trump’s incitement to attack the Capitol and Trump’s repeated lie that he only lost the election because of voter tampering, rigging or other misconduct.

    Cheney, of course, knew the truth: Trump lost the election because his habits of lying, boasting, bullying, preening, narcissism and degeneracy alienated the swing voters who gave Trump a chance in 2016. but who weren’t going to give him a chance in 2020 to misbehave inside and outside the White House for another four years.

    The fact that many of his constituents were among the blind souls who thought that Trump’s obvious character flaws were not flaws at all, but characteristics, and that his constituents did not recognize that he was a caricature of a human being and a parody of a president, did not stop her from telling the truth because she thought it was a matter of national importance.

    She was of course right. An attack on the peaceful transfer of power after a free and fair election in the United States is not acceptable and it needs to be said loudly and publicly, even to those people in Wyoming who do not want to hear this simple truth. It was an attack on the Constitution and an attack on the Republic.

    Other Wyoming politicians, of course, played along. Systematically poor Senators Barrasso and Lummis avoided the issue as much as possible so as not to jeopardize their chances in office.

    Gradients Chuck Gray, Bob Ide, Harriet Hageman and a host of even dimmer lights in the Wyoming GOP actively took up the battle cry that the election was rigged, or could have been rigged, or in some other way actively advanced the big lie that Trump had not just and squarely lost and the equally important lie that US elections are untrustworthy but routinely subject to corrupt manipulation.

    These Wyoming politicians realized they were playing before an audience of resentful, rural, angry, politically and historically illiterate, disgruntled, and in some cases deceived voters and that the “safe” thing to do for their careers in government and for their advancement to power was either to hold their noses and ignore the assault on the Republic, or to actively accompany it.

    It’s no shock that Liz Cheney chose a different path. For one thing, she likely hadn’t planned on a career in the House from Wyoming and would have preferred an executive appointment.

    Second, she was not tied to the degraded MAGAbilly wing of the Republican Party, but to that wing that had produced intelligent and, in some cases, principled policymakers since Lincoln. And, of course, unlike many of her colleagues, she both recognized the threat to the Republic and cared enough to jeopardize her career.

    This is what John F. Kennedy and most of America recognized as political courage and character in the 1950s as an admirable political ethic.

    In his column, Bill Sniffin gave his readers inside-out ethics for an age of inside-out politics. Maybe in a time like 2016-20 and in a place like Wyoming, when lying on the level that Trump did it had become normalized, when boasting and bullying were admired and when unrest personality traits were seen as strengths, Sniffin’s observations make sense.

    When cowardice is valued, a politician must “hold his nose”. When the Capitol is under attack, the correct response is to hold your nose.

    When the integrity of elections is undermined by outright lies, hold your nose. In Sniffin’s upside-down ethics, the Republic takes second place to political advancement. Her ethic of “holding your nose” in the face of a clear threat to the Republic has worked for others, so why not Liz Cheney?

    It didn’t work for Liz Cheney because unlike the majority of Wyoming voters and unlike Sniffin himself, her view always honored courage and character. Honoring courage and character is a difficult concept for the majority of Wyoming voters and for some Wyoming editorial writers.

    Perhaps Sniffin will soon give us a book on his own political principles as expressed in his recent column and call it Profiles in Cowardice.


    Mike Krampner
    Krampner is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, who lived in Wyoming and practiced law in Wyoming for 32 years. He also holds a doctorate. in history from the University of Maryland. He currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where he continues to follow Wyoming politics.

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    ‘Call Me Kat’ actor Christopher Rivas talks about his book ‘Brown Enough’


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    Brown Enough: True Stories of Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Hollywood, Race, Family and Success in America

    By Christophe Rivas
    Townhouse: 240 pages, $25

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    Christopher Rivas is an actor, playwright, podcaster, PhD student and now author. But he knows people often see him — and judge him — first as a Latino. Rivas is both proud of his heritage and frustrated at being defined by it in a country where whites hold power and conversations about race tend to be about blacks and whites.

    Rivas’ book covers all of this and more, as the subtitle suggests: “Brown Enough: True Stories About Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Hollywood, Race, Familia, and Making it in America.”

    “My writing style is ‘Go’,” says Los Angeles-based Rivas, explaining the stuffy title and the essays within it.

    The book explores her self-doubt, body dysmorphia, and anger at a system that constantly makes life harder for people of color. A regular on the “Call Me Kat” series, Rivas is open about the nose job he got before landing the role because a white manager told him it would improve his chances of being cast.

    Rivas examines representation in Hollywood but goes beyond the usual talking points, just as he does in his other works. He wrote a one-man show about Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican playboy and assassin, who some say inspired James Bond — typical, Rivas says, of how everything is redirected and refracted through a white gaze. He has since created a podcast on the subject and hopes to direct a feature film on Rubirosa.

    Although he is part Dominican and part Colombian, Rivas grew up in New York and only recently began learning Spanish. In the book, he calls the American dream a “pyramid scheme.” In a recent video interview, he said, “America can seem like an onslaught to some people.” In “Brown Enough,” he charts his path to finding his voice as a writer, actor, and American, a journey he hopes can help readers follow their own path.

    Our interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    You write about the importance for you to see John Leguizamo on stage; you’re talking about casting an anti-invisibility spell. How important is true representation?

    The whole book is about being seen. Unfortunately, that often means movies and television, but the art world is predominantly white, and the decision makers in most worlds, the signatories of the checks, are white. I want to get big checks, but things won’t change until the signatories of the checks change.

    You also explore racism and colorism in the countries your family is from. How important is understanding your past to how you deal with daily life here?

    Knowing my full story is crucial. It is important to know what systemic issues we are committed to. It’s beneficial for us to take radical responsibility, to know why your grandmother felt that way about certain things or your mother told you. It helps you understand why you do what you do, why all these women straighten their hair, for example. It precedes you; all the trauma is woven into you. There is a lot of distress to be done.

    Did writing the book help you shake off the need for white gaze? Or does being an actor mean it never goes away?

    I may still deal with that in Hollywood, but now I feel like I’m able to stand up or talk more. I am more aware of what I am participating in and how I am subtly transforming to meet someone else’s needs. I feel safer with myself, my voice, and my space, and I know it’s getting bigger.

    In the book, you use that voice to confront individuals, like a photographer who calls a Latina he doesn’t know “hot.” It’s exhausting ?

    Sometimes I can’t help it. It’s just in my nature. I’ve written about things that won’t get good responses and I’d like to discuss each of those people. But I agree on saving energy. It’s about finding a balance.

    I was just at a photo shoot and the hair and makeup artist was a wonderful white woman. We started talking about photography, she said, “We have a photography group in LA, you should join. There are a few Spaniards in it. She kept saying that, but I had nothing to do. She was really genuine – she was also trying to learn Spanish. That’s the difference with microaggressions. Sometimes when you are asked “Where are you from”, the person is simply trying to connect.

    People of color are amazing mathematicians. We have to solve problems in an instant: Who is it, what situation am I in, am I going to make things uncomfortable, is it worth it? We do crazy algebra and it can be a waste of energy. But the little things matter. If you’re emotional about saying something, it might be worth it, because the little things add up.

    Will writing this book and finding your voice make you a better actor?

    My first answer is, “Wait, I’m already a very good actor. [Laughs.]

    Maybe I can do more on my own, but there is something that needs to be given from the writers room. I was on a TV show and there was nobody brown. There were two blacks and nine whites. It doesn’t match. I want a richness of language in the characters that you often don’t see in non-white characters – they’re not as specific and quirky.

    That’s something Hollywood can get away with — giving people of color the occasional speaking role and saying, “We did it. But it’s about who is writing those roles and telling those stories. So more and more I want to be the one hiding behind the scenes. The change I want will only happen when I can hire someone and give them an opportunity.

    Moor’s brother murder victim slams author who sparked new search


    Mr Edwards said he had started his own dig in the area close to where the other victims of the moorland murders were found. He found “a skull with teeth present” which he said independent experts concluded was a human.

    But Mr Bennett wondered why Mr Edwards thought he would have found something when previous searches, carried out by police and experts, had failed to do so.

    He added: ‘I’ve seen the way these forensic archaeologists work – it’s painstaking troweling and fingertip searching and sifting through everything that’s been pulled out of the ground. I was advised and helped on the moor by archaeologists and it gave me real insight into how they work to make sure they didn’t miss anything.

    “It seems a little strange that all of his ‘experts’ seem to be his friends. How can he claim that we searched in the wrong place when our 30 years of experience eclipses his alleged seven years of investigation, while at the same time he puts place names in different incorrect areas of the moor?

    “Will he apologize for the anguish, anger, pain and distress he has caused by his thoughtless, heartless and publicity-seeking actions?”

    Keith was the third of five youths murdered by Brady and Hindley. He is the only victim whose body has never been found.

    Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, and Lesley Ann Downey, 10, were buried at Saddleworth Moor and their bodies were later found, but Brady and Hindley died without disclosing where Keith’s body was buried .

    A spokesperson for Mr Edwards said he ‘fully understands Mr Bennett’s frustration and anguish’, but added: ‘He remains confident that he has found the true location of the grave and is ordering a further scientific analysis of its evidence.”