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The update | Theater Presents ‘Gay Marriage’; Lowellville author to present – Business Journal Daily


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Rust Belt Theater Co. will bring back its original musical “My Big Fat Gay Wedding” this weekend and next.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 18, 19, 25, and 26 at the theater’s new location at Club Switch, 221 Belmont Ave. The musical, written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, tells the story of Steven, a middle-aged event planner.

It begins on June 26, 2015, moments after the Supreme Court voted in favor of marriage equality. Parades and celebrations erupt across the country. But as the LGBTQ community takes to the streets to celebrate, Steven can’t. He’s too busy planning weddings for straight couples.

Then a surprise proposal from her fiancé, Adam, sends her world into a tailspin. Steven is faced with the task of planning his own perfect wedding. Along the way, he encounters a host of hilarious obstacles, including ex-partners, Christian bakers, body-shaming retail workers, and eccentric performance artists.

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Jeremy Grimes, Dean LaSalandra, Kage Coven, Celena Coven, Caitlyn Murphy, Sarah Whitlach, Vicci Sfikas, Taylor Love, Jash Yohman, Jessica Patoray, Rachel Clifford, Gabriel Kremm, Lisa Torrence and Joki. Tickets are $15 (all seats are general admission). For reservations, call 330 507 2358 or click on HERE.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Local author and historian Roselyn Torella will discuss her book, “Lowellville, Ohio: Murders, Mayhem & More,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Chad Anthony’s Grille Meeting Room, 4698 Belmont Ave .

Admission is $10 ($5 for members of the McGuffey Historical Society). Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Torella’s book is a collection of newspaper articles about the surprisingly high number of crimes that occurred in Lowellville from the 1850s through the 1920s, along with additional research by the author.

While researching the book, Torella fell in love with the way journalists reported the news a century ago. She wanted readers to enjoy the colorful and descriptive reporting, so she included the full text of the stories. She then added her personal touch, using her family history research skills to provide the backstory.

SALEM — The Salem Community Theater will present “In Cahoots… An Evening of Magic and Mentalism with the Alans” at 8 p.m. on March 25. This will be a 21+ event.

Jason Alan is a magician and sleight of hand artist and his wife, Amy, is a former therapist turned mentalist. They combine their skills to deliver an evening of illusions, personal stories, magic and audience interaction.

The duo appeared on The CW’s “Penn and Teller Fool Us.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — 3 Thirty Three Espresso Bar and Cafe will open Friday, March 18 at 121 Enclave Drive in Neshannock Township.

Owned by Shannon and Christian Elliott, who previously owned Mugsie’s Coffee House in New Wilmington, the cafe will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cafe will feature baked gods from Two Fat Guys and an Oven.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Hopewell Theater and Lit Youngstown will present “I Sing the Body Electric: Whitman’s America in Words and Song” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Hopewell, 702 Mahoning Ave.

The event will feature excerpts of poetry from Whitman’s iconic “Leaves of Grass” collection. Reflections from letters and diaries will be interpreted by Tim Francisco, Carla Gipson, James Hain, Adrianna Lamonge, Niki Latsko, Frank G. Martin, Martin Moore, Nick Mulichak, Jeanine Rees, Charles Rumber and Brenda Zyvith.

Readings will alternate with mid-19th century American and European music performed by the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Quartet.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at HopewellTheatre.org.

Pictured: Robert Dennick Joki is co-writer and cast member of ‘My Big Fat Gay Wedding’.

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Princeton Arts Fellows announced for 2022-2024


TWO-YEAR APPOINTMENT: Singer/songwriter/storyteller Kamara Thomas has been selected along with choreographer and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Nunez as a Princeton Arts Fellow for 2022-24. (Photo by Derrick Beasley)

Choreographer, educator and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and singer-songwriter Kamara Thomas have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2022-2024 by the Lewis Center for the Arts, and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September.

The Lewis Center Arts Fellows Program provides support to early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to continue their work while teaching in a liberal arts context. Scholars are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, instead of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, directing a musical ensemble or choreograph a dance piece. Scholars are expected to be active members of the University’s intellectual and artistic community during their residency, and in return they receive the resources and spaces necessary for their work.

Both artists were selected by faculty at the Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton’s music department from a large, diverse and versatile pool of more than 700 applicants in dance, music, creative writing, theater and visual arts.

“We had our largest pool of applicants this year, across all disciplines,” notes Stacy Wolf, scholarship director, theater teacher and director of the musical theater program. “Christopher and Kamara will be phenomenal additions to our community as artists and teachers, and we are thrilled to support their work over the next two years.”

Born in Costa Rica, Núñez is a New York-based visually impaired choreographer, educator and accessibility consultant. His performances have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum for The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theatre, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival and Dixon. Location, among others. As a performer, his most recent collaborations include Dress for civil rights by William Pope L, presented at the Museum of Modern Art.

Thomas is a multidisciplinary singer, songwriter, storyteller and, as she puts it, “a spelling and mythology fanatic” based in Durham, NC. ritual and visual elements, including films, masks, archival documents and photographs. Working with Denver-based theater company Band of Toughs, Thomas is currently developing ‘Tularosa: An American Dreamtime,’ a story based on his 2022 album of the same name, which explores the American psyche through western mythology. American. She has created commissioned works for Cassilhaus, Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

Brooklyn College sponsors online discussion on Ukraine


The Brooklyn College campus library in Midwood. Wikimedia Photo by Beyond My Ken

New York City has one of the largest concentrations of Ukrainians, with estimates ranging from 80,000 to 150,000. In Brooklyn, many live in Brighton Beach (whose nickname, “Little Odessa,” refers to a Ukrainian seaside town) or at Sheepshead Bay.

Many of the immigrants New Yorkers casually refer to as “Russians” are actually Ukrainians. And the current war between Russia and Ukraine is important to them, as it is to New Yorkers in general.

On Monday, Brooklyn College is hosting an online discussion on Russia’s war in Ukraine, moderated by faculty from the college and others. This will be an opportunity to learn about historical and political backgrounds, ask questions, and share feelings and ways to help.

The public is invited, but participation is limited. Registration is mandatory here.

Panelists include:

Janet Elise Johnson, professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Her books include “The Gender of Informal Politics”, “Gender Violence in Russia” and “Living Gender after Communism”. In recent years, she has published articles in Post-Soviet Affairs, Russian Review, Slavic Review and other academic publications as well as the new yorker and The Washington Post. She recently served on the executive committee of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and coordinates a monthly workshop on gender and transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, now affiliated with the CUNY Grad Center.

Brigid O’Keeffe, professor of political science, Brooklyn College. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College

Brigitte O’Keeffe, professor of history at Brooklyn College. She specializes in the history of late Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. O’Keeffe is the author of “The Multiethnic Soviet Union and Its Demise”, “Esperanto and the Languages ​​of Internationalism in Revolutionary Russia”, and “New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance and Individuality in the Early Years”. ‘Soviet Union “. O’Keeffe’s scholarship appeared in Slavic Review, Kritika, The Slavic and Eastern European Review, Eastern European Jewish Affairs and other academic publications.

Irina Patkanian, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Brooklyn College. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn College

Irina Patkanyan, an award-winning filmmaker, a Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Film and Media Arts in the Department of Television, Radio, and Emerging Media at Brooklyn College/CUNY, and the President of “In Parentheses,” a film, theater, and media arts New York-based non-profit company that has been supporting immigrant women artists since 1995. Irina Patkanian makes hybrid (fiction/non-fiction) films that question history through poetry, memory through animation, performance through behviour. His films have screened at over 140 film festivals around the world, winning over 20 awards, including DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, STARZ Denver, Palm Springs, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and many more.

Moustafa Bayoumi, author on Muslim and Arab-American subjects. Photo by Neville Elder

Moustapha Bayoumi, the author of the critically acclaimedHow does it feel to be a problem? : Being young and Arab in America (Penguin),” which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. It has also been translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers. His latest book, “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror” (NYU Press), was voted best book of 2015 by The progressive magazine and also received the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Mojúbàolú Olufunke Okome, an international political economist whose regional specialization is on the African continent. A graduate of the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Long Island University and Columbia University, she is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and former director of the women’s studies program at the college. Born in Nigeria, Mojúbàolú has worked on international development issues as a consultant for clients including the United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Her most recent publications are an edited book published in 2013 by Palgrave-Macmillan: “State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria” and a co-edited book with Afia Serwaa Zakiya published by Bookbuilders, Ibadan, Nigeria: “Women’s Political and Legislative Participation in Nigeria: Perspectives Challenging the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organization.

Anna Gotlib, associate professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College, specializing in feminist bioethics/medical ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of law. She got her doctorate. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and a JD from Cornell Law School. Anna co-edits the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. His work has appeared in The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Journal of Medical Humanities, Hypatia, Aeon/Psyche and other publications. His edited volume, titled Responses to a pandemic: philosophical and political reflectionsto be published in 2022.

Jesus Perez, the director of the Immigrant Student Success Office at Brooklyn College.

Five Novels review: A reissue features five haunting novels : NPR

Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels, by Virginia Hamilton

She is the most awarded YA author in American literary history, with dozens of works of fiction and nonfiction to her credit. Among other awards, she won a National Book Award and was the first children’s writer to win a MacArthur “Genius Grant”; she was also the first African-American author to win a Newbery Medal.

If this was a Jeopardy clue, until a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have known the correct answer was, “Who is Virginia Hamilton?”

When Hamilton’s first novel came out in 1967, I was a bit older than its intended audience; but, more specifically, I don’t remember having received works of fiction at the time that were not written by white people. Hamilton helped open up the YA genre, making it more inclusive. She called her books “liberating literature” because they centered on African-American characters and history, but like all great imaginative writing, Hamilton’s novels also liberated her readers into a more vast.

Last fall, the Library of America released a one-volume edition of five of Hamilton’s most famous children’s novels; their tone is unlike anything else I have read. Hamilton’s stories are steeped in weirdness, humor and a quirky sense of menace that his young characters perceive, but the adults around them have grown desensitized to. This danger often has its roots in racism.

Take Hamilton’s 1968 novel, Dies Drear’s House, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery Novel. The main character is a young boy named Thomas Small, who moves to Ohio because his father, a history teacher, got a job at the local college.

Thomas is what I now consider a typical Hamilton protagonist: he’s optimistic, self-contained, and too curious for his own good. The huge old house the family moves into – once owned by a man named Dies Drear – was an Underground Railroad stop. Thomas’ father tells him that the original plans have been lost, so no one knows how many tunnels or hidden rooms run through the house.

In a Nancy Drew mystery, this would be a set-up for an adventure through hidden passageways strewn with gems. Here, the haunted tunnels hold the subterranean history that America would rather forget. And not all ghouls are supernatural. A few nights after moving in, the family returns from an outing and is greeted by this sight:

[A] big sack of flour… had been emptied all over the kitchen floor. It had been spread evenly in a layer, and over the layer had been poured water and apple juice. The whole mess had been mixed into a sticky, brown paste, which was smeared on the kitchen table, on the stove and sink counters, on all the chairs, and on parts of the walls. The refrigerator door had been left open and all the food had been removed. Everything that could be pressed had been pressed to the ground. … The whole room, the windows, everything shone with that unspeakable glaze.

All along Dies Drear’s House, Hamilton oscillates between the threat of the supernatural and the evil work of too human hands. In Hamilton’s 1974 novel, MC Higgins, the Greatwhich won the National Book Award, the dangers for young Mayo Cornelius (“MC”) Higgins and his family loom over their heads.

MC, his parents and younger siblings live in “deep country” on a mountain near the Ohio River, a mountain named after MC’s great-great-grandmother who escaped from the ‘slavery. A mining company has set up near the top of the mountain, digging “tons of earth” to reach a seam of coal. There is “a huge black boil of uprooted trees and rain-plastered earth…suspended suspended from the mountainside” and MC is the only person who takes seriously the danger of this pile of debris slowly sliding down from the mountain to his family’s little house.

MC Higgins, the Great is such an evocative novel about how places where the poor live are places ripe for plunder. But I make Hamilton seem authoritative when his novels never are. Hamilton biographer Julie K. Rubini tells the story of Hamilton sitting in her publisher’s office, describing being haunted by the image of a boy with lettuce leaves wrapped around his wrists. This boy would become an MC, who loads rabbit traps with lettuce when his struggling family needs food. The Hamilton editor reportedly told him, “Just follow this boy and the story will tell itself.” This is how Hamilton’s novels read: fluid, inevitable and full of meaning.

Maharashtra Medical Faculty Corps demands time-limited written assurance on regularization and promotions


The Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association (MSMTA) has demanded a time-limited written assurance on their demands and said it will decide the future course of its turmoil, which has already reached 45 days, when of a general meeting to be held on Tuesday.

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The teaching staff demanded the regularization of positions, the full deployment of the seventh salary commission and time-limited promotions.

“Despite positive discussions between the Secretary of State for Medical Education Saurabh Vijay and our representatives, there has been no time-limited written assurance from the State to our various demands,” said the Dr Sameer Golawar, secretary of the MSMTA, to The Indian Express.

At BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, Dr Ibrahim Ansari, president of the Pune branch of the MSMTA, said they would attend Tuesday’s meeting and await instructions from the central unit of the MSMTA. MSMTA on the way forward. “As we strive to protect the interests of patients, the state must also understand our grievances and respond to our demands,” Dr Ansari said.

“Our main demand is to regularize the services of 300 medical professors in 19 government medical schools in the state. Assurances have been given repeatedly by the state that these temporary medical professors are working in sanctioned positions and legally selected through a departmental selection committee will be perpetuated. They have worked for two years without interruption during the Covid pandemic at the cost of their lives,” said Dr Golawar.

Allowances according to the seventh wages commission must also be granted, said Dr Golawar. “There is no career advancement for our medical teachers, even though they worked so hard during the pandemic, at a time when private hospitals were not entertaining covid patients. Why is there so much government apathy? Over the past month and a half, there have been demonstrations and peaceful protests,” Dr Golawar said.

However, according to Dr Golawar, on Monday more than 1,000 pre-planned surgeries were postponed at several state-run medical schools as teachers and doctors withdrew from clinical work.

IMA urges CM to defend doctors

Recently, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray opposing the announcement by Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh to suspend a doctor from JJ Hospital in Mumbai for drug shortage. The IMA, in an official statement, urged the Chief Minister to stand up for doctors. “When the doctor was only prescribing drugs to the patient, how can he be held responsible for the shortage of drugs,” IMA officials said.

West Kootenay author honored with lifetime achievement award – Castlegar News


Tom Wayman, a Winlaw author, has received the province’s 2022 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, BC BookWorld announced Friday.

Beginning in 1973, Wayman published two dozen collections of poetry, as well as three collections of short stories, one novel, and four collections of essays. He has edited six poetry anthologies. Wayman has lived in the Winlaw suburb of Appledale since 1989.

“I’m especially pleased that the award went to someone from West Kootenay this year,” said Wayman. “There is so much literary activity here. Our breathtaking natural setting in all four seasons, along with a population of opinionated characters, make the region ideal for writers.

Wayman said one of the pleasures of living in the Kootenays is the wide range of the area’s writing community. “I think of our tireless historians like the late Ron Welwood and the amazing researcher Greg Nesteroff,” Wayman said. “On the literary side, there are excellent writers like Ernest Hekkanen and Rita Moir, to name just two of many.”

AuthorTom Wayman. Photo: Jude Dillon

Two of Wayman’s recent books are set in the Slocan Valley where he lives.

Winter’s Skin, published by Oolichan in 2013, brings together his poems about Valley winter as well as photos of winter scenes by Valley photographers Jeremy Addington and Rod Currie.

The tales in Douglas and McIntyre’s 2015 collection of Wayman short stories, The Shadows We Mistake For Love, are all set in the Slocan.

Wayman’s most recent book is a collection of poetry, Watching a Man Break a Dog’s Back: Poems for a Dark Time, published by Harbor in 2020.

In 2015, he was named a literary landmark of Vancouver, British Columbia, with a plaque on the city’s commercial promenade honoring his efforts to highlight people’s writings about their daily work and its effects on them, both in work only outside.

The Woodcock Prize is named after UBC professor George Woodcock (1912-1995), an early champion of Canadian imaginative writing and, in 1959, founding editor of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature.

Since 1994, the prize has recognized an outstanding literary career in the province.

The award, along with a cash prize of $5,000, is jointly presented by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and BC BookWorld, in partnership with the Writers Trust of Canada and Yosef Wosk.

Past winners include Nobel laureate Alice Munro (2005), David Suzuki (2011), Joy Kogawa (2008) and journalists Barry Broadfoot (1997) and Paul St. Pierre (2000).

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Telescopes take Redlands viewers to the skies – Daily Bulletin


This year’s astronomy-themed event series Cosmic Nights in Redlands took off for the stars on Saturday, March 12 at San Bernardino County Museum.

The museum is a partner of San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers to offer the events, which will continue in the spring.

The group noted on its website, sbvaa.orgthat Uranus and the moon were available for viewing on Saturday, along with “all the winter wonders like the Orion Nebula.”

The outdoor series continues from 7-10 p.m. on April 9, weather permitting, at the museum, located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane.

  • Veronica and Frank Zoumakpe watch their 6-year-old son Essenam look at the Orion Nebula through a 130mm Vixen reflector with the help of Jim Sommer of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the San Bernardino Valley themed party. Cosmic Nights Astronomy at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Photo by Contributing Photographer Milka Soko)

  • Judge Mendoza, 6, looks at the moon through a 3 1/2-inch Questar mirror lens during the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the Museum of San Bernardino County in Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022 (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Details can be seen in this photo of the moon taken with a cellphone through the eyepiece of an Intes 5″ Mak-Newt 127mm Telescope at the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with the amateur astronomers from the San Bernardino Valley at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Photo by Contributing Photographer Milka Soko)

  • Daniel Cortez, 10, looks at the moon through a 3 1/2-inch Questar mirror lens during the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the County Museum from San Bernardino to Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022 (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Andrea Cuevas gazes at the moon through a Questar 3 1/2″ Mirror Lens Telescope at the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • SBVAA’s Fidel Hernandez looks at the moon through a Carrol 6″ refractor telescope during the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, collaborating photographer)

  • David Tellyer views the moon through a Carrol 6″ refractor telescope during the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, 12 March 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, collaborating photographer)

  • Lia Pop looks at the Orion Nebula through a 130mm Vixen reflector with the help of Jim Sommer of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party at the County Museum of San Bernardino at Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ed Lerma snaps a photo of the moon with his cell phone through the eyepiece of an Intes 5″ Mak-Newt 127mm Telescope with help from Martin Carey of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers during the evening on the astronomy-themed Cosmic Nights at San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Nilson Cortez holds his 5-year-old daughter Grace, who looks at the Orion Nebula through a 130mm Vixen reflector with the help of Jim Sommer of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the themed party astronomy Cosmic Nights at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

  • Barbara Zamudio gazes at the moon through a 3 1/2-inch Questar mirror lens during the Cosmic Nights astronomy-themed party in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday March 12, 2022. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)

Participants can bring garden chairs, blankets, telescopes and binoculars.

The museum galleries will be open during the events. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 60 and active military personnel, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5 years old.

Tickets and information are available at sbcounty.gov/museum.

Award-winning novel set in Kenya reveals intrigue and corruption


the Independent Press Award recognised Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sunset by Gerald Everett Jones in the General Fiction category as Distinguished Favorite (Silver Award). This is the seventh prize for the novel and the fourteenth for the author in the past two years. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional editors. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Inspired by real events but fictionalized to protect the guilty, Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner tells the story of a middle-aged, widowed, lonely American expat from Los Angeles who seeks solace and good times at a seaside resort on the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean. The author explains, “Sex tourism is how it starts, but geopolitical intrigue is how it ends.”

Kenyan national elections will be held later this year in August. Desmond BoiEditorialist for The standard and Citizen television in Nairobi, speaks truth to corrupt power when he observes: “Kenyan Sundowner by Harry Harambee is a gripping and witty read that explores the socio-political climate in Kenya in an honest way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. It is a clear and compelling perspective that realistically portrays Kenya while exploring glaring issues that plague the country. When Harry decides to stop being a spectator who lets others decide his fate, it’s remarkable. This can be likened to Kenyans finally deciding to take responsibility rather than just going with the flow, waiting for the decisions that affect their lives to be made for them. And it can be done without selling one’s soul in the process and leaving a legacy and a better country worthy of its name.

Since its publication in June last year, Kenyan Sundowner by Harry Harambee has also won six other awards in prestigious book competitions: Florida Authors and Publishers Association (Bronze) in Adult Fiction, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Best in Literary Fiction, New York City Big Book Award (Silver), Royal Dragonfly Honorable Mention, Best Indies Top Shelf 100, and IRWIN Award for Best Literary Fiction from the Book Publicists of Southern California.

In 2022, the Independent Press Awards had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico and Switzerland participated.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites of our 2022 annual independent press award. This year included a range of quality and diverse independent books,” said award sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. “It’s crystal clear that independent publishing is pushing to every corner of the earth with great content. We’re excited to highlight key titles representing global independent publishing.”

For more information, go to Independentpressaward.com, and to see the list of winners and distinguished favorites from this year’s IPA, please visit the website pages:





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Gerald Everett Jones is also the author of the award-winning book The Evan Wycliff Mystery series. Kenyan Sundower by Harry Harambee is published in paperback and e-book form by LaPuerta Books and Media and available from booksellers worldwide.

One Piece Editor Recalls Day His Boss Told Him Manga’s Biggest Secret


The editor behind A play recalled the day series creator Eiichiro Oda revealed the manga’s biggest secret to him! As One Piece continues its 25+ year saga, crucial answers have been given to the series’ biggest mysteries. At the same time, with each new revelation or clue about the past and its connection to Luffy’s actions in the present, even more questions have arisen about what it all might mean for the grand finale of the series as a whole. This is especially true when it comes to the mystery of the One Piece treasure itself.

It seems this great mystery has been kept a secret even from those Oda works closely with. Speaking about this secret in a recent interview (as noted by @Sandman_AP on Twitter), series editor Iwasaki explained that Oda actually told him the secret of the A play was May 28, 2020. That day was also the publisher’s birthday, and therefore notes that it was a very “incredible” time for the publisher. As with any fan, chances are the show’s biggest show reveal has probably started to connect all sorts of dots.

(Photo: Toei Animation)

The more recent chapters of the manga series have started teasing how important the Wano Country arc is to not only the rest of the story, but Wano himself has an important role to the rest of the world. The island itself has been teased to have some kind of connection to the One Piece treasure, and so Big Mom and Kaido’s new alliance on the island has been given all sorts of new meanings. As Luffy continues to fight the Emperor, even more teasing about what this fight could mean for the rest of the world has also become all the more clear.

While it remains to be seen how long Eiichiro Oda plans to keep One Piece going (with the creator giving estimates every few years), it’s starting to be noted even more now than ever as the endgame of the series becomes more more concrete and will be so especially after the Onigashima battles. But let’s just hope everything ends up in Luffy’s favor! What do you think? Do you have any guesses as to what the One Piece treasure could be? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

Does spirituality belong in the doctor’s office?


“Medicine appealed to me because I felt it was the most real thing you could do,” she said. As a doctor, Sweet cared for people in the most difficult — or joyous — times of their lives.

However, throughout her career in medicine, Sweet said she has seen the field erode with an increasing emphasis on efficiency and profit.

Sweet has seen a shift from a more holistic medicine rooted in care to an industry treating health care as a commodity. “It’s a commodification that I think completely leaves out the essentials,” she said.

What’s critical, Sweet said, is creating space for true person-to-person connection in medicine. “The essence of what happens between doctor and patient runs very deep,” she said. “This space, to me, feels sacred.”

At the 10th annual conference on religion and medicine this month, Sweet will give a plenary lecture titled “Space for the Sacred in the Care of the Sick.” The conference highlights research focused on the intersection of health care and religion, including some organizations that argue that we need to make room for both the sacred – and for spirituality – in the cabinet of the doctor.

When medical care has been spiritual care

“Modern medicine is secular,” said Gary Ferngren, a professor emeritus of history at Oregon State University who studies the history of medicine and religion. “Since the end of the 19th century, it has developed very rapidly, cutting itself off from any religious or spiritual value.”

For much of human history, societies have used religious frameworks to understand the meaning of illness and pain, Ferngren wrote. The disease could be attributed to causes such as a magical curse or divine punishment.

A more up-to-date understanding of the disease has gradually replaced these views. Doctors today are – thankfully – unlikely to prescribe an exorcism or suggest patients make sacrifices to Asclepius, the Greco-Roman god of medicine.

But Ferngren wrote that the historic presence of religion in the infirmary also provided patients with tools to tackle issues still relevant in the 21st century. At a time when health care and religion were more closely intertwined, a patient could receive not only medicine when seeing a doctor, but also religious consolation, comfort, and meaning.

“What happens at death’s door?” said Ferngren. “For a person lying in bed wondering what kind of future there is, that’s hugely important.”

Invite spiritual care into the consultation room

In fact, many patients would like to discuss spiritual matters with their health care providers: one study found that 83% of patients want doctors to ask them questions about their spiritual beliefs, especially when faced with a life-threatening illness, serious medical conditions and bereavement. .
“A high percentage of people, if hospitalized for a physical illness, would like to talk to their doctor about spiritual matters and have a conversation,” said Dr. John Graham, president and CEO of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at Texas Medical Center, co-sponsor of this month’s conference.

Graham defined spirituality as “our innate ability to connect – to connect to others, to our environment, to transcendent mystery, and to our deepest true selves”. Like Sweet, he said modern medicine’s emphasis on efficiency leaves out this larger view of patients’ well-being and their spiritual and religious needs during illness.

Meeting those needs is known as spiritual care, which Graham said most doctors don’t have the proper training to do.

When working with medical students today, Graham shares lists of questions that could open the door to a deeper conversation with patients. “They might ask, ‘In the past, when you went through a difficult problem, where did you find the strength to get through it?’ “, said Graham.

For some patients, the answer is religion. Some patients are happy to share their own religious practices, Graham said. Or they could mention a connection to nature. Others talk about meditation or a trusted family member they turned to for advice.

Each patient brings different beliefs to the conversation. And advocates believe that all individuals – including atheists – can benefit from access to spiritual care.

Even an atheist can face ‘spiritual distress’

“Atheists, religious, humanists — everyone has this spirituality or inner life, the need for meaning and purpose,” said Christina Puchalski, physician and founder of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health. “If they feel a lack of that, it could be a source of spiritual distress.”

Spiritual distress has been shown to be particularly high in patients with severe, chronic illness, Puchalski said, and addressing it is critical in the case of palliative care.

“People who experience high spiritual distress — which is often linked to higher depression and anxiety,” she said. “People who have high spiritual well-being also tend to have better overall health.”

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According to a 2018 meta-analysis, spiritual interventions for cancer patients — who are particularly vulnerable to spiritual distress — are associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Another study of older adults found that spiritual well-being is linked to health-related quality of life, a measure of physical and mental health over time.
What does spiritual accompaniment look like in practice? It starts with the kinds of questions Graham discusses with medical students. Along with several colleagues, Puchalski developed the FICA Spiritual History Tool to help practitioners better understand their patients’ spiritual beliefs. It contains questions that invite patients to ask about the type of care they want, such as “How would you like me, as a health care provider, to address spiritual issues in your health care?”

However, when it comes to measuring impacts, Puchalski said clinical research on spiritual care is an area that has a lot of room for growth.

“It’s a relatively new and promising area,” she said. “When it comes to considering spiritual distress as a clinical marker, we are currently involved in building this area of ​​research.”

Is the world facing a crisis of spiritual distress?

And over the past two years, Puchalski said, the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked renewed interest in the field of spiritual care. “All of a sudden, people were dealing with really intense existential and spiritual distress,” she said, highlighting the loneliness and grief the pandemic has brought.

Millions have lost loved ones. Healthcare providers have seen patients slipping away into intensive care units at a hospital without family members present. And people all over the world wrestled with questions about death and dying.

“People have been dealing with these questions for centuries, haven’t they?” Puchalsky said. “It’s just that during the pandemic we’ve all been affected, whether we face serious illness or not.”

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While research on the fallout from Covid-19 is still young, a study in Croatia found that spiritual quality of life was linked to better mental health outcomes and emotional stability amid the pandemic.
For healthcare providers, taking the time to look within can also make a difference, said Puchalski, who has established a professional development program called Reflection Rounds designed to help them do just that.

“Many of us have been called upon to serve others,” she said, pointing to the wave of burnout among healthcare workers around the world. “Serving people – it impacts us.”

But the effect of Covid-19 on spiritual well-being is not just about distress and languor. Ms Puchalski said she also sees room for positive change as people around the world seek solutions to the problems the pandemic has highlighted. She said she hopes it will spur growth as the world looks to the future.

“I see people searching for meaning and purpose,” Puchalski said. “And I see a kind of desire for kindness, which is a beautiful thing.”

Jen Rose Smith is a writer from Vermont. Learn more about her work at www.jenrosesmith.com.

Author Events and Virtual Events


wild times

North Carolina environmental writer Georgann Eubanks discusses his latest book, “Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction,” Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Meet the Author event at the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island at the Casino, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons, Ga. (free for members, $10 for guests) and 3 p.m. Mondays at Story & Song Bookstore, 1430 Park Ave., Fernandina Beach.

curious hike

Author Richard Reeder discusses his novel “The Curious Odyssey of Rudolph Bloom” 4 p.m. Friday, Story & Song Bookstore, 1430 Park Ave., Fernandina Beach.

historical work

North Carolina author Donna Everhart presents her Depression-era historical novel “The Saints of Swallow Hill,” 4 p.m. Friday, San Marco Books and More, 1971 San Marco Blvd.

No more spies

Bestselling mid-level novelist James Ponti presents “City Spies: Forbidden City,” the third installment in his “City Spies” series, at 6 p.m. Friday, The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach.

For kids

Story Time with Mrs. Dearsha, Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Story and Song Bookstore, 1430 Park Ave., Fernandina Beach.


Author Clare Mackintosh discusses her “Hostage” mystery, 3 p.m. Monday, Barnes & Noble online, bnclaremackintosh.eventbrite.com to register.

Retired CIA agent Ric Prado presents his memoir “Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior,” Monday at 6 p.m., BookMark online, crowdcast.io/e/an -evening-with-ric Sci-fi fantasy author John Scalzi presents “The Kaiju Preservation Society, 7 p.m. Monday, Barnes & Noble online, with ticket, bnjohnscalzi.eventbrite.com.

Best-selling mystery writer Harlan Coben discusses “The Match,” 3 p.m. Tuesday, Barnes & Noble online, ticketed, bnharlancoben.eventbrite.com.

Authors Dolly Parton and James Patterson discuss “Run, Rose, Run,” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Barnes & Noble online, ticketed, bnrunroserun.eventbrite.com.

Send bookmark information to [email protected] (don’t forget the 1). Announcements must arrive seven days before the Sunday of publication. Events free and open to all unless otherwise specified and always subject to change

Gen Y Speaks: I Didn’t Realize My Dream of Writing a Novel, But I’m No Longer Afraid of Failure


I will fail.

Usually when we walk into something – an interview, a job, an exam – we don’t think about failure. We want to believe that we will succeed.

I had the same conviction when I decided to become a writer.

It was in 2017. I, then 20 years old, was in national service. My operational readiness date (ORD) was a few months away and I was thinking about what I wanted to do next.

Why not be a writer?

I had always been interested in stories; read them, and also watch them in the anime. But I also liked to invent stories.

They kept me busy during class at school, and the habit persisted. Once, to pass the guard hours, I imagined a story where a Muggle somehow got into Hogwarts. My conclusion was painful, but it was fun.

I had never thought of becoming a writer before, but when I did, it just made sense. If I could imagine a story, surely I could write one too.

We often talk about “safety nets”, a plan B in the event of a glitch. So I set up a plan B, too.

After my ORD, I enrolled in college the same year. It was my backup. My plan A, my goal, was to publish a novel before I graduated.

It seemed like a great plan. From where I was, I couldn’t see how it could go wrong.


But as soon as I entered college, I began to see warning signs that I would fail.

First of all, I had no training in writing. My family members were engineers, lawyers, doctors and businessmen. Beyond essays for exams, I had no other writing experience.

My fellow undergraduates were also dubious. Singaporeans are not creative. They said it like a curse, as if it were our destiny, a fatality.

Even the teachers hesitated. In the first semester, I took a module on Singaporean literature. After a lecture, I asked the professor if it was possible to be a full-time writer in Singapore.

With a sad smile, he told me it was difficult. There wasn’t a lot of market for it.

I ignored them and moved on. I’ve attended creative writing workshops and Google writing tips – lessons from published writers. I fundamentally believed that I couldn’t fail.

Looking back now, that was naive. Even arrogant. But that was how I felt.

The years passed in the blink of an eye. But my characters, they were inconsistent. My plots were a tangled mess. I wrote drafts, but always found them lacking. In the end, they were thrown away.

In April 2021, I completed my final exams. Graduation was a few months away, but I didn’t have anything close to a completed novel.

I was doomed.


Once my exams were over, I gave up.

It may be true. Maybe I’m not creative enough.

I stopped writing. I thought there were more important things. I needed to repay my tuition loan. I needed to find a job.

The pandemic was rumbling. Everyone wanted a stable job. When I met friends, we only talked about that.

I was also looking for – submitting CVs, doing tests. These went well. But during the interviews, I stumbled. There was a question I couldn’t answer.

“So what else did you do in college?” »

I was working to publish a novel. But where was the proof? I had no portfolio, nothing published. All I had was four years of unfinished drafts, locked away in a folder I couldn’t bear to look at.

My job search continued. In October, I went on stage to receive my diploma. What should have been a moment of pride was instead a moment of crushing defeat. I listened to my friends talking about their new jobs, and I had little to show.

I felt useless. Everyone around me was working.

I only had a file full of failures.


Even then, the file remained on my computer.

In November, I turned 25. But there was no party. I had missed another interview, this one for the position of lecturer.

I collapsed and cried. I was tired of failing. I wanted to do something else, but no matter how much I thought, only one thing came to mind.

To write.

So for the first time in six months, I opened the file and went through my drafts, my “failures”.

Why did I want to become a writer?

I started wondering, trying to remember why. I went back to the stories I had read and watched for the first time.

What I found was this.

To be hooked by a character’s story is to see their life from their point of view. It is seeing a perspective that is not ours, and that is transformative.

You start paying attention to things in places you never noticed before.

Johnny Bell named first recipient of Gerald Ensley Writing Prize


The FSU libraries and the Florida Book Prize named the first recipient of the Gerald Ensley Developing Writer Award, which annually honors a Florida author who has demonstrated exceptional talent and potential for continued literary success and significance in the future.

Johnny Bell, an emerging author who has dedicated his life to public service through education, will receive a $1,000 prize and a copy of “We Found Paradise: Gerald Ensley on the History and Eccentricities of His Beloved Tallahassee” by Gerald Ensley .

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“I hope the literature I have contributed to is an inspiration to minority children striving to achieve their dreams as they struggle against oppression and harsh living conditions,” said said Bell.

Bell began writing after years as an educator and basketball coach made him realize it was time to write novels featuring minority characters in lead roles. He has written and published two young adult/teen fiction novels: ‘Take the Shot’, which follows a college student trying to navigate college in the wake of his father’s death, and ‘The Dirt Court’, which follows a character as they navigate the ups and downs of life in the foster care system.

Tallahassee Democratic columnist and writer Gerald Ensley died on February 16, 2018.

The Gerald Ensley Award for Developing Writer is honored in memory of Gerald Ensley, an accomplished writer who artfully wrote the stories of Tallahassee and its people – and spoke out fearlessly on the most controversial issues in the time. A veteran journalist and columnist from Tallahassee, his career in journalism spans more than 40 years, with more than 50 state and national awards for his work at the Tallahassee Democrat. His wife, Sally Karioth, is a longtime professor at FSU College of Nursing.

“Witty, self-deprecating and brilliant, Gerald has spent his life advocating for the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” Karioth said. “As a young writer, he was nurtured by many who believed in him. He paid for this by mentoring countless young writers who went on to flourish in their own careers. This award will allow her commitment to supporting the next generation of storytellers to continue for many years to come. »

The Florida Book Awards are the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program, established in 2006 to celebrate the best in Florida literature. Bell and the other 2021 Florida Book Award winners will be honored at an annual banquet on April 7 at Cascades Park in Tallahassee.

For more information on the Gerald Ensley Developing Writer Award and the Florida Book Awards, visit floridabookawards.org/.

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Letters to the Editor – March 12, 2022


Lady Strickland

The image carried in Edwin Vassallo’s book on Lord Strickland is of Margaret, Lady Strickland, not Mabel Strickland, as noted in the caption to the article about the gift of Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici’s collection of books to university (March 10).

Margaret was the daughter of one of Britain’s newspaper magnates who in her day had the largest newspaper empire outside of Fleet Street. She was Lord Strickland’s second wife. His first wife, Edeline, died in Villa Bologna on December 15, 1918.

Margaret is best known in Malta for the money she injected into the political activities of Strickland, for providing the necessary financial assistance for the foundation of St Edward’s College, for the construction of the Phenicia Hotel, for her great support for the movements of scouts and guides. and the Malta Memorial District Nursing Association.

The title of Vassallo’s book mentioned in the article is Strickland, a biography in Maltese. Vassallo, Strickland’s right-hand man at his printing press, also served as editor of his early newspapers and as Minister of Public Works in his administration between 1927 and 1930. The biography was published by Progress Press in 1932.

Victor Aquilina – Attard

From the online feedback forum

A PL candidate distributes VR headsets to schoolchildren

Ray Abela poses with school children in his neighborhood wearing his VR headsets. Picture: Facebook

Incumbent on the nth power of obscenity, even using school children. Simply revolting, to put it mildly. – Jonathan Mercieca

Incredible. How far is the PL ready to go to reach its voters? That says a lot about why this election is rigged. Such stunts should be banned once and for all. – james borg

What a fitting gift from a government that abhors reality. Because the blind cannot see injustice. – Winston Smith

Is the Corrupt Practice Act still in effect? – Joseph Borg

Another clueless Labor candidate practicing his own version of the rule of law. – R.Micallef

But how do these PL people continue to break all laws and regulations as if nothing had happened? No one can stop these people? Why can’t the PL run an election democratically and fairly…must it cheat all the way? And voters beware: if they are re-elected, the worst is yet to come; their arrogance has no limits. – Joseph C. Galea

Sickening… trying to bribe parents of children to vote for any candidate is a disgrace. – Michel Camilleri

It’s outrageous on every level! The use of children in political propaganda; publish photos of children online with all the risks of abuse that entails. Give these helmets to children, without consulting their parents. We’re constantly told to limit children’s screen time and cellphone exposure, and Ray Abela is reversing all of that. What a foolish, ignorant and abusive act.

If no action is taken, it just proves that the authorities do not care about children’s health and rights. – Astrid Velle

Abusive guy. There is no better word to describe this man. Sorry for all those kids who were used in this sad stunt full of fake smiles. – Roderick Deguara

Politicians should not be allowed near or in schools, they are not the role models we want to expose our children to. – Patrick Zara

Staging like this should immediately disqualify anyone from running for office. Deplorable. – Mark Ellis

Politicians, especially incumbents, have no morals or shame in their crude attempts to curry favor, to keep votes in the corrupt corridors of power. – James McIntosh

What is disgusting is not only the underlying corruption but, even more, its semiotics. A corrupt voter deserves a corrupt representative. – JJ Micallef

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Graduate Handbook | Criminal Justice | liberal arts college


Degree requirements

Academic requirements of the doctoral school

All graduating students must maintain a GPA of 3.0. If their GPA falls below 3.0, they are either placed on probation or fired (undergraduate courses will not count towards graduate GPA). The Masters in Criminal Justice program has high standards for its graduate students. As such, each graduate course must be completed with a grade of “B” or better for credit to be acceptable towards their graduate degree. The master’s program, however, understands that students may face challenges in their coursework and/or outside of the classroom. To accommodate these challenges, the master’s program will accept a letter grade ranging from “C” to “B-” toward their graduate degree.

Probation: Students whose cumulative graduate GPA is 0.1 to 0.6 points lower than that needed for a 3.0 GPA are placed on one-semester probation. If they fail to increase their cumulative GPA to 3.0 at the end of a semester, they are expelled from their graduate program. Thesis, dissertation, S/U rated credits, and transfer credits have no impact on a student’s GPA.

Dismissal: Students whose cumulative graduate GPA is 0.7 or more below that required for a 3.0 GPA are rejected. Expelled students are no longer in a graduate program, but may take graduate-level courses as special graduates. Students wishing to complete their studies must obtain approval to take graduate-level courses, increase their graduate GPA to at least 3.0, and then reapply to a graduate program. All courses taken to increase their GPA will be included in the graduate special/transfer credit limitation (9 credits for master’s degrees).

Students who engage in academic dishonesty may receive academic and disciplinary sanctions for cheating, plagiarism, or other attempts to obtain or earn grades under false pretences. Depending on the type and level of academic dishonesty, academic sanctions for graduate students may include: dropping a final grade of “F”, reducing the student’s final course grade by one or two points complete; give a reduced grade or zero on the course; or require the student to retake or resubmit the course. Academic sanction should be determined based on the extent of the dishonesty, in accordance with the table in 6502 Subsection C: Academic Standards. Students who engage in egregious acts of academic dishonesty or “C-level academic dishonesty” will receive a final grade of “F” in the corresponding course, which is not eligible for grade replacement or appeal policies. of note. If the student engages in such academic dishonesty in a core course, the student will be removed from the master’s program as the student no longer meets the academic requirements outlined in this section.


For courses with and without thesis, 33 credits are required. For thesis students, this includes six credits of CRJ 797 (Thesis). Non-thesis students must also complete two credits of CRJ 795 (comprehensive exam) in addition to the 33 credits. Students take compulsory and optional courses. At least one three-credit elective course must be an in-person course (i.e., not independent study) with a CRJ or SRJS prefix. For more information on the courses, please consult the course catalog.

Compulsory courses

Research methods

Typically, this will be SRJS 725, which is a research methods course designed specifically for students in the School of Social Research and Legal Studies (eg, criminal justice, sociology, communications). However, advisors may allow substitution of research methods depending on the student’s interests, abilities, and career goals.


Depending on the student’s interests, abilities, and career goals, a statistics course will be selected by the student and his or her advisor. The graduate level statistics course currently offered at the College of Liberal Arts is SOC 706.

CRJ 740: Crime and Criminal Justice

CRJ 740 serves the dual purpose of enhancing the understanding and knowledge of those already familiar with criminal justice as an academic discipline, while familiarizing those not in the field with the structure, operations, and nuances of the system. judicial. As one of six core classes in the program, CRJ 740 students are exposed to a combination of classic and current readings, they discuss many of the most provocative and disturbing aspects of the system, and they perform writing assignments designed to show deeper understanding. problems encountered by the judicial system.

CRJ 750: Anticipated Change in Criminal Justice

CRJ 750 examines the internal and external forces that influence complex criminal justice organizations, including management and motivation, bureaucracy, laws and statutes, administrative and organizational policies, finances, procedures and justice personnel criminal.

CRJ 785: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

Through class discussions, weekly summaries, and a comprehensive analytical paper, students will gain a rich understanding of the state of empirical research and the ideological and political sources of American crime-fighting policy.

CRJ 788: Ethics, Law and Justice Policy

The formulation of laws and policies is an inherently moral activity that requires ethical introspection in order to “do” justice. Those who create, influence or implement laws or policies must be able to examine information, processes and decisions from various epistemological traditions, because what is legal is not necessarily ethical and justice is a often misused word. The multiple ethical systems and the strengths and weaknesses of each as foundations for law and policy will be discussed. Various historical and contemporary criminal justice policies, practices and issues will also be discussed in relation to these ethical systems.


There are six required courses and the rest of the credits are taken as electives or thesis. Student choices must be approved by the student advisor. The student advisor will help choose courses that are relevant and appropriate for the student’s preparation and trajectory in the master’s program. All students must take at least one 3-credit CRJ or SRJS 600- or 700-level elective course in person.


Internships are available throughout the program. Both CRJ 791 and SRJS 792 are internship courses and the student’s advisor or program director can advise which internship class to enroll in. Typically, agencies want students to complete certain courses before doing an internship so that students are prepared to contribute to the agency. The advisor will be responsible for enrolling the student, providing a curriculum, monitoring progress and grading. The student’s advisor or other professors may have information about particular internships, but students can also research agencies or organizations that will accept internships.


It is essential that students follow the timetable (which is listed under “Calendar for Graduation”) to ensure timely graduation. First, a faculty member must agree to advise a student and act as chair of the thesis committee. Writing a thesis requires a significant amount of work on the part of the advising/supervising faculty member, and therefore he/she may not have the time. Because the dissertation is usually an extension of the supervisor’s work, the supervisor/chair and the student will develop general ideas about topics and methodologies. The student will develop a research proposal and will often need to complete several drafts to produce a methodologically sound and refined proposal. Once the chair approves the proposal, the student will send the proposal to the committee. It is essential that the committee be allowed to contribute its expertise to the proposal as soon as possible.

The student will then complete the thesis research with guidance from the chair faculty member. The student may be required to revise the thesis several times until the chair deems it complete. The complete thesis must be sent to the committee at least two weeks before the scheduled defense. The student’s defense includes a brief oral presentation of the thesis to demonstrate that they can orally discuss what they have done and what the results mean. The committee will ask the student questions and challenge the student to defend the thesis research.

After the defence, the committee discusses recommendations and modifications that can be made to the thesis before it is considered a “success”. Once the required modifications have been made, the supervisor grants the thesis credit. Finally, the president and the student will generally publish the results and/or present them at a conference.


Students who choose not to do a thesis take a comprehensive exam designed to test their criminal justice skills. The non-thesis track involves a 2-credit “comprehensive review” course after completing and passing (with a grade of at least a C) all required courses. The comprehensive exam course does not count towards the 33 credits of the program, but is compulsory for students without thesis. Students in the comprehensive review course will work on skills such as professional writing, citation, organization, time management, and studying. Students will also develop a “study guide” which will be the only outside material allowed in the room during the comprehensive exam. The exam consists of three questions. One question is about research methods and statistics and is answered by each student. The remaining three questions are from the basic CRJ courses and each student answers two of the three questions. The exam is typed and requires 3-6 pages per question. It is graded by the faculty of these core classes. Each question is rated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. To pass, all three questions must be rated Satisfactory. Students who do not pass must retake the comprehensive exam the following semester. The student must be continuously enrolled in at least 3 credits during that semester. If the exam is not taken again the following semester, the student will have to re-register and pay for the comprehensive exam course and take the course again. Students who fail the retake exam will be expelled from the program and the university.

#CookforUkraine has become a rallying cry for the activist cookbook author


In fact, the most common spelling in English, “borscht”, is the Yiddish word for the dish pronounced without the “t” in Ukrainian and Russian. The use of “shch” replaces a single letter “щ” in both languages.

For Olia Hercules, a Ukrainian-born cookbook author who became an anti-war activist after Russia invaded, borscht is inextricably linked to taste memory and family traditions.

“I have a video of my [then] 2-year-old son, tearing a piece out of a bowl of borscht,” Hercules recalled when I chatted with her via Zoom from her London home, “and exclaiming, ‘Look mum, a noodle,’ and I tell him, ‘No, Sasha, it’s a piece of cabbage.’ She pauses and adds, “Borscht was the first thing my mother cooked.

Her grandmother, who raised six children and was a unifying force in the family, once became so ill she was bedridden. Since dinner still had to be prepared, she explained the steps to Hercules’ then 7-year-old mother. “Can you imagine making borscht at age 7?”

The word borscht itself comes from the Old Slavic word “b’rshch” (beet).

While researching borscht for his 2020 “Summer Kitchens” cookbook, Hercules encountered its many varieties, including one using light pink beets for a delicate hue; another that incorporates baby eels; as well as a version from his birthplace of Kakhovka, Ukraine, where locals use sun-dried salted fish for salty taste and umami.

While the dark red, beet-based variety is the best known, there are dozens of variations, depending on geography and what grows well locally. Borscht can be white, green or pink; hot or cold; include meat or fish, or be vegetarian or even vegan. It is usually garnished with chopped herbs such as dill, parsley, green onions, or all three; often topped with fried cubes of salo (cured pork belly) and minced garlic; and served with hearty bread, uszka (small ear-shaped dumplings) or pampushky (yeast buns).

In the summer, cold versions abound, brimming with fresh, crunchy vegetables such as chopped cucumbers and radishes, and filled with halved hard-boiled eggs, placed on top to look like eyes staring at you. And not to forget, there is always a bottomless bowl of smetana (sour cream) to garnish your bowl.

Borshch is an indulgent and not particularly prescriptive dish. It is impossible to identify an authentic version, because there are probably as many recipes as families who prepare it. But several ingredients and concepts are useful to keep in mind when making it:

A: Use sunflower oil, preferably unrefined: much of Ukrainian (and Russian) cuisine is prepared with this oil. Sunflower, the official flower of Ukraine, grows well in this part of Europe, and unrefined sunflower oil will infuse your food with its unique flavor.

Two: Ukrainian soffrito, zacharka or smazhennya, is essential for an extra layer of flavor. This means using an extra cooking vessel, but it’s worth it.

Three: Tomatoes are important for both color and acidity, but often after the borscht is cooked, fresh lemon juice and sometimes sugar is added until a balance of acid, salty and sweet is achieved.

And finally: when you garnish your borscht with dill, a liberal—read: generous—drink of the herb is encouraged. There aren’t too many.

In the dead of winter, when temperatures in my then Leningrad were constantly below freezing and icy winds and piles of snow were our constant outdoor companions, a piping hot bowl of borscht was always the thing that kept me going. brought back from my semi-frozen state. State. I would come home from school in the afternoon (before leaving for hours of lessons at music school) and my grandmother would serve me a bowl of steaming hot soup, with a thick slice of rye bread to side. The bright red color was soon toned down with a generous dollop of smetana, which melted into the hot soup, sending its white streaks all around, like a possessed octopus.

Although a borscht can most certainly be part of a multi-course meal, it should be hearty enough to be a meal on its own. A good borscht should be thick enough for a spoon to stand on, as the saying goes.

It’s not practical to make a small batch. Good borscht, with layers of flavor and depth, takes time to prepare, especially if you’re making your own broth. The soup tastes infinitely better once it sits overnight in the refrigerator. Leftovers also freeze beautifully.

Such recipes encourage and even inspire sharing, and this aspect of cooking is powerful, says Hercules.

Food is about connection. With family and friends. With history and heritage. “Our family could come together and cook, eat, drink, share stories, cry, laugh and repeat,” Hercules says. When she was younger, the stories seemed too distant to understand – almost mythical – but as she grew older, she began to pay attention to them. It was a family tradition, told around the dishes of a long meal.

When asked why people tend to turn to food at times like these, Hercules pauses. “Food is life. Cooking is also family. And so, family is life. Many of us in Ukraine, the time we spend with family, we often cook together. stories.

Cooking together, whether in person or virtually, is about unity and connection, she says. It not only nourishes the body, but also makes us more compassionate. When Russia invaded Ukraine, Hercules went into shock and became emotionally paralyzed for two days, without eating or sleeping. As the second day drew to a close, she left the house for the first time to go out to dinner. At some point during the meal, she went to the bathroom and was there when her brother called. Instead of evacuating with his family, Oleksandr, a pacifist who has never fired a gun, sent his family away and volunteered for the Territorial Defense Forces. “They gave me a gun,” he told Hercules, “and that was it.”

At that point, says Hercules, his paralysis gave way to a desire to do something. She returned home and recorded a video on Instagram asking for donations to her PayPal account to raise money for her brother’s troupe. Back then, she says, they were running around snowy Kiev in sneakers. They had no helmets, body armor or boots. Hercules decided to change that and has since raised enough funds to help Oleksandr get the necessary equipment for his companions.

She begged her parents to come to London to stay with her, but they refused. Kakhovka is their home, they said, so why should they leave?

So she strives to keep the focus on the war and do what she can to support her family and her homeland.

Hercules has also partnered with Alissa Timoshkina, a London-based Russian-born chef and cookbook author, to raise awareness by encouraging people to cook Ukrainian dishes and using the hashtag #cookforukraine. “It gives a human face to the idea of ​​war. It humanizes us. These are not just war stories, these are real people fighting and dying,” she says.

Hercule also has plans for the post-war period. “I’m not going to stop until Ukraine is free. I plan to continue until we rebuild it. Her dream is to create free cooking schools for teenagers. “They can learn to make sourdough or become a chef, but it’s also therapy.”

As I make a pot of borscht so big it’s almost full to the brim, I think of my father’s father, who died long before I was born and hailed from Poltava in central Ukraine, and I feel that link described by Hercules. I serve it to my family and embrace my 7 year old with an aching heart, grateful that we are safe and at the same time heavy to know that so many others are not.

A multi-talented artist shares her creative journey


By Makeida Antonio

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A 20-year-old artist who represents Antigua in several creative endeavors has given Observer a closer look at her living, breathing life of all art.

Mené Tovi Lewis was born on November 17, 2001 in the Bronx, United States, to parents of Caribbean descent.

She grew up in Antigua where she received most of her schooling and eventually moved to Georgia to continue her education.

Mené recalls growing up, where she always knew she was passionate about all things creative despite her otherwise calm demeanor.

“My elders described me as the quiet, reserved, soft-spoken girl among my peers, so speaking out was always a challenge,” she said.

“However, I grew up in a home where the arts were fully encouraged. At the age of eight, I began to channel my expression through writing and singing.

“I was then enrolled at the Le Château D’Or music academy where I deepened my passion for music and learned to play a few instruments.

“I eventually expanded my artistic passions by developing painting skills, becoming a self-taught visual artist,” Lewis told the Observer yesterday in an interview.

Known by her stage name as Tovi Lew, singer, songwriter, book author, fashion designer and painter, Mené knows no bounds when it comes to art. She says her preferred mode of art depends on how she feels when she’s ready to express her creativity.

“Today my creative works include songwriting, recording and playing music, writing books and painting.

“I also have a clothing brand/line that will be launched in time for Sailing Week, with the designs being my artwork,” she said.

“Above all, I don’t have a favorite art form. However, I have moments that I might like to create in a particular form at some point. It all depends on my mood. »

Mené opened up to Observer, highlighting her biggest hurdle as an artist, which is gaining support from community members. Reaching the right audience is something she is constantly working to improve.

“My struggle as an artist, I would say, is to market myself to introduce myself to the right people, the people who would really appreciate what I do,” she explained.

His advice to budding artists is a strong sense of assurance to be versatile and multi-dimensional.

“My advice to my future young artists would be to always believe in yourself. To my multiple potentials, you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with practicing more than one art form. What matters, it’s that you have a balance,” she said.

Tovi Lew has many concurrent projects including, but not limited to, a brand new song with Vicious titled “Love From A Distance” currently on YouTube, several artworks in a collection called “Redefined Series”, a titled bookYouth Undaunted 1 Calling the Reformers’ and an NFT digital collection of custom character art.

She attributes her success to her confidence in trying new things and encourages others to do the same.

“Finally, always be open-minded to try new things. Never say the words ‘I can’t,'” she said.

“If I hadn’t got up on my own a year ago and thought, ‘I wonder if I can draw? », « I wonder if I can paint? then I never would have discovered that I could.

“I would always limit myself to one art form.”

Kevin Schewe’s ‘Bad Love Tigers’ Screenplay Wins Best Original Screenplay at Rome International Movie Awards


Jasper, Indiana, USA – March 10, 2022 – by Kevin Schewe bad love tigers won Best Original Screenplay at Rome International Film Awards. Freed from masks and mandates, moviegoers are heading to the movies in droves, and Schewe’s carefully crafted stories are a perfect vehicle to lift the spirits of audiences from teenagers to seasoned adults. Heroism, history, fun, and sci-fi fantasy are crafted together in a way that finds an emotional attachment to the loyal and brilliant Bad Love Gang as they battle across time and the universe. .

Adapted from his second book in award-winning historical science fiction A bad love series, bad love tigers is about a dynamic group of young adventurers, known as the Bad Love Gang, who use a time machine to travel back to the days of World War II, meet President Roosevelt, and embark on a mission perilous secret to protect an alien spaceship and defeat the Japanese in battle.

Schewe’s screenplay adapted from the first book, Bad love knocks, has won 14 international awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. In Bad love knocksthe gang discovers The White Hole Project, a time machine created by Albert Einstein at the behest of President Franklin Roosevelt in case the Manhattan Project atomic bomb fails, then proceeds to rescue a group of Holocaust victims.

Bad love knocks script price:

Best Science Fiction Screenplay at the Los Angeles Film Awards; Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival – Best Screenplay; Best Screenplay at the Rotterdam Independent Film Festival; Best Feature Script at the Hollywood International Golden Age Film Festival; New York Tri-State Film Festival – Best Science Fiction Screenplay; Florida Shorts Film Festival – Best Non-Produced Screenplay; Tokyo Gender Celebration Festival – Best Feature Script; Madrid Arthouse Film Festival – Best Unproduced Feature Script; Madrid International Short Film Festival – Best Screenplay; the Seoul International Short Film Festival in Korea – Best Screenplay; and in Munich, Germany at the New Wave Short Film Festival, where it was chosen as the Jury’s Special Screenplay Selection. It also won a silver screenplay award from the Prix Royal Paris; the South Florida International Film Festival for Best Original Young Adult Screenplay and a Gold Screenwriting Award for the International Film Festival’s Depth of Field Science Fiction Adventure. Bad love knocks The screenplay also finished as a finalist and semi-finalist at 18 other international film festivals.

Watch the book trailer for bad love tigers at https://bit.ly/BadLoveTigers_Trailer.

The fourth part of the series, medicine for bad lovejust won its fourth literary prize and is available on Amazon Audible. The popular series, which is time travel sci-fi mixed with science fact and history, is now available in hardcover, paperback, e-book and Audible formats.

Each of A bad love The series’ audiobooks are narrated by Alan Carlson, an award-winning narrator with credits in nonfiction, academic, romance fiction, and many other categories. You can buy the audiobook on Amazon Audible.

The complete set of four books is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Love-Collection-Sci-Fi-Adventure-ebook/dp/B09LPPDBMM/ Where www.jancarolpublishing.com.

“If history were taught in this way in school, everyone would be a scholar and educate us not only about our accomplishments but also about the horrors of the past that should awaken and provide insight into the path of a future best. A rare pearl!” – David Holladay, MD, 5 stars

“Skillful writing (both historical and fantasy), a tangy sense of humor, an appreciation for pop culture, and the ability to create memorably entertaining characters combine to make this an immensely impressive series and experience! Very strongly recommended. – Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 reviewer, 5 stars

Watch the book trailer Bad love knocks at https://bit.ly/BadLoveStrikes-Trailer.

About Kevin Schewe

Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO, is a board-certified cancer specialist who has been in private practice in radiation oncology for over 34 years. He is an entrepreneur, having founded Elite Therapeutics and Bad Love Cosmetics Company, LLC.

A long-time history buff, Schewe is the author of Bad series of love books, a sci-fi adventure for young adults ages 10-100 that covers much of early 20th century history. You can connect with Kevin Schewe through his website KevinSchewe.com or via Instagram @realkevinschewe.

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Poet Gloria Muñoz honored by St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Florida Book Awards – News


Jaime was one of four Eckerd College students in the Muse Awards audience at Muñoz’s invitation. They were joined by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, Vice President of Strategy and Chief Operating Officer Kanika Tomalin, Theater Professor Jessica Thonen and President of Creative Arts Collegium and KC Wolfe Associate Professor of Creative Writing.

“As a discipline and a college, we are very proud of her and see this as further confirmation of the breadth of knowledge she brings to the classroom and to our community of scholars and artists,” says Wolfe. .

The evening included dance, music, immersive art experiences and more. Jaime dreams of pursuing a career in curatorial communication and has bolstered his creative writing minor by taking an Intro to Creative Writing, an Intro to Creative Nonfiction, and a Lyrical Essay with Muñoz, as well as serving his four years as an editor with the Eckerd review literary anthology, where Muñoz serves as an academic advisor to the student staff. “She deserves all the credit for her hard work,” says Jaime.

Muñoz notes that the award further encourages her to continue her work mentoring local writers, but also to expand her work in the literary community by creating free or very low-cost programs. Its goal is to showcase local talent and connect them with traveling national artists.

“There’s an incredible community of writers here,” Muñoz says, “and I hope to be a bridge for a lot of people.”

The benefits of studying without a screen


Written by Ida Ghramm

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As students, we all know about cramming late at night, drinking gallons of coffee to help us stay awake until this essay is written, and wondering why we haven’t prepared a plan to help us navigate our points. We procrastinate when it comes to reading chapters of textbooks, furiously trying to jot down notes in the hope of remembering enough for future tests. And we do all of this on our laptops because speed is the name of the game and no one has time to write these things down. Also, who can read their own handwriting after introducing caffeine during the study process.

But there are several reasons why handwriting is the way to go when it comes to studying. You’ll be glad you ignored the laptop and grabbed a notebook and pen instead. Studies conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim show that handwriting activates more areas of the brain than typing on a keyboard. When you write, complex movements activate the brain more. The reverse is true when typing on a keyboard; you type blindly, using the same motions to type each letter and it doesn’t stimulate the brain much. When you write, the brain has to think about each letter and pull its shape from memory. Your eyes must watch what you write. Your hand presses the pen to create the letters and form the words. All these actions combined stimulate learning. You have to slow down to write and this process really opens up the learning in the center of your brain.

Take notes by hand, then use the keyboard to type the essay – this is where the speed is needed. You need to think things through when you write, though, and taking notes or preparing an outline for that essay is a good time for that. You want all the best information for the completed job or assignment, and you’ll get it when you take the time to handwrite your notes.

Ditching the technology also has advantages when it comes to reading the manual. There are varying opinions on what makes paper text better than digital. Some believe that the flickering and glare of the screen strains the brain, hindering the comprehension process. Then there’s the idea that spatial memory for the location of a particular passage or graphic on paper texts aids in recall and comprehension. And of course, for many, this is the distraction that the Internet has in store for many of us; the ability to research something online and then hours go by without studying because we are distracted.

For one instructor, however, none of the above was a problem for his students under the controlled conditions of his studies. Instead, she determined that for many students who read digital texts, they overestimate their reading comprehension. Naturally, we all want students to be confident in their abilities, but being overconfident can hinder their reading comprehension. This means they don’t put the same effort into the work, so their understanding was less than they thought.

It is important to realize that there are benefits to using technology to study and write essays or assignments. Once your notes are written and an outline has been developed, using a computer to type your essay is essential. This is when speed is needed. Naturally, using the internet to research a topic is also great when you’re studying. There is endless information at your fingertips when using the internet for research, and students learn early in college courses how best to search for scientific papers for help on any topic. Just keep in mind that it’s important to keep the brain active and working to its full potential and handwriting will help you do just that.

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Author Chris Flynn’s colossal task of fleshing out a dinosaur



“I know it’s hard to believe looking at me now, but it’s true – I was there just on a trip, when I was approached by an incredibly handsome guy who asked if I’d like to do a parade.”

He had done medical experiments for money and was, he said, “shabby”. “I must have looked like an orphan,” he says. “I couldn’t keep the clothes, but it gave me an appetite for fashion.”

And French cuisine. We order starters from the intimidatingly beautiful servers at France Soir – scallops for me and the pork terrine for him – then we panically order the snails as well. “They don’t appear very often in your life, so why not?” he says.

Flynn opts for the peppercorn steak for a main and I have the fish. He’s given up on alcohol — in the middle of the pandemic, no less — so it’s sparkling water, and I sneak in a glass of white with my main. “I’ve never been a heavy drinker, so I don’t miss that much,” Flynn says. “Everyone thinks because I’m Irish I have to be an absolute lush.”

Scallops – Scallops with butter, cream and parsley.Credit:Eddie Jim

Flynn grew up in Northern Ireland, his parents having moved the family from Belfast to Antrim when he was young during the height of The Troubles.

While he had long wanted to be a writer, it was not an easy path: his parents, he says, were illiterate.

“We didn’t have any books at home – well, we had three. We have had The Illustrated Bible – you can just look at the pictures, we had AA Milne’s The Pooh Corner House and then we had William Peter Blatty The Exorcistso these are the first books I read.

It was the local library that ignited her love of reading and words. “Librarians adopted me from an early age. My parents never knew what to think of me. When I was a child I thought, did they find me in a glowing orb at the end of a long furrow in a field? »

At 18, he set off as a backpacker, traveling through Europe and Asia before arriving in Australia in 1999. He was on the shore, never expecting to see me again,” he says. “Every time I come back, they tell me, what do you want? Every time I go back, they’re like, ‘So…what do you want?’ ”

During his travels he “carried on the Flynn tradition of never having money and taking any odd job”.

His CV ranges from standard backpacker jobs – working for car hire firms, a stint as a garbage collector in St Kilda (including run-ins with local pimps) – to data entry for the Treasury Department and work in a pillow. plant. Foam pillows, not down, for memory. “You had to be there 10 years before you could go to feathers,” he says. “I had to stick my arm into this machine to fit them, still expecting to come out with a bloody stump.” It was, however, more interesting than entering government data.

The Triceratops fossil before it was removed from its 67 million year old grave in Montana in the United States, where it was discovered.

The Triceratops fossil before it was removed from its 67 million year old grave in Montana in the United States, where it was discovered.

“Then I worked for an event company where I was the referee for kids’ sumo wrestling games – the one where they put on the giant costumes,” he says. “I made them fight, then I picked them up. I still can’t believe I got this job.

He worked at the RSPCA and then Borders bookshop for years after that, writing all the time and sending his work. “But no one was interested. I ended up coming into the industry through the back door, helping out at the Melbourne Writers Festival and other festivals, so when I sent in my stupid ideas, people were at least like, ‘Oh okay, Chris, we ‘I will read it’.


He became a regular panelist at various festivals and worked as a book reviewer and editor at The big problem. Her first novel, A tiger in Eden was released in 2012, followed by The realm of glass two years later. And came Mammothwhich, despite the confusion of some in the publishing industry, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards and the Russell Prize for Humor.

“When my agent pitched him, everyone liked him but nobody wanted to sign him because as soon as marketing had an idea, they were like, this is too weird,” Flynn says. about her gender-defying book. “I think I’m straddling a really tricky position in publishing, between having commercial potential but also being a little weird.”

But it found an audience – it was the best-selling book of 2020 for its publisher. “There’s obviously an appetite for slightly offbeat stories,” he says. “There are only so many ‘mercies’ we can go through before we despair.”

Although Mammoth are not all wise fossils; the story also touches on, among other things, the checkered colonialist past of the natural sciences, the prevailing natural history auction laws that allow Hollywood celebrities to outbid museums for megafauna and dinosaur fossils, and the role of humanity in the destruction of the planet. It’s funny, but it’s also poignant.


“That’s me in a nutshell – I’m Irish, so there’s always this roller coaster of emotions,” Flynn says. “Laugh one minute, cry the next.”

His next book, Here are the Leviathans, a collection of short stories, promises a similar mash-up. “These are stories from an animal perspective, and there’s a hotel room that tells a story, an airplane seat, that tells how awful workplaces can be, and a grizzly bear that eats the brain of a teenager on a fun run then absorbs his memories and has a better understanding of the human world.

He was definitely the man for the Museum’s editor-in-residence. Which I didn’t even realize was a job. ” This was not the case ! I’m the first.”

Flynn, who lives on Phillip Island with his partner Eirian, an illustrator (and their two cats), spends a few days a week at the Museum and can’t believe his luck. “From a writer’s perspective, what a job to do – I’ll never have to come up with an idea for a book again,” he says. “I will work on other exhibitions and with elements of their collection, which I will explore. There are a million stories in there.

Lunch recipe with Chris Flynn at France Soir.

Lunch recipe with Chris Flynn at France Soir.

Every day he’s there, he discovers a “weird new thing”. “Someone will walk past and start telling you about a mollusk, or ask if you’ve seen the hummingbird collection.”

On one of his first days on the job, a colleague stuck his head over the wall and asked Flynn if anyone had ever shown him the spiders. “He took me into the bowels of the museum where they have, for research purposes, all these super-venomous spiders, and weird lizards and snakes. It’s brilliant! The museum is actually a zoo.”

In addition to bringing Horridus to life, Flynn wrote a children’s book, Horridus and the Hidden Valleyand an accompanying coffee table book of the exhibition, Horridus: Voyage of a Triceratopsfor which he interviewed experts and paleontologists from all over the world.

“I don’t think anyone understands exactly how important Horridus is yet; there are never been a complete Triceratops ever found,” Flynn says. “I spoke to the director of the Natural History Museum in Berlin, and he said to me, ‘I don’t think you know how many people are going to come to see this show. In Berlin, when they bought a T. Rex, they totally underestimated how many people would come. In the first month of the show, they were totally behind the eight ball. The gift shop sold everything, the toilets were overflowing. There were so many people coming that they couldn’t keep up.

And their dinosaur didn’t even have a Twitter account.

“It will be great for people to have and see, after everything we’ve been through,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing for Melbourne to have.”

Triceratops: the fate of the dinosaurs, opens March 12 at the Melbourne Museum. museumsvictoria.com.au Mammoth by Chris Flynn (UQP, $22.99). Meet the Leviathans (UQP) will be published in September.

France Soir, 11 Toorak Road, South Yarra. (03) 9866 8569. Open 7 days a week, noon-midnight.

Bones in the ground: Professor Guilford’s ghost goes east | Literature


More than a century after her drowning off the coast of California, Emma is on the move.

She is stalked by Philip, a ghost “cleaner” determined to send her to her final resting place. But restless, Emma is determined to travel the world, not to leave it, in a way she never could in her lifetime.

In our eyes at nightthe new novel in The Last Ghost series by Mylène Dressler, professor emeritus at Guilford College, Emma has reached the Utah desert, where she and Philip find themselves, and the ruggedly beautiful landscape is not so empty it seems, because even ghosts are haunted by those before them.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday March 19, our eyes at night debuts at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, where it is already on sale. This weekend, Dressler, who currently lives and writes on the Oregon Coast and in the Utah Canyon, will return to Guilford College to teach a characterization-focused creative writing workshop.

The Hague-born author and teacher was a professional ballet dancer before beginning her literary studies at the University of San Francisco and earning her doctorate at Rice. From 2011 to 2021, she taught creative writing at Guilford.

Moving here to teach has also been a transformative journey, said Dressler, who has also written often semi-autobiographical realistic fiction.

“My first novels, very realistic, were family dramas, sometimes psychodramas, where the story and the general trauma haunted the characters. In the middle of my career, I took what was always implicit in the work and made it literal.

Portrait of Mylene Dressler

Dressler grew up loving The turn of the screw and The Haunting of Hill Housebut despite these formative texts, “I didn’t feel entitled, for lack of a better word, to write ghost stories.

In 2014, she published her fourth novel, Anna F’s wedding, about an elderly Jewish woman who mistakes herself for Anne Frank. “It is very clear that she is not this important figure in our history, but the story haunted this book.”

Dressler felt the emptiness that besets many writers at the end of a big project, and her husband suggested a trip to California.

“We were driving along the beautiful Route 1 that hugged the coast, winding through gloriously atmospheric mists and rocks, and I told my husband it was so beautiful that if you died there, you wouldn’t want to leave. When I said that, Emma just appeared in front of me and flooded my brain.

At first, Dressler knew little about the character beyond how the ghost appeared in his head.

“I had ideas about her being a working-class immigrant and I knew it would be a story of someone forced to be invisible in their lifetime and still expecting to be invisible in the death.”

Telling a story from a ghost’s perspective wasn’t new, but what Dressler did with the idea is.

“What I finally learned from Emma is that in her fight to be visible, she also finds that she has to be mobile and reject the general idea that ghosts are bound to a place. She was on the edge of a continent, at the western end of the west coast, and she could start moving east, and moving through these different places, and she herself comes from a family of immigrants, and I wanted her to reverse Manifest Destiny and roll back across the country.

As Emma arrives in new places, she is haunted by the ghosts already there.

“It becomes a series about moving into places that aren’t empty, and that’s the driving theme. When this ghost travels, it enters spaces that have already been claimed. And so the stories become about who can occupy space in the world, how to negotiate space, not just between the living and the dead, but the different stories that haunt each landscape.

Dressler said that in our eyes at nightthis theme is still fully developed.

“The desert countries of Utah and the Southwest, where I live part of the year, are just rich with these competing and very complex histories of indigenous peoples, colonizers and immigrants, and travelers, and there are a lot of bones in the ground.”

The first third of the book is from the perspective of its pursuer, Philip Pratt.

“His whole point of view is that we have to maintain borders, and Emma disrupts that. He absolutely believes that he is doing the right thing and bringing peace to the dead and the living. The novel also questions whether people can change when presented with new information. Which is very interesting to think about right now.

And more than Emma, ​​​​Philip and the desert where they find themselves. Its themes include colonization and climate change.

“The sheriff helping Pratt is half Navaho. It partly occupies the indigenous world but also comes from colonizers. I like characters who cross borders, navigate conflicting spaces and challenge definitions.

When asked if her family history and heritage had been influenced by this, Dressler replied “absolutely.”

” I am Métis. I am an immigrant. In my novels, there always seems to be an echo or an obsession linked to that, because it’s my own positioning in the world. In my first novels, I was literally talking about my own Eurasian history. And then it became part of my way of thinking about writing and the world, and my own way of going through it.

It was at Guilford College that she found a new way to explore this.

“I was actually living in the desert and writing full time, but I missed out on creative writing education and saw an advert for a guest writer position at Guilford College. I thought it would be nice to come there for a year, but that was 2011, and I stayed for a decade because I just fell in love with Guilford and Greensboro.

She credits the college and the region for expanding her literary boundaries.

“I now know it was part of that transition from realistic mode to speculative fiction, because Guilford is exactly the kind of place that nurtures that and encourages you to do what you want to do in the world.”

She also discovered surfing.

“It was also a Guilford thing, because a beloved colleague of mine there, Maia Dery, introduced me to surfing. It also really transformed my writing. I think there’s a powerful connection between the almost kind of flutter and the willingness to go with the flow, which connects writing and surfing I first surfed at Wrightsville Beach and then spent much of the pandemic surfing here on the west coast.

When she returned West, Dressler had regular access to the ocean.

“It became an important part of my understanding of myself and the non-human world. The new book is heavily invested in that. All of the books are really about the setting, as most ghost stories are, but the new one also thinks a lot about the natural world and what the living do to it. There’s a kind of climate conversation going through it, and I think that comes from being able to spend more time immersed in the non-human world through surfing and hiking. It encourages me to think not only of the dead and the living, but of the other thing that lives all around us, and that is also dying, which is the planet.

Communication professor receives award from Southern States Communication Association


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Stephanie Ricker Schulte, Professor of Communication

Stephanie Ricker Schulte, professor and president of the Communications Department at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was named the 2022 recipient of the Michael M. Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award from the Southern States Communications Association.

The Osborn Award honors members of the SSCA who “have balanced professional careers, having achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship and service”. Schulte’s research explores how political practices, industry norms, and cultural products shape the communication technologies many of us use every day. Ron Warren, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Communication, noted, “During his nearly 15 years with our faculty, Dr. Schulte’s research has been internationally recognized as some of the best in the fields of communication. communication and American studies.

In addition to his widely acclaimed book Cached: Decoding the Internet in Global Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2013), Schulte has published articles in various leading journals, including International communication journal, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Television and New Media, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Mass communication and society, Feminist studies, American behavioral scientist, Communication review, American studies and Journal of New Media and Culture.

Schulte is the fifth person from the Department of Communication at the University of Alberta to win this award. Previous winners are Tom Frentz (1997), Janice Rushing (2001), Myria W. Allen (2019) and Stephen A. Smith (2021).

About the Southern States Communications Association (SSCA): Our goal is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching and application of the artistic, humanistic and scientific principles of communication. SSCA, a non-profit organization, exists solely for educational, scientific and literary purposes.

Book Riot editor Danika Ellis makes the case for sex in young adult books, saying “books can be a safe way to ‘rehearse’ no-stakes sex”


Book Riot editor Danika Ellis recently made the case for depictions of sex in young adult books in a recent article for the website that claims to be “North America’s largest independent literary site.”

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In an article titled “Sex in Young Adult Books Is Age Appropriate,” Ellis makes the case for sex in young adult books, citing surveys that show “55% of American teens have had sex before the age of 18, and 29% are sexually active.”

She goes on to say that sex should be in books for young adults because “a study of European teenagers in six countries found that 59% had watched pornography and 24% watched it at least once a week”.

Ellis argues, “The information teenagers would get about sex education from the books in their libraries would be much safer and more realistic than learning from porn.”

Source: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), Scholastic. Cover by Mary GrandPré.

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She goes on to say that reading books about sex in books for young adults “can be a safe way to ‘rehearse’ no-stakes sex,” especially for “teenagers who aren’t having sex or who aren’t having sex.” are unsure of their sexuality.

Ellis says, “Reading about sex can allow them to reflect on how they might feel in that situation and assess whether it’s something they want to pursue.

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Along with claiming it’s a way of “dressing rehearsal” for sex, she also argues that it should be included “because it’s realistic for these characters and suits the story.” It doesn’t have to be educational.

Ellis adds, “YA books don’t just exist to turn teenagers into perfect citizens. They serve to entertain, to provoke thought, and to fulfill all the other roles that books play in our lives.

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Ellis then claims that there is nothing unethical with teenagers having sex and that it is not a crime. She writes: “Having sex as a teenager is not ethically wrong. It’s not a crime.”

This is a ridiculous notion considering that in the United States there are many age of consent laws. Not only are there many laws, but there are also many ethical arguments that it is wrong for teens to have sex.

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For example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Sexuality is ordered to the marital love of man and woman. In marriage, the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Matrimonial bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

“Sexuality, by which the man and the woman give themselves to each other through acts proper and exclusive to the spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the most intimate being of the human person as such. It is only realized in a truly human way if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and a woman commit themselves totally to each other until death,” he adds.

Source: The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic

Ellis also tries to blunt criticism that the discussion of sex should take place between a parent and a child. She argues, “The truth is that many (most?) teenagers don’t feel comfortable talking to their parents about sex. And with the exaggerated displays of outrage we’ve seen at these board meetings from parents on the subject, how would they do it? As nice as it may seem to imagine that every student will be able to meet a trusted adult in their life and ask all the questions they have about sex, it is not realistic.

“Furthermore, while this was true for most students – although in one way or another 90% of teens felt perfectly comfortable asking their parents for advice on controlling births – that shouldn’t be the way we build our public school systems,” she adds.

Source: Eragon

Ellis then revealed that his real goal was to try to cut parents off from any discussion of sex and to use books to indoctrinate children.

She writes, “In addition to sex being an uncomfortable subject for most teens to discuss with their parents or guardians, questioning your sexual orientation or gender can be even more confusing and isolating. Books allow for this exploration without having to tell your family about etiquettes that you’re not even sure are right for you.

Source: Shadow Angel

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Finally, Ellis argues that if you disagree with her, you are racist and homophobic.

She explains, “Of course, the topic of sex in teenage books is kind of a smokescreen. Book banners know that saying they want to ban a book because it has queer content or because it has a black main character is unlikely to go down well, so instead they insist that they are simply outraged by sexual content or profanity, and it’s a coincidence, all the books they oppose are gay and/or by authors of color.

Source: The Book Thief

YouTuber and Deus Vult and A High School Girl in the Crusades author Jon Del Arroz reacted to Ellis’ post, saying she wants to “start preparing kids for these lifestyles.” That’s their whole intention and the mask is slipping at this point.

Del Arroz would react to Ellis’ assertion that just because teenagers have sex doesn’t mean it should proliferate in young adult novels.

He says, “Just because it’s happening doesn’t mean we should be advocating or encouraging it. In fact, how we should, as a society, be discouraging so that children don’t get screwed. How about that? How about aiming for that number [55%] being less, do not aim for this number to be more.

He goes on to say, “I find this absolutely disgusting. And that’s something that our society needs to do something about. We have to shut this thing down because our kids are destroyed. Our children end up becoming depraved lunatics because they are abused at a young age and that is what is happening here.

In response to statistics on teenage boys watching pornography, the author of A High School Girl in the Crusades says, “Holy shit, that’s not a good thing. It is something that must stop. This is something that means pornography is too readily available and should be banned. That’s what I read about it.

Source: Deus Vult

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Coming to the point in the article where Ellis claims the books can be used to ‘dress rehearse’ sex, Del Arroz comments, ‘It’s disgusting. How is this article? And how does anyone allow this to be published anywhere?

“It’s so mean,” he adds. “I just can’t… I can’t imagine anyone typing that up and thinking it was a good thing.” And that other people have given permission for it to be published on their site at BookRiot.com.

Source: Deus Vult

Del Arroz then responded to Ellis’ arguments about including sex because it suits the story. He said: “No, just brainwashing these guys into this stuff every moment of every day. That’s what they want.

“They want kids to be addicted to porn. They want the kids to be addicted to sex. And in this way, they can abuse these children. Because at the end of the day, these lifestyles want children to be involved,” he continued.

Source: Deus Vult

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In conclusion, Del Arroz says, “It’s disgusting. It’s degenerate. It’s bad. And this must be stopped. That’s why we’re here to fight this stuff.

“And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure the people who do this stuff to kids because they need to be shamed are put to shame,” he said.

Source: Deus Vult

What do you think of Ellis’ argument? What about Del Arroz’s answer?

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USM Theater’s scenic designer competes in “DIY Hero”


Tue 08/03/2022 – 08:33 | By: Ivonne Kawas

Wes Hanson, Scene Shop Supervisor at the School of Performing and Visual Arts (SPVA) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will enter the national DIY Hero™ contest for the chance to share his expertise in an infomercial exclusive in Make Magazine and win $25,000. The winner of the competition will be chosen by the public. Voting opens on March 8 via his diyhero.org page.

Competitors will be guided through the competition by television host Mark Bowe. Known for his larger than life personality on the Magnolia Network show, barn wood buildersBowe and his team specialize in the salvage and restoration of 18th and 19th century cabins and barns.

As a designer, performer and maker, Hanson describes his work and creative process: “I’m much more of an organic designer. The discoveries that happen when you start with an idea and go through processes are some of the best things in life. At the end of each project, there’s a lot more of me that way, and I can look back through the journey and smile at the twists and turns,” he said.

Wes Hansen“I like to think I’m smart in my designs; however, the art happens in the improvisations,” he added.

As seen in Hanson’s DIY Hero™ biography, selecting one of his favorite projects would be a challenge: “From designing and building the set to The Phantom of the Opera to redefining a jungle-themed carousel for the Hattiesburg Zoological Society and sculpting a menagerie of animals created from fiberglass, I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite,” Hanson said.

“One of my favorite props I created at USM was building a Model T stage replica for Ragtime. I had to cut a 1927 Model A frame to fit, but ended up with the coolest propeller car. It’s electric and goes 5mph, no brakes, perfect for machinists to use,” he said.

“For The Phantom of the Opera, I built a 16’x40′ raised platform for the USM Symphony Orchestra, created a chandelier and its rigging to die for, and a memorable remote control boat and a monkey with cymbals.

Hanson is currently working with the Hattiesburg Arts Council on eight interactive pieces for a public park in historic downtown Hattiesburg, and this would be the project he would like to feature in Make Magazine.

Wes Hanson Guitar Design“The Hattiesburg Arts Council approached me with the idea of ​​creating the music park to complement the Jook, which they had brought me to create. The Music Park is a path that leads to a 12′ Blues Guitar Chimes and a 21′ Xylofence, which is played by running up and down sliding a mallet over the chimes, while creating a blues tune that was written for the instrument,” Hanson described.

“Among some of the other rooms are a lily pond with Scrappy the alligator, which holds a set of homemade rattlesnake chimes for children to play in and the drawbridge, a metal sculpture installation that gives on the park and is essentially seven easels for public use,” he added.

If he wins the competition, Hanson will use the funds to continue creating and making art. He would be working on a new design for a small boat that he would like to prototype. “I was interested in making a small hydrofoil rig that would be exciting to use, but stable enough to fish in,” he said.

Hanson is a New Orleans native, whose career in the entertainment industry has kept him and his wife, Debbie, in Los Angeles for over twenty years. During this time they raised a family and Hanson worked in all the major amusement parks, in many films, commercials, casinos, etc.

Since returning closer to home in 2008, he has been on staff with the USM Theater program, housed at the SPVA.

He also enjoyed the local theater scene, having worked with William Carey Dinner Theater, Opera Mississippi, USM Music Department, HCLO and Hub City Players. With Hub City Players, he designed the award-winning production James and the giant peach.

Other design credits include: Return to the Forbidden Planet, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera, La Bohème, Romeo and Juliet, Church Basement Ladies, The Wizard of Oz, and The Jook. He played the role of ‘Bottom’ while performing Dream of a summer night and recently directed and produced one of his own original pieces, A Modern Medieval Mystery.

The community can support Hanson by voting here.

Tina Peters ‘Blockbuster’ report author did voter fraud, Antifa claims last year


Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters appeared on the Conservative Daily Podcast Monday to discuss the latest “Mesa County Forensic Examination and Analysis Report,” which she said provided evidence that the county’s Dominion voting machines were not secure and able to connect to the internet. The Grand Junction Sentinel Daily reported that Mesa County officials have debunked the claims in the 146-page report.

Peters touted the credentials of the report’s author, cybersecurity expert Doug Gould.

“It’s a blockbuster,” said Peters Conservative Daily host Joe Oltmann. “As you can see from Doug Gould’s biography and references, he is well overqualified to make a report like this.”

Oltmann noted, “Doug Gould is consulting for ASOG, and ASOG is retained by Tina Peters’ legal defense team.”

A representative from Tina Peters’ legal defense team confirmed that Oltmann’s statements were accurate and said in an email, “Mr. Gould is a highly qualified individual and expert in the area of ​​cybersecurity.”

ASOG is the Allied Security Operations Group, founded by Russell Ramsland, a former Republican candidate for Congress who has a history of promoting false allegations of voter fraud and is a leading promoter of unsubstantiated election rumors in the county of ‘Antrim, Michigan. Phil Waldron, a former military intelligence officer who released a PowerPoint presentation explaining how to cancel the 2020 presidential election on January 6, was also an ASOG employee.

Although Gould has a wide variety of cybersecurity credentials, he is not an election software expert, and in a January 2021 appearance on The John Woodard Showa podcast, Gould discussed a wide range of since-debunked conspiracies regarding the 2020 presidential election.

“I actually have a copy of the affidavits that Sydney Powell submitted for her Supreme Court case in Arizona,” Gould said in a video posted to YouTube on January 7, 2021. “I received a copy. Very interesting. Some of the details that have been made public talk about how some of the core software in our voting systems has been written to create the potential for manipulation. When you learn that our voting systems have been manipulated, there’s an affidavit, which – if the Supreme Court hears the case – will go before the Supreme Court, of an individual who sat with Cesar Chavez in Venezuela, when he detailed the rules of operation of this manipulation software The same individual testified under oath in an affidavit that he was present in several elections where Chavez used this vote manipulation software in Venezuela to stay in power and later Nicholas Maduro took advantage of it when Ma duro took over the country. There is a history of corrupt software and countries using this software not only to gain power but to retain power.

Powell’s lawsuits relating to the 2020 election were all dismissed, and Powell is currently charged in a defamation case, alongside Oltmann, brought by former Dominion executive Eric Coomer. During her deposition, Powell admitted that she had not actually verified the accuracy of the claims submitted in her affidavits.

Gould went on to note, “The company that did this is called Smartmatic, and Smartmatic wrote the core part of the voting machines that are included in the Dominion Voting machine software.”

Smartmatic’s website notes, “Smartmatic has never owned any stock or had any financial interest in Dominion Voting Systems. Smartmatic has never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology. The two companies are competitors in the market. Smartmatic has no connection with governments or political parties in any country. It has never been owned, funded or supported by any government.

The Dominion website states: “Dominion and Smartmatic are separate companies. Dominion does not use or license Smartmatic software.

Gould talked about antifa, sealed indictments with John Woodard.

Gould went on to mention Michigan’s forensic audit, which found no evidence of fraud. In part two of Gould’s interview with Woodard, posted to YouTube on January 12, 2021, Gould indulged in some wild conspiracy theories about a potential civil war, the antifa intelligence trade, and the QAnon conspiracy according to which the Trump administration has thousands of sealed indictments ready to unleash against the deep state.

“Those of us on the conservative side tend to think that Donald Trump won this election by a landslide,” Gould said. “If that’s correct — and I’m saying if — there are far more people who are conservative and believe in the patriotic values ​​that Trump and his agenda stand for than there are liberals who want to oppose them.

I would think that an uprising in this country could lead to a civil war, and then I have to ask, ‘Oh, which side is pro-gun and which side is anti-gun? Which side are you most likely to find more weapons and ammo on? and “Gee, doesn’t that explain why Biden wants to put Beto O’Rourke in as gun czar and cease all our guns?” What might happen is up in the air.

Gould claimed that antifa received professional intelligence training. “Antifa uses a professional intelligence craft,” he said. “What does that mean? It means they are trained the same way our CIA trains spies. They are trained in the use of intelligence trades, the use of deception, the the use of extortion, the use of weapons, the use of creating and manipulating spies, and how to influence and control people. human intelligence element, and these people are trained as professional insurgents.

To back up his claims about antifa’s intelligence skills, Gould shared an anecdote about a rumored action against a Confederate statue. Although he received credible “insider” reports about the plan, Gould found no evidence of the antifa operation that he could pass on to law enforcement, which he said was the evidence of their advanced intelligence craft. During the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, unfounded rumors of “whole busloads” of antifa members spread through right-wing media.

“Doug Gould is an independent forensic expert,” Peters said. “His credentials and credibility can stand alone.”

In Loving Memory, Dear Ann Stultz Gilbert


Chere Ann Stultz Gilbert of Riverton died February 14, 2022 at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful Utah with her daughters by her side.

Chere was born March 4, 1951 in Riverton to parents Carl D Stultz and Joyce H Stultz of Fremont County. She was the youngest of four children and a little firecracker who attended Ashgrove Elementary, Riverton Middle School and Riverton High School where she was a cheerleader. Chere graduated from Riverton High School in 1969. In 1973 Chere met John D Gilbert whom she would marry. In Laramie, Chere worked at a local bank and then opened her own women’s clothing store downtown until she sold her business in 1977. Chere moved west briefly to Portland Oregon before to return to Cheyenne WY.

In 1978 Chere welcomed her first daughter Maegan T Gilbert to Cheyenne with her husband John. In 1982 Chere moved to California and where she welcomed her second daughter Makaela S. Gilbert in Newport Beach in 1983. The family moved around extensively for various employment opportunities. For several years, Chere stayed home to raise her children. As her youngest grew a bit, Chere began attending California State University in Fullerton. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She then obtained her stock broker’s license. Shortly after completing her BA, Chere was hired by Cellular One but worked long hours away from home and her children. Chere chose to leave Cellular One to prioritize motherhood. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, an active member of the local communities she lived in, and loved taking her children to the beach or the mountains to camp. In 1993 Chere moved back to Riverton with her two daughters.

Chere loved travel, car trips with the windows down, the music on and the wind whipping her hair. It was always fun trying to talk to her because she just got loud but the windows never went up and the music didn’t go down even in the Wyoming winters. She would go anywhere to experience other cultures, the wonders of nature, and to continue growing as a person. She took her children on family trips abroad and exposed them to a variety of cultures, art, history, local traditions and taught them to celebrate diversity. Chere didn’t care about money and preferred to experience life rather than owning property and wasting money on “stuff” unless the money was for flowers. She was a devoted daughter, mother, sister, and aunt who raised her children to show empathy, reach out to those in need, and stand up for those unable to stand up for themselves.

Nomadic by nature, Chere did not devote her life to a single career apart from being a mother, for her it was the experience and the ride. Of the many jobs in her life, she loved teaching high school the most. She began filling in on Wind River Reserve at Arapahoe and St Stevens Schools in the mid-1990s. Eventually this transitioned into a full-time teaching position at St Stevens High School. Chere took her student’s love of music like rap to help guide their creative writing and expression by analyzing the poetry of music. His hobby was that of a dog whisperer. She would rescue any animal in need, at one point owning 7 dogs and 6 cats. Her compassion didn’t stop at the animals as she also offered an open door for all of her daughters’ friends who sometimes needed a place to go. When she was ready to move on, she spent months making commercials for each four-legged friend, then delivered them to their forever homes all over Wyoming.

At 4’11, Chere was a determined force to be reckoned with. She never hired anyone to do a job without first trying to do the job herself. Whether she was remodeling a house, plumbing, painting, grooming her pack of animals, or rotovating the yard, Chere would jump two feet first, probably barefoot. If that didn’t work, she would find the book to teach her how to do it. Her greatest passion, besides being an amazing mother and grandmother, was gardening. This woman could cultivate plants, flowers and lay out a meter perfectly. She would sit in her flowerbeds for hours gardening with Neil Young on her headphones and allowing the world around her to fade away. This world was better with her and her absence changed the lives of those who were lucky enough to be part of her world.

Chere Ann was passed on by her father Carl D Stultz, her sister Susan Began, her nephew Jerry “Muffy” Began and her sister Jacque Taylor. She is survived by her mother Joyce H Stultz, her brother Carl D Stultz, her ex-husband John D Gilbert, her daughters Maegan T Gilbert and Makaela S Gilbert, her son-in-law Matthew Perez, her nephew Darren Taylor and her grandchildren, Kaci Ann Kennedy, Douglas David Gilbert. , Wendy Perez, Allison Perez, Lexi Lane Perez and Ireland Nollie Dear Perez. Her dear friends Carolynn Hagstrom and her husband Bruce Hagstrom have helped Chere live her best life for the past few years and Jon Bower has helped support her with whatever she needs. Those who love her will continue to share her memories with her young grandchildren.

Chere’s mind is now free to move on and no matter where this journey takes her, she will also be a treasure to this world. As a practitioner of Buddhism, Chere believed that the end of this life marks the journey of her energy to the next life she will begin. Always remember that if random shaggy dogs come your way, she might visit you, because the animals no one wanted were the ones she loved the most! May she rest in peace as we who love her strive to keep her memories and her light alive.

Cremation has taken place and a private remembrance family reunion will take place according to Chere’s last wishes. Memorial donations are made to PAWS for Chere.

Best Business Practices, Tools and Strategies for Independent Professionals by Robert Vlach


NEW DELHI, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The most comprehensive book ever written for freelancers – Packed with proven freelancing know-how, including advice from world-renowned experts such as David Allen (Do things), Adam Grant (give and take), Austin Cleon (show your work), and David H. Hansson (Remote: desktop not required).

The Freelance Way is THE business book for freelance professionals. It features the best available and fully up-to-date independent knowledge, compiled from hundreds of quality sources, including surveys, the latest market data, world-class expert advice, and experiences and insights. real stories from hundreds of professionals in different fields and countries, making the book highly relevant to freelancers around the world.

Content in this volume covers all the basics and best practices for newbie freelancers, as well as advanced career strategies and tools for veteran freelancers. There are actionable tips for greater productivity, successful teamwork, smart pricing, powerful business negotiations, rock-solid personal finances, effective marketing and more.

When the Indian edition came out, Robert Valaquesaidindia the digital economy is booming and the prospects of its knowledge workers with it. Therefore, I envision a future where Indian freelancers work directly with clients around the world and retain all profits. They know the language and have marketable skills; the only missing piece is the proven know-how to grow a truly independent freelance business.”

Sachin Sharmaeditor-in-chief, HarperCollins India, says: “the independent path is the definitive book when professionals decide to go solo. In the post-pandemic world, we’ve seen how people have embraced an independent, non-nine-to-five culture and explored a wonderful life outside of their usual work. For independents, this is the most interesting phase of history. Robert has written a phenomenal book that will serve as a beacon to the freelance community.”

Printing price: 499/-


Robert Valaque is a senior business consultant, specializing in supporting independent professionals and business leaders. In 2005, he founded one of the largest national communities of freelancers in Europe, which is currently extended to Freelancing.eu. In 2012, he founded Europe first think tank for the self-employed, which meets regularly prague and other cities as well as online. He has been running freelance courses for over a decade and has consulted over 300 business cases with individuals, startups and corporations.

About HarperCollins Publishers India:

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has been awarded Publisher of the Year three times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016 and 2018.

For more information, write to Aman Arora at [email protected]

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Walter R. Mears, ‘Boys on the Bus’ campaign reporter, dies at 87


He worked for the student newspaper at Middlebury College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1956. His first job at the AP covered the Vermont State House.

In 1962, Mr. Mears’ house caught fire, killing his two children, Pamela and Walter Jr., and his wife, Sally (Danton) Mears. Two subsequent marriages, to Joyce (Lund) Mears and Carroll Ann (Imle) Mears, ended in divorce. His fourth wife, Frances (Rioux) Mears, also a journalist at L’AP, died of cancer in 2019.

After retiring in 2001, Mr. Mears taught journalism at the University of North Carolina and lived in Chapel Hill.

In addition to his daughter Susan, from his marriage to Joyce Mears, Mr. Mears is survived by another daughter from that marriage, Stephanie Stich; one brother, William; and five grandchildren.

The afternoon before he died, Susan Mears said, his daughters kept him company, along with a Methodist minister who had known him for a long time. The pastor, describing Mr. Mears’ expertise in American politics, recalled a conversation many years earlier in which he had been amazed at how much Mr. Mears knew about the 1936 presidential election, which took place when he was 1 year old.

As Mr. Mears appeared to be sleeping, the pastor tried to remember the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Republican challenger.

Before either of the Mears girls had a chance to respond, they heard a familiar voice – softer and slower than they were used to, but with the quickness, authoritative tone and the factual mastery that had guided America’s leading political reporters for decades.

“Alf Landon,” said Mr. Mears.

Reviews | Demand that Ketanji Brown Jackson “show his papers”


Trump also claimed that Obama didn’t write his first book, telling Sean Hannity in 2011, “I heard he got terrible grades, and he ends up at Harvard. He wrote a book that was better than Ernest Hemingway, but the second book was written by an average person. He shouldn’t have written the second book.

Trump insisted that Bill Ayers, who happens to be white, should be the author of the first book.

And it didn’t stop there. In 2012, Trump offered to donate $5 million to Obama’s chosen charity if Obama released his college and passport records.

These episodes have been so nerve-racking, because it’s not just presidents or Supreme Court picks who have to present proof of their credentials. Too many people, black and other races, have had to do the same thing at some point in their lives. It is humiliating and degrading.

This has happened to me several times and I will share one.

Before being a columnist, I was an infographic journalist, a profession that processes data, sometimes tons of data, to produce maps, graphs, diagrams, etc.

The Times was then, and remains, a leader in the field. And as graphic director, I was in charge of his efforts.

But that field was a predominantly white world. So, for some, my presence was incongruous.

One year I was in Pamplona, ​​Spain, judging the international computer graphics awards. Student assistants invited some of the judges to a bar after dinner. The bar was a cavernous space with an overwhelming amount of flashing and rotating lights.

The students introduced me to some of the locals with my title and the kind of work I did. No one believed them. I spoke almost no Spanish, but the locals’ no’s were as clear as their shaking heads. The students confirmed that the locals didn’t believe I could be who they said I was.

Edmonds Art Beat: Graphite Gallery Seeking Submissions, Irish Dancing Open House, Author Event and Jazz


Gallery at Graphite looking for artists for the exhibition ‘Intersections’

Art Start Northwest, the nonprofit organization located in the Graphite Building at 202 Main St., is looking for intersectionality artists. The gallery will host its first juried exhibition in May and the call for artists is currently open. For this unprecedented exhibition, artists concerned with one or more aspects of intersectionality are invited to submit their work.

The show Intersections seeks to give a platform to artists whose work is underrepresented in more traditional contexts – those whose voices and visibility are marginalized due to overlapping and intersecting attributes such as race, religion, gender, ethnicity, orientation, class, citizenship or ability.

Graphite owner Mary Olsen explains, “Our vision for the Gallery at Graphite has always been to create innovative art installations. We are not a commercial gallery, so we have leeway to present more educational and avant-garde works.

Mason Fraker, co-owner of ARTspot, is the curator of Intersections To display. Fraker became interested in Graphite’s mission to “make art accessible to everyone” and submitted a proposal for the exhibition.

“I’m thrilled to bring a new perspective to my hometown. As a creative community, Edmonds has much to gain from artists who look, act or make art differently. Intersections is a celebration of these different points of view! Fracker said.

The art submission deadline is March 31 and the online link to apply is on the ARTspot website. Donations to fund artist awards are also welcome and can be sent to the @ArtStartNorthwest Paypal account.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Dancing Open House

Photo courtesy of Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing

The Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing is celebrating the upcoming Irish Holidays with open, free Irish dancing lessons for all ages. From the youngest little jumper at 3 years old to an adult looking for an energetic fitness class, everyone can step into the dance studio and experience a bit of Irish culture. At the Carroll-Henderson School, dancers discover harmony between traditional Irish music and dance.

The open day will take place on March 19, with classes throughout the day:

11.15 a.m.-12 p.m. – 3 to 6 years old
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. – 7 to 12 years old
1pm-1.45pm – Adults

Registration is required online; Click here for more information. Location is at the Edmonds Masonic Lodge at 522 Dayton St. You can also email for more information.

Hot Java Cool Jazz Concert to raise funds for school music programs

It’s happening at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at the Paramount Theatre: Seattle’s future jazz stars will perform at the 25th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz event. For more than 25 years, Starbucks has presented this concert dedicated to showcasing the best high school jazz bands in the area. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit participating high school music programs including Garfield, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Si and Roosevelt. Since the event began, Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised over $1 million for high school music programs.

Tickets are available at stgpresents.org for $25.

Author Neal Thompson and Edmonds’ own John Keane discuss The First Kennedys

Author Neal Thompson (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

On Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m., Edmonds Bookstore welcomes journalist and author Neal Thompson to a virtual Facebook Live event. The First Kennedys is Neal’s sixth book and chronicles the immigrant origins of one of America’s most famous families – focusing on John F. Kennedy’s grandmother, Bridget.

John Keen

Joining Thompson for the evening will be Edmonds resident John Keane, Honorary Consul of Ireland in Seattle and author of seattle irish. You can watch the event here.

— By Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner genuinely appreciates art in all its forms and believes that everyone is an artist, some don’t know it yet. A dedicated and involved resident of Edmonds, she can often be spotted on stage cracking jokes between sets or in the audience enjoying local live performances. She loves having fun with her art and finding unique ways of expression, like forming a boho-grunge-folk ukulele trio with local Edmonds moms.

Country ‘outlaw’ Florida’s Elizabeth Cook is on stage tonight at Skipper’s • St Pete Catalyst


If you were to look up “Outlaw Country” in your Webster, chances are the definition would come with a little picture of Elizabeth Cook.

She’s a songwriter, singer, and recording artist, and she also happens to be the afternoon DJ on Sirius XM station Outlaw Country. She spins the tunes of Willie and Waylon and all the others who broke the mold of country music, back in the 70s, and added different styles and flavors to the mix.

She also plays records by Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson and other contemporary artists who fly the flag of fiercely free-spirited country music. And sometimes she also turns her own records.

Cook, who will perform tonight at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, writes with the incisiveness of John Prine, the elocution of Nanci Griffith and the wit of Lyle Lovett. His deceptively melodic songs are tough and tough, and speak to a range of near-bone issues like addiction, recovery, and family trauma. With lighter things like “Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman”.

And she’s a local girl. Well, sort of.

Born 49 years ago in Wildwood, just an hour north of Tampa, Sumter County, Cook had musical parents whose ‘hillbilly band’ played truck stops and beer bars across the South. .

As a child, she often went on stage with the group. “I didn’t have a lot of positive associations with music because of my dad’s drinking and the wild honky tonk scene they were playing in,” Cook told the Catalyst. “When I was about 12, I told them I didn’t want to sing and play live music anymore. I wanted to be a cheerleader. I wanted to hang out with my friends.

So she went into the business of being a teenager. “There was a mall in Leesburg, with a movie theater. And Ocala had the Paddock Mall. And we walked around the Wildwood mall a lot, once the cars were available. Until then, I was cycling in the beautiful nature of Florida.

“I spent hours and hours pedaling my bike. My parents loved to fish, so we fished all the time, weekdays after school, we always fished on a bench somewhere. In Florida, I am easily entertained by trees and birds.

“I’m still madly in love with it, still talking about it, and still trying to keep it a secret, all at the same time.”

The local Pentecostal church had a “full-fledged gospel rock band,” she recalls, and that’s how she got her teenage “music fix.” She was a creative writer who produced award-winning short stories and poetry.

The Cook family moved to Georgia during Elizabeth’s freshman year at Wildwood High.

Longing for stability and armed with degrees in accounting and information systems from Georgia Southern University, she moved to Nashville to work for Price Waterhouse. But she hated the job, and being in Music City rekindled her love for music. She had been writing songs since college, and when she was offered a job at a Nashville publishing company, the bookkeeping life was left in her dust.

It was the 1990s, the era of “arena” country artists like Shania Twain and Faith Hill, a “gold rush,” Cook says sarcastically. “They were looking for tax shelters. They couldn’t bury the money fast enough. So everyone could get a publishing deal.

But she connected with a small group of editors and artist managers who took these things seriously and understood that a budding artist needed to be nurtured and nurtured. “It was totally against the grain of what was going on around us,” she laughs. “Because we were like a small overlooked office of a giant New York company, we grew a lot and were able to grow.”

She self-liberated The blue album and made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. This led to a major label debut, followed by a more or less steady stream of independent releases – each a bit further away from mainstream country than the last.

Cook’s latest album, 2020 Consequences, was led by rock ‘n’ roll producer Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer, Taylor Swift). It has been compared, in terms of seismic stylistic change, to the iconic Emmylou Harris Wrecking ball.

In other words, it doesn’t sound — on the surface, anyway — like country music.

Today she has a fishing show (Upstream) on the Circle Network — and, she says proudly, she just launched a line of “cute as hell” overalls. “I’m not a young chick,” she said. “So it’s hard won. I’m not ready for retirement yet. I did this without a lot of the benefits you get from selling, wholesale.

It’s the same definition of “Outlaw Country” from the Waylon and Willie days: don’t sell yourself.

Still, she’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry — ground zero of good old red, white, and blue country music — more than 400 times (though she’s still not a “member”).

“I’m a woman and I say things that maybe aren’t always very safe for everyone’s comfort level in the room,” Cook says. “It’s risky for them to give me a platform. So I’m grateful for those who did.

“It’s funny, some people think ‘Outlaw Country’ is like a certain sound, like an aggressive country sound. Like country music is in a bar fight or whatever.

“And it’s a thousand percent off base. It’s about making music on your own terms.

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Over the Rainbow Committee Announces List of Top 10 Books 2022 | Local News


ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable Over the Rainbow Committee carefully reviewed 332 books across all genres, including memoir, history, true crime, mystery, romance, fiction, poetry, and more. The ten final selections presented a wide range of queer stories and experiences, striving to dispel, one book at a time, the unique narrative.

The top 10 selections in fiction and non-fiction were:

• “Black Boy Out of Time: A Memoir” by Hari Ziyad; Edited by Little A.

• “The natural mother of the child” by Krys Malcolm Belc; Published by Counterpoint

• “Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness and Anti-Blackness” by Da’Shaun Harrison; Published by North Atlantic Books

• “With the teeth” by Kristen Arnett; Published by Riverhead Books

• “Milk Fed” by Melissa Broder; Edited by Scribner

• “One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston; Published by St. Martin’s Griffin and printed by St. Martin’s Publishing Group

• “Detransition Baby: a novel” by Torrey Peters; Published by One World, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House

• “Stone Fruit” by Lee Lai; Published by Fantagraphics

• “Sorrowland” by Rivers Solomon; Edited by MCD

• “Patience & Esther” by SW Searle; Published by Iron Circus Comics

“In a year that has seen more book challenges than any other, largely involving books with queer content, it was heartening to also see publishers continue to showcase, promote and elevate queer narratives across the board. genres.” Over the Rainbow committee noted. “Queer stories can be heartbreaking, thrilling, romantic, incredible, empowering, insufferable, exquisite, silly and anything you can think of. These selections prove it.

The responsibility of the Over the Rainbow Book List Committee is to promote improvements in the quality and accessibility of LGBTQIA+ literature through the creation of an annual annotated bibliography of books intended for general adult audiences. Committee members select titles that feature commendable literary quality and meaningful, authentic LGBTQIA+ content and are recommended for adults over 18. Literature.

The Rainbow Round Table (RRT) – formerly known as GLBTRT – of the American Library Association, is the oldest professional association for LGBTQIA+ people in the United States. It is committed to meeting the information needs of the LGBTQIA+ professional library community and the information and access needs of individuals in general. It is home to Rainbow Book Month, a national celebration each June, and the Stonewall Book Award, the premier prize for LGBTQIA+ books. The Rainbow Round Table is committed to encouraging and supporting free and necessary access to all information, as reflected in the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

Many of these titles are available through HCMPL’s digital resources – Libby & Hoopla. These digital resources are free with a Hopkins County-Madisonville map. For more information, stop by our front desk today or call 270-825-2680.

Pulitzer winner Walter Mears dies, AP’s ‘Boy on the Bus’


They said he had been visited on his last night by a minister, with whom he had discussed Alf Landon, the losing Republican presidential candidate of 1936, a year after he was born.

Mears’ ability to find the essence of a story while it was still in progress and deliver it to the wire – and to newspapers and broadcasters around the world – has become a legend among his peers. In 1972, Timothy Crouse featured Mears in “The Boys on the Bus”, a book chronicling the efforts and antics of reporters covering the presidential campaign of that year.

Crouse recounted how, immediately after a political debate, a Boston Globe reporter called out to the AP man, “Walter, what’s our lead?” What’s the lead, Walter? The question has become a catchphrase among political journalists to describe the search for the most newsworthy aspect of an event – ​​the lead. “Made me moderately famous,” Mears said in 2005.

It was a natural question. Mears must have told stories about the campaign debates while they were still in progress. Newspaper editors would see his lead on the wire before their own reporters filed their stories. So it was defensive for the others on the press bus to wonder what Mears was leading with and ask him.

Early in his career in Washington, he was assigned to write updates on the 1962 congressional elections. His bureau chief asked a senior colleague to assess how Mears performed under pressure and report back. “Mears writes faster than most people think,” the reviewer then wrote, wryly, “and sometimes faster than he thinks.”

“Walter’s impact at the AP, and in the journalism industry as a whole, is hard to overestimate,” said Julie Pace, AP editor and vice president. “He was a champion of a free and fair press, a dogged journalist, an elegant chronicler of history, and an inspiration to countless journalists, including myself.”

Former AP editor Kathleen Carroll said he taught generations of reporters “how to watch and listen, ask and explain.”

“Walter was also a wonderful human being,” she said. “He loved his family – being a grandfather was one of the great joys of his life. He loved golf and the Red Sox, in that order. He loved politics and he loved the AP.

Mears didn’t seem embarrassed to be known as a pioneer. “I came away with a slogan that wasn’t my creation, but stuck for the rest of my career,” he recalled in his 2003 memoir, “Deadlines Past.” For four decades, Mears has covered 11 presidential campaigns, from Kennedy-Nixon in 1960 to Bush-Gore in 2000, as well as political conventions, campaigns, debates, elections and, finally, the pomp and promise of inaugurations.

In tribute, Jules Witcover, who covered politics for The Sun in Baltimore, said Mears combined speed and precision with an eye for revealing details.

“His incredible ability to get to the heart of any story and tell it in sober, lively prose blazed the trail for a generation of news service disciples, and he did so with a zest for life. nomad on the campaign trail,” Witcover said. .

At other times in his career, Mears served AP as Washington bureau chief and as chief information officer of the news service, editor at New York headquarters. But he missed writing and he went back to it.

He left once, to be Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News, but returned to AP nine months later. “I couldn’t keep up,” he said. “It was too slow.”

In 1977, he received a Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the election in which Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated a sitting president, Gerald R. Ford, who had inherited his position through the disgraced resignation of Richard M. Nixon.

It was the Pulitzer, not the Crouse slogan, for which Mears thought he would be remembered. When asked to address a later group of Pulitzer winners, he told them they would never have to wonder what the opening words of their obituaries would be: they would be, he said. says, “Pulitzer Prize winners”.

Winning his Pulitzer, Mears said, was “the sweetest moment of a career unlike any other line of work.”

In his opening paragraphs, Mears captured the essence of the events, not just the words but the music.

— When the 1968 Democrats, at a convention held amid anti-war riots on the streets of Chicago, finally chose their nominee, he wrote: “Hubert H. Humphrey, apostle of the politics of joy, won the Democratic presidential nomination tonight under Armed Guard.”

-When earlier that year a gunman killed John Kennedy’s brother: “Robert F. Kennedy died of gunshot wounds early today, plagued like his brother President by the savagery of an assassin .”

— And, in 1976, when former peanut farmer Carter took the presidency from its accidental occupant: “In the end, the unlikely Democrat beat the unelected Republican.

Said Terry Hunt, former AP White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief, “You can’t talk about Walter without using the word legendary. He was a brilliant writer, surprisingly fast, colorful and convincing.

Mears was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and raised in Lexington, the son of a chemical company executive. He graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1956 and within a week joined the AP in Boston.

In those days, news was written on typewriters and transmitted on teleprinters. “They were slow and they clacked,” Mears wrote, “but the din was music to me.”

His first mission was far from the din. He single-handedly covered the Vermont Legislative Assembly. “It was fun to cover a Citizens Legislature with a representative from every hamlet in the state” – 276 of them, he recalled years later, including one elected by its residents to prevent the individual from be eligible for social assistance.

Mears covered John F. Kennedy in 1960 whenever Kennedy campaigned in New England and covered Barry Goldwater’s ill-fated run against Lyndon Johnson four years later. He returned there every presidential year, even after his retirement in 2001.

On election night 2008, he wrote an analysis of Barack Obama’s victory and the challenge ahead.

“Obama is the future,” he wrote, “and it starts now, in troubled times, for a president-elect with an expensive agenda of promises that would be hard to keep under much better economic circumstances.” .

No Mears cheerleading there. He did not believe in journalists expressing political opinions and he kept his to himself. Although he got to know the candidates he covered, occasionally shared after-hours drinks and played golf with them, he always addressed them by their titles.

He considered a distance between reporter and reporter to be appropriate. He once explained: “I can’t really say that I ever felt close to any of them, maybe because I always felt there was a line there, there there’s a sort of caveat that I think needs to be maintained because you’re not covering for a friend you’re covering for someone trying to convince the American people to give them the most important job they have under them .

After retiring, Mears taught journalism for a time at the University of North Carolina and made his home there, in Chapel Hill.

His wife, Frances, died in January 2019. His first wife and their two children were killed in a house fire in 1962.

Review of ‘The Turning Point’: A year-old Dickens


This year marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the most famous English author not named Shakespeare. It’s impossible to say how many biographies of the man have been published, but there have already been two large-scale works since 2009 and at least two smaller, or at least different, ambitions. Among them is Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s ingenious “Becoming Dickens: A Novelist’s Invention”. The author examines the paths taken by Dickens early in his life, but either escaped or gave up to become the writer we know. He then goes on to show how the many jobs and people Dickens was involved with were incorporated into his fiction. Now, a decade later, Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst gives us “The Turning Point: 1851 – A Year That Changed Charles Dickens and the World”, another partial biography, again with a specific focus.

Eighteen fifty-one seems, at first glance, a curious choice for such a large claim. Admittedly, the year was marked by a few events in England that could be considered significant for Britain, if not the world. Most notable for the country and beyond was the mounting of the Great Exhibition of Industrial Works of All Nations. It was held in Joseph Paxton’s gleaming Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park and attracted 827,000 visitors from around the world. Dickens had been fascinated by the construction of Crystal Palace and, as a friend of Paxton, was happy that he had denied the predictions of skeptics, who had promised that it would collapse.

The turning point: 1851, a year that changed Charles Dickens and the world

By Robert Douglas-Fairhurst



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But on visiting the exhibit itself, he was repelled and baffled by the excess and “the rich assortment of objects piled up in helpless confusion.” It clashed with a sense of order for which he had an almost neurotic passion, a consequence no doubt of his horribly disordered youth. More than that, however, he was disappointed and disgusted that workers had been left out of planning and exhibitions. They were, after all, the ones who had undertaken the hazardous task of making the glass plate, not to mention the construction of the building itself. In a January 1851 essay, he proposed the idea of ​​holding “another exhibition – for a great exhibition of the sins and neglects of England” – in the hope that it would bring people together to fix the things. The novel he started that year, “Bleak House,” had that, in part, as its mission.

Charles Dickens, photographed by Antoine Claudet ca. 1852.


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That year, the passage of the Ecclesiastical Titles Act in response to the fact that Pius IX had, the previous year, re-established the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England was also of some significance – much to the horror of a Protestant nation. This concerned Dickens, as did the growing High Church movement of the 1840s, about which he had written to a friend in 1843: “I am writing a little history of England for my boy. . . for I don’t know what I would do if he got hold of conservative ideas or the High Church. It was surely the added threat of rampant popery that now spurred him into action, and he began serializing “A Child’s History of England” in his new weekly magazine, Household Words, an organ, writes M . Douglas-Fairhurst, “which aimed to tackle some of the most pressing issues of the day. Whatever the true aim of the book, not all the key figures in the Church of England got the endorsement of Dickens. Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst generously conveys his famous description of the founder of the Church of England, Henry VIII, as “a most intolerable rogue, a disgrace to human nature, and a stain of blood and grease on the history of England”. while James I – who had the Bible translated into English in its most famous form – was “cunning, greedy, wasteful, idle, drunk, covetous, filthy, cowardly, a great swearer and the most vain man on earth”.

But how was 1851 a turning point for Dickens? It seems unlikely that this year will be considered pivotal for this man. Much more appropriate, on the face of it, would be 1857, the year he met his future mistress, Ellen Ternan, or 1858, when he publicly banished his wife, Catherine. Still, Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst is right: 1851 stands out when it comes to Dickens’ writing – which, after all, is why he lives on and on.

Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst observes that “David Copperfield”, published in 1850, had raised a number of questions in the author’s mind: “How do we become the people we are? can the past ever be escaped? is it possible to write a happier future for ourselves? These questions crept into what became “Bleak House” as it germinated and grew in its author’s imagination throughout 1851. Eventually he began to put it down on paper at the end of the year. (The novel began to appear in installments in Household Words in March 1852, running through September 1853.)

‘Bleak House’ marked a departure from the author’s previous work – which had moved from sketches and vignettes to picaresques and Bildungsromans – and is generally recognized as the first of the ‘noir’ novels. They were dark, writes Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst, “not because they were dark (in some ways they were the funniest novels Dickens had ever written) but because they reflected his growing sense of a serious social mission and his understanding of the kind of narrative that would be needed to bring him justice.In “Bleak House”, England’s “sins and neglects” are exposed in the chancery’s dead hand, the illegitimate birth of Esther Summerson, Mrs. Jellyby’s selfish disregard for her children, Joshua Smallweed’s rapacious money lending, Mr. Tulkinghorn’s blackmail and, most shockingly, in the scenes of the slum called Tom-All-Alone’s and the Miserable Life and the death of poor Jo, the street sweeper.

In the world of “Bleak House”, the characters are gradually revealed to be part of a complex and, at first, invisible web. A fog rolling over the first page of the novel has the metaphorical effect of obscuring this canvas, concealing the secrets of birth, the sins of deception, and the machinations of the Court of Chancery, which turn petitioners into paupers and suicides. It is fitting that the fog is densest near the Court of Chancery, which hangs over everything in the book and suffocates the life of anyone (aside from a lawyer) careless enough to be caught in its spirals. Its evil is institutional and inhuman, like other institutions and organizations in Dickens’ novels: like the heartless Parliament, or the workhouse system, or the Circumlocution Office in “Little Dorrit,” or, indeed, the missionary society foreigner to whom Mrs. Jellyby devotes herself, neglecting her more or less wild children. Regardless of their existence, his “beautiful eyes.” . . had a curious habit of seeming to look away.

The great question addressed in “Bleak House” is posed by the disembodied narrator: “What connection could there have been between many people in the countless histories of this world who, on either side of great gulfs, have yet were very curiously reunited! “In this book, connections are everywhere, often made invisibly by blood, disease and money – hoped for, paid for, due and lost. One of the most powerful and melancholic bonds was forged by Jo, not only by infecting Esther and her maid with what appears to be smallpox, but in her bond, somehow , with everyone. Dickens wants his readers to understand that this is not just a plot, but rather that the misery he lives in Tom-All-Alone’s reflects the real bonds that exist in English society:

“Not a drop of Tom’s corrupted blood spreads infection and contagion anywhere. He will pollute the choice stream this very night. . . of a Norman house, and His Grace will not be able to say no to the infamous alliance. There is not an atom of Tom’s drool, not a cubic inch of pestilential gas he lives in, not an obscenity or degradation about him, not an ignorance, not a malice, not a brutality in his act, who does not produce his punishment through all the orders of society to the proudest of the proud and the highest of the high. . . defile, plunder and spoil.

As “Bleak House” came to life in Dickens’ imagination, two deaths in the family darkened his mood: that of his father and his beloved 8-month-old daughter, Dora. Although he was in mourning, he nevertheless embarked on a daunting number of projects that year, which Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst tells us about in detail. Two were projects undertaken with Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The couple hoped to establish a Guild of Literature and Art which would provide both financial support and accommodation for poor artists and writers. Dickens believed, in the words of Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst, “that increasingly modern writers were going to be people like him – bubbly with ambition but situated outside the traditional class system – rather than figures like Thackeray socially refined.”

In order to raise funds for the guild, the two received permission from the Duke of Devonshire to use his large London household to stage the royal premiere of a play, “Not So Bad as We Semem”. The production was threatened with disaster: Rosina, Bulwer-Lytton’s unhinged wife, promised to dress up as an orange seller and throw rotten eggs at the audience, a particularly gruesome prospect given that Queen Victoria and Albert would be present. Despite being troublesome in virtually every other way, Rosina was unsuccessful, possibly because Dickens had put her detective-hero Charles Field (fictitious as Inspector Bucket in “Bleak House”) on the case.

Dickens’ role that year also included working with wealthy philanthropist Angela Burdett Coutts in running Urania Cottage, a shelter for former prostitutes in Shepherd’s Bush. Their approach to good works was the reverse of that of Mrs Pardiggle, who in “Bleak House” rushed upon the poor, “applying benevolence to them like a vest of strength”. At Urania Cottage, women received domestic training, colorful clothing and a cheerful atmosphere.

Throughout the year Dickens continued to edit and contribute to the weekly Household Words. If that wasn’t enough for a mortal, he took it upon himself to move his family to a larger residence, the imposing but decrepit Tavistock House. He set to work to refurbish it, involving himself, as Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst shows, in every detail and enduring all the obstructions and delays that have marked such projects throughout the human history.

Given that Dickens’ life was written to death, it’s surprising and admirable how fresh Mr. Douglas-Fairhurst’s focus on a single year turns out. It is compelling in pointing out the effect the Great Exhibition had on Dickens’ growing concern with social injustice and showing how his many other activities contributed to it. But one must wonder about the hackneyed and misleading subtitle of the book. The year 1851 may have marked a change in Dickens’ work, but in the world? No. This beautiful book itself deserves a change of title.

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Best-selling author shows how Trump allies plot to undermine January 6 investigation


Best-selling author Don Winslow says former President Donald Trump’s allies have one goal in mind as they dodge the committee investigating the January 6 assault on the US Capitol: to run out of time.

They refuse to cooperate ― and in some cases, defy subpoenas ― knowing their court cases will take time and hope to stall after the midterm elections. Republicans seem ready to regain control of the House and close the investigation, which would leave all of Trump’s allies off the hook:

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Winslow, author of several New York Times bestsellers, has been a persistent critic of Trump and his enablers. He created a series of viral anti-Trump videos during the 2020 campaign and has since continued his activism online, including calling for those involved in the January 6 assault on the US Capitol to be held accountable.

He also took on Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) for obstructing key parts of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for his ‘disastrous’ COVID policies -19 and the Texas “Anti-abortion law.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

Daring Is Stronger Than Fear: A Hip-Hop Artist Writes Music To Help People Overcome Fear


When Rome Herbert was about 8 years old, he frequently attended spoken word shows with his mother in Indianapolis and was inspired by her artistic talent.

“I knew I wanted to do spoken word because of the way [it] could move the audience and elicit emotions,” Herbert said.

However, he was also influenced by music, specifically hip-hop and rap.

“Hip-hop was the perfect fusion of [spoken word]“, said Herbert, “but also … the music that people liked more around me.

Herbert said mental illness was actively present in his childhood. According to Mayo Clinic . He spent most of his childhood moving between his mother’s and grandmother’s homes.

Herbert’s parents lived in the northwest suburbs of Indianapolis, but he most often lived with his grandmother near the east side of town, according to his site biography.

“As a product of black American schizophrenia, I’m referring to this idea that black people in America have to live two different lives – one that’s acceptable and assimilates to white America, and then comes back to darkness,” Herbert said.

When Herbert was around 12, he dedicated himself to becoming a hip-hop artist and sold his first mixtapes at age 16 to other high school students. He said his strong Christian faith inspired him to pursue a career in music, and the message of his songs and his brand would revolve around faith, hope and love – three key qualities. who helped him face the challenges of his childhood.

Herbert started studying telecommunications at Ball State in 2014, but changed his major to creative writing after taking a creative writing option. In a class with associate professor of English Brian Morrison, Herbert said he and his classmates would share poems with each other and offer commentary, which changed Herbert’s songwriting process.

“This [class] helped me a lot to be open to criticism and improvement from other artists, to share drafts of my songs, and to get constant feedback to improve,” Herbert said. “This experience has helped me learn to let others be more involved in my process.”

While attending Ball State, Herbert performed shows on and around campus, including Be Here Now in the Village and Uggly’s Bar and Grill on the south side of Muncie. He carried a notebook in which he invited his fans to write comments after the shows.

“The word I heard from everyone was ‘bold, bold, bold,'” Herbert said. , at its core, is something to listen to instead of be afraid of.

In 2018, Josh Holowell, senior pastor of City Hope Fellowship in downtown Muncie, launched an internship where he hired Herbert as one of three interns. He noticed Herbert in his speeches and sermons at the Impact Ministry at Ball State, which champions the black community and its spiritual leaders.

As an intern, Herbert worked to start a ministry at Muncie Central High School and the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie. However, the two processes never became full-fledged programs due to COVID-19 concerns, he said.

“He worked really hard to connect with everyone in our town — and he was just like everyone in our town,” Holowell said. “[Herbert] was somehow influential in the organization of some [the] things in which we participated.

After Herbert’s one-year internship ended, he moved on to work part-time for the City Hope Fellowship as outreach director and guest preacher for Sunday sermons.

“I think [Herbert] was our most gifted preacher on the staff, including myself,” Holowell said. “He had a sort of prophetic bent…he saw and called out injustice or sin…and also brought the hope of Jesus to the situation, always.”

Herbert returned to Indianapolis in August 2021 but maintains a connection with his fanbase — whom he calls “the Romans” — via Thursday night Twitch streams and a Patreon page.

Rome Herbert performs his “music to fight fear”. Herbert began studying telecommunications at Ball State in 2014. Josh Bennet, Photo Provided

The main reason Herbert moved back to Indianapolis was to be closer to his 86-year-old grandmother, who “had a huge impact” on his life and was aging and needed more care, he said. .

After returning to Indianapolis, Herbert reconnected with Alvin Laguerre, another hip-hop artist and 2021 Ball State graduate he met through the Impact movement.

“The path [Herbert] talking and chasing people has always stayed with me,” Laguerre said. “Just by meeting him, he made me feel known and loved and heard my story.”

Laguerre said he discovered that Herbert was also a hip-hop artist while getting to know him. Eventually they began to work together, where their discipleship became music.

As a fellow hip-hop artist, Laguerre calls himself “Alvin the Architect,” alluding both to his studies of architecture at Ball State and to the mission behind his songs to build people against fear, fear, and freedom. anxiety and self-doubt.

Laguerre also immigrated to the United States in 2009 from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

“When I immigrated to the United States, I faced a lot of these feelings, so it’s only natural that my

the music would reflect that and show that we can overcome through faith, hope and love,” Laguerre said.

Laguerre and Herbert meet every Monday to spend time together and compose music, with Laguerre serving as producer and Herbert as lyricist and songwriter.

“I think it’s funny because my sound is completely different from Rome’s sound,” Laguerre said.

Herbert is currently working on an EP for his Patreon supporters, “For The Bold”, as well as producing singles to be released on Spotify each month this year, although he said he has several other aspirations, such as releasing new merchandise or certain synchronization licenses.

Although he continues to expand his brand and grow as an artist, Herbert said the message of his songs continues to revolve around faith, hope and love.

“For music, in particular, my main appeal is that I want you to experience being bold and fighting fear,” Herbert said.

Contact Miguel Naranjo with comments at [email protected].

Kristen Campo launches Campout Productions; Renews First Look Deal With Endeavor Content – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Veteran TV producer Kristen Campo launched her own production shingle Campout Productions and renewed her first-look deal with Endeavor Content.

Under her Endeavor Content deal, Campo is executive producing alongside Layne Eskridge, Know Wonder and Abby Ajayi on the recently announced eight-episode limited drama. The parcel for Disney’s Onyx Collective/Hulu based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Campo recently expanded his relationship with Hanff Korelitz with the option of his latest work, The Latecomeralongside Made Up Stories by producer Bruna Papandrea in partnership with Endeavor Content.

Then, thanks to his agreement, Campo The Lazarus Filesbased on the novel Stephanie Lazarus by Matthew McGough alongside Anonymous Content, and crime thriller Him and her based on the novel by Alice Feeney alongside Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Additionally, Campo has established high profile development projects at Apple, Netflix, Starz, HBO Max, and Amazon. Apart from her contract with EC, Campo is currently an executive producer. Partner path for Netflix and The L word: Generation Q for Show Time.

“My long-standing relationship with Endeavor Content is truly meaningful, and I couldn’t ask for better partners,” Campo said in a statement to Deadline. “I’m excited to continue developing compelling premium programming for years to come.”

Joe Hipps, EVP, Television, Endeavor Content, added, “Kristen has been integral to our success since we began working with her nearly five years ago. She’s a beloved member of the extended Endeavor Content family, and we look forward to continuing to create captivating series with the passion she exemplifies in everything she does.

Campout Productions

Campo hired television executive Hannah Getts to run her Campout Productions banner as vice president, development and production.

Getts most recently worked at FilmNation Entertainment in their TV division where she oversaw the development of several projects which included The Stephaniesin development at Hulu and ABC Signature, and television adaptations by Isabel Allende The house of the spirits, and the National Book Award-winning novel by Susan Choi Confidence exercise. Before joining FilmNation in 2015, Getts worked in CAA’s film literature department.

The Campout Productions team also includes Phoebe Mandel, who will work closely with Campo and Getts.

Campo previously served as executive vice president of the television department at Chernin Entertainment, where she oversaw the development and production of the company’s television slate. Campo was also a producer during the first seasons of Apple TV+ The truth must be told and To seewhich are both produced by Endeavor Content as well as the Netflix drama series Bombay Begums.

Prior to Chernin Entertainment, Campo was a partner at FABRIK Entertainment, where she led production and development.

He banned the Yahoos and kept the Fed from social x-rays


It was the best show in town, socialite columnist Dominick Dunne once wrote of Mortimer’s, a brick-walled restaurant on the corner of 75th Street and Lexington Avenue, provided you could get a table.

From this distance, it is not easy either to characterize or even to apprehend the attraction of a joint which, from 1976, until its sudden closure after the death of its owner Glenn Bernbaum in 1998, occupied a unique place in the social landscape of Manhattan and even beyond. . Generally credited with being the clubby spot that appears in Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’, Mortimer was so unassuming that scenes in the film were shot elsewhere because, as Mr. Bernbaum himself put it a day, “people in the Midwest wouldn’t do it”. I don’t understand the simplicity of the place.

The decor was basic at best: bare brick walls, school lanterns, a curved bar inherited from when it served as a saloon, and bentwood chairs with hard seats including Vogue’s editor, André Leon Talley, once complained of being “difficult for the buttocks”. The menu offered nursery fare like chicken hash, salmon croquettes and creamed spinach, all reasonably priced (a hamburger in 1976 cost $1.90) because, as Mr. Bernbaum also observed , no one is as cheap as the rich.

Mortimer’s clientele was always there, and it was indeed a star-studded lot, as evidenced by ‘Mortimer’s: A Moment in Time’, a new coffee table book by Robin Baker Leacock, with images by Mary Hilliard , to be published next month by G Editions. The book illuminates a vanished social landscape populated by the wealthy, well-connected, famous, and sophisticated, a group that matched Marlene Dietrich’s longstanding observation of New Yorkers that they are constantly hungry for anything but food.

By all accounts, Mr. Bernbaum, a former garment industry executive who, as part of his second post-retirement act, bought an Upper East Side building, was a curmudgeon. With no experience in the hospitality industry, he set up his restaurant in a corner, wedged between a Catholic church and two now defunct gay bars and began to run it, in effect, as a preserve.

“It was a club, basically,” writer Bob Colacello said in an interview.

A man of contradictions, Mr. Bernbaum was rude and kind, aloof and warm, sad and often very funny. “Upper East Side fighter” is how Peter Bacanovic, a technical executive and long-time Mortimer regular, recently dubbed the man. Yet unlike the Hound of Hades, Mr. Bernbaum ferociously guarded the gates of his domain against those he considered the unwashed social dead, pampering and flattering the privileged who passed through the door.

It is instructive to reflect on the small size, in the pre-digital world, of this largely self-selected elite group that seemed to rule New York. The Capital “S” company was prospering at this time. Fashion was effectively controlled by John Fairchild, the snobby editor of Women’s Wear Daily. A tight group of “confirmed bachelors” like Mr. Bernbaum, Bill Blass and the socialite Jerry Zipkin – who probably had a better hotline with the White House Reagan than the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – subtly exercised their power over the social scene. Ornamental young debutantes frolic in Christian Lacroix pouf dresses. And the ladies who had lunch really did – if you can call a meal three bull shots and a Craven A cigarette smoked in a Dunhill cigarette holder.

This is how publisher, novelist and former gossip columnist William Norwich described his introduction to Mortimer’s shortly after it opened in 1976. Mr Norwich first visited the place as a guest of his mother’s mother. a friend and has returned over the years, drawn, as most of his clients were, by the jaw-dropping gaze people stared at.

Invariable on Sunday, 1B, a table to the right of the window would be occupied by Diana Vreeland. Nan Kempner sat nearby, as did fashion plaque and philanthropist Judith Peabody, crowned in her signature bouffant nimbus. On any given day, alone or in combination, as Mr. Dunne noted in Vanity Fair, one was likely to spot heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, Jacqueline Onassis, Estée Lauder, William S. Paley, Fran Lebowitz, Henry Kissinger, Claudette Colbert, Katharine Graham, Mike Wallace, Lord Snowdon or Greta Garbo.

Few of these A-list actors survive longer in collective memory, and so it’s as a document of a bygone era that the book earns its hefty $85 sale price.

Perhaps one way of looking at Mortimer is like the sum of New York society in the days ‘before public relations ruled the nightlife’, as Ms Leacock put it from her home near Palm Beach, Florida. go out at night because you have to be on a list, and the list didn’t even exist back then.

Or if it was, it was mostly in the mind of a sly, eccentric, autocratic restaurateur, a man who never took reservations but who, of course, as he told Vanity Fair, held scrupulously a joint where we “take care of our buddies.”

Can a robot tell you that an employee is about to quit? Using People Analytics to Prevent Trade Secret Theft | Fisher Phillips


How to predict when an employee is about to leave your company? Many people say that experience, personal knowledge of the particular person, and “gut feeling” can predict when someone might leave. But what if, rather than relying on subjective measurements, you could use predictive data and analytics to answer this question? Welcome to the world of People Analytics, a digital age solution that could help your organization prevent trade secret theft.

“Now we live on the Internet”

We live in a world of data. It’s the modern gold rush. The last 10 years (or so) have seen a boom in the growth of data analytics – also called Big Data and predictive analytics. Outside of the legal industry, businesses and governments are using data to do incredible things – all fueled by the phenomenal growth of the internet and smartphones, the expansion of internet bandwidth, the growth of social media and the significant decrease in the cost of computer memory combined with a simultaneous and exponential growth in improved computer processing speeds. As one character in the movie “The Social Network” put it, “We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we live on the Internet.” And when you live on the Internet, all the data relating to all our activities are collected and processed.

This exponential growth in data has attracted academia and fueled the growth of the field of data analytics. This field – data analysis – is booming. In its essence, data analysis is the combination of mathematics and social sciences. It is the study of human behavior by numbers. He is looking

not knowing why something happened, but what will happen next.

These data analysis tools are very powerful. Las Vegas casinos make big money, often based on odds that favor the house a few percentage points above 50%. In contrast, an effective data analytics tool can predict things with over 80% probability.

Over the past decade, data analytics has been used to to predict everything from knowing if a customer is pregnant based on her grocery purchases; the likely location of IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan; which majors are best for students; the location of influenza epidemics based on Internet search queries; an individual’s creditworthiness (based in part on their Facebook friends); when delivery trucks and cars break down; the future performance of a professional athlete; and even financial fraud – before it happens. These are just a few examples, but the list could go on for many (numerical) pages.

Welcome to People Analytics

Some believe that data analytics will have an even greater impact on our lives than the Internet. So, it should come as no surprise that data analytics is making substantial inroads in HR departments. It is a natural evolution. Data analytics is used – according to some estimates – by more than 80% of HR departments. Indeed, the new buzzword in the world of HR is “People Analytics”.

Employee retention is one area where People Analytics can help HR departments. Is it possible to create an analytics tool that helps HR departments predict when an employee may leave? The short answer is yes. These data tools are used to study the factors that impact retention and predict when – from a macro and micro perspective – employees might leave the company.

In the past, employers relied on exit interviews and employee surveys to try to find the key factors that predicted a retention problem. In 2019, Professors Brooks Holtom (Georgetown University) and David Allen (Texas Christian University) decided to take a data-driven approach. In an article for the harvard business review, Holtom and Allen explained how they used predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms to find the key indicators that indicate when an employee is about to quit. They found two key factors.

  • The first was “turnover shocks”. These are major events that cause an employee to think about leaving an organization – a merger, major litigation, changes in management, negative public relations events. Rotation shocks can also be personal – birth of a child, death of a spouse, illness, job offer from outside.
  • The second factor was “work integration”. This measures how deeply connected employees are to their work. This examines things like their social connections at work, their involvement in the community, and their personal values, interests, and skills.

Based on these factors, Holtom and Allen created a Rollover Propensity Index (TPI) that scored employees based on these factors. Holtom and Allen then looked at various data sources for over 500,000 people and found that their TPI score was very good at predicting which individual employees would leave the company.

The best of worlds

As a trade secret lawyer, this is a fascinating concept. Typically, trade secret litigation begins with a frantic Friday afternoon phone call, with a manager calling his attorney to say that one or more employees have suddenly quit and gone to a competitor (or to start their own Rival company). If the departing employee(s) does not have a covenant, the rush becomes whether the employee took confidential information or trade secrets before quitting. In these cases, carrying out even a preliminary forensic analysis of the relevant sources can take several days or even weeks. Your trade secrets attorney may feel like they’re always catching up, trying to piece together what the employee did to potentially steal confidential information and even trade secrets.

What if you had a head start? What if you have been given advance notice that an employee is leaving? This would be extremely valuable to both companies and their trade secret attorneys. As noted above, these tools are now available, and as researchers iterate and learn, these tools will undoubtedly become more efficient, more commonplace, and more powerful.

4 key considerations before turning to People Analytics

But how could one practically use a tool like this? And what should you do if you think an employee is about to walk away with your trade secrets?

The first step is to respect employee privacy. As People Analytics has grown, employees have become more aware of what their employers are doing for workplace monitoring. Workplace surveillance is subject to a wide variety of federal and state laws. In Europe, there are strict laws against certain types of workplace surveillance. These laws will, in some respects, cross the ocean into the United States. It’s just a matter of time. Employers should always keep in mind the restrictions against workplace surveillance that apply to them.

Second, as employers have become targets of cybercrime, many companies have purchased and used data loss prevention (DLP) software. DLP applications can be very good at identifying when employees are doing things like downloading documents to an external drive or sending documents to a personal email address. If you think an employee is likely to leave, check to see if your company has a DLP program and if it can be set up to identify when employees violate certain rules (like improperly uploading documents).

Third, if you find that an employee is getting hold of your trade secrets, immediately shut down their computer and network access. That doesn’t mean you have to fire them right away. But cut off their access and talk to them. See what happens. There could always be an innocent explanation for their conduct. But until you are comfortable with the explanation, cut off their access to your digital assets, especially all confidential information and trade secrets.

Fourth, if the employee confirms that he plans to leave, draw up a separation agreement when the employee promises (or reaffirms) their obligation to return all company property before leaving, including physical devices and all electronic information. The latter is especially important in this era of COVID-19 where many employees are working from home. Much of the “stealing” of trade secrets today is actually improper “keeping” of trade secrets and confidential information that exists in home offices and personal devices, email accounts and other cloud-based storage accounts. It is therefore imperative that you specifically ask the departing employee to return all devices and information before leaving. And it is equally important that you do this in writing and that you receive written confirmation from the employee that he has complied with these obligations.


Many of these practical measures are neither new nor revolutionary. But what is new is the impact People Analytics will have on HR departments. It is prudent for outside and inside attorneys to understand these developments and learn the risks and benefits of using these data-driven tools in the near future.

Local author works to bring the world to children » WDET 101.9 FM


Sasha Rayyn

Stephanie Fazekas-Hardy says culture is at the heart of her books. The local author and librarian, who writes as SF Hardy, has written four children’s books.

Fazekas-Hardy says she started writing when she was a child. She says it helped her when there were things she could or did not feel comfortable discussing.

As an adult, she wants to tell stories about travel, animals and culture.

SF Hardy’s “Like a Salad” explores the nuances of skin through the eyes of children.

“My first book ‘The Empress’ New Hair ‘is loosely based on my experiences with my hair,’ Fazekas says. people react differently depending on how my hair is – whether it’s curly or straight, long short.”

Hardy’s book “Dancing Monkeys in My Soup” is more complicated than the title suggests. There are monkeys – finger monkeys, even – but there are also dances and dishes from Peru.

“I have no connection with Peru,” Fazekas-Hardy said. “I would like to go there one day.”

“Peru was selected when I started to do my research on pygmy marmosets. Not only did “Peru” rhyme with soup — because I found the title first… I love dancing and I love food. So I started researching pygmy marmosets and learned that one of their habitats was in Peru. …And as I started researching Peru, I learned more about Afro-Peruvian dances. So it all came together.

Jabbar, the frustrated hero of “Dancing Monkeys in My Soup” also stars in Fazekas-Hardy’s new book “Bush Baby, Buh Baby Go to Sleep.”

“He travels to different continents, different countries on different continents, and encounters animals that we don’t normally hear about,” says Fazekas-Hardy.

In the new book, Jabbar is in Kenya trying to fall asleep when nocturnal bush babies invade his room.

“So there’s a little jingle ‘bush baby, bush baby go to sleep; mom won’t hear a peek.

Fazekas-Hardy explores the behaviors and sounds of the animal and the culture of the environment around it.

She says her mission is to cultivate the pleasure of reading – as an author and as a writer.

“Reading is my drug of choice. And so I try to share it with everyone.

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HarperCollins Publishers India presents Handle with Care Travels with my Family (To Say Nothing of the Dog)


NEW DELHI, March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HarperCollins Publishers India is proud to announce the launch of “Handle with Care Travels with my Family (To Say Nothing of the Dog)” by Shreya Sen-Handley today.

“Shreya’s desire for new experiences and attention to detail reminds me by Robert Louis Stevenson travel writings. Never a dull moment!” – Ruskin Bond.

About the book

Shreya Sen-Handley Handle with Care is a cheerful and expressive travel diary that chronicles his adventures around the globe. In tow, most of the time, is the “quirky clan” of her British husband, their two children and their dog.

Behold the tales of the world beyond the south Kolkata and Sherwood Forest – places they call home. From popular Indian locations like Rajasthan and Kerala to bustling international capitals like new York and ParisEnglish idylls like Dorset and Haworth to the sleepy pleasures of Corfu – the journeys are described in startling detail, seasoned with humor and sprinkled with sound advice. No matter how strenuous the hike, a Holds up well to storms, and while you’re at it, have fun, eat, and reveal. Misadventures or not, we learn, there is always magic to be found.

These are delightful stories that will take a places without having to move an inch.

“Over the past two pandemic years, we have all found ourselves under house arrest, our worlds shrunk to microscopic dimensions by the deadly virus that threatens us! Stories of adventure, discovery and fun have saved us in these dark times of losing our zest for life, allowing our minds and hearts to still be transported, to touch other lives and lands when we cannot. And although this book has been in the works for some time, covering as he makes it the lively journeys of a family, my family, and the many animals, canines, humans and others, associated with him for over 40 years, I’m glad he came out at precisely this point – when we most need to remember how much he is glorious to explore, laugh, love and hope for the best. So this is my little bit to keep our spirits up: with stories about my eccentric family’s adventures in this wonderful world of ours.”
Shreya Sen-Handleyauthor of Handle with Care.

“A book about love – romantic, parental, family and whatever the word for the family dog. About love of place, history, literature, poetry and art, all over the world. It celebrates adventure and fun…Totally wonderful, brilliantly written, witty and kind, and I recommend it as a fabulous read for anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
Lee Durrellauthor, naturalist and television presenter

About the Author

Shreya Sen-Handley is the author of Memoirs of My body (2017), which won Best Nonfiction Book of the Year at the 2018 NWS Writing Awards, and the collection of short stories Strange (2019). Welsh National Opera librettist and the first South Asian woman to write an international opera, she collaborated with WNO on their film series Create change in 2020, and a multicultural opera with 200 performers Migrations tour Britain in 2022. His play Quiet was staged in London by the Tara Theater in 2021.

His short stories and poetry, published, broadcast and shortlisted for prizes in India, Britain and Australiaalso led a UK National Hate Crime Campaign in 2020.

Shreya teaches creative writing at various institutions, including the University of Cambridge. She is also a columnist and illustrator. She lives with her husband, two children and a dog in Sherwood Forest, England.

About HarperCollins Publishers India

HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.

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Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Ceremony for Virtual Presentations April 6-8


Tue 03/01/2022 – 3:38 pm | From: David Tisdale

All things related to the wonder and joy of children’s literature are on the agenda April 6-8 when the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) ( USM) presents, online, the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and the Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Book Awards Ceremony.

Out of an abundance of caution, the festival’s steering committee has opted to continue to hold the event in a virtual format due to ongoing concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brian SelznickEach year, the festival honors a noted children’s literature author or illustrator with its top prize, the Southern Miss Medallion, for their contributions to the genre. This year’s winner is an award-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznickthe creator of the Caldecott Medal The New York Times bestsellers The invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted from the Oscar-winning film Hugo by Martin Scorsese; and Amazed, adapted from the eponymous film by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick. Selznick will give the keynote speech at the festival

Selznick is also the author of The New York Times bestsellers Wonders and Baby monkey, private detective co-written by David Serlin. More recently, he illustrated the covers for the 20th anniversary paperback edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. His books have been translated into over 35 languages.

“We are entering our third fully virtual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, and while we miss our in-person community very much, we believe it is the safest for everyone involved,” said Karen Rowell, “I am proud that despite the ongoing pandemic, we have never stopped bringing award-winning authors and illustrators to our Festival. We plan to be back in person in 2023.”

Other keynote speakers at the festival include Jen Bryant, Lesa Cline – Ransome and James Ransome, Stone of Nice, Raul the Third, Angie ThomasDr. Eric Tribunella, and Donna Washington.

Thomas is a Mississippian and author of the famous The hate you give, and her keynote address is the first this year to be sponsored by a generous gift from retired SLIS Director Dr. Theresa Welsh to establish the USM SLIS Conference; Dr. Tribunella, a specialist in children’s literature, is a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences at USM.

The Ezra Jack Keats Award was created to support illustrators and writers, early in their careers, who create extraordinary books that reflect our diverse people, the universal experience of childhood, and the strength of family and community. community. Over the years, the EJK has successfully nurtured the early careers of many of our country’s leading children’s book makers.

Ezra Jack Keats Award This year marks the 10and year of USM’s Grummond Children’s Literature Collection co-administering the Ezra Jack Keats Prize. In 2012, Dr. Deborah Pope moved the Keats Book Prize from the New York Public Library to USM and the awards ceremony in conjunction with the Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

Not only does the de Grummond serve as a repository for the work of Ezra Jack Keats, but the festival provides the perfect setting for recipients of the award. The audience is made up of authors, illustrators, librarians, academics and general lovers of children’s literature, said Ellen Ruffin, curator of Grummond’s collection.

“It has been a pleasure to follow the successes of the Keats Award winners as their careers have taken off,” continued Ruffin. “In 2012, Meg Medina received the Keats Prize for her magnificent picture book, Tia Isa wants a car. It seemed like her career had been shot by a cannon because she started publishing young adult novels, middle-aged children’s books, and even more picture books. In 2019, when she received the Newbery Medal for Thank Suarez Chagearswe all felt a sense of pride.

Ruffin noted that USM was part of a milestone with the Keats Prize when, in 2021, it celebrated its 35and a year of recognition for new authors and illustrators whose books portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world.

“The awards ceremony is something we all look forward to at the Kaigler Children’s Book Festival,” Ruffin continued. “Even though this year’s ceremony will be virtual, the presentation is almost as exciting as when we meet in person. It is possible for people to view past awards sessions by visiting degrummond.org.

In 2021, the Keats Foundation produced the film “Tell Me Another Story”, which focuses on the nature and necessity of the award: https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/tell-me-another-story/.

Richard Peck, a longtime supporter of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, made a generous donation in 2016 that now provides an annual stipend to offset festival attendance fees for a limited number of festival attendees; the application deadline is March 4. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through the festival. For more information, including registration details, visit https://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival/.

Reviews | Russian invaders and Ukrainian civilian toll


For the editor:

Re “As War Grinds Into 5th Day, Kremlin Starts Hitting Harder” (news analysis, front page, March 1):

Incredible things are happening in Ukraine. The Russian mastodon seems to waver.

The heroically fierce resistance of the Ukrainian people and the unified reaction of the world demonstrated to Russian elites that Vladimir Putin may have made a mistake.

Already, Mikhail Fridman and Oleg Deripaska – two of Russia’s top oligarchs – have called for peace in Ukraine in defiance of Mr Putin’s orders. I hope other oligarchs, bureaucrats and generals will realize that it is time to distance themselves from Mr. Putin and a lost cause, and commit to respecting international law.

The Biden administration can expedite this process by making it very clear that any war crimes, such as the bombing of residential areas, will be prosecuted in the international war tribunal. This will help deter Russian military personnel from following illegal orders.

There is still a brutal war raging in Ukraine, but an optimistic scenario of how it might end can now be imagined.

Maxim Lyubovsky
Falls Church, Va.
The writer is the author of “The Russia that we preserved”.

For the editor:

Regarding “Rocket Attacks Kill Civilians in Ukraine as Tougher Sanctions Isolate Moscow” (front page, March 1):

Explosive weapon attacks that kill and seriously injure Ukrainian civilians attract media attention. Whenever explosive weapons are deployed in wartime, civilians are likely to be killed and seriously injured, even when they are not targeted.

But most wartime civilian deaths result indirectly from damage to civilian infrastructure, which reduces access to food, clean water, medical care, electricity, communications and transportation. . Civilians fall ill and die of disease, malnutrition, and maternal and neonatal disorders. Mothers and young children, people with disabilities and the elderly are particularly at risk.

It is extremely important that action be taken now to protect civilians and essential civilian infrastructure, and to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Barry S. Levy
Sherborn, Mass.
The author, physician, is a past president of the American Public Health Association and adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is the author of the forthcoming book “From Horror to Hope”, on the effects of war on health.

Far from home and written off, Dean Elgar’s South Africa shows the resilience of the good old days


They are a far cry from the team that went unbeaten for nine years on the road between 2006 and 2015, but South Africa’s victory in the second Test in Christchurch was a reminder of their away abilities. Not only did they beat reigning World Test Champions New Zealand, but they also did so at a venue they had never played before this tour, and where conditions are considered to be heavily stacked in favor of the local team.

New Zealand had lost just one in ten Test matches at Hagley Oval prior to this Test, and of their eight wins, three had come by one inning. On a seamer-friendly surface, they’ve been known to take down the opposition cheaply, then bat as if they’re operating on completely different ground. The first test was a good example.

Despite all this, Dean Elgar went against the grain by opting to strike first and including Keshav Maharaj, the XI’s only specialist spinner, in anticipation of the deteriorating pitch. History suggested that Elgar made a mistake, but the past five days have proven him right.

And Kagiso Rabada explained that the decision was made on the basis of evidence, not the reputation of the pitch.

“This wicket was much drier [than in the first Test], to look at it with the naked eye and there was a lot less grass on it,” he said after South Africa squared the series. “When you walked on it, the tips have almost sunk in. This tells you that it’s going to be a bit slow. We knew that as the test progressed it would get drier and the tracks would be created for Keshav to exploit. It was the thought. In the end, it was the right decision.”

South Africa scored their first total of over 300 batters since April 2018, and after that Maharaj took four wickets – including three in the second inning – to justify all of Elgar’s decisions and underline the ability of the South Africa to come back after a heavy defeat in the first test. After that loss, no one – not coach Mark Boucher or Elgar himself or any of the players who were highlighted for the media – could explain why the team was so low in energy, and they didn’t nor are they given priority to find out.

“There was no need to dwell on how badly we played,” said Rabada. “While we needed to acknowledge the mistakes we made, we still needed to put game plans in place to make sure we adapted as quickly as possible. It was about understanding where we went wrong and offering game plans and tactics, and also mentally coming back and winning Test 2. It was about waking up and rocking, and executing game plans.

One of the main things South Africa needed was a better start with the bat, and a 111-run opening stand between Elgar and Sarel Erwee in the opening innings gave them that. They also needed players to score centuries, and Erwee and Kyle Verreynne ticked that box as well. Their hitter showed depth and grit, which allowed the bowling offense to operate with a degree of freedom and natural aggression.

Taken together, it was one of the most comprehensive performances South Africa have had in recent times, not least because it followed their second-biggest defeat of all time.

“If you look at previous teams, the word that always fits us best is resilience,” he said. “It was never easy to beat us in a test, and we proved it again.”

In the end, New Zealand were also unable to beat South Africa due to the momentum which Rabada himself seized with a 34-ball 47 with the bat as well as two wickets in his opening spell in the second inning, which set the visitors up for a tie-winning streak. Along with Marco Jansen, Rabada is the co-leading wicket-taker in Tests so far this year, but he has cautioned against overestimating his current form.

“It’s very rare that you feel your best,” he said. “It’s about adapting and trusting your strengths, and trying to do everything you can. You try to create your own luck with hard work and tactical thinking, and let the rest happen. produce. It’s about trying to stick with the process and keep refining.”

This is what South Africa as a unit has been saying for over two years, as it has rebuilt, stumbled and rebuilt again under Boucher. Their record is not what it used to be, but there are “good signs for the future”, as Rabada said.

And good signs from the past too. Since March 2017, New Zealand have lost just three of 23 home Tests, including two against South Africa. Since the start of 2021, only Pakistan (five) and India (four) have won more away Tests than South Africa, with both sides having played more Tests in the same period.

At a time when winning on the road is getting harder and harder, South Africa are showing they are among the teams that can still do it, which bodes well for their next overseas posting – to England this winter.

Author Lorrie Moore Named 2022 Frank B Hanes Writer-in-Residence at UNC Chapel Hill


This year’s Frank B Hanes writer-in-residence at UNC-Chapel Hill is someone the Los Angeles Review of Books calls “one of the best short story writers in the country.”

A new collection of 40 Lorrie Moore stories has been released from Everyman’s Library. The foreword is by fellow writer Lauren Groff who I think sums it up a bit more skillfully.

Groff quotes Moore from How to become a writer. “First, try to be something, anything else.”

So what:

“The only happiness you have is writing something new, in the middle of the night, with wet armpits, pounding heart, something no one has seen before.”

I was eager to read the results of this kind of inspiration. Moore’s stories deal with relationships between and among families, co-workers, lovers and strangers – and often there’s humor that occasionally turns into hilarity. I recently spoke with Moore on the phone about the collection and his upcoming visit to Chapel Hill.

When I first started reading your stories in this collection, I was struck by the way you write about the disappointments of some of your characters…

I think when people go to literature, they’re not really looking for stories of the perfect life that went so well and that everyone is so happy about. I think they’re looking for a certain complexity, the mixed bag that is human nature and human existence.

In “Beautiful Grade”, a professor is dating one of his recent students when they both attend a New Year’s Eve dinner party. The guests are all older friends and professors of Bill’s and he finds it awkward to to be there with his young date, Debbie. The host leads them all into the dining room and you describe what you call the actively prepared salads as follows:

“..the salads, which, with their chunks of cheese, protruding chives and little frieze folios, look like little Easter hats.” How do you describe something so common in such an unusual way?

I think when everyone looks at these things, it triggers analogous images, memories. The thing about writing and writers is that they write these things. I’ve seen salads that look like Easter hats, so I just noted that.

Bill is the serious child his parents couldn’t love the way they loved his sister. And he knows it from a very young age. It’s disappointing for him, isn’t it? He may have resigned himself to it…

I realize that the ending kind of sits next to the rest of the story, but that’s also what underpins his sense of loss and that’s his sister’s death. It’s that feeling that somehow the charm of the world isn’t going to last and the luck of life isn’t going to be permanent. And somehow, when I wrote that paragraph, I just ended the story there.

In addition to classes, you organize public events, including a lecture on Tuesday in the Moeser auditorium and a few panels that deal with humor in storytelling and also writers who put themselves in danger. What is your biggest risk as a writer?

I think that’s what stories are looking for. They’re chasing something that’s a bit dangerous. They are safe spaces because it is fiction and you are protected. But inside of that people say and do things that aren’t necessarily something you wouldn’t say or do yourself and reading that is having an experience you wouldn’t necessarily have but perhaps understanding and expanding yours empathy and expanding your own life.

Lorrie Moore is the 2022 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Resist the Temptation to Withdraw From Senior Year Electives – The Knight Crier


Emilie Dahms

Students working hard in one of their electives, Advanced Art 2.

The opinions expressed in the Op/Ed section of The Knight Crier do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire KC staff.

Many new opportunities come with being a senior at North Penn. Future seniors are often excited about the freedom and flexibility of their schedules for their senior year of high school, but with fewer course requirements, it leaves them the option of arriving late or leaving school early, which which seems quite attractive for senior citizens who have the opportunity, but it may not be the best option.

North Penn offers a variety of choices to suit every student. With many different options ranging from Maths, Art, Business, Science, English and many more options, there are plenty of creative choices for students. However, an option to skip school is easier than taking another class. This is why most students take advantage of it.

“More courses help students understand what they want to do in college. So many kids, when you ask them in their first year and even their senior year, they don’t know. But if they can follow some design principles and then some extra writing or creative writing or journalism classes, maybe even PE classes, math classes, you have a solid understanding of that that you might want to do after school. Voice teacher, Ms. Carrie Dixon said.

Taking creative electives can benefit students now and in the future. Taking most electives at North Penn is free, which can also benefit students financially so they don’t wait for college where they pay for the education. Students can further learn whether they like or dislike a certain activity while still young.

The advantage would be that you decide whether you want to follow it at university or not. In high school, there is no risk, it costs you nothing.

— Ms. Carrie Dixon

“The advantage would be that you decide whether you want to do it at university or not. In high school, there is no risk, it costs you nothing. If you might be thinking about architecture or engineering, you can take a few courses here and we have a great program with lots of good teachers… The teachers could also tell you more about courses at the university. So you get two things, the curriculum and the expertise of the teachers who might say, ‘Here’s what you can do with this degree’ or ‘Here’s what you can do with these classes,’” Dixon explained.

Having such a range of different courses helps students engage with different subjects and also with different people in the building.

“There are so many classes. Then these programs like allied health, biotech program, and technology center being here, kids can go there. But it also allows you to meet new people. So we have all these classes. Sometimes you branch out and end up with kids you haven’t met because there are 3,000 students in high school. So if you’ve never taken the digital photography or creative writing course and you’re here in a creative writing course with different personalities, you’re meeting new friends,” Dixon said.

The decision to take more classes depends on everyone’s schedule and everyone has different opinions about it. However, teachers particularly see the impact this has on students on a daily basis.

“I know the students like it. It changes the culture of the building. Students who arrive late and leave early are your best students in the building. They leave without taking those extra classes that we put so much time and energy into to make it interesting,” she said.

Students who arrive late and leave early are your best students in the building. They leave without taking those extra classes that we’ve put so much time and energy into making it interesting.

— Ms. Carrie Dixon

Students who leave earlier might also shy away from clubs and extracurricular sports. Students who leave around one o’clock could be impacted in their decision to join new activities, the thought process being “why should I go home just to get back to school?” Unfortunately, this is the reality for many students.

“You take [those seniors] away and now the top five percent of your student body is gone. So the assemblies that they may have organized in the end, they are not there for that. They’re all seniors, so when you walk down the halls at the end of the day, you miss those seniors who are able to help and encourage kids,” Dixon said.

Not taking advantage of the great abundance of courses at North Penn is overall a loss of opportunity for students who could benefit from the electives that make North Penn what it is. Electives benefit both students and their classmates, expanding the diversity of students in each class.

A chef co-authored a book on typical South Carolina dishes


Chef Kevin Mitchell hasn’t felt that kind of excitement since defending his master’s thesis at the University of Mississippi.

After months of research, writing, and editing — much of it during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — Mitchell finally got to see a finished copy of “Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories,” which Mitchell co-wrote with famed food scientist David Shields. The book was published late last fall by University of South Carolina Press.

“Finally holding the book in my hand was surreal,” he said. “After the time spent preparing the manuscript, taking photos, cooking and many other things during the pandemic, it was great to have the finished product in my hands.”

Mitchell, who earned a master’s degree in Southern Studies from UM in 2018, is a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. While studying at Ole Miss, he was an SFA Nathalie Dupree Scholar and wrote his dissertation on “From Black Minions to White Mouths: The Freed and Enslaved Cooks of Charleston and Their Influence on Southern Food.”

Mitchell and Shields’ 230-page book is already in its second printing, and Forbes magazine has named it one of the best new cookbooks for travelers.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards also named “Taste the State” as the US winner and 2021 nominee for the Global Winner in the Tourism Food Book category in 2022. Gourmand selects one book per nation in each of its award categories; “Taste the State” was that book, and it will compete with all the other national winners for the global prize.

The book is more comprehensive than just a top 10 list and focuses on iconic South Carolina dishes. The idea was a deep dive into Palmetto State food, looking at historical recipes and providing a detailed timeline of when things are introduced. For example, 19th century root vegetables are not the same as 21st century ones.

“We tried to keep the focus on the mission of the book: to be entertaining and inspiring, to get people into the kitchen to try recipes, and not to be too academic,” said Mitchell, who was named Caroline’s Chef Ambassador. of the South in 2020.

They list 82 of the state’s most distinctive ingredients, such as Carolina Gold rice, Sea Island White Flint corn, and cone-shaped Charleston Wakefield cabbage, as well as signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, chicken bog, okra soup, frogmore stew and crab. rice, offering stories of origin and tales of culinary creativity and agricultural innovation.

It was easy for Mitchell to work with Shields, Carolina Professor Emeritus of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina and president of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. Shields is the author of numerous books, including “Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine” and “The Culinarians: Lives and Careers from the First Age of American Fine Dining”, and is a recipient of the Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame of the SFA. Award.

“David locates people who are reintroducing these ingredients to our world and then connects them to chefs like me,” Mitchell said. “As an instructor, it is important that my students understand how these relationships are formed.

“David sends me a box of peppers or California corn to play with, and it inspires me to bring it to my students and hopefully they bring it to the chefs they work for.”

According to the book’s preface, the publisher wanted “something that would be informative even for the most educated cooks and local historians, but also interesting for the visitor and general reader”.

Their research also involved combing through geneologybank.com, which contains newspaper archives, census records and historical books.

“The process was overwhelming at times, which was because many ingredients and dishes had so many log entries, so it was hard to decide which files were being used to write our entries,” he said. . “It was, however, a really interesting way to do research. I would definitely use this technique again.

“Taste the State” is written in dictionary form, in alphabetical order.

“We focused on three things: talking to people about ingredients that were overlooked, focusing on dishes synonymous with South Carolina, and including dishes that would surprise people, like asparagus or oranges,” Mitchell said. “When we returned the manuscript, we had a list of 100 dishes/ingredients and we realized we had gone too far.

“Our contract was 75,000 words and our first draft was 150,000 words, so we had to cut quite a bit.”

One of the things that had to be cut was Madeira, which Mitchell says is one of his biggest regrets.

“So many times when we talk about alcohol in the South, we go for bourbon,” he said. “It was great to see that South Carolina had this great Madeira-related history.”

While at UM, her thesis supervisor was Catarina Passidomo, associate professor of Southern Studies and Anthropology at the Southern Foodways Alliance. It’s exciting for her to see her former student flourish after graduation.

“Kevin is really keen to keep us up to date with his happenings, and they’re always impressive,” said Passidomo, who is also the graduate program coordinator for Southern Studies. “His book project with David Shields is a significant and novel contribution to Southern food research, and his perspective as a professional chef and curator of culinary tradition provides particularly interesting insights.”

Mitchell’s experiences at the center also taught him how to become a better instructor.

“I was able to use research and writing techniques to design a new course called Southern Cuisine and Culture,” he said. “I was able to add some of the readings from Dr. Passidomo’s foodservice course into the curriculum, not only teaching students about food, but also topics centered around Southern cuisine.”

Leonard Kessler, author of colorful children’s books, dies at 101


Mr. Kessler often found inspiration in everyday life. A little boy’s feelings of hunger on a trip to the supermarket, for example, are amplified in “Crunch Crunch” (1955), the sequel to “Plink Plink”, a book about the feeling of thirst.

He once told an interviewer that he crawled on the floor a lot to get a child’s perspective on things. When her young son Paul asked her, “Do baby bears sit on chairs?” Mr. Kessler replied, “I don’t know, but that’s a great title for a book.” (“Do Baby Bears Sit in Chairs?” was published in 1961.)

“The Big Red Bus”, about a bus that lands in a pothole, clogging up traffic, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best illustrated children’s books of 1957. 1990, it was a Times crossword clue (“‘Author of Big Red Bus,’ 5 down).

Credit…via the Kessler family

Leonard Cecil Kessler was born on October 28, 1920 in Akron, Ohio. His father, Albert Lewis Kessler, was a plumber; his mother, Lillian (Rabinowitz) Kessler, was a nursing assistant.

Leonard grew up in Pittsburgh, a neighborhood of European immigrants, and met his future wife, Ethel Gerson, there. They married in 1946, when he returned from World War II. In France and Germany, he had served as an intelligence scout, crawling behind enemy lines after dark to report on positions, which he delivered in atmospheric sketches.

Planning to be an artist, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, now Carnegie Mellon University, on the GI Bill, sharing a studio with fellow returning servicemen and a very shy 18-year-old named Andy. Warhola. After earning a BFA in 1949, Mr. Kessler and his wife moved to Manhattan.

Emory to host poet Marilyn Chin for an online reading


ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University is set to host a virtual reading by poet Marilyn Chin to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The online reading at 3 p.m. on March 13 is free and open to the public. Those wishing to participate can register online to receive a link to watch it.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, Chin is a self-proclaimed activist poet. She said her work lamented and celebrated her “hyphenated” Chinese-American identity, according to an Emory press release. Her poems have been called funny, fearless and feminist and have won her many prestigious awards.

She has written five books of poetry, including 2018’s “A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems” and has also written a novel, “Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen.”

In addition to reading online, Chin also plans to discuss poetry with students in English and creative writing classes during her visit to Emory.

“The Rose Library is honored to have Marilyn Chin join us this spring to share her poetry,” said Jennifer Gunter King, director of the Rose Library at Emory. “His vivid and lively poetry will energize our community and create an opportunity to celebrate Asian American poetry and writing. We hope that many Emory students and members of the Atlanta community will enjoy this unique opportunity to share time with such an important figure in the world of poetry.

‘Black Swan’ author calls Bitcoin ‘the perfect sucker game during low interest rates’


Nassim Nicholas Taleb, bestselling author of Black Swan and Antifragiledoes not hide that he is disappointed with Bitcoin.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, academic, mathematical statistician and former quantitative trader. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on probability and uncertainty.

Penguin Random House publishing house describes Taleb’s famous five-book series Uncertain (Duped by chance, The black swan, Procrustes bed, Antifragile, skin in game), which has been translated into forty-one languages, “an investigation of opacity, chance, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk and decision-making in a world we do not understand “.

His editor goes on to say that Taleb “spends most of his time as a stroller, meditating in cafes across the planet”, although since 2008 he has been Emeritus Professor of Risk Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering in New York University.

In his 2007 book The Black Swan, Taleb wrote that a “Black Swan” event is an event that has the following three attributes:

First, it is an outlier because it is outside the realm of regular expectation, as nothing in the past can convincingly indicate its possibility.

Second, it has an extreme “impact”.

Third, despite its aberrant status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its appearance after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.

I stop and summarize the triplet: rarity, extreme “impact” and retrospective (but not prospective) predictability.

A small number of Black Swans explain almost everything in our world, from the success of ideas and religions, to the dynamics of historical events, to elements of our own personal lives.

According to a Twitter post from last weekend, Taleb took a swipe at Bitcoin, arguing that the cryptoasset does not serve as a proper hedge against a number of economic factors.

Taleb asserted that Bitcoin is not a hedge against inflation, oil shortages or stocks, and noted that the number one crypto-asset by market capitalization has failed to serve as a hedge against geopolitical events. . Taleb said that instead, Bitcoin was “actually the exact opposite” and worked like a “perfect game” during periods of low interest rates.

Taleb’s comments come in response to Bitcoin falling to around 50% of its all-time high amid a general sell-off in crypto markets. Despite the global backdrop of upcoming rate hikes and the Ukraine-Russia war, bitcoin failed to appreciate against the dollar.

Taleb, who previously supported the rise of crypto as an alternative source of money, has become increasingly critical of digital assets. Taleb revealed earlier in the month that he had started selling his BTC, noting the crypto-asset’s high volatility and failure to materialize as a suitable form of payment.

In June 2021, Taleb published an article titled “Bitcoin, Currencies, and Bubbles”, arguing that Bitcoin has failed to satisfy the notion of “currency without government”. Taleb asserted that Bitcoin is not a store of value in the short or long term and is not a suitable safe haven for investors.


The views and opinions expressed by the author, or anyone mentioned in this article, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment or other advice. Investing in or trading crypto-assets involves the risk of financial loss.

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What is an AI writing assistant and how can it help me as an entrepreneur?


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The number of companies using AI has increased dramatically in recent years, from small businesses to giants like Google and Facebook. The rise of AI can be attributed to advances in machine learning, big data analytics, and cloud computing.

But there is a lot of misinformation about what exactly AI means. Let’s find out what it is and why you should care about it as an individual or as a business owner.

What are AI writing assistants and how have they changed marketing?

An AI copywriting assistant is software that automates one or more phases of the content generation process for marketing purposes. AI copywriting assistants can help with ideation, structure, and even tone and style, giving marketers more time to focus on their unique skills and brainstorm new ideas.

Due to its wide range of capabilities, an AI copywriting assistant has the potential to make the job of marketers easier: it can generate content at scale while ensuring that each post has the right tone and structure according to the customer specifications. Additionally, it can also support error-prone tasks such as copy editing

Many writers now use AI writers to create content because the software can identify the best structure and vocabulary to use, which can be a cumbersome process for writers. It also helps them overcome writer’s block by giving them new ideas about what they should write.

AI writers are also much cheaper than human writers and can generate content at scale. This is due to their ability to learn from large datasets and operate efficiently.

Related: 3 Entrepreneurial Uses of Artificial Intelligence That Will Change Your Business

How to find the right AI assistant for your needs

So how do you know which AI assistant is best for your business? To start, you want to think about what type of content you need. Do you need data-rich articles with keyword-rich titles that can rank well on search engines? If so, an automated content creator that specializes in SEO is ideal.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more creative and less technical, an AI writing assistant that specializes in creative writing or emotional content may be perfect for your needs.

There are also AI assistants that specialize in designing infographics or editing video scripts.

Related: How to design the ideal AI assistant

The importance of AI in various industries

The emergence of AI has changed the way we do business. It eliminates the need for human intervention in many cases, which means there is no need to staff and manage huge teams to handle customer service issues. For example, AI-assisted call centers can handle support tickets accurately and quickly without requiring all-day human labor.

We will start to see more and more jobs replaced by AI as it becomes more advanced, so it is important now to consider how AI can be used for better productivity.

How AI can boost your productivity

How you use AI will depend on your business and what you plan to do with it. When you’re starting a startup or a business, AI can be incredibly helpful. It can provide you with information about your target audience and how they will react to certain changes in your product or service offerings.

To work on a project, you need to have a good idea of ​​what you want to do. In some cases, it can be as simple as listing all your ideas and going from there. In other cases, it may be more difficult. This is where AI can come in ⁠—the software will help you find the best idea for your project and help you with your workflow.

In fact, AI is already impacting businesses today. The main question is not what AI can do for a business, but rather how a business can leverage AI to improve customer experience and increase profitability. AI assistants are on the rise and they have been used for a variety of tasks ranging from content generation to machine translation. As more companies start using these technologies, they will change the way we work and live.

Related: The Future of Productivity: AI and Machine Learning

A Picture Book for Children, Places to Go for Children and Women by Wyatt Earp – Twin Cities


From a fun picture book that teaches kids where they belong, where they can go in the Twin Cities, to a Wyatt Earp Wives Tale, here’s today’s walk through the genres .

“We belong” by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera. (Carolrhoda Press, $17.99)

“I love writing challenges,” says Laura Purdie Salas of “We Belong,” her new rhyming verse children’s picture book illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera.

And it was a challenge.

Salas is an award-winning author of more than 130 books, including “BookSpeak! Poems About Books,” winner of a Minnesota Book Award. So she’s not new to writing poetry-focused picture books. But “We Belong,” she says, was “totally different” because she had never done a rhyming picture book.

In 2018, Salas sent a manuscript of a preschool picture book on intersectionality to Carol Hinz, associate editor at Minneapolis-based Carolrhoda Books. Hinz rejected the rhymeless manuscript but loved two stanzas of Salas’ rhyming verse. “How would you feel about writing an affirmation book for young children all in verse?” she asked Salas.

Salas took up the challenge and created the new animated book with three things in mind to introduce to his young readers: rhyme, opposites and the idea of ​​belonging.


“Perhaps you are silent,/You wonder./You dream. Thoughts flow gently,/clear as a stream. Maybe you’re loud, /AH-CHOOOOOO/TSY-S-TAT! Nobody says, ‘Can you repeat that?’


“Does the world call you Black?/Does it say you’re white?/Whatever your color, your skin is perfect. We all wear our skin like trees wear their bark, / in endless shades between light and dark.

And belonging:

“Play with the toys you think are fun. / Put on a tutu and hit a home run! / Be whoever you want. / CHOOSE WHO YOU ARE.”

“I wanted to explore the differences and what we have in common,” Salas said in a YouTube video. On his webpage (laurasalas.com) she says she believes that “every quality has value, and people along the continuum of any quality are also valuable. Accepting our differences is important. But feeling safe and valued is still more essential. … I’m thrilled to tell kids, “I appreciate you, just the way you are. It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, or how you express your gender. You belong.”

Aguilera’s bright and energetic illustrations of children laughing, screaming, jumping, make this a book full of life. There are children of all colors in all kinds of clothes; some in wheelchairs, others a little chubby. But everyone is having a good time. They really feel like they belong.

Salas will host a virtual book launch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, hosted by Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. She will read excerpts from the book, provide insight into her writing process, and suggest a writing activity for families or classrooms. For more information, visit: redballoonbookshop.com.

super cities book cover“The great cities! The twin towns” by Colleen Sexton (Arcadia Children’s Books, $14.99)

Subtitled “Minneapolis and St. Paul combine to form world-class city pair!” this is an introduction for children ages 7 and up that introduces the history, people and culture of this state’s largest metropolitan area. Even adults might be surprised by some information. Did you know there is a state rock? (It’s agate.) Or that St. Paul and Minneapolis have city flags?

From the Children’s Museum in St. Paul to the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, this book features places kids will love to visit. There are listings of art and theater venues, restaurants, sports, and people from other cultures.

It would be a good source for a book report or as a starter text in a geography class (or whatever they call learning places these days).

The book’s color and black-and-white photos, as well as cartoons, are woven into a busy, colorful layout that’s eye-catching and just the right mix for this age group.

“Geographies of the Heart” by Caitlin Hamilton Summie (Fomite, $15)

cover of the book geographies of the heart… Sarah is the sun, all heart and warmth. She knows every name on the family tree, every twisting little branch. Glennie is the moon, distant, more muted. She remembers the way people carried their babies, their shape and the ailments that took them away. Together they remember everything, and Glennie is sure that only love binds this combination of memory and blood. They just love differently.

Caitlin Summie, a 1986 graduate of Edina High School who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, won awards for her 2017 collection “To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts,” short stories centered on family relationships.

Three of these stories inspired Summie’s first novel, “Geographies of the Heart,” a quiet story that captures the reader’s heart more the more she reads.

It starts slow, with sisters Sarah and Glennie as close as possible. Both love their grandparents. But something happens as the girls grow up and they gradually separate. Beautiful Glennie is determined to become a doctor, and she’s never around when Sarah needs her. Although Sarah is happily married to Al, a big, sweet, easy-going boy, she misses her sister, who didn’t even attend their grandfather’s funeral.

The story is told from the perspective of Sarah, Glennie (who becomes OBGYN), and Al, revealing all of their feelings for each other. There’s no great drama in this novel, but the tension that underlies the characters’ lives becomes increasingly clear as the story progresses. The deep love they have for each other also underlies their feelings.

Wyatt Earp’s wife Josephine, left, reinvented him as a legendary lawman, while wife Mattie Blaylock, right, was abandoned by Earp.

“Necessary Disappointments: Wyatt Earp’s Women” by Pamela Nowak (Five Star Publishing, $25.95)

Half an hour later they gathered in the dining room and ordered whiskeys all around. If there was one thing Mattie loved about this family, it was that the women were okay. They shared past lives – except Allie who said she had been a waitress – and a fondness for drinking and a need to manage their men.

As far as women go, famous lawman Wyatt Earp was not a nice guy, despite his reputation as an honorable lawman.

Earp’s life and that of his brothers James, Virgil and Morgan are starkly different in Pamela Nowak’s intriguing historical fiction, “Necessary Deceptions,” which chronicles the lives of families from the wives’ perspective.

Wyatt Earp was a horse thief, murderer, card cheat, brothel visitor, desperate to become a lawyer so he could save tax money. He also had no problem sending his wives back into prostitution when money was scarce. Meanwhile, he couldn’t keep his hands off the other women and they responded to this tall, broad-shouldered man.

Wyatt’s first wife died of typhoid fever. His second and third wives – Mattie Blaylock and Josephine Marcus – both craved respectability after spending time in brothels. Mattie had run away from home with her younger sister Sarah after their parents decided to marry the 15-year-old to an older man. Josephine and a girlfriend voluntarily joined a group of young girls heading to a brothel in Prescott, Arizona, thinking they were going to have nice clothes and live in the big rooms they saw in the most elite homes. .

As the Earp couples moved to boom towns across the west, the brothers made big plans that the women, especially Mattie, had to avoid. It was the women who anticipated and tried to keep their men on track.

Even though Mattie supported Wyatt during his days under arrest for breaking various laws, he abandoned her. Living as a prostitute, alone, she committed suicide with laudanum and whiskey.

Josephine, who had a long affair with Johnny Behan, gained some respectability and remained with Wyatt until his death, shaping his legend through half-truths, omissions and exaggerations while hiding his own past.

Nowak, who lives in the West but grew up in Minnesota, excerpted local history from her earlier novel, ‘Never Let Go: Survival of the Lake Shetek Women,’ about five women who lived through the Dakota attack. in 1862 at Lake Shetek, a small settlement about 70 miles west of Mankato.

This book begins with the stories of each of the women, so at the time of attack the reader knows and cares about them.

The author uses the same format in “Necessary Deceptions”, telling the stories of Mattie and Josephine in the first half of the book. Wyatt Earp doesn’t even appear until the middle, and by then the reader understands Mattie and Josephine and the lies they tell each other about Wyatt loving them.

Earp and Josephine were together until her death in 1929. They interacted with all the characters we know so well, including “Big Nose” Kate Elder, a former prostitute who was “Doc” Holliday’s longtime companion. , along with Bat Masterson and other gunmen.

The lament of Wyatt’s wives is summed up by Mattie when she tries to calm her bored husband in Dodge City: “Your wild side always comes down to you drifting across the line of respectability and taking me with you. .”

Iraj Pezeshkzad, author of classic Iranian novel, dies at 94


But Professor Abbas Milani, a historian and director of Iranian studies at Stanford University, said the book eclipsed Mr Pezeshkzad’s more serious writings, including his scholarly research into literature by Persian poets Hafez and Saadi. Mr Pezeshkzad, he said, wanted his literary and non-fiction work to receive equal attention. This has never been the case.

When Stanford presented Mr. Pezeshkzad with its Bita Award for Persian Arts in 2014, around 1,200 people attended the ceremony, the most for any Iran-related event at the school.

Iraj Pezeshkzad was born on January 29, 1927 in Tehran to Hassan Pezeshkzad, a doctor, and Gohar Fekri Ershad, an aristocrat of the Qajar dynasty.

He had a sister and three half-brothers, and from the age of 9 lived in a compound surrounded by a 30,000 square foot leafy garden. Some members of his extended family also lived at the compound.

As a child, he was a keen observer of his surroundings and those who inhabited it, and he later drew inspiration from them as a writer. In an essay about his childhood, for example, he recalled the delusional uncle who held court with children, asking them to pay homage to him by kissing his hands.

After graduating from high school in Iran, Mr. Pezeshkzad earned a law degree from the University of Dijon (now the University of Burgundy) in France. He soon began writing satirical short stories for Iranian publications and translating books by French writers like Voltaire and Molière into Persian. Back in Iran, he marries Mahin Chaybani. She died in 1979.

In Iran, he was a judge for five years, then worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as head of its cultural division until he was purged from his post after the revolution. Throughout, he wrote a popular satirical column for a literary magazine and produced plays, articles, research papers and books.

Most of next Deicide album written, says new guitarist Taylor Nordberg


Guitarist Taylor Nordberg (ABSENCE, INHUMAN CONDITION), who recently joined Florida death metal veterans DECIDEwas asked in a new interview with the “Brews N Tunes” podcast if he and his new bandmates started working on the 2018 follow-up “Blasphemy Overtures” album. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “They had started most of the new album before I arrived, but since the announcement [that we are going to celebrate the 30th anniversary of DEICIDE‘s sophomore album] ‘Legion’ [by performing the LP in its entirety], we kind of shifted gears and we’re trying to lock that in and have a set ready just in case a show comes up. But they prepared most of the new album, then we work, polish some details with the last two songs. So I hope it comes out this year. I don’t know of any concrete plans on when we’re going to start pre-production or recording or anything else. But hopefully this year. That would be great. But the material sounds killer. That resembles DECIDE.”

Earlier in the month, Nordberg told how he landed DECIDE concert in an interview with “The Zach Moonshine Show”. He said: “In 2019, my group ABSENCE shot with DECIDE in the States and we got to know the guys and we got along really well. And I actually discovered that glen [Benton, DEICIDE frontman] lives, like, two blocks away Jeremiah [Kling, THE ABSENCE drummer] and me, where we live. So Jeremiah and glen have become good friends and ride their bikes all the time. It’s a funny little thing to think about. But to make it short, [previous DEICIDE guitarist] Chris [Cannella]I believe he is the head of A&R at Dean Guitars so he’s focusing on that for now. I heard they needed a guitarist, so I learned a few songs, made a few videos and glen saw them and liked what he saw. So we had a few practices, and bang bang boom, here we are.”

Cinnamon left amicably DECIDE last month after a three-year run.

When bent over first announced Nordbergis added to DECIDEhe said in a statement: “We are pleased to announce and welcome Taylor Nordberg to the DECIDE family! An incredible and accomplished guitarist who takes our sound to the next level and brings a deep level of professionalism that complements and compliments the DECIDE machine!”

Cinnamon said in a separate statement, “Yes, it’s true. I’m no longer in DECIDE. There is no drama and we have all kept silent so as not to lead to drama or speculation.

“I have all the love and respect for glen, Steve and Kevin. I have had so many good times in the past three years that I treasure my whole life, especially friendship.

“Well done everyone and thank you for all the love and support. I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Cinnamon joined DECIDE in 2019 following the departure of the guitarist mark english.

English became a member of DECIDE in 2016 after the departure of the longtime guitarist jack owen.

“Blasphemy Overtures” was released in September 2018 via Media of the Century.

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A local author takes readers on a journey through the forest of a thousand books | Entertainment


Tara Rack-Amber dreamed of being an author.

“When I was younger, probably around my daughter’s age, I used to write stories. I had this journal bound with floral fabric,” said Rack-Amber, a Uniontown native and Waynesburg University graduate. “I wrote stories that I invented. Being able to create a story and have someone read it has always been a dream of mine.

This dream has come true – again.

Rack-Amber’s non-fiction book “Mousekatots” was published in 2015 by Theme Park Press. In May 2021, she released “Seraphim Falls,” a Lynchian collection of short stories that climbed Amazon’s Top 200 Small Town Novels, under the pen name TR Toth.

And now the former radio personality, public relations coordinator and Golden Pen nominated journalist is adding young adult novelist to her list of accomplishments.

Rack-Amber’s first YA novel “The Sapphire Key” was released in November 2021 and is available for purchase on the author’s website, https://www.tararackamber.com/.

“Of all the three books, this is probably my most important book to me, personally,” Rack-Amber said. “It was a gift for my daughter. It came from a little nugget of an idea she had when she was so little.

While waiting to enter the public library, then 3-year-old Lily Amber (the daughter of Rack-Amber, after whom the novel’s main character is named) remarked to her father that a grove of nearby trees looked like “The Forest of a Thousand Bookshelves.

Rack-Amber’s husband Kevin Amber mentioned Lily’s comment in passing.

“I didn’t think about it too much at first. I just thought, this is so creative,” Rack-Amber said. Months passed, but Rack-Amber couldn’t shake The Forest of a Thousand Libraries.

She thought, “You know, that could make a really nice story.”

Thus, “The Sapphire Key” was born.

The novel follows Lily Buchjager, an eighth grader who struggles to fit in with popular girls when she’s tasked with saving all the stories mankind has ever loved from an evil witch. With the help of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Cowardly Lion – and, of course, a medallion and a little magic – Lily travels from The Forest of a Thousand Libraries through fairytale realms to save the beloved Story Weavers and books.

The story, Rack-Amber said, spread across the page.

“It’s funny because I like to plan everything. For ‘Seraphim Falls’, I completely mapped out everything,” she said. “When I wrote ‘The Sapphire Key’ the very first time, I just sat down and wrote it.”

Within months, Rack-Amber was handing a first draft to her husband, who she says reads all of her work. Though the words flowed, crafting a novel is no easy task — a rollercoaster ride, as Rack-Amber puts it — and there was a moment when she questioned a thread of the story. ‘plot.

“There was a point – I don’t want to say exactly what it was, because it’s a spoiler – where a character ended up dying. I really struggled with that, given the ages the book is aimed at,” Rack-Amber said. “To make it more impactful, it had to happen. As I wrote, I thought to myself that this had to happen for Lily to continue and become the young woman I wanted her to be in the end.

This young woman is a strong, determined and confident girl, someone Rack-Amber hopes her 8-year-old daughter will become.

“I developed the character to look like what I thought (my daughter) might be when she was a little older.”

Lily Amber thinks her mother’s profession — Rack-Amber is now a full-time author-preneur who hosts a “Seraphim Falls” podcast and sells novels on her site — is cool, and it’s her family’s support. which pushes the novelist to put pen to paper, in the figurative sense.

“It’s a lot sometimes. I have a really amazing family supporting me,” Rack-Amber said. “Sometimes you wonder, is this what I’m supposed to do?”

Judging by the warm reception given to “The Sapphire Key,” Rack-Amber is indeed destined to create imaginative worlds that take readers on a journey similar to those she loved to travel in her youth.

“Children’s literature is so important. We have to put books in their hands. Those kind of stories, whenever I grew up, they were always so important to me. The classic stories seem to get a bit lost. I wanted to introduce them to the younger generation,” Rack-Amber said. “That’s what I do: I write books and I just try to develop this love of reading for younger people as well.”

CAA approves new English course – The Daily Eastern News


The Academic Affairs Council unanimously approved a new English course at Eastern on Thursday.

The CAA has approved the new English language course, ENG-2706G Latin American and Latinx Literatures, which will begin in the fall semester of 2022.

The course is an introduction to Latin American and Latin literature while studying the socio-cultural and historical contexts with various authors.

The course was unanimously approved by the CAA with revisions.

The CAA unanimously approved the revisions to the English curriculum.

The CAA approved revisions to the Eastern English curriculum to include other approved course changes from today’s meeting and to include a change in the senior seminary requirement to graduate .

The change to the senior seminar is intended to include that the ENG-4300 course satisfies the senior seminar requirements for an English language degree.

The CAA unanimously approved the program changes with revisions.

The CAA has unanimously approved revisions to three English courses.

The three courses are: ENG-4300 English Studies Capstone, ENG-2504G Film and Literature and ENG-2705G African American and Africana Literatures.

English Studies Capstone changes are to modify the course to meet the senior seminary requirement for a degree in English.

With the approval of the capstone course, the ENG-3300 Seminar in English Studies course will be removed from the list of available courses.

Film and Literature course revisions have been made to update all current General Education English course options for English majors.

Similar to the Film and Literature course, the African American and African Literature course has also been updated as an English elective course for students.

Changes to all three courses were unanimously approved by the CAA along with further revisions.

The CAA has approved three minor revisions within the English Department for the Minor in English Studies, the Minor in Creative Writing, and the Minor in Literacy and Cultural Studies.

Minor English Studies revisions include updating the minor to reflect the replacement of the English Studies Seminar with the new revised version of English Studies Capstone as the appropriate major English foundation course for the course required of this minor.

The creative writing minor revisions include updating the minor to reflect the course number change from ENG-3104 to Film and Literature.

The last revised minor was the Minor in Literacy and Cultural Studies.

Changes to the minor include updating the minor to include the course number change from ENG-3504 to ENG-2504G for Film and Literature and from ENG-2705 to ENG-2705G for Afro-American Literature. American and African, as well as the addition of the additional course Latin American and Latin Literature.

All of these changes were unanimously approved with revisions by the CAA.

Madelyn Kidd can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

The bestsellers of the week | Writing


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This week’s best-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias


1 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Victoria University Press, $35)

The 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist will be announced next week. Greta and Valdin was shortlisted with the novels at numbers 4, 7 and 9 in this week’s ranking. Good luck to all writers, in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. ReadingRoom will be available with instant feedback the second the embargo on the shortlist is lifted at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Exciting!

2 In Ambers Wake by Christine Leunens (David Bateman, $34.99)

A film version of Nelson’s author’s latest novel – a romantic drama, set in the 1980s – will be produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, whose credits include Thelma and Louiseand Freak Power: The Bomb Ballot, a fantasy documentary based on Hunter S Thompson’s 1970 fantasy campaign for the sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. Below: A still from the documentary, showing a weirdly wigged Thompson giving his concession speech at the Jerome Hotel on election night.

3 The last guests by JP Pomare (Hachette, $34.99)

4 She’s a killer by Kirsten McDougall (Victoria University Press, $30)

The Wellington author worked as an advertising executive at Victoria University Press (now renamed Te Herenga Waka University Press) for eight years and finished this week. I will really miss her. There are actually a lot of very good and very clever comms in the New Zealand edition – Penny Hartill, Sarah Thornton, Sandra Noakes and Erena Shingade immediately come to mind – but Kirsten had something else, a touch of genius, as the author of the superb eco-thriller She’s a killer and as last year’s winner Sunday Star Hours news price. She was also what all writers are looking for: a very good reader, someone who cared about the text and what it took to put it on the page. But in addition to an enthusiasm and an understanding of literature, she had another, rarer quality: a sense of generosity. She really wanted the best for her authors at VUP – and for everyone who writes, including idiots.

I first heard of Kirsten before she started VUP. I was writing a weekly fiction series that ran in six Stuff newspapers. He alternated between life as Act party donor and Auckland mother-of-two Danyel Southwark and Labor activist Harriet Wakefield who shared her Wellington home with her daughter Hinemoa and partner Cheng Qi. Both went off the rails. Danyel hit his daughter in a mall and a member of the public reported her to the police. The scandal drove her to drink. Harriet left Cheng Qi for a wife, an ex-lover who turned out to be Hinemoa’s biological mother. The consequences led Harriet to an addiction to synthetic cannabis. Anyway, melodramatic and terrible, but Kirsten very kindly wrote a letter of praise and encouragement. It meant a lot.

She commented, “I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the hardest thing to write first-person POV fiction. I guess one of the reasons your first-person plays work is because you get the voice very good. It’s all about the voice. Grace Paley, one of my favorite short film writers, has a killer voice.” Well, seven years later, VUP released She’s a killerwritten in first person POV and that voice (prickly, witty, crazy) is fucking king killer.

Well done and goodbye, Kirsten. You are awesome.

5 Virginia by Lani Wendt Young & Sisilia Eteuati (Dalia Malaeulu, $35)

New to the charts: an anthology of short fiction by 38 Oceanian women writers

6 Shelter by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (David Bateman, $34.99)

New to the charts is the acclaimed design writer’s debut novel, telling a two-decade love story set in Auckland between builder Joe and the enigmatic Leo, who teaches him to appreciate music and literature.

7 Loop tracks by Sue Orr (Victoria University Press, $35)

8 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

9 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Editors, $35)

ten The frog prince by James Norcliffe (Penguin Random House, $36.00)


1 Your money, your future by Frances Cook (Penguin Random House, $35)

2 salad by Margo Flanagan & Rosa Flanagan (Allen & Unwin, $45)

Salads certainly have their place. It’s good to grow lettuces and that. But below is a picture of real food, taken at a party I went to with CK Stead a few years ago in South Auckland.

3 Aroha by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $30)

4 Words of Comfort by Rebekah Ballagh (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)

5 Do not worry by Nicky Pellegrino (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

6 Maori simplified by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $38)

7 Maori Made Easy Workbook 1 / Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25)

8 find calm by Sarb Johal (Penguin Random House, $37)

9 Lost and found by Toni Street (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

ten imagining decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle & Bianca Elkington & Moana Jackson et al (Bridget Williams Books, $14.99)

Revealed: Leading climate research publisher helps oil and gas drilling | climate science


Scientists working with one of the world’s biggest publishers of climate research say they are growing alarmed that the company is consulting with the fossil fuel industry to help increase oil and gas drilling, may reveal the Guardian.

Elsevier, a Dutch company behind many renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals, including The Lancet and Global Environmental Change, is also a leading publisher of books aimed at developing fossil fuel production.

For more than a decade, the company has supported the energy industry’s efforts to optimize oil and gas extraction. It commissions authors, editors and members of the journal’s advisory board who are currently employees of the major oil companies. Elsevier also markets some of its research portals and data services directly to the oil and gas industry to help “increase the chances of exploration success”.

Several former and current employees say that over the past year, dozens of workers have spoken out internally and at company town halls to urge Elsevier to reconsider its relationship with the fossil fuel industry..

“When I started, I heard a lot about the company’s climate commitments,” said a former Elsevier newspaper editor who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. “Finally I just realized it was all marketing, which is really heartbreaking because Elsevier has published all the research it needs to know exactly what to do if it wants to make a meaningful difference.”

What makes Elsevier’s ties to the fossil fuel industry particularly alarming to its critics is that it is one of a handful of companies that publish peer-reviewed climate research. Scientists and academics say they fear Elsevier’s conflicting business interests could undermine their work.

Julia Steinberger, a social ecologist and ecological economist at the University of Lausanne who has published studies in several Elsevier journals, said she was shocked to learn that the company has taken an active role in expanding the extraction of fossil fuels.

“Elsevier is the publisher of some of the most important environmental journals,” she said. “They cannot pretend to ignore the facts of climate change and the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels.”

She added: “Their business model seems to be to profit from publishing climate and energy science, while ignoring the most fundamental fact of climate action: the urgent need to move away from fuels. fossils”.

Elsevier and its parent company, RELX, say they are committed to supporting the fossil fuel industry in its transition to clean energy. And while Elsevier has become an industry leader with its own climate commitments, a company spokesperson said they weren’t ready to draw a line between the transition from fossil fuels and the expansion of oil and gas extraction. She expressed concern about publishers boycotting or “canceling” oil and gas companies.

“We recognize that we are imperfect and that we need to do more, but that shouldn’t undo all the amazing work we’ve done over the past 15 years,” said Márcia Balisciano, founding global head of corporate responsibility. at RELX, at the Guardian. .

Of the more than 2,000 scholarly journals published by Elsevier, only seven are specific to fossil fuel extraction (14 if you count specialist publications and affiliates). These reviews include Upstream oil and gas technologywhose editor works for Shell, and Unconventional resources, edited by a Chevron researcher. It also operates a book publishing subsidiary, Gulf Publishing, which includes titles such as The Shale Oil and Gas Handbook and Oil exploration optimization strategies.

Two books published by Elsevier’s subsidiary, Gulf Publishing, entirely dedicated to the fossil fuel industry. Compound: Elsevier

Elsevier also provides consulting services to corporate clients. For 12 years, she has been marketing a tool called Geofacets to fossil fuel companies. Geofacets combines thousands of maps and studies to facilitate the search and access to oil and gas reserves, in addition to locations for wind farms or carbon storage facilities.

The company says the tool reduces search time by 50% and helps identify “the riskiest and most remote areas that were previously inaccessible”. 

However, top climatologists, including those published in Elsevier’s own journals, say the exact opposite must happen to avert climate catastrophe. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less requires a global decrease in fossil fuel production, with more than 80% of all proven reserves left in the ground.

“We won’t comment on the practices of individual companies, but any action that actively supports the expansion of fossil fuel development is indeed inconsistent” with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, said Sherri Aldis, the department’s acting deputy director. UN global communications. .

RELX is an incredibly profitable company, with annual revenues exceeding $9.8 billion, approximately one-third of which is contributed by Elsevier. Balisciano points out that fossil fuel content accounts for less than 1% of Elsevier’s publishing revenue and less than half of Geofacets’ revenue, which itself accounts for only about 2% of Elsevier’s revenue.

RELX and Elsevier say much of their work supports and enables an energy transition through publications focused on clean energy. “We don’t want to draw a binary and we don’t think you can just flip a switch, but we’ve reduced our involvement in fossil fuel-related activities while increasing the amount of research we publish on climate and climate. clean energy,” said Esra Erkal, executive vice president of communications at Elsevier.

Elsevier isn’t alone in nurturing relationships with climate researchers and fossil fuel executives. Several other publishers of peer-reviewed climate research have signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Covenant while partnering with the oil and gas industry in various ways.

An image shows the cover of an issue of The Lancet, titled
The Lancet, one of Elsevier’s leading journals, publishes an annual report on the impact of global warming on human health. Photography: The Lancet

UK-based publisher Taylor & Francis, for example, signed the UN Pledge and published its own net zero pledges while touting its publishing partnership with “industry leader” ExxonMobil, the oil company most linked to climate obstructionism in the public consciousness. . Another leading climate publisher, Wiley, has also joined the sustainability pact while publishing several books and journals aimed at helping the industry find and drill more oil and gas.

“It’s problematic,” said Dr Kimberly Nicholas, associate professor of sustainability science at Lund University in Sweden, noting that while corporate greenwashing is rampant across many sectors, publishers of sustainability research peer-reviewed climate have a unique responsibility.

“If the same publisher that publishes the articles that definitively show that we can no longer burn fossil fuels and meet this carbon budget is also helping the fossil fuel industry do just that, what does it do to the whole principle of validity around climate research? That is what is deeply concerning in these disputes,” she said.

Ben Franta, a researcher at Stanford University who has also published studies in Elsevier journals, notes that the publisher’s relationship with oil companies shows how this industry is intertwined with so many other aspects of society. .

“All of this is happening without the knowledge of the general public, and it helps to entrench the industry,” he said. “To effect a rapid replacement of fossil fuels, I believe these entanglements will need to be exposed and reformed.”

Elsevier, for his part, emphasizes the role of editorial independence. “We wouldn’t tell journal publishers what they can and can’t publish,” Balisciano said. However, such conflicts often put researchers in a difficult position to navigate.

James Dyke, deputy director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, was surprised that Elsevier was trying to contradict climate researchers in this way.

“It’s hard to believe that a company that publishes research on the dangers of the climate and ecological crises is the same company that is actively working with oil and gas companies to extract more fossil fuels, which is leading us to disaster” , did he declare.

Data privacy watchdog defends its EU rule enforcement record


Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has defended her record of enforcing EU data privacy laws, saying Ireland must defend the regulator and the results it has achieved so far .

Speaking on the publication of the watchdog’s 2021 annual report, Ms Dixon said “very damaging” profiles on Ireland’s data protection regime had been written over the years.

She said the misinformation has been “amplified” by commentators who “have no knowledge” of the work she has done, fines imposed, ongoing cases or litigation she has engaged in.

It was a problem for Ireland and a problem for the DPC, she said.

“More needs to be done for Ireland to defend the increasingly well-funded scheme it has put in place with significant capacity and results to show.”

The regulator has been criticized for the pace and scale of big tech investigations since the entry into force in 2018 of EU data protection rules – General Data Protection Regulation – which have made the commission the EU regulator for large multinational tech companies based in Ireland.

The DPC invited Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to a meeting to explain her work and “the specifics of the legal framework in which we regulate” after calling for an independent review of the regulator during an appearance before the media committee of Oireachtas.

Big tech

In a potentially significant decision for Big Tech companies operating across the Atlantic, the DPC is expected to order Facebook owner Meta to suspend data transfers to the United States, which has prompted threats from the part of the social media giant to withdraw its websites from Europe.

Ms Dixon said she could not comment on the planned move as it was “only an interim view” as she invited other EU regulators to comment on the matter.

At the end of last year, the commission had 81 statutory investigations underway, including 30 cross-border ones into tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Four draft decisions on Big Tech investigations were circulated to other EU data protection authorities in 2021: three on Facebook and one on WhatsApp, also owned by Meta.

The WhatsApp decision led to 225 million euros, the highest imposed by the Irish regulator. The messaging app is challenging the decision in Irish and European courts.


Ms Dixon said two EU regulators had filed objections to the DPC’s decision on an investigation into 12 data breaches at Meta/Facebook, but she had reached consensus with those two regulators in the section 60 process when consulting with other regulators.

“This one will end and finalize very soon,” she said.

Two other rulings drew objections from 10 other EU regulators – one over an investigation into Meta’s Instagram unit regarding the processing of children’s personal data – and six other authorities over another investigation on Facebook following a complaint received from NOYB, the digital rights organization. founded by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems.

Ms Dixon said the DPC may not be able to reach consensus with other regulators on these cases, and that it was “likely” that this would lead to the Article 65 dispute resolution mechanism.


She said the commission plans to recruit another 70 people this year, in addition to the 195 people employed at the end of last year, and will seek to increase staff again beyond that, in addition to seeking a budget. more important, above the €23 million additional budget allocated for 2022.

“We will seek to have more budget because there is so much more to do. There is a demand for things to be done faster and for more things to be done at the same time in terms of regulation. There is enormous interest and scrutiny of data protection regulations,” she said.

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‘Atomic Habits’ author James Clear to speak at event in Sioux Falls


A bestselling author on personal development topics should be a keynote speaker in Sioux Falls, and the public can attend to watch.

James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller “Atomic Habits” and popular newsletter editor, will speak June 14 at the 2022 Sioux Falls Leadership Summit, according to a press release. The event will take place at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Clear’s popular “3-2-1” newsletter has thousands of readers and its books have sold over 4 million copies.

The Sioux Falls Leadership Summit, in its second year, is a flagship event for Sioux Falls sales and marketing executives, a networking group and event. The inaugural event’s keynote address was conducted by John C. Maxwell.

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James Clear's Atomic Habits book.

Clear’s keynote theme has yet to be announced, but the writer is known for his professional development and other themes.

“Our first Sioux Falls Leadership Summit was a great success, and we’re keeping the momentum going with James Clear,” SME Board Chairman Jan Feterl said in the release for the event, which attracts professionals. junior and senior sales.

“Mr. Clear is a thought leader in the world of personal and professional improvement, and we have no doubt that our community leaders will gain valuable insights from him,” Feterl said.

John C. Maxwell appears in a keynote address at the inaugural 2021 Sioux Falls Leadership Summit. This year, the event returns with a keynote address from James Clear, author of

The Sioux Falls Leadership Summit is open to the public. It will take place on the afternoon of June 14 and includes several events and an announcement of the winner of the community’s “Rising in Excellence” award.

Advance ticket pricing is available through March 31 at $100 for general admission.

Learn more at www.SMESiouxFalls.org

New faces, ideas for the Downtown Development Authority | News, Sports, Jobs


(Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo) The IRON MOUNTAIN DOWNTOWN Development Authority brought in some new faces with some new ideas. Mindy Wittock, right, joined the DDA as program director in June and Tania Mishra came on board as the new event coordinator in July.

IRON MOUNTAIN — New faces bring new ideas to downtown Iron Mountain.

Mindy Wittock joined the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority as program director in June, while Tania Mishra became event coordinator the following month.

Although they’ve been in their roles for several months, the duo say it wasn’t until 2022 that they were able to integrate their ideas for making Downtown an exciting place to live, work and play.

“When Tania and I arrived, everything had already been planned, so we were just managing events”, said Wittock. “This is the first year that we have been able to plan everything from scratch and implement our own insight.”

They agree they share mutual visions, with a primary goal to make sure people want to come downtown. “We believe in uplifting our community and building strong relationships with our downtown businesses,” said Wittock.

The DDA’s mission is to create a vibrant downtown in Iron Mountain by fostering economic growth by hosting community events, attracting new businesses, and advancing the beautification and historic preservation of the neighborhood.

“Iron Mountain offers so much in all seasons,” said Wittock. “We’ve had so much economic growth and still have so many possibilities and opportunities.”

With that in mind, they plan to start more “downstairs” activities, such as their recent Be Mine campaign, to engage the community. Another idea being discussed is a pumpkin walk during Halloween. “This will encourage public and business participation and increase foot traffic,” Michra said.

The DDA will also focus more on Carpenter Avenue businesses this year.

“This will also be reflected in our marketing plans and outdoor advertising,” Mishra said. “So it feels like a downtown – more cohesive.”

The return in May will be the third Thursday. “It started before the pandemic but slowly declined,” said Wittock. “We’re bringing it back – focusing on different downtown neighborhoods.”

They also set dates for major events: June 11 — Brew Fest; August 13 — Italian Day; October 1 – Oktoberfest; November 17 — Girls’ Night Out; and December 9 — Christmas Walk.

Out to Lunch will continue every Thursday, from June 9 to August 11.

“We have returning regulars, and we’re also bringing in new talent like Rebel Jane,” Michra said.

Another collective goal is to grow their social media presence, targeting a wider audience through TikTok and Instagram posts.

Wittock and Mishra will also work on redesigning the DDA website. This includes updating their business directory to include more information.

They’ll also be revisiting Girls’ Night Out and hope to make it even better this year.

The DDA is always looking for volunteers. In addition to helping with festivals, the council has three sub-committees – beautification, events and business development. “It’s a low-key commitment,” said Wittock. “They meet once a month and any ideas presented go to the board.”

“We couldn’t do it without the people in the community,” Mishra pointed out. “Volunteers add so much energy – we would be nothing without them.”

Local businesses have been generous with their time and support at DDA events, Wittock added. “They are a big part of it.”

Wittock, who is also a professional artist, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and her Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University.

Previously, she was Associate Lecturer in Art and Gallery Director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and co-founder of a collaborative mail-order embroidery project called The Wondermakers Collective. She co-hosted “The Artist/Mother’s Morning Show” with the Artist/Mother podcast and is a mentor for female artists.

Wittock has an extensive exhibition record and has been shown nationally and internationally.

She believes that art has the power to bring communities together and carries this passion into her work with the DDA.

“Iron Mountain is my hometown and I feel like this work is a big inspiration for my artwork. I go downtown every day and walk around the neighborhood and the buildings I frequented when I was a child, said Wittock. “I have so many happy and adventurous memories of living here and I try to tap into my nostalgic heart and bring a sense of wonder to this position.”

Wittock said she enjoys working in the heartbeat of Iron Mountain and believes that through creativity and the magic of tangible goal setting, magic can happen.

“I learn every day about the needs and wants of our downtown businesses and hope to foster relationships with community members as I continue to grow in this role,” said Wittock.

“Downtown has changed so much since I was a kid – it’s wonderful to see all the positive changes,” she says. “I love being able to be a part of this ongoing change by working with the DDA and providing grants to revitalize and restore our downtown.”

Mishra is a digital advertising professional with over seven years of experience in project management, new business sales and the planning, management and execution of digital brand campaigns, both on the agency side than brand.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics, creative writing, and English, and graduated as valedictorian for the class of 2014 from Purdue University. Mishra received her Masters in Integrated Marketing, with a specialization in Marketing Analytics, from New York University last May. She received the Student Leader of the Year award for her commitment during a pandemic year.

Mishra works full time at 41 Lumber as a Marketing Manager and spends the rest of her time as an Events Coordinator. She fuses her business skills and creativity with her passion for giving back to her community in her role as DDA Events Coordinator.

“Working as an event coordinator allows me to stay connected to and give back to our local businesses and community,” she says.

“Having moved to Iron Mountain just over a year ago, it was a great way to learn about the traditions of our community and build new relationships,” she says. “In this role, I continue to learn and re-learn methods of marketing to our audience, and I hope I can use my skills to help Iron Mountain’s rebirth.”

Wittock and Mishra agree they make a great team, balancing each other out.

“Working with Tania is so much fun. She excels in marketing and event planning. I’d be lost without her.” said Wittock.

“Working with Mindy is truly an enriching experience. His creativity and positive approach to everything we do makes work not feel like work at all,” Michra said.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones among Greensboro Bound Literary Festival headliners | Local


• Ann Hood and Julia Ridley Smith on May 22. Hood, author of “Fly Girl” and “Comfort: A Journey Through Grief,” is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author. Ridley Smith, author of “The Sum of Trifles,” is the 2021-22 Kenan Guest Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Other authors include Phoebe Zerwick, “Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt,” about a Winston-Salem man wrongfully convicted of murder who later became a national social justice advocate; David Wright Falade, “Black Cloud Rising,” a historical novel about former slaves turned Union infantry during the Civil War; and Kathryn Schulz, “Lost & Found,” a memoir about losing her father and finding the love of her life.

“One of the great things the festival does…is have these big names to bring people in and then bring in all these other great writers who may or may not be on your radar but are doing exceptional work,” co -founder of the festival says Brian Lampkin.

The exact schedule as well as ticketing information will be announced on April 1, organizers said.

The festival returns live for the first time since 2019, when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and sent Guilford County into quarantine.

“We spent two years trying to do only virtual events, and we felt we had done our best,” said Lampkin, co-owner of Scuppernong Books. “But what makes a festival exciting is the synergy of having all these people in one place at the same time.”

Lance Freeman: Penn takes on a professor from the University of Knowledge


Lance Freeman: Penn takes on a professor from the University of Knowledge

On February 15, Wendell Pritchett, acting president of the University of Pennsylvania, and Beth Winkelstein, acting vice president, announced the appointment of Lance Freeman as the 29th Penn University Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University. of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Freeman, one of the world’s foremost experts on urban housing and gentrification, is a professor at James W. Effron University, with cross appointments in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and in the sociology department of the School of Arts and Sciences.

“Lance Freeman exemplifies the vision of our Penn Integrates Knowledge program, which seeks to harness the tools of multiple disciplines and professions to understand and solve complex social and societal issues,” said Dr. Pritchett. “Dr. Freeman elegantly blends methods from economics, sociology, urban studies, and planning to enhance understanding of complex issues such as affordable housing, gentrification, and the stratification of housing markets. His award-winning work resonates far beyond academia and has shaped the decisions of policymakers and courts across the country and the world.As we continue to grapple with historic and persistent inequalities in society, Dr. Freeman’s scholarship takes growing importance in helping to provide knowledge and evidence-based solutions in often heated debates about community development and housing policy.

Dr. Freeman, who was most recently a professor in the urban planning program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, spent the 2020-2021 academic year at Penn as a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow of the Provost. He is the author of A Refuge and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America (Columbia University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award, and There goes the ‘Hood: Views of gentrification from below (Temple University Press, 2006), which won the 2007 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award. He is also the author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters on critical issues such as housing policy, urban poverty, neighborhood change, and residential segregation.

He was from 2010 to 2015 director of the urban planning program at Columbia and from 2015 to 2018 editor of City and Community, the official journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He served on the editorial boards of Urban Affairs Review, Journal of the American Planning Associationand Journal of Planning Education and Researchamong many others, and has appeared and written for a wide range of popular media including NPR, MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and The Washington Post. He was an urban planner with the New York Housing Authority, a budget analyst with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, a community developer in North Carolina, and a postdoctoral fellow with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). . His research has been supported by HUD, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, and the Brookings Institution, among others. He received a Ph.D. and MCRP in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“Lance Freeman’s groundbreaking research exemplifies our deepest campus-wide commitments: to bring together multiple disciplines in creative ways and then use these new insights to address our most pressing real-world challenges,” said Dr. Winkelstein. “He has already had a powerful impact on our campus as a Distinguished Provost Visiting Faculty Member, and we are delighted to welcome him back to continue his work as Penn University’s new Integrates Knowledge Professor. “

The Penn Integrates Knowledge Program was launched in 2005 as a university-wide initiative to recruit outstanding faculty whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines and who are appointed to at least two Penn schools.

The James W. Effron University Chair was established in 2005 with a gift from Craig W. Effron, a 1981 Penn graduate. Craig Effron is a founding partner of Scoggin Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund. The pulpit is named in honor of his late father.

Abraham Lincoln: Hall of Fame wrestler? How Ancient Sport Shaped the 16th President


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Abraham Lincoln may be the most well-known American who ever lived, according to a Lincoln scholar.

“Lincoln is the most recognizable American in the world,” said Christian McWhirter, Lincoln historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. “He is either the second or third most written about person in English. Number 1 is always Jesus Christ and Lincoln and Napoleon are ranked second or third.

Almost any first grader can list a handful of facts about the country’s 16 countries.and President; his height, signature beard, stovepipe hat, Gettysburg address, Emancipation Proclamation, and that he is on the Illinois penny, five-dollar bill, and license plate .

At Mitchell Elementary, a CPS school in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, first-grade teacher Katie Arbuckle discussed with her class the idea of ​​Lincoln as a symbol of national unity.

“He was a president who brought together two separate (entities) – a breakaway part of our country with the union,” she said.

Because he played such an important role during such a perilous time in American history, Lincoln is revered, respected, and relevant today.

“There are a lot of things that are so iconic – stovepipe hat, it has all become like a tradition within our society. He’s almost larger than life,” Arbuckle said.

But a part of Lincoln’s story that isn’t as well-known is that the frontier-born future president may have been one of the nation’s greatest wrestlers.

Lincoln, who was 6’4″, was enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“Abraham Lincoln is an exceptional American who was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Hall executive director Lee Roy Smith. “We like to say wrestling is life. And he struggled with life.

The legend of Lincoln competing in wrestling, a sport that dates back to ancient Greece, is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. Some accounts say Lincoln racked up an overwhelming record of winning as a wrestler at county fairs and other frontier competitions.

Dr. Christian McWhirter is the Lincoln Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

“A common claim is that Lincoln only lost one game out of 300 or 500,” McWhirter said. “All those stories are out there. There is not much evidence for many of them.

But there is one documented and verified wrestling match that happened shortly after Lincoln moved to New Salem, Illinois and started working at a general store.

“Lincoln is a rail splitter. He’s a rough, edgy frontier guy and there’s a bunch of local tough guys called the Clary’s Grove Boys,” McWhirter said. “The guy Lincoln works for, a guy named Denton Offutt, bet on another guy that Lincoln can take on the toughest Clary’s Grove Boys in a wrestling match.”

The opponent was Jack Armstrong, the most feared wrestler on the frontier. Almost the whole town turned out to watch the contest.

“The game went on and it got harder and harder,” Smith said. “Eventually Lincoln got the better of him and pinned him down.”

After it was over, Lincoln had earned the respect of the macho culture.

“It’s enough to prove that Lincoln is proving he can stand up to these guys,” Smith said.

And the discipline, courage and determination Lincoln learned while wrestling may have helped shape the character of the president who led the country through the Civil War, according to Matt Storniolo, head wrestling coach at Northwestern University.

“I think wrestling teaches people a lot of things. It teaches independence, confidence, hard work, discipline. I think it’s a rare sport,” he said. “I think you can see many ways the struggle could have influenced Abraham Lincoln.”

Black History Month: “Hair Love” with author Matthew A. Cherry at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures


Gayle Anderson premiered Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry’s book signing event on Feb. 26 at the Academy Museum.

Created with New York Times Best-selling illustrator Vashti Harrison’s “Hair Love” book was inspired by Cherry’s short film of the same name, which won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The Oscar-winning short can be seen at the Academy Museum.

Tickets to this special event include a copy of “Hair Love” and the chance to have your copy autographed by Cherry. Plus, you can also join the museum before the book signing, for story time and a screening of “Hair Love” at 10 a.m. as part of the museum’s “Quiet Mornings” program. Visitors receive $5 off when both tickets are purchased in the same transaction.

“Quiet mornings” create an environment for all visitors to enjoy less sensory-stimulating spaces with subdued lights and sounds. Museum staff are available to suggest areas for self-guided exploration and play before museum hours. Museum educators are available for guided “Gallery Highlight” experiences that are interactive and adaptable to many learning styles.

Schedule for Saturday February 26:

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Calm morning access to the gallery

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session 1: Story time and screening of the short film of “Hair Love” (2019)

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Session 2: Story time and screening of the short film of “Hair Love” (2019)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Screening of the film “Soul” (2020)

Noon – 1 p.m.
Book signing with Matthew A. Cherry

Matthew A. Cherry:
Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is a Chicago native and former NFL wide receiver who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. His animated short, “Hair Love” (2019), follows the relationship of an African-American father, his daughter, and his hair. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2020. hair love was also adapted into a picture book for Penguin Random House. Upon its release in May 2019, it became a New York Times Bestseller and nominations for a Goodreads Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award. Cherry is currently working on her first animated series, The The Hair Love spin-off, Young Love with HBO Max.

In 2020, Cherry was listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40s in Media and Entertainment. In addition to having previously served as a consultant for MonkeyPaw and executive producer of Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed BlacKkKlansman (2018), Cherry has also directed several television episodes, including for shows Black-ish, Saved by the Bell, Abbott Elementary and Kings. of Napa. He is also an accomplished music video director, having directed videos for artists including Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg and Common. At the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Cherry won Music Video of the Year for Michelle William’s “Say Yes.”

If you have any questions or need help planning your visit, please email [email protected]

Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry
Dedication of the book “Hair Love”
Saturday February 26, 2022
Academy Film Museum
6067 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
[email protected]

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Gayle Anderson at 1-323-460-5732 or by email at [email protected]

This aired on KTLA 5 News on February 21, 2022.

Manchester City of Literature presents new multilingual city poets


(From left to right): Ali Al-Jamri, Anjum Malik, Jova Bagioli Reyes

Submitted by Tom McGarva

Manchester City Multilingual Poets’ inaugural team has been announced ahead of International Mother Language Day on February 21.

Three poets have been appointed by Manchester City of Literature and its partners to produce a series of original works on behalf of the city, and throughout 2022.

The New Poets have already created works in Manchester city center and will act as ambassadors for the city’s residents, communities and literary organisations.

The launch of Multilingual City Poets took place at the Manchester Poetry Library and included a welcome from Ivan Wadeson, Executive Director of Manchester UNESCO City of Literature, an address by Councilor Luthfur Rahman, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, readings from three multilingual city poets, plus the music of Pringle Gulzar, an Oldham-based, faith-driven tabla player celebrating South Asian culture.

New City Poet Anjum Malik is an acclaimed screenwriter, poet, performer and lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University who has written several highly acclaimed original plays for the BBC, ITV and theatre.

His first languages ​​were Urdu, American English and Punjabi; born to Pakistani parents in Saudi Arabia, she was multilingual and international before she could walk.

Joining Anjum will be Jova Bagioli Reyes, a queer and neurodiverse immigrant from Colombia and Chile.

As a poet and a musician, they are strongly inspired by the long history of struggle of Abya Yala (the so-called Latin America) and therefore their work deals with themes of decolonization, autonomy and liberation.

The City Poet team also includes Arab poet, teacher and producer Ali Al-Jamri; a writer of prose and poetry and passionate about translation and its role within the Arabic-speaking diaspora communities in the UK.

Ali’s Between Two Islands project was funded by Arts Council England and offered poetry workshops to the Bahraini community in the UK.

City Poet roles carry civic responsibility, much like conventional Poet Laureate designations, and appointees will be tasked with producing five original poems on behalf of the City.

Three of these poems will respond to Manchester Day, World Poetry Day and the Festival of Libraries; all of which will take place in 2022.

The other two commissioned poems will be delivered to meet other exciting public events, projects and community outreach programs coordinated by Manchester City of Literature and its network of partnerships. Poets will also translate the writings of other poets.

Anjum Malik said: “Being a Manchester City Poet with Manchester City Of Literature in partnership with UNESCO is a huge, exciting honour, to do so in our fantastic city of Manchester.

“Celebrating multilingualism through poetry, working across communities and being at the heart of the literary scene over the coming year is absolutely incredible and still so representative of the amazing creative work going on in our city.”

Jova Bagioli Reyes said: “For me, being a city poet means having my reality as a queer immigrant in Manchester recognized.

“My voice is one of hundreds of thousands that make up this city and it’s both cathartic and intimate to have it heard.”

Ali Al-Jamri added, “Like so many people raised between cultures, I haven’t had the opportunity to nurture my bilingualism and celebrate my mother tongue.

“Manchester is the city that made me a poet and a translator, so I’m thrilled not only to represent the place I call home, but also to share my passion for multilingualism.”

Manchester has a rich literary tradition, home to outstanding and high-level poets, a thriving poetry and spoken word scene, award-winning publishers and writing development agencies and libraries that place writing and awareness of the community at the heart of their work.

This heritage is represented in Manchester’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017.

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Guild of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Announces Winners


The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) has announced the winners of its 9th Annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Awards, presented by HASK Beauty, in 23 film, television, commercial and theater categories. The gala took place on Saturday evening, February 19, 2022 in front of a live audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was also broadcast live to an audience of millions around the world.

Winners in the Feature Motion Pictures categories include Being the Ricardos, Coming 2 America and Cruella. TV series winners include ‘American Horror Stories’, ‘Dancing with The Stars’, ‘Emily in Paris’, ‘Pose’, ‘Genius: Aretha’, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. For the Special Television/Motion Picture Made for Television categories, winners include “Saturday Night Live”, “Dancing with the Stars”, and “Legendary”.

The winners of the Daytime Television category were awarded by “The Kelly Clarkson Show” for the makeup and hair categories. The Kids/Teens program honors went to “Danger Force” for the Makeup and Hair categories. Theatrical awards were given to Cinderella (La Cenerentola) for the Makeup and Hairstyle categories. The Commercial/Music Video Awards went to American Horror Story: Double Feature and Pose.

The awards took place in front of an audience of over 800 people, including guild members, industry executives and the press. Actress Melissa Peterman was charmed as the host of the lively event. TV personality, actor and singer Frankie J. Grande hosted the red carpet preview. Julie Socash, President, and Randy Sayer, Sales Representative, presided over the awards ceremony. Back as the producers of this year’s MUAHS Awards (#MUAHSawards) were Ingle Dodd Media and Erick Weiss of Honey sweet creative. To ensure everyone’s safety, all guests have been screened by VOW Digital Health.

Jon Favreau, an Oscar®-winning filmmaker known for his creative and innovative work in the Star Wars, IronMan and Avengers series, among others, received this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award celebrating the long list of creative, exotic and memorable characters who endure in its plethora of movies, TV movies and series. Actress Ming-Na Wen, star of Favreau’s series “The Book of Boba Fett” and “The Mandalorian,” presented the Distinguished Artisan Award to Favreau, who accepted the award virtually.

Michèle Burke, Oscar® and Emmy®-winning Journeyman Make-Up Artist (Mission Impossible and Austin Powers series), received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Make-Up, presented by producer Paula Wagner, who first worked with Burke on Vanilla Sky. Joy Zapata (A Star is Born, Wonder Woman 1984 and Star Trek: Nemesis), Emmy winner Journeyman Hair Stylist, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Hair Styling, presented by producer Lauren Shuler Donner (Legion, Logan Deadpool) .

Journeyman award-winning makeup artist Christina Smith, with over 100 credits (Cabaret with Liza Minnelli, Schindler’s List, Steel Magnolias and Hook), received the prestigious Vanguard Award. Model actress Milla Jovovich presented the award to Christina and the stars of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Christina became one of the first female makeup artists to join Local 706 in 1974. Alongside her film career, Christina established a couture lash studio that provides eyelashes to some of the biggest celebrities in the world.

Award-winning actor Doug Jones (Amphibian Man in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Pan and Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth and Abe Sapien in Hellboy) whose legendary characters were created under masterful makeup and prosthetics, has been named the first prize winner The Chair Award. With her real face and body hidden under makeup and prosthetics, Jones is a favorite of makeup artists and hairstylists alike. Sonequa Martin-Green, who herself has impressive work in television, film and on stage, presented Doug Jones with The Chair Award. She is currently the commander of “Star Trek: Discovery”, the first black woman to lead the franchise.

Other presenters included Mandy Moore (This is Us), Marcus Scribner (Black-ish), Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us), Alano Miller (Dexter: New Blood, Sylvie’s Love, Cherish the Day), Chanel West Coast (MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time, Class Leader), John Brotherton (Fuller House, Furious 7, The Conjuring), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Katrina Law (Arrow, Appearance), Lauren Shuler Donner (Legion, Logan Deadpool), Maria Sandoval (Mad Men, Star Trek: Picard), Michael D. Cohen (Henry Danger, Danger Force), Paula Wagner (Mission: Impossible, War of the Worlds), Bre-Z (All American, Empire), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911, Speechless) among others.

Another highlight of the evening was a moving In Memoriam segment performed by longtime Local 706 member Angie Wells, who sang her beautiful original song “Before I Take My Leave” created specifically for the memorial.

For the full list of winners, click here. Watch the recorded awards ceremony here.

Photo credit: Greg Doherty

Editorial: SS repeal a winner of the legislative session; the revolving door of crime keeps turning


This year, lawmakers had much more on their agenda than the budget, which was supposed to be the subject of a 30-day session. Among the wide array of bills, some were good, some bad, some just plain ugly. Of 64 passed by lawmakers and pending governor’s signature, the measures partially repeal the state’s Social Security tax and military benefits, crack down on predatory lenders and modestly tackle the growing problem of violent crime are probably the ones on most New Mexicans’ radar.

It took some serious collaboration to push through an omnibus crimes package and a Social Security tax cut, and that’s how it’s supposed to work.

The compromise on the taxation of Social Security benefits, which should be signed by the governor, is fair. The Journal supported a complete repeal of state taxation of benefits to foster much-needed economic and population growth — and simply because it’s the right thing to do. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also supported a full repeal. But the compromise that emerged is reasonable, with the tax only applying to single seniors earning $100,000 or more, married couples filing jointly earning $150,000 or more, or married couples filing separately but earning 75 $000 or more each. Low-income and middle-class seniors have something to celebrate. There will be an average of $700 more in their pockets annually.

New Mexico’s seniors, 55,000 of whom are grandparents raising their grandchildren, have been heard by lawmakers and respected. This is the important point, especially since inflation is soaring for everyone. There will be more work to do; New Mexico remains one of 12 states to unnecessarily plunder Social Security benefits, which seniors have earned during their working lives and on which they have already paid taxes.

In an unexpected development, Independent Representative Phelps Anderson of Roswell successfully added an amendment to the bill phasing out state income taxes on military retiree benefits up to $30,000. In a state with four major military bases, it was a delightful development that will surely help retain and attract military retirees – people who often have decades to offer as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and taxpayers.

  • The Legislature also passed an anti-predatory bill that will reduce annual interest rate caps on storefront loans from 175% to 36%. A similar proposal fell through last year’s 60-day legislative session, but this year’s proposal passed both legislative houses with bipartisan support. The absurd 175% ceiling puts too many New Mexicans in debt black holes from which they cannot escape.
  • Lawmakers also introduced an omnibus crime bill to the governor’s office, legislation that is must-have amid record homicides in Albuquerque and a growing sense of lawlessness in many cities across the state.

Among its provisions, House Bill 68 creates a new crime and harsher penalties for serious violent criminals who possess a firearm. It increases penalties for brandishing a firearm in the commission of a serious crime; eliminate the ridiculous six-year statute of limitations for second-degree murder; creates a new crime of operating a chop shop; increases penalties for metal theft; increases the death benefit for the family of a deceased officer to $1 million; establishes a fund for officer retention payments at five-year intervals; compels courts to turn over GPS surveillance data to police and prosecutors during a criminal investigation (although the District Attorneys Association says that, as written, this is problematic); and enables statewide funding for violence intervention programs similar to those in Albuquerque.

Mayor Tim Keller calls the session a mixed bag, featuring five of the city’s nine metropolitan crime initiatives. “(But) but the real change to the criminal revolving door, the behavioral health system and the funding for homeless programs has unfortunately been stymied. We will take our victories and we will fight for what has not been settled in the next round.

The record $8.5 billion budget approved by lawmakers includes many good provisions, such as $55 million for recruitment and retention bonuses for law enforcement officers, funding to boost pay teacher severance to a minimum of $50,000, $45 million to expand college nursing programs and create faculty endowments for nursing faculty, a loan fund for school capital needs chartered, expanding opportunity scholarships for non-traditional students, and fully funding the lottery scholarship for four years.

Also in the win column for New Mexico is the death of a so-called “voting rights” bill, originally drafted to allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections and bring back the vote. direct. As amended, absentee ballots were still sent automatically each year.

In the losses column, several important initiatives failed. First and foremost, as Keller noted, was remand reform to establish a “rebuttable presumption” for certain defendants charged with specific violent crimes. Other missed opportunities include real tax reform, capital expenditure reform, mandatory K-12 extended learning, a measure to get more money into classrooms rather than bloated administrations , the Bennie Hargrove bill that would have held parents responsible for the negligent use of firearms by their children. , a “second chance” bill for violent juvenile offenders and limiting the governor’s emergency powers.

Also in the loss column, bills have snuck in with little or no discussion to increase taxpayer contributions to educators’ pensions and allow for higher statutory retirement benefits.

It was a busy meeting and everyone was probably relieved when they heard the sine die, which comes after adjournment. It takes research, discussion and compromise to come up with viable legislation for an entire state. Lawmakers know there’s a lot that needs to be done to make New Mexico the safe, profitable place we all want to live. They should continue to forge coalitions and capitalize on the foundations they have laid for the 2023 session, which begins on January 17.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned because it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than that of the editors.

The best culinary wisdom from our favorite cookbook authors


Thanks to the incredible array of authors who have published cookbooks over the past twelve months, I’ve cooked some of the best meals and most jaw-dropping desserts of my life over the past year. Some of them were legends like Nigella Lawson and Lidia Bastianich; some were newbie authors like Joshua Weissman and Molly Baz. From their books, I have gained new family favorite recipes and clever tips. And from our conversations for Salon, I learned how good cooks tackle the perennial questions of what to eat and how to prepare it.

As Quick & Dirty celebrates its first anniversary, I thought it would be enlightening to look back at some of those interviews and the best advice they gave. Some of this wisdom has been included in the recipes we have run, others now appear for the first time from the original transcriptions. We hope they will motivate, encourage and inspire you.

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“I refuse to accept that there are only people who can’t cook. I would say 90% of those people can and are just afraid of making a mistake. We’ve all been through things in life , we’ve all done so many different things and had to learn so many things. And it’s like, if anybody can figure out how to write a check, or become a parent, or start a business? You can bake a chicken. Relax, you’re okay.” —Joshua Weissman, author of “An Unapologetic Cookbook”

“I think a lot of people don’t cook or have trouble cooking for reasons that have more to do with not feeling good enough about themselves, feeling like they’ve failed to become adult by not being that cook in a way that you imagine in your mind. So it’s a lot harder to get into the kitchen every time, and it really hurts people. With “Good and Cheap “, I was getting so many emails or people contacting me and saying, ‘Thank you for this section it’s just called stuff on toast. It makes me feel like I have permission to eat this way and I don’t eat badly. ‘” – Leanne Brown, author of “Good Enough. A cookbook”

“I always tell people, ‘Cook for yourself. No one else is going to judge you. Your shoulders will drop, you’ll learn what you like and dislike away from that feeling of judgment. .’ We live in an age of clickbait where there’s this proliferation of articles that say, “You’ve been cooking scrambled eggs wrong your whole life”, like there’s only ever one way to cook anything. either, or a way to eat scrambled eggs. the person wants them as a dry curd and the other person wants them more or less as a drink, fine.” — Nigella Lawson, author of “Cook, Eat, Repeat”

“Jerry and I have committed to having four vegan dinners a week together. Then he goes out with his friends. That’s fine. But as a family we decided, ‘Let’s do four nights a week, let’s see how it goes. happening.'” – Jessica Seinfeld, author of “Vegan, at Times: 120 Recipes for Every Day or Once in a while.”

Easy dishes and superstar ingredients

“Honestly, canned chickpeas are my favorite. Drain them. Roast them in the oven while something else is cooking, then toss in some sort of salad of roasted root vegetables, greens, chickpeas roasts. Whatever random condiment is in there, it ends up being our dinner most of the time. Canned chickpeas are my Friday girl. They’re so versatile.—Abra Berens , author of “Grist: A Practical Guide to Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes”

“Homemade croutons are so much better than the stuff you get out of the bag. They’re so delicious. They add texture and flavor, not just to salads. You can mash them over pasta. You can transform them in a situation with your fruits and veggies, just throw them in the soup. They’ve always been at the top of my list of favorite things to eat, period, and so I’m just singing their praises. —Dawn Perry, author of “On Your Marks, Get Set, Cook”

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“I have a spaghetti pomodoro. You take tomatoes, you chop them, you sauté them in the pan. It takes, seriously, 5 minutes to make. It’s olive oil, a clove of garlic, some chopped tomatoes. Then you cook your pasta on the side, you mix it together. It’s really quick and easy to make and it’s a one-stop shop. — Eric Ripert, author of “Vegetable Simple” ,

“A good staple is tahini. It’s not just a spread or toss with hummus. I use it a lot in my cooking for sauces and dressings. I put it in sauces. It’s a good neutral base that has fat and creaminess. Even though we eat plant-based, we can still eat good fats and incorporate them as much as we want into our meals — Lauren Toyota, author of “hot for food all day”

make him stretch

“Do you know Richard Olney? For me, it’s the biggest. Really super uncompromising in many ways, but he was a big fan of the whole concept of au gratin with leftovers. So you have leftover roast from the day before, or leftover vegetables. His whole thing was just to chop everything, mix, sprinkle with butter, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, pour a little cream or no cream at all, and cheese on top, and just bake in the oven. It completely changes all around. — David Kinch, author of “At Home in the Kitchen”

“The classic is really eggs, and what you can do with eggs: make a frittata with a lot of whatever’s in the fridge and some kind of cheese and put it under the broiler. So at unless you have something that looks like something.” — Dorothy Kalins, “The Kitchen Whisperers: Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends”

“Sometimes I invest in making something that I know will last more than one meal so I can put it in the fridge and have a few dinners that way.” — Frances Moore Lappé, author of “Diet for a Small Planet”

“Something you may like to make a little ahead of time or the night before is really good. Yesterday I made a chicken and put it in the fridge. When I’m done talking to you, I can put it in the oven and then I can spend an hour talking with the kids or helping them with their homework An hour later dinner is ready Or make a large portion of something so you really want to eat two days in a row. It’s important to have little tricks that make everything a little easier.” — Mikkel Karstad, author of “Nordic Family Kitchen: Seasonal Home Cooking”

Store bought is fine

“I don’t shame anyone for doing anything in the kitchen. It’s fine if you want to buy store-bought stuff. Palms using store-bought puff pastry are super easy. Just throw some nuts and sugar on it, roll it up and bake it, and it looks like a fancy French dessert.” — Kristina Cho, author of “Mooncakes and Milk Bread”

“Sometimes I make my own pie crust, sometimes I don’t. Especially with the graham cracker crust, you can literally go to the store and buy one. I call it cheat codes. Like when you play in video games, you get to skip something and go to the next level.” — Vallery Lomas, author of “Life Is What You Cook”

Techniques to know

“It’s an argument for more bells, always. I’ve long said that the reason restaurant food so often tastes better than homemade food is because they use more butter and salt. than you can imagine, and it’s true. I also think that once you realize that, you can kind of expand your understanding of that to say that, in fact, you need more sauce tangy, you need more lime juice, you need more yogurt, you need more it’s going to be damn good I also like that my experience is that I talk a lot about great flavors here, but I’m not talking about big portions. One of the cool things about cooking for yourself and cooking for your family like this, I bet your portion sizes go down.” — Sam Sifton, author of “The New York Times Cooking No Recipe Recipes”

“That’s how I cook. I pull out a pot and try to put everything in it. Very Italian for putting vegetables with protein all together. Maybe at most a pot of water for pasta or for starches. But otherwise, it’s all in this pan. Time is precious, it’s limited. How do we cut all the extra time and get to the point? Get to the point. Let’s put something in the pan or put something in the oven, and cook us dinner.” — Lidia Bastianich, author of “Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals: A Cookbook”,

“Nacho Hit – You have to make a single layer on a baking sheet. I make half the cheese first, and that creates a layer of fat between the most soggy toppings and the fries, and it’s best to keep them crispy. And I make sure things are small, so you can get every one of those bites of crisps with all your different toppings.” — Dan Whalen, author of “Nachos for Dinner”

“Basic knife cuts, like slicing, dicing, chopping, are really great to be armed with in the kitchen.” – Brette Warshaw, author of “What’s the Difference?: Recreational Culinary Reference for the Curious and the Confused”,

“What I practice myself is rustic, rustic icing. It’s something anyone can do. If you just practice your swoops a little and get an infinite number of redos when you swoop, you can keep swooping to your heart’s content. He looks so gorgeous. There’s something very nostalgic and just plain beautiful about a rustic cake that’s just so inviting, even more so than a perfectly decorated, completely smooth cake with amazing decorations on top. He just says, “Come and eat me.” – John Kanell, creator of Preppy Kitchen

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The new semester of “Sundays at JASA” begins on February 27; College level courses


Posted on February 19, 2022 at 9:11 a.m. by West Side Rag


“I’ve been participating in JASA’s Crossword Builder course for just over ten years,” says Dan. “It has always been fun and rewarding. The class instructors were all experts and wonderful teachers. It’s always exciting to see the finished puzzles in the New York Times.

Sundays at JASA offers college-level continuing education courses for adults aged 50 and over over the past 30 years. JASA is proud to be the go-to agency for older New Yorkers, with a range of more than 20 programs and services to help seniors age in their own homes and communities.

Sundays at JASA currently offers all classes on Zoom. According to program director Joe George, they now have students all over the United States and Canada. JASA is offering 16 courses this winter semester, and the majority are also accessible by phone. JASA hopes to offer in-person classes during the last spring semester.

JASA courses take place on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuition of $120 includes the entire course catalog for the six-week semester. Student Dolores shared, “We certainly loved our JASA classes this term and last! Thank you to you and all of your staff and instructors for enriching our lives.

This semester includes many courses in the arts: Drawing Workshop, Art in the City, Masterpieces of Art, Film Lecture Series, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, Postmodern American Poetry, Acting, The music by George Gershwin and more. As always, Sundays will include his popular crossword construction and opera accompaniment classes. History lessons—Jewish history, the American presidency, and historic Supreme Court decisions—are also offered.

Sundays has also added a new series of afternoon performances – join them every Sunday afternoon for a reading of plays or a reading of poetry by modern poets.

To learn more and to view the full winter semester program, please visit www.jasa.org/services/arts-and-education.

For a free one-day trial, please contact Joe George at [email protected] or call 212-273-5304.

Looking Back: Recent Coinbase Bug Bounty Award | by Coinbase | February 2022


At Coinbase, our number one priority is to ensure that we meet our security commitments to our customers. On February 11, 2022, we received a report from a third-party researcher that they had discovered a flaw in Coinbase’s trading interface. We quickly mobilized our Security Incident Response team to identify and fix the bug, and resolve the underlying system issue without any impact on client funds.

This blog post provides a more in-depth look at the timeline of events surrounding the bug report, as well as an explanation of the bug itself and the steps we’ve taken to fix it and ensure it doesn’t happen again. more.

(note, all events occurred on Feb 11, 2022 and all times are in PST)

  • 10:16 a.m.: A member of the crypto community tweets that he discovered a serious flaw in the Coinbase trading interface and asks for contacts within the Coinbase Security team.
  • 11:00: Based on limited initial information provided by intermediaries, Coinbase Security declares an incident and mobilizes engineering resources to begin testing all trading interfaces to determine the validity of the alleged bug.
  • 11:21 a.m.: The crypto researcher files a vulnerability report via HackerOne, Coinbase’s bug bounty platform, stating that the flaw resides in a specific API for Retail Advanced Trading. Coinbase engineers also perform a review of all other Coinbase Exchange UIs and APIs and determine that they are unaffected.
  • 11:42 a.m.: Coinbase engineers are able to reproduce the bug, and the Retail Advanced Trading platform is placed in rollback-only mode, disabling new transactions.
  • 4:01 p.m.: A patch is validated and released, resolving the incident.

The underlying cause of the bug was a missing logic validation check in a Retail Brokerage API endpoint, which allowed a user to submit trades to a specific order book using a source account not consistent. This API is only used by our Retail Advanced Trading platform, which is currently in limited beta.

To give an example:

  • A user has one account with 100 SHIB and a second account with 0 BTC.
  • The user submits a market order to the BTC-USD order book to sell 100 BTC, but manually edits their API request to specify their SHIB account as the source of funds.
  • Here, the validation service would check if the source account had sufficient balance to complete the transaction, but not if the source account matched the asset offered to submit the transaction.
  • As a result, a market order to sell 100 BTC on the BTC-USD order book would be entered on Coinbase Exchange.

There were mitigating factors that would have limited the impact of this flaw if it had been exploited on a large scale. For example, Coinbase Exchange has automatic price protection circuit breakers, and our trade monitoring team continuously monitors our markets for health and abnormal trading activity.

Thanks to the researcher who responsibly disclosed this issue, Coinbase was able to fix this bug within hours and conclusively determine that it was never maliciously exploited. We have also implemented additional controls to ensure this does not happen again.

Coinbase strongly supports independent security research, and when those researchers uncover serious issues, we want to make sure they are rewarded accordingly. As a result, we are paying our largest ever bug bounty for this discovery: $250,000.

We welcome future submissions from this researcher and others through our HackerOne program: https://hackerone.com/coinbase.

Martin Tolchin, political journalist who co-founded The Hill, dies at 93


During a four-decade career at the Times, Mr. Tolchin worked his way up a job as a copycat – he earned $41.50 a week in the 1950s, based in a smoky newsroom where many reporters kept bottles of alcohol at their disposal. offices – to become chief of the town hall office and congressional correspondent, peering into power plays and behind-the-scenes machinations on Capitol Hill.

An adroit chronicler of political patronage, legislative horse-trading and the idiosyncratic personalities of US senators, he has covered major topics including the Iran-Contra affair and the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas. He also profiled such figures as Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker for The New York Times Magazine, writing in a 1982 article that Baker was politically shrewd but gave “the appearance of a man who is lost and has wandered on the floor of the Senate”.

At age 65, in 1994, Mr. Tolchin retired from The Times to start The Hill, a weekly devoted to coverage of political life in the nation’s capital. The publication was funded by Jerry Finkelstein, the president of a community newspaper chain in the New York area, and sought to compete with Roll Call, which has covered Congress since 1955.

Launching a newspaper from scratch has had its difficulties, Mr. Tolchin told the Washington Post: “It’s like launching a battleship when all you’ve done is play with toy sailboats in your bathtub.” But The Hill published its first issue just weeks before the Republican Revolution, when the GOP won a majority in the House of Representatives after four decades of Democratic control, and quickly emerged as a fiery source of political information and a incubator for ambitious young journalists.

“Marty really knew Washington inside and out. He wanted us to find the story juicy,” said Alexander Bolton, a senior writer hired by Mr. Tolchin. how Washington really worked Very often it was about patronage and money.

Under Mr. Tolchin and Albert Eisele, another founding editor, The Hill uncovered major stories, including details of an unsuccessful 1997 Republican Party coup, when some members attempted to replace Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House. The newspaper broke even after three years before it started making a profit, according to Tolchin. It now reports a print circulation of over 24,000 copies and attracts many more readers to its website.

Mr Tolchin quit in 2003 as the paper tried to increase its frequency to several days a week, but came out of retirement for two years to help media director Robert Allbritton launch a new political publication. Tentatively called Capitol Leader, it became the news site for Washington Politico, which started in 2007 and was sold last year to German conglomerate Axel Springer for around $1 billion.

In addition to his work in journalism, Mr. Tolchin was a senior fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington and wrote eight books on politics with his wife, political scientist Susan Tolchin. They dissected the enduring phenomenon of political patronage in “To the Victor…” (1971) and “Pinstripe Patronage” (2011), and also chronicled the challenges women faced during the election campaign in “Clout” (1974 ), which Times reviewer Richard R. Lingeman called “thorough and timely research”, as well as being “a useful practical manual for future forays into the men’s bar of politics”.

Mr. Tolchin said he and his wife had developed a method of dividing up the research and writing of each book, although editing each other’s work proved a bit more difficult.

“She came from an academic background – she wrote tiny marginalia. I come out of a newsroom, so I had a big red pencil and I just tore it up,” he told Washingtonian magazine in 2011. “When I looked up, she didn’t was not happy. I realized there was more than one book at stake here. Now, when we turn in chapters, we always start with a lot of praise: ‘That’s really great, but if I can make a little suggestion…’”

Martin Tolchin was born in Brooklyn on September 20, 1928 to a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia. His mother was a housewife and he was 14 when his father, a furrier, died of a heart attack.

Mr. Tolchin graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, attended the University of Utah, and earned a law degree in 1951 from New York Law School. He served two years in the army and received what he described as a “less than honorable” discharge, after the army learned that he had been involved in so-called “subversive” activities. like joining a Marxist study group while in high school. and attend a Pete Seeger concert.

The charges ended his legal career before it started. Told that he would have to identify his leftist “friends” if he wanted to join the New York bar, he declined. “Three years of law school fell apart,” he wrote in a 2019 memoir, “Politics, Journalism, and the Way Things Used to Be.”

Looking for a new profession, Mr. Tolchin turned to journalism and landed a job with the Times in 1954. He got his start as a journalist while writing about family life for what was then known as “the Women’s Page”, and covered for Mayor John V. Lindsay before joining the Washington office in 1973. A decade later, he received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award from the National Press Foundation for his reporting to Congress.

A brief early marriage ended in divorce, and in 1965 he married Susan Goldsmith, who died in 2016. Their son, Charlie, an author and advertising executive, died of complications from cystic fibrosis in 2003 at the age of 34. In addition to her partner of five years, the widow of former Washington Post editor and columnist Stephen S. Rosenfeld, survivors include a daughter, Kay Rex Tolchin of Niwot, Colorado, and a grandson.

By all accounts, Mr. Tolchin was brought to the Hill on the recommendation of a childhood friend of his, Times columnist William Safire, who had worked with the publication’s owner.

When Safire published a 1995 spy novel, “Sleeper Spy”, Mr. Tolchin arranged for The Hill to publish a review written by Aldrich Ames, the CIA officer sentenced to life in prison for spied for the Soviets. Mr Tolchin said he reveled in the controversy that followed, as some readers wrote angry letters and canceled their subscriptions outraged that the Hill was offering publicity to a convicted traitor.

“We didn’t do it to be cute,” he told the Post at the time. “We thought it would be interesting to have a super spy review a book about a spy.”

Moreover, he added: “The price was right”: the law prohibited Ames from accepting payment for the piece, although Mr Tolchin said he would not have paid it anyway.

Author Sonia Nazario Shares ‘Enrique’s Journey’ With BVSD High Schools


Author Sonia Nazario’s inspiration to write “Enrique’s Journey” began by wanting to know more about the “little army” of children leaving Central America and traveling through Mexico in search of parents living in the States. -United.

She finds Enrique, whom his mother left him in Honduras at the age of 5 to work in the United States. He set out to find her when she was 16, with only her phone number.

“Enrique’s Journey” finds its origins in the research of the author Sonia Nazario on the story of a young migrant which she published in the Los Angeles Times. (Cliff Grassmick/staff photographer)

He and the other migrant children rode the sides and tops of freight trains, dodging corrupt cops, bandits and mobsters. After telling Enrique about his eight attempts to reach the United States, Nazario spent three months retracing his journey, boarding the trains and talking to migrants and those who helped them along the way.

“The trip showed me the worst, but also the best of humanity,” she said.

Centaurus Librarian Shoshannah Turgel hosted a school-wide reading of “Enrique’s Journey” before her visit. In addition to speaking at Centaurus, Nazario planned to speak Thursday night at the Lafayette Public Library and Friday at Monarch and Fairview High Schools. The library helped defray her speaking costs and donated copies of her book to Centaurus students.

Nazario first published Enrique’s story as a serial in the Los Angeles Times, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Writing Feature Films in 2003. The story was later turned into a book.

At Centaurus, a dozen classes, as well as students reading the book on their own, were invited to attend his lecture in the auditorium. One of the reasons Turgel chose the book is that Centaurus has a “newcomers” program for students who are new to the country.

“We really need to hear a voice like this,” she said. “Some people need to be represented and some people need to hear it. This is a perfect opportunity to bring different groups together.

Nazario, an immigrant herself who lived in fear during state terrorism in Argentina, said she considered herself the ‘queen of overcoming obstacles’ – until she heard the story of his housekeeper. Her governess was a single mother who left four children in Guatemala to move to the United States to find work so they wouldn’t starve.

“She showed me real determination,” she said.

She noted that there were 147,000 children at the southern border last year seeking to enter the United States, although the journey has become even more dangerous. An estimated 60% of migrant girls are raped trying to reach the United States, she said, while Mexican drug cartels kidnap migrants for ransom, enslave boys and prostitute girls .

They keep trying, she says, because “travel is now less dangerous than staying. These children are refugees. They flee to save their lives. It’s different to come here for a better life.

She shared her thoughts on pragmatic ways to fix a broken immigration system, including investing in reducing violence and corruption in Central America and providing migrants with a legal and fair asylum process to enter the United States. She said immigrant children do not have access to a lawyer if they cannot afford one, creating a “sham unworthy of our legal system”.

“Letting in people who are afraid, who ask our government for safety, is part of our laws,” she said.

While this is not a popular opinion among liberals, she said, she also believes once there is a fair system that those who lose their asylum claims should be deported.

“We need to stop yelling at each other from opposite sides of the political divide,” she said.

After her speech, Nazario visited teacher Molly McCue’s English language development classroom to answer questions from students, including how she felt when she first met Enrique and what happened to her. inspired her to retrace her journey.

She said she initially worried that Enrique might not be the right kid to focus on, as he turned to glue sniffing to cope with his trauma. But her publisher, she says, reminded her that all great literary characters have flaws.

She said she spent two years researching, including making the trip through Central America and Mexico twice, because she wanted readers to “feel like they were sitting on this train with him during the best and worst moments of his journey”.

Junior Evandro Limachi, who came to Lafayette with his family from Peru, said he really liked the book because of this perspective.

“It’s so immersive,” he said.

Junior Fatima Fraire, who is from Mexico, said she liked being able to feel what Enrique was feeling, adding that she cried both while reading the book and listening to Nazario’s speech.

“I feel like I can relate to Enrique,” she said.

Junior Hayden Lyall read the book not for a course but because of his interest in the subject. He plans to send a signed copy of the book to his cousin, a second-generation Mexican immigrant. He described the book as really important.

“It was horrible, but that’s the way it is,” he said. “The more people who know, the better they can adapt to accepting people.”

A “restless writer”, Quan Barry enters the world of theater | Arts and Theater


When Amy Quan Barry recently invited a poet friend to speak to her UW-Madison grad students, that friend called Barry a “restless writer.”

Barry thinks. And liked the term. Because it’s convenient.

Barry, best known as a novelist and poet, as well as for her strong literary presence in college, has lately ventured into screenplay and television writing. And on February 24, Forward Theater Company will feature Barry’s first play, “The Mytilenean Debate”.

Marcus Truschinski, left, and Gavin Lawrence rehearse a scene for “The Mytilenean Debate.” Forward Theater Company presents the play, written by Madison’s Quan Barry, at the Playhouse at the Overture Center from February 24 through March 13.


It will follow, on Tuesday, the release of Barry’s highly anticipated third novel, “When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East.”

Skipping genres seems fair to Barry, who is fascinated by the nuances of each form of storytelling. In fact, she wrote “The Mytilenean Debate” over a decade ago and recently submitted it to the Forward Theatre’s “Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival” competition.

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Olivia Dawson and Gavin Lawrence

Well-known actors Olivia Dawson, right, and Gavin Lawrence play a longtime couple in the Forward Theater Company’s production of ‘The Mytilenean Debate,’ which opens February 24.


It was selected, performed in a staged reading (online, due to COVID) in 2020, and then placed on the current season of Forward for full production in the Playhouse theater at the Overture Center.

“It’s a huge honor,” Barry said.

A tale of dreams colliding, “The Mytilenean Debate” centers on the characters of heart surgeon Latimer Ames, his much younger girlfriend Nina, his adult daughter Mary, and her newly married husband Charles.

The title of the play refers to an event in the Peloponnesian War, when Athens considered punishing the people of Mitylene, then backtracked. Barry is fascinated by this idea of ​​a “second chance” – but sets his story in New York, shortly after 9/11.

Olivia Dawson in rehearsal

From left to right, Samra Teferra, Gavin Lawrence and Olivia Dawson rehearse a scene from “The Mytilenean Debate”.


“These characters are in a world they no longer recognize,” said Mark H., assistant professor of theater at UW-Madison and director of “The Mytilenean Debate.”

“This intimate family drama is provoked in many ways by this larger societal event,” he said.

Portrait of director Mark H.

Mark H

“America has a very strong tradition of family dramas in the theatre,” such as plays by Eugene O’Neill or August Wilson. “So Amy joins that tradition with this piece.”

“But it’s also the form she plays with” that makes “The Mytilenean Debate” intriguing, he says. “There is an intertwined and very fluid feel to the piece. I think that’s what makes it really beautiful, really unique. I asked the actors to think of the play itself as a piece of music, as if it were a large musical score with various movements and changes.

The cast includes Gavin Lawrence and Marcus Truschinski, both of the American Players Theater, Atlanta Shakespeare Company veteran Olivia Dawson, and Forward Theater newcomer Samra Teferra.

“I feel incredibly lucky” to have this cast in the premiere of the play Forward, Barry said. “They are so seasoned. In many ways, I think I couldn’t have had better luck with this first production.

Writer in residence

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Barry grew up on Boston’s North Shore. His mother grew up in Wisconsin, and Barry remembers many summers with his grandparents in Door County.

Amy Quan Barry playing ping pong

Writer and UW-Madison English teacher Quan Barry plays a game of ping-pong at a writers’ retreat in Italy earlier this year. Barry’s play “The Mytilenean Debate” premieres this month by Forward Theater Company.


The writer herself has now lived in Wisconsin for 20 years and is Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at UW-Madison, where she led both the MFA in Creative Writing program and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.

The author of books of poetry and fiction – including the novels ‘She Weeps Each Time You’re Born’ and ‘We Ride Upon Sticks’ – on book covers, Barry drops the ‘Amy’ from her name and is simply known as “Quan Barry”. .” The pen name helps separate his personal life and his literary life.

When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry

Quan Barry’s new novel will be released on Tuesday.

“I like having that distance,” she explained. “I don’t think of myself as ‘Quan Barry,’ so for me, if something good happens to Quan Barry, I think, ‘Yay, great for her. It is not me.”

And yet, “the restless writer” combined the two worlds in another role: that of Current Writer-in-Residence of the Forward Theatre. Barry, who lives not far from the Overture Center, where Forward holds both rehearsals and performances, came up with the concept of a residency to immerse himself in his latest literary form, playwriting.

Director Mark H. in rehearsal

‘The Mytilenean Debate’ director Mark H. chats with the cast during a rehearsal for Madison writer Quan Barry’s new play.


She’s attended rehearsals for “The Mytilenean Debate,” learned how a regional theater company works behind the scenes, and is now on the advisory board for Forward, a group of creatives who read and discuss plays that might land on a future season of Forward. .

“Being on the advisory board allowed me to read scripts, hear other people talk about them, see what kinds of issues theater companies face,” Barry said.

“No More Cooks”

And through the production of her own play, she learned about complex collaborative process theater.

Actors in rehearsal for 'The Mytilenean Debate'

Forward Theater Company cast members Samra Teferra, from left, Gavin Lawrence and Olivia Dawson rehearse their roles for the company’s upcoming production of ‘The Mytilenean Debate’ at the Overture Center.


“It’s such an interesting world for me, because as a poet and as a writer of fiction, I write something and send it to my editor,” she said. “Usually it’s just a conversation between the two of us; she has tweaks or suggestions, and then it moves on.

“In the world of playwriting, there are a lot more cooks involved — which is a good thing,” she said. “That can be a strength of theatre. You have more eyeballs on it, more ears listening, and more suggestions coming in.

For example, in early readings of “The Mytilenean Debate”, Barry heard suggestions that she remove any explicit reference to 9/11. Without it, the issues facing Latimer’s family seem even more timeless — and even oddly relevant in the COVID era.

As the character of Mary tells her husband: “Everything has changed, like people’s priorities. Everyone is recalibrating.

A new “freedom”

Barry said she discovered a new kind of “freedom” in writing plays.

“I’m interested in writing plays with characters of color,” she says.

In fiction, “unfortunately, I have to work to continue to establish that this is a character of color, because often we read characters as white unless we are told otherwise. One thing that I really appreciate about the world of playwriting is that you see who is the character. I don’t need to keep establishing that and I feel there’s real freedom there.

“And I’m interested in seeing characters on stage that maybe we haven’t seen a lot,” she added. In “The Mytilenean Debate”, “They’re upper class black people. Not that they haven’t existed on stage (before). But I’m really interested in thinking about them, in particular.

The production of the play and the release of Barry’s latest novel in the same week gives her the opportunity to talk about both, she said. And because Forward Theater will be offering performances of “The Mytilenean Debate” online as well as in person, Quan Barry readers around the world will also be able to experience the play wherever they are.

Forward Theater will be performing a staged reading of another new Barry play in the future. Tentatively titled “The Bridge”, the storyline centers around artificial intelligence. And the author is also working on a novel set in Antarctica which is “a grown-up version of ‘Lord of the Flies'”, she said.

A new volume of poetry is in preparation. And, of course, Barry will complete his term as the Forward Theatre’s first writer-in-residence.

“It’s something we’re building in as we go along,” she said.

“I can imagine that if they decide to have other (future) writers in residence, those residencies might be very different from the one I do,” Barry said. “But I get out of it what I individually needed to better understand the world of theater.”

THE BARN: A Novella Mystery by JOHN CASEY & DOUG CAMPBELL is out February 28 (PHiR Publishing)



JOHN CASEY, author

JOHN CASEY, author



“This compelling New Hampshire murder mystery is an enigmatic and visceral read.”

The bad, deep, dark secrets stay hidden the longest. Purifying, bubbling, gnawing.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas, USA, February 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — From PHiR Edition

PHiR is VERY excited for the release of THE BARN: A Novella Mystery co-written by John Casey and Doug Campbell. Casey and Campbell grew up together in Keene, NH, and have remained close friends. Casey says, “When Doug first spoke to me, I was intrigued. It was a new genre for me, but I’m always up for trying something new. So we worked together for several months, and here’s the result. I think anyone with a passion for mysteries will really enjoy THE GRANGE.” This is Casey and Campbell’s first collaboration and a more than worthy addition to John Casey’s growing list of titles.

SYNOPSIS: At the request of his brother John, Keith Conway returns home to New England after a long absence. Their mother’s health is declining and she may not have much time left. A cryptic message from her leads them to wonder if their grandfather’s death decades ago was in fact a freak accident, or if there may have been foul play. Although John supports Keith’s attempt to find out the truth, he ends up craving it. Keith insists, not knowing if he is helping or hurting his family. He also wonders if the truth is as grim as it sounds, and if it might be better for everyone involved to leave it buried…


Other JOHN CASEY titles include The Devolution Trilogy (a psychological spy thriller series) and The Raw Thoughts Series (art coffee table books with an inspiring and witty underlying philosophy):

– DEVOLUTION: Volume 1 of the Devolution trilogy
– EVOLUTION: Volume 2 of the Devolution trilogy
– REVELATION: Volume 3 of the Devolution trilogy (to be published later in 2022)
– RAW THOUGHTS: A conscious fusion of poetic and photographic art
– MERIDIAN: a book of raw thoughts

JOHN CASEY is a New Hampshire Pushcart Prize-nominated novelist and poet. Her first novel, Devolution, was released in 2019 and is the first book in The Devolution Trilogy, a psychological spy thriller series. Evolution was released on May 13, 2021, Revelation will follow in 2022. Casey also penned Raw Thoughts in 2019, a compelling and mindful fusion of poetic and photographic art that won names for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the National Book Award. PHiR Publishing published the sequel, Meridian: A Raw Thoughts Book, on June 14, 2021. His poetry has appeared internationally in numerous literary journals and magazines. A veteran fighter and test pilot with a Master of Arts from Florida State University, Casey has also served as a diplomat and international affairs strategist at U.S. embassies in Europe and Africa, the Pentagon and elsewhere. He is passionate about fitness, nature and travel and inspired by the incredible range of people, places and cultures he has encountered in life.

DOUG CAMPBELL is an entrepreneur, an executive financial consultant to the life sciences industry, and owns and operates real estate properties. He is a former naval officer and enjoys playing guitar and a good murder mystery. THE BARN is Campbell’s first creative literary publication.

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Letter to the Editor: Book Banning Dangerous Game | Letters to the Editor


For the editor,

In 1980, author Barbara Tuchman in her address to the Library of Congress said, “Without books, history is silent, literature mute, science paralyzed, thought and speculation stalled. Without books, civilization would have been impossible.

Banning books can lead us down a rabbit hole from which it will be difficult to get out. When books that have won a Newberry Award for Excellence in Literature are banned, it causes great concern that we should all pay attention to. These individual books do not come close to being similar to the ideas of critical race theory. The latter participates in ongoing courses – in some cases workshops – with in-depth lesson plans and activities that continually focus on one theme: hate and victimization. If there is a singular book related to it, believe me, it won’t win a Newberry Award.

That being said, there may be some books that, when reviewed, may not match the growth and development of children in kindergarten through fifth grade. However, that does not mean that these books should be thrown away and not be seen in our middle and high school libraries.

Moms for Liberty and any other group should not take the place of what we as parents can and should decide what we want our children to be exposed to. Nor should we use the excuse that such an exhibition can only take place at home, because we suppress ideas for shared reflection and discussion. Once we allow these groups to be our conscience, their influence grows. Each success in a book ban results in more books being removed from library shelves.

The Herald’s article on Freedom Middle School showed how books can be used positively across the student body. In one district where I worked, a parent had the right to question a specific book that was part of the literature program. The district had implemented that if a book was objectionable, the student could choose another book from a given list, read it, and then complete the activities assigned to all students. Books were not banned, just an alternative was given.

Again, I urge all of you to be careful of who is running for a school board position and which groups want to decide for you what to teach your children. Let them know that you gladly take on this responsibility.

Ed Wagner

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Comedians find streamer payment policy a bad joke


Last month, comedian Bill Engvall received a great email from Sirius XM-owned streamer Pandora congratulating him for reaching over 600 million streams of his work on his platform from 227,000 monthly listeners. . It felt like a big milestone for a great headlining comedian, especially one who’s been in the game for over three decades. But the well-meaning gesture alerted Engvall and his team to a major problem: He hadn’t been paid for any of those streams.

“It’s like sending someone a birthday card that says, ‘Oops, I forgot to get you a present,'” Engvall told The Times.

Last week, Engvall was one of many comedians – including the estates of Robin Williams and George Carlin along with Ron White and Andrew Dice Clay – to sue Pandora in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for failing to pay the appropriate amount of royalties for their copyrighted jokes.

The five lawsuits make noise about the long-standing practice of streamers only requesting a portion of the copyright clearances that are owed to comedians who write, rehearse and record their works. Currently, Pandora, Spotify and many others only pay for the live performance of comedian material, not the creative material itself, which most comics would consider a bad joke.

“If you invent a product and it sells, you want to get paid for it,” Engvall said. “And I think sometimes in this society we tend to ask for forgiveness instead of permission.”

In the case of music, streamers are required to pay the copyright for the sound recording as well as a copyright for the underlying written work. Typically, royalties go to public rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI, who then pay the artists. Currently, there is no blanket license in place for ASCAP or BMI protecting large-scale spoken word works, and no government infrastructure or regulations defining the licensing and royalty payment system.

So streamers like Pandora would have to go to each comic individually to secure the proper copyrights on their comedy albums and recorded tracks — something Pandora in this case deliberately neglected to do, according to complaints filed by attorney Richard Busch, a King & Ballow partner representing the several living comedians who sued Pandora.

“For years…Pandora has illegally made digital reproductions and broadcasts on its servers and provided streaming access to its users without an appropriate public performance license and, where applicable, reproduction right license,” claim the lawsuits.

Busch’s presence on the case is notable. More than a decade ago, he handled a landmark case against Universal Music Group on behalf of the company that produced Eminem’s early work. The case hinged on whether digital downloads should be treated as “licenses” or “sales” – a substantial accounting difference that has changed the economics of music distribution numbers in the era of iTunes. . Busch has attacked Spotify in a number of high-profile cases alleging infringement.

“This is a very important case, not only for my clients but for many other comedians who are out there, whose work is shown on these platforms,” ​​Busch said. “We look forward to litigating the cases.”

Oakland-based Pandora declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.

When it comes to collecting damages for copyright infringement, an artist who wins a favorable judgment can collect actual revenue, as well as what are called profits attributable to infringement. Actual damages would be what an artist would have been licensed for their work if they had engaged in arm’s length negotiation before the infringement began; the damages would include the artist’s loss of royalties. As a penalty, a plaintiff may also obtain the benefits attributable to the infringement.

If a comedian or his estate could prove that Sirius XM’s market capitalization and advertising budget was based on a certain fraction of the ownership of those works, the comedian could possibly profit from the infringement.

Alternatively, when damages are more difficult to calculate, there is another option: statutory damages. This allows the jury to award damages ranging from a very small amount up to $150,000 per copyrighted work, which could be a single recorded joke or a track on a comedy album. For example, if a comedian has 70 royalties, multiplied by $150,000 each, that fee ends up adding up to over $10 million.

Together, the five pending lawsuits against Pandora are seeking $41.55 million in damages from the streamer.

Jeff Price, CEO and co-founder of Word Collections, works with comedians involved in the lawsuit to fight for what they believe is their due.

The founder of music distribution site TuneCore and Audiam launched his global copyright administration company in 2020 to ensure the works of comedians and songwriters are properly licensed and paid for by global digital services . Investors in the company include the band Metallica, a longtime Price client.

Price said Pandora and other streaming companies simply chose not to license the underlying works, meaning comedians like Robin Williams and his estate received nothing for streaming their working on these platforms.

Price said that from 2011 to 2017, Pandora disclosed in regulatory filings that it did not have a license for this work and that it was a potential liability.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Williams’ estate alleged that Pandora rejected Word Collections’ attempts to negotiate a licensing deal. According to the lawsuit, Pandora wrongly offered 16 of Williams’ works through its streaming service without even paying a “fraction of a penny.”

Taking the example of Williams, Price said: “Let’s say he sings the words ‘reality, what a concept’ – in which case… the licensing scheme would have been in place, a royalty would have been generated and [Pandora] would pay for the license. But because he noted the words ‘reality, what a concept’ (…) they didn’t deal with it”,

So far, comedians calling out the platforms on royalties have been met with either silence or aggression. In December, Spotify removed various comic book performances represented by advocacy organizations, including works by John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Jeff Foxworthy and Kevin Hart.

Price said the same issue exists for other platforms and he has contacted Sirius SM, iHeartRadio, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube Music on behalf of his clients, which also include the estate of Richard Pryor.

“I have a responsibility to my clients to contact every entity on the planet that uses their works, license them, and charge my clients,” Price said. “There is a global problem. All works of these people are used without license. These guys are unpaid and there is no excuse for that. The problem must be solved. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. »

The massive deal Spotify and Joe Rogan signed in 2020 further highlights the problem of gross inequality faced by comedians, even for comedy legends like Richard Pryor, whose estate isn’t properly compensated for its streaming royalties, Price said.

“Joe Rogan was paid a lot of money. Why? Because they wanted to use Joe Rogan’s artwork to attract users and they paid the man $100 million for it,” Price said. “How many people are fans of Richard Pryor who go to an entity like Spotify to listen to his works? I bet it’s more crowded than [the audience that listens to] Joe Rogan. And they didn’t even bother to pay anything to Richard Pryor or his estate, but will they pay Joe Rogan north of $100 million?

For Engvall and other comics involved in streamer lawsuits, the comedy landscape has changed a lot when it comes to tracking who was using or profiting from your material. “When I was doing the comedy club circuit, we checked on each other if a comedian was caught using one of your jokes,” Engvall said. “But when streaming services came along, there was just no way to keep up, because you never had a record of what was playing.”

While it’s a long time coming for big-name comedians to make noise about the money owed to them for their material, Engvall says the outcome of the recently filed lawsuits could mean a lot for up-and-coming comedians down the road.

“Although I’ve been lucky in my career to generate a name, there are a lot of cats that don’t, but their stuff gets used and they also need to be paid,” Engvall said. “None of us asks more than what is due to us.”

WATCH: Angeline Boulley, best-selling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter, live streams Tuesday, February 22


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Valley State University will host Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Indians), New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Boulley will read her best-sellers and answer questions from the audience.

The in-person event will take place at the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health at Grand Valley State University, 333 Michigan Street, NE, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Masks are required at inside the university.

The event will be streamed live on Native News Online starting at 6:00 PM – EST. The program will not be saved.

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Daughter of the Fire Keeper is the first book by Boulley, who previously worked for the US Department of Education in Washington, DC before returning to Michigan to be closer to his aging parents. Released in March 2021, it was on the New York Times bestseller list in the first week of April. The book spent 20 weeks on the New Times bestseller list.

“Angeline Boulley inspires our young people to be like her. His book authenticates our experiences and speaks of the experiences of our lives that validate our existence. Our readers can see themselves in the story, and it’s so important for us to be visible, after years of erasure,” Lin Bardwell (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), Program Coordinator, Native American Initiatives at Grand Valley State University said.

“Firekeeper’s Daughter is an electrifying thriller comprised of a rich exploration of the modern Indigenous experience, a reckoning of current and historical injustices, and a powerful celebration of community,” reads the book’s jacket.

TIME describes the book as “part thriller, part romance, and part examination of Indigenous identity.”

“Boulley’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking debut challenges many of the tropes around policing that often appear in the crime genre,” writes TIME.

“I think audiences were primed and ready for a thriller that provides insight into Indigenous identity,” Boulley told Native News Online in August 2021.

Daughter of the Fire Keeper was chosen by the Obamas’ Higher Ground to be adapted into a Netflix series.

This event is made possible by Grand Valley State University – Office of Multicultural Affairs, Grand Valley State University – Kutsche Office of Local History, Grand Valley State University – Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Grand Valley State University – Inclusion and Equity Division, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Native News Online.

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Carl H. Klaus leaves a legacy at UI, Nonfiction Writing Program


Through his work as an author, teacher, and friend, Carl H. Klaus changed the writing community locally and nationally.

As a freshman at the University of Iowa, Michele Hinz wanted a challenge.

She had surpassed the requirements of her freshman literature class through a series of lectures and tests, and asked UI professor Carl H. Klaus to apply to be enrolled in his class called the English Semester. . The 12-hour course was taught by three teachers.

Klaus said no.

Hinz declined this response. By asking over and over again for permission to register, she manages to change Klaus’s mind. Years later, he became her thesis supervisor in graduate school, and the two stayed in touch until Klaus died on February 1 at age 98.

Hinz is just one example of the immense impact Klaus has had on the people and communities around him through his work as a teacher, author and friend. Regarding Klaus’ work as a teacher, Hinz said his work influenced his practices as a writing and literature teacher at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City.

“There must be thousands of us who have taught, who have these anthologies on our shelves, because these are the essays that we learned from, with which we learned to love non-fiction,” said Hintz. “These are the trials from which he taught.”

Klaus’ work as a teacher is still visible both on the UI campus and nationally. In addition to writing textbooks that are widely regarded and used, Klaus pioneered one of UI’s most recognized areas of study – the non-fiction writing curriculum.

John D’Agata, current faculty member of the Nonfiction Writing Program, called Klaus’ work groundbreaking. Giving non-fiction writers space to grow and thrive on their selected writing style, he said Klaus transformed the world of literature.

“In the mid-1970s, when ‘non-fiction’ was barely used as a literary term, Carl helped found the NWP, which would become a creative writing program devoted exclusively to exploring historical depth and of the cultural range of non-fiction,” D’Agata wrote in an email to The Iowan Daily. “He was literally decades ahead of his time.”

D’Agata explained that before the non-fiction writing program was created, students who wanted to study non-fiction writing in graduate school had to attempt to practice their discipline by enrolling in the fiction or poetry department.

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Klaus’ work within the Iowa City literary community has had a huge impact on the writing world. Every student who has entered UI’s non-fiction writing program over the past 45 years has been directly or indirectly influenced by Klaus.

“His influence has since spread across the United States and around the world, now that his alumni themselves teach all over the map, run publishing houses, organize radio programs, make documentary films, write bestsellers and MacArthur award-winning books,” D’Agata wrote.

Apart from his work in education, Klaus was also an accomplished author. Best known for his journals, Klaus would take a specific topic related to his life, expand on what it meant, and give it applicable meaning.

John Kenyon, executive director of the UNESCO City of Literature of Iowa City, said that even if the reader was unfamiliar with the subject Klaus was writing about, the work itself still held significant significance.

“It’s the kind of writing style that you’ll read what he puts on the page, maybe because it interests you, but also just because you’re interested in what he has to say at this topic, which are not always necessarily the same,” Kenyon said.

Kenyon attested to Klaus’ skill, as well as his ability to support his peers in the writing community. Acting as both an instructor and a freelance creator, Klaus has certainly contributed to the impressive intellectual culture of Iowa City.

“People like that, that you took for granted as these incredibly smart, incredibly talented people who are here among us – that’s part of the reason why this is such a special place,” Kenyon said. “When people like that die, it definitely leaves a hole that will be felt for a while.”