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Southern Sollars author’s new book ‘Ruby the Dancing Dachshund’ is a charming children’s story that offers valuable lessons for young readers


Southern Sollars, a married great-grandmother who lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, has completed her new book “Ruby the Dancing Dachshund”: a meaningful and engaging children’s story that features Ruby, a dancing dachshund who teaches important lessons, such as caring for others, not stealing or lying, and not taking things for granted.

Author Southern Sollars begins his story by introducing his main character. She writes: “Hello. My name is Ruby. I am a dachshund. My line of dogs began in Germany almost four hundred years ago. My great, great, triple great-grandparents were hunters. They have hunted badgers, weasels, minks, ferrets as well as rats and mice, fought them and won.

Sollars continues: “Not me. It sounds like a lot of hard work. I work, but not as you think. I am an internationally acclaimed television and film star. On top of that, I speak, and humans can understand me. I’m pretty and I’m smart. I can go anywhere, do anything and get anything I want. But neither am I spoiled or selfish, just extremely talented.

Published by Page Publishing, the imaginative tale of Southern Sollars is a perfect bedtime story that shares the fascinating adventures of Ruby.

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

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

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Kendall County Youth Showcase STEM and Art Projects at August 4-H Shows – Shaw Local


Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of the 2022 4-H Results Kendall County 4-H shows. Part 1 presented the results of animal exposure.

Local youth shared their talents, skills and knowledge through 4-H projects at the Kendall County 4-H Shows in August at the Kendall County Fairgrounds.

“The 4-H show season is an important — and fun — part of every summer for our members,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator. “They can demonstrate what they’ve learned and accomplished throughout the year and create memories with friends and family.”

Through their 4-H projects, members try new things, gain knowledge and develop life skills to help them now and in the future. They can explore hundreds of projects in seven areas of study – animal science, career and leadership development, creative arts, environmental science, global civic engagement, healthy living and nutrition, and STEM. The 4-H conference judging process provides youth with experience and feedback to continue growing and discovering next year.

For sisters Emily and Sydney Reppy, this marked their final season of 4-H performing. They said they appreciate not only the project skills they have acquired over the years, but also other 4H experiences.

“4-H is a way to get involved in your community. I have learned many life skills through the service and learning opportunities 4-H has provided me,” said Sydney.

Emily added, “For me, 4-H is an opportunity for personal growth. It gave me the chance to learn and teach others through leadership and service. »

The two plan to return and volunteer with Illinois 4-H next year, and they’re not alone.

Each summer, dozens of adult members of the community give back to 4-H by volunteering their time and expertise to judge or host 4-H shows, or by sponsoring prizes, such as trophies or banners. Several community members and organizations also contribute to all Kendall County 4-H shows to offset additional expenses.

“We greatly appreciate all of our amazing volunteers for giving our youth this positive growth experience,” Eisnaugle said. “Thank you to our Kendall County 4-H Show and Rewards sponsors for your support of the programs and for recognizing the hard work and dedication of our 4-H youth.”

Results from the 2022 Kendall County Fair 4-H Project General Expo are listed by project area, 4-H member name, and 4-H club.

Excellence Award

Animal Science: Annie Ralston, Club 4-H Denim and Dust

Civic Engagement: Jenna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Tawney Kellogg, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club

Creative Arts | Clothing and Sewing: Elizabeth Vickery, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Jenna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Annabella Lovero, Club 4-H La Menu Model; Allison Wallin, Dream Catchers 4-H Club; Ania Nelson, Stagecoach Trailblazers Club 4-H

Creative Arts | Photography: Lilianna Casbarian, Spanglish 4-H Club; Tawney Kellogg, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Emily Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club

Creative Arts (includes creative writing, communications, interior design): Jenna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Annabelle Reeder, Spanish 4-H Club

Environment (includes natural resources, outdoor adventures, wildlife, entomology, geology): Hannah Severson, Boots, Blue Jeans and Bows 4-H Club; Matias Habib, Millbrook Mighty Ones 4-H Club; Anna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club

Food Systems (includes crops, floriculture, horticulture, and plant and soil sciences): Michael Fitzgerald, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Ty Steffen, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Annie Ralston, 4-H Club Denim and Dust; Natalie Walsh, Lisbon Town and Country 4-H Club

Healthy Living (includes food, cooking, sports nutrition, child development and health): Lily Westphal, Kendall County Country Kids 4-H Club; Nathaniel Vickery, Club 4-H Stagecoach Trailblazers; Sydney Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; John Kellogg, Barn and Beyond Club 4-H Club 4-H; Madisyn Glenn, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Grace Homerding, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math): Emerson Casbarian, Spanglish 4-H Club; Emily Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Nathan Kwiatkowski, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Michael Fitzgerald, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Lukas Kwiatkowski, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Nathaniel Vickery, Club 4-H Stagecoach Trailblazers; Cameron Rodriguez, boots, blue jeans and Club 4-H bows

Visual Arts: Ava DeBolt, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Emily Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Sydney Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Elizabeth Vickery, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Ava Perreault, Rebels, Renegades and Rogues 4-H Club; Therese Krysciak, Little Rockets 4-H Club; Madisyn Glenn, Stagecoach Trailblazers Club 4-H

State Fair Delegates and Alternates

Many Kendall County 4-H youth had the opportunity to represent their communities at the Illinois 4-H State Show on August 14 in Springfield.

Delegates: Emerson Casbarian, Spanglish 4-H Club; Lilianna Casbarian, Spanish 4-H Club; Ava DeBolt, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Ximena DelToro, Little Rockets 4-H Club; Michael Fitzgerald, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Madisyn Glenn, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Anna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Jenna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Matias Habib, Millbrook Mighty Ones 4-H Club; Grace Homerding, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Jack Homerding, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Jacob Homerding, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Alivia Kellogg, Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bows 4-H Club; John Kellogg, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Tawney Kellogg, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Therese Krysciak, Little Rockets 4-H Club; Nathan Kwiatkowski, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Annabella Lovero, Club 4-H LaMenu Model; Katherine Marchese, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Ania Nelson, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Michaela Persico, Rockin’ KCs 4-H Club; Annie Ralston, 4-H Club Denim and Dust; Annabelle Reeder, Spanish 4-H Club; Emily Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Sydney Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Cameron Rodriguez, Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bows 4-H Club; Hannah Severson, Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bows 4-H Club; Jacob Severson, Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bows 4-H Club; Toby Steffen, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Ty Steffen, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Adelle Vickery, Club 4-H Stagecoach Trailblazers; Elizabeth Vickery, Stagecoach Trailblazers 4-H Club; Nathaniel Vickery, Club 4-H Stagecoach Trailblazers; Carter Westphal, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Lily Westphal, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club

Alternates: Clair Anderson, Millbrook Mighty Ones 4-H Club; Michael Fitzgerald, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Anna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Jenna Green, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Sofie Heidrich, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; John Kellogg, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Lukas Kwiatkowski, Barn and Beyond 4-H Club; Annabella Lovero, Club 4-H LaMenu Model; Abigail Munar, Millbrook Mighty Ones 4-H club; Ava Perrault, Renegades, Rebels and Rogues 4-H Club; Michaela Persico, Rockin’ KCs 4-H Club; Annabelle Reeder, Spanish 4-H Club; Emily Reppy, Seward Kids and Critters 4-H Club; Hannah Severson, Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bows 4-H Club; Leah Thanepohn, Kendall County Children’s 4-H Club; Nathaniel Vickery, Club 4-H Stagecoach Trailblazers; Brooklyn Wallin, the 4-H Dream Catchers club; Natalie Walsh, Lisbon Town and Country 4-H Club

“4-H programs and experiences strive to help young people gain a sense of belonging, develop independence, give back to their communities and master their skills,” Eisnaugle said. “The annual 4-H shows at the fair bring it all together as we celebrate the end of this 4-H year and look forward to a new 4-H year in the fall.”

This fall, the annual 4-H launch event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7 at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Yorkville. For more information about 4-H in Kendall County, visit go.illinois.edu/info4Hdkk.

American poet Philip Levine’s California home for sale


Nestled among orange groves in one of Fresno’s oldest residential neighborhoods is 4549 Van Ness Boulevard North. Since the early 1970s, it has been the home of former American Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Levine and his family. Now this piece of literary history is up for sale, asking for $500,000.

The home is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow that is 1,599 square feet in size. Built in the 1920s, it is one of the original homes in Old Fig Garden and boasts the graceful property lines that characterize early single-family homes in Fresno. The land of over 3/4 acres includes lawns, gardens and lemon trees. These trees bore locally famous oranges during the tenancy of Philip Levine and his wife France Levine.

“Our mother always gave those oranges,” her son Ted Levine told SFGATE. “She would put them in the letterbox for the postman.”

The dining room overlooks the backyard.

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One of the three bedrooms in the house.

One of the three bedrooms in the house.

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Phillip and Frances lived in the house during the height of Philip Levine’s literary prowess. Shortly after completing a Jones Fellowship at Stanford University, Levine began teaching at Fresno State University, where he would remain until 1992, although he also taught at UC Berkeley, as well as Columbia, Princeton, New York University, Brown and Tufts. Levine served on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets from 2000 to 2006 and was nominated for a two-year term as American Poet Laureate in 2011. His work has been widely praised throughout his life, including the National Book Award for Poetry in 1980 and 1991 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1995.

A view of the Old Fig Garden house bathroom.

A view of the Old Fig Garden house bathroom.

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Frances Levine, known as Franny to those who knew her well, was “in her own right, a painter and sketchbook designer, a gardener, a chef and cookbook author, and a community volunteer”. according to his obituary, as well as a tremendous supporter and contributor to Fresno State. Philip Levine passed away in 2015 and Frances Levine passed away last June.

The back of the house has a small terrace.

The back of the house has a small terrace.

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A view of the vast backyard.

A view of the vast backyard.

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It might seem like a long way to read about a Fresno property, even one that housed such literary history, but consider this: In March 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that the hottest market in the country was Fresno, California. In July 2022, Home prices in Fresno rose 11.9% compared to 2021, selling for a median price of $375,000.

The very office where Philip Levine listened to jazz and wrote award-winning poetry.

The very office where Philip Levine listened to jazz and wrote award-winning poetry.

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As the median home price in San Francisco hits $2 million, you can buy a three-bedroom home, where Philip Levine wrote award-winning poetry from his study, on nearly an acre of landscaped grounds, and you can do it for $500,000.

The house is nestled in the old Fresno Fig Garden.  In March 2021, the Los Angeles Times said the hottest market in the country was Fresno.

The house is nestled in the old Fresno Fig Garden. In March 2021, the Los Angeles Times said the hottest market in the country was Fresno.

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Honor Konkani by teaching children to speak and love the language, experts urge

August 21, 2022 | 07:24 IST

Honor Konkani by teaching children to speak and love the language, experts urge

August 20 marks the 30th anniversary of Konkani’s inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution; researchers ask native speakers to work on translation projects at institutes like the National Book Trust and the Central Institute of Indian Languages, which do not have Konkani publishers

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MARGAO: Even as Konkani speakers in Goa and along the western coastal belt celebrated World Konkani Day on August 20, writers and scholars of the ancient language are calling for a revival of the mother tongue of Goa, in particularly within the diaspora, which they fear is losing contact. with their Konkani roots. As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the language’s inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which lists 22 official languages, Konkani experts are calling on the state’s youth to embrace Konkani as a medium communication on a daily basis. day by day, to ensure that the language is enriched, with more literature and art representing it on a global level.

“We celebrate World Konkani Day every year, with loud song and dance, but unless we speak the language and encourage our children to speak and write in Konkani on a daily basis, we do nothing to promote language,” said tiatra and playwright Konkani Tomazinho Cardozo. “If parents don’t speak Konkani and show their love for the language, how can we expect future generations to advance the language outward, into the world,” asked Cardozo, who was also president. of the Goa Assembly.

Lamenting that the Konkani people have not been able to take advantage of central government incentives and programs to promote their native language, Anwesha Singbal, chairwoman of Konkani Bhasha Mandal, said there were not enough people who dedicate their time to completing translation projects and other ongoing work at the Central Institute of Indian Languages ​​(CIIL).

“There were many Konkani who went from Goa to CIIL but could not stay there long and came back and did not continue the work there,” she said. “Many Konkani books have been translated, and many books in other languages ​​have been translated into Konkani at the National Book Trust (NBT). We at Konkani Bhasha Mandal (KBM) have tried to contact them and have translated many books into Konkani. However, they were never published,” Singbal lamented. “They don’t have an independent publisher for the Konkani language. The person who takes care of Marathi and other languages ​​takes care of Konkani, which delays important work. We have successfully brought Konkani into Google and many core projects happening today around the world. It is our responsibility, the Konkani people, to get these things done,” Singbal added.

“So many opportunities have been created, but the Konkani-speaking people have failed to take advantage of them. Just having the language in the Eighth Schedule was certainly not the goal of our rulers,” said Anant Agni, Headmaster of Konkani Bhasha Mandal School, emphasizing that language lovers should take the make the most of the opportunities to help it flourish.

Konkani writer Guadalupe Dias told the Herald that the mere inclusion of Konkani in the 8th schedule does not absolve the people of Goa from their responsibilities to grow the language. “For 30 years Goa government has been bound to take action for the growth of Konkani and it has done so admirably so far. Let us pledge today to work hard to make Konkani the bedrock of our identity,” Dias said.

The imperfect and perfect timing of a children’s book about choice



Ben Romano’s timing could be considered really, really bad – or perfect.

The DC resident started writing a children’s book at the start of the pandemic. He had never written one before, but that didn’t matter. He had an idea, an idea that he thought was important. And as a songwriter, he knew he just needed to find a way to convey his thoughts to others.

He started looking for the right words to teach children that they have autonomy and the power to make decisions. The ones he chose flowed in lyrical rhythm, à la Seuss:

I see lots of choices everywhere, floating out there in the big open space.

Some choices are big, some choices are small.

So many choices, I can’t choose them all.

Once Romano found the words for the book, he started looking for an illustrator. It took time – time that saw him get married, lose his job and start freelancing. For the book, he considered using a service that provides free illustrations, but ultimately decided against it. He was hoping to find someone to collaborate with when he browsed TikTok, saw a video featuring Emma Adams’ work, and thought, “This is her.” He contacted Adams about the book and they began discussing characters and settings.

Then the country changed.

A leaked draft notice let the public know that the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and suddenly the book took on a different weight. Suddenly, Romano was trying to publish a children’s book called “I Have a Choice” at a time when people across the country were losing their right to choose.

Romano could have chosen to see this as a reason to get discouraged. Instead, he chose to see it as a reason to act with more urgency.

“It was like a synchronicity,” he told me one recent afternoon. “There was this concept of choice that was so important, and then this moment happened, and it became all the more important.”

Adams said she was “immediately intrigued” when Romano told her about the concept of the book.

“It felt like an important message that everyone could relate to in some way,” she said. “So, Roe vs. Wade was knocked down, and it became something much bigger in my mind. This book emphasizes the importance of having a choice and what it means to exercise that right. I think that’s a message that many need to hear right now.

“Right Now” marks a difficult time in the country for children’s literature. In recent years, Republican lawmakers and parents have pushed to have books that tackle controversial topics, or just make them uncomfortable, swept off the shelves and kept away from children. An article in the Washington Post on Wednesday detailed book blocking legislation that had already taken hold in many states and explained how “the increase in book challenges, bans and clandestine takedowns, all of which have reached historic highs over the past school year, are also eroding students’ reading freedom.

Excerpt from this article: “The start of the 2022-2023 school year will usher in a new era of education in parts of America – an era in which school librarians have less freedom to choose books and school children have less ability to read books they find intriguing, experts say.”

She wrote a book on body safety for children. Will it overtake the adults?

Few issues are more controversial right now than abortion rights, and trying to get a book that seems associated with this topic into the hands of young children will be no easy task.

In this sense, Romano chose a terrible time to try to publish his first children’s book.

But in another sense, one who considers the divisions the nation’s children are witnessing, he couldn’t have picked a better time to remind people of the power of choice.

When Romano started working on his book, he hadn’t considered book bans or abortion rights. But the 28-year-old now acknowledges that these two issues – both of which have seen choices made by people – will affect how his book is received. The reaction to previews of the book he shared online has already shown him.

“A lot of people were saying, ‘This is important right now,’ and ‘People need to see this now,'” he said. “That sense of urgency is about the moment we find ourselves in.”

A comment on a Facebook page he created for the book reads: “So excited you’re creating something so important! I want to read this book to my granddaughter and let her know that she has choices in this world where it doesn’t always seem like it.

None of the book’s pages deals directly with abortion. They show a young girl going about her day and making choices, like what color shoes to wear. Having his family consist of all women is a choice he and Adams made.

Romano, who took his wife’s last name, a Virginia rabbi, when they married in October, said he believes women should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies and that he hoped the book would help parents have difficult conversations. with their children.

Days after the Supreme Court opinion leaked, Romano set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to publish the book. This crowdfunding page describes the book as offering “a new way for children and families to think about and talk about choices in their homes.”

“It’s not so much about right or wrong, good or bad, it’s about feeling good about the choices we make and understanding that we have the ability to choose in difficult situations,” reads on the page. “Let’s give our next generation the means to be thoughtful in their choices. To be okay with who they are and proud of what they are becoming.

Romano hopes to publish the book next month.

He’s already accepted that whether people buy it or ban it is out of his control. It is their choice.

Food writer and Cleveland chef to attend Library Event Brunch


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The fifth annual Great Lakes African American Writers’ Conference will have a culinary component next month.

GLAAWC will be held in the auditorium of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Cleveland Public Library from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Registration is required for in-person and virtual participation.

The next day, a literary brunch is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch will take place on Sunday, September 18 at Landerhaven Executive Caterers, 6111 Landerhaven Dr. in Mayfield Heights.

The brunch will feature author and journalist Toni Tipton-Martin, whose latest book, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking, covers the stories behind 125 African American cookbook dishes.

Plus, Cleveland chef Eric Wells discusses his passion for food and what he learned cooking with his mother at a young age. Wells runs Skye LaRae’s Culinary Services, which offers instructional courses covering a variety of cuisines.

Tickets are $150 online. “The library is dedicated to supporting communities of learning, creating space at the table for all voices, and nurturing a love of literature,” Aaron Mason, the library’s director of special projects, said in a statement. Press release.

The Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Ave. E, Cleveland.

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WRM appoints Kubley as Executive Director | New


Wild Rose Moon is pleased to announce that Maggie Kubley is its new Executive Director. Kubley will join Artistic Director George Shricker to co-direct Wild Rose Moon as it diversifies its programming and deepens its commitment to providing exceptional arts experiences to the greater Marshall County community.

National Book Award nominee Sara Connell to release new short story collection


Ghost House by Sara Connell

‘Crazy’ women roam the streets at these awful and all-too-plausible fictional feasts

Witchy and wonderful… Connell’s stories are stunning in their unbridled imagination and in their truths about womanhood, capitalism and power.

— Allison Epstein, New York Times bestselling author

CHICAGO, IL, USA, August 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — After a book saved his life 17 years ago, Sara Connell committed to contributing as a writer and dedicating her life to helping women and men with a story to share. That wish has taken her to Oprah, The New York Times, Forbes, and to coaching thousands of incredible people who are now changing the lives of millions through their stories and discussions.

This, Connellfirst collection of short stories, published by Literary Muse, invites the reader into a world where “crazy women” have come out of the attic and roam the streets in a spooky world of psychedelic frogs, manic therapists, talking neon signs and suffocating mothers. A newlywed couple buy a coveted haunted house with disastrous results, a young woman loses her job and her mind, and a group of high school girls attempt immortality as a last resort to save a friend.

In each chilling and all-consuming story, Connell subtly addresses patriarchy and the power it wields in our collective culture. Her singular voice across the range of stories will make readers think, laugh and shiver.

Ghost House is set to release on September 13, 2022, and pre-release reviewers have been raving.

“Each riveting story in Sara Connell’s Ghost House collection showcases her taut language, perfect pacing, and incredible insight into complex characters navigating the threats of various outside forces. The sly humor and masterful prose of Connell made me turn the pages and hold my breath. This book is a must read!”
—Christie Tate, New York Times bestselling author for Group

“Sara’s work is sharp, funny, full of twists and turns—so beautifully written and so generous with ghosts and puppets and aliens and humans. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to read her stories!”
—Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American

“Witchy and wondrous, the stories of Ghost House are both surreal and all too real, creating a landscape that is at once unnerving, rage-inducing and tender. Connell’s stories are stunning in their vivid imagination and in their truths about womanhood. , capitalism and power. Fans of Carmen Maria Machado and Samanta Schweblin won’t want to miss this.”
—Allison Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of A Tip for the Hangman

“There is a savagery in Sara Connell’s fiction that reflects the subversive power of the imagination. Like dreams, her stories can be unsettling or beautiful or an interplay of each. Unlike most dreams, once you read his stories, you don’t forget them.
—Stuart Dybek, winner of the National Poetry Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Ghost House will be released on September 13, 2022.

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The Aussie’s buried scoop on Morrison begs the question: who knew what, when? | Amanda Meade


Jhe Weekend Australian got the scoop of the year on Scott Morrison’s unprecedented power grab. But the paper may have buried the lede, running five paragraphs across the front page and instead splashing a story about the teacher brain drain, while highlighting another about John Howard. Perhaps the broadsheet’s downplaying of the story is why the nation’s media largely ignored the bombshell for 48 hours.

The Aussie got the exclusive first snippet of Plagued, a new book by its political editor, Simon Benson, and chief political correspondent, Geoff Chambers, in the Inquirer section. The accompanying report was on page two.

Benson and Chambers, who had access to the prime minister and his inner circle for two years as the coalition government managed Covid-19, revealed that Morrison “launched a radical and so far secret plan in March 2020 with the Attorney General at the time, Christian Porter. to be sworn in as Minister of Health and Finance alongside Greg Hunt and Mathias Cormann”.

John Howard on the front page of The Weekend Australian above the Scott Morrison story.

Like Morrison, who was later to confirm that he freely provided the information, the authors seemed to underestimate the furor this – and subsequent revelations of additional secrecy and a total of five wallets – would spark.

The two journalists presented the story of Morrison’s extraordinary decision not as an affront to democracy and the Westminster system of government, but as “an elegant solution to the problem they were trying to solve”.

Benson, a friend of Morrison and a journalist known to have received ‘drops’ from the former government, was granted access to the Prime Minister during the pandemic to chronicle his leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.

Morrison confirmed during his marathon press conference on Wednesday that the book “was written based on interviews that were conducted at the time, in the midst of the storm.”

While Plagued revealed that Hunt was aware of the Prime Minister’s appointment to his portfolio, there was no mention of whether Cormann was in on the secret.

There was also no hint of the problematic nature of Morrison’s secret appointments or a lawsuit he hadn’t told the public about. As Australian editor Paul Kelly wrote two days later in the same newspaper: “The dilemma for Morrison is secrecy. The secret is the curse of this fiasco.

After Saturday, the Aussie moved on and it wasn’t mentioned at all in Monday’s paper. The authors served up a separate story from the book, about China’s under-reporting of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Plagued – the inside story of Australia’s 2 hellish years – is a forensic account of the pandemic, China, global competition and political fallout. Happy to have worked on my first book with Simon Benson in the last 24 months. Pre-order your copy here https://t.co/fYr3EcKGVN pic.twitter.com/CULycXINwH

— Geoff Chambers (@Chambersgc) August 1, 2022

It was Samantha Maiden, political editor of news.com.au, who produced a series of scoops. She revealed on Sunday night that the portfolios Morrison secretly swore himself into also included the Resources portfolio. Now there were three.

“In this case, however, it was unrelated to the pandemic,” Maiden wrote. “It didn’t happen at the same time as the 2020 changes in the health and finance portfolios.”

It was up to Maiden and Andrew Clennell, Sky News Australia’s political editor, to reveal on Monday that Cormann was in fact unaware of the secret wallets, a crucial detail that was omitted from the book.

On the same day, on RN Breakfast, Patricia Karvelas revealed that the Prime Minister had sought legal advice about Morrison swearing to himself in several portfolios and Nationals leader David Littleproud told her that what Morrison had done was ” quite ordinary”.

Maiden wrote on Tuesday that in a “stunning journalistic failure, it emerged that no media followed the Oz scoop for nearly 48 hours” over the weekend.

It wasn’t until Tuesday’s paper that the Oz realized the enormity of what they were sitting on, though Chambers followed the new developments online on Monday.

Now the Australian was conveying the seriousness of Morrison’s actions: ‘The revelations – in a new book, Plagued, to be published on Tuesday – have shocked Mr Morrison’s most senior coalition colleagues – now including Liberal leader Peter Dutton – who say they were caught off guard by the actions of the former prime minister and opposition MPs are demanding he explain himself.

Even the current prime minister commented on how the story was handled, saying he was stunned “it wasn’t the front page of every Sunday newspaper”.

“Because I found these revelations quite extraordinary,” he said.

BREAKING: Former finance minister Matthias Cormann was NEVER told the prime minister was sworn into his portfolio. I only discovered it when I read it in the paper this weekend https://t.co/EpBreosYij

— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) August 14, 2022

The authors have been criticized for sitting on the dynamite revelations for two years, especially since the news may have affected how the public voted in the election. The fact that Bridget McKenzie confirmed in January 2021 that she was in a relationship with Benson added to the intrigue of who knew what, when. The Nationals senator and former minister was interviewed and called the developments “worrying” but was not asked when she knew.


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It’s amazing that journalists sat on this news for a book published after Morrison’s term ended, rather than acknowledging him as the capital bomb he was at the time. #auspol

— Sarah Holland-Batt (@the_shb) August 17, 2022

It is common for journalists to withhold material from a book, especially if they are committed to the topic.

However, such an undertaking can prevent political journalists from informing their readers about what they need to know.

Asked on Sky News by Kieran Gilbert when he and Benson became aware of the secret wallets, an issue which was raised by Albanese, Chambers said: “Well we spoke to dozens of people over two years and that was part of of the story and, well, the story is out now. So that’s my answer.


Red carpet for the premiere of the Foxtel/Binge production of the House of the Dragon.
Red carpet for the premiere of the Foxtel/Binge production of the House of the Dragon. LR Patrick Delany, Alison Hurbert-Burns, Amanda Laing and Ryan Corr. Photography: James Gourley

It’s not the first time Foxtel boss Patrick Delany has made a silly remark during a speech at an event.

Hosting a Sydney red carpet premiere for HBO’s House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel, Delany said he was initially puzzled when he heard about Game of Thrones and said: “What’s that show with the stocky-looking girl walking through the flames?”

Delany apologized, saying the comments were meant to be “self-deprecating and lighthearted”.

It’s not as faded as the recent gaffe, but in 2018, Delany raised his eyebrows at another event when he admitted he’d never heard of another HBO show, Barry. , an American black comedy, broadcast on Foxtel. “I didn’t even know about this show and I’m the CEO of Foxtel!”

gender reveal

When ABC television’s Caroline Jones, who died this year at the age of 80, was appointed to host Four Corners 50 years ago, the title was “Girl will take over Four Corners.”

This is no doubt why Jones was the driving force behind the creation of Women In Media, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships, mentoring and post-motherhood refresher sessions for women. in the business.

The first report on women in the media industry published this week found that more than one in two women think media bosses are still not serious about gender equity and that he weekly wage gap of more than 16% persists between men and women in the sector.

Women have long overtaken men among journalism school graduates, yet 56% of members surveyed wonder where their career is headed, according to National Co-Sponsor Victoria Laurie. “They are dissatisfied with their advancement and see the lack of opportunity leading to male-dominated leadership positions,” Laurie said.

News Corp’s ax falls

Despite announcing a near doubling of its profits in 2021-22 to a record US$760 million (A$1.1 billion) this month, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation put the ax in the Australian newspaper business.

Weekly Beast can reveal that News Corp Australia has identified 15 editorial positions as redundant: five at Australian; two at the Daily Telegraph, three at the Herald Sun, two at the News Network and three at the production centre.

A News Corp spokesperson declined to comment.

At the same time, The Australian’s editor, Christopher Dore, is losing a significant portion of his senior staff, each of whom has racked up decades with the paper.

The layoffs within the group coincide with the departure of several veterans, some of whom raised their hands for a forfeit, including sportswriter, Wally Mason; Melbourne-based business columnist Richard Gluyas; and columnist and unofficial correspondent on transgender issues, Bernard Lane.

The Weekend Australian Magazine’s editor, Christine Middap, is stepping down and taking on a writer’s role, and Alice Workman, who was editor of a daily column, Strewth, is leaving the paper.

We hadn’t noticed that Strewth, once a go-to column when written by James Jeffrey, who is now Anthony Albanese’s speechwriter, hasn’t appeared in print since May 6. It was put on ice after the election and then quietly put to sleep.

Dore was approached for comment.

No kidding

News Corp will stop printing comic strips, once a staple of print daily newspapers, in all of its newspapers starting 9/11.

Australian cartoonists who will lose their gigs are Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs), Gary Clark (Swamp), Tony Lopes (Insanity Streak) and Allan Salisbury (Snake Tales).

The others are syndicated strips in the United States.

A News Corp spokesman said this reflects changing readership habits as the public takes more interest in puzzles, games and crosswords.

“Our editorial cartoonists remain as loved and appreciated as ever and continue to play a vital role in our print editions and increasingly in our digital growth strategy,” he said. “It also reflects a global trend where comic book audiences have shifted to movies and events rather than newspapers.”

The Artists Rights Society, a pillar of copyright protection, launches NFT platform to create ‘new economies’ for artists


The Artists Rights Society, an organization that for 35 years has advised artists on copyright and licensing issues, has expanded its efforts in the digital space with the announcement of a new NFT platform, Arsnl .

“Through curated exhibitions, auctions and key strategic partnerships, Arsnl is creating new economies for premier and legacy artists while connecting digital creators with traditional collectors and global brands,” reads a statement. platform statement.

Arsnl will go live at midnight September 9 with the launch of Frank Stella’s first NFT collection “Geometries”. The series includes 22 digital sculptures in Stella’s Spartan architectural style, released in editions of 100 each.

Priced uniformly at $1,000, they provide an affordable opportunity to own Stella’s work, as well as unique utility: owners will have full rights to create physical reproductions of their digital work at will, at any time. ladder.

“Arsnl’s vision is to bring the Artists Rights Society’s ethos of protection and promotion into the NFT and digital art space,” Arsnl founder Katarina Feder said in a statement. “Arsnl will guide artists and partners in creating digital projects and artworks on the blockchain, while championing artist-centric policies, including embedded royalties and resale rights.”

The platform has been in the works for 18 months since blockchain technology hit the mainstream. “Over the past year and a half, we’ve had the chance to speak to a tremendous number of mainstream artists, institutions and collectors and listen to their questions and concerns,” Feder said. “Members of the crypto community have been extremely generous, with many freely offering their advice and guidance.”

Arsnl and “Geometries” are launching at a tumultuous time for the crypto and NFT spaces. “Collectors have definitely become more demanding,” Feder said. “Now that the height clutter of the NFT frenzy has dissipated, it’s the right climate for an organization like Arsnl to debut a solid project like Frank Stella’s.”

Founder and CEO of Arsnl, Katarina Feder. Courtesy of Arsnl.

Feder first encountered NFTs in early 2018. “I was taking a course on blockchain and the crypto market when Jason Bailey’s December 2017 Artnome article, ‘The Blockchain Art Market is Here,’ was brought to my attention,” Feder recalled. “I was fascinated by the disruption that Bailey so aptly predicted: a booming digital art market; resale royalties create a more ethical way to compensate artists for their work; and a wider art audience allows for democratic price levels.

Bailey has now written a catalog entry for “Geometries”. Feder called his contribution “a real looping moment.”

Stella, a longtime ARS member who has also avidly advocated on behalf of artists’ rights, completes the orbit. Feder said art news that his team was the first to react when the ARS launched the first antennas for the Arsnl.

Although collectors can make credit card purchases through the platform, Arsnl will launch on the Ethereum blockchain. “We’re really excited about Ethereum’s upcoming transition to a proof-of-stake chain, which will make it more environmentally friendly,” Feder said, referring to the blockchain software update planned for the month. September 15.

Going forward, ARSNL will collaborate with artists within and beyond ARS’ roster of 122,000 global creatives. Future projects include drops from Leonora Carrington, LeRoy Neiman and a collaboration between the Quilters of Gee’s Bend and generative artist Anna Lucia.

Although Feder won’t reveal the number of names on the waitlist for Stella’s next 2,200 digital works, you can give it a try and sign up here.

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Columbus author provides free school supplies


Hanif Abdurraqib is proud of his roots.

He does not hesitate to be a native of Columbus and a graduate of Beechcroft High School. He fondly recalls his time in the schools of Columbus City, but also knows that if it hadn’t been for the mentors and teachers, he wouldn’t be where he is today – a writer and successful poet.

“Without outside support and a few teachers, I don’t know how I would have survived my school years,” he said.

Now, at 38, Abdurraqib is finding ways to help students who were like him.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, he will host a back-to-school party at the site of the popular Columbus Mural, 1450 E. Main St. The mural, which is a photo of him, commissioned by CBus Libraries and completed by Bryan Moss and Hakim Callwood, is a special place for Abdurraqib and not just because he is the subject of the work.

He wants it to be a place for the community, a place where he can give back to the town he grew up in. The event, where people can pick up backpacks full of free school supplies, eat and listen to music, is just the first step in that process.

“The goal is also to make it an annual thing,” he said. “It can’t be an annual thing if you don’t do it once to see how it goes.”

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Abdurraqib wants to give back to Columbus

Abdurraqib has immense gratitude to Callwood and Moss for making the mural of him, but he acknowledges that he had a strange feeling seeing it when it was finished.

“I don’t think of myself very differently from other people in the city,” he said. “This level of attention alarmed me at first. I was grateful, but an entire mural?”

Despite the success Abdurraqib has had, he considers himself a normal man from Columbus, who is now reaping the rewards of his hard work. In September 2021, Abdurraqib was named a MacArthur Fellow. Genius Fellowships, as they are called, are awarded to writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or other fields. The scholarship comes with a $625,000 stipend that can be used to further their work or career.

And earlier this year, he won a Carnegie Medal for his “A Little Devil in America” ​​essay collection. The author and poet has won numerous other awards and accolades.

Despite his accomplishments, however, he never wanted the mural to speak for himself. The plan was always to talk about the city and something bigger than one man.

“We talked about this rally and that it’s not just a monument to everything people think about me being in the city,” he said. “It can’t just be my face on the wall, however beautiful it is, with gratitude to Bryan and Hakim, it can’t just be my face on a wall.

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The idea of ​​a homecoming party has several purposes.

First and foremost, it’s a chance for families and students to get the school supplies and help they need. Abdurraqib will have 120 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and pens to give to those present. Participants don’t have to show they are in need, just show up and grab a backpack. He bought all the backpacks and will also include a Target gift card in them for families who might need other supplies.

Create a festive environment for the party

The event, however, is not limited to backpacks. Abdurraqib does not want this to be a one-time event.

“I could have left them at the mural site and told them to pick them up and leave, but the point is to make it something where people can hang out, have an experience and have a good time” , he said.

He wanted an event to celebrate the end of summer, so he planned a full block party in a sense. Nervous about doing it at first, he initially thought it could be an all-day event, but cut it down to two hours thinking about people spending hours in the summer heat.

Still, it will have free food prepared by Willowbeez SoulVeg, performances by Joey Aich, Dom Deshawn, Aloe Vera and more.

“I remember when I was in school, I hated the end of summer, hated the last two weeks,” he said. “It was good to live in this town, to have a block party or something. I wanted to play a small contribution to invite a little fun at the end of the summer.

Saturday’s event is a celebration of many things. It’s the mural’s first anniversary, but moreover, it’s the start of how Abdurraqib hopes the mural will be used – as a way to bring together a community that helped uplift him.

“We were thinking together and we thought if we were having a party, it couldn’t just be ‘happy one year of this mural,'” he said. “It must serve a useful purpose that goes beyond myself.”

In one look

Hanif Abdurraqib will host a back-to-school party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the site of the popular Columbus Mural, 1450 E. Main St.. Holding the party on the mural’s first anniversary, Abdurraqib will give 120 backpacks filled with school supplies to help families before the end of summer. The event will also have music, catered food and is free to attend.

Conversational Stanzas with BK Fischer, First Poet Laureate of Westchester County


August 17, 2022

By WB King–

Moving words from writers such as William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop captured BK Fischer’s attention from an early age. But pointing to a life-changing poem, said Westchester’s first-ever Poet Laureate, just isn’t possible.

“As with many readers, poetry has always been a part of my life,” Fischer said. “Asking where I met my first poem is like asking a person where they met their first song.”


Westchester County Executive George Latimer, in partnership with ArtsWestchester, announced Fischer as Westchester County’s first Poet Laureate in 2020. One of 23 nominees, Fischer, who has called Sleepy Hollow home since 2000, was unanimously selected by a panel of poets, writers and countries. representatives. His two-year term, which includes an honorarium, ends in December.

“It’s been, as expected, a great way to amplify diverse voices for poetry in the county,” Fischer said. “I have written and performed poetry for public occasions including the Westchester County Covid Memorials in 2021 and 2022.”

Pop Up Poetry

Among the programs Fischer directed were “Sheltering in Stanzas” and “Emergence Poetry Pop Ups.” The latter took place throughout the summer of 2020. “People from all over Westchester came out and read their poems at venues outside the county,” she said.

Among the participants was Kathleen Williamson, winner of the 2018 “Poetry in the Pavement” project at Sleepy Hollow. Standing in front of Swan Lake on the Rockefeller Reservation, she read her poem, “The Kingfisher.” It was there that she first encountered the majestic bird of prey known for its loud, dry rattle.

“The bird, bright blue, big-headed, swooped down along the lake and away you went, down the path, flying gravel,” the poem begins.

Williamson’s video is featured among more than 20 others on a Youtube dedicated to the program. Fischer, standing on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, read his latest book, receive (BOA Editions, 2021), which reimagines the story of Noah’s Ark as taking place in the near future on a container ship.

“After catastrophic flooding and gun violence lead to the collapse of society, the ship leaves the Hudson River and embarks here near the Tappan Zee Bridge,” she noted in conversation with Hudson’s Independent. “A woman named Val is found in the wreckage of her flooded home by Roy, the former UPS man, and together they join a group escaping on a freighter to Greenland. The book, she noted, was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Backgrounds and traditions

Author of four other books, Radioapocrypha, My lover’s speech, Vault of Saint Rageand Mutiny GalleryFischer also wrote a critical study, Museum mediations: reframing ekphrasis in contemporary American poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris review, Boston review and The Los Angeles Book Reviewamong other journals.

For Fischer, poetry is dialogue. However, determining how readers and the public might contribute to the discussion is like hitting a moving target.

“A writer is always guessing how readers will react…having steeped in and studied a field and its many backgrounds and traditions, it’s only after you’ve published something that you know for sure how readers and critics will get the job,” she explained. “But one way to anticipate the response is to perform your work in public and hear and see how the public reacts to it.”

Recently, Fischer shared a poem in progress during a reading in Ridgefield, Connecticut. As she has done many times before, she studied the room for comment from the audience – a grimace, a smile, or perhaps a look of introspection.

“Audience feedback will affect how I edit the piece,” she said. “Nothing happens – no complete work in any art form happens – in isolation, although there are periods of time when one works alone.”

Accustomed to the studies and rigors of academia, Fischer graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and New York University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, and arts and a doctorate.

For the past seven years, she has taught at Columbia University in the School of the Arts writing program. Previously, she taught at New York University and Marymount College. Over the years, she has also managed to teach writing lessons in river towns.

“I have been involved over the past two decades in many aspects of literary life here [in Sleepy Hollow],” she says. “I taught for eight years at the Hudson Valley Writers Center and did many poetry tours as a volunteer with Tarrytowns public schools and with other organizations.”

Poems on demand

Fischer is looking forward to the “Serious Fun Art Festival,” taking place October 15, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the steps of White Plains City Hall. Here, she will host “The Poet Is In.”

“Six outstanding poets from Westchester will be featured throughout the day, where they will create poems on demand for festival-goers,” she said. “Composing on typewriters in a booth like Lucy’s in the Peanuts cartoon, poets will be ready to create a poem for your occasion,” she explained.

Whether on subjects of love or grief, celebration or lament, apology or elegy or perhaps an ode to a favorite pet, Fischer, with published Westchester poets Kathleen Ossip, Andrés Cerpa, Rachel Simon, Sean Singer and Eric Odynocki, will associate words with emotions.

“Bring them your wishes and walk away with a poem made just for you,” she said.

Reflecting warmly on her position as Poet Laureate of Westchester, Fischer is grateful for the experience and will continue to champion programs that nurture and promote creative writing pursuits. For budding poets, she has two tips: Read everything.

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James Beard names 2 vegan chefs to his Legacy Network


The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to celebrate and support the people behind America’s food culture, recently announced that vegan chefs Sadhana Raj and Melissa Guzman have joined its class of mentors and mentors. Legacy Network mentees from 2022 to 2023. Founded in partnership with bourbon brand Woodford Reserve, the Legacy Network offers a mentorship program that connects food industry veterans with the next generation to help build a more equitable future for the hotel and food industry.

In an effort to advance the equitable and culturally relevant leadership needed to strengthen the industry, each mentee, under the guidance of Legacy Network mentors, becomes part of a powerful network that centers the professional growth of previously underserved communities. As a whole, the Legacy Network helps fill historical gaps in mentorship and resources for Black American and Indigenous professionals.

Raj, a first-generation Indian immigrant who founded 24 Carrots, a vegan bakery, juice bar and restaurant in Phoenix, AZ, is part of the Legacy Network mentor class from 2022-2023. opened last December after 13 years in business, but through the Legacy Network, Raj hopes to pass on his expertise and collaborate within the industry.

The Caribbean Vegan

Chef Guzman, known for her Miami-based food truck, The Caribbean Vegan— is part of this year’s class of mentees. With her business and vegan family recipes, Guzman says she seeks to change mindsets about what both vegan food and island cuisine can be. Last year, The Caribe Vegan received a grant from the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which aims to provide financial resources to majority Black or Indigenous-owned food or beverage businesses. .

“The support of my community means the world to me,” Guzman said when she received the James Beard Fellowship in 2021. “It’s been hard, you know, then to see so many people cheering me on. [and] just wanting to see me win means letting the world know that the fact that I keep growing and keep pushing helps other people.

James Beard Awards Elevate Vegan Chefs

In recent years, the James Beard Foundation has begun to nurture more and more vegan chefs as well as writers, authors, and content creators. In June, the 2022 James Beard Media Award winners included two influential vegans. First celebrated in Chicago, the 30-Year-Old Media Awards honored food writers, broadcast producers, hosts, journalists, podcasters and social media content creators.


Korean vegan

At this year’s awards, the Book Award for Vegetable-Based Cooking went to Joanne Lee Molinaro for her cookbook, The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Thoughts and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen. Molinaro’s first cookbook, a moment New York Times bestseller, shares a collection of her favorite Korean dishes, some traditional and some reinvented, as well as narrative snapshots that shaped her family’s history.

The Broadcast Media Award for Social Media Account went to Alexis Nikole Nelson for her TikTok and Instagram account BlackForager, where she shares her knowledge and advice on foraging.

And in the journalism category, the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award went to Soleil Ho, the food critic of the San Francisco Chronicle for three articles including one on plant-based Impossible Nuggets: “Impossible’s New Vegan Nuggets Taste Better than McNuggets. Unfortunately, that doesn’t say much. The prize recognizes “savvy critics who contribute to a broader discourse on cuisine or restaurants”.


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James Beard Hosts Vegan Dinners

The James Beard Foundation also celebrated plant-based foods with vegan-focused dinners. In 2019, the James Beard House, which hosts culinary events, hosted a vegan dinner showcasing Las Vegas cuisine, a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation and Diana Edelman, founder of Vegans media brand, Baby. “The James Beard Foundation is absolutely thrilled and honored to partner with Vegans, Baby and Founder Diana Edelman to shine a light on a group of chefs and restaurants who are not only heating up the Vegas culinary scene, but also using their unique culinary voices to create fabulous vegan dishes for this one-night experience at James Beard House,” said Izabela Wojcik, Director of Programming at James Beard House, in a statement at the time.

That same year, the James Beard House launched a series of monthly vegan dinners featuring various chefs from across the country. Previously, in 2018, the house hosted an all-vegan dinner featuring female vegan chefs, winemakers and owners to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Meet our new editor


When I was a kid growing up in small town Wisconsin, I was a voracious reader with eclectic tastes. One week, I would go to the comets. Then the whales. Herculaneum. Tectonic plates. Senegal. I would read something that would pique my interest and would head to the library to find books from which I could learn more.

I was lucky that my grandmother – someone who taught me a lot about staying curious throughout life – gave our family a subscription to National geographic when I was eight or nine years old. More often than not, the catalyst for my newfound obsession was an article in the magazine that exposed me to something I barely knew existed or thought I knew but didn’t really understand.

As I got older it was National geographic who opened my eyes to the wonders of our world. What I discovered in its pages helped me build a more complete and nuanced picture of our planet – the glory, the challenges and, above all, the exciting diversity of people, places and things.

It was also National geographic which ultimately inspired me to go out and do my own exploration. Experiencing our world not only increased my knowledge; it reinforced the importance and urgency of preserving and protecting our planet.

Although this issue is my first as National Geographic editor, our incredibly talented team produced it mostly before I arrived. As a reader, I would particularly recommend our fascinating cover story, “In a warming climate, we need to radically rethink how we conserve nature,” which explores the frontiers of American conservation as we seek to protect 30% of our land and water. by 2030.

I am delighted to be able to appear here, and honored to be associated with an organization that has had such an outsized influence on my life. Over the next few months, we will formulate plans to National Geographic future, in our effort to remain as essential, relevant and authoritative as ever. I am thrilled with what we have ahead of you and hope you will join us on this journey.

This story appears in the September 2022 issue of National geographic magazine.

Author Lemont’s work is a finalist for the International Book Awards


Passionate about creating fun experiences for family and friends, Lemont resident Meg Dagnino threw a Halloween party for her son Ray’s kindergarten class that was filled with games, crafts and fun. other activities, including his “Witch’s Brew” snack.

That was nearly 10 years ago, and these kindergartners are now in their second year of high school. Meanwhile, Dagnino, who was an oncology nurse and school nurse, is now a published author as she turned her Halloween party snack activity Witches Brew into a children’s book.

The book, which was published last August, was named a finalist in the Children’s Novelty and Gift Book category at the 13th Annual International Book Awards 2022.

“I was shocked to hear the news,” Dagnino said. “It took time to understand. How does this RN prove her book is great without a lot of background support? It was an incredible honor to be a finalist and I hope it takes ‘Witch’s Brew’ to the next level and I think it already has.”

Aimed at children ages 2-10, the book invites readers to count their favorite snacks while creating spooky, easy-to-prepare treats through the adventures of the friendly witch, Eldora, and her goldendoodle puppy, Mae.

Along the way, they transform raisins, candy-covered chocolates, popcorn, pretzels and marshmallows into bat brains, ghost eyes, spider webs, skeleton bones and in troll teeth.

“Kids can really use their imaginations and have fun with it,” Dagnino said. “I like to eat cobwebs. It’s kind of cute because my dog ​​Mae also likes cobwebs, so we eat cobwebs together.

While Dagnino possessed the creativity and imagination to throw parties and had the support of a father who convinced her that her “infused” snacks could be the recipe for a children’s book, she knew nothing of editing.

What could have been a daunting process, however, seemed to come together for a perfect brew, especially after connecting with illustrator Daniella Turano on social media.

“I love his work and it’s something where I feel like the universe is bringing things to you,” Dagnino said. “I think the hardest part was the process of, what do I do now? Am I publishing myself in a big world of publications? In creative development, I knew exactly what I wanted , but the creative aftermath of its release were all amazing experiences, but they were new to me.

While the Halloween season is one of Dagnino’s favorite times of year, she’s all for keeping the party going year-round, whether through Witch’s Brew or New Adventures. potential for Eldora and Mae.

“I’ve always been a big Halloween person and as I raised my kids, that’s probably the no. 2 holidays in addition to Christmas,” she said. “I feel like most families eat this. It’s something different and it’s fun. My dream is to make Witch’s Brew the first of many books on the holiday market. You can make an infusion for anything, for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day. I feel like the sky is the limit for what can be done here.

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Anything is possible is a resonating message from this friendly witch who, as a mother of two, recognizes the benefits of instilling a love of reading at an early age.

“Reading is quality time, whether in class or at home,” she said. “That one-on-one time at home can really comfort kids. With this book, it can be a night book, and it can bring the family together to go buy ingredients or pull things from the cupboard. This allows children and their parents to work together to create that special memory and do so year after year.

Dagnino fondly remembers the time he spent reading with his son when he was young.

“We were reading and cracking up,” she said. “As a young adult he still reads and it is something that will hopefully stick with him. It is extremely important to me. It’s time spent together.

Although Witch’s Brew did not receive the top prize at the 2022 International Book Awards, being a finalist was a huge and unexpected achievement. What sprang from the imagination of a nurse-turned-witch/author also spent a lot of time on Amazon’s bestseller list in a few categories, including children’s interactive adventure books, customs and traditions. children and cooking with the children.

His creation also gave him the opportunity to give back in other ways for his own blessings. A portion of Witch’s Brew proceeds are donated to All God’s Children International, who helped her and her husband adopt their children Ray and Emme to complete the unique Dagnino family brew.

CR Walker is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.

The Oakland Public Library is putting online a collection of forgotten items in library books: love notes, doodles, and more.


Librarians are champions of the organization, and among its best practitioners.

Books are classified according to the Dewey Decimal system.

Categories are assigned using Interpretations of Library of Congress Rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Library of Congress Classification.

And Sharon McKellar, the head of the teen services department at the Oakland Public Library, collects ephemera that she and other staff find in books returned to the 18 OPL locations.

It is an impulse that many share.

Eventually she started scanning them to share on his employer’s websiteinspired by Magazine founda participatory collection of found letters, birthday cards, children’s homework, to-do lists, handwritten poems, doodles, dirty pictures, and more.

As Found’the creators, Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner, write on the magazine’s website:

We certainly didn’t invent the idea that found stuff is cool. Whenever we visit our friends in other cities, someone always has some kind of amazing discovery note or photo on their fridge. We decided to do a bunch of projects so everyone could experience all the weird, hilarious, and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way.

McKellar said NPR that his project “allows us to be a little curious. In a very anonymous way, it’s like reading a little of people’s diaries but without knowing who they are.

The finds, which she stores in a box under her desk before scanning and posting them, are pushing 600, and more are coming all the time.

Searchable categories include Remarks, creative writing, artand Pictures.

An artifact, the one-of-a-kind scatological zine Mister Men #48excerpt above, covers four categories, including kidsa very fertile source of humor and heartbreak.

There’s a distinctly different vibe to the objects children forge for themselves or each other, as opposed to works created for school or as gifts for the adults in their lives.

McKellar admits to having a soft spot for their unwitting contributions, which make up the bulk of the collection.

She also lists disposable flyers, ticket stubs, and lists that adult readers use to mark their place in a book, but when it comes to placeholders with more obvious potential for sentimental value, she wonders. if a library patron accidentally lost track of a valuable item:

Is the person missing this item? Do they regret losing it or were they negligent because they didn’t share those deep, deep feelings with the person who wrote [it]?

Real bookmarks are not exempt…

Future plans include a possible writing competition for short stories inspired by elements of the collection.

Browse the collection of books found in a library here.

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Inspector who dismantled a fake vaccination racket rewarded | Bombay News


Mumbai: Inspector Deepshikha Ware of Kandivali Police Station, who investigated the fake Covid-19 vaccination racket and arrested 18 people, was awarded the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for ‘investigative excellence’ for the year 2022. Amid a surge of infections in the second wave, the gang had administered fake vaccines to nearly 2,500 people to mint money.

Ware’s excellent investigation and solid evidence ensured that the frauds languish in jail even 15 months after their arrest.

The Union Home Secretary’s Medal for Investigative Excellence was established in 2018 to promote high professional standards in criminal investigation and to recognize such investigative excellence. Inspector Ware is among 151 police officers from across India (including 11 from Maharashtra) who have received the award.

Ware’s proactive role and careful reading of the minor leads in the case was crucial as after his first significant breakthrough, 12 FIRs were recorded in various parts of Mumbai and Thane.


In the police department, an officer’s potential and caliber are usually measured by their extensive network of informants and their local relationships with the public. On the night of April 15, 2021, Inspector Ware was in the Mahaveer Nagar area as the night inspector in charge when a few local residents informed her about the suspicious activities of a group of people administering fake vaccines Covishield to people. Ware learned that people were vaccinated at different hospitals and received vaccination certificates from different hospitals. It was enough for Ware to suspect something fishy was going on.

First breakthrough

Wasting no time, Ware went to Nanavati Hospital as some of the vaccination certificates were issued there. Ware discovered that Nanavati Hospital had not issued these vaccination certificates. She informed her superiors and the recipients were identified and informed that the vaccines given to them were not genuine. The first FIR (CR n° 591/2021) was filed in the case on April 17, 2021.

Ware put down the whole racket that tried to mint money taking advantage of the panic situation due to the fast-spreading virus. Over the next two months, Ware and members of his team arrested 18 people in the case, including kingpin Dr Shivraj Pataria (61), his wife Neeta Pataria, owner of Charkop-based Shivam Hospital, and Dr. Manish Tripathi, who ran a nursing institute from the compound of Shivam Hospital.

I didn’t come home for 14 days

Given the seriousness of the case and rumors of fake vaccines, it was important to get the culprit to the book quickly. Thoroughly investigating all aspects – determining the role of each member of the racket, tracing financial trails and, therefore, collecting solid and indisputable evidence – Ware did not divert his attention from the case. “I didn’t come home for 14 days. Interrogating the accused for 14 days and then collecting evidence afterwards was very important to build a watertight case. Many times my teammates and I also skipped meals. But my family has fully supported and motivated me,” Ware said.

There was tremendous fear among those who were vaccinated with the fake vaccine. Making them understand that nothing would happen to them was a challenge for me. With the help of BMC, we were finally able to vaccinate the approximately 2,500 people with the real vaccine, the inspector said.

Waterproof case

Inspector Ware, Sub-Inspector Suryakant Pawar and their teammates filed a 2,100-page charge sheet. The statements of no less than 600 witnesses were recorded, including six key witnesses whose statements were recorded before a magistrate under Articles 164 CrPC. Two used vials of fake vaccines were seized and the test result concluded that the vials did not contain any vaccine.

“The then Commissioner of Police, Hemant Nagrale, and Joint CP Vishwas Nangre Patil were directly overseeing the investigation. Ware was the first investigator of the case. She did a good investigation. Later, other FIRs were also filed and simultaneous investigation into other cases began,” said Deputy Police Commissioner, Vishal Thakur of Area 11, who also headed the SIT formed to investigate all cases of false vaccination.

Inspired by a series about a female cop

Ware joined the police force as a constable in 1994. She passed the police officer exam and became an officer in 2002 with a first posting to the sensitive community pockets at Mahim Police Station.

Speaking to HT, she said she was inspired by a 90s TV series, Udaan, which aired on Doordarshan from 1989 to 1991. The show was based on the struggle of a woman aspiring to become a police officer. the IPS – based on the true story of the IPS Kanchan. Choudhary Bhattacharya (former Director General of Police).

Ware’s family is also in close contact with the law and the justice system. Her father Zunjar Avhad is a criminal lawyer. Ware’s husband is also a policeman and assigned to the Oshiwara Police Station. Residing in the Kalina Police Colony, Ware has three children and the eldest son is also a lawyer.

“I am very happy to receive this award which is a recognition of the hard work and effort that I and my entire team have put in. I thank my superiors and the Mumbai Police for trusting me and giving me this opportunity to serve the nation,” says Ware, who served 28 years in the police force.

DCP of the city rewarded

Apart from Ware, a DCP rank IPS officer from Mumbai Police was also awarded for his investigative quality. DCP zone 6 Krishnakant Upadhyay has been awarded for leading an excellent investigation into a 2014 murder in the rural area of ​​Solapur. NCP activist and Panchayat Samiti secretary Gurunath Katare was killed. The high-profile murder case was detected 50 days after the murder. “His trial ended in 2020 and resulted in a sentence of life imprisonment for the three arrested defendants, even though more than 11 important witnesses, including the plaintiff, injured eyewitnesses and relatives of the deceased, have become hostile during the trial,” says IPS Upadhyay, who was later assigned as an additional SP from Solapur Rural – his first assignment as an IPS officer.

42 members of Maha police receive bravery award

42 Maharashtra police officers have been shortlisted for the Police Bravery Award. Three officers, CP Joint State SID Sunil Kolhe, ACP (Wireless) Pradeep Kannalu and Senior Inspector of Oshiwara Police Station Manohar Dhanawde were awarded the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and 39 received the Police Meritorious Service Medal.

Writing score: a violent birth


Literature has documented the lasting psychological effects of partition as no official document can.

Seventy-five years after the Partition, his memory remains strong and graphic. Though few remain who have lived through its horrors, it stubbornly lingers beneath the surface of the present, seething through cracks and crevices, resisting erasure. Nowhere is this more evident than in the literature, both fiction and non-fiction, that the subcontinent has produced since 1947. Even contemporary fiction writers in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and English refer to it repeatedly – the score is used as a literary device, a metaphor, or as a plot driver in an astonishing number of stories, novels, and screenplays.

To take a fairly recent example, in the novel by Karuna Ezara Parikh The heart first asks for pleasure (2020), an Indian girl and a Pakistani boy fall in love in the peaceful surroundings of a small Welsh town. This commonplace event has dire consequences as it reawakens the forces unleashed by the division of a distant subcontinent decades ago. The big wheels of free will and loyalty, patriotism and faith are set in motion in this sunny Cardiff park when these unfortunate youngsters, alone, far from home, start chatting casually.

Poster of the short film, Toba Tek Singh (2018), directed by Ketan Mehta.

Short Film Poster, Toba Tek Singh (2018), directed by Ketan Mehta.

The score is a palpable presence, especially in the works of writers from Punjab and Bengal – the zero points of the score. Some reminisce about the event itself, talking about streets stained with blood and littered with rotting bodies as friends turned into murderers overnight. Some record its political repercussions as two newly born nations struggled to define themselves to each other and to the rest of the world. But the most significant aspect of partition literature is the way it records the psychological effects of the breakup, going beyond what the history books tell us. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, who survived the riots and emigrated from Bombay to Lahore after 1947.

In his short story “Toba Tek Singh” (1955), set in the days immediately following Partition, no one seems to understand what hit them. The setting is rightly an insane asylum whose inmates are to be split between India and Pakistan. One of the residents, Bishen Singh, climbs a tree and stays put, saying he doesn’t want to live “neither in Hindustan nor in Pakistan”. Manto’s satire makes us contemplate the vital question: who is really mad here? By drawing a border, the village of Bishen, once in India, is now in Pakistan while his family has been moved to India. The absurdity could have been funny without the consequences.

men as monsters

For those who have left, the loss of their place of birth and the often chaotic and violent departure will mark them for life. At Khushwant Singh Train to Pakistan (1956), perhaps the best-known score novel, is set in the small declared Indian border village of Mano Majra. In a heartbreaking passage, the village Lambardar tells his old friend, the Iman, that he is no longer sure he can protect the Muslims of the village from the Hindu mobs. The Imam consoles his crying friend and tells his fellow Muslims to leave: “It will take more than one night to empty the houses that it took our father and our grandfathers to do.

A jam-packed Indo-Pakistani train during the partition in September 1947.

Even those who considered the partition as the announcement of the birth of a nation, found the consequences less jubilant than expected. Besides, how to accept that a stranger thousands of miles away decides his fate with the stroke of a pen? At Bapsi Sidhwa ice candy (1988), Cyril Radcliffe draws the border with a large pen in the Faletti Hotel in Lahore. With this line, he condemns millions of people to displacement and countless others to death. Lenny, the eight-year-old narrator of ice candy, wakes up one morning in Lahore and learns that she is now a citizen of a new nation: “I am Pakistani. In the blink of an eye. Just like that.”

She’s not unhappy, just surprised because the night before she had been something else. Lenny’s godmother mourns a world that has changed irrevocably, with most of her neighbors gone. But what is more striking is how the score turned men into monsters. “I threw grenades at the windows of Sikhs and Hindus I’ve known all my life,” boasts the Ice Candy Man. Did the score trigger a disease that had always been there, just waiting for the right opportunity to reveal itself?

Promised land (translated from 1987 Urdu novel Zameen by Daisy Rockwell in 2019) by Urdu writer from Pakistan, Khadija Mastur, begins in the Walton refugee camp in Lahore in 1947 in a way that reminds us of Manto’s stories: a grieving old man screams and tears the hair.

Then we meet Nazim, who had been part of the Pakistani movement in India, arriving full of hope and idealism in the newly created nation. During his welfare work in the refugee camps, he meets Sajidah, whose father has just died, and persuades her – almost harasses her – to come and live with her parents and brother in their large bungalow, which had belonged to a departing Hindu. family.

Cool-headed Sajidah realizes it is safer to stay with Nazim’s dysfunctional family and complete her education, though she can understand that Nazim, despite his virtues, is as patriarchal as his clan. Nazim, a socialist, patriot and idealist, opposes his brother, Kazim, who enters the civil service and willingly indulges in corruption. “What will happen,” Nazim mused sadly, “when people like Karim continue to hold power in this pure land?” The question still remains unanswered.

Rumblings in the East

The ghosts of Partition also haunt the eastern frontier. The seminal novel by Amitav Ghosh shadow lines (1988) is an intense exploration of the nature of belonging, loyalty and the impact of shadow lines – the boundaries arbitrarily delineating identities. The schoolboy narrator knows that his grandmother, Tha’mma, grew up in Dhaka and his uncle still lives there, but that’s in the background.

He is preoccupied with school, his feelings for the inaccessible Ila, his radio and his cousin Tridib who tells him fantastic stories. But behind this childhood idyll hides the insecurity of all refugees: there is a hint of terror in her parents’ voices when they tell her to study hard. Their generation is the one that learned that anything can be taken away by men wielding pens.

Meanwhile, as tensions rise between Hindus and Muslims in Dhaka, Tha’mma decides to go there and bring back his uncle. Tridib accompanies her, as well as her English friend May. The repercussions of what happens in Dhaka will mark them for life: as central as this event is, the undercurrent of the whole narrative is that arbitrarily decided demarcations will lead to tensions within and without. Tha’mma has always felt that “her place of birth was at odds with her nationality”. “I believed,” says the schoolboy narrator, “in the reality of nations and borders…I believed that beyond the border there was another reality. What if the realities were the same? So what are borders really for?

In much of the literature on partition, the refugee cannot overcome the grief of loss – of a landscape, of memories, of a whole way of life. They can make new lives, even good ones, but their language is that of exile, of disbelonging. The most recent addition to this work, winner of the International Booker Prize of Geetanjali Shree sand tomb (translated by Daisy Rockwell) takes a long time to reach its partition destination. Most of its 700 pages is a vast discursive and inventive stroll around the caravanserai of family, political, arboreal, governmental and other mores, but there is a thrust, a sort of breadcrumb trail, leading to the final climax. .

It wasn’t until Ma and Beti reunited in Peshawar that the closely guarded secrets of Ma’s life began to emerge, secrets centering on the score and those terrible months of 1947. Shree says the score in his book works like “a binder” and it is not a “score novel”. Yet the score is the unfinished business of Ma’s life, and the narrative follows her efforts to solve it. sand tomb maybe about the big issues of existence, but it’s also a story of two countries and people being pushed from place to place regardless of how they feel. “No country,” writes Shree, “has been able to determine today who has the right to live where, who belongs where, and whom the law favors.”

“In much of the literature on partition, the refugee cannot overcome the grief of loss – of a landscape, of memories, of a whole way of life.”

Of course, memorable historical events trigger passionate reactions. The Holocaust is an example; the American Civil War another. For the Indian subcontinent, it is 1947. As Daisy Rockwell puts it, when such era conflicts “ripped apart the social fabric and caused many deaths… [they become] both a deep psychic preoccupation and an appealing literary device. However, the whole body of Indian literature since independence is not informed by the score.

shredded fabric

If we do a quick survey of post-independence Indian writing, we find a series of books on the partition of Punjab in the first two decades or so: Train to Pakistanby Yashpal Jhutha Sach (1960, translated into English by It’s not that dawn in 2010) or that of Attia Hosain Sunlight on a broken column (1961). Then there’s a lull until Salman Rushdie appears midnight children in 1981.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, the English-speaking elite in Delhi and elsewhere attempted to solve the puzzles of independence. For example, Nayantara Sahgal in Storm in Chandigarh (1969) or Anita Desai in Clear daylight (1980) explored what civil servants, politicians and journalists thought of their new roles as leaders and opinion makers in independent India. RK Narayan, Manohar Malgonkar, Kamala Markandaya and others explored how a traditional, patriarchal and hierarchical society grappled with change and the emergence of new forces.

About ten years later, came Bhisham Sahni tamas (1974) on the Partition riots; the film Garm Hava (1973), directed by MS Sathyu and adapted from an unpublished short story in Urdu by Ismat Chughtai; hindi tv series Buniyaad (literally Foundationbroadcast in 1986) written by Manohar Shyam Joshi, covering life in India between 1916 and 1978.

When midnight children was published in 1981, it brought Score and its impact to an international readership, but in India, Score had never really left the consciousness. The repercussions of this historic moment are still being worked out; any consensus on the events of 75 years ago is still a long way off, and there are many, many stories still waiting to be told.

Ranjana Sengupta is an editor and author of Delhi Metropolitan: The Making of an Improbable City .

Harry Potter author JK Rowling receives death threats for Salman Rushdie Tweet


Author JK Rowling said on Saturday that police were investigating a potential death threat after a Twitter user hinted at a possible target to her in response to her posts about the stabbing of novelist Salman Rushdie during a a literary event in New York. Rushdie, who has long faced death threats for his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses”, was stabbed in the neck and chest by Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from Fairview, New Jersey. The incident took place 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s first supreme leader, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to kill the novelist and anyone involved in publishing the book for blasphemy.

Following the attack on the author on Friday, the “Harry Potter” author in a tweet expressed his disbelief on Twitter. “Terrifying news. I feel very sick right now. Let it be okay,” she said.

Rowling then posted screenshots of replies to her tweet by user Meer Asif Aziz who gave information about attacker Hadi Matar and said he was a “revolutionary Shia fighter who followed the fatwa of late ayotallah rohullah khomeini”.

In another tweet from the author about the attack on Rushdie, Aziz responded to Rowling saying, “Don’t worry, you’re next.” Rowling tagged Twitter’s support team and asked for help given the threat.

Shortly after, the British author thanked her supporters who had raised security concerns and said she had received help and police were looking into the threat and information. “To everyone sending messages of support: thank you 💕 Police are involved (was involved in other threats before),” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Iran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah said it was not involved in the attack on Salman Rushdie and had no further information. “We don’t know anything about it, so we won’t comment,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attacker, Matar, is of Lebanese descent and his family is from the southern Lebanese city of Yaroun, Yaroun Mayor Ali Tehfe told Reuters. Matar’s parents emigrated to the United States and he was born and raised there, Tehfe said. When asked if Matar or his parents were affiliated with or supported Hezbollah, Tehfe said he had “no information” about the parents’ or Matar’s political views while living abroad.

Iranian state media praised Matar after the Rushdie attack. The Kayhan newspaper, whose editor is appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote: “A thousand cheers…to the courageous and dedicated person who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York,” adding: “The hand of the man who tore the neck of the enemy of God must be kissed”. The headline of the radical newspaper Vatan Emrooz read: “A knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie”. The daily Khorasan headlined: “Satan on his way to hell”.

Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak after the incident. His agent Andrew Wylie said “the news is not good”. “Salman will probably lose an eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” he said in a statement.

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Condemn the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie | Counter-currents


Salman Rushdie

I am deeply shocked to learn of such a brutal attack on world-renowned writer Salman Rushdie in New York by forces who have long planned to kill him. As a writer and columnist myself, I cannot remain silent without condemning such a brutal attack on other writers.

He was an Indian born writer with great creative abilities and influenced the whole world through his writings. His first major novel, Mid Night’s Children, was about India’s freedom and partition.

Intolerant right-wing forces have sprung up around the world to prevent all creative writers from doing their job to improve the lives of the innocent masses.

If writers are attacked like that in public, they think all writers are scared and stop writing. It’s just their wishful thinking.

Writers, thinkers and democratic forces around the world must condemn this attack.

We all need to ensure that the world is a creative and safe place to live for writers, thinkers and artists.

I hope Rushdie recovers from this serious attack.

Shepherd Kancha Ilaiah is a political theorist, social activist and author. His books God As Political Philosopher, The Shudras–Vision For a New Path are well known



Tyler Griffin and Von Lewis, co-owners of Baxter’s 1892

Baxter’s 1892 – An after-dinner musical entertainment venue, soon to open in New Bern

We were walking around and saw that the Baxter building was available. It was too good to be true. This place is the perfect place for our dream.

– Von Lewis, co-owner of Baxter’s 1892 and singer of “Green Book”

HAYMARKET, North Carolina, USA, August 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — One of North Carolina’s most notable buildings is getting a facelift, and with it will come the sweet sounds of music and a delicious menu. Baxter’s 1892, located at 323 Pollock St. in historic downtown New Bern, has been under construction for years but will open in 2022. Register at www.baxters1892.com and be the first informed of the official opening date!

Baxter’s 1892 will be a venue for after-dinner musical entertainment serving premium cocktails, artfully crafted tapas and an exclusive space for private events. The owners plan to have weekly entertainment featuring everything from jazz to blues to easy listening.

Co-owners Tyler Griffin and von lewiswho first met while studying at East Carolina University, was always drawn to downtown New Bern but wanted more options to extend the evening.

Griffin is originally from North Carolina and has traveled the world for the past 12 years as an entertainment and hospitality consultant – with clients including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Carowinds Amusement Park and Opening for Jimmy Buffett and Maroon 5 – before deciding to move to New Bern.

Lewis, who grew up around the Outer Banks, is part of the North Carolina-based singing duo Lewis n Clark with his wife Abbey. He has also acted in television and film, including playing the role of Bobby Rydell in the Oscar-winning film Green Book.

The two talked about opening a business for over a decade when they came across the perfect opportunity.

“We were looking around the area for a while,” Lewis said. “We were walking around and saw the Baxter building was available. It was too good to be true. This place is the perfect place for our dream.

The building was purchased in October 2019 and has since undergone a million dollar renovation.

The two work meticulously to retain as much of the original character as possible while updating the building, bringing everything up to code, sparing no expense.

Musical acts will perform on a new stage built above the front door, giving almost everyone in the building a priceless view.

“We have plenty of opportunities to ‘wow’ our audience,” Lewis said. “We are making a concerted effort to bring a different and exciting experience to New Bern.” They hired a professional lighting designer, Michael Shoaf of ECU School of Theater and Dance, to design a specific look for the venue.

“Our menu is also designed around how you want to feel,” Griffin said. “It’s designed to suit your mood or whatever you want it to be that night.”

Executive Chef Jordan Minshew will lead the kitchen. Minshew’s varied background includes serving as Bravo’s Top Chef chain Sous Chef Tom Colicchio at his flagship restaurant, Craft NYC. He was also a chef and kitchen manager at Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room under Vivian Howard. Minshew has worked tirelessly to craft a tapas menu that will be unique to downtown New Bern.

Additionally, the bar program at Baxter’s 1892 will be led by Alex Norris. Alex, also from North Carolina, is currently head mixologist alongside Ashley Christensen, winner of the 2014 Best Chef Southeast and 2017 Eater’s Best Chef in the Nation awards.

Griffin also said he hired one of his contacts he met during his career to design the space sound, two-time Emmy Award-winning sound engineer Chuck Davis. Davis previously designed sound for the Grand Ole Opry and Walt Disney World, as well as several television programs.

“We designed the space with music in mind because of its unique architecture and layout,” Griffin said.

Griffin also said Baxter’s 1892 will be very different from anything New Bernese have seen downtown before. It was a tough culmination of three years of hard work and planning, but they wouldn’t have done it any other way.

“We took our time doing it because we wanted to do it right,” Griffin said.

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Review of Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss

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In 1950, The Associated Press named Jim Thorpe “the greatest athlete of the half-century”. The poll of nearly 400 sportswriters and broadcasters ranked him above stars such as Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis.

No one else has carved so many contours in American sports history. Thorpe had won two gold medals in track and field at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, won American honors twice as an all-around college football star, played six seasons in major league baseball, and helped establish the League national football. He even barnstormed on the first professional basketball circuit.

Yet Thorpe’s story evokes a sense of loss. As David Maraniss artfully demonstrates in the biography “Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe”, Thorpe was both blown and pilloried. The press shaped his image as both noble Indian and simple savage. Sports administrators stripped him of his gold medals for violating questionable principles of amateurism, and despite his status as a transcendent athlete and Native American hero, he struggled to find consistent, lucrative work. Maraniss states that he has fallen victim to the harmful myth “that the Great White Father knows best”.

A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe grew up in the Indian Territory of central Oklahoma and rose to prominence at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a Pennsylvania institution that sought to “civilize” Native Americans through regulation, manual labor and cultural assimilation. Like many of his classmates, Thorpe resented and liked Carlisle. Like other aspects of American politics in the Progressive Era, it sought to uplift Indians, even as it treated them with racist contempt.

Thorpe rose to fame as the star of the Carlisle football team, playing running back, defensive back, kicker and punter. In 1911, his team raised the school’s profile by beating top college programs and winning the national championship. In 1912, Thorpe led a symbolically charged victory over the Army (a team that included second-year cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower). In the words of Maraniss, Thorpe showed “the uncommon multiplicity of his running skills – his change of pace, his stops and starts, his pivoting hip swing, his straight arm and searing speed, all with the power of wild horse pounding the prairie of Oklahoma.

Between those legendary seasons on the grill, Thorpe won both the decathlon and the pentathlon at the Stockholm Olympics, a feat so remarkable that King Gustav V of Sweden supposedly saluted him: “You, sir, are the most wonderful athlete in the world. .” While some news articles treated him as the Indian stereotype of a wild creature, Thorpe was also hailed as an example of American achievement – ​​an irony, given that the US government did not recognize Native Americans as citizens.

When the Amateur Athletic Union stripped Thorpe of his gold medals in 1913, he followed these historic patterns of condescension and exploitation. In his time, the boundaries between professional and amateur were blurred. Carlisle football coach Pop Warner, for example, handed out money to his athletes, including Thorpe. But when the press began reporting that Thorpe had spent two summers in North Carolina playing minor league baseball — a common practice for college athletes — it was treated as an outrage. Warner, along with Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman, dishonestly portrayed Thorpe as just an ignorant Indian boy who unknowingly turned professional.

Maraniss is much friendlier to Thorpe. Throughout a book marked by extensive research and expert contextualization, he sifts through myths about Thorpe and Native Americans, portraying his subject as a proud and complicated man who sought to shape his own destiny, but who was tormented by greater forces of racism and hypocrisy.

Deputy Editor of the Washington Post, Maraniss has a well-earned reputation for crafting meticulous and in-depth narrative histories of American politics and culture, including works on sports. His book on football coach Vince Lombardi, “When Pride Still Mattered,” might be the best sports biography ever written.

If “Path Lit by Lightning” can’t reach that impossible standard, it’s largely because Thorpe kept his thoughts and emotions to himself. His stoic personality lent him a shield against the pressures and prejudices that came with his unique stardom, but he also played a part in his own struggles. He let his first two marriages fail. He had a distant relationship with his eight children. He struggled with alcohol abuse. Maraniss pulls out the few shreds of evidence that reveal Thorpe’s unfiltered personality, but it’s often hard to see the man behind the mask.

Thorpe’s story reaches its dramatic climax during his glory years in Carlisle and the Olympics, so the later chapters of his biography chronicle a still disjointed life on sports teams of diminishing prestige; unsatisfactory stints as a one-line actor or extra in Hollywood films; and short-lived gigs as a speaker, traveling entertainer, or saloon owner.

Yet, by highlighting Thorpe’s perseverance, Maraniss paints a portrait that is both heroic and tragic. He writes: “Rarely demonstrative, more introverted than showman, more solitary than he ever showed the public, he nevertheless endured as a traveling entertainer, athlete, Olympian, ever-moving Indian, moving from one city ​​to city across America, fueled by a combination of willpower and often desperate financial need, seeking ways to adapt and survive.

At the end, Maraniss tells the story of Thorpe’s bones. They now lie under a shrine in the former coal country of the Pocono Mountains. The small memorial park is in a town called Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Despite his decades of constant travel with countless sports teams, Thorpe never set foot there.

Thorpe had asked to be buried near his birthplace in Oklahoma, on the land of his ancestors. His widow instead profited by causing two municipalities to merge and rename themselves after the famous athlete. In return, the city received Thorpe’s remains, along with unfulfilled promises of economic development.

In death as in life, therefore, Thorpe was a famous hero, but commodified beyond his control and stripped of his authentic identity. “Path Lit by Lightning” tells its story with skill and integrity.

Aram Goudsouzian is the Bizot family history professor at the University of Memphis. His books include “King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution.”

Simon & Schuster. 672 pages. $32.50.

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


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

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

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


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

He oversees the recruitment of engineers in Ukraine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newly recruited engineers can also work wherever they want.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Other companies place orders from Japan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ʻŌiwi poet-teacher published the 1st book

No’u Revilla

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating Indigenous spoken word

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen | Stan Dragland on his 2015 Newfoundland essay book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond Briggs obituary | Raymond Briggs


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The unexpected face of the sex work positivity movement



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contortions and workplace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is exactly what Egozi did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biyi Bandele: Nigerian author and filmmaker dies at 54



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting a great need in Nolensville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Initial LT decision

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

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

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

The employee entered the TPI.

FCI appeal decision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two-step investigation to penalty rule

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

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

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

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

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

Takeaways for employers

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

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

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

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

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Author-Professor Tarun Khanna on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies


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

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

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

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

Developed and developing countries: the landscape of entrepreneurship

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

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

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

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

The Chinese exception

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

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

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

Trust issues in entrepreneurship

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

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

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

word of wisdom

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

You can listen to the full episode here.


01:00: Create the conditions to create

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

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

27:00: Work with government on entrepreneurship

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tim Winton on Blueback, Ningaloo and 40 years of writing


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Wrong Side of the Wrong Country”

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

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

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

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

A career in the arts was a radical aspiration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Art isn’t fair,” says Winton.

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

pleasure and pain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s just a fucking book,” he said.

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

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

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

writing and the environment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The devil bring you home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Common Interest Doctrine in North Carolina

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

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

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

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

Key practical tips

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 2 datamine previews potential future courses


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Williams joins The Post as book editor



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please welcome it as it begins on September 6th.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Founder of Women’s Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Long Campaign” and Equal Rights

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

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

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

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

A life of teaching, community involvement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suki Water House

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Does he have anything nice to say about Meghan Markle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Fuck Nut’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where is Netflix’s Blown Away filmed?


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

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

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

Where is Netflix’s Blown Away filmed?

John Sharvin in Blown Away

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

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

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

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

Who are the Blown Away judges?

Host Nick Uhas and judge Katherine Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resumption of the Dame Days of Summer

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


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

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


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

Aline Murray Kilmer, born August 1, 1888

Anne Hebert, born August 1, 1916

Lorna Goodison, born August 1, 1947

Allison Adele hedge coke, born August 4, 1958

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



lover of light

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

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


“Light Lover” is in the public domain

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



The piano

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

translated by A.Z. Foreman

The original French:

The piano

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

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

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



Tribute to the mother of Jamaican art

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


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

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



street confetti

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of The last to disappear:

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

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

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

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

A thriller writer who is afraid of many things

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These Serial Entrepreneurs Explore Multiple Business Areas


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

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

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

Somdutta Singh

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

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

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

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

Anupama Dalmia

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

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

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

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

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

Pooja Goyal

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

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

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

Arjita Sethi

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

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

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

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

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

Literary calendar for the week of July 31 – Twin Cities



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

State Attorney Race Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Republican ran for office.

famous smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MoCo is waiting

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

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

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

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

LCV names winners of a different kind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

August Wilson dies at 60; his plays on black life in the 20th century were among the most famous modern dramas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information about survivors was not immediately available.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: “This Time Tomorrow”

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

This is a more or less random section of my library, mostly representing fiction. If the taxonomy of genres here is rather vague, so is my attempt at literacy. Different languages ​​coexist rather promiscuously. Even if it’s all a bit chaotic, at least the photo shows that I’m definitely not a spine breaker. The notebooks above the books (spiral, red, yellow) are manuscripts at various stages of the competition. Dickens and Tintin stand guard.

Review: “Trust”, by Hernan Diaz

Weiner is a novelist whose books include “The Summer Place,” “Mrs. Everything,” and “Well in Bed.”

My house has a gigantic closet that was clearly meant for a woman with a huge wardrobe. I don’t have a lot of clothes, but I do have a lot of books, so the closet is now a closet/library, containing overflow from the living room, study, and bedroom shelves. I organize my books by color – sorry not sorry – but books, in addition to being magical portals offering escape and transformation, are also physical objects that you live with, and there is nothing wrong with them. dispose of in a way that you find aesthetically pleasing. Here I keep favorites that have traveled with me since college, books from friends, TBR books, books I read as research for my own novels, and books with special meaning – the copy of “Almost paradise” by Susan Isaacs was a gift from my mother, who had it signed by the author for my 40th birthday.

Review: “This Summer”, by Jennifer Weiner

Bohjalian is the author of many books, including “The Lioness”, “Hour of the Witch”, and “The Flight Attendant”.

My fiction is listed alphabetically by author, and my non-fiction, which leans heavily toward history, moves chronologically. So the Vikings precede the Puritans, which predate John Pershing’s WWI Doughboys. But my collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald is vast (not precious, but ample), and so I interrupt the literacy of my fiction to give his work and the work on him two shelves of their own. I usually offer a book for my own entertainment when I walk into my library every morning, and currently it’s my Armenian translation of “The Great Gatsby,” which I cherish because I’m Armenian.

Review: “The Hour of the Witch”, by Chris Bohjalian

Buckley’s books include “Thanks for smoking”, “Losing Mom and Puppy”, and “Make Russia Great Again”. Her next novel, “Has Anyone Seen My Toes?” will be published in September.

All the books in this section were originally arranged not just haphazardly but chaotically, which made searches endless and time-consuming. Then one day my agent called to report that my current book was broken. I was so depressed that I spent the next three days alphabetizing them. I don’t know why, but for some reason this helped.

Teen Wolfpack: a young graduate makes history


Madhusudan Madhavan, 16, doesn’t yet have a driver’s license in North Carolina, but he has an undergraduate degree in applied math with a minor in physics from NC State.

Teenager Cary graduated this spring with a 4.0 GPA in just six semesters, plus a handful of classes in multiple summer sessions. After his birthday, he focused on final exams, commencement exercises, and a graduation trip to see his family in southern India. He postponed a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles for his driving test.

This rite of passage – skipped by three-quarters of all Gen Zers like Madhavan – is about the only test he hasn’t passed on his rapid march to adulthood.

A passion for learning

“I’ve always had a passion for learning and always enjoyed exploring new things,” says Madhavan. “Since I was a child, I was very curious and loved to learn.”

He started reading at the age of 2 and had mastered mathematical functions such as calculating means, medians and modes, as well as advanced multiplication before kindergarten. He outstripped other students in his classes at Wake County Public Schools and spent a brief period of his preteen years preparing for undergraduate classes while being homeschooled.

At the age of 13, he was ready to enroll in the College of Science, soon after his older sister, Aishwarya, started her course in the business administration program at Poole College of Management. Aishwarya often dropped off Madhusudan near SAS Hall for her classes during her first semester – until the global COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person classes for most students for about 18 months.

Madhavan graduated about three weeks after his 16th birthday.

“To be honest, I knew he was young,” says assistant professor of applied mathematics Alen Alexanderian, one of Madhavan’s mentors. “I didn’t know he was that young.”

Alina Duca, director of undergraduate programs and teaching professor of math, first met him at an “Experience NC State” recruiting event for high-achieving admitted students and their families. He was with his father and sister, and Duca at first believed the younger brother was following. She soon realized that Madhusudan was where she needed to log on before starting classes in fall 2019.

For Madhavan, the son of a first-generation immigrant working in information technology and a housewife, studying math is more than multiplication tables, word problems and standardized tests.

It’s art.

“I’ve always had a passion to see the beauty of mathematics and its applications,” he says. “That’s what brought me here to NC State.”

Young graduates are now rare

Young students pursuing a degree at the largest school in the University of North Carolina system aren’t exactly unheard of. In fact, when it opened in 1889, county scholars were between the ages of 14 and 15 and attended the North Carolina College for Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as a preparatory school to prepare them for post-secondary courses, a time when public schools in the state were not standardized. Devoted patron David Clark earned three engineering degrees from NC State and another from Cornell between 1894 and 1998 before enlisting to serve in the Spanish–American War at age 21.

However, since State College became North Carolina State University in 1965, such young graduates have been rare, although complete records of age at graduation are not available.

New Faces: NC State’s first class poses with President Alexander Q. Holladay.

Records from the university’s registrar’s office show Madhavan is the first 16-year-old to graduate since Thomas York of Walkertown, North Carolina graduated in 2010. Raleigh native Stephen Conley, who enrolled in mathematics, earned his undergraduate degree in computer science at age 16 in the spring of 1998, something rare enough for him to appear in the New York Timesthe Associated Press and statewide newspapers.

Last spring, 18-year-old Samantha Kiser from Georgia graduated with a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. She spent two years at Wake Technical Community College before enrolling at NC State and would be the university’s youngest graduate.

Madhavan is modest about his achievements as a young scholar.

“Most of my teachers and even my friends at NC State didn’t know my age,” Madhavan says. “So because of that, I didn’t feel any separation or difficulty adjusting with the different communities in NC State.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any specific challenges or issues I had as a student.”

For the most part, however, it is difficult to quantify how young Madhavan is compared to the rest of the university community.

Ready for College

He was born in April 2006, a few months after the billionth song was uploaded to iTunes (“Speed ​​of Sound” by Coldplay) and Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Barely a dozen years later, he had no doubt that he was ready for college classes.

“I saw that I already had the same background as any other student applying to NC State,” he says. “I had taken algebra, calculus, all of those classes. So I thought, given that background, why not try college, especially since NC State is such a wonderful university here in my town.

“I felt it was the right decision for me.”

Although young, Madhavan was successful at NC State because he was a mature student, Duca says.

“Madhusudan was just serious in everything he did,” she says. “Even though the material was really easy for him, he was always there to answer and ask questions.

“He wanted to do everything very well, but he was also quite balanced and mature in his approach.”

Madhusudan Madhavan holds his degree at the base of the bell tower.
Madhusudan Madhavan celebrates graduation from NC State at the base of the steeple.

He not only filled his days with undergraduate and graduate coursework, but he also devoted time to the same pursuits as most top-performing university students. He is a member of several NC State student organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Society of Undergraduate Mathematics, Society for Multicultural Scientists, Society of Physics Students, Mathematics Insights Club, AI Club, and Quantum Information Club. He has also participated in the University Honors Program, the Mathematics Honors Program, and the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society.

“I think that’s about it,” he said. “I always felt completely at home in college.”

Apart from being a perfect A to A-plus student, Madhavan has also completed two semester-long research projects, one on a mathematical approach to COVID modeling and the other on the Zermelo navigation problem. , in which he not only presented a solution for the 90s-old optimal control problem, but also wrote a detailed history of its use in mathematical optimization.

“I was able to use theoretical math in a real environment to solve real problems,” he says.

Yet it was his handling of these problems and the effort he put into them that stood out to his advisers.

“Of undergraduates who choose to do a research project, most do just one, regardless of age,” says Alexanderian. “Madhusudan has completed two. What impressed me the most was that he took the time to write about the history of his subjects, which hardly anyone does.

For his efforts as an undergraduate student, Madhavan received the Outstanding Scholarship Senior Award from the Department of Mathematics, received the Gordon Family Scholarship for Academic Merit, and completed the College of Sciences Honors Program . Both projects were fully funded by the National Science Foundation

So what does a 16-year-old with a college degree and a special talent for math do next?

Madhavan was accepted into a Ph.D. from NC State. applied mathematics program and will begin classes this fall.

After that?

“I’m ready to see where life takes me,” he says.

Maybe even the DMV.

Florence’s Restaurant receives its James Beard Award medal at OKC


On Friday, local dignitaries gathered at the humble cafe which has stood on the northeast corner of NE 23 and Fonshill since 1959 to celebrate the state the first-ever James Beard Foundation award to land in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, were on hand to raise a glass and give Florence Jones Kemp, founder and owner of Florence’s restaurant since 1952, a standing ovation as she received a medal money from the James Beard Foundation.

Last month, Florence and her daughter Victoria Kemp attended the James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago for receiving an American Classics Award.

During a champagne reception at the restaurant on Friday, Holt asked Victoria how much time her 91-year-old mother was still spending in Florence’s kitchen.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt was present when Florence Jones Kemp received her James Beard Foundation Award Medal during a ceremony at the Florence Restaurant on July 22, 2022.

“Most of the time she swears when she’s in there,” laughed Victoria. “When the pandemic hit, my mum had to get used to staying home. She’s now over 90, so we had to be more careful. She always comes in, but she ends up getting mad at someone . Usually me. I caught her trying to walk home in this heat the other day!”

Brian Schwartz of Tulsa, representing the Beard Foundation, presented the medal to Florence. In Chicago, Florence and Victoria were celebrated along with five other restaurants from across the country with an American Classic award.

“It was such an honor to be there,” Victoria recalled. “My mom loved every minute.”

Brian Schwartz of Tulsa presents Florence Jones Kemp with his James Beard Foundation Award Medal during a ceremony at Florence Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

On Friday, guests crowded onto the patio which has been erected during the ongoing pandemic where a jazz trio put on the soundtrack and provided the microphone for Victoria and Florence to take turns thanking everyone for coming. help celebrate.

A small crowd gathered at Florence's restaurant on July 22, 2022 to watch Florence Jones Kemp receive her James Beard Foundation award medal in Oklahoma City.

The leading lady wore an emerald green dress and a smile that stretched all the way to her hometown of Boley. She posed for photos with everyone who asked and thanked the Almighty for making it all possible.

Victoria said 2022 has been an unbroken parade of good news, starting with the Beard Award and followed by the regular parade of good wishes he brought to the restaurant.

Florence was only 22 when she opened Florence’s “on a hot dog and a dream” near Deep Deuce. The cafe moved in those early years and the menu was constantly changing.

Florence Jones Kemp receives her James Beard Foundation Award medal during a ceremony at Florence's Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

“We sold hot dogs for a quarter and hamburgers,” she said in a 2018 interview. “Everything people wanted to eat!”

Since moving to 1437 NE 23 in 1959, the menu has been pure comfort.

“I don’t like to call it soul food,” Victoria said. “It sure is southern. Really, it’s just good home cooking.”

You won’t find a better fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken and meatballs or oxtail in town, and no one offers a better selection of sides from collard greens to candied yams with “a nice little salad” in between. of them. Appetizers come with three cornbreads and yeast.

Victoria said the biggest thing coming will be a book she and her mother are working on with local lawyer, author and historian Bob Burke. Merchandise from Florence could follow. Victoria has long wanted to resurface the parking lot and add a freestanding walk-in cooler, but that’s as far as any expansion talk will ever go.

Florence Jones Kemp receives her James Beard Foundation Award medal during a ceremony at Florence's Restaurant on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City.

“People ask me if there will ever be another Florence’s, and I tell them ‘no,'” she said. “There may be other restaurants, but there will never be another Florence’s Restaurant. My mother made her dream come true and spent her whole life keeping it that way. It will never happen again.”

Amen to that.

Quick bites

Chef Lee Bennett cooks fried chicken twice a month at Rococo in Oklahoma City.

Have you tried the fried chicken at Rococo? Nope? Well, veteran chef Lee Bennett (of Picasso, Iguana Lounge) fry whole poultry two Mondays a month and it’s everything you’d expect from fried poultry. This Monday, the birds came with collard greens and mashed potatoes with jalapeno sauce. In two weeks it will be green beans and cheese grits. If you’re lucky, like us, Lee will also have gizzards and liver available! …

Dave’s Hot Chicken is set to open its first franchise in Oklahoma next week. The people at Social Order Restoration Collective (The Jones Assembly, Spark, Fuzzy Tacos) are behind the move. Watch for previews here on Thursday. …

Chef Jonas Favela announced on social media that he was leaving Steak the experience. Go see Jonas before August 6th. …

Store table, 3 NE 8, closed on Saturdays. The space will be undergoing renovations for a new restaurant. Details soon.

Nick Saban Considered Leaving Alabama to Become a TV Analyst After Kick Six, New Book Claims

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Last summer, Alabama coach Nick Saban signed a contract to stay as coach of the Crimson Tide until 2028. It was further proof that the legendary coach who is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time is dedicated to staying with the program until his retirement. However, a new book reveals that his coaching career was almost over long before that extension was signed.

Saban considered hanging up his headphones in 2014 and joining ESPN as a television analyst according to new book “The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban,” by AL.com sports editor John Talty, whose release is scheduled for August 9. According to The New York Post, the book reveals that Saban met with agent Nick Khan, who represented several high profile media figures at the time, before the 2013 season to discuss the possibility of joining ESPN. Saban had just won back-to-back BCS championships and had led the Crimson Tide to three of the previous four national championships.

Plans were put on hold during the regular season, which saw Alabama earn 11 straight pre-Iron Bowl wins over Auburn – which served as the de facto SEC West championship game for the first time since the conference’s divisional split. in 1992. That game provided one of the most iconic moments in college football history, the “Kick Six”, when Auburn defensive back/returner Chris Davis received a missed field goal on the back of the end zone and went 109 yards for a touchdown when time expired. to secure a 34-28 win at Auburn, the division title, and prevent Alabama from winning its third consecutive national title.

Crimson Tide’s season ended with a loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, which accelerated talks with ESPN. Saban allegedly “allowed Khan to reach out to ESPN with the message that Saban was considering the next chapter of his career and wondering if the media should be a part of it,” according to the book.

Despite a serious interest in becoming a television analyst, Saban ultimately decided to stay in Alabama.

“If he wasn’t interested, he never would have,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack, who worked with ESPN at the time, said in the book. “But I didn’t think he was ready to step down as a coach either.”

Saban has won three national championships and six SEC titles since discussions with the network.

Chinese artist Nut Brother fights pollution with rock music



On a remote dirt road in China’s northwest Qinghai Plateau, a four-piece band dressed in hazmat suits and gas masks launch into a thrash metal number about the dangers to burn waste.

“A person’s life is just a breath, a breath filled with garbage,” the singer growls through his mask in videos of the performance.

The unusual concert is part of a nationwide series designed and led by Chinese artist known as Nut Brother, who stands in front of the camouflage-clad band, nodding softly at the distorted eight-string guitars.

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In recent years, the 41-year-old, who prefers not to reveal his real name to avoid further scrutiny from authorities and online critics, has developed a knack for highlighting overlooked environmental and social issues in China using original and social media-ready performances. an art that can slip through the cracks in China’s tightly controlled media environment.

Designed to draw attention to water, air and soil pollution in remote parts of the country, the “heavy metal” tour – pun intended – was Nut Brother’s most ambitious project. Backed by a loose coalition of 30 people conducting research, writing lyrics and composing hardcore bangers, he set out to visit 11 venues across the country last year, but the tour was cut short as coronavirus restrictions put a damper on been reinforced.

In written responses to questions, Nut Brother called his art work an “emergency response” featuring projects that tap into pressing social issues he considers chronically neglected by mainstream Chinese society.

He added that the work is risky and takes place in a “complex and rapidly changing environment” where local governments and polluting companies often resent the highlighting of their failures. Its response is to be as open as possible, publishing any denials it faces, including kickbacks from polluters and letters from local governments demanding retractions.

“Our projects are not really radical; we don’t make things happen through confrontation, but rather we make things happen through imagination,” he said.

Nut Brother is one of the first social media handles of the Shenzhen-based artist who rose to fame in 2015 when he wandered the streets of Beijing dragging a large vacuum cleaner, its nozzle pointed skyward smog from the city, during a high point for public attention on China’s ‘airpocalypse’ problem.

In 2014, Prime Minister Li Keqiang declared “war on pollution” after years of growing concerns about outsized levels of particulate matter in the air. A documentary by a Chinese state media reporter – titled ‘Under the Dome’ and published in February 2015 – directly implicated state-owned fossil fuel giants, attracting hundreds of millions of views before being censored .

At the time, the pervasiveness of air pollution and its official recognition sparked cultural attention on the issue. Some artists tackling smog mostly tried to convey a sense of frustration, depression, or despair, but others, like Nut Brother, began thinking about the social impact of their work, Kathinka Fürst said, researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research. , an environmental foundation.

This type of artwork still struggles to reach a large audience in China, but the ambiguity of art, where the intention is up to interpretation, gives people like Nut Brother more leeway. to publicly address sensitive topics that activists might avoid for fear of official censorship.

“They’re not NGOs, they’re not protesters, they’re not directly involved,” said Fürst, who interviewed many prominent Chinese artists depicting air pollution about five years ago. . This flexibility creates a small, albeit fragile, space to draw attention to local issues without being perceived as a direct challenge to senior management.

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In recent years, improvements in air quality in China have been dramatic. From 2013 to 2020, pollution levels in Beijing have dropped by more than 50%. In 2021, the capital met China’s national air quality standards for the first time.

But environmentalists worry that soil and water contamination issues are relatively neglected and harder to clean up than gray skies. In remote areas, poor industrial practices like burying copper-clad sludge, burning garbage or spraying chemical fertilizers mean that about a fifth of China’s arable land is contaminated with heavy metals.

One of the reasons these problems go unresolved is that they are often invisible to wealthy city dwellers. “Small places don’t have the power to speak up,” said Nut Brother. “In the mainstream, their voice is so small it’s imperceptible.”

Nut Brother’s work often highlights this tendency to react with apathy to distant environmental disasters. As he sucked up particles from Beijing’s skies, passers-by mostly ignored the man dragging an industrial-sized vacuum cleaner on a cart.

Despite the seriousness of the subjects covered, Nut Brother’s work is tinged with irony and humor. When he transformed a muddy canal into a giant soup of inflatable fish in the eastern town of Zibo, the installation quickly became an attraction on Chinese restaurant rating site Dianping.com thanks to a flood of positive reviews from the from the fans.

Nut Brother has transformed a brown canal into a giant ‘pot’ full of inflatable fish to raise awareness of water pollution in the eastern Chinese city of Zibo. (Video: Nut Brother)

Fürst said this style creates an appeal for viewers who engage and make a human connection with the artist and the issue. “It gives other people the opportunity to play with the idea,” she said.

Building an audience remains an uphill battle, however. The pounding drums and distorted guitar riffs of the “heavy metal” tour caught the attention of young music fans, but didn’t always sit well with locals. Groups played in empty fields or puzzled villagers. In one instance, the concert had to take place in a hotel room after local authorities heard of the band’s arrival and shut down the show.

“We have encountered many villagers who have virtually no way to redress rights violations other than to petition or call the relevant authorities to complain,” Nut Brother said. “The suffering villagers are the quietest group. It is difficult to hear their voices in the outside world. In life, they don’t cling to fantasies or miracles, otherwise they suffer more.

The same goes for Nut Brother’s most recent project to draw attention to chemical waste in Huludao, a coastal city in northern Liaoning province. In a symbolic representation of local struggles to get the word out, Nut Brother has commandeered one of Beijing’s few remaining payphones as a listening post for outsiders to come hear about the health issues Huludao residents face. .

“Nut Brother’s campaigns are great and they are making people more aware of what is happening in Huludao. But many domestic journalists are still under a lot of pressure and afraid to report on this case,” said a 39-year-old Huludao resident, who gave only his surname, Lei, for fear of repercussions for him. talking to foreign media.

Lei said the smell of exhaust fumes from chemical plants in Longgang District of Huludao is noticeable almost every day. “Sometimes there’s no noticeable smell, but it just chokes you up and makes you want to cough,” he said.

In recent months, Lei and other residents had discussed organizing a protest, but their online discussion led to police summonses. “They are not solving the problem. They only ‘solve’ those who find and raise the issue,” he said.

No chance of resurgence of Khalistan movement: author Ramesh Inder Singh


By Sukant Deepak

Chandigarh, July 26 (IANS): Stressing that despite all the noise around the resurgence of the Khalistani movement, amplified by politicians ahead of the recent Punjab Assembly elections, author and former IAS officer Ramesh Inder Singh, whose book “Turmoil in Punjab , Before and After Bluestar: An Insider’s Story” (HarperCollins Publishers India) recently entered the stands, says that what was witnessed during the darkest period in Punjab’s history – the days of militancy cannot not really be attributed to the “Khalistani movement”.

“It always suits political forces to label a movement as accessionist. Even Bhinderwale never said he wanted Khalistan, but stressed that if the government decided to give it to him, he would have no problem. In fact, the killings of Nirankaris had started way back in 1978. The first non-Nirankari was not killed until after Bhinderwale was arrested. Separate state — some overseas-based had begun issuing fake passports and currency.

The author took office as Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar on June 4, 1984, just two days before Operation Bluestar, and later became Chief Secretary of Punjab.

Adding that the 500+ page book aims to present a comprehensive view of the situation and beyond, given that much has been written about Operation Bluestar and what followed next.

“My service code of conduct did not allow me to go public with these issues. In addition, there were also issues related to the Official Secrecy Act. So it is only now, after retirement, that I I can talk about it. After an RTI in 2014, I started working on the book,” the author told IANS during a book signing event at Bahrisons in Chandigarh.

If Operation Bluestar is the central subject of the book which he recounted step by step, it also deals with the analysis of the information, the course of the operation and the ways in which militancy was approached.

“It’s also about political parties and foreign interference. The second part of the book gives the reader a historical perspective on how and why radicalism erupted in Punjab. Sikhism is a religion that has its roots in Punjab, but at that time the state was a predominantly Hindu state. We know about the mass exodus of Hindus and their targeted killings, although more Sikhs died during this period. I wanted to trace the history of the congruent communities of Punjab, their possible parting of ways, and how that led to whatever happened in Punjab.”

Singh, who entered the Golden Temple during “Operation Black Thunder 1”, and along with others who negotiated with the opposing side, believes that Operation Bluestar was not only poorly designed, but also poorly executed.

“Now even the army realizes this. Several generals have spoken openly against it. Unfortunately, no serious attempt at negotiation has been made even when there was a possibility of dialogue,” says the author, who took three years to write the book, spending time in different libraries for research.

In Robert Lowell’s “Memoirs,” Mental Illness, Creative Friends, and Dad’s Teardown


He remembers the high-ceilinged houses, the Dresden porcelain chandeliers and the armors in the corners; men in squeaky shirts; Sunday roasts; Harvard-Yale football games; the agitation of the supernumeraries. American literature has been there, and has done it, but Lowell refreshes the eye.

Lowell revered his mother’s father, a handsome, husky, self-made, “moose-shouldered” man, a half-mothed warship, because “he was everything I could want to be: the bad boy, the problem child, the commodore of his house. »

His own father, on the other hand, was a perpetual disappointment. “Memoirs” contains one of the most systematic dismantlings of a father in American literature. Lowell’s father was a mumbler; he looked badly dressed; he was bald; he couldn’t properly carve a roast; he looked like, when he gained weight, “a juicy earth beaver.”

He lacked that WASP knowledge; his son recoiled from the books he read, with titles like “How to Play Tennis” and “How to Sail”. The anarchic instincts of the family slumbered within him.

Lowell quotes an aunt who said of him, “Bob doesn’t have a mean bone, a quirky bone, a funny bone in his body!” She wanted to lobotomize him and “stuff his brain with red peppers”. Lowell writes: “In his forties, Father’s soul went into hiding. He adds, in a particularly blunt sentence: “He was post-Edwardian, post-Teddy Roosevelt, post-riding, post-panache, post-personality and post-World War I.”

Those who are engaged take note: Lowell is convinced that his parents’ choice of honeymoon location, the Grand Canyon, doomed the marriage from the start. “The choice was so heroic and unoriginal that it forever left them with a gaping sense of emptiness,” he wrote. He adds:

I never thought our lives were determined by the stars, and yet, at idle moments, I could imagine myself branded with the mark of the Grand Canyon, as if it were a sticker on an automobile.

The editors of this book, Steven Gould Axelrod and Grzegorz Kosc, silently and skillfully correct Lowell’s many small errors of fact in their footnotes and indicate where he seems to have invented characters. There’s a whole other book going on there in the footnotes.

“Properties of thirst”, part four



Alta Journal is pleased to present the fourth installment of a five-part serialization of the opening section of Properties of thirst, the new novel Marianne Wiggins, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist. The book is a multi-generational California saga in which rancher Rocky Rhodes battles the Los Angeles Water Corporation against the backdrop of World War II, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the death of his wife.

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IIn the house, someone was running, then he heard the sound of women’s voices and, Cas running with her, Sunny burst into the portals. A well-behaved child, she had always been wiser than her age and Rocky could see, now, in the terror on her face, that she understood the deepest sadness of this news that was unfolding, elsewhere, in the world – until her saying two words that made no sense. to him:

stryker. Honolulu.

– two words, in Rocky’s mind, that made no sense together in one sentence.

“Stryker. Stryker is in Pearl Harbor.

It seemed to take some time before he replied accusingly, “But you told me he was with the fleet.” In San Diego.

“I Told you…” The words slowed, but her voice rose, “Don’t say I didn’t. to tell about you Tops. The fleet was moved last year.

He knew it.

-he knew that, it had been reported on the radio – last April – Roosevelt had ordered the Pacific Fleet from California to Hawaii as a warning to the Japanese, but Rocky had stubbornly or blindly allowed himself to think that “the Pacific Fleet Pacific” did not mean stryker“’Pacific Fleet’, in Rocky’s mind, was a code word, a specific cover, for all the sons of those other fathers.

It wasn’t Sunny’s fault – no Cas either – he had made it nearly impossible for them to tell him about his son.

Cas walked over, pulled out the envelope she’d been tapping—hidden– in his pocket. “It happened yesterday.”

She handed it to him and when he hesitated, she said, “You need to take a look.” He is married.”

This took Sunny by surprise.

Rocky took the letter and scanned it for a return address – there was none: just “USN, Honolulu” in Stryker’s teenage penmanship – then he opened it.

Sunny could see that the letter was a single page and a photograph was hidden inside.

Behind them, the voice of the man on the radio stopped, then resumed, narrating what sounded like a geography lesson, an atlas of the western states – Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah – until that she realizes that he was naming ships.

She watched her father quickly read her brother’s letter without changing his expression. Then she saw the muscles in his face relax as he examined the photo. He looked up, met Cas’s eyes, and held his gaze for what seemed to Sunny enough time to write a treatise. Twins. She felt left out: at a time when the world as she had known it seemed to be in pieces, when she needed both her father and her twin most.

She couldn’t help herself: “Are we under attack? Will they bomb us next?

Rocky folded the letter back into the envelope and handed it to his own twin before answering. “Get that out of your head, honey. California’s too far away.

“But they have Hawaii…” She took his arm. “I do not understand what is happening.”

Rocky put his left hand, with his fingers missing, over hers. “Do you want to ride with me to town?” The phones will all be down. I go to Lone Pine for Western Union.

“Everyone will be at church,” Cas warned, then Sunny walked away from them and said, “Somebody please explain to me what’s going on…”

The last time death had felt so close in this house, she was three years old.

And his father had rung the bell.

“Let me go and try to find facts about your brother,” Rocky told him. “Come and roll. It makes you feel good to be with other people.

Sunny shook her head.

After Rocky left, Cas put his arm around his shoulder and handed him the letter. “I was going to show you this, whatever.” There are no secrets between you and me. Who knows why Stryker does what it does. I don’t know why he didn’t want to tell you first.

I do.”

It was because of Stryker that her fiancé fled the county. Stryker was the reason Sunny wasn’t married.

She turned the letter over in her hand, hesitating, as Rocky had done, to find out what exactly Stryker had in store for them this time.

The first word was written in big block letters and jumped off the paper:


Sunny’s eyes scanned the page—super kid named SuzyIn the United States, Christmasrelatives in Sacramentothen: “Named the 1st 1 Ralph the other Waldo, that should score points with the old one.” (Emerson, do you understand??) Don’t tell Sunny ’cause she’ll freak out, I’m getting caught before her! Imagine me a dad! Times 2!!”

His handwriting hadn’t changed since he was ten.

– and no, she couldn’t imagine him as a husband Where a dad.

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But there he was, in the photo, a tall, handsome blond navy flag in his starched whites, leaning over the shoulder of the little woman who was looking at him, her face partially obscured by a pair of aviator sunglasses, her very black hair curled along her head. forehead like a wad of cash or a big sausage, lips curled into a smile. She wore a light dress with large darker flowers on it – large flowers, like in Hawaii – and she wore silk stockings in the sun (the light streamed down her calves). She had small feet in big black pumps and small hands, though Sunny couldn’t see the wedding ring.

Stryker had landed in Hawaii over a year ago and Sunny had received half a dozen letters from him around that time, none mentioning the “big kid Suzy” who looked like half her size, Sunny had to admit it, and very heavy, poised in it. arms two identical shapes that looked like swaddled torpedoes. Ralph and Waldo. Third line of consecutive twins in the family – Rocky and Cas, Sunny and Stryker before them. But those two had broken the mould, Sunny thought. Unlike her and their father, these two would be identical. No one but themselves – and not even themselves – could ever tell them apart.

Sunny took her aunt’s hand, almost twice the size of hers. Ever since their mother’s death, Cas had been the defining woman in Sunny and Stryker’s lives, arriving to help her grieving brother and sacrificing her own chance at parenthood. There was no woman Sunny loved more. No one trusted anymore. “If anything happened to Tops,” Sunny said. “If you and Tops didn’t live near each other, if he lived far away from you and something happened to him, if he got sick or had an accident – or died – don’t think you wouldn’t know? ”

“What do you mean?”

Cas stiffened a little. Sunny felt her aunt’s attention drift to the radio.

“…I mean, don’t you think you would feel it, like a premonition…”

“Oh for God’s sake.” Cas pulled his hand away. “What’s up with you, button…?” »

“-like a doubleI mean.”

“Where do you pick up this garbage? »

Where?– the first distinctive sound Sunny had probably ever heard in life had to be the sound of Stryker being born, the sound of Stryker screaming. Whole years had passed when she had believed Where is your brother? was his name. She walked into a room alone and the first thing she heard was Where is your brother?sounding the alarm that Stryker had escaped again, somewhere on or off the premises, unaccompanied, unattended, unpaired. Where is your brother? supposed You don’t do your job: every time he gets in trouble, so do you. Every time he gets in trouble, it’s your fault.

Sunny’s life had been designed by others in service to her brother. Who could blame her habit of surveillance, the guilt she felt when she didn’t know where Stryker has been?

“I don’t feel Stryker is in any danger. I don’t have that feeling at all. I don’t feel like Stryker is… dead.

“…oh, for God’s sake, don’t be stupid – the nation has been attacked, boys are dying and you’re acting like a seer from the First Act. Premonition my ass. Pull yourself together. Your mother would be ashamed to hear you talk like that.

– Big Cannon, Artillery Case Summon: Sunny mother. What is Sunny mother have you thought or done? How did Sunny measure up to her unknown mother’s dreams for her?

Cas could see she landed a blow and immediately regretted it. She patted Sunny’s hand. “Let us concentrate our intelligence on doing something useful. Despite what your father says, I’ll take care of the phone. We need to know someone who knows someone high up in the Navy. I will make the calls. What are you going to do?”

Sunny stared at her. Everyone in the family had the same blue eyes. Different pieces of the sky.

“Cook, I guess. Start making lots of food.

“Always helpful.”

None of them dared to turn off Rocky’s radio so they left it there, ringing in the void. portals as Cas walked towards her apartmentand Sunny walked, without any real thought or plan, out of habit, to the kitchen.•


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Sports world loses two all-time greats from Erie County


Erie recently lost two native sons who rose to the top of the sports world.

Dave Wickersham, who was born in West Springfield and raised here, pitched in the major leagues for 10 seasons. He died at age 86 on June 19 in Overland Park, Kansas. And Hobie Billingsley, one of the world’s top diving coaches who mentored more than a dozen Olympians, died July 16 in Bloomington, Indiana, at the age of 95.

Wickersham, who pitched for the Kansas City A’s, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals, was a shrewd right-hander who won 19 games for the Tigers in 1964. He later transferred to the bullpen when the Tigers’ starting pitchers included Dennis. McLain, Mickey Lolich, Earl Wilson and Joe Sparma.

After:Dave Wickersham, whose ejection in 1964 cost him a 20-win season for the Tigers, dies at 86

I remember a speech Wickersham gave at a local sports banquet when he jokingly lamented his banishment to the bullpen. “The Tigers told me they wanted to keep the hard-throwing pitchers in the starting rotation,” he said. “I threw hard too, but my pitches just took a little longer to get to home plate.”

Go find the New York Times obituary on Billingsley, whose accomplishments as a trainer and diving innovator were incredible. When Hobie was a boy in Erie, he and his mother endured terrible poverty. Billingsley said he learned to swim at a local YMCA and developed his innovative training techniques by studying diving pictures on the wall.

Hobie Billingsley made Indiana University a perennial diving powerhouse.

After:Hobie Billingsley, who helped create one of college sports’ greatest dynasties, dies at 95

● We were about to leave for the horse races at Almost Isle Downs on a recent Friday when I called to check on the start time. Lo and behold, Friday races have been canceled for the rest of the season. Something is wrong.

● Send a card to longtime Erie Times-News editorial page editor and writer Ed Wellejus, who is battling illness. Ed was one of the giants of local journalism and he was always a gifted historian and storyteller – not to mention a really good guy.

● Mercyhurst University has lined up some big names for its Institute of Arts and Culture’s 2022-23 season. Bernadette Peters will open the season at the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on September 17. She will be followed by Fran Lebowitz on October 6, Michael Feinstein on October 26 and many others.

Customers browse tables of used books during the Great American Book Sale inside the Flo Fabrizio Ice Center on July 11.

● When I purchased a copy of Cleveland writer Dan Coughlin’s book, “Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It,” at the recent Great American Book Sale, I was surprised to find an extremely funny profile by Erie native Don Elbaum. Coughlin captures the boxing promoter really well.

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● Fans of Erie basketball star Kayla McBride won’t want to miss Mary Solberg’s interesting profile and interview with the former Villa Maria and Notre Dame star. The article will appear in an upcoming issue of Faith magazine, published by the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

Minnesota Lynx guard Kayla McBride looks for a pass during the second half of their WNBA game against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday June 23, 2021 in College Park, Georgia.

● August is just days away, which means Erie can expect two of its best local ethnic festivals. St. Paul’s Italian Festival is scheduled for August 12-14, and Zabawa, Erie’s Polish Festival at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, is scheduled for August 26-28.

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Jack O’Connor’s influence written in prose as well as poetry


WHEN Paidi’s September nights roll around and there’s no training from Kerry to keep the summer vibe going, they’ll be fixing up early for winter talk about All-Ireland’s 38th and winning.

It will only be the second time in a dozen years that the former canister has spent the end of the year in Kerry’s dungeon and they will wisely nod when someone says Jack felt it was the “most sweet of all”.

Because now they appreciate what he’s talking about.

Sure, their 0-20 to 0-16 success at Croke Park on Sunday was an uplifting highlight for the football campaign – and only one previous final has delivered more scores – but the sweetest thing for the people of the Kingdom is the fact that this campaign title winner will be told in prose, not poetry. Even though the Kerry footballers have won all four competitions they have entered in 2022, much of their career will be framed by what happened in the final 20 minutes of Sunday’s decision.

For all the times Kerry has been involved since 2019, nothing spoke renewal like this team’s ability to come out of the duck when it didn’t have its best Sunday in tow. They never led until the 41st minute of the final, a game they entered as big favourites. There were frantic spells in both halves at Croke Park where Galway tugged their favorite rivals through the nose, making the smartest decisions in possession and out of possession. Kerry was ‘jiggy’, Jack admitted. Like Kilkenny a week before, Pádraic Joyce and his players will reflect on a final that could have ended differently.

What ultimately denied them an exciting All-Ireland tenth was their opponents’ ability to keep a clear head and achieve their end goal. When it came to a 67th-minute moment that always came, David Clifford made the killing blow with a superb free under the Cusack stand. After the game, Jack O’Connor visited the venue to make sure it was as shrill and challenging as he had imagined it to be in real time from the touchline at Hogan Stand. Clifford delivered an MVP display when the climax called for it. He has earned his place in winter comparisons with Mikey, Maurice and Gooch now.

Again, that Kerry side had found a way. They finally put a limit on Shane Walsh and pushed Damien Comer to the sidelines. It wasn’t all stroke angles and smooth curls.

It dates back to the League opener of the season when they phased out Newbridge but emerged with a draw. Ease of getting results has too often been beyond Kerry’s recent teams to be circumstantial and it’s something Jack O’Connor set out to tackle from the start of his third coming as as senior manager. He mentioned coach Paddy Tally and sports performance coach Tony Griffin too generously for it to be a coincidence and their impact is one of the most fundamental differences between coming up short and squeezing the tape first.

O’Connor noted after Sunday’s roller coaster win that they only conceded one goal from Cormac Costello in the league, and another couple in the league – one from a Monaghan penalty and the second from a rubber death against Tyrone. It’s a remarkable statistic for a county where joga bonito is an expectation, and one that will be celebrated as joyfully as the crowning of David Clifford with his first Celtic Cross medal.

Kerry manager Jack O’Connor and Galway manager Cian O’Neill after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Has Kerry football finally bought into pragmatism and accepted that artistic brushstrokes and champagne football won’t always prevail? Is this Jack O’Connor’s greatest achievement, more remarkable even than bringing his people back to the top of the mountain?

O’Connor went hard for Paddy Tally when he interviewed to replace Peter Keane, with the fear that he might have walked away with his grand plan had the executive not backed his vision. He said so himself, so it’s no small feat to suggest that the Dromid Man would make a deal with Lucifer if he thought it would serve as a means to the end of Kerry’s football.

Kerry’s board of directors was won over to some alternatives, but in the area of ​​guarantees, O’Connor offered as close as possible. Tally and Griffin were the small margins.

It’s been 18 years since his first All-Ireland hit on Mayo in 2004 and some old tricks remain. He knocked down Graham O’Sullivan, his own club man, as he did then with Galvin and O’Mahony. Like that first final, he’s not too smart to dust off old schemes. While using Johnny Crowley and Dara Ó Cinnéide, he had Kerry bombard Galway’s backline with air traffic controllers and turned them into scores via David Clifford’s marks.

Although Galway headed into the interval break 0-8 0-7 ahead, they had done their job well and deserved a more representative lead. O’Connor and Kerry knew that. There were a few ‘yahoos’ at the break, the manager said, and they emerged with both Spillanes to provide the missing first-half legs and advantage. O’Connor always believed in Killian Spillane, but the sniper Templenoe might have left other critics perplexed. His two points on Sunday were worth way more than what was on the giant scorecards.

In the 46th minute, a riveting finish seemed to have rocked Galway’s path. They led 0-14 to 0-12 in front, and Kieran Molloy returned possession to Stephen O’Brien. Tom O’Sullivan saw a shot blocked but Killian Spillane stepped in to collect the remains and was fouled. It was a crucial intervention, just as Graham O’Sullivan’s first point was three minutes after.

If Kerry thought they had beaten Galway’s best, they were premature. Damien Comer, squeezed out of the full forward by a lack of involvement, pinched a restart from Kerry to set up the wonderful Cillian McDaid for the game’s 32nd point – also shared.

It was in the 64th minute. There were ten minutes of football left, but Galway would not score again. Clifford’s point in the 67th minute was a magnificent thing and a source of controversy. Pádraic Joyce felt after Comer was pushed before Daly and Killian Spillane struggled. Sean Hurson awarded the free to Kerry, who surprised the most in the sold-out crowd of 83,000. That said, McDaid won a free after being sandwiched six minutes earlier and both of Kerry’s challenges appeared to be on the shoulder.

Small margins, big calls.

And sweeter still for it all, Kerry’s manager reflects afterwards.

“In the first half I thought we were very restless and not composed on the ball. I think we had seven kicks wide before Galway recorded one. We were very wasteful. I felt that we were not exploiting our potential there.

“It needed to be ground down and we talked about it on Thursday night. There are many ways to win a game. We feel that all the work we have done on the mental side of the game with the guys, that we can dig a match, we can get out of it. It turned out to be the way.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard on the mental side of the game this year with Tony Griffin. I just think we needed everything at the end to get over the line because it was a really good display in Galway.

But one that came aimlessly. Indeed, Shane Ryan’s gloves have not been tested.

“The big difference this year is that we haven’t conceded any goals. It took a superb goal from Cormac Costello to break through against Dublin. Every day a Kerry team doesn’t concede, you have a big chance.

Extraordinarily, Gavin White exploded from the Hogan Stand side of the field to score a 72nd-minute point that put Kerry three down. Leaving the pitch a fortnight ago, he feared a cruciate ligament injury had ended his dream and his year, but he got a session this week to convince everyone he would bring the goods. Just like Joe O’Connor late doors. And Paudie Clifford, who fought her way through the first half – an apt metaphor for Kerry’s performance – but reacted in a second half by delivering the clutch late, making smart calls and taking decisions that change momentum.

Symptomatic of a different and wise Kerry.

Jack came back fine.

Qualicum Beach author completes children’s trilogy


A Qualicum Beach author recently completed her trilogy of children’s books.

Sally de la Rue Browne released Fairy Hollow Golden Treasure Adventure, the third book in “The Fairy Hollow Chronicles” series.

The series follows the adventures of four fairies and the curious journalist, Foxglove Squirrel, who writes about the events.

“Each book has a different theme,” de la Rue Browne said. “And the very last one was to challenge you to go on an adventure. It’s about finding a lost treasure of gold and all the characters, at the end, come together, and those who haven’t been redeemed are redeemed and it has a happy ending.

The first book tells of the four little fairies’ quest and how they got their wings, while the second is about Foxglove Squirrel helping her friend, which de la Rue Browne says is an important message for children.

“The last one is about going on an adventure,” she said. “And discover the gold in the end, the treasure of gold.”

De la Rue Browne, a retired health inspector, began writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. After submitting the first book, her publisher suggested writing more so readers could find out what happened to the characters. The books were also spread out to allow their illustrator, Barbara Warwick, time to complete all the illustrations.

Characters from the series may even appear in some short stories the author is currently working on for an ebook.

De la Rue Browne is also working on a memoir, as well as a book about her mother’s experience working at a club for Canadian soldiers during World War II.

Fairy Hollow Golden Treasure Adventure was originally slated for release in February, but supply chain issues delayed it until June.

It’s available online at www.sallydelaruebrowne.com and Rue Browne said she hopes to get copies in stores this winter.

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SDCC 2022: the “HerUniverse fashion show” returns to the catwalk


HerUniverse Fashion Show is back and better than ever! The show has been virtual for two years but made its triumphant return at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. To reflect the homecoming, this year’s theme was “Coming Home: Wizard of Oz.” As such, co-hosts Nina West and Ashley Eckstein rocked two magical looks inspired by Glinda the Good Witch and Dorothy Gale.

After reintroducing the show, the hosts introduced the judges which included last year’s winners Teighlor Johnson, Skyler Barrett and Vivien Lee and gave them the chance to finally walk the runway.

This year’s show saw 26 designers compete for the opportunity to design a HerUniverse collection for Hot Topic and Wonders (2023).

All the looks of this year’s finalists are available here:

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This year’s looks were inspired by become red, Perry the Platypus Phineas and Ferb, Studio Ghibli Ponyo, Disney’s Mrs. Potts The beauty and the Beast, Disney Tinker Bell Peter Pan, Oh the places we’ll go Dr Seuss, Disney Bruno Encanto, The Matrix: Resurrections, My Hero Academia, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Doctor Strange, BTS, the CW’s 100, Our Flag Means Death, the city of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lizzy McGuire Movie, Into the Spiderverse, The Haunted Mansion, Disney Yzma The emperor’s new routine, by Disney Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Hades Hercules, Ghostface and Casey Becker from Scream, Studio Ghibli’s No-Face Taken away as if by magic, Doctor Octopus fromSpider Man, and Godzilla.

As always, this show showcased creativity in Geek circles, with everyone from professional tailors and cosplayers to casual hobbyists and newcomers, people of all ages and genders coming together to celebrate fandom and Geek Couture.

Hosts Ashley Eckstein and Nina West also donned additional looks inspired by Romy and Michelle’s high school reunion and performed the dance from the movie, before finishing the show in Captain Marvel-inspired outfits.

Sonuniverse also took the time to unveil her collection for the Harajuku Collective, which will be a pop-up collaboration with Studio Ghibli debuting in Tokyo.

Small spoilers for those who want to see the results for themselves!

The show had 2 winners! Michael Burson (@thewizardtailor) won People’s Choice with his Doctor Strange: Hellfire Gala look and Cindy Guillermo Heselton (@sinnanoms) won Judge’s Choice for her CAGED look inspired by turn redboth wild and sensational.

Winners of the 2022 HerUniverse Fashion Show, People's Choice winner Michael Burson is a day-to-day, bespoke therapist every other hour who seeks to create the fashion he wants the world to see.  Judges winner Cindy Guillermo Heselton is a self-taught seamstress from Virginia Beach whose true passions are geeking and fashion.
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But all of the looks were awesome, so be sure to check them out and the designers! I’m already looking forward to next year and everything that comes next for these designers and the show!

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Obituary of Professor Judy Barrett Litoff


Renowned historian, prolific author, one of Bryant’s longest-serving faculty members and a loving mother and grandmother, died suddenly at Miriam Hospital on July 3 following surgery minor medical. Professor Judy Barrett Litoff was 77 years old.

Born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1944 to John “Pip” Barrett and Dorothy “Dot” Wooddall Barrett, Judy received a BA and MA from Emory University and, in 1975, a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine.

Judy was a professor at Bryant University for nearly 50 years, from 1975 until her retirement last year. As well as being a sought-after professor of women’s history, she has written 14 books on midwifery and World War II, with a focus on women’s correspondence and their contribution to the war effort. .

In a major historical undertaking, Judy has assembled an archive of 30,000 letters written by American women during World War II. These letters—previously thought lost or destroyed—gave insight into the women’s impact on the war effort and their growing sense of belonging to the world.

The archives began with a single comprehensive set of letters, those from her own aunt and uncle, which led to her first book on war letters, “Miss You: The World War II Letters of Barbara Wooddall Taylor and Charles E. Taylor”.

Judy has received numerous awards throughout her career, including, in 2007, the prestigious Honorary Chairs’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. In 2006, she received the Best in French Culture Award from the Office of Cultural Services of the French Embassy for her book, “An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoirs of Virginia D’Albert-Lake” . She also received the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board. From Bryant, she received two Distinguished Faculty Member Awards, the Herstory Award, 12 Merit Awards and two Research & Publication Awards.

At the time of her death, Judy was a board member of Festival Ballet Providence and Stages of Freedom. She has also served as a board member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island Humanities Forum, USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Moses Brown School and Lincoln School.

Judy leaves behind two daughters, Nadja Pisula-Litoff and Alyssa Barrett Litoff, longtime partner Val Vlasov, sons-in-law Jim Pisula and Joshua Gordon, and six grandchildren, Dorothy, Pearce and Miles Pisula-Litoff, and Lillian, Barrett and Isabel Gordon.

A celebration of life service in honor of Judy, hosted by her daughters, will be held Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m. at Moses Brown School. Please visit JudyBarrettLitoff.com or email [email protected] to reach her girls for more information.

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Nanjiamma: Goalkeeper to winner of the national award for best female singer | Latest India News


A day after the country celebrated the election of tribal leader Draupadi Murmu as President of India, a tribal folk singer from Palakkad of Kerala received the national award for best singer.

The laurels came to Nanjiamma (62) for his song in the Malayalam film ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, written and directed by KR Sachidanandan. “It was unexpected. Well, I can go to Delhi for the first time and I can also meet our beloved president,” she said in her first reaction.

Originally from Attapadi, she used to graze sheep and do agricultural work before making inroads into the world of garlands. She dedicated the award to Sachi (KR Sachidanandan), who died in 2020. She also had a role in ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was also selected as the best Malayalam film, as the lead actor’s mother-in-law Biju Menon. “Sachi was God to me. He encouraged me a lot to sing in a natural way. He took me to a stardom I never dreamed of,” she said.

The award-winning tribal song is written by her in the Irula language and composed by Jakes Bejoy. It became a big hit after it was released on YouTube in 2020, receiving 10 million views within a month. The song was a big hit even before the release of the film, an action-thriller centering on a conflict between a wealthy planter, Koshi Kurian, and Deputy Inspector Ayyappan Nair.

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She once complained to reporters that since her song became a hit, people had stopped calling her for farm work under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. “They say they can’t hire a singer and an actor for such a job because they feel bad about it.” The film fraternity and art lovers helped her build a new house and she was moved from the hut where she lived with her family members.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition Leader VD Satheesan congratulated singer and crew of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, who also won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor (Biju Menon) and Stuntman (M Sasi ). The Hindi remake of the film starring Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham is in the works.

The winners of the 68th National Film Awards were selected by the 10-member jury headed by Hindi filmmaker Vipul Shah and the awards were announced by jury member Dharam Gulati on Friday.


    Ramesh Babu is HT’s Bureau Chief in Kerala, with around three decades of experience in journalism.
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Ted Kessler’s Paper Cuts: Why the Music Press Couldn’t Live Forever


When Ted Kessler was named editor-in-chief of music magazine Q in 2017, he told superiors he didn’t want to be the last person in the job. “Don’t be stupid,” was the reaction. The magazine had stabilized. There were other titles in its owner’s stable that were more vulnerable.

y 2020, and after a prolonged rattle, Kessler learned that Q had to fold after 34 years. The writing had been hanging on the wall for months, between meetings about meetings, blue-sky brainstorming and mumbling about numbers (not insignificant, considering that Qhad slipped from a 1990s high of 200,000 to 28,000).

When it came to keeping Q alive, it is not for lack of having tried on the part of several leaders: a “consultant” proposed several whistles to keep the brand afloat, as detailed by Kessler: “Ready Steady Q (pop stars cook us their favorite dish); Through the Q-Hole (pop stars let us into their homes and readers would have to guess who would live in a house like this); Q‘s Style Challenge: We’re asking pop stars to dress up their rivals in a brand new stage outfit!

While there’s no shortage of books that celebrate the glory of music journalism, Kessler’s book is arguably one of the first to offer some kind of post-mortem. Right off the bat, he cites the “content abyss” – the insatiable abyss of reviews and interviews that can be found online – as spelling the death knell for print media.

“With the sheer volume of free equipment being blocked, it encroached noticeably on Q,” he writes. “On the one hand, we hated that there was so much undeserving nonsense covered online. But on the other hand, we found ourselves increasingly sought after for exclusives with big ( and sometimes not so great) artists.

Kessler offers a thoughtful take on how music journalism found itself falling from its glorious heyday to the present day. In a seamless blend of personal and polemic, he maps coordinates using moments from his own musical career. Start as a freelancer Lime Lizard in 1990, he first saw his name printed on the newsstand of the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street, and his fate was sealed.


Ted Kessler, author of Paper Cuts

Ted Kessler, author of Paper Cuts

He moved to NME at the height of its Britpop-era power, becoming a live reviews editor, then a features editor. His career came of age at a time when access to rock stars was more generous than it is now; the junkets were lush, remote and extravagant. Kessler details trips to Cuba to spend time with Happy Mondays and Manic Street Preachers; to Seattle to eat seafood with a post-breakup Florence Welch; to Atlanta to interview brand-new minstrel Jeff Buckley; and to Los Angeles to watch a post-9/11 version of The Strokes.

Of Oasis, he writes, “You could hear the lineage immediately, but despite those echoes, they sounded quite contemporary. Their performance was wordless, virtually motionless, but all senses were overwhelmed by the noise with which these straight-faced Mancunians faced you.

As Kessler swings from one impressive encounter with a rock star to the next, the book’s sense of place is admirable – from the singular energy of Camden in the Britpop era to the maze-like streets of Soho, where much of the British music press operated.

On the inner workings of NME, he reveals: “Historically, the newspaper was able to shake off any cultural lethargy by designing scenes around new acts. All they needed was two or three bands in vague geographic, sonic, and sartorial proximity to each other. Baggy, shoegazers, Grebo, the new wave of the new wave – each invented movement provided weeks of copy and momentum, delivered by the youthful exuberance of new bands delighted with press recognition.

Kessler traces his formative years, growing up in London, then transplanted to the suburbs of Paris as a teenager. His move there has more than a note of intrigue. The family lived far from the city center as Kessler’s journalist father had a secret second family on the Left Bank. That said, the reader spends a little too much time in the Parisian suburbs with Kessler, who regularly gets drunk, has his Doc Martens stolen and devours his weekly delivery of the NMEbefore returning to London.

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Elsewhere, Kessler details the unusual experience of being editor of a music magazine while being the older brother of a rock star (Daniel Kessler of Interpol). At the turn of the century, the then unknown musician sent his older brother a demo EP. “Distraught, I put the CDs back in the mail for later and walked down the hall to the bedroom, where I put on my running gear,” Kessler writes. “I didn’t have time for that right now, for my brother’s band. I was just too busy. Over time, Interpol would become inescapable, leading to a situation where Kessler sometimes became conflicted to cover up the group (while also being forced to deny any allegations of nepotism).

At the end of the day, paper cuts reads like the valentine of an industry and a magazine that, far from dying spectacularly, died at the hands of British publisher bigwigs:[s] which smelled like a Range Rover and looked like it was selling country estates for Savills”.

For any music fan, the last 30 years have been a turbulent time. For Kessler, infinitely more.


Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Adventures by Ted Kessler

Music: Paper Cuts by Ted Kessler
White Rabbit, 320 pages, hardcover €24.50; e-book €8.99

‘New Orleans Disasters’ author to speak about his stories of 7 major tragedies at library events | Entertainment/Life


Royd Anderson, Cuban-American filmmaker, teacher and historian specializing in Louisiana disasters, will discuss his new book, “New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy” at two events in August.

The first discussion/signing will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

The second will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

“New Orleans Disasters” is a collection of stories exploring seven disasters through first-hand interviews, planting readers in the midst of chaos.

They include the 1976 Luling ferry disaster; the 1982 Pan Am Flight 759 plane crash; the 1999 Mother’s Day bus crash on I-610 that killed 22 people; the unsolved fires at the Rault Center in 1972; the UpStairs show in 1973; the Continental Grain elevator explosion in 1977; and Howard Johnson’s 1973 Sniper Terror.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at both events.

POETRY MEMORY: Contributors to a new poetry anthology, “Hearths III,” will read excerpts from the collection at 1 p.m. on Saturday August 6 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

“Hearths III, A Magazine of Poetry, Prose and Interviews” is dedicated to the memory of local poet Lee Grue, founder and director of the New Orleans Poetry Forum, dubbed the city’s unofficial poet laureate. She was editor of the literary journal The New Laurel Review. She died in 2021.

The 10 poets featured in the anthology are Martha McFerren, Dave Brinks, Gina Ferrara, Nancy Harris, Chris Champagne, Bill Lavender, James Nolan, Peter Cooley and Carl Mayeaux. Grue is represented with nine of her poems. Lenny Immanuel is the editor of Hearths III.

During this event, the poets will read one of Grue’s poems and one of their own.

METAIRIE LIBRARY UPDATE: Over the past year, the East Bank Regional Library has undergone several physical upgrades, including a new roof, a new maintenance building behind the library, and two new generators. Minor cosmetic improvements were made to the interior.

IT’S A MYSTERY: The Mystery Book Club will be discussing Kate Khavari’s “Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poison” at 5.30pm on Monday August 8 at the Belle Terre Library, 5550 Belle Terre Road, Marrero.

The book centers on new research assistant Saffron Everleigh, who attends a big dinner party, expecting to strike up a conversation about a university department’s big expedition to the Amazon. What she did not expect was the death of Mrs. Henry, who falls to the ground, poisoned by an unknown toxin.

GENEALOGY: Margaret Scully presents “South Louisiana Repositories of Family History Records” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 at the East Bank Regional Library. Gaynell Brady presents “African American Genealogy” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, at the same location.

TALKING ABOUT WWII: Jake Yount, a doctoral candidate in history at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will present “Bushido Abandoned: Allied Prisoners of War Under Imperial Japan,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at the East Bank Regional Library. Yount is an archivist at the Louisiana State Archives.

CREATIVE WRITING: The next session will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway. The chef is Nicholas Caluda, a library staff member who holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Alabama.

This adult workshop is for creative writers of all levels who want to hone their voice, style and character by producing, sharing and critiquing texts written by other writers. Authors should attend at least one session before submitting a short text (no more than five pages) to read and discuss during each session.

Writers are encouraged to continue working on their plays over several meetings. For more information, call (504) 736-6455.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Upcoming events that are part of the annual summer reading program include:

  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 27, Terrytown Library, 680 Heritage Ave., Terrytown.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia, Waggaman.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, East Bank Regional Library.
  • Professor Universe: In the depths: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Old Metairie Library.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday July 29, Belle Terre Library.
  • Professor Universe: Into the Deep: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, River Ridge Library.

COMPUTER LESSONS : Receive free computer training at the East Shore Regional Library and the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Shore Regional Library. Places are limited and online registration is mandatory.

Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule”.

Upcoming Farmhouse courses include:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 27.
  • Individual computer skills: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 27.
  • Microsoft Word 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, July 28.

Upcoming Harvey courses include:

  • JPL Digital Content: 10 a.m. Friday, July 29.

Chris Smith is head of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

New funding scheme for Victorian creatives


The Government of Victoria continues to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring creative projects and the people of Victoria to life.

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Victoria-based independent creators are invited to apply for the new Creative Projects Fundthat will help them develop, present or launch new creative content, products and experiences.

Whether you are a visual artist, writer, theater artist, designer, dancer, game developer, musician or craftsperson, Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to individual creatives, creative collectives, or micro-enterprises at all stages of their careers.

Eligible projects may include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion brand in international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more.

Designed to ensure that what we see on our stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of Victoria’s creative community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Nations creatives and Deaf and disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regional creatives.

The Creative Projects Fund part of the Victorian governmentCreative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the former VicArts grants program, expanding opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries and providing a more streamlined, flexible, and responsive application process.

Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3 p.m. on August 18.

Manny’s: Book Talk: Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City


Want to know more about SF?

Have you been caught up in the whimsical nature of the city of San Francisco?

Join us for a conversation with author Gary Kamiya and artist Paul Madonna about the beautiful city of San Francisco and their book The Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City.

Books will be available for purchase followed by signing with Gary and Paul.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase before, during and after the event. Manny never refuses anyone for lack of money. To receive a free ticket, simply email the word “grapefruit” and the title of this event to [email protected]

About Gary Kamiya:

I was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, and have lived in San Francisco since 1971. I received my BA and MA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, where I won the Mark Schorer Citation. I was co-founder and longtime editor of the groundbreaking website Salon.com, where I reported on the Middle East, covered three Olympics, and wrote about politics, pop culture, literature, art, music and sports. Until March 2018, I was the editor of San Francisco magazine, where I wrote award-winning articles on San Francisco’s technological transformation, homelessness, the Tenderloin, the injection drug crisis, the sea, the new museum of modern art, the controversy over the canonization of Father Junipero Serra and the legalization of marijuana, among other topics.

My first book, Shadow Knight: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically acclaimed narrative story of Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive. My second book, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, received the 2013 Northern California Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category and has sold over 50,000 copies. My local history column, “Portals of the Past,” runs every other Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle. My work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones and many other publications and has been widely anthologized including The Best African-American Essays 2010, The New Harvard Literary History of the United States , and the Longman drive. I have received numerous awards, including the Ron Ross Founder’s Award from the San Francisco History Association and the Presidio Historical Association Award. I’ve appeared as an expert in front of the camera in numerous documentaries, including an upcoming 4-hour PBS documentary on William Randolph Hearst, Jim Yager, and Peter Stein’s upcoming Moving San Francisco (about the past, present and life). future of transportation in San Francisco) and two of their previous documentaries, Water from the Wilderness (on Hetch Hetchy) and The People’s Palace (on City Hall), Emmy Award-winning Michael House’s I Remember Herb Caen, and others. I live on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

About Paul Madonna:

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and best-selling author whose unique blend of drawing and storytelling has been heralded as a “whole new art form”.

Paul is the creator of the All Over Coffee series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of five books, including the Emit Hopper Mystery series. His book Everything Is Its Own Award won the 2011 NCBA Best Book Award.

Paul’s work ranges from novels to cartoons to large-scale public murals and can be found internationally in print as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California. , the William Blake Association in France and San Francisco International Airport.

Paul was a founding editor of therumpus.net, taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) art intern at MAD magazine.