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Newspapers are dying? This digital media veteran launched one anyway.



Not even ten years ago, Susan Clark was in charge of digital operations for The Economist magazine worldwide.

It was a forward-looking role that seemingly placed her at the forefront of journalism at the time – championing the online future of media, in an organization well-positioned to tap into a lucrative global audience.

In other words, Clark was essentially one of the last people who would be expected to start a print newspaper in a small town in 2022.

Yet that’s exactly what she did with the Redding Sentinel in Fairfield County, Connecticut. And while it’s still early in the Sentinel’s trajectory, Clark is more than happy with how it’s going.

A quarter of Redding households are already subscribers. Some townspeople have sent donations – from a few dollars to $1,000 – just to support the business. And everywhere she goes in her hometown, readers thank her for what she has done.

“We desperately needed an article,” Clark told me. Before retiring from The Economist, she had returned to Redding, with a population of around 9,000, after living in Geneva. “Given the burst of news and the tribal Facebook groups people were turning to, our city needed an independent community news source.”

Beware of proponent “pink slime” sites posing as local news

It therefore took the plunge at the beginning of this year, starting in April with a monthly edition which it considered a pilot project.

“I wanted to see if the city would come around to a newspaper,” she said. The answer came back loud and clear: yes, it would, even if the sale price was $3. (Part of her business model, she noted, is “not afraid to charge a fair price.”) Subscribers and donors will cover 25% of the cost of the publication; the rest will come from advertising. The Sentinel ships via US Mail.

Clark described the response from potential advertisers as “explosive” and “phenomenal”. Why? “There’s no other way to reach people in Redding.” The community’s newest newspaper – a weekly called the Redding Pilot – has been much missed since going out of business several years ago.

In a letter to the editor published in the second issue of the Redding Sentinel, reader Tina Miller praised “this indispensable undertaking in community building”. noting that a real community needs reliable, unbiased information on issues such as taxes, schools, the environment, roads, elections, public safety and more.

The three issues of the 16-page broadsheet that I reviewed begin with articles on the city’s budget, a controversial tree-cutting plan, and plans to redevelop an industrial site.

The plan now is to convert the Sentinel, gradually, to a weekly publication by November, with a digital version which is a reproduction of the printed newspaper. With reporting by a small group of freelancers and her own versatile roles overseeing news, publicity, broadcasting and finance (she plans to hire an editor soon), Clark lacks the resources to publish. an ever-changing live website with the latest news. .

Say that this company is against the grain is an understatement. Newspapers are closing across the United States at the rate of two a week, according to a recent report from Northwestern University. And while there are encouraging signs with the digital publications of start-ups, it is still true that information deserts – regions in which there is no (or almost no) source of information local – are becoming much more common.

Every week, two more newspapers close and the “information deserts” grow

The trend is largely driven by the loss of advertisers and readership to online sources, including social media platforms, over many years. As I showed in my 2020 book, “Ghosting the News,” the resulting dearth of local news harms individual communities and threatens American democracy as a whole.

Clark is a shrewd critic of how most local newspapers are run, noting for example in an email that “they overcharge readers for print subscriptions in order to drive them to digital where the reader’s eyeballs can be monetized (in theory)”. And she describes the difficulty of getting newspapers printed and distributed in today’s tight labor market. But she thinks, overall, print newspapers serve the public better because they focus less on driving click-worthy “engagement” and more on public service content.

Given the challenges, I asked Clark if she would encourage other potential entrepreneurs to follow her lead.

“Absolutely, yes,” she told me, then quickly clarified that. “Whether the conditions are met. It’s a complex calculation: are there enough advertisers? Is there a clearly perceived need in a community? Are freelancers available? Are you ready to be non-partisan?

But she considers what she does a civic duty: the equivalent of serving on a city council of finance or a planning commission, which she has done in the past.

And in the end, launching the Sentinel was a simple decision: “My hometown needed a newspaper, a newspaper that would provide a common set of facts and a ‘foundation’ of information specific to our city, so that we can make informed decisions.”

The Sentinel is swimming against the tide, but given Clark’s objectives, I’m hoping it can stay afloat.

Why is it so difficult to adapt Jane Austen? The fans play a role.


Few authors (leaving aside Shakespeare, always a special case) have seen their works reinvented as frequently or as generously as Jane Austen. On stage, screen and in books, his novels have been transformed into slapstick farces, fantasy mash-ups, Bollywood extravaganzas and saucy romantic comedies. They’ve been transported to, among other places, Cincinnati, Delhi, Fire Island, Los Angeles, modern-day London, and, in the case of the “Pride and Prejudice”-inspired vampire novel “Twilight,” the sleepy town of Forks, Wash.

So why did the most recent adaptation – the spicy version of Carrie Cracknell’s “Persuasion,” now streaming on Netflix – send so many viewers to their couches swoon, heaving high dudgeon? What prompted Dana Stevens of Slate magazine, for example, to call the film “not only the worst adaptation of Austen, but one of the worst films in recent memory”? Or Philippa Snow, referring in a New Republic review to modern heroin drinking habits, to say that the film seemed to be set “not just in the early 19th century, but in the hour of wine?”

The answer lies in the expectations that Austen’s fans, a particularly passionate and opinionated crowd, bring to her work. The problem isn’t that Cracknell’s version takes liberties — every iteration does; that’s pretty much the point – but what kind of freedoms are these.

“Persuasion” is the least flashy of Austen’s six great novels. The last of his completed books, published in 1818, it is calmer and more introspective than its more popular siblings, although many Austenites claim it as their favourite. Anne Elliot, her 27-year-old heroine, spends much of her time lost in thought, wracked with regret and seemingly reconciled playing a supporting role in the lives of others rather than being the heroine of her own. story.

But the moment the trailer for “Persuasion” was released, Austen purists rose up in collective outrage. There was Anne, who was no longer reserved, thoughtful and suffering alone, but performing self-pity, speaking directly to the camera à la “Fleabag” and making asides about her loved ones. At one point, speaking of Captain Wentworth, the man she still loves after foolishly rejecting him years earlier, she observes anachronistically that “now we’re worse than exes – we’re friends”.

The release of the film confirmed the reluctance of fans. The feeling seemed to be that while quirky period pieces featuring fiery, sassy, ​​and emotionally operative heroines are OK for “Bridgerton” and “Dickinson,” two recent streaming series, they’re not OK for Jane Austen.

In Harper’s Bazaar, Chelsey Sanchez wrote that the characters seemed “unrecognizable from their origins”.

“Would Anne Elliot make sarcastic, girlboss jokes to a discerning audience?” she wrote. “Would we even want her to?” When we lose the beauty of subtext – Austen’s greatest storytelling strength – what exactly do we gain? »

Austen’s best adaptations are both true to the spirit of the original – the basic plot, the way the characters interact with each other and in society – and confident in the world in which they are set, even though that world is a group of gay men looking for love and dating in what is now Fire Island, in the Hulu movie of the same name.

Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” (1995), which transposed “Emma” to a status-conscious high school in 1990s Beverly Hills, succeeded because it reflected a deliciously Austenian understanding of the most pitiful social gradation . Gifted with a delightfully modern name — Dear Horowitz in place of Emma Woodhouse — Alicia Silverstone deftly channeled the authoritative self-esteem of the original character, the way her height detracted from her charm, and her ability to admit and atone for his faults.

Similarly, Emma Thompson’s screenplay for Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) gave the book a feminist slant – highlighting the injustices of primogeniture and describing the difficulty of being a single woman with a uncertain financial future – while staying true to the emotional truths and romantic possibilities of the original.

And Autumn de Wilde’s highly stylized “Emma” (2020) was choreographed almost like a Kabuki opera – with a bold and witty color palette, startlingly offbeat costumes and heightened elements of farce and erotic desire – but with recognizable characters behaving the way they were meant to.

Authors and playwrights who have struggled with Austen say the challenge of adaptation is to stay within the contours of her worldview while being clear about what stands to gain.

“You have to know the rules to break them, and you have to be clear about the rules in your job,” said actor and playwright Kate Hamill, whose adaptations of Austen for the stage include an explosive “Sense and Sensibility.” with a chattering chorus of incisive incisors. “It has to work both for people who love the original book and for people who have no relationship to it.”

British author Gill Hornby, who has written two novels – ‘Miss Austen’ and the new ‘Godmersham Park’ – featuring Jane Austen herself, said she has a high tolerance for fanciful adaptations, with some warnings.

“My gut view is that anything can work, as long as the characters are preserved and the core moral issues — Snobbery Is Revolting, Gossip Is Harmful, Nobody Likes a Bighead — are seriously addressed,” she said per E-mail.

She also said that the language of adaptation should adapt to its environment. One of the most shocking aspects of the new “Persuasion” is how it lays modern colloquialisms into what bills itself as a classic period drama, with its Regency sets and costumes. (“Dickinson,” the wild fever dream on Apple TV+ that reimagined a sort of alternative life for poet Emily Dickinson, could get away with anachronisms because they were embedded in the company to begin with; this was clearly not a 19th century American family neither of us had been exposed before.)

It’s very strange to hear a character from “Persuasion” make a sarcastic geographical point by announcing that “if you’re a five in London, you’re a 10 in Bath”.

“You can’t ride through the waves,” Hornby said. “If you keep the period dress, then you have to keep the language. That’s not to say it should be textual, or exactly Austenian in style. Obviously, the realism of the screen must be taken into account, compared to the literary requirements of the page. There is a middle way – credible and accessible translation.

Perhaps even more shockingly, the new adaptation dispenses with the novel’s long, slow burn, undermining its own melancholic tone and hampering Austen’s careful pacing by allowing her characters to reveal their feelings and motives far too soon. “By weaving a comedic narrative out of a tragic one, the film undermines Austen’s purpose,” Emmeline Cline wrote on LitHub. “I think she wanted us to cry, not laugh.”

Of course, no Austen adaptation will ever satisfy the most rigorous fans. There were even objections to perhaps the best scene in the BBC’s six-part ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995, a peak year for adaptations): when Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), emerges from a swim in the lake, his wet shirt clinging seductively to his hunky chest.

Hamill, who has adapted classic works by other authors for the stage, said that in response to one of her plays, she once received an email from an Austen fan that began “Dear Mrs. Hamill: How could you?”

“I haven’t had any Bram Stoker or Homer or Hawthorne fans knocking on my door,” she said. “Jane Austen fans are remarkably passionate.”

Filipino author’s suggestion for men to wear ‘babydolls’ in UK Heatwave gets a boost


The UK is experiencing severe episodes of heat waves in various parts of the country. In an effort to add some respite, a user on Twitter cooked up a thread full of advice on “how to stay cool during the UK heatwave”.

The now-viral Twitter feed is centered around Filipinos and features some very unique and hilarious ways on how Brits can find ways to cool off in the scorching heat. The first the yarn says is to wear the most “loose” cotton or linen you can find. For this, according to the photo, men should prefer to wear babydolls or, as it is called in the Philippines, “Duster Dress”.


Following it is another tip that tells users to “do nothing” and “open all windows”.

Tips like turning on all the electric fans and falling asleep on the couch, “in front of the fan,” also appear in the thread.

After spending the day indoors doing various activities, including a highly recommended “quick midday ban” or a quick bath, comes dinner time. The tweet read: “We don’t eat salad, because we are Filipinos. We don’t cook inside either, because it’s too hot for that shit! Grill a ton of BBQ Pinoy pork on skewers.

The thread went viral and loved the Filipino-style ways to beat heat waves. Internet users particularly liked the first advice which suggests that men wear nighties.

One user wrote: “It doesn’t matter where you are from! Good heat wave advice is good heat wave advice! Stay calm.”

One user called it “Solid Advice”.

One user praised “Dusters”.

“I love it so much,” this user said.

“Daster supremacy,” said one user. Daster is the name of baby dolls in Indonesia.

So what do you think of these tips? Are you ready to try?

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents Grupo Animo In RE-IMAGINATION: COLLIDING INTO ONE


The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has announced the Grupo Animo 2022 Summer Theater Camp production of “Re-ImagiNation: Voices Colliding Into One” on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. with free admission to the historic Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. San Antonio, TX 78207.

Grupo Animo is the resident youth theater company of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, founded in 1993 and made up of young people (ages 13-18) from all walks of life and neighborhoods in San Antonio. Under the mentorship of professional artists and directors, members of the Grupo Animo company are guided through a three-week summer theater experience, providing young people with a platform to make their voices heard through theater / theater performance-based, challenging, engaging and culturally relevant. . Instructors include Nicolas Valdez, Clint Taylor and Sarah Tijerina.

“After three very intense weeks of dialogue, research and theatrical games, the participants are ready to perform their new work” according to Jorge Piña, director of programs of the GCAC.

“Our mission at Grupo Animo is to use the teatro/theater to instill an understanding of the value of culture, creativity and community. It is essential, even more now in light of recent events in Uvalde, that students learn to use their natural talents to express themselves creatively, working cooperatively to share their thoughts and feelings about the world they live in,” according to Nicolas Valdez, Head Instructor of Grupo Animo. “We strive to provide a safe space for our members to feel comfortable regardless of race, gender, economic status or sexual orientation.”

Friends and family members of Grupo Animo and Guadalupe community members are encouraged to attend this free event. Free placement ; first come, first served. To learn more about Grupo Animo, visit https://guadalupeculturalarts.org/classes/theatre/.

Grupo Animo is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Founded in 1993, Grupo Animo’s goal at the end of the program is to have taught students the history and basic practice of theatre/drama, acting, teamwork, poetry , creative writing, movement and videography.

For more information, visit www.guadalupeculturalarts.org.

Book review: “Death by Landscape” by Elvia Wilk



By Elvia Wilk

The landscapes invite contemplation. Natural or built, strange or spectacular, these are spaces in which we project ourselves. What if I lived out there in the woods? What kind of person would I be if I lived by the sea? What if I jumped off that cliff?

“Death by Landscape” by Elvia Wilkinspires the same kind of distant feelings. This book of essays – divided into four sections: ‘Plants’, ‘Planets’, ‘Bleed’ and an epilogue – takes its title from a short story by Margaret Atwood. The principle: Two teenagers go on a hike. One step from path and disappears forever. The other remains obsessed with landscapes. She sees her lost friend there, only in the form of a tree. “If you take the narrator’s conclusion at face value,” Wilk writes, “the death at the center of ‘Death by Landscape’ is no death at all. It’s a transition, a twin becoming of the girl and the tree. The first essay starts from there, an in-depth study of the works of Amitav Ghosh, Tom LeClair, Anne Richter, Kathe Koja, Mark Fisher, HP Lovecraft, Erik Davis, Jeff VanderMeer, Han Kang, Daisy Hildyard and Steven Shaviro.

It’s a whirlwind of thought that turns into a fictional philosophy of ecosystems, and the notion that we could alter the centrality of the human in the storytelling to find other, deeper conclusions. Wilk, the author of the 2019 novel “Oval” and editor of the monthly e-flux, says that only this kind of shift in perspective “can adequately portray the ecological dependencies that have led the world to environmental cataclysm. , the interdependence that neoliberal capitalism and its pervasive narrative forms continue to violently deny.

As for his own place, writes Wilk, “where do I fit in this book of essays on the importance of ecosystems beyond the human, in a book about what the world might look like without me finished at all?” It is, she adds, “a book about becoming what you study, about what it feels like to be integrated into the landscape”. I’m not sure that’s entirely true: Wilk’s first-person perspective is ubiquitous among all the disparate references. The tangible sense of the quest is relatable, but as a result the book sometimes has the feel of something in progress.

“This Compost” offers a model of artistic creation via the porosity of the body – physical and otherwise – compared to more traditionally understood normative modes of reproduction. (There’s a reason Wilk coined the term “rot erotica” for nothing.) “Working and loving this way can be very disgusting. It can also be very intoxicating. Fairly true. But I wish Wilk had gone a little further. What might that look like for you? And how could it change your life? If this is the landscape, where are you?

The strongest of the book’s sections, “Bleed”, features feature stories – about art, vampire LARPs, Wilk’s first novel, and virtual reality. This is also the part that seems most alive. You can feel her trying out ideas that don’t get confused in a thicket of references. The essay on PTSD and Christian mysticism is particularly noteworthy, and I enjoyed Wilk’s vivid account of witnessing a live roleplay for the first time.

In any role-playing game, you play as a character with their own wants and desires, but you do it as yourself. Among role-playing gamers, the times when the two – character and player – merge are called “bleeding out”. I think it’s a useful concept to think about “Death By Landscape”. Basically, it’s a book about the collision between Wilk as a writer and Wilk as a character. As we all. And in the end, it’s up to you to decide which you prefer.

Bijan Stephen is the host and executive producer of the “Eclipsed” podcast.

DEATH BY LANDSCAPE, by Elvia Wilk | 320 pages | Soft Skull | Paper, $16.95

Interpol: The Other Side of the Make-Believe Album Review


In those first two tracks, there’s the germ of something more intriguing than a return to form: a late-day Interpol record where mind and sound are finally aligned. Although the fully formed aura that Interpol projected into the elegiac atmosphere of post-9/11 New York has been chipped away like a disintegration tape by questionable side projects, inessential studio albums and a reconsideration of indie culture that backed them, they all gave Interpol a chance to tackle the pathos of post-punk agitators easing into a wiser, wittier political sense – maybe like Nick Cave or, damn it , By the way-era Red Hot Chili Peppers. Banks seems up for the task, repeatedly leveraging his reputation to sell lines that would be ridiculous coming from anyone else – making the title of ‘Big Shot City’ rhyme with ‘girl you look like gritty”, “You really burst too hard / That’s why you’re a god of size.

But like so much of Interpol’s work since Our love to admirethe spark in The flip side of pretending is subsumed into a gray expanse of Interpol Music, which has remained largely undisturbed by a rotating cast of bass players, songwriter producers and the passage of 20 years. Alan Moulder and Flood are at least better suited to Interpol forces than previous charges like Rich Costey and Fridmann. The duo’s work with Depeche Mode, Curve and Nine Inch Nails is about one degree separate from the band’s lasting influences. Although drummer Sam Fogarino claims that Flood was trusted to “hyperbolize our best qualities”, he does so à la carte on songs that largely betray their origins written remotely in different parts of the world. Daniel Kessler’s sound structures remain instantly identifiable and also interchangeable, a batch of “Interpol-like rhythms”. Although working at roughly the same pace throughout The other side of pretending Fogarino adds much-needed math to the rhythms of “Greenwich” and “Into the Night”, though neither finds a melodic basis. Too often, the trio feels like they are writing or overlapping instead of locking each other up.

Compared to the “refined methods” that Banks describes in “Toni”, far less attention has been paid to the meta self-assessment on the “Go Easy (Palermo)” fence: “I’ll keep moving forward/Every obstacles in my path have come down. Even though Turn on the bright lights still eclipses the majority of their work – and with its 20th anniversary just months away it will do so even more now – a group of Interpol’s stature mostly needs to talk about a good game, making sure it’s is always committed enough to bring a good narrative and around 20 minutes of new material on a career-spanning setlist. This is evident from most of Paul Banks’ lines of Paul Banks on The flip side of pretending. “All along I was different/’Cause my nature made me awesome,” he sings, leaving just enough time to ask the question “is this guy real?” And then, the punchline: “But not so great”, a wink from a wise group that knows its limits.

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Interpol: the other side of pretense

First successful novel for this Teesside graduate


A TEESSIDE University graduate and owner of a thriving independent bookstore celebrates the release of her first novel.

Jenna Warren graduated with an MA in creative writing in 2008 and owns The Book Corner, an independent bookstore in Saltburn which last year featured in the Guardian’s list of Britain’s top 10 independent bookstores.

She is now ready to see her first novel of contemporary fiction “The Moon and the Stars” published, with pre-orders now available. “The Moon and Stars” is inspired by Jenna’s passion for musical theater and is tinged with a touch of romance.

She said: “I wanted to write a book loosely inspired by ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, which is my favorite story, but I wanted it to be in a different genre from the original, so not a gothic novel. I hope I’ve written something characterful and uplifting that people will relate to.

“The story follows Matthew, a classically trained singer. Unfortunately, he suffers from low self-esteem and chronic stage fright. He is desperate to perform again, so he sings in the shadows while his handsome friend, Ralph, takes the stage.plan has the potential to go horribly wrong, which it does.

“The story generally centers around Matthew’s journey to self-acceptance.”

Jenna graduated from Teesside with an MA in Creative Writing and is reflecting positively on her time at university.

She added, “My teachers were so enthusiastic and offered constant support and encouragement throughout my studies. They really opened my eyes and showed me that there are a lot of writers going on in the area.

Jenna has already started working on her next project, adding: “I have some ideas for future books. I’m currently working on another novel about music and performers. In the same vein as ‘The Moon and Stars’, it’s contemporary and character-driven, but there’s also an element of folklore in it. I’m still writing the first draft, so I’m excited to see where it’s going.

The Moon and Stars is published by Fairlight Books and is available for pre-order now with an October 20 release date.

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Singapore Literature Prize: Wang Gungwu and Suratman Markasan in the running at 91


SINGAPORE – At 91, historian Wang Gungwu and literary pioneer Suratman Markasan are the oldest writers shortlisted for the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize.

Wang’s Home Is Where We Are, the second part of her memoir, is up for creative English non-fiction.

Suratman, a Cultural Medal recipient who has been shortlisted for four previous editions of the award, dominates the Malaysian creative non-fiction category this year with his essay collections, Mengasah Kalam Jilid 2 (Honing The Pen Volume 2) and Mengapa Saya Menulis (Why Do I write).

The biennial prize, organized by the Singapore Book Council, is Singapore’s oldest ongoing literary prize in all four official languages.

This year, 49 works were shortlisted in the genres of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

The top prize in each category includes $3,000 and a trophy.

Of the 43 shortlisted writers, five are nominated in two or more categories.

Wang, who is known for his research on Chinese history, wrote Home Is Where We Are with his late wife Margaret Wang.

It will face Clara Chow’s New Orleans Travel Diary, Kagan Goh’s early memoir Surviving Samsara: A Memoir Of Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, And Mental Illness, and Nilanjana Sengupta’s The Votive Pen: Writings On Edwin Thumboo, a biography of the veteran poet. and Singaporean academic. .

Chow, a former Straits Times reporter, has two other books in the running for the award – a short story collection Not Great, But At Least Something in the English fiction category and Lousy Love Poems, for Chinese poetry.

She is the first writer in the history of the prize to be shortlisted in three categories in two different languages.

Not great, but at least something stands against This Side Of Heaven by Cyril Wong, Shantih Shantih Shantih by Daryl Qilin Yam, She Never Looke Back by Mallika Naguran, and Snow At 5pm: Translations Of An Insignificant Japanese Poet by Jee Leong Koh.

Koh is also in the running for the English Poetry Prize for his collection Connor & Seal.

He will face Anything But Human by Daryl Lim Wei Jie, The Orchid Folios by Mok Zining, We Make Spaces Divine by Pooja Nansi and One To The Dark Tower Comes by Yeow Kai Chai.

Yeow and Nansi are the former and current directors of the Singapore Writers Festival respectively.

Harvey Weinstein: From tycoon to me too


END HOLLYWOOD: Harvey Weinstein and the culture of silence

Author: Ken Aulette

Editor: Penguin

Price: $30

pages: 466

As you’d expect, there aren’t many laughs in Hollywood end, the new biography of Ken Auletta from the cradle to prison of Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul convicted of third-degree rape and another sex crime in New York and awaiting trial on other charges in California. When Auletta calls Weinstein’s relationship with his brother Bob “Shakespeare worthy,” he puts the story squarely in the tragedy column of the ledger.

But then Broadway star Nathan Lane makes a brief appearance, like Puck doing cartwheels on the set of Coriolanus.

The year was 2000, and Weinstein’s cultural capital was perhaps at its peak. He still ran Miramax, the prestigious studio he and Bob launched in 1979, though now under the incongruous but lucrative watch of Disney. He had recently founded Talk magazine with editor Tina Brown, then New York’s most agile puppeteer on high and low culture. He dated politicians, co-hosted a lavish birthday party, and raised money for then-senator Hillary Clinton at the Roseland Ballroom. And he didn’t like some of the jokes that Lane, everyone’s dream MC, had written for the occasion.

“I’m going to ruin your career,” threatened Weinstein, in Auletta’s account.

“You can’t hurt me,” Lane retorted. “I don’t have a film career.”

On stage, Lane said in a smirking tone, “I’m going to do all the jokes that Harvey Weinstein wanted me to cut.”

It wasn’t the last time that theater somehow trumped the producer’s favorite medium. Auletta attended every day of Weinstein’s trial in 2020, recounting the experience here in four chapters. “The essays are not movies, shot under controlled conditions and subject to editing in the editing room,” he wrote. “These are live productions, dependent on the chemistry of their participants, and not a bit of luck.”

The books, which Weinstein is obviously fond of — his media mini-empire included an editorial imprint — can look like movies. Auletta effectively, if perhaps a bit too elegiacly, frames this one in the long shadow of Citizen Kane. Auletta is, of course, Jerry Thompson, the reporter searching for his anti-hero’s rosebud: the mysterious missing object or influence that will explain his personality. But he is also Citizen Ken, magnanimous and avuncular when he encourages his New Yorker boss, David Remnick, to publish young journalist Ronan Farrow’s investigation into Weinstein’s misdeeds. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times announced the story five days before Farrow’s article was published.

The well-connected Auletta draws on the work of these reporters and his own interviews with major players, including many surely fascinating hours with beleaguered brother Bob. As for Harvey, he emails terse responses to questions, and his reps haggle over possible interview terms before ghosting his biographer — but Hollywood end also pulls out a detailed profile that Auletta wrote of him 20 years ago, and his results. At that time, he had heard of Weinstein’s sex crimes, an open secret for years, but was unable to register any victims, and so focused on bullying and prodigious appetites. of his subject.

Weinstein’s reputation for sexual intrusion had begun early, when he was a concert promoter in Buffalo. As he got older, his influence waned — the whole movie industry waned — just as he sought younger prey, from a cohort who “increasingly spent their free time on social media like Facebook,” Auletta recalls. , “rather than going to the movies.”

After the producer, then in his 60s, rushed from his office couch to Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a 22-year-old Miss Italy finalist, in 2015, she did what many previous women who had been in her shoes , frightened by Weinstein’s towering power, had shied away from doing: She called the police. The fourth wave of feminism had come with a big splash, dragging Weinstein and his ilk into the backwash.

And yet the male jury foreman who convicted Weinstein, Auletta points out, cited the testimony and demeanor of male witnesses, not female victims — “suggesting,” Auletta writes, “that ‘believing women’ can do facing a steep climb.” Instead, he suggests “listening to women”; but the voice of a key woman is overwhelming.

As there was a roving “fifth Beatle”, so there was a series of Miramax executives dubbed the “third brother” – loyalists who helped enable bad behavior – and, chillingly, a kind of “system ferry to funnel women” to Weinstein’s hotel suites. If you’re not interested in NC-17 and the often disgusting details of what happened in those sequels, or the jaw-dropping convolutions of nondisclosure agreements, you might prefer one of the recommendations. of the disgraced protagonist of the finer era he adored, Elia Kazan’s autobiography, A Life, or a book Weinstein was often seen carrying while preparing for trial: The Brothers Mankiewicz, from Sydney Ladensohn Stern. Herman Mankiewicz is credited with the screenplay of Citizen Kane; his brother, Joe, wrote All About Eve.

Remembering those great films, and even some of Miramax’s glory days in the 1990s, is daunting, as the pictures keep getting smaller. Participating in Weinstein’s slow rise and fall, even with the capable Auletta by his side, can feel even more daunting, like riding one of those creaking roller coasters on a faded municipal playground.


Why labor campaigns work


After decades of declining union membership, organized labor may be on the verge of a resurgence in the United States. Employees seeking better working conditions and higher pay have recently organized unions at Starbucks, Amazon, Apple and elsewhere. Candidates for this year’s union elections are set to reach their highest level in a decade. I asked Noam Scheiber, who covers workers and labor issues for The Times, what’s behind the latest wave of union activity.

Ian: You recently Profile Jaz Brisack, a Rhodes Scholar and barista who helped organize a union at a Starbucks in Buffalo, the first at a company-owned store in decades. Why did she want to work there?

Noam : The Jaz comes from a tradition. We saw it during the Depression; people with radical policies taking jobs with the explicit intention of organizing workers. The term for this is “salting”, like seasoning. The practice has had limited success in recent decades, but we are seeing a wider revival, and Jaz is one of them. Several salts got jobs at Amazon and helped organize a facility on Staten Island. Academics like Barry Eidlin and Mie Inouye have written extensively about this.

Jaz is very public about her beliefs. She wore a Karl Marx sweatshirt to Oxford University and once pressed the University of Mississippi chancellor — at a reception honoring Jaz — to remove a Confederate monument from campus.

She’s idealistic and ambitious, but being a social creature hasn’t always come naturally to her. She told me that when she came to college she was “incredibly socially awkward,” in part because she was homeschooled. Still, she would somehow be willing to do things that required interacting with strangers in order to further the cause, such as handing out flyers to promote a union campaign at a nearby Nissan plant.

Employees of nearly 200 other Starbucks have organized from the Jaz store unionized in december. Did they follow his example?

After their union’s victory, Jaz and the other organizers received demands from Starbucks workers across the country. They would make Zoom calls and tell them how to get started. I was with Buffalo organizers the day the union won at a Starbucks in Mesa, Ariz., the first outside of Buffalo during the campaign. A Jaz store employee, Michelle Eisen, had been in close contact with Mesa workers. I went to dinner with her and some of the other Buffalo organizers that night, and they were giddy. They were proud of what they had set in motion.

So these things are spreading. Every time I cover a labor campaign these days, I ask, “Have you been paying attention to what’s going on at Starbucks?” At Amazon? Invariably, the answer is not simply yes, but “we were inspired by it, we were motivated by it, it showed us that it could be done”. This was the case when I interviewed employees of Trader Joe and Apple. And, historically, unionization has tended to happen in spurts.

University graduates seem to be driving this push.

A key part of the story is the radicalization of the college-educated worker. You have experienced a meteoric recovery from the Great Recession followed by the pandemic. Having a college education does not necessarily mean being on board. But whether it’s Starbucks, Amazon or REI, college-educated workers have been heavily involved.

As a group, college-educated Americans are becoming more liberal than working-class Americans. Has this been an obstacle to the unionization of workers without a diploma?

College-educated workers often get things done, but they’re pretty good at bringing a diverse group together. I spoke to Brima Sylla, a Liberian immigrant who helped organize his colleagues at the Staten Island Amazon factory. He has a doctorate. public policy and speaks several languages. He helped enroll hundreds of people, many of them African or Asian immigrants. Another organizer was Pasquale Cioffi. He’s a former stevedore and has a more traditional working-class background. He was good at talking to non-academics and Trump supporters. Having a coalition of Brima and Pat helped the union win.

You compared today’s organization to that of the 1930s. What parallels do you see?

The Great Depression was obviously a traumatic time. The financial system was collapsing. The economy was collapsing. Unemployment was 25%. But in 1936 things were much better, though still not great. This has also been true during the pandemic. Many people lost their jobs in 2020, but in 2021 the labor market was tight and workers felt empowered. That one-two punch—one traumatic event, then things get better—is a recipe for successful organizing.

Your Jaz profile reads differently than many Times stories. You speak for yourself – like her, you were a Rhodes Scholar and interviewed your former classmates, contrasting their pro-business view of the late 1990s with her skepticism. Why did you write it like this?

Once I understood Jaz’s background and role in the Starbucks campaign, my first thought was, “Wow, this probably wouldn’t have happened among my cohort of Rhodes Scholars.” My reflex was to compare it to my group and marvel at the differences. It felt more honest, authentic, and compelling to own just that.

Learn more about Noam: He joined The Times in 2015 after nearly 15 years at The New Republic and lives near Chicago. After a bad experience involving a late-night cup of coffee, his college comedy magazine, and an 8 a.m. math class, he avoids caffeine.

  • President Biden presents his meetings with Middle Eastern autocrats as an effort to contain Russia and outsmart China.

  • The Russian Defense Minister has ordered troops to step up attacks in Ukraine.

  • President Vladimir Putin is making sweeping changes to school curricula to shape the opinions of young Russians.

  • Europe is at a time of fragility: it faces trials of its democracies, a plummeting currency and war in Ukraine.

  • Dozens of wildfires have swept across Europe, sparked by a heat wave.

  • The pandemic is still a driving force behind global economic difficulties.

  • At the end of 2020, a conservative lawyer presented Donald Trump with a “martial law” plan to reverse his electoral defeat.

  • Some residents of a North Dakota town were excited about a new plant and its promise of jobs, but its ties to China deterred others.

  • New state abortion bans will likely have an outsized impact on younger pregnant girls.

Sunday’s question: Should Biden have met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

Biden’s Friday meeting with Prince Mohammed after convicting him of murdering a journalist affirms the idea that the United States only cares about human rights selectively, Agnès Callamard argues in Foreign Affairs. Yasmine Farouk writes that while it may not have been Biden’s main goal to restore relations, the meeting was an opportunity to pressure Saudi Arabia on human rights.

On the dance floor: A Middle Eastern party scene is thriving in Brooklyn.

Travel issues: It is becoming more and more difficult to obtain a passport quickly.

Sunday Routine: A cruise ship captain tries to direct crowds as close to the Statue of Liberty as possible.

Wirecutter Tips: Moving your home office outdoors this summer? Bring a fan – not only to keep you cool, but also to repel mosquitoes.

A Times classic: A timeless tomato pie.

‘Novak Djokovic didn’t even hesitate,’ says British author


Novak Djokovic has stressed that he has no intention of making his way to the United States, but remains hopeful of having a chance to participate in the US Open. Djokovic has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and under current US vaccination laws anyone entering the country must show proof of vaccination.

Djokovic traveled to Australia earlier this year after being granted a medical exemption, but his visa was later revoked and he was deported from the country. “I’m not going to go to the United States if I don’t have permission, so the Australian saga for me hasn’t been pleasant at all,” Djokovic said, according to Reuters.

In December, Djokovic applied for a special medical exemption and got it. After Djokovic was denied participation in the Australian Open, some accused the Serb of trying to enter the country illegally. “People still think that I forced my entry into Australia and tried to enter without papers, without permission or exemption, that’s not true,” Djokovic pointed out.

“It was proven at trial so I would never enter a country where I didn’t have permission to travel. I would love to go back to Australia. I love Australia, I had my best results in Grand Slam in this country. I hope I can be there in January because I want to be there, and I also want to be in New York.

I want to be in America and wherever I can play.” Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title last Sunday, but now he risks missing the US Open and the Australian Open. “I am a professional tennis player , I don’t get into politics or anything because it doesn’t interest me,” he said.

Claire Fox talks about Djokovic

British author and politician Claire Fox, who was a panelist on the TV show “Plank of the Week”, has praised Novak Djokovic. “I also thought the way he handled what happened in Australia and America was great.

I thought he was treated catastrophically by Australia where he was denied the game due to his medical condition, his decision about his own body not to take a vaccine, Fox said. “Not one I would agree with, but whatever, it’s not my body, it’s his body.

But he didn’t even laugh at it. He asserted his position. They keep telling him, “why did you give up those big tournaments just for that and he says, ‘because I have principles’ What a joy, he’s not only a brilliant tennis player, but he is a brilliant tennis player with principles,” she added.

Nick Offerman goes to Albany in “Who Do You Think You Are?” from NBC.


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When the genealogy documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?”, an American adaptation of the British BBC series of the same name, returned to NBC last Sunday 10 years after the network canceled it after its third season, Billy Porter, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and singer (“Pose”, “Kinky Boots”) was the famous subject investigating his family tree.

But for residents of the Capital Region, it was the clips from the next episode, airing this Sunday at 7 p.m. EST, that perhaps sparked the most interest. In these, actor, writer and comedian Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) is shown strolling past gushing fountains through an eerily empty Empire State Plaza in Albany, captured in both shots tracking at ground level as well as in elevated bird’s eye views from a crane or drone.

Other images show Offerman — whose wife and fellow actor Megan Mullally was the subject of a 2018 season nine episode after the show was picked up for seven seasons on cable network TLC — walking through the streets of the city and meeting historians or genealogists in libraries, all of which could have been filmed in the capital. He discovers that his family once worked in the “tavern business” and that an ancestor was a Revolutionary War soldier.

“Who do you think you are?” is produced in partnership with Ancestry.com, the for-profit genealogy company that is featured prominently during each hour-long episode, as well as during commercial breaks. Among the show’s producers are actors Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky.

Offerman, originally from Illinois, was in Albany in October 2019 to present a talking and comedy show at the Palace Theatera venue he and Mullally had previously played together.

Two years later, in October 2021, Offerman visited John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville as the backdrop for an interview with CBS News about the release of his fourth and most recent book, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of an Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outdoors.” It was during this time that he also reportedly shot the local scenes for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Incidentally, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play” chronicles a trip the 52-year-old artist took to Glacier National Park with two of his closest friends, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy – creator of the Annual Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, where Offerman appeared — and award-winning fiction writer George Saunders — professor of creative writing at Syracuse University and former Albany resident.

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Susie Spikol Wins Hull Prize


Published: 07/15/2022 10:40:02

Modified: 07/15/2022 10:39:48

Susie Spikol, a naturalist teacher at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, is one of this year’s recipients of the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of environmental education, honoring those who “inspire children…to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.” In announcing the award, the club cited Spikol’s “incalculable impact on children in the Monadnock area” and noted that “there are few children or teenagers [in this area] who have never canoed, hiked, explored wetlands, spotted birds, discovered amphibians or [gone mammal] followed with Susie.”

Spikol has been a professional naturalist and environmental educator for over 30 years. Beginning with her internship in Central Park as a student at Columbia University, Brooklyn-native Spikol has dedicated herself to teaching children to connect, understand, and embrace nature.

More recently, Spikol founded the Lab Girls after-school program to connect girls with STEAM through nature. Each week the girls meet a different female role model who works in STEAM and have the chance to experience the tools of her trade. ConVal High School students with an interest in science help middle school girls navigate hands-on experiences.

Spikol’s first book, “The Animal Adventurer’s Guide,” comes out in the fall, and she’s working on a second book about insects.

Stephen Sprouse exhibition at Newfields showcases iconic fashion moments


Stephen Sprouse was famous for sending neon colors and graffiti to clothes that became a groundbreaking marriage of punk and high-end. When pedigree designer Hoosier affixed his heavy lettering to Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram in 2001, waiting lists swelled before the fashion line even came out.

Her single-strap “Choose or Lose” dress – covered in buttons but without a bodice – was part of a 1996 MTV voter education campaign with model Kate Moss and musician Iggy Pop. And Sprouse’s single strap wore the 1979 TV scanline print dress that singer Debbie Harry wore in Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” music video.

The looks have emerged through Sprouse’s decades in the spotlight. Critics have characterized his career as a series of backslidings and valleys – a designer whose ideas were great but who never really fit into the niche of the retail market that the bigger names do. In the years since Sprouse’s death in 2004, his work has crystallized into a stable legacy that is the subject of a new Newfields exhibition.

AfterMonet and his living friends! opens at the Lume in Newfields. Here’s what you need to know.

“Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion” opens Saturday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a venue that has been meaningful to the designer. Sprouse visited the museum when he was growing up in Columbus, Indiana, and in 2019 his family donated a collection of more than 10,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, textile samples, sketches, audiovisuals, and Polaroids. . Many items are a major source for the show’s exhibit, which includes more than 60 garments as well as shoes, videos from its runway shows and more.

“We have this very specific image of the 80s in our mind, which is more of a working girl, a company, big suits, women entering the workforce. And he focused a lot on the youth of the industry. era and the underground culture of the time, which is kind of not our universal understanding of the 80s,” said curatorial assistant Lauren Pollien.

Many of the roots of his creations were born while living in a loft in New York, when he explored the underground music scene at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. With neighbors like Harry, whom he began to dress, Sprouse was already well on his way to becoming the designer who captured America’s transition in the 1980s and beyond.

‘I use music and art to give my business the see

In May 1984, Sprouse’s show at the Ritz nightclub captured that energy. The club’s atmosphere contained concert speakers, a video screen, and strobe and black lights, according to “The Stephen Sprouse Book”.

Three years later, in 1987, he told the IndyStar fashion editor how his new collection captured America’s exhausted teenagers.

“Between AIDS and the economy, it’s a pretty weird time, and people need to keep a cool head and pray for good things,” he said of his mantle with ‘God Save America’. written on it.

In person, Sprouse spoke softer than his designs. Both IndyStar and Indianapolis News have reported remarks about his shyness over the years, while noting that he was polite and answered all questions.

In a preface to ‘The Stephen Sprouse Book,’ his friend Tama Janowitz described him as cool, saying he loved children and animals and drew pictures on his friends’ shoes, which, even though it was unexpected, ended up making them better.

Sprouse formed strong friendships with many of those he worked with – evidenced by a biker-style leather jacket in the museum exhibit tagged by his friends. One is by artist Keith Haring, whose collaborations with Sprouse included a shirt design based on an 1872 Antonio Ciseri painting that shows Pontius Pilate and Jesus after being scourged.

Pop artist Andy Warhol granted Sprouse the rare opportunity to use his prints on his clothing and was later buried in one of his suits. In the exhibit, Warhol’s camouflage pattern is depicted in a dress rendered multidimensional through cut-out fabric shapes stiffened with acrylic paint. Other rooms show paintings created by the collaboration between Warhol and art pioneer Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“Music and art really influence my fashion,” Sprouse told IndyStar in a January 1998 interview. “While I use everything I learned from Halston, sewing and all, I use music and art to give my business the see.”

Hoosier designers framed Sprouse

Halston taught Sprouse fine tailoring, and under her tutelage the young designer helped outfit Anjelica Huston and Barbra Streisand.

Sprouse, who was born in 1953 in Ohio, moved with his family to Indiana as a child. There he designed such stunning fashion collections that his father took them to the Art Institute of Chicago. From this connection, Sprouse met Norman Norell of Noblesville and Bill Blass of Fort Wayne.

The influence of Sprouse’s high-end training is evident up close in his clothing. The scan-lines dress made famous by Harry, for example, is constructed from two layers with the stripes exactly aligned, the museum briefing notes. Another olive and orange ensemble consisting of a hooded cape, sweater and skirt is so fitted that Pollien had a hard time putting it flat.

“It only rests on a body,” Pollien said.

In order to preserve these carefully cut garments, the museum actually modified the mannequins to fit them.

“We take measurements of the garment, then we cut out the fiberglass mannequins, then we reconstruct them,” said Amanda Holden, Senior Textiles Conservator.

Video throughout the exhibit shows Sprouse’s runway shows, which Niloo Paydar, curator of textile arts and fashion, says are important for gaining a deeper understanding of clothing.

“Models are jostling. It’s not like those stoic, European catwalks,” Paydar said. “He wanted to create a livelier club environment for his shows.”

Mind-blowing and expensive materials

Newspaper articles that cover Sprouse’s career note that he struggled to understand in the retail market. Part of that stems from his love of innovative high-end materials in wild colors that were difficult for mass retailers to acquire, Pollien said.

“He wouldn’t compromise on the colors he chose,” interpretive planner Maggie Ordon said. “He’s worked with a few very high-end department stores, though, on a few collections, but overall he didn’t compromise to sell to a wider market.”

But Sprouse’s perfectionism bestows a gift on those who view his work. Her coat and matching pants from Fall/Winter 1999-2000, for example, appear to be a solid gray in the front. But step back enough that light from the nearby screen hits them, and the whole thing goes from blue to teal to purple in seconds. That’s because tiny glass beads embedded in the high-visibility fabric reflect light, Holden said.

Elsewhere in the exhibit, a stringy pale pink dress glows in the dark. Next to him, a bright pink Day-Glo jacket fluoresces under black lights, becoming much brighter, Holden said. Sprouse’s love of technology also continued to evolve with developments. In his Fall/Winter 1999-2000 show, he used NASA photos of Mars from the Pathfinder mission in his fabrics.

The unique letters he drew are incorporated into many of his designs – forwards and backwards. The words have meaning, sure, but seem to say more in their artistry, with dull strokes and refined edges that communicate his bold visions.

IndyStar’s fashion editor wrote on December 6, 1987 that Sprouse’s art was the most telling. She noted that he apologized for being difficult to reach, saying he rarely gives interviews. His reason?

“I don’t think I have much to say,” he told her.

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What: « Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion “

When: From Saturday to April 2, 2023

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road.

Tickets and more information: Included with admission. Free for members. Advance tickets required. Visit Discovernewfields.org.

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Buchanan County flood victims wary of ‘storm chasers’, BBB warns


ROANOKE, Va. – As if they hadn’t been through enough already, flood victims in Buchanan County are now vulnerable to scammers in their area, according to the BBB.

On Thursday, the Better Business Bureau serving Western VA released a statement warning Buchanan County flood victims of people seeking to take advantage of those in need of assistance after Tuesday’s storms.

These people are called “storm chasers,” the BBB said, and they have been known to take money from disaster victims and do shoddy work, or simply never return after payment.

The BBB said you can take these steps to reduce the risk of being scammed following a natural disaster:

  • Visit BBB.org for reliable information and lists of BBB accredited businesses by industry and business reviews you can trust on local businesses.
  • Check that your contractor is duly licensed by the Council for Professional and Occupational Regulation of Contractors.

  • Verify that contractors must obtain a permit by contacting your local township or municipality.

  • Get everything in writing. Representations and agreements that are clearly written, detailed and broken down into separate items are a good sign that the contractor has prepared an accurate estimate.

  • Don’t pay in full or agree to the terms of a payment schedule, but never pay for the entire job upfront. Never make final payment or sign a final release until you are satisfied with the work done.

And if you want to lend a hand or donate to the victims, the BBB said you can follow these steps to do so safely:

  • Search for the organization on Give.org for reliable charity information and listings of charities that meet the 20 BBB standards for charities.
  • Be careful when donating online and you should always go directly to the charity’s website.

  • Beware of claims that 100% of donations will help relief victims.

  • Find out if the charity has a presence on the ground in the affected areas, as unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to help quickly. See if the charity’s website clearly outlines what it can do to meet the immediate needs of those affected.

  • In-kind collections of food and clothing may not be the fastest way to help those in need unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute this aid properly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans.

To learn how you can help the Buchanan County community, read this article.

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Ticks and Lyme disease: co-authored paper by USM researchers that examines tick microRNAs


Thu 07/14/2022 – 14:22 | By: Ivonne Kawas

According to recent estimates reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease cases have rapidly increased in the United States to more than 476,000 per year, and health care costs exceed $1 billion per year. .

Most cases of Lyme disease in the United States are due to the bacteria spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto transmitted by the bite of a blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis.

A research article recently published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences by researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) opens up a new area of ​​study: explaining the functional role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in tick biology and tick-pathogen-host interactions.

miRNAs, a small non-coding RNA molecule that is 19-25 nucleotides in length that regulate post-transcriptional gene expression, are thought to play a role in tick immunity and can help scientists understand the process of disease development.

The lead author of this study, Dr. Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher at the USM Center for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and his collaborators published new information in the article titled: “Identification of microRNAs in the vector of Lyme disease Ixodes scapularis, as they examined the manipulative potential of the novel class of tick miRNAs.

The team of researchers note that miRNAs have enormous potential to regulate cellular processes, including immune pathways within the tick to control bacterial, parasitic and viral infections; however, there are limited data on differentially expressed miRNAs in the blacklegged tick after infection with the spirochete bacterium.

In the study, they identified that miRNAs differentially expressed in Borrelia burgdorferi– infected ticks. They explain that the manipulative potential of the novel class of tick miRNAs in the context of Borrelia transmission will likely help to develop tick-borne pathogen control strategies that may pave the way to preventing or treating infection.

Collaborators included Latoyia Downs, a graduate student in USM’s School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences; Dr. Monica Embers, associate professor of microbiology and immunology division of immunology at Tulane National Primate Research Center; and USM Center for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences professors Dr. Alex Flynt and Dr. Shahid Karim.

Researchers sequenced, assembled and annotated tick miRNAs, a key informative dataset to better understand the molecular adaptations of ticks. Borrelia burgdorferi survive in Ixodes scapularis. The team added >254 new and novel miRNAs to the existing database.

“Tick-borne diseases are increasing due to climate change and are expected to increase,” said co-author Dr. Karim. “The increase in tick-borne diseases is a significant threat to public health in the absence of preventive measures. The field of tick miRNAs is mostly overlooked and unexplored. This work is the tip of the iceberg, as it opens a new way to exploit the full potential of miRNAs in ticks.

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal providing an advanced forum for biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, molecular biophysics, molecular medicine, and all aspects of molecular research in chemistry. It is published twice a month online by MDPI. Its affiliates include the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS), Epigenetics Society, European Calcium Society (ECS), European Chitin Society (EUCHIS), Spanish Society of Cell Biology (SEBC) and d ‘others.

The research was published in a special issue of the journal, Molecular biology of disease vectors. Read the newspaper.

Rogersville Middle School Beta Club enters national competition | Appalachian Highlands


ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville Middle School Beta Club placed 10th in the nation at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in the Draft Proposal event.

The eight beta club members competed in three days of competition at the convention, which ran June 27-29 in Nashville.

The club participated in three events: creative writing, thinking outside the box and project proposal.

“We had already qualified for the Outside the Box Leadership and Project Proposal in September 2021 at the Leadership Conference,” said co-sponsor Shari Mefford.

RMS Beta Club members took 10th place in the project proposal event, challenging them to develop a service project that meets a community need. RMS offered a project called Blessing Backpacks, which provides essentials for children entering the foster care system.

“Blessing backpacks are meant to help with the transitions foster children have to deal with as they enter the system,” said co-sponsor Brandy McCracken. “Many foster children aren’t allowed or don’t have time to take anything with them when they are moved to a safer placement. Additionally, the RMS Beta Club has students who have been in the foster system and know firsthand what children would like or need in these backpacks, such as toiletries, brushes/combs , hair ties, toothpaste and brush, games and many more. items that a young child or teenager would find useful.

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McKracken said the club plans to continue the backpacking program.

“In the future, we hope to help local foster groups ease the transition of children into foster care,” McCracken said.

RMS had been trying to attend the national convention for three years, but couldn’t due to COVID and other travel issues.

“This year’s convention meant a lot to the students and allowed them to show off all their hard work,” McCracken said. “Rogersville Middle School could not have been present and placed without the help of parents, RMS staff and donations from the community.”

The RMS Beta Club worked on its service project for about a year before the competition.

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Reviews | To fight book bans, support librarians


For the editor:

Regarding “As parents call to ban books, librarians are seen as criminals” (front page, July 7):

As a retired school librarian, I am appalled by the growing right-wing movement to ban and burn books. While not the first anti-intellectual, anti-diversity book banning the movement in American history, it is the most vicious and vocal of my 30-year career.

No one has the right to impose their values ​​on others. Librarians are trained to evaluate books according to high standards of literary merit and to know who in their community would be served by them.

There are procedures in place for those who disagree with a librarian’s choices. Ignoring these procedures is both thoughtless and undemocratic.

All righteous and thoughtful people need to support their local school and public librarians now, not just when attacked in a heated school board meeting.

How do you do that? Make sure you know the names of your librarians. Talk to them when you go to the library. Tell them you want to show your support for all they do in our communities. Ask your local elected officials what their position is on censorship. Write a letter of support to your local library board and send a copy to your local newspaper.

Take action to support democracy and free speech – our First Amendment right.

marilyn elie
Cortlandt Mansion, NY

For the editor:

I just finished rereading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953, and I was scared.

Vigilantes are taking over the books they claim pollute the minds of young children. The curious child wants to know all kinds of things that a parent doesn’t always talk about. It is often books that expand our knowledge and enable critical thinking. Schools and public libraries allow us to acquire this knowledge free of charge.

These vigilantes probably haven’t read many of the books they review. They are afraid of what they don’t know, but they believe they have the right to dictate and control. If these deniers gain power, their push will include more than pounds.

Readers, stand up! Become advocates for libraries and librarians! It is only through your efforts that a diverse range of library content will be available to everyone.

Miriam Kagan Margoshes
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
The writer is a retired librarian.

For the editor:

Regarding “Trump Intended to Send His Mob to Disrupt Count” (front page, July 13) and “Trump Wrecked Lives on Jan. 6. I Should Know,” by Aquilino Gonell (Opinion guest essay, July 11):

It was indeed a poignant moment after the hearing on Tuesday January 6 when one of the rioters, Stephen Ayres, apologized to Mr Gonell, who was so badly injured on January 6 that he will never be able to work as a Capitol Police officer.

The two men have one thing in common. They lost their jobs because Donald Trump couldn’t bear to lose his.

Morabito wine
Scranton, Pa.

For the editor:

Liz Cheney offered an obvious reminder during Tuesday’s hearing: Donald Trump is a 76-year-old man who should tell right from wrong. He is not a child. You are right, Ms. Cheney. He just acts like one.

John Gilmore
Santee, California.

For the editor:

Re “Is a GOP-Supreme Court showdown coming?” by Noah Millman (opinion guest essay, Sunday Review, July 10):

Mr. Millman is quite right that there are two trends in recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on administrative agencies: the first would place them under tighter presidential, that is, political, control; the other often tends to neutralize them completely.

Donor money would favor the first outcome, self-proclaimed constitutional fundamentalists the second. I would bet on the big bucks every time. No more constitutional vandalism.

Charles Fried
North Hero, Vermont
The author is a professor at Harvard Law School.

For the editor:

My youngest daughter decides where to go to college. Immediately after the Dobbs decision, it struck all colleges in anti-choice states off its list. We will not continue to live in Texas after graduation.

To all companies moving to Texas, I say, beware. Top talent won’t want to work in this state. Once young families realize how difficult reproductive privacy will be in Texas (there is a bounty for outgoing women who wish to terminate their pregnancies), they will demand to be relocated.

It’s crazy that in 2022, women have to notify their human resources department of funds to travel to terminate their pregnancy. Why do they have to negotiate a maze of appointments, plane tickets, hotels, corporate policies and state laws to control the autonomy of their organs? I ask all CEOs, how exactly do you think women will feel going through a ritual that no man will ever need?

Again, we are second-class citizens, while men reign supreme. I say to all the citizens of this country, not live in states that do not support a woman’s autonomy over her body, her life. Do not pay taxes or support any business in these states. We need to boycott all anti-choice states and show them how wrong they are!

For the editor:

Regarding “California’s fight against homelessness has become desperate and dangerous”, by Jay Caspian Kang (Opinion, July 1):

As a psychiatrist with extensive experience working on homelessness issues, I agree that out of political desperation to do something for the people living on our streets, we could be doing more harm than good by implementing the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Plan, or CARE, of the California Courts, which could involuntarily control the homeless.

In the 1970s, I was the chief psychiatrist for the Napa County Community Mental Health Service in Napa, California when Napa State Hospital was downsized and patients were being discharged for live in communities.

Half of the patients were hospitalized voluntarily and we lost a necessary facility for people who could live in this supportive setting. On the other hand, there were real benefits to ending long-term involuntary commitments there and across the country. Not only did they deny civil liberties, but they also stigmatized mental health services and degraded psychiatric treatment.

We need to increase the number of psychiatric beds now, so that we can support more people who need acute psychiatric care. We also need to increase the staffing of County Conservator’s offices, which can assess people with mental illnesses so severe that they need an appointed Conservator to manage their care and finances, in accordance with applicable laws. And above all we need to expand housing at a lower cost, and with some support services, to get homeless people off the streets.

Stephen A.Fisher
Berkeley, California.

For the editor:

It’s time to stop protesting in Washington. It’s time to stop expecting the federal government to make a positive difference in the lives of Americans.

The Supreme Court has shown by its recent decisions that it is up to Washington to dismantle any semblance of federal government and leave the decisions to the states.

If the polls are correct and the majority of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court’s rulings, they should throw the fight back to their state and local governments.

If people want to see change, they have to start at home. They must vote in every election, no matter how small, no matter how local, because that is where the decisions will be made.

Republicans believe in limited government, and that’s what they delivered. Now, with the Supreme Court they installed, we are reaping the results.

Claudia Sumler

‘Nightbitch’ author Rachel Yoder to speak at Prairie Lights


In an interview with The Daily Iowan, “Nightbitch” author Rachel Yoder discussed the inspiration behind her work, her growing popularity as an author, and her upcoming reading and conversation at Prairie Lights.

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Author Rachel Yoder poses for a portrait in front of Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City on July 12, 2022.

The mundane mingling with the bizarre – that’s the idea author Rachel Yoder aimed for in her debut novel ‘Nightbitch’.

A graduate of Iowa’s nonfiction writing program, Yoder celebrates the release of the paperback copy of “Nightbitch” at Prairie Lights in Iowa City. Book reading and conversation is July 13 and starts at 7 p.m.

“Nightbitch” is a story that follows a stay-at-home mom who was once an ambitious entertainer. Yet the monotonous life this mother lived turns into something a little more mysterious as she begins to believe she is turning into a dog.

The title itself comes from a joke between Yoder and her husband. In an interview with The Iowan DailyYoder said that when her child was around 3 years old, Yoder slept very little and would go wild if someone disturbed her while she was trying to rest.

The idea of ​​a “Nightbitch” was simply something she and her husband would laugh at, and Yoder even commented that she thought a book where a mother turns into a dog was a terrible idea.

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Then, as she continued to think, the idea became more interesting to her. Yoder finally took on the challenge of turning what started out as a joke into a full-fledged novel.

Yoder said Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties” played a role in inspiring this idea. She said the imaginative concepts with complex and compelling storylines in “Her Body and Other Parties” paved the way for a similar theme in his own work.

“This book really gave me permission to look into something as imaginative and bizarre as a mother turning into a dog,” Yoder said. “It also grew out of my own frustrations and contemplations as a stay-at-home mom.”

Yoder said she drew on her own personal experiences when writing. While this may not fully align when writing fiction, she has said that all of her writing has an element of personal connection.

“I think all of my writing is deeply personal and true to my life, and the faithfulness of my writing varies widely. So there was definitely a very personal impulse and emotion that drove this book,” Yoder said. “But then, of course, I never thought I was becoming a dog.”

The foundation of the book is built on very traditional experience, as Yoder discussed the commonalities of being a stay-at-home mom, and even touched on her own experience as a parent.

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As the story progressed, Yoder said it aimed to build on the more dramatic and artful elements to reinforce the novel’s relatable concepts. She said that in part, the dog’s transformation was about heightening that expression and having the emotion transcend beyond reality.

“It’s really prosaic day-to-day details that are then set against this supernatural event that hopefully makes the book balanced and feels like it’s actually meaningful to real people,” Yoder said.

After gaining great public recognition for her work, Yoder said she looks forward to the future. While she can’t yet divulge information about what’s in the works, she said she’s been sitting at a table on her porch to figure out what’s next.

“I’m totally thrilled that it caught the eye, but I’m also very interested in what’s next,” she said. “How can I continue to create books and artwork that I find interesting and that others find interesting too?”

“The excitement everyone is feeling is contagious”: Daniel Pewewardy on Sundance Native Lab 2022

Daniel Pewewardy, winner of the Sundance Native Lab 2022

With Sundance Native Lab reverting to an in-person (hybrid) model for the first time in two years, Director asked 2022 Fellows to reflect on their recent experiences through short journal entries. Read the rest of the responses from the 2022 cohort.

I’ll start by saying that my journey to the Sundance Native Lab is anything but traditional. I was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and currently live in Wichita, Kansas where I work as a public librarian. Before 2022, the only writing anyone associated with me were jokes and memes. Cinema was one of my lifelong passions, but something that I had put aside and only resumed a few years ago. To think that I would go from writing my first feature film script to becoming a 2022 Sundance Native Lab Fellow in less than a year was hard to fathom. When I think of my experience so far, the word “surreal” comes up a lot. Honestly, I never thought I’d be here, but if Sundance has shown me anything, it’s a sense of belonging — and despite my humble Midwestern background, my stories are worth telling.

The first week of the lab, we met via Zoom. Despite virtual meeting exhaustion after two years of work-related Zoom calls, the experience was still very refreshing and I looked forward to each session. These Zoom sessions included cold reads from episodic projects and presentations from advisors, as well as time to mingle with fellow fellows. On the last day, we were treated to an incredible virtual performance by First Nations musician Sebastian Gaskin. Listening to advisors share their journeys during these sessions was truly inspiring. Just hearing their very human stories of growing up loving movies and continuing to make them had a demystifying effect that really resonated with me. “You can do it too!” was definitely a recurring feeling I had throughout the program.

The advice and support of Bernardo, Shandiin, Patrick and Erica during our one-on-one meetings was practical and really helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. One of my favorite one-on-one moments happened when I met Shandiin and she told me she really enjoyed my script. Not only was she the first native to tell me she loved him in person, but hearing it for the first time from another native filmmaker was a validating experience that I don’t know if I would have had as soon as me if it wasn’t for Sundance.

Today is Monday, May 9, 2022. Today I am leaving Kansas for the high desert of central New Mexico for the in-person portion of the lab. Due to a delay, my flight arrives late and I take a shuttle myself from the airport to Santa Fe. Once off the shuttle, I am immediately greeted by the lab coordinator Moi and my colleague Tiare. I drop my bags and head to the meeting room where everyone is finishing dinner. The sense of community is quite immediate when I first enter the room, it doesn’t feel like a room full of strangers at all but a room full of old friends. The excitement everyone is feeling is contagious.

Upon entering the lab, a recurring fear I had was the thought that I would be overcome with impostor syndrome. However, that was not the case. The environment created by the program the staff were welcoming and encouraging. The staff have done an incredible job of creating a sense of community among fellows. Having gone through similar experiences that were very competitive and alienating, I have a strong sense of gratitude for their efforts to make fellows feel at home.

Having the chance to read other Fellows’ scripts not only gave me the opportunity to see how other screenwriters brought ideas to the page, but to the lab, it was a great tour of the Indigenous world. The 5 filmmakers represented cultures from different parts of the globe and their stories reflected that. While there are a number of differences in our cultures, what stands out most are the similarities and how we as Indigenous people bond around family and storytelling. stories.

It’s Wednesday night. I’ve already had a lifetime of memories this week, but now it’s time to get to work. Tomorrow is the day of my cold reading. I don’t really know what to do, but I decided to take the time to assign parts and write an introduction. It’s weird to bring a ghost story to a town as old as Santa Fe, a place with more than its own share of ghost stories. Given that my storyline is set in a former Native American boarding school and Santa Fe’s own history with colonial violence, I felt it necessary to acknowledge this before I read on. I wasn’t the only one doing this either. Acknowledging our ancestors and thanking them for taking care of us is a commonality shared with a lot of Indigenous people and it was really cool to be in an environment where that was respected.

All in all, I was really happy to see my script come to life during the cold read. When you write a script, you do your best to mentally visualize your movie, but you really have no idea what it will look like until you have objectively experienced your script for the first time. . After the cold reading, it was obvious that I had work to do. While I quickly noticed the things that didn’t work, the biggest takeaway from the cold read was the things that worked really well and didn’t get the attention they needed in the first draft . Seeing which characters needed to come out of the background and which scenes needed to be explored further was a motivating experience. All in all, I was excited to get to work on the next project. Feedback was something I was concerned about going to the lab. I haven’t had much formal creative writing experience and given the subject of my script, I’ve had plenty of worst-case scenarios during my shower thoughts in the weeks leading up to the lab. However, the advisor and fellow feedback went better than I expected and I left cold reading feeling positive with a sense of validation that I was doing what I was allowed to do and that I was doing it well.

The biggest surprise I got from all the comments was that people thought I could lean more into the comedic elements of my story. I have a long history in comedy, and when writing the script, I hesitated because I was writing a horror film to submit to Sundance and I wanted to be taken seriously as a writer. . It was really good to hear people say that they really enjoyed those elements and that stories like the one I’m telling need comedy to counter some of the darker elements of the script. At the end of the intensive writing workshop, Joan Tewkesbury came up to me and said, “You walk a hard line between light and dark, walk harder. I will never forget those words and thought about them a lot in the weeks following the workshop.

On the last day of the lab, we met in the hotel conference room where we spent most of our working time. Every day from the lab we get a guest and we go around and share our ideas with each other. This is great practice for getting to know a group of people who were strangers three weeks ago. The guest of the day was what our main takeaway from the program was. I look around at the fellows and staff I’ve spent the past two weeks getting to know. I think of our time together, all the laughter, all the tears and all the stories we shared and I was in awe of the Indigenous excellence that I have been surrounded by over the past few days. Never in my life have I been in a room with people I’ve connected with on so many levels and what I take away is I have a new family and I’m excited for what will follow for all of us.

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Carmen Giménez takes the reins of Graywolf Press


The Noemi Press founder will succeed Fiona McCrae, who helped transform the publishing house into a cultural force during her nearly 30-year tenure.

Carmen Giménez will join Graywolf Press as Executive Director and Publisher starting August 8. She will succeed Fiona McCrae, who served as director and editor for 28 years.

“Carmen came forward through our extensive international search for a leader whose experience and passion for publishing would expand Graywolf’s strong reputation in new and exciting directions,” said Kathleen Boe, Board Member of administration of Graywolf and chair of the search committee. “As we got to know her, it seemed to us that Carmen had been preparing for this role all her life.”

Giménez is a queer Latinx poet and publisher, and founder and current publisher of Noemi Press, a Virginia-based nonprofit literary arts organization and publisher. She is also an English teacher at Virginia Tech.

Giménez is more than qualified to take up the mantle of McCrae, who helped the authors of Graywolf win a host of Pulitzers, National Book Awards and Booker Prizes. In 2019, Graywolf released Giménez’s latest collection, Be a Recorder, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lord Award for Lesbian Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

“[Graywolf Press] has been a vital force in literature and as a mission-driven organization led by transformative Fiona McCrae,” Giménez said. “I hope we can build on this legacy as we continue to evolve, take risks, engage directly with the current moment, and serve our local, national and international community of readers and writers.”

Giménez is also the author of five other collections of poetry (including cruel futures and Milk and dirt, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). She is also the author of the lyrical memoirs Shoot down the little birds, which won an American Book Award. Additionally, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2020 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Howard Foundation, and Hermitage Foundation during her career.

Fantastic Farewell: Dan Slott Reflects on ‘Fantastic Four’


MARVEL.COM: During your career at Marvel, you’ve written books like SHE-HULK, THE THING, and SILVER SURFER, all featuring prominent FF members or frequent guest stars. It’s a bit like always building to write FANTASTIC FOUR. Did that sound like it to you?

DAN SLOT: Oh my God, yeah!

There was a time when Marvel didn’t publish a FANTASTIC FOUR book, and I was about to leave AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Two or three times a month on Spidey used to wear me down a bit. I loved Spider-Man, but what kept me going Spidey were the milestones.

It was a bit like running a marathon: you look at the road thinking you can do it. You climb a mountain bit by bit, but you can always see what you are aiming for. What kept me going was knowing that if I wrote a certain number of issues, I had written a fifth of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. There was a time when the 800 number was coming and I wanted to be the guy who wrote the 600, 700, and 800 numbers. I could go through the program without going crazy because I had my eye on the prize. Once I hit #800, the next milestones were so far in the future that I knew I was done. It was the concert of my dreams, but I couldn’t continue.

So I told Marvel that after AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 there was a grace note number I wanted to do, and then I left Spidey. Around SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, they had given me a blank check to stay on Spider-Man as long as I wanted. I thought I would never leave, but I hit #800 and I was ready. I went to see Axel [Alonso]who was editor at the time, and told him I was done, but I gave enough notice that they asked me what I wanted to do next.

They offered me some really nice things. At one point Axel asked me to take over the X-Men franchise. I’ve always been more of a Marvel superhero guy than an X-Men reader. I knew my X was low. I hadn’t really read the X-Men religiously in over a decade. I was at company retreats and picked up issues here and there about where the characters were or where they were going – “Now they’re in San Francisco!” etc I said I wouldn’t do a good job, that I would go all the way if I tried to do X-Men. [Laughs]

I said no thanks to the X-Men and Axel asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to do FANTASTIC FOUR Indiana Jones. Axel said we weren’t doing FANTASTIC FOUR Indiana Jones. OK. We would meet every two weeks and he would introduce me to, say, DEADPOOL – hey, I just did Spider-Man, it’s kind of X-adjacent. So he asked me what I wanted to do. “I would like to do FANTASTIC FOUR IndianaJones.” “We don’t make FANTASTIC FOUR IndianaJonesIt became a running race. They offered me things and I just said I wanted to do FANTASTIC FOUR. Eventually FANTASTIC FOUR opened up and they gave it to me! Yay!

Title IX 50th Anniversary: ​​Role of the Equity Office and Compliance Requirements for Employees


This story was written by Stolen Karissaprevention, education and training coordinator for the Equity Office team.

Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1972, a federal mandate prohibiting sex discrimination in educational settings receiving federal financial assistance was enacted. This federal mandate is what we commonly call Title IX.

What is Title IX?

Under the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, denied benefits, or discriminated against in connection with any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance” (20 USCA § 1681). This includes discrimination against women in sport, reasonable accommodation around pregnancy and childbirth, and many other aspects of education. To CU Denver | CU Anschutz, people of all gender identities are protected from discrimination through our non-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies. On our campus, these are administered by the Office of Equity (OE).

In the 50 years of Title IX, a lot has happened. These 37 words have changed the way many universities have responded to sexual misconduct, and these responses have evolved over the past eleven years through the following Title IX guidelines and legislation:

  1. Letter from the dear colleague of the Obama administration in 2011: The 2011 Letter to Colleagues guidelines revised and expanded definitions of sexual misconduct, clarified Title IX protections and procedural standards, and reminded institutions of their obligation and responsibility to address sexual misconduct in under Title IX.
  2. Obama administration April 2014 Q&A document: In April 2014, the Department of Education (DOE) released a Q&A document to affirm and clarify the guidelines of the 2011 Letter to Colleagues.
  3. Trump Administration 2017 Dear Colleague Letter: In September 2017, the 2011 Letter to Dear Colleagues was canceled and replaced with new guidelines: the 2017 Letter to Dear Colleagues.
  4. Trump Administration 2018 Title IX Regulatory Proposal: In November 2018, the DOE announced that it was beginning the process of developing Title IX rules and released proposed Title IX regulations. This was important because prior to the proposed regulations, specific protections against sexual harassment had never been enshrined in law.
  5. Trump Administration Regulations 2020 Title IX: After a comment and review period with over 120,000 comments submitted, the final rule was released and the regulations became law on May 6, 2020, requiring university implementation and compliance by August 14. 2020.
    • August 2020 institutional response: Following the 2020 Title IX regulations, a UC system-wide task force of academic stakeholders was established to identify needed changes to UC’s sexual misconduct policy and procedures. UC in accordance with updated DOE legal requirements, which were publicly announced to the campus community on August 18, 2020.
  6. 2021 Biden Administration Executive Orders: In January and March 2021, the Biden administration signed two executive orders, one of which announced its intention to issue new Title IX regulations.
  7. Biden Administration 2021 Title IX Regulatory Proposal: On June 23, 2022, the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Biden administration announced its proposed Title IX settlement. Like the process for the 2020 Title IX regulations, there will be a public comment period before any legislation is final.

Regardless of past and anticipated policy changes, the OE will continue to respond to reported incidents of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and related retaliation, provide support measures and initiate an investigation process, the optionally, to protect members of our campus community and foster a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff, consistent with federal and state laws.

For more general information about Title IX and how it works, or to learn more about the policies and procedures administered by the OE, visit the OE website.

What is the Equity Office?

The stated mission of the EO is to stop, prevent and remedy discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and any retaliation related to participation in the process of their office; provide education, training and awareness on topics related to the work of their office; design policies and procedures to make our campus safer and more inclusive; and ensure that all individuals are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

Will Dewese, interim Title IX Coordinator for our dual campuses, is responsible for ensuring Title IX compliance and campus-wide programming initiatives through strategic planning and oversight. OE, in accordance with Title IX, strives to create a safe and inclusive environment that enhances student achievement, employee advancement, and general access to educational programs or activities without fear of discrimination, harassment, abuse sexual misconduct or related retaliation.

Additional OE Training and Educational Resources

OE looks forward to getting involved in your department’s prevention education to promote a safer and more inclusive campus environment. The office offers two additional trainings: an instructor-led active bystander training titled “More Standby” and an online canvas course (designed for students) titled “Prevention Together.” To learn more about both trainings, visit the OE Training Catalog website.

Additionally, OE has created five learning guides to help start conversations. To access these guides, visit the self-guided learning webpage.

If you have any questions regarding Title IX, EO, mandatory training requirements, or anything mentioned above, we encourage you to contact Karissa Stolen, who serves as the Prevention, education and training for the EO, or visit the Education & Training Section on the EO website.

The author of “Crying in the Bathroom” talks about Roe v. wade


Mexican American writer and National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez is “almost certain” that if she hadn’t had an abortion years ago, she would have taken her own life. “I just couldn’t go on,” she said. “Abortion was a life-saving measure. It doesn’t have to be that extreme, but for a lot of people it is.”

When Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court last month eliminating the constitutional right to abortion, the ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’ author told USA TODAY it made her physically ill, c was a “really difficult”. blow.” In Sánchez’s new memoir in the essays “Crying in the Bathroom” (Viking, 256 pp., forthcoming Tuesday), she details the difficult experience and how pregnancy, coupled with debilitating depression, left her made suicidal.

“I will never claim that my abortion was easy. It was, without a doubt, the worst experience of my life,” she wrote. But she would start again: “I believe that the procedure saved me.

Sánchez says this political moment is “very triggering,” but hopes that by sharing her experience, people will talk more about what it really means for a woman’s right to choose.

“I just think of all the women who are going to suffer (and) have children they don’t want to have, who are probably going to be stuck in a cycle of poverty because of the government. It’s really terrifying to think about, ” she says.

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A young Erika L. Sánchez.

In “Crying in the Bathroom”, Sánchez writes for ambitious, crude and wandering women like her who choose to live their lives on their own terms. She writes about exploring her sexuality, leaving little to the imagination as she describes her adventures during her “bitch year” and “The year my vagina broke”. But it also addresses depression, spirituality, family ties and feminism.

Sánchez’s essays also deal with the mess of being alive. Specifically, to exist in American society as a woman of color, growing up in a home of working-class Mexican immigrants thinking she “didn’t matter, that nobody cared what I had to say,” she wrote.

“Crying in the Bathroom” is her third book, following the poetry collection “Lessons on Expulsion” and the 2017 hit “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” which follows a teenage girl grieving after losing her sister and breaking up. with the pressures and expectations of growing up in a Mexican-American home. Her novel is being adapted into a Netflix movie directed by America Ferrera. The screenplay, which “really moved” Sánchez, is co-written by Linda Yvette Chávez (“Gentefied”).

“Every book I write is harder than the last because I have a lot of expectations of myself and want to create something totally new and different, and I care so much about the art of writing,” Sánchez says on whether writing poetry, fiction, or non-fiction is more difficult. “They all wore me out in one form or another, and each genre has its charms. This last one was particularly painful to write.”

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A young Erika L. Sánchez.

After her poetry collection and novel were published, Sánchez began teaching at Princeton University on a scholarship and a year later was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. Throughout her life, Sánchez faced severe bouts of depression that twice led her to visit a psychiatric ward. She had felt like something was wrong with her, but finally she had a diagnosis that made sense.

“It’s really critical that people understand that mental illness is not a choice,” she says. “It’s not a character flaw. It’s not just dramatic. It’s a real disease that can cripple your whole life. I’ve been through so many episodes of depression throughout my life, and I survived it all.”

Sánchez wants young readers to see themselves in his story, to know that there is nothing wrong with them, no matter what the world throws at them.

“When I was younger I felt so strange and I couldn’t explain my feelings and I couldn’t explain why I was like that. Everyone made me feel like there was something wrong. didn’t go with me. It’s really detrimental to a young person, to make them think it’s their fault or that they were just born weird.”

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“If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you have to write it,” Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison once said. Like Morrison, Sánchez wrote it. Her memoir is for herself younger, a brunette girl growing up in Cicero, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in the 90s. “I just want people to see what it’s like to be a person like me, and for brunette girls, I want them to feel seen because that happens a lot?” she says.

For whom she does not write, it is white people.

Erika L. Sánchez, her parents and her brother.

Writing “Crying in the Bathroom,” Sánchez knew she would be authentic herself, weaving the dark stuff life threw at her with a crude humor inherited from her family.

“I write for my people. I don’t think of white people when I write. I just don’t,” she says. “I learned that from Morrison: you write what’s most authentic to you. The rest of the world might agree or not. Otherwise, what do I do? What’s the point of writing?”

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Q&A: Carol Goodman, author of “The Disinvited Guest”


We chat with two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Carol Goodman about her latest release The uninvited guestwhich follows a group of lonely friends on a remote island with a history of foul play.

Hi Carol! Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I’m the author of 24 novels and a writing teacher. I’ve been writing since I was nine (see below), although it took me up to 40 years to publish my first book. Since then, I have been writing full-time and teaching literature and writing part-time. When I’m not writing, I’m reading or hanging out with my friends and family, talking about books, movies, TV, and art. I live in the Hudson Valley, it’s fun to write and it’s a great place to write and walk.

When did you discover your love for writing?

When I was nine years old, my fourth-grade teacher introduced us to creative writing, and I happily wrote a 90-page, pencil-illustrated epic called “The Adventures of a Magical Herd.” I was having such a good time that my teacher had to call my mom for a parent-teacher conference to get me to do my other assignments. I’ve been writing ever since.

Quick Lightning Ride! Tell us about the first book you remember reading, the one that made you want to become an author and the one you can’t stop thinking about!

I think it was actually a book I can read because I remember reading those words alone in my room and thinking, “Yeah, that’s right, I box read!” Then I heard my parents and brothers calling my name and looking for me and I thought, “Ha, they don’t realize I’m in my room reading!“It felt like a superpower and a delicious secret. I can’t say I remember the book itself, though. The first book that I really remember having a big impact was Jane Eyre that I read when I was thirteen. Between the book I Can Read and Jane Eyre there were a lot of books on horses.

your new novel, The uninvited guestout July 12e! If you could only describe it in five words, what would they be?

Maine Island Refuge Turns Deadly!

What can readers expect?

Beautiful Maine landscapes, an ominous atmosphere, crackling tensions between friends, a haunting backstory, old and new secrets revealed. And there is a map!

The uninvited guest has ties to the 2020 pandemic. At what point in the pandemic did this story surface?

Soon. I just checked my notebooks and saw that I wrote down notes for the idea on March 20, 2020, just a week after the college where I teach closed and we were all settling in for lockdown. In truth, I had toyed with the idea of ​​a book set on an island off the coast of Maine since the summer of 2019 when I went to a writers retreat, but I hadn’t found the right story. for further adjustment. I had stopped working on an academic mystery, but when the pandemic hit, I realized it would be difficult to write a contemporary novel that didn’t deal with the reality of the pandemic. I felt like I needed to write something about what I saw around me and what my friends and family were going through. I was particularly moved and concerned about the young people – my students, my daughters and their friends – and the impact of the confinement on their lives. It got me thinking about setting the novel in a future pandemic where the characters are still living the aftermath of what happened in 2020.

Can you tell us a bit about the challenges you faced while writing and how you managed to overcome them?

I feel challenged with each book to maintain my faith and belief in the work. This particular book was difficult because there was so much turmoil in the world that it was sometimes hard to stay focused on the writing. In addition to the usual doubts I face (Is he good? Am I an impostor?), I was constantly reading articles that started, “Don’t write your pandemic novel now. So it was a bit daring to write not just a pandemic novel, but a novel that takes place in the future! Luckily, I hate being told what to do, so a lot of the negative advice I was hearing acted more like a catalyst.

Are there any favorite moments or characters that you really enjoyed writing or exploring?

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It was fun to imagine myself back on Norton Island at a time when I couldn’t leave my immediate surroundings. So every day I sent Lucy to explore the island was like an adventure. I drew a map (my daughter drew a better version for the book) and traced her travels. I had brought back some rocks from the island and was looking at them and imagining the many colorful rocks that lined the ocean. I felt transported.

What motivates you when it comes to writing?

Once I’m hooked on a story, I’m pretty obsessed with writing it. It’s the pull of the story itself that keeps me going day after day. Sometimes, however, if that initial inspiration falters, it helps to have input from family and friends. My husband reads my drafts chapter by chapter, so giving him the next chapter and hearing his reactions is rewarding. I have a few friends that I walk with who will patiently listen to my progress and ideas and help me solve problems as they come. Sometimes, too, I like to imagine someone reading it and giving praise with extravagant enthusiasm (The best novel of all time!).

What’s next for you?

After finishing The uninvited guest I took up the academic mystery that I had filed at the start of the pandemic. When I returned to in-person teaching last fall, I felt ready to imagine a post-pandemic world for my characters and felt invigorated by the campus setting. I’m working on final edits to this book for release next summer.

Finally, do you have any 2022 book recommendations for our readers?

Speaking of pandemic books, I really enjoyed Elly Griffiths The closed room. I love her Ruth Galloway series and it was interesting to read about those early months of the pandemic as they were experienced in the UK. I also loved Sarah Stewart Taylor’s. The drowning sea which sits on the Irish coast, another magical place to be transported to. And then for something completely different, I blew on Sarah Gran The Book of the Most Valuable Substancea supernatural thriller about the quest for a magic book.

Will you pick up The uninvited guest? Tell us in the comments below!

Three poets under a full moon: Millikin, Sander, Spitfire


The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will host an in-person poetry reading on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The reading, “Three Poets Under a Full Moon: Millikin, Sander, Spitfire” will take place in the Abbott Room and is free and open to everyone.

Midcoast poets Karin Spitfire, Ellen Sander and Claire Millikin will read excerpts from their recently published books: The Body in Late Stage Capitalism (Spitfire); Aquifer(Sander); and Milliken Transitional Dolls and Objects).

“Confronted with the time and place of the 21st century, these poets take a passionate and loving look at how we live now – how capitalism and travel shape us, how we save what we can of what we love, and how the lost dolls of childhood return. as figures of enlightenment and redemption,” according to a press release from the library.

Claire Millikin is the author of eight books of poetry and, as co-editor of Enough!, recipient of the 2021 Maine Literary Award. Dolls was named a semi-finalist for the 2022 Poetry Book Award for North American Publishers and Writers. Millikin teaches art history at various Maine universities and colleges.

Ellen Sander is a journalist and poet, whose journalism has written during and about the crowning era of rock. Author of the bestseller “Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties”, reissued in 2019, Sander’s poetry book “Aquifer: Poems Evoked on Water” is a collection that transmits us through a luminous in-between that questions the reader to reinvent his own vision of the world.

Karin Spitfire has been creating art, community events and doing healing work in Belfast since 1987. Spitfire was Belfast Poet Laureate in 2007 and 2008, having published her first book of poetry. Standing with trees. His latest book, The body in late capitalism, released in 2021, confronts pressing issues of survival through connections to our land with poetry that goes beyond metaphor, becoming words we can live with.

For more information, call the library at 207-338-3884 ext. ten.

5 summer book recommendations from Insider’s editors


Hello, I’m Matt Turner, Business Editor at Insider. Welcome to Insider Weekly, a roundup of some of our best stories.

On today’s agenda:

More: On Friday, Elon Musk’s lawyers notified the SEC that the agreement to acquire Twitter was canceled – read the full letter here. Twitter, in turn, said it would sue Musk to force him to buy it for $44 billion. Our 10 things about Wall Street newsletter will break down the latest news tomorrow morning. Sign up here to get correspondent Aaron Weinman’s analysis delivered to your inbox.

But for today: We start with some book recommendations for you.

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Your Summer Reading List from Insider Editors:

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As your friends’ social media feeds and your colleagues’ away messages on


, we are in the middle of the holiday period. So if you’re looking for a good read while you’re grabbing that much-needed PTO — or just winding down at the end of the day — Insider’s top editors have a few recommendations.

Nich Carlson, Global Editor:

  • I read “The Immortal King Rao”, a great book of speculative science fiction. He asks what if, instead of having a government, we gave control of the world to some Steve Jobs or Sundar Pichai guy, and had an algorithm make our most important decisions? It tells a story of globalization, the total meshing of our brains with the Internet, and what we have gained and what we have lost. It’s a story ripper.

Julie Zeveloff West, editor of Life:

  • I’m a big fan of word games, and AJ Jacobs’ new book, “The Puzzler,” really hit the mark for summer reading. There he discovers the history and appeal of puzzle types, from treasure hunts to The New York Times’ Spelling Bee. There’s even a puzzle built into the book, and no, I haven’t solved it (yet).

Jennifer Cunningham, News Editor:

  • I’m reading “Fall” by John Preston. I’m a big fan of historical non-fiction – “Fall”, a comprehensive biography of Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, helped me understand how he molded her into the woman she became.
  • I also read Carla L. Peterson’s “Black Gotham,” which traces the rise of the small but powerful black middle class and elite in New York City from the early 1800s. After watching “The Gilded Age” on HBO, I was fascinated by the history of this community which I had never heard of. I just needed to know more!

And a rec from me (Matt Turner):

  • I read “Dead in the Water”, a real page-turner by Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel. (Kit is a former colleague in our day as reporters in London.) Their book focuses on oilman Brillante Virtuoso and, over years of reporting, stitches together a story involving global trade, money and murder.

Now let’s move on to this week’s top stories.

Meet Amazon’s new retail boss

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Following Dave Clark’s departure last month, Doug Herrington – his close opposite – became Amazon’s top retail executive.

Insiders described Herrington as a leader with creative ideas, but said few of his ideas came to fruition. They said he was known for his soft-spoken and gentle manner – and his laid-back demeanor might be just what CEO Andy Jassy thinks the company needs.

Read our full profile on Herrington here.

Elon Musk had twins with one of his best executives

Elon Musk

Court documents show Elon Musk and a 36-year-old Neuralink executive are the parents of 8-month-old twins.

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Elon Musk now has nine known children, having quietly had twins with one of his top Neuralink executives, Shivon Zilis. Here’s what we know about her.

The births, which have been revealed in court documents, took place weeks before Musk and Claire Boucher, who plays Grimes, had their second child in December.

Here is the full report.

Major streaming services cut comedy

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Lee Rodriguez, Ramona Young and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in “Never Have I Ever” Season 1 Episode 2.

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giants like


are producing fewer comedy shows in favor of “heavily serialized” content with cliffhangers, a creator of a 2019 comedy show told Insider.

Comedy writers say Netflix’s model of releasing an entire season at a time doesn’t leave room for half-hour sitcoms.

Learn more about the big blow to comedy.

The big losers of the market crash

Emoji Bar Chart Breakdown of Who Loses in the Stock Market Crash

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If 2021 was the bright, sunny day for the markets, then 2022 is the cold, dark night. Senior correspondent Linette Lopez writes that the bubble has burst, leaving a trail of losses.

From retail investors who jumped on trends to hedge fund managers who should be better informed, Lopez finds that the biggest losers from the market meltdown have one thing in common: arrogance.

Here are the biggest losers in the markets right now.

More of this week’s best reads:

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Organized by Matt Turner. Edited by Jordan Parker Erb, Hallam Bullock and Lisa Ryan. Sign up for more Insider newsletters here.

Humanitarian Aid Expert – Netherlands


“We fight for lasting change for those living in poverty, excluded or caught in crisis!” Together with hundreds of colleagues from the Netherlands and abroad and tens of thousands of volunteers, we are committed to this mission every day.

Are you a humanitarian aid professional and are you enthusiastic about designing program concepts, guidelines and online training (tools)? Do you want to get involved in humanitarian aid and recovery projects by leading and writing project proposals? We are currently recruiting an experienced person

Humanitarian aid specialist

(Almere, 32-40 hours per week)

Your job

As a new humanitarian aid expert, you are part of our Program & Knowledge Support (P&KS) team of 20 colleagues. Together we assess contexts and opportunities, attract resources, develop partnerships, design theories of change, support monitoring and evaluation, and develop integrated programs. In the P&KS team, you work closely with our 5 other humanitarian aid experts who form the humanitarian aid team. You report to the P&KS manager.

You are responsible for:

  • Contribute to the development of humanitarian and recovery expertise, program concepts and policies, and the drafting of related policy and guidance documents.
  • Initiate, describe and/or facilitate best practices and innovative methods to support Dorcas’ humanitarian aid and recovery program concepts.
  • Provide technical support and advice to country offices in one or more areas of intervention and/or in a number of specific and generic approaches linked to program concepts for humanitarian assistance and recovery.
  • Contribute to the development of new high quality program proposals for institutional donors in the area of ​​humanitarian assistance and recovery.
  • Participate in the Humanitarian Assistance Team to support rapid responses and develop rapid response capacity and disaster preparedness of country offices and local partners.
  • Participate in the monitoring of Dorcas’ humanitarian aid contracts and to respond to developments in the sector.
  • Contribute to multidisciplinary teams as an expert in humanitarian aid.

Your profile

Succeeding as a humanitarian aid expert means you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in the field of humanitarian assistance.
  • Experience working in humanitarian assistance or international development cooperation, preferably in a rapid response context.

Preferably experience with institutional donors of humanitarian aid.

  • Experience in drafting policy documents, developing and presenting tools, and designing and delivering training.
  • Knowledge and expertise in directing, developing and writing project proposals for humanitarian aid donors, sometimes in cooperation with multiple partners.
  • Excellent command of English and preferably Dutch, both spoken and written.
  • A hands-on mentality, networking skills and experience in leading (complex) multi-partner cooperation.
  • The following skills: taking initiative, flexibility, problem solving, cultural sensitivity, planning and organization.
  • As a Christian, you fully agree with our Mission, Vision and Core Values ​​and are willing to sign our Code of Conduct*.

What’s in it for you?

This challenging job offers you the opportunity to be part of a growing international NGO. You work together in a dynamic, diverse and informal work environment, with room for your feedback and ideas. You will receive a salary of €3,020.- to €4,272.- gross per month (on a full-time, 40-hour basis) and good secondary employment conditions, including a non-contributory pension scheme, working hours flexible and an attractive work from home policy.

How to register


We look forward to your inquiry! Send your cover letter and CV before July 18, 2022 to David Karelse, recruiter, [email protected] For any questions regarding the position, you can reach David on +31682568838 or the email address mentioned above.

Due to the urgency of filling this role, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advertisement before the confirmed closing date when we receive enough applications.

All candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to live and work in the Netherlands at the start date of the position.

* All Dorcas employees sign the Dorcas Code of Conduct and are bound by it. Child protection is given special attention in our code of conduct. We hereby follow the guidelines of the PSEA (Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse). During the application process, we may perform a background check, including references from previous employers. You can find our code of conduct via downloads at dorcas.nl/organisatie.

Harvey Karp, the author of “Happiest Baby on the Block”, a star for parents


When Harvey Karp walks through airports, he often finds himself getting his hands slapped by men he doesn’t know. The pediatrician is something of a rock star for generations of American parents – his bestselling book ‘The Happiest Baby on the Block’, now celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication, has become a must-read item for millions of parents at most. deep in the trenches of the newborn. for one simple reason: it demystifies newborns and tells (often sleep-deprived) readers how to get their babies to sleep.

“As a pediatrician, you’re part of the family,” says Karp, who also invented the popular Snoo, the smart crib that automatically rocks baby to sleep. “It thrills my heart.”

Originally, the book was going to have a different focus.

“I was going to write a book about colic,” he says, describing frequent and prolonged crying and restlessness in babies, a condition for which there is no guaranteed cure.

“I said to my marketers, ‘What do you think of the name The Karp Colic Cure? Pretty good, isn’t it? They said, ‘It’s a nice alliteration, but we would never buy it. No one will read this book. They said, think of a positive name. Something bright and joyful.

And so, a classic was born.

Karp says he originally wanted to write a book that would help parents prevent colic, but his marketers feared it wouldn’t sell. Instead, he focused on newborns.
Harvey Karp invented the popular Snoo.
Harvey Karp invented the popular Snoo.
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“The book revolves around a simple concept – the 4th trimester,” says Karp of the term, which was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year and describes the first three months after the birth of a baby. and its adaptation to life outside the womb. “You have to understand that your baby is born 3 months too early and the womb is a symphony of sounds, every time the mother walks or breathes. Once you understand this, you understand that putting the baby in a bed is like sensory deprivation. To this end, he devised the 5S to soothe newborns: Swaddle (wrap the baby tightly in a swaddled blanket, mimicking the feeling of being in the womb); Position on the side or on the Tummy (the ideal position to calm the baby) Hush (the sound that all babies are soothed by, as it resembles the womb) Rocking (small and tiny movements while supporting the baby’s neck and head) and Suck (a pacifier).

Karp is also the author of “The Happiest Toddler on the Block”, the sequel to “Happiest Baby”. happiest child. “The premise of the toddler book is that toddlers aren’t little kids — they’re cavemen,” Karp explains. “They are uncivilized and they are inflexible.”

Frankfurt native relishes role of resident playwright


Kyle Bass was raised in the scenic countryside of Frankfort, New York on his father’s horse ranch. He’s now a prolific author — and the first resident playwright for Syracuse Stage — whose stories can take him anywhere.

“Everything I do is directly related to this thing I have to do, which is to write,” he reflected. It was this unwavering commitment to the craft that helped him find his true calling in the theater arts. Among his many artistic accomplishments, Bass has authored comprehensive plays including “Bleecker Street”, “Baldwin vs. Buckley: The Faith of Our Fathers”, “Possessing Harriet” and his most recent play on the stage of Syracuse, “salt/city/blues.

He has also written and co-written screenplays, published work in journals, and founded Syracuse Stage’s Cold Read Festival of New Plays.

Become a playwright

Reading, writing and a creative disposition were constants for Bass, but the knowledge that he would one day become a resident playwright with several productions under his belt, was not. Looking back, it was always going that way, even if he didn’t know it, he told himself.

From an early age, Bass was fascinated by words. Their function, meaning, and ability to convey drama — former students of Frankfurt-Schuyler High School jokingly shared — led him to keep a word diary from the age of five. He preferred the company of adult conversations – divorce, financial difficulties, death – these topics piqued the young creative’s interest. “‘Do you like me, yes or no?’ wasn’t dramatic enough for me” as a child, he remarked. Although of a joyful sensibility himself, tragedy has always been one of his greatest sources of artistic inspiration, has t -he shares.

Additionally, his love for music, especially the classical variety, also shaped his relationship to words. “I think from there [love] came a kind of understanding and interest in the music and the rhythm of the language,” Bass said.

As a freshman studying English with a creative writing minor, Bass watched a performance of the tragic play, Hedda Gabler; it was a “revelation” for the future playwright. He was fascinated that such a world and the characters within it could not only be imagined, but also animated to be seen by an audience, he said.

In many ways, Bass was writing plays before he even realized it. His writing has always been assimilated to theatre; his prose mimicked scenic directions and often relied heavily on dialogue, he recalled, and his characters would lead the way in the story. “I usually hear a voice. . .” he shared his creative process, “and I’m like, ‘Oh, who is this? What do they want?’ And so I have to write to explore that voice, and then what are the other voices around it?

Find your way

From the late 90s to the early 2000s, Bass wanted to get closer to the craft that called him. While living in Syracuse, he found Armory Square Playhouse, a local playwriting group, where he shared pieces of his work that would later be read aloud for an audience. “They were glued to the words,” Bass said of that defining moment. “They were of one mind. I could feel it. And I was hooked. »

This artistic breakthrough inspired Bass to earn his master’s degree in playwriting, and from there his path was set. “A long time ago I said either stop dabbling, or give your life, do it all, make it your life’s work, or stop,” he remarked.

In addition to writing his own plays, Bass teaches art at Colgate University. He worked at the Syracuse Stage for nearly two decades – first for a short time before branching out into writing plays, then, on his return with his brilliant path, working his way up the ranks to finally earn his ” final title” at the Syracuse Stage in 2021, resident playwright. “At some point I realized it was always going that way,” Bass said.

In his role as resident playwright, Bass is among the senior executives who steer the artistic ship. In addition to overseeing theatrical processes, Bass is free to focus on his writing with support from the organization. “I’m very grateful to have this position, and Syracuse Stage is rare among regional theaters to have a resident playwright,” Bass explained. “It shows the theater world that Syracuse Stage truly recognizes and understands the role of playwright and the art that we do.” He continued, “It can’t start until someone writes something.”

About his pieces

Bass has described his work as dramatic with impressions of music, history, and where he grew up.

Raised in the only black family in an all-white town in upstate New York, Bass said his pieces “present black people and white people together in the world, which has been my experience.” A rural landscape is also not uncommon in his work, he shared. “I’m not sure where all this sadness is coming from,” Bass said of his songwriting with a laugh.

History has always been one of Bass’ favorite subjects, and being told about his own family history has only heightened that interest. “[My family has] in upstate New York for 225 years. I know the names of these people. I know where the earth is. I know where they are buried. So I’m very connected to my family’s history in this country and that history comes from slavery, both in the north and in the south.

He continued: “The history of race in this country is a broad, deep, confusing and necessary thing to talk about, watch and write about. Not everyone needs to write about it, but it interests me.

Ultimately, Bass said he creates the piece he wants to see and hopes audiences can immerse themselves in the world and find their own connections there as well.

To learn more about Kyle Bass, visit his website, kylebassplaywright.com.

Award-Winning Memoirs Come From Wrestling | News, Sports, Jobs


Growing up in Trumbull County helped make Brian Broome the writer he is today.

It’s probably not something the tourist board will brag about in their marketing campaign.

In his memoirs, “Strike me to the gods”, the 1988 LaBrae High School graduate recounts a difficult childhood where he felt ostracized by his white classmates in Braceville/Warren Township due to his dark skin and poor family. He felt just as out of place in the African-American community as a boy who was attracted to other boys and unable to understand how to be black and cool, which other boys seemed to understand innately. And he lived in fear of an abusive father determined to toughen him up for what the future held for him as a black man.

Broome recounts the blatant and subtle racism and homophobia he encountered growing up and how it fueled a self-loathing in adulthood that led to drug and alcohol abuse and seeking a serious relationship that found only fleeting sexual encounters.

Nearly 35 years after fleeing Ohio for Pittsburgh, Broome is now approaching 10 years of sobriety, and his memoir has won the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction (and the accompanying $50,000 check).

The man who dropped out of the University of Akron weeks into freshman year because his roommates didn’t want to live with a gay man now has a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and recently completed a stint as a writer in residence at St. Mary’s College in California.

He is a columnist for the Washington Post; he has a second book in the works and he is involved in television and film projects which he is not allowed to discuss.

Broome credited his mother for fostering his love of reading and, now, writing.

“She didn’t read to us, but she always had a book” he said. “She loved Agatha Christie mysteries, she loved Dean Koontz and she read a lot of fiction. Sometimes I would pick up her books and read them.

“She presented me with a very thick old volume of Grimm’s fairy tales, those fairy tales where none ever ended happily, and I loved them so much. I was reading them over and over again… I then started reading and loving the stories, how they were crafted and took you away from your reality, because in many ways my reality wasn’t that great.

But if reading let him escape, it also became one more thing that distinguished him.

“Because of the way boys were expected to behave then and still today, several of my peers told me that walking around with a book wasn’t cool, that I looked like a sissy when I was writing in my little diary. We talk to you about things when you’re a child, we talk to you about who you are in order to fit in better, so I practically stopped reading and I completely stopped writing.

Broome didn’t start writing again until he was in rehab, and he only started writing because his roommate was snoring. “like a John Deere tractor” and unable to sleep.

It was then that he began writing about his childhood, his experiences in the bathhouses and gay clubs of Pittsburgh, and how racism was still prevalent in the urban steel town. and ethnically more diverse, it just took different forms.

After leaving rehab, he decided to go back to college — not to be a writer, just to get a better job than the ones he had before, which ranged from working in a call center to getting paid. to enable students to train to be medical assistants perform hernia exams and prostate checks.

“I started at Community College of Allegheny County and had a really great counselor there. Her name was Evelyn Kitchens-Stephens, a black woman who said to me at one point, ‘Your handwriting is actually pretty good, maybe you should.” I thought, no, I wasn’t going to do that, but she kept encouraging me. So I just started writing and other people noticed it.

“I used to write a lot on Facebook, and a friend told me I should try to get my writing published. I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know anyone could make a living doing that.

The first thing he sent was published. He wasn’t paid, but he was a published writer. He decided to go back to community college and talk about her success at Kitchens-Stephens only to find out she had passed away.

“It was very upsetting” said Broome. “At that point I decided he was one of the few people in my life who told me I was good at something, so I’m going to keep writing to honor him.”

Broome was accepted into the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate writing program and started doing open-mic readings, and he got an agent at one of those readings.

“She asked, ‘What are you writing?’ I told him about the stories I had written in rehab and had been working on ever since and those stories are ultimately what became the book.

Since “Kick Me to the Gods” was published last fall, the book has received rave reviews and is nominated for a 2022 Ohioana Award for Best Book About Ohio or an Ohioan. But Broome also knew that the stories he had been working on for years, which he told at open-mic events in Pittsburgh, would now have a much wider audience and could be read by his family members, by those with whom he grew up and perhaps even by his tormentors.

“Some people are definitely not happy with my performances,” he said. “I also have the added bonus of being old, and a lot of those people are dead. The day before the book came out, I thought about calling the publisher and saying, ‘You can’t just undo it all?’ »

“It hasn’t been easy, but at the same time I feel a little less burdened with the past. When I teach non-fiction workshops, I tell students, ‘If you’re going to tell the truth, it kind of has a price’… When you publish memoirs, that’s not all. There are people who will probably never talk to me again, and that’s fine. These are people I don’t deserve to be told about again.

While it doesn’t show Trumbull County at its best, Broome still returns to the area to visit family, and the book makes it clear that he believes the attitudes he encountered growing up exist everywhere. . They may be more on the surface in his hometown.

“If you’re different growing up from everyone around you, wherever you are, you get a lot of teasing, a lot of bullying, and it leaves you with a feeling of disdain for where you grew up.” said Broome. “My relationship with Warren and Braceville and Newton Falls is shaped by that. I know they weren’t bad places per se, but it was a bad time to be different, and I think it still is to some degree.

“It doesn’t go well in the book because of the anger I still have at times. At the same time, a lot of really wonderful things happened there, a lot of really formative things. Without that experience, I wouldn’t wouldn’t be who I am today.

To suggest a Saturday profile, contact Editor-in-Chief Burton Cole at [email protected] or Metro Editor-in-Chief Marly Reichert at [email protected]

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Athletic Greens is becoming a household name


Maybe you heard about Athletic Greens in an episode of “Pod Save America” ​​or between horror stories on “Crime Junkie.” Maybe you’ve heard an ad for it on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, or Conan O’Brien’s or, if that’s more your style, Joe Rogan’s. You might even have heard about it in a New York Times podcast, like The Daily.

“The secret to making a successful podcast is that you have to use Athletic Greens,” joked writer and editor Clint Carter. in a tweet.

For a company that’s been around for over a decade, it seems to have appeared out of nowhere. Athletic Greens aggressively advertises (and sells) just one product: AG1, a moss-colored powder that costs $99 for a 30-serving bag and claims to be “everything you really need, really.”

But it’s not a meal replacement or pre- or post-workout drink, as the brand name suggests. AG1 promises “75 whole-food vitamins, minerals, superfoods, probiotics and adaptogens” in just one scoop. The ingredient list is biblically long and riddled with parentheses, its components categorized by wellness buzzwords: “Alkaline, nutrient-dense raw superfood complex” (including spirulina, wheatgrass and broccoli flower), “Nutrient-rich extracts” (pea protein isolate, ashwagandha extract) and “Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex” (such as food enzymes and mushroom powders).

Simply put, it’s a drinkable multivitamin and probiotic.

Inside the elegant emerald packaging – designed, it seems, to give its opening a ceremonial feel – is a bag of AG1 and a branded clear bottle. The instructions recommend mixing one 12-gram scoop of the powder with eight to 12 ounces of cold water and drinking the concoction on an empty stomach (“or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner”).

After a purchase, Athletic Greens sends customers an email suggesting ways to make the supplement taste better: add juice, mix it with plant milk, or mix it into a smoothie. Sweetened with stevia and flavored with pineapple and vanilla, the powder tastes exactly like its bran: like broccoli pretending to be a milkshake.

In a brand-sponsored TikTok, fitness influencer Callie Jardine uses AG1 to do what she calls her “hot girl green smoothie.” Adding green powder, she says in the video, helps with her “really intense digestive issues.” (Everyone knows hot girls have stomach issues.)

But Athletic Greens isn’t just for hot girls and athletes. Current customers are “50% female and 50% male” and between the ages of 20 and 70, the company said in an email, with the largest proportion of consumers between the ages of 30 and 50. The breadth of podcasts the product has appeared on makes one thing clear: Chris Ashenden, the founder of Athletic Greens, wants everyone to drink his product.

“There’s this cultural phenomenon where people want to be in control of their own health,” said Mr Ashenden, an entrepreneur from New Zealand, where AG1 is produced. “And I don’t think the genie goes back into the bottle.”

As Covid-19 spread in March 2020, sales of multivitamins in the United States increased by more than 50% compared to the same period the previous year, and the supplement industry was valued at 151.9 billion dollars in 2021 by Grand View Research, a market research company. In January it was announced that Athletic Greens, which Mr Ashenden launched in 2010, had raised $115 million in venture capital and the company’s valuation had reached $1.2 billion.

Influencer partnerships on TikTok, along with podcasts, appear to be a big priority for brand marketing – posts with the hashtag #agpartner proliferated on the platform following the funding announcement and were viewed over 38 million times.

“It would literally show up on all my social media,” said Lexi Fadel, a 27-year-old physical therapist in Los Angeles. After battling hormonal acne and bloating, she said, “I was willing to try anything.” Influencers convinced her that AG1 was the answer. Ms. Fadel bought AG1 twice – despite the taste. “Not the best,” she said. “It was to my advantage, so I forced him down.”

After three months without changes, she decided to give it up. “I eat enough greens on my own,” she said.

There is nothing new about people seeking control over their health, and the marketing of food and beverages as complete health solutions is not a new phenomenon: the predecessors of the one-stop-shop include Soylent, adored by the bio-hacking tech bros, and Daily Harvest, a smoothie company. and influencer darling recently embroiled in a recall scandal.

The purported benefits of AG1 are vague enough to compel gullible consumers. It “promotes gut health”, “supports immunity”, “boosts energy” and “helps recovery”, the company claims. Of course, there are fine print: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

“The overriding drive to buy something like this isn’t to feel good enough about your body,” said Christy Harrison, a registered dietitian and author whose forthcoming book focuses on the pitfalls of the wellness industry. be. “It’s a slippery slope. You feel bad about yourself, you want to optimize yourself, and you think you can do it through these feel-good freaks, like Athletic Greens or Soylent or intermittent fasting.

At the heart of our obsession with wellness and the proliferation of these products, said Alissa Rumsey, registered dietitian and author of the book “Unapologetic Eating,” is the very human fear of death and the desire for control. The wellness industry perpetuates both. “It can make people feel like their health is 100% in their control,” she said. “But it’s not.”

“We know what happens when we eat the whole fruit or the whole vegetable,” Ms Rumsey said. “It’s not as clear when they’re broken down into compounds in these powders.”

So how, in the rapidly expanding and largely unregulated world of wellness, can a consumer make an informed choice?

Those who can afford to experiment with something like Athletic Greens – like Ms Fadel – are probably eating enough fruit and vegetables, Ms Harrison said.

“Most people don’t need any supplements, whether green powders or pill supplements.”

the radical history of the australian property market


Soaring property prices and an impossible rental market have seen increasing numbers of Australians struggle to find accommodation.

Recent images of families pitching tents or living in cars evoke some of the most enduring scenes of the Great Depression. Australia was one of the hardest hit countries when world wool and wheat prices fell in 1929.

By 1931, many were feeling the effects of long-term unemployment, including widespread evictions from their homes. The evidence was soon seen and felt as slums – known as dole camps – sprang up in and around urban centers across the country.

The way we responded to this housing crisis and the way we talk about these events today shows how our attitudes towards poverty, homelessness and social assistance are linked to national identity issues.

Read more: ‘I didn’t see a future’: What former autoworkers told us about job losses, closures and communities on the fringes

Slums and eviction riots

The Sydney Estate, Melbourne’s Dudley Flats and the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide are just a few places where communities of homeless people sprang up in the early 1930s.

Some lived in tents, others in makeshift shelters made of iron, sackcloth, wood and other salvaged materials. Wooden crates, newspapers, and sacks of flour and wheat were put to many inventive household uses, such as for furniture and blankets. The camps were filled with lice, fevers and dysentery, all treated with home remedies.

Some people lived in tents on the Estate during the Depression of the 1930s.
Knights, Bert / State Library of Victoria

But many Australians have fought evictions from their homes in a wide range of protests and interventions known as the anti-eviction movement.

As the writer Iain McIntyre writes in his book Lock Out The Landlords: Australian Anti-Eviction Resistance 1929-1936, these protests were an initiative of members of the Unemployed Workers Movement – a sort of trade union for the unemployed.

As writers Nadia Wheatley and Drew Cottle explained,

Because the allowance was paid in the form of goods or vouchers rather than cash, it was impossible for many unemployed people to pay rent. In working-class suburbs, it was common to see bailiffs throwing furniture onto the sidewalks, pushing women and children into the street. Even more common was the sight of rows of boarded-up terraced houses, which no one could afford to rent. If anything demonstrated the idiocy as well as the injustice of the capitalist system, it was the fact that in many situations the landlords did not even gain anything by evicting people.

The goal of the Unemployed Workers Movement was to

Organize neighborhood vigilance committees to patrol working-class neighborhoods and resist with mass actions the eviction of the unemployed from their homes, or attempts by bailiffs to remove furniture, or gasmen to cut off power in gas.

Methods of resistance were varied in practice. Often threats were enough to prevent a landlord from evicting a family.

Alternatively, a common tactic was for a large group of activists and neighbors to gather outside the house on eviction day and physically prevent the eviction. Sometimes this led to street fights with the police. Protesters have sometimes returned following a successful eviction to loot and vandalize property.

Protesters came under armed siege in houses barricaded with sandbags and barbed wire. This culminated in a series of bloody battles with the police in suburban Sydney in mid-1931 and numerous arrests.

It’s not just what happened – it’s how we talk about it

Stories both reflect and shape our world. Written history is interesting not only for the things that happened in the past, but for the way we tell them.

Just as the catastrophic effects of the 1929 crash were linked to the growing struggle between far-left and right-wing political ideologies, historians and writers since have taken diverse and even opposing views when it comes to to interpret the events of the Depression years in Australia and attribute meaning to them. .

Was it a time of silent stoicism that brought out the best in us as “fighters” and fostered a spirit of camaraderie that underpins who we are as a nation?

Or have we pushed our fellow Australians onto the streets and into tin shacks and made people feel ashamed for needing help? As Wendy Lowenstein wrote in her landmark work on the oral history of depression, Weevils in the Flour:

The common belief was that the most important thing was to own your own home, not go into debt, be sober, industrious, and mind your own business. A woman says: “My husband was out of work for five years during the Depression and no one ever knew […] Not even my own parents.

This part of our history remains contested and stories from this period – about ‘lifters and learners’ or the Australian ‘dream’ of home ownership, for example – persist today.

As Australia’s current housing crisis deepens, it is worth pointing out that we have been through housing crises before. The public debate on housing and its relationship to poverty remains – as it was during the Depression era – emotionally and politically charged.

Our Depression-era slums and protests against evictions, and how we remember them, remind us that what people say and do about the housing crisis today is not just about facts and figures. Above all, it reflects what we value and who we think we are.

Interview with NSFW author Isabel Kaplan on the Hollywood-inspired novel – The Hollywood Reporter


Isabel Kaplan has a tortured relationship with Los Angeles. Enjoying the city wholeheartedly may require a suspension of disbelief the author of this summer’s high-profile #MeToo-inspired novel NSFW never really found. She grew up here, but was more interested in politics than Hollywood — by the age of six she was already dressing as Hillary Clinton for Halloween — and spent her two years interviewing book agents, before publishing a YA novel as a teenager. Ironically, she found herself fresh out of college with a job as a temporary floating assistant at an (anonymous) television studio, a gig that ended up giving her the material for her second novel.

NSFW follows an (unnamed) young protagonist who becomes an assistant to a young studio executive in the years leading up to the #MeToo movement. Not a revealer in any specific sense, the book nevertheless lays bare the many troubling elements of Hollywood’s corporate culture, from veiled sexism to blatant sexual harassment. Kaplan’s narrator sees herself as an outsider who can eliminate toxicity from within, but quickly learns that buying into the system costs a price she may not be willing to pay.

The author, who now lives in New York and works as a book-to-film agent, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the experiences that informed the writing of the buzzing new novel, and what she hopes readers will take away from its unshakeable pages.

What was your experience when you started on television?

I started as a floating temporary worker in a network where services had just been reorganized. It was development and then mainstream, the standard division, but they had just split into comedy and drama. I was a glorified intern and my first few months there were very confusing as I had no idea what I was doing. It was a lot of covering different people’s desks, which is the least reassuring thing to do because you don’t know who someone is, you don’t know who’s calling. It was also a crash course in all the really specific lingo and etiquette. I didn’t even know you had to ask what order people should go in on a conference call. I didn’t know that the network always turns on last, even if everyone else is on. And that it’s a really big faux pas to put the network exec before the studio exec and the studio exec doesn’t want to continue until the producer is on, who doesn’t want to continue until the writer is on. Everything is an endless game. The way to impress people is, for example, to memorize everyone’s meal orders.

Did you know at the time that you were going to write about the experience? Did you realize that the things that happened to you were good for a novel?

I’ve always had a hard time knowing that I’m going to write about anything while I’m living it. I mentally jotted down the nonsense, but without any plan. If I had written about this when I was still an assistant, I would not have had the right point of view. Even if you think the value system you embrace is messed up, or the things you do at work are weird, you have to on some level buy into it just to keep doing it. Otherwise, the whole house of cards collapses.

When did the house of cards collapse?

I mean, I’m really in a state where we’re going to burn it all down. I think there is no such thing as an ethical institution in Hollywood, nor a period of an ethical institution. By definition, they are unethical. They protect themselves, that’s how they are created. I bought into this idea that, here, I fight for change from within, I will defend the voices that are not in the room. It’s such extreme cognitive dissonance. Because it requires believing that even though you’re playing the game, you’re not actually playing it. It’s not special to Hollywood, it’s basically every society. It is our government. Over the past seven years, I have become much more disenchanted with the idea that anything can change. You can fire a few people, but you end up with a system of enablers. I kinda hate that we’re at this point where people think things have changed – they haven’t, it’s just that a lot of men are now familiar with the term “implicit bias”.

NSFW takes place just before the #MeToo movement. Were you still in the industry when Harvey Weinstein was exposed?

I was in graduate school, so I watched it all unfold from there. But most of my friends were still working in Hollywood, so I used some of their experiences to inform the writing. But I also think the space gave me some intellectual freedom to think about it differently and talk with others about their experiences. The truth is, my own experiences as an assistant weren’t that bad comparatively; I was constantly faced with worse situations. The shocking part of the #MeToo movement is that none of the stories that came out were shocking. Everyone wanted to be outraged, but everyone knew. I remember when an assistant position opened up for Harvey Weinstein and I was told, “Oh, don’t apply for that, you should be having scary meetings in hotel rooms.”

That’s not a the devil wears Prada style statement, but the book still exposes some of the darker sides of the business. Were you worried about anyone’s reactions to that?

It’s a novel, the plot and the people are fiction, but I had a lot of real feelings that went into this book. But I think what makes it a little easier is that it’s not like I’m “eliminating” a specific network or leader. What happens in the novel happened on all networks. Unfortunately, it’s structural and involves so many people. But I don’t think you can write things and worry about what people will think. I also had to think, is every part of the book a service, or is it just something I wrote because I was going through something?

What shocked you the most about book publishing, compared to the process of creating a TV show?

I’m just thinking about the creative control you have, and the fact that it’s a one-on-one situation with your editor. Or for me, one against three, since I had two publishers in the UK. Plus, once you sell a book, you know it will come out. Even if only five people read it, it will be published and available. Whereas with a TV show, you can sell it a million times and it may never become a show. The most disheartening part of television was how little was shown. There are so many opportunities for people to say no, and it’s so easy to say no. There were projects where I spent, on behalf of the network, with exactly one month of experience.

Do you think you had a relatively smooth process to sell the book? It’s really high profile and gets a lot of attention, but it doesn’t always reflect what the author has been through.

I was trying to sell it in the fall of 2020 when everything seemed so apocalyptic. We had the pandemic, and here in Los Angeles, because of the fires, the skies were red and the air quality was terrible, and the election was looming. I was like, who the fuck am I to care about my book sales, when democracy might collapse next week? It was total panic in every way. I would always find myself worrying about my book and feeling terrible. Sure, I’ve spent years of my life there, but society is falling apart and I’m here saying, don’t you want to read about sexual harassment in the workplace?

Do you feel the pressure to sell the adaptation rights to the book? This is Hollywood, and you’re literally a book-to-movie agent.

I think everyone who writes something wants it to live on in its best and greatest form. Obviously, I would like it to be adapted, but I also try to be very pragmatic about it. It can be devastating if you place too much emphasis on a specific outcome. I don’t know if I succeed, though – it’s hard not to ask my agent, who are you submitting to? Or have you heard that this person was looking for something like this? It is difficult to divorce these parts of myself. And it’s weird to have written a book about Hollywood and now want people in Hollywood to read it.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Falling Awake: More like, everything


As a promise to myself, I’ve avoided writing about public speaking lately because, really, what more can I say? You can be invited to the best group of well-meaning listeners, and there will always be someone who forgets to turn off their phone or can’t stop texting or pays more attention to video than they realizes – as if he needed proof – that to everything you say.

Yet a few things happened recently that were so difficult (more than a room full of masked faces), that after thinking it’s almost impossible to surprise me, I realize that some things can, while I pretend calmly and silently that they do not. .

For example, when that audience member – and there usually is – rolls his eyes disdainfully, shrugs his shoulders one too many times, or interrupts my speech to add his opinion before the Q&A session, I keep my composure. But it’s women like this who have completely shattered the illusion that all women are supportive sisters. They are not. I should note, however, that some profanity made me stronger since no one would speak in front of strangers if they didn’t want strong bones in their body, maybe a whole skeletal system.

One author told me to remember that how people treat the guest speaker says a lot about how they feel about themselves. I need to remind myself sometimes.

“It’s crazy work,” she says.

“I love madness.” I said.

And I clung to that belief for as long as I could.

Until my next read where I shared an article about what it was like to have COVID in a third world country, Thailand, in January 2020, and a woman interrupted me to say that the Thailand is not a third world country, but a developing one.

Like the pause that occurs when you slash your finger with a kitchen knife before blood flows, the room was perfectly still, waiting for my response. I found it strangely emboldening.

“Well,” I said, “you should have seen my bathroom. I was afraid to slip into the Mekong through the open toilets dug into the ground.

A second silence followed – the kind where you can hear everyone’s curiosity humming as they try to figure out if you’re humorous or sorry or neither. Or both. I imagined myself giving this woman a good old-fashioned slap on the head. Although it’s politically incorrect to even say the word ‘slap’, especially on this coast.

My uncle Victor would have laughed. He knew exactly how to slap us cousins, light enough not to cry, firm enough to let us know we were overstepping the mark, so shaddaaap.

Ok, here are some awkward moments that I’m still dealing with in hopes that one day they’ll make me remember what it’s like to think so fast on my feet: a woman in the front row doesn’t just sneak out, she gets up and announces that she has to pee. Someone else’s phone rings and she answers the call. Another spills a glass of water, gets up to clean it, moves the chairs, finds a mop. It took me a while to realize that she wasn’t going to stop cleaning unless I said something. I thought to myself, is it a lost art, listening? All these weeks later, this woman is still the embodiment of how I feel about this issue.

I have a lot of these stories because I spend a lot of time promoting my books this way, but after writing this I want to put aside the worst and remember some of the best times because, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of them too: readings that go so well, when the audience is all with me, generous at the book table, no one asks if they can buy my book on Amazon, and the programmer invites me back with a hug, and that hug lifts every part of me with its sincerity. Readings that fill the room with such a lively energy, which I fear I have sometimes overshadowed by the virtual experience.

No, it fills the room with something I feared I would lose.

These people who love books seem to sit more upright, they stop talking, the focus of the room seems to be on the idea of ​​books and reading – in short, they behave well.

Now, that might seem a bit self-indulgent to write about speaking. But here’s what happened this morning: I had to choose between writing about Seattle’s drug addiction crisis so relentless that on my walk downtown yesterday, I encountered several lost souls who rushed to the sidewalk; or the horrors of the war in Ukraine; or the last shooting in Texas that gives me nightmares (Uvalde buries 19 CM1 students!); or the abortion debate that also wakes me up in the middle of the night as I think of all the frantic women crossing state lines to get abortions they can’t afford so this year 2022, it looks like she is determined to revoke the 21st century; or, or… how we just endured the coldest and wettest spring since 1948 that I decided to write about, if only for the reason that there are only so many sadness that each of us can bear.

And this choice, this rescue of myself, is also part of the writing. It’s the part that holds me together, what’s best in me, what’s left in me – a way of falling into the world after being pushed by something.

Rather, everything.

Mary Lou Sanelli’s latest book, “Every Little Thing,” has been nominated for a 2022 Washington State Book Award. She will sign copies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 23 at the Magnolia Bookstore, 3206 W. McGraw St. at Magnolia Village.

Who would replace Boris Johnson? Here are his probable successors


It has been a tumultuous 24 hours in British politics. As resignations pile up, the chances that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be forced to resign are diminishing. But who would take over? Bobby Ghosh spoke with Bloomberg Opinion columnists Adrian Wooldridge and Clive Crook on Twitter Spaces on Wednesday afternoon. Here is part of their conversation, slightly edited for clarity and length.

Bobby Ghosh: Betting shops have former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt as joint favorites to succeed Boris Johnson. Do you think either has the ability to bring the Conservative Party together and provide the leadership that Johnson seems unable to do?

Adrian Wooldridge: Whoever wins would get a big boost, just because they’re not Boris Johnson and come without the baggage and reputation of lying.

I think Rishi Sunak is extremely good. He is very bright, friendly and well organized. One of Boris’s many issues is that he’s a very chaotic administrator, so having someone in number 10 who can just keep the trains running on time would be a huge boost.

However, he’s a fairly traditional Thatcherian, which means he’s very uncomfortable with ‘leveling up’, especially when it comes to spending a lot of money. There are a lot of Tories, especially on the right of the party, who would be very nervous about having a fiscally responsible leader who thinks the most important thing to do is to clean up in the economic situation of the country before starting to reduce taxes. Moreover, by resigning slightly after Health Secretary Sajid Javid, he portrayed himself more as a follower than a leader – which is a gibe people are already using against him. There is a lot of hostility within the party towards Rishi now. Six months ago he was in the ideal position, but he’s fallen a bit since then.

Penny Mordaunt is an amazing figure, and I’m a little surprised she’s so popular because she’s not in the Cabinet.

She represents a seat in Portsmouth, which is a long-standing Labor seat, which she moved to the Conservative column and built her majority. She is therefore quite good at representing the sentiments of the British white working class, without being particularly on the right.

BG: It should be mentioned that some of the other candidates are Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi.

Clive Crook: These are all plausible candidates. I think Rishi Sunak is right on the issues and it is a sign of the times to see the right wing of the Conservative Party being the anti-Thatcherite wing. The fiscal discipline that Sunak represents will undeniably be necessary as part of this adjustment to post-Covid fiscal control. This is a very hard message to sell for him. I also think he deserves credit for what he said in his resignation letter, which is that people want to be told the truth and he’s willing to tell them the truth – that that allows him access to the leadership of the party is another question.

I’m a little surprised to see Penny Mordaunt though. I hadn’t seen her as a political heavyweight like some of the other candidates are.

AW: She’s been campaigning behind the scenes for quite a long time and has published a book called Greater Britain, which tries to take an optimistic look at the future. She therefore campaigned, but she is not one of the big beasts of the party.

Ben Wallace would probably have a good chance because he’s kind of a bland, no-nonsense ex-military person that people could support.

CC: It’s more of an old-fashioned conservative in some ways.

BG: To take the focus off Britain and take a look at the wider context of Europe and the rest of the world, how does it matter who succeeds Boris Johnson?

CC: Repairing relations with Europe is a challenge for the UK, and Johnson has been irresponsible on every level – choosing unnecessary fights, backtracking, threatening to escalate some disputes, which he should know that Britain cannot win. The UK needs someone who is much more positive about developing a fruitful post-Brexit relationship with the European Union. It is interesting to me that the other personalities of the party did not stand out on this subject. There’s no way to get the most out of Brexit without cooperating with the EU, but a narrative along those lines has yet to really emerge.

BG: Why not? Are potential candidates worried about how this might play out with their constituents?

AW: Well, the basic Conservative vote was a vote against Europe. Many Brexiters are very hostile to Europe, either because they see it as a hindrance to a truly global trade policy or because they see it as a set of finicky regulations. The Conservative Party has not overcome this anti-European state of mind.

Again, I would look to someone like Rishi Sunak, who was a Brexiter but would be much more mature because he knows economics about what sort of realistic relationship we could have with the EU. By comparison, Boris doesn’t care about economic policy. He never gave serious thought to how wealth is created or how commerce works.

The one person we haven’t focused on yet is the one who, in many ways, is most likely to replace Johnson: Liz Truss. She is not at the top of this ranking, but she is Foreign Secretary, has been heavily involved in trade policy and enjoys the support of the Conservative Party base.

In many ways she is more intransigent in her disregard for social democratic European policies and I think she would see herself as someone who has had to take a very hard line with Europe, which I think would be very dumb.

BG: Clive, does Liz Truss do that for you as a potential leader?

CC: No, not really. One hesitates to say she could be worse than Johnson – what could be worse? – but in terms of the relationship with Europe, it is a hard line that takes Euroscepticism to a self-defeating extreme. I think it would be toxic for UK-EU relations to have her as a leader. Someone like Rishi Sunak is more plausible. He has a more technocratic demeanor, he would like to do business and I can’t imagine him making pro-British, anti-EU speeches.

Post-Covid, fixing the relationship with Europe is absolutely the most important thing the UK government needs to do. Evidence of the cost of Brexit continues to mount: it complicates Britain’s efforts to bring inflation down, it will complicate efforts to restore fiscal control. Brexit looms in the background of all these big political issues and bringing the relationship back to some kind of cooperative mode is crucial.

BG: Both of you clearly think that Rishi Sunak has within him the ability to govern at this very difficult time. Does he have credibility with the party base? Does he have the charisma to lead the party in an election or is it too far off for the party to care about right now?

AW: He lost some of his credibility based on Partygate fines and his wife’s non-dom tax status. Right before that happened, he was clearly the most popular person. But I think he’s very likeable, he’s a technocrat, he’s not a gambler like Johnson is. He denies all of Johnson’s bad traits. He is MP for a constituency in North Yorkshire. Her parents were also immigrants who made their own way in the world, giving her an appeal to the immigrant community, which is a pretty big swing vote in the UK. It also has the ability to appeal to technocratic elites in Europe and the United States at a time when we need to have some credibility with the financial world because the UK economy is very shaky.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Bobby Ghosh is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering foreign affairs. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times, Editor-in-Chief of Quartz and International Editor of Time.

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Half of the students at this Alabama school live in poverty. Here’s how they beat the odds in math.


Alabama students have earned a reputation for not being good at math. But don’t tell that to Cordova Elementary Principal Dianne Williams.

Williams runs the 400-pupil rural primary school nestled in the hills of Walker County about 35 minutes northwest of Birmingham. His school is one of Alabama’s “high flyers” — schools identified by AL.com that have many poor students and little local tax support, but have some of the highest academic achievement in the country. State.

Principal of the school for 11 years, Williams is proud of her students’ achievements in mathematics. She is passionate and practical about students’ need to understand math.

“Mathematics is about life,” she said. “Everything we do in life comes down to math.”

Math is where it really shines: over 45% of students tested achieved math fluency in tests for the 2020-21 school year. That’s more than double the state’s 22% proficiency rate.

Half of students in Córdoba receive free or reduced-price meals; 38% of those students achieved proficiency in math, more than three times the state’s 11% proficiency rate for students living in poverty.

Williams said it was important for students to get a solid foundation because math is getting harder in the early grades now. With Alabama’s new math standards, students can take algebra classes in seventh grade.

“Now they have to make a decision about advanced math by the end of sixth grade,” she said. “When I was in high school, you didn’t even think about algebra until ninth grade.”

Read more: Alabama’s High Raiders

Testing data shows Cordova Elementary has had the highest math skill levels among elementary schools in the county for five straight years, although skill levels dipped slightly last spring.

Stacia Chappell, a third-grade teacher at Cordova Elementary, leads her math class in Cordova, Alabama, in May 2022. Trisha Powell Crain/AL.com

Cordova Elementary featured many of the same pedagogical and cultural practices as other top students, including a strong focus on tracking improved student achievement over time and a culture of high expectations for all students.

Tall students show strong academic achievement even when money is tight. In the 2019-20 school year, Cordova Elementary School spent $9,475 per student, which is below the state average of $10,100 per student.

Of this total, $600 came from local funding. Statewide, schools in Alabama spend an average of $1,800 per student in local taxes.

In Walker County, the median household income in 2020 was $45,833. In the small town of Cordova, the median household income is $21,900. Alabama’s median household income in 2020 was $52,035.

Cordoba Primary School

Cordova Elementary School in Walker County Schools. 2022 file photo. Trisha Powell Crain/AL.com

Follow-up of achievements

Williams and her teachers keep each student’s name written on a whiteboard in the data room to track progress on various standards.

Progress is tracked, color coded red, yellow, blue and green. Grouping by grade helps create a team atmosphere among teachers, she said, where the team takes responsibility for improvement in all classrooms.

Student progress is assessed three times a year. Teachers use this data to guide instruction. Williams meets weekly with grade level teams to review what the data shows students need.

Williams said she expects this year’s data to reflect the impact of COVID on student lives.

“It will take another year and a half, two years before we really overcome this COVID effect on our students,” she said.

Williams invested the bulk of her school’s $100,000 in Title I money this year to recruit teachers who can work with students one-on-one to individualize learning.

“I choose to spend more of my money on intervention teachers – retired teachers, very good teachers, not just a retired teacher,” she said, “who I think will have an impact on education.

Cordoba Kindergarten

Cordova Elementary kindergarten teacher Anna Palmer leads students through an ability lesson in May 2022, in Cordova, Alabama. Trisha Powell Crain/AL.com

Teaching standards

Williams expects teachers to adhere to Alabama teaching standards. And she makes sure that teachers not only know the standards for their own grade level, but that they know what the standards are for the higher and lower grades.

“It doesn’t start in third grade when they take the test,” she said.

Kindergarteners start learning important concepts early; At a recent lesson in May, kindergarten teacher Anna Palmer stood in front of the class, behind a tub filled with water with a series of transparent containers, all of different sizes.

“We’re learning a new word,” she says. “Our new word is capacity. Everyone says it, ready?

Palmer guided the kindergartners through the lesson, holding two containers of visibly different sizes and asking which will hold the most and which will hold the least, pushing his way through all the containers.

Third-grade math teacher Stacia Chappell has been teaching third-grade math for 20 years, and 13 of those have been at Cordova Elementary. She teaches math and science to two of the four sections of third graders.

Chappell said his students were well prepared for third-grade math when they came to his class.

“When they come to me, they usually have a pretty good idea of ​​the basics, and I don’t have a lot of remedial work to do,” she said. “Throughout my career, that hasn’t always been the case. I would have children who would be a year or two behind in mathematics.

On a typical day, she says, students take two lessons. Several recordings help Chappell know which students are struggling.

Cordoba Primary School

Teachers at Cordova Elementary School use data to drive student instruction.

When discussing a new concept, Chappell checks in with the students asking for their nudge to see if they understand.

“When they turn and talk [with each other]I listen to their conversations to see if they sound like they’re on the right track,” she said.

If they aren’t, Chappell will step in to help. During the intervention time, she will work individually with students in difficulty or supervise students who use computer programs that push them towards more difficult problems.

Candace Brown also teaches third grade math and science. She taught third grade for five of her 12 years as an educator.

In his class, students solved subtraction, addition, multiplication, geometry, and area and perimeter problems on personal computers.

A student demonstrated how she calculated the area of ​​a rectangle. “The width is three meters, the length is four meters and two meters have been added to the length. I know six times three equals 18,” she exclaimed.

“They want to do better,” Brown said, “and we’re really working with them to find out what they’re learning and where they’re at and what they need to work on.”

Chappell said the state’s shift to a new way of learning math beyond rote memorization and formulas is a good thing. Kids finding more ways to solve problems means more kids are learning more math, she said.

“Every day won’t be a failure. And when they finally get it? So wow.

Author Welma Abert Craft’s new book “There’s a Monster in Our School?” is a charming children’s tale that teaches figurative expressions


Welma Abert Craft, an elementary educator and member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, has finished her new book “Is There a Monster in Our School?” : a playful children’s tale about a monster hunt at school.

“Alex overhears the principal say, ‘We’ve created a monster,’ and decides he’ll find the monster before it hurts a student. After bravely searching each classroom without finding it, he goes to the principal and asks him where the monster is hiding. To his surprise, it was Alex who created the monster. He learns a lesson in not letting his imagination run wild when he only hears part of an interesting conversation.

Published by Page Publishing, Welma Abert Craft’s delightful tale follows the quest to find a monster and develops children’s understanding of figurative language.

Readers who want to experience this exciting work can purchase “There’s a Monster in Our School?” in bookstores worldwide or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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Ten Pieces of Eight is made by letting the snobs of the world have exclusive access to the luxury market. We love watches, we love adventure, we love pop culture and we want to share our passion without the pomp and circumstance. It’s unpretentious luxury, it’s Ten Pieces of Eight. We are growing and need a social media manager not only to manage our social networks but also to contact potential clients for collaboration etc. If this sounds like you, please apply and join the Ten Pieces of Eight family!

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  • Creative writing, engage our audience with your content!
  • An outgoing personality, someone who likes to meet, socialize and be in front of the camera
  • 3 years of customer service experience.
  • Intermediate skills in the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
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  • Content creation and curation
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  • Event management – ​​planning, organizing and implementing regular in-person events
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Adrian Miller, Carter Wilson and more


The Colorado Book Awards were announced last week by Colorado Humanities.

The winners are:

Anthology: “Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas”, ed. by Carina Bissett, and. Al. (Hexagon)

Biography“Alpha: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the Soul of the Navy Seals”, by David Philipps (Penguin Random House)

Children’s literature: “Read Island”, by Nicole Magistro (Read Island LLC)

Creative non-fiction: “Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West”, by Kathryn Wilder (Torrey House Press)

General Fiction: “Mixed Company”, by Jenny Shank (Texas Review Press)

General non-fiction: “The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save a Neighborhood”, by Julian Rubinstein (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

historical fiction: “The Cape Doctor”, by EJ Levy (Little, Brown & Co.)

Story: “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of the barbecue”, by Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)

Children’s literature: “Alone”, by Megan E. Freeman (Simon & Schuster)

literary fiction: “What if we were somewhere else”, by Wendy J. Fox (Santa Fe Writers Project)

Mystery: “Red Rabbit on the Run”, by Jodi Bowersox (JB Artistry)

Poetry: “We the Jury”, by Wayne Miller (Milkweed Editions)

Science fiction/Fantasy: “The Reincarnationist Papers”, by D. Eric Maikranz (Blackstone Publishing)

Thriller: “The Dead Husband: A Novel”, by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

Children’s literature: “Rise of the Red Hand”, by Olivia Chadha (Erewhon Books)

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Inside the Invincible – Game Informer


When discussing the creation of Starward Industries, Game Director Marek Markuszewski brings up all the things you might expect from a new team. The company wanted to bring together a group of experienced but still passionate developers, all focused on creating something ambitious despite the studio’s small size. The surprise, however, comes from the studio’s narrative approach. According to Markuszewski, Starward looked for stories that weren’t already “exploited” by the media when developing its first project. He wanted to tell a story that hadn’t been told.

Admittedly, where Starward landed was a story told before – almost 60 years ago, in the novel The Invincible, written by Stanisław Lem. In this one, the crew of the Invincible spaceship investigates the planet Regis III for its missing sister ship. There they discover self-replicating machines which, over time, become more hostile. It questions what it means to be alive, the ever-increasing role of technology in everyday life, and has more than its fair share of retro-futurism, proper names and heady jargon.

For Starward, made up of developers formerly from CD Projekt Red, Techland, and more, this was the right fit for its narrative ambitions – something dense and literary. And for what it’s worth, video game adaptations of novels are relatively rare.

In Starward’s The Invincible, you assume the role of Yasna, a scientist. In typical video game fashion, the protagonist is a somewhat unreliable narrator. She knows she’s a scientist. She knows she came here with a crew that has since disappeared. But many of his memories are hazy. A voice at the other end of an earphone, that of the “astrogator”, helps you throughout your journey.

This is all pretty standard video game fare, though the source material is an interesting place to start. Lem was known for his approach to hard science fiction and the world of The Invincible feels well realized and believable in its fiction. It’s perfectly conceivable to imagine it translating well into a video game, where players are challenged to explore, experiment, and discover the world around them. And for the next hour, with the ideas of the team, I have the chance to do just that.


My time playing an early pre-alpha version of The Invincible begins with Yasna exploring her surroundings, taking note of her findings, and reporting back to the Astrogator. I’m looking for a lost convoy – and possibly other survivors. Things are not going well.

One of the most immediate things about The Invincible is that, from a fidelity perspective, it looks great. The textures have a lot of definition – I can really tell it’s rocks everywhere I look – and the bright sun gives off a warm feeling as it bakes the ground around Yasna. Regis III mostly resembles Mars – red, arid, dull. But in a way that conveys the desolation of the setting. There’s not much to do in The Invincible other than go ahead and look around. The environment conveys this message.

So, I move on. I can sneak around or move straight to my objective. I choose to take the direct route. After a short drive, I find one of the convoy vehicles stuck under a rockslide. Yasna notes that radiation levels in the area are high. I climb through the vehicle and exit on the other side of the collapse, encountering a machine that will soon cause trouble: a mobile antimatter cannon. Well, two, to be precise. One intact. One destroyed. Nearby is a massive tunnel blown through a rock wall. A final discovery awaits me: a corpse.

Yasna removes the onboard antimatter cannon recorder, and the scene of carnage in front of me begins to come into focus. Yasna sees the missing convoy marching towards its destination. Things seem to be going well. However, the plan goes awry upon reaching Yasna’s current location.

One slide shows the team using the antimatter beam to carve their own path through the rock, recovering materials from the tunnel they created with the antimatter cannon. The next slide shows the convoy rushing out of their new hole. Another shows the cannon firing into the hole. And then the mess. One of the antimatter cannons fires at the other, obliterating it, before turning its beam on the humans. As you might expect, this separates them. “It’s monstrous what the antimatter beam is doing to the human body,” Yasna remarks. Finally, she looks at the last slide, a still image of herself moments ago inspecting the barrel. She is shocked but decides to continue her exploration, turning to whatever is on the other side of the tunnel.


It doesn’t take long to realize that The Invincible is a slow game – both literally and narratively. It takes time to do just about anything, from walking towards your goal (there’s, thankfully, a sprint button I found after a while in the menus) to listening to Yasna and the Astrogator talk, what they do – a lot.

According to Markuszewski, this is a deliberate choice, which makes sense. Stanisław Lem’s work is, again, dense. Lem is often classified as a “hard” science fiction writer, meaning that the work is focused on scientific accuracy and credibility based on current technologies and theoretical possibilities.

“He was kind of a prophet, writing about things like [the] matrix, ebooks,” says Markuszewski.

“Internet”, adds artistic director Wojtek Ostrycharz.

“Internet, cell phones,” launches marketing director Maciej Dobrowolski. “All those things, yeah.”

It takes time for this information and exposure to be conveyed to the player via visuals and dialogue. As Markuszewski points out, in a book you can spend as many pages as you want describing what something is like or a character’s thoughts and feelings. Video games don’t quite have that luxury; adapt The Invincible into something interactive was a challenge.

“If you opt for the much more conventional model approach, like real-time action, directing a character, being in place – normal pace, normal speed – you don’t have that downtime [to visualize] all very attractive parts of the book,” says Markuszewski. “It’s hard to have very short windows to describe all the emotions or all the concepts [that we want to discuss].”

Based on my time with the game, I think Starward could work more on that balance. Contrary to what Markuszewski says, I spend a lot of my game time doing very little, just listening to the characters talk, occasionally choosing a dialogue prompt. If there’s one major issue I’ve had so far, it’s the pacing of the game. It’s unclear how well Starward can fix that pre-launch, but with story concept too interesting, it is a pity that it is delivered in an often tedious way.


At the end of the tunnel, I find a small robot carrying a crate in a circle around a cave. Yasna later notes that the robot is stuck in its task.

Deeper down, I find metal plants growing on the walls of the cave. Yasna and the Astrogator then debate the nature of biology – whether or not the metal in front of us can be classified as living or not if things like membranes, organs, etc. are missing. All very heady stuff, with the theoretical jargon that sci-fi fans eat, slowly dispensed as you stand still, waiting for The Invincible to give you your next objective.

On the way to my new point B, my little robot, for reasons that are never very clear, breaks its loop and begins to climb out of the cave. I follow suit, returning to the place with the two antimatter cannons. As my mechanical companion walks along its new path, slicing its way through a new adventure, the intact antimatter cannon comes to life. He fires at the robot, disintegrating it completely, before aiming his cannon at me.

I prepare my hands to dodge the path, then to fight back, to save my own life from what would otherwise be sudden death. I remember those slides I slowly went through, remembering how he tore up the convoy. I am ready to use their failures to my advantage, to save my own life from total destruction. On the other end of the line, Astrogator begins to panic, knowing that I’m probably seconds from death. “Fight,” he shouts in my ear.

To top it all off, I’m going to stop before revealing more of what I’ve played. If you’re excited about The Invincible or a fan of the novel, some of the narrative moments you can’t wait to follow. After this initial setup and a few more explorations, I will say that I am left with many questions about what is happening on Regis III and who is on the wasteland.


My many questions mostly stem from seeing a later-stage mission largely out of context. A conversation between Yasna and Astrogator stuck with me – the previous conversation about metal factories, biology and the human condition.

I don’t think this particular moment has anything interesting to say – or anything that other games haven’t already explored in detail, like 2017’s Nier: Automata, for example. But I love a video game that asks these questions – if only because it’s a rare example of a big-budget game taking the time to explore more nuanced and mature questions, even if a specific moment n doesn’t add too much to the conversation. In its current form, I have issues with how The Invincible tells its story structurally, but I can’t help but think its themes are a welcome change of pace. And I think that’s exactly what Starward was aiming for – that the developers want players to think about new concepts and ideas.

“I had this awesome feeling when I was playing Persona 5, where after an hour and a half of playing, I had to stop, go out, smoke a cigarette and say, ‘Oh my God, I can’. don’t believe what this game is about,'” Starward community manager Michał Napora said. “Maybe people don’t need to go to [it in] this extreme way – going out and smoking cigarettes – but it would be cool if they finished the game and maybe thought of things they hadn’t thought of before.

This article originally appeared in Game Informer #346.

Poet and writer Remco Campert dies aged 92


Remco Campert in 2015 Photo: Vera de Kok via Wikimedia Commons

Dutch poet and author Remco Campert has died aged 92, his publisher De Bezige Bij announced on behalf of the family.

Campert was part of the 1950s movement of experimental poets, writers and artists which included Rudy Kousbroek, Lucebert, Gerrit Kouwenaar and Karel Appel.

“There is a lyricism that we are abolishing,” said the Vijftigers, and with Campert this was reflected in a playful use of language and in the deceptive simplicity of his poems, which put his translators to the test.

Campert’s breakthrough came with Het leven is vurrukkulluk (“Life is Splendid”) which he wrote in 1961. It is the story of a group of teenagers in Amsterdam who, although set in the sixties, are still affected by the Second World War , like much of his work. Campert’s father, Jan Campert, a poet and member of the resistance, died at the Neuengamme concentration camp in 1943 when his son was very small.

In Tjeempie! from Liesje to Luiletterland, who sees the faux naive Liesje visiting famous Dutch authors thinly disguised in search of erotic fulfillment, he has invented his own spelling.

Campert, who lived for many years in Paris, won numerous literary awards, including the Jan Campert Prize named after his father.

He won the prestigious PC Hooftprijs for his Complete Poems in 1976. Campert had struggled with writer’s block but managed to shake it off by writing Somberman’s actie, about his alter ego Somberman (“the dark man”) who is crippled by alcoholism and lethargy.

He then went to the theater with former footballer and columnist Jan Mulder, and the two wrote a popular column together in the Volkskrant until 2006.

In 2018, Campert, then 88, announced that he would no longer write. “He is old and tired and has written enough,” wrote his editor at the time.

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Memoirs of July 5, 2022 | Local announcements


We want to hear from you. To submit information for inclusion in Briefs, email [email protected]; or by mail to Register-Star, Attention: Briefs, 364 Warren St., Unit 1, Hudson, NY 12534. For more information, call 315-661-2490.

COPAKE – The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, will host Emily Rubin from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 26 for a writing workshop titled “Write That Story.” This series of four-session workshops will introduce participants to writing a short story or a memoir. Stories, whether memoir or fiction, often begin with a real-life or real-world event that fascinates and inspires the storyteller in us all to write. Participants will engage their creative writing muscles through in-depth readings of fiction and memoir, in class and weekly homework from writing prompts that use prose, visual imagery, poetry and science to inspire stories. As we explore internal and external conflicts in our lives and in the world through writing, the depth of a storyteller’s experience and world will emerge. At the end of the four sessions, participants will have a draft of a short story or the first pages of a dissertation. Limited to 10 attendees. Participants must attend all four sessions. Registration required. Sign up by emailing [email protected]

GHENT – High & Mighty invites veterans to join them from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month from July 5th for an evening of equine activities full of hands-on experiences with their herd. It is open to all veterans and no previous experience with horses is necessary. Activities include grooming horses, driving horses over and through obstacles on our sensory trail, and learning about equine behavior and communication. Registration is recommended but registrations are welcome. For more information, email Rachel Conaway at [email protected] or contact Dana O’Leary at 518-965-3027 or [email protected]

CLAVERACK – The Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B, Claverack, will host Berkshires author Carolyn Kay Brancato at 6:30 p.m. on July 6. She will read her latest novel, The Night Belongs to the Maquis: A World War II Novel. Wednesdays are food truck nights at the Claverack Free Library. Join us for great food from the Micosta food truck. Stay for a stimulating discussion and signing session with Carolyn Kay Brancato. The books will be available for purchase. For information, www.claveracklibrary.org or 518-851-7120.

NORTH GREENBUSH – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present “Considering A Meadow Garden?” 7-8 p.m. July 7 at the Demonstration Garden, Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Are you tired of mowing your lawn or do you have a difficult area, maybe a slope or a hard to reach place? Then consider growing a prairie garden that is low maintenance, beautiful, and offers a host of benefits to support natural habitats. Treat yourself to a quiet place to spend time enjoying nature and watching butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Rensselaer County Master Gardeners Marie Hankle-Wieboldt and Bob Wieboldt will show us the planned site for a new meadow garden at the demonstration garden. This program is free to the public and will be held outdoors at the demonstration garden. Rain or bad weather at the start of the program may cancel it. Limited number of places provided; bring your own lawn chair. For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or [email protected]

STUYVESANT — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 Route 26A, Stuyvesant, will host the annual Summer Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8-9, indoors and outdoors. As always, the tables will be full with a wide variety of items for you to choose from. We will not be serving lunch and no food sales. Due to the high number of COVIDs in the county, we kindly ask that you wear a mask indoors.

ANCRAM — St. John’s Church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram, an annual Chicken BBQ will be held July 9, take-out only. Pickup from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu includes barbecue chicken, corn, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls and watermelon. To take out, $17. Tickets are limited and must be ordered by July 4. To reserve tickets, call Jim at 518-755-8978 (cell); Cindy, 518-329-0038; Andrea, 518-789-4769; Debby at 518-329-7594.

COPAKE — Paroisse Notre-Dame de l’Espoir, 8074 Route 22, Copake, will serve barbecue chicken from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 9 after the 5 p.m. mass. For take out only. The adult menu includes chicken, coleslaw, baked potatoes, a bun, dessert and water. The children’s menu includes chicken, potatoes, applesauce and a juice box. Adults, $15; children, $8. Pre-sale tickets only limited to 150. For ticket reservations, call or email 518-821-6932 or [email protected]

COPAKE – The Eagles Stage Band, a Berkshire County big band jazz band, will perform at 3 p.m. on July 10 at the Hilltop Barn, Roe Jan Park, Copake, opposite the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Route 22, Copake . Garden chairs are appreciated. Free entry. For information, call 518 325-4101.

PHILMONT — Presentation of the history of Philmont by Milestone Heritage Consulting with speaker Matt Kierstead 2-3:30 p.m. July 10 at Village Hall, 124 Main St., Philmont. The presentation will illustrate the history of Philmont, its mills, the canal system that provided the hydroelectricity to run many of the mills, workers’ quarters, the railroad and how Philmont was one of the most productive towns of Columbia County. A community conversation will take place following the presentation of the Philmont Village Historic District project.

HALFMOON — The local Society of American Magicians (SAM) group, Assembly 24, will meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Halfmoon Diner, Route 9, Halfmoon. For meeting details and organizational information, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

HUDSON – Trinity United Methodist Church UMW, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, will be hosting a Chicken BBQ prepared by Barbecue Delights from 4-6:30 p.m. on July 14, take-out only. The menu includes half a chicken, a baked potato, homemade coleslaw, a bun and a homemade brownie. Full dinner tickets are $14; chicken only is $8. For tickets and information, call 518-828-0226.

CHATHAM — Outdoor Exhibit: A CLC Photography Club invites anyone who enjoys taking pictures to join a walk through the High Falls Conservation Area from 10 a.m. to noon on July 16. This month’s theme focuses on reflections and exposure settings with water. Photographers of all skill levels and abilities are welcome. Outside Exposure is a photo club designed to explore public conservation areas and other natural areas in Columbia County through a lens. This club focuses on nature photography and developing photography skills in a welcoming and friendly community, whether you’re shooting with an iPad or DSLR (or don’t know what it is!) . Walking space is limited and registration is required. Visit clctrust.org/events to register and find out more.

MILAN – A ceremony for the unveiling of the historic Jacob Shook marker located on Shookville Road in the city of Milan at 10 a.m. on July 23. Jacob Shook was Milan’s second overseer, postmaster, and served in the Dutchess County Militia from 1811 to 1816. In 1833, he and his brother, Peter, donated land for the construction of the Church and Cemetery in Shookville. This historical marker is made possible by the William Pomeroy Foundation and was granted for the extensive and important research carried out by Bonnie Wood, who is a descendant of prominent Milanese citizens. For more information, contact Milan historian Victoria LoBrutto at [email protected]

HUDSON – The Christian Service Committee of St. Mary of the Holy Trinity Parish will hold a “final” trash and treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 23 and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 24 at the Academy, 301 Allen St., Hudson, in the air-conditioned gym. The final sale offers a chance to find treasures from a selection of unique antiques, jewelry, small electrical appliances, linens, crystal, fine china, crafts, cassettes, books, Christmas artwork and decorations and other seasonal decorations. For everyone’s safety, please wear a mask.

CANAAN – The Canaan Protective Fire Company, 2126 Route 295, Canaan, will host a Sloppy Joe Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on July 23. Adults, $9; children, $5.

CHATHAM – Camphill Ghent will host a ‘Tribal Justice’ film screening from 7-9pm on July 24 at the Crandell Theater in Chatham. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased on the website, over the phone, or on the night of the event. Anne Makepeace, revolutionary documentary filmmaker, made this extraordinary film which tackles a crucial theme for our society at the moment: restorative justice. Anne is the beloved sister of Roger Makepeace who resides in Camphill Ghent. Both Anne and Roger will be present to present the film, and Anne will stay after the film to answer any questions regarding her work. For more information, contact Ivy Sharron, Fundraising and Events Coordinator, at 518-721-8400.

AUSTERLITZ – The Blueberry Festival, sponsored by the Société historique d’Austerlitz, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 31 at Old Austerlitz, 11550 Route 22, Austerlitz. Adults, $8; children under 12, free. Additional charge for pancake breakfast served from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adults, $8; under 12, $4. Demonstrations and merchandise of old American crafts, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, children’s activities, animals, birds of prey, sheep shearing, plus many unique and very talented artists, artisans, food vendors specialized, sale of labels. For information, visit the website www.oldausterlitz.org or call 518-392-0062.

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Friends of Milford Library Names HS Award Recipients – Milford-Orange Times


The Academy’s Debora Silva, one of the recipients of the annual Friends of the Milford Library High School Book Awards. Photo courtesy of Friends of Milford Library.

The Friends of the Milford Library have announced their High School Book Prize winners and scholarship recipients. The winners were selected by members of the Friends High School Awards Committee, led by Peggy Bolger, in conjunction with school staff from Milford High Schools.

Recipients must demonstrate outstanding personal character, have had a positive impact on their school or community, and have demonstrated a strong and abiding love of reading. Scholarships are awarded to high school students intending to continue their studies.

This year’s scholarships were awarded to Lynelle Fernandez from Joseph A. Foran High School and Sophie Masselli from Jonathan Law High School.

The book prize is awarded annually to a member of the junior class from each of the Milford secondary schools. Each pupil chooses a book for his school which is given by the Friends with an ex-libris commemorating the pupil’s achievement.

In addition, each winner received a personally autographed copy of Only in Milford by author Milford DeForest Smith.

This year’s winners and their books are India Joyner of Platt Tech, who chose Volume of my hero academia by Kohei Horikoshi; Debora Silva of The Academy, who chose Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling; Visally Martinez-Cruz of Joseph A. Foran High School, who chose Blindness by Jose Saramajo; Emma Vaccino of Jonathan Law High School, who chose red queen by Victoria Aveyard; and Alexandra Miller of Lauraton Hall, who chose The cost of knowledge by Brittany Morris.

Emma Vaccino of Jonathan Law High School, one of the recipients of the annual Friends of the Milford Library High School Book Awards. Photo courtesy of Friends of Milford Library.

Behind the scenes at the Supreme Court


A few weeks ago, I asked Adam Liptak, Times correspondent for the Supreme Court, to preview major cases this would constitute the end of the tribunal’s mandate. Adam was prophetic, correctly foreseeing every major decision. Today, he returns to the newsletter, answering my questions about the atmosphere behind the scenes of the court.

David: The last few months have been some of the most unusual in the Court’s modern history — a major leak followed by an abortion decision which, as you wrote, will change American life in a major way. Inside the pitch, do you think things feel different as well?

Adam: The Supreme Court building has been closed to the public since the start of the pandemic. Then, shortly after the leak in early May of a draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, the courthouse was surrounded by an eight-foot fence. Still cloistered and remote, the courtyard is now impenetrable.

The release of the decision in the abortion case highlighted another way the court retreated from public scrutiny. For unexplained reasons, the judges stopped announcing their decisions from the bench, abandoning a tradition that was both ceremonial and enlightening. It used to be that the majority opinion writer would give a quick, conversational summary of the decision that could be extremely valuable to a reporter on deadlines and, by extension, to members of the public trying to understand a decision.

Even more important were oral dissents, reserved for rulings that the minority justices believed to be deeply flawed. Ordinarily, one or more of the three dissenting liberal justices in the abortion case would have raised their voices in protest. These days, the court simply publishes PDFs of its decisions, depriving the occasion of ceremony, drama and insight.

So the lawyers who argued the cases and the journalists covering the court are informed of the decisions in the same way as everyone else — by refreshing their browsers. But the judges have returned to the courtroom for arguments, haven’t they?

Yes, they took a different approach with arguments. After hearing from them over the phone for much of the pandemic, the judges returned to the bench in October. Journalists holding press credentials with the Supreme Court were allowed to attend and the public could listen to the live audio broadcast on the Court’s website. It is unclear why the opinions could not be announced in the same way.

I haven’t been to the courthouse since the last oral argument of the current term on April 27, when Chief Justice John Roberts waved goodbye to outgoing colleague Justice Stephen Breyer. But there is every reason to believe that the leak, the investigation it sparked, the controversy over Judge Clarence Thomas’ failure to recuse himself from a case that overlapped with his wife’s efforts to overturn the election and the judges’ very real security concerns have made the court an unhappy place.

In remarks in May, shortly after the leak, Judge Thomas explained how things had changed at the court for an 11-year period without a change in its composition before Chief Justice Roberts arrived in 2005. “This is not the court of that time,” Judge Thomas said, adding: “We actually trusted each other. We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.

A less collegial court appears to be particularly problematic for the three liberal justices. There are now five Republican-appointed justices who are even more conservative than Roberts. If the court is a less collaborative place, I imagine that gives minority justices — both the Liberals and, in some cases, Roberts — less ability to shape decisions.

Yes, although it is possible to exaggerate the power of collegiality. Judges vote based on the strength of the relevant arguments and desired outcomes, not the sympathy of their colleagues.

The judges say there is no trading of votes between cases, and I believe them. On the other hand, there are certainly negotiations within the files. It seems pretty clear, for example, that Justices Breyer and Elena Kagan changed their position in part of the 2012 case that upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act to ensure they would get the Chief Justice Roberts vote on another part.

The justices may well be willing to narrow or reshape a draft opinion that seeks to speak for a majority of five justices in exchange for one vote. But once the author gets to five, the value of another potential vote drops. It is this dynamic that must worry the liberals of the court.

On Thursday, Justice Breyer officially retired and swore in his replacement, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. How do judges usually welcome a new member?

When a new justice joins the Supreme Court, tradition dictates that the second-youngest justice throws a small party. In 2006, for example, when Judge Samuel Alito came on board, that task fell to Judge Breyer, who knew his new colleague was a Phillies fan. Before dessert was served, Judge Breyer introduced a special guest: Phillie Phanatic, the team’s mascot.

This year, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the second most junior judge and will likely be in charge of Judge Jackson’s welcoming celebration.

And now that the court is on recess until October, what do judges usually do?

They often give classes in exotic locations. In 2012, for example, after voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice Roberts left for Malta to teach a two-week course in the history of the Supreme Court. “Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress,” he said. “It seemed like a good idea.”

Learn more about Adam Liptak: He began his career at The Times as a copyist in 1984, fetching coffee for editors and writing occasionally. After studying law and a stint at a Wall Street law firm, he returned to the paper in 1992, joining its corporate legal department before joining the newsroom as a reporter a decade later. He reads a lot and plays a lot of poker.

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Noah Rothman from commentary has doubts, arguing that crime and inflation remain voters’ top concerns. CNN’s Harry Enten thinks the ruling could elevate Democrats in state-level races, the winners of which will determine whether abortion is legal.

Wellesley POPS Senior Profile: Lucy Calcio learned from the dual passion of music and theater


Special for the Swellesley Report Courtesy of Wellesley High School Bradford and Parents of Pupils Performers (POPS). This is part of a series of senior POPS profiles that we will be posting.

Few students can claim as strong a passion for the performing arts as that of Lucy Calcio. A member of Wellesley High School’s Class of 2022, Calcio shone during her time at the school as a vocalist and performer, being an integral part of bands such as Renegade A Cappella, the Keynote Singers and Song Sisters, and the troupe of improvisation.

From an early age, Calcio enjoyed performing, taking dance lessons, and dancing competitively in elementary school. In sixth grade, she began doing plays in middle school, falling in love with acting. Around the time she started high school, she took up singing, participating in the plethora of singing groups in high school and taking private singing lessons to improve her vocal skills.

Lucy Calcio (Photo by Sandy Sandwich Productions)

During her time in high school, Calcio participated in many plays, but the ones that stood out for her were Everyone gets eaten by sharks and new works, some of his very first. “Everyone gets eaten by sharks was my first speaking role as Sweet Bonnie in high school. With this piece, the actors were able to participate in the METG festival, and it was such an incredible experience. New works was a process where the Juniors cast Freshman in self-penned plays. I was one of those freshmen, and working closely with an upperclassman was a huge learning experience, as well as tons of fun,” Calcio said.

Outside of school, Calcio has also worked with the Wellesley Theater Project, where she performs in numerous summer and winter productions. “This summer, I was in Revenge of a Blonde, and I had the opportunity to play one of my favorite roles, Brooke Whydham. I learn so much from WTP and have amazing friends who love theater too,” Calcio said.

Beyond his love for the stage, Calcio also enjoys working behind the scenes, such as writing his own one-act plays. “Last year I got an honorable mention in the Sherwood Collins Playwriting competition for an act [play] I wrote called A dating story,Calcio said. “I also won the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s Star Actor Award in my sophomore year.”

With all this success, Calcio is extremely grateful to the teachers who have allowed her to advance. “Ms. Sullivan has been an amazing teacher and guide as I navigated acting in high school. I also learned a lot in my a cappella group, in acting class with my fellow Acting 4 Intensives and from my other improvisational leaders.Finally, I had the good fortune to participate in our wonderful choir department under the guidance of Dr. McDonald for all 4 years of high school,” Calcio said.

On a personal level, Calcio has also learned invaluable lessons from the performance, knowing both the thrills and the challenges it has to offer. “Performing arts taught me to take risks and be vulnerable,” Calcio said. “You put yourself into a song or a monologue or a scene, and often you have to deal with not being chosen. Being vulnerable on stage while trying to make the audience laugh in Improv Troupe or auditioning for an a cappella solo made me grow not only as a performer but as a person. I gained confidence and learned to view rejection not as a failure, but as an opportunity for something else.

As college approaches for Calcio, so does an abundance of new opportunities. Although Calcio does not plan to pursue acting in college, she hopes to pursue her passion for the performing arts however she can. “Theatre and performance are things I would never want to give up. I plan to audition for college a cappella groups, comedians, choirs and keep acting in my life,” Calcio said.

Article written by WHS Bradford staff: William Liu ’24, Tate Bannish ’24, John Battaglino ’24.

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The new version of the author of Marham


An author who lives in Marham has a new offer that has just been released.

Sarah Sands, famous British journalist, wrote In Search Of The Queen Of Sheba.

The genre of the book is described as an autobiographical memoir and explores the author’s quest to uncover the truth about the Queen of Sheba.

Sarah Sands is a famous British journalist and author who lives in Marham.

The figure of the Queen of Sheba embraces religion, history and geography. It has occupied an important place in the popular imagination. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel is one of his most famous works and, of course, the phrase “Who does she think she is, the Queen of Sheba?” can still be heard from time to time!

She came from the South as a trade queen to embark on a business that changed the course of humanity.

She is an icon, a temptress, a political power. It is claimed by at least two countries, Yemen and Ethiopia, by art and by many societies. She represents black empowerment.

In Search of the Queen of Sheba by Sarah Sands (57708226)
In Search of the Queen of Sheba by Sarah Sands (57708226)

But is it real or did it have to be invented?

Sarah goes on a quest to find her, eventually setting sail in a warship to the Red Sea on her trail.

The book is published by Austin Macauley. Paperback ISBN 9781398460669, hardcover ISBN 9781398460676, e-book ISBN 9781398460683

The first novel by a local author in the running for 2 prizes


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AM Mawhiney must have found something that wasn’t the global pandemic.

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In the hazy early months of 2020, the retired college professor was consuming the ongoing newsfeed of the coronavirus pandemic. Then there was the murder of George Floyd. Then there was the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

She also had a hunch that the pandemic wasn’t going to end any time soon.

Opening her laptop for the first time in two years since retiring from teaching social work, Mawhiney thought she would keep a journal to keep the outside world at bay.

Then she wrote: “’When she awoke that morning, it was with such joy in her heart.’

That opening line became Spindrifts, the debut novel by retired Laurentian University professor Mawhiney. The novel was published at the end of 2021.

This spring, Spindrifts was shortlisted for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writers Prize in Literary Fiction and the Whistler Independent Book Award in Fiction. The Whistler Prize will be announced on July 15.

Spindrifts takes the reader to a future, yet familiar, world some 50-60 years old. Fania, the protagonist, struggles to find her place in the Earth Project after decades of global rehabilitation efforts led by her great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents. Their stories are traced in conversations with Fania. The construction of the world creates hope but the outcome is not yet certain.

From this first line, the story took over.

Mawhiney decided to follow the flow and see where the next sentence would take her. “Then it became almost an emotional thing that I had to do. I became so focused on it and lived and breathed that story.

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She and her partner Dave McGill were having dinner, and she fell silent, her mind returning to her story. McGill would start clearing the table and say, “Are you writing?”

She wrote more than 10 hours a day. She wrote in their friends’ dormitory on Panache Lake. When she walked the dog, scenes appeared. “It was not planned at all. I was flying by the seat of my pants.

At the start of the pandemic, people were writing to decipher the pandemic. But Mawhiney felt that this hopeful first sentence was unlike a diary.

“That first chapter has obviously been tweaked, but it hasn’t changed much,” she said. “Things just started slipping out of my fingers. Sometimes I imagined a scene, but when I started writing it, the characters would veto it and take me in a different direction. It was kind of a surreal experience, but it was captivating and I had no choice.

She completed her first draft this summer. She took a summer course at the Humber School for Writers. Colleagues, family and friends provided critical, honest and encouraging feedback.

It was, however, disheartening to learn that it could take five to ten years for her novel to be published by a traditional publishing house. She turned to Friesen Press, the Canadian company that guides authors in self-publishing, and signed the contract in February 2021.

“I can’t explain what happened,” she said. “I had this story inside and I had to tell it.”

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Sometimes she struggled with some of the themes. She decided she would write the story anyway and if she didn’t want to publish, she wouldn’t.

“But I wanted to tell the story the way I thought it should be (told).”

She doesn’t think she could have written her first book if the pandemic hadn’t happened.

In 2018, she was looking forward to retirement. She didn’t want her days to be scheduled and, although she loved teaching, she didn’t want to go back to teaching on occasion. She was up for other things, but creative writing wasn’t on her radar.

Part of their retirement included basketball. She and McGill are big fans of college basketball — they met at a Laurentian Voyageurs game. They had traveled to attend the 2019-20 USport National Championships, just before the pandemic. As they sat in the stands, she wondered if they should even be at the tournament.

Then the pandemic hit.

As Mawhiney works on the sequel to Spindrifts and ponders the third book in a possible series, she feels a sense of accomplishment.

“Some people think that books published by independents are like the old vanity books,” she said. “But the fact that one of the shortlists was for traditional (editing) made me feel like it was an affirmation that I’ve accomplished something that some people love.”

Visit bit.ly/3bIXzQN for a trailer for the book. You can also check Mawhiney’s website at ammawhiney.caor follow her via Twitter or Instagram at @ammawhiney.

Pick up a copy by visiting bit.ly/3R5iUniI.

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SLJ staff share their annual ALA experience


Overall, “joy and celebration” prevailed at the event, the first in-person ALA conference since 2020.

SLJManaging Editor Shelley Diaz and Associate Editor Florence Simmons attended the ALA Annual in Washington, DC, and we asked them to share their thoughts on the first in-person ALA conference since January 2020.

Diaz describes an overall feeling of “joy and celebration” at the event, and Simmons noted that it brought a cozy feeling like “putting on that comfy old sweater for the first time this season,” as well as the excitement.

“The air around the entire convention was one of gratitude, excitement and passion,” says Simmons. “Everyone was so happy to see each other face to face, a feeling that was expressed over and over again.”

It was a moving few days.

“There were a lot of tears at all the events – more than usual – especially at Coretta Scott King’s breakfast, because of [illustrator] The death of Floyd Cooper,” Diaz says. “His wife and sons were there to accept his award.”

Both Simmons and Diaz noted that the 2022 winners talked about the 2020 and 2021 medalists who couldn’t be there to receive their prizes.

“In a special moment that remains etched in my memory, Jason Chin, in his Caldecott speech, had the audience applauding for the winners of the past two years, Michaela Goade (We are water protectors) and Kadir Nelson (The undefeated) because, he said, they didn’t get a round of applause in their room, so they should get it now,” says Simmons. “All of the speeches, which touched on more ominous topics like book bans, focused on gratitude for the work of librarians. did and do, brought tears to my eyes.

And the future looks bright for upcoming titles as well.

“There are wonderful and varied books coming out this fall and spring,” Simmons says. “I can’t wait to see them on the library shelves.”

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24+ Louisville Shows and Concerts to See in July 2022


This arts and entertainment calendar is updated weekly and lists events happening in and around Louisville, from concerts and comedy shows, to theater productions, musicals, and more.


Louisville Orchestra. “Star Wars Return of the Jedi.” The Louisville Orchestra performs the full score live as the film plays on the big screen. Jason Seber, conductor. 7 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Tickets start at $23.40. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

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American aquarium. 8 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St. Tickets start at $20. mercuryballroom.com.

Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream sold-out tour. MGK, rapper, singer, musician and actor is known for his compositional blend of contemporary and alternative hip hop with rock. With Avril Lavigne and Iann Dior. 7:30 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza. Tickets start at $25. ticketmaster.com.

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Meechie’s utopia. With Magic Domdi, Ace Pro and DJ Easy. 10 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Tickets: $20; $50 VIP. headlinerslouisville.com.

“Alice in Wonderland.” The Derby Dinner Playhouse children’s musical theater takes you on a magical adventure as Alice meets the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and ultimately faces off against the Queen of Hearts. At the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.; show 10 a.m. Lunch, noon; show, 1:15 p.m. Breakfast, $17; lunch $22. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.

“Come home.” Eve Theater Company presents this show from Kentucky’s own Scout Larken Link. A love letter to Scout’s own roots in western Kentucky, the show spans past and present to share a family’s final hours with the old home they all cherished. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Martin Experimental Theater, Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Tickets start at $23. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

The 2022 season of Kentucky Shakespeare features a production by

“Happy Windsor Wives.” Sir John Falstaff sets out to improve his financial situation by courting two wealthy married women. The roles are reversed, feminine wisdom triumphs and laughter reigns supreme in this hilarious Elizabethan farce presented by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday-Next Saturday, Central Park, 1340 S 4th St. Food trucks, 6 p.m.; Kids’ Globe, Will’s Gift Shop and Will’s Tavern, 7 p.m.; performance, 8 p.m. Until July 23. Free. kyshakespeare.com.

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“Steel Magnolias.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents the story of a circle of friends at Truvy’s Beauty Shop each week as they lean on each other for support through life’s tragedies and triumphs. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Ends July 3. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.


Great Podversations Episode 41. Great Podversations is produced by the Kentucky Author Forum and distributed by Louisville Public Media and available on all podcast apps including iTunes, NPR, Google, Stitcher and Spotify. The podcast features author Geraldine Brooks discussing her book, “Horse: A Novel” with journalist Gal Beckerman. Géraldine received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006 for her novel “March”. Many of his novels and nonfiction books have been New York Times bestsellers. Gal Beckerman is author and books editor at The Atlantic. Free. For more information: www.kentuckyauthorforum.com.

Great Podversations Episode 40. Great Podversations is produced by the Kentucky Author Forum and distributed by Louisville Public Media and available on all podcast apps including iTunes, NPR, Google, Stitcher and Spotify. The podcast features author Anna Quindlen and writer Amy Bloom discussing Quindlen’s book “Write for Your Life.” Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist and opinion columnist. Amy Bloom is the author of four novels and three collections of short stories. Free. For more information: www.kentuckyauthorforum.com.


Dream Catcher. Billboard acclaimed the K-pop girl group. 7:30 p.m., Old Forester’s Parish Town Hall, 724 Brent St. Tickets start at $93. kentuckyperformingarts.org.


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Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls’ Never-Ending Tour of Everywhere. 7 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St. Tickets start at $27.50. mercuryballroom.com.

“The Wizard of Oz.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents one of MGM’s grandest and best-loved musicals starring Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Next Wednesday-Saturday, 7:45 p.m., at the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. Ends August 21. $39-$49. 812-288-8281.

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Late night Louisville. The variety show features performers from Louisville and the area. 8:30 p.m., Martin Experimental Theatre, 501 W. Main St. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets start at $26. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: back on tour. Actor. 8 p.m., Caesar Southern Indiana, 11999 Casino Center Drive SE, Elizabeth, Indiana. Tickets start at $109. ticketmaster.com.

Alesana, palisades, vampires everywhere. Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. $22 upfront, $25 day of show. headlinerslouisville.com.

Geneva, Yellow Cellophane, Knotts. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $10. www.zanzabarlouisville.com.



Jake Huot. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $15. www.zanzabarlouisville.com.

Back 2 Mac: Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Part of Shoe Sensation Jammin in Jeff Concert Series. 7 p.m., Jeffersonville RiverStage, along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Jeffersonville. Food trucks, Bud Light brewery and cocktails from Number Juan Tequila. Bring chairs and blankets. Smoking, pets, alcohol and large coolers are not permitted. Free. jeffparks.org/jammin-in-jeff.

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The Polkatz. Traditional Oktoberfest songs and polkas. Part of Concerts in the Park. 7 p.m., Sonny Brewster Bandstand, Warder Park, 109 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville. Sponsored by Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. and the Jeffersonville Department of Parks. Free. jeffmainstreet.org/concerts-in-warder-park.

Dallas Moore, Caleb Caudle. Part of the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series. 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park, corner of Spring and Pearl streets. Free.

Johnny Berry and the outlier. Play country music. Part of the Friday Fest concert series. 6 p.m., Highview Park, 7201 Outer Loop. Local vendors will have food options. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Metro Council members James Peden, Madonna Flood and Mark Fox. Free.


Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Tribute Show. 9 p.m. Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $15. mercuryballroom.com.

Electric garden, indoor plant. 9 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. $12. headlinerslouisville.com.

GoWild’s Send It Slam outdoor festival. With Cole Chaney, Wolfpen Branch, Justin Wells, Abby Hamilton, Dave Shoemaker and Dalton Mills. 2-10 p.m., Brown Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Road. The festival also includes a 3D archery competition, food trucks (Grecian Mama, Alchemy, Ramiro’s Cantina and Pollo), breweries (Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth), youth entertainment and more.

  • Water will be provided on site by Liquid Death Mountain Water. Bring chairs. Outside alcohol, tents or pop ups are now allowed in the amphitheater. Tickets start at $30. tickets.timetogowild.com/event/send-it-slam.

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Undeclared War review – Enid Blyton could have written this cybersecurity drama | Television


Be careful what you wish for is the constant message of the first episode of Channel 4’s new drama The Undeclared War.

Be careful what you wish for if you’re Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown, doing a great job in her first big TV role), a super-bright graduate who begins her experience working alongside the even brighter computer analysts. from GCHQ on the same day (in 2024), the country is hit by a cyber-attack from an as yet unidentified source. “55% of the internet is down,” says boss Danny (Simon Pegg, in a kind of undrawn version of his role in Mission Impossible). It appears to have targeted non-essential online services and is considered: “intelligently targeted for maximum disruption and minimum risk to life”. Saara, however, proves to be brighter than all of them and finds a second virus hidden inside the first that would have taken care of the remaining 45% and brought the country to its knees. She can attend a Cobra meeting – which seems unlikely, but no more unlikely than our own Prime Minister doesn’t show up to most of his people during a pandemic – but fails to make it to the hospital to see her father before he died after an apparent suicide attempt.

And you should be careful what you wish for if, like me, you were hoping The Undeclared War would provide the perfect dose of quality hokum and real-world escapism as it crashes and burns around us. A cyber attack? How funny! It’s not even on the list of anxieties I’m going through these days. In fact, if that 55% included the transmission of daily headlines from around the world, I would be delighted. “Bring temporary respite from the burden of dreadful knowledge!” I would cry.

Alas, the undeclared war has gone the other way and is clearly designed to drag us all into a new field of concern. Created by multi-award winning Peter Kosminsky (who helmed the brilliant Wolf Hall) after three years of research into modern intelligence and cybersecurity, the six-part series carries that research strongly and takes itself very seriously.

Too serious… Adrian Lester in Undeclared War. Photo: Channel 4

It moves at a glacial pace and GCHQ staff look like reluctant office workers on data entry shifts, tapping boredly on their keyboards until it’s time to go. ‘a statutory tea break – rather than people frantically trying to fend off an enemy onslaught that could kill thousands and takes the nation back to the middle ages, or at least the 1990s. Although I’m sure it’s much more realistic than the bullet-sweating heroes Hollywood gives us (although would there really be such audible moans from professional codebreakers when the boss tells them they have to go back on the code malicious?), ‘t provide much dramatic tension.

Kosminsky’s involvement likely explains the appearance of heavyweights like Adrian Lester (Prime Minister Andrew Makinde, who apparently ousted Boris 15 months ago), Alex Jennings (Head of GCHQ, David Neal) and – yet to come in later episodes – Mark Rylance (John Yeabsley, a former GCHQ asset brought back to help them deal with the attack). At the moment – and only one episode was available for review – they don’t have much to do. The focus on young Saara’s discovery of the second virus banishes them away in much the same way the adults were peripheral to an Enid Blyton adventure. It also recalls the gentle mockery of its facilities by children’s librarian Eileen Colwell – “But what hope has a band of desperate men against four children?” The storyline is also Blytonesque. People say “We’re in!” a lot, or “We’re offline!” or “It’s 70% reverse-engineered”, without too much in between.

For now, The Undeclared War feels like it aimed high and missed. But with five episodes to come, Kosminsky at the helm, and a distinguished cast who you’d think read it all before signing on, hopefully the drama and insight will pile up. Maybe we’ll occasionally leave the static framework of GCHQ and find out what life is like for people without 55% of the internet? Otherwise, it’ll feel like a rich wasted premise and we’ll be left hoping for a remake that leans into its potential as a nice contribution to the nonsensical shiny tech genre – something we could all do in this trying time. .

‘An extension of what I love’ – Perham author keeps his children’s book local – Perham Focus


PERHAM — Some childhood dreams are supposed to come true.
Perham author Darla Medeck-Johnson made sure hers would, when she penned the very first sentence in her children’s picture book, ‘Dewdrops to Raindrops’.

Published in 2021, this book is now finished, and Medeck-Johnson took the time to read it to an audience at the Willow Bookstore during Turtle Fest.

“Reading to children is something that (my husband and I) did as parents,” she said, when asked why it was important to read stories to children. “And now, as grandparents, we read to kids all the time. It really helps teach them words and how to read — which is definitely a life skill.”

Medeck-Johnson’s love of reading, teaching and science played a role in the idea that later became “Dewdrops to Raindrops”. He follows Sappy, a small red oak tree who is very thirsty. Along the way, Sappy meets a new friend, a little dewdrop, who teaches him about nature and helps him drink water.

While this book teaches children how plants grow, Medeck-Johnson also wanted to incorporate lessons about relationships and social situations through a fun story. At one point, Sappy gets upset with his new dewdrop friend, but he works through the emotional conflict alongside the readers. The illustrations in the book also incorporate different ways that Sappy correlates with her emotions, so children can learn about body language as well.

“My illustrator and I, my daughter-in-law Kassie Pesch-Johnson, took and incorporated some of Sappy’s positions when he gets angry and when he’s sad and down,” Medeck-Johnson explained, showing a drawing of Sappy upset . , her leaves looking like angry hands on her hips. “So hopefully it will also create the opportunity for children to be observant and to watch and say, ‘Oh, he looks sad’, just by looking and not having a scowl on his face. or a tear or something.”

That’s not the only way Medeck-Johnson and Pesch-Johnson have worked together to incorporate ways for kids to improve their observation skills in a fun way. On the back of the book, there are illustrations of animals, each labeled with names. These animals are found throughout the book’s illustrations. This way, when kids revisit the story, they can browse through the pictures and find the animals.

A group of children listen to Darla Medeck-Johnson read her book, “Dewdrops to Raindrops” at the Willow Bookstore.

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“I love science, biology. I love being outdoors. I love exploring. I love learning,” Medeck-Johnson explained. “And so all of those things made me want to incorporate an educational element into (‘Dewdrops to Raindrops’).”

She has also always loved teaching and, as a master gardener, she loves nature and plants. Everything about her book is a passion project. Along with her love for science and education, she has also wanted to be an author since she was a child herself.

“(“Dewdrops to Raindrops”) is just an extension of what I love to do and what I have to share,” Medeck-Johnson explained. “(Sharing this story) is awesome. I love it. I can’t even describe what it’s like to finally hold in my hand a book I’ve been thinking about for many years.”

“Dewdrops to Raindrops” may be his first book, but it probably won’t be his last. She has a few more stories up her sleeve and is currently working on a sequel to The Adventures of Sappy, with a second book set to roll out in the fall. Those who attended the reading of her book during Turtle Fest even got to hear a little taste, as she read the beginning of her manuscript aloud.

As a local author, she also likes to keep her book sales local. “Dewdrops to Raindrops” won’t be found on Amazon, and that’s because Medeck-Johnson wants to support local bookstores and the local economy.

“My husband and I are very community-oriented,” she explained. “So that’s really one of the driving forces behind it. Also, I personally needed to see (the publication) through to completion myself and not let someone else take decisions about the book over which I have no control.”

“Dewdrops to Raindrops” can be found at Willow’s bookshop on Perham’s high street and other local bookshops. It can also be purchased from the Medeck-Johnson site, dmjohnsonauthor.net. If any teachers are interested in visiting her for a guest reading, she also encourages them to visit her site.

“Support local businesses and buy local,” Medeck-Johnson encouraged the community in the Perham area. “I think it’s so important to support local bookstores.”

For more information on her upcoming books, you can follow her website blog or find her on Instagram @dmjohnsonauthor and Facebook @darlamedeckjohnsonauthor.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer receives Covenant Foundation Award

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer | Courtesy of Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

There is no one way to be Jewish.

This is true for everyone, believes Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, but it is the cornerstone of her work to make Judaism more accessible to young people, especially the disabled.

As program director of Jewish Learning Venture and director of JLV’s Whole Community Inclusion, Kaplan-Mayer, 51, has spent the past decade providing guidance to synagogues, parents and Jewish organizations on how to increase accessibility in the Jewish community; champion Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month programming in Philadelphia; and write and publish several books on disability inclusion.

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On June 15, the Covenant Foundation, an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting Jewish educators, announced Kaplan-Mayer as one of three recipients of the Covenant Foundation Award for her commitment to improving accessibility in education. Jewish.

“I felt thrilled that this honor could bring more recognition to our mission at Jewish Learning Venture, both in terms of the work that I conducted around the inclusion of the whole community, but also, I was aware that it could bring that recognition to the bigger agency,” Kaplan-Mayer said.

Originally a merger of Auerbach’s Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Outreach Partnership, JLV has maintained its roots by giving more young Jews the opportunity to engage in Jewish education, but it has evolved to focus on ways in which Jewish organizations can better provide opportunities for Jewish children on the margins.

Although Kaplan-Mayer has focused on children with disabilities during her time at JLV since 2011, she hopes to expand the organization’s reach to better include Jews of color and young LGBTQ Jews in upcoming jkidPRIDE and jkidforall programs.

Kaplan-Mayer’s foray into the world of Jewish accessibility was a necessity. Working at Philadelphia’s Reconstructionist Mishkan Shalom Synagogue in 1998 and at ACAJE from 2001 to 2003, Kaplan-Mayer realized, though well-meaning, that she lacked the skills to fully meet the needs children with disabilities she worked with.

She remembers a child who struggled with his sensory system overwhelmed. He suddenly ran to the bathroom and ran the water to calm himself down. Looking back, Kaplan-Mayer understands that this was a self-soothing activity. But now she knows how to incorporate breaks or provide weighted blankets or other items to help meet student needs.

Her son’s autism diagnosis after he was born in 2003 further propelled Kaplan-Mayer to seek accessibility in Jewish spaces.

“I was like the typical Jewish educator – I had no knowledge!” said Kaplan-Mayer. “And then after my child was diagnosed with autism, and I wanted him to have a Jewish upbringing, I suddenly realized, oh, let’s really give people tools.”

She was able to treat her son George Kaplan-Mayer, 19, to a bar mitzvah celebration meant for him, but she also recognized the different ways people find meaning in Judaism. For George Kaplan-Mayer, the spiritual meaning came from the small moments between the big celebrations.

“The depth of his Jewish life is the daily moments of what Judaism is: you sing a song; you say a prayer; you light the Shabbat candles,” Kaplan-Mayer said. “I knew his intellectual disability didn’t mean he didn’t have a spiritual life.”

The foundation of his work and that of JLV is to meet people where they are. If a young person wants to make challah or latkes for five minutes or listen to a single Jewish song, it can be spiritually fulfilling for them.

“Our spiritual lives are not the same as our intellectual lives,” Kaplan-Mayer said. “Once you understand that, you have much deeper access, I think, to spiritual curiosity.”

Kaplan-Mayer graduated from Emerson College in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and acting. She received her master’s degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College at Wyncote in 2001. Although she taught for much of her life, Kaplan-Mayer’s training in divergent thinking through creative writing and “reading the play” through theater gave him the skills to become a leader. at JLV with the organization’s team of educators.

JLV’s focus on creativity has allowed them to be nimble throughout the pandemic; this is what Kaplan-Mayer believes is the key to keeping an open mind and staying true to JLV’s mission.

“As human beings, we put huge limits on what we can do,” Kaplan-Mayer said. “Thank God creativity comes, or maybe creativity is, by God.”

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Local author’s book named finalist | New


Local author JoDee Neathery’s book ‘A Kind of Hush’ has been named as one of five finalists for the 16th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in the hotly contested mystery category.

This is Neathery’s second book to receive a mind boost during the pandemic when she was able to work on it more. “A Kind of Hush” is classified as literary fiction with a whirlwind mystery and is character-driven.

The National Indie Excellence Awards are open to recent books in English in print by freelance and independent publishers and finalists are determined on the basis of top-quality written content and excellent presentation. “Having your work recognized by a reputable book prize competition is an honor that doesn’t fade over time,” Neathery said. “The award-winning label is a powerful validation in any field.”

Although Neathery has written in one way or another all her life, she didn’t publish her first novel “Life in a Box” until 2017 and it was among the first three winners of the Firebird Book Awards. This novel is loosely based on actual characters from Neathery’s life, although the events in the book are fiction.

“A Kind of Hush,” described by a Google reader as “amazing and it kept me going as I read it,” began with Neathery waking up at 3 a.m. thinking what the character of this book. She knew the seven year old boy in her mind had to be into what she was going to do, but she didn’t know what he was going to do. This childishly wise old soul boy adds humor to the book which contains surprising twists and turns in the midst of a death in the family.

Her third book, “Dust in the Wind,” is still in the incubator as Neathery says, but she has the premise with a little more writing to do.

When Neathery and her husband moved to Cedar Creek Lake years ago, she helped form a book club called Pinnacle Bookers. These book club friends believed in Neathery and encouraged her to continue writing and then publishing her works. She says that without them nothing would have been published and she calls them her champions.

Neathery is currently promoting his books and this is a full time job in itself. However, when she has free time, she enjoys golfing, attending one of her grandson’s ball games, or just daydreaming on the back porch where she chronicles sometimes with a playful outlook on life. .

Neathery books can be found at Bookish in downtown Malakoff or on Amazon where “A Kind of Hush” has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating and many great reviews. With not only recognition from the National Indie Excellence Awards, but also more competition results to come for the author, it seems Neathery might be right to say “maybe I did something right this time “.

5 of the Best Book Editing Software Tools Available for Professional Writers


Today, I’m going to give bloggers the ability to switch between different book editing software tools to make their job easier.

Writing is something everyone loves, especially authors and novelists. They need to be careful about the editing process.

Not everyone is perfect at doing everything right. We need to use the technology or expertise of new editing software tools or custom thesis writing experts to get the best results. Online, you can find lots of automated editing tools to make sure your novels and books are perfect. These automatic book editing software tools can be used to proofread your content and fix grammar errors, misspellings, overused words, and more.

However, I can tell you that no automated book editing software tool can replace the human eye.

You will need to do implicit editing before you can test your novel or book with professional editors.

1. After the deadline

You can improve your content writing with deadline after deadline. It performs advanced style and contextual spelling checks, as well as smart grammar checking. It is an open-source technology that uses artificial intelligence and natural translation processing technology to detect errors or misused words in content.

It is also a licensed technology. It will recommend more appropriate words for your content. It also informs you about passive or complex phrasing. Explanations are provided after the deadline.

WordPress.com also makes post-deadline available, as well as libraries, add-ons, and plugins for a variety of platforms. This online grammar editor can help you find complex and passive errors in your writing.

2. Autocrit is book publishing software

Autocrit is manual script editing software that fiction writers can use. Autocrit lets you improve your writing and control the editing process. You can also publish your content with confidence. To check for misspellings, misused words, etc., you can copy and paste the content.

Autocrit is a premium online editor that only charges $5 per month. This is the grammatical alternative because it helps identify content that needs your attention. It focuses on areas such as rhythm and dialogue, repetition, word choices, and strong writing skills. You can make your writing flawless with its strong and perfect suggestions.

The Autocrit online grammar editor helps you

  • You can self-publish your manuscript.
  • Develop your writing skills.
  • You can write with imagination and confidence.

3. Writing assistance:

Prowritingaid is a book editing tool that focuses on writing and readability. This online grammar editor is essential for all writers and also serves as an alternative grammar editing tool. The prowritingaid editor is easy to use. You can download, copy and paste your content. Each piece of content can be checked for errors, misused words and phrases, dialogues and repetitive words.

Editing is unlimited. You can edit anywhere you write. You can choose between premium and free versions. The premium version offers more features, such as the ability to change the format of your content or create a neat and organized feed for your readers.

Premium version: $50 per year, $75 the second year and $100 the third year. Prowritingaid editing tools are available for lifetime purchase for $175.

Prowritingaid offers the best deals to help you verify the originality and quality of your content. You can get 10 anti-plagiarism checks at $10, 100 checks at $40, 500 checks at $120, 1000 checks at $200 and 500 checks with checker 500.

4. Grammarly: online grammar editor

Grammarly is an online grammar checker that checks grammar and fixes spelling mistakes. The Chrome extension can help you write better and do a better job. This extension provides precise and specific content suggestions that will make your work shine. Grammarly will help you write with confidence, wherever you are.

book publishing software

Grammarly will help you correct common grammar errors in your text. It covers everything from subject to verb to create qualified content. You will be able to improve your writing skills and get a detailed explanation of any mistakes or errors in your document.

This tool improves the quality of your writing by providing the most effective content for readers. The Grammar Tool can be used by the novelist to identify any errors in the manuscript before moving on to the professional editor.

5. Paper Evaluator:

PaperRater is the best grammar option in terms of checking grammar and spelling. You can get free online proofreading. It analyzes your books in detail and gives you a rating.

It has the following key features: AI status, grammar check, plagiarism detection, and automated essay grading. You can also check vocabulary usage, sentence length, and phrases to avoid.

Both premium and free versions are available. Monthly plans cost $7.49 and annual plans cost $47.70. The Premium version includes ad-free support as well as the ability to display suggested text along with matching text.


We’ve compiled a list of some of the best software tools for writers. These tools will not only help you improve your writing skills, but they will also give you crucial information on book and article ideas. These tools can make it easier to create content that both search engines and readers love.

All online grammar editing tools can help you improve your writing skills. Professional writing tools can go a long way in ensuring your content is error-free. Premium versions have better features, but you should still buy them. You can hire academic writers at cheap writing services like CheapWritingHelp to receive fast essay writing help.

District Health Coordinator – Sierra Leone


Momentum Country Global Leadership (MCGL) is a five-year, USAID-funded global project to provide targeted MNCH/FP/RH technical and capacity development assistance (TCDA) to countries to facilitate their journey to self-reliance. MCGL also aims to contribute to global technical leadership and learning, as well as USAID policy dialogue for the achievement of global MNCH/FP/HR goals through support for initiatives, strategies, frameworks, guidelines and globally endorsed MNCH/FP/RH action plans. In Sierra Leone, the project will begin with a six-month COVID-19 rapid response effort led by Save the Children.

This position will support government efforts in strengthening the health system, particularly with a focus on RMNCH services at the district level. S/he will represent the project at district level forums, meetings and consultations on policy and technical matters related to the project objectives. He/she will work closely with the technical and programmatic teams based in the field office and the country office. He/she will regularly monitor indicators and coordinate with relevant stakeholders at district and national level.

  • Ensure planning, implementation, regular monitoring, evaluation and documentation/reporting of the project described by the donor in a timely manner

  • Manage day-to-day operations and oversee project activities ensuring effective coordination between different teams and with government agencies

  • Liaise with government officials within the district health management team and health care facilities to ensure functional coordination and collaboration with stakeholders to create an enabling environment

  • Coordinate closely with other projects and teams (internal and external) in the district to integrate and resolve RMNCH issues

  • Represent the MCGL project at district level meetings

  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, support the project team to develop the necessary tools for surveys, operational research and regular monitoring.

  • Support capacity building of health facility operation and management committees for quality improvement of MNCH services in targeted health facilities.

  • Line management of the project team in the district ensuring performance management processes are followed and compliance with all Save the Children and donor policies and requirements.

  • Provide technical support for the planning, implementation and quality monitoring of the maternal, newborn and child health program with the government counterpart

  • Plans, conducts, monitors and monitors the training program related to maternal, newborn and child health, as well as on-site review and coaching in the district.

  • Prepare reports and documents as required by the donor and Save the Children

  • Assist in the effective management of project budgets and other resources, particularly at the district level.THE ROLE: District Health Coordinator

    Momentum Country Global Leadership (MCGL) is a five-year, USAID-funded global project to provide targeted MNCH/FP/RH technical and capacity development assistance (TCDA) to countries to facilitate their journey to self-reliance. MCGL also aims to contribute to global technical leadership and learning, as well as USAID policy dialogue for the achievement of global MNCH/FP/HR goals through support for initiatives, strategies, frameworks, guidelines and globally endorsed MNCH/FP/RH action plans. In Sierra Leone, the project will begin with a six-month COVID-19 rapid response effort led by Save the Children.

    This position will support government efforts in strengthening the health system, particularly with a focus on RMNCH services at the district level. S/he will represent the project at district level forums, meetings and consultations on policy and technical matters related to the project objectives. He/she will work closely with the technical and programmatic teams based in the field office and the country office. He/she will regularly monitor indicators and coordinate with relevant stakeholders at district and national level.


  • Qualified healthcare professional with strong experience in RMNCH. Applicants with clinical qualification, nurses, midwives are an advantage.

  • Experience in program management with at least 3 years in public health project/program management; leadership and management of RMNCH projects and programs will be prioritized

  • Minimum 1 year of experience managing RMNCH services

  • Strong skills in team building, training, facilitation coaching and on-the-job mentoring.

  • Experience in supervision, training and mentoring.

  • Participation in recent preparedness and response efforts to current or past epidemics

  • Strong computer skills (i.e. Word Excel, Outlook).

  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure

  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organize a demanding workload of diverse and challenging tasks and responsibilities

  • Strong oral and written skills. Competence in writing technical and programmatic reports that document program directions and results

  • Strong interpersonal skills with managing multicultural teams.


  • Ensure planning, implementation, regular monitoring, evaluation and documentation/reporting of the project described by the donor in a timely manner

  • Manage day-to-day operations and oversee project activities ensuring effective coordination between different teams and with government agencies

  • Liaise with government officials within the district health management team and health care facilities to ensure functional coordination and collaboration with stakeholders to create an enabling environment

  • Coordinate closely with other projects and teams (internal and external) in the district to integrate and resolve RMNCH issues

  • Represent the MCGL project at district level meetings

  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, support the project team to develop the necessary tools for surveys, operational research and regular monitoring.

  • Support capacity building of health facility operation and management committees for quality improvement of MNCH services in targeted health facilities.

  • Line management of the project team in the district ensuring performance management processes are followed and compliance with all Save the Children and donor policies and requirements.

  • Provide technical support for the planning, implementation and quality monitoring of the maternal, newborn and child health program with the government counterpart

  • Plans, conducts, monitors and monitors the training program related to maternal, newborn and child health, as well as on-site review and coaching in the district.

  • Prepare reports and documents as required by the donor and Save the Children

  • Assist in the effective management of project budgets and other resources, particularly at the district level.


    Closing Datee: July 5, 2022

    The organization

    We employ around 25,000 people around the world and work on the ground in more than 100 countries to help children affected by crises or those in need of better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest level to realize children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard.

    We are working towards three breakthroughs in the way the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies of preventable causes before their 5th birthday

  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

  • We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our employees and provide a meaningful and rewarding career, as well as a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity and integrity are highly valued.


    Applicants are advised that

    Save the Children International requires no payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance for duplication. Any such request must be immediately

    Please apply using a cover letter and an up-to-date CV in one document. Please also include details of your current compensation and salary expectations.

     Applicants should apply through the links that will be provided.

     Applicants must attach a copy of a valid work card to their applications

     Please apply in English using your CV and cover letter as one document and include your current compensation and salary expectations for this role.



  • We employ around 25,000 people around the world and work on the ground in more than 100 countries to help children affected by crises or those in need of better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest level to realize children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard.

    We are working towards three breakthroughs in the way the world treats children by 2030:

    We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our employees and provide a meaningful and rewarding career, as well as a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity and integrity are highly valued.

    Save the Children International requires no payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance for duplication. Any such request must be immediately

    Please apply using a cover letter and an up-to-date CV in one document. Please also include details of your current compensation and salary expectations.

     Applicants should apply through the links that will be provided.

     Please apply in English using your CV and cover letter as one document and include your current compensation and salary expectations for this role.

    New Book Leverages Author’s Decade of Massage Experience to Help Others


    Author and massage therapist Angela M. Landeros, LMT, asks “As a massage therapist, have you ever imagined fighting a dinosaur or needing a jackhammer to relax the muscles?” His new guide “Adventures in Massage: Become A Superhero Massage Therapist” (published by Archway Publishing) aims to make readers laugh and learn.

    “Adventures in Massage” is intended to be educational for professionals in the muscle health industry, it provides humorous illustrations to make each technique memorable and fun for all. Therapists will learn how to make a painful situation less painful for the client or patient with what Landeros calls “thinking games.”

    “I want readers to know that deep tissue massage can be fun though sometimes painful and that laughter can be the best medicine,” Landeros says.

    “Adventures in Massage” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, from Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Massage-Become- Superhero-Therapist-ebook/dp/B0B2J5T2KL.

    “Adventures in Massage”

    By Angela M. Landeros, LMT

    Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 inches | 116 pages | ISBN 9781665720618

    Soft cover | 5.5 x 8.5 inches | 116 pages | ISBN 9781665720625

    E-book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781665720632

    Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

    About the Author

    Angela Landeros, LMT, has been a licensed massage therapist for over a decade and suffers from multiple sclerosis. She is also the author of “An Autoimmune Food Journey, a 30-day food diary for those who want to feel amazing every day.” Based on her experiences, Landeros has come to believe that healing is physical, mental, and spiritual. As a result, she developed Summa Teq. massage method. She resides in Los Angeles, California.

    Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has partnered with Author Solutions, LLC, the world leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kinds, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach their desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957.

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    Boost your mood and energy with these morning microsteps


    Whether it’s a quick journaling exercise, listening to a song you love, or just making your bed before you leave the house, our morning routine can help set the tone for the whole day. And to research even shows that establishing consistent rituals can improve our mood and well-being.

    If you need ideas for energizing morning rituals that can set you up for a positive day, here are five simple microsteps. Pick one (or more!) to try tomorrow morning:

    Drink a glass of water before picking up your phone.

    This simple trick will not only help you hydrate and replenish what you lost in your sleep, but it will also give you a break before diving into your day. Research shows that starting the day with a glass of water can help boost our vibe and improve our to concentrate.

    Repeat an affirmation that empowers you.

    Reciting a mantra in the morning can set the tone for the day ahead and help us reframe challenges in times of stress. An affirmation can be something simple and declarative, like “I am enough” – or it can be a line from a song or book that resonates with you.

    Write down three priorities for the day.

    When we take a moment in the morning to identify the most important tasks, we can approach the day with a clear purpose and will be less likely to be overwhelmed later.

    Ask a colleague a deeper question other than “How are you?”

    Science tells us that our working relationships can help us find meaning in our work, improve our mood and increase our productivity. When we take the time to invest in relationships by starting the day with a meaningful question to a co-worker like, “What’s on your mind today?” we can deepen our relationships and feel a boost of energy.

    Do a small thing that brings you joy.

    It could be meditating, walking, or making a breakfast you like. Even something as simple as making your bed in the morning can give you an instant sense of accomplishment. Starting the morning with a little joy trigger can help us feel under pressure and happy throughout the day.

    Monday menu: wine, alcohol, books and Porch Party edition | Bites


    I thought everyone was supposed to be out of town for summer vacation, but damn if things aren’t busier than ever with all kinds of cool food and drink news hitting the back board of Internet. Whether it’s a major whiskey award or a night out on the porch for a good cause, we’re full of new nuggets today. Check it out below

    Casey Kostrebski, Michael Hinds and James Davenport of Nashville Barrel Co. accept their best in class award at the San Feancisco World Spirits Competition

    First of all, I’ve already told you how well Middle Tennessee spirits have done this year at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competitionbut the competition was apparently not over for Nashville Barrel Co.. They recently made a trip to the West Coast and back to receive their Best in Class award in the Single Barrel Bourbon category.

    Their entry was a special pick from their inventory that stood against some of the most sought after brands in the whiskey world – icons like Blanton’s, Taylor, Russell’s Reserve and Four Roses. I can’t recall a Nashville distiller ever winning Best of Class in San Francisco, so that’s definitely something worth celebrating. And judging by the faces of the lucky winners, they already have a head start!

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    In the world of wine, I wanted to add another take for the monthly Winemakers’ Dinners that Downtown Westin hosts at (nearly) the L27 rooftop. I was fortunate enough to attend the June dinner which included Favia wines from northern California. I didn’t know their wines before their dinner, but they were fantastic. Favia winemaker Andy Erickson was on hand to interact with the gathered crowd and talk about his wines, and he brought some surprises from the cellar’s library as a bonus.

    Westin chefs Jake Strang and Mark Vuckovich prepared a solitary five-course dinner to accompany the wines, and the evening was perfectly paced and cordial. While $150 might seem a bit steep for an evening, considering the meal includes full pours of six wines — most of which were over $200 a bottle — plus a full meal, I doubt anyone will know. enrich. dinners. They simply present them as a fun opportunity to introduce new wines to the market and show off the L27 party space at the Westin.

    There are still three dinners left on the program, so I strongly suggest that you treat yourself to at least one of them:

    July 21: Jarvis Winemaker dinner | Tickets

    August 26: Revana Winemaker dinner | Tickets

    September 29: Domaine du Roy Winemaker dinner | Tickets

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    If you attended this year’s Iron Fork contest, you couldn’t miss Chef Star Maye, the fiery head chef of Anzie Blue. I was taken by Chef Maye as soon as I met her to conduct an interview before the food fight, and her life story is fascinating. His background includes a stint in the military, cooking assignments at Alaskan fishing camps and oil rigs, and his latest CBD-centric cafe cooking gig in Hillsboro Village.

    Instead of listening to me tell his stories, you can now read them, written in his inimitable voice in his new book, A Star Among Us: A Chef’s Story. Now available for pre-order on the Anzie Blue website, the book is described as “Maye’s personal journey through her 20 years in the culinary industry as an LGBTQ+ black woman and the stories behind some of her favorite dishes.” She even got Nashville hot chicken specialist Andre Prince Jeffries to write the foreword.

    Both a table book, an autobiography and a cookbook, it is also an advantage for The Trevor Projectwith $6 from every sale to support the organization’s efforts to provide 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ+ youth.

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    Finally, locals of OG Nashvillians are likely familiar with the famous porch parties of beloved Nashville caterer Johnny Haffner, where guests enjoyed raucous meals under candlelit chandeliers on Johnny’s covered porch. The chef has returned to tradition for a series of special dinners to benefit The Heimerdinger Foundationa non-profit organization that provides free nutrient-dense meals and education to families dealing with cancer.

    The first night of the series sold out quickly, but there are still five opportunities to have fun for a good cause. Friday night parties include a welcome glass of wine followed by a five-course meal prepared with seasonal ingredients. Parties start at 7:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are $200 ($150 tax deductible) and are available at the event website. The next dates are July 15, August 26, September 16, August 21 and November 11.

    Japan should not raise taxes on its retail investors

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    Japan is definitely considering considering a possible increase in its capital gains tax rate. Maybe.

    Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s back and forth on this subject has dominated debates since his election last year. The Prime Minister is widely popular but has regularly drawn opprobrium for his singular response to all questions: “I’m thinking about it.”

    Nowhere has his indecision been more infuriating than when it comes to capital gains tax – levies on dividends and stock sales, which currently stand at 20%. (That compares to the 15% that applies to most individual investors in the United States.) Having strongly suggested he would raise taxes while campaigning for leader of Japan’s ruling party with an ally proposing a rate of 25%, Kishida appeared to backtrack after the markets. tumbled. Another aide suggested earlier this year that the policy was a no-start, only for Kishida to go and say earlier this month talks were underway. The debate is “certainly not over”, he said in May.

    Investors don’t like uncertainty. The good news is that election season is officially underway in Japan and the capital gains tax increase is not in the party manifesto. But the lack of clarity clearly affects sentiment. Kishida talks about doubling the country’s income from investment in assets, as part of a well-intentioned goal to increase the country’s wealth. But the cloud of potentially higher taxes hangs over every comment — and makes it hard for investors to trust him.

    Just when the markets have had enough of Kishida’s hesitation, an unexpected counterexample arrives: neighboring South Korea. Within three months of his election, President Yoon Suk Yeol unveiled an economic policy that includes eliminating capital gains taxes for all but the wealthiest retail investors, as well as reducing the tax on stock market transactions.

    Yoon’s move is populist politics, of course — retail investing is big business in South Korea. So large, in fact, that the amateur investment base has become an important constituency in this year’s presidential election for both Yoon and his opponent Lee Jae-myung. The number of stock trading accounts in the country has doubled over the past five years.

    While retail investment has increased in Japan, the majority of the population remains indifferent. Kishida is far from the first prime minister to promise to shift money from under the futon to performing assets. But he is the first to promise it in the face of inflation. An “all-Japan” effort to funnel this money into the many well-run, high-performing Japanese companies would be a start.

    Inflation is low in Japan compared to other countries, but it is real. Staple prices rose a meager 2.1% in May, but that masks the real pain of the average consumer: a 13% rise in vegetable prices, a 19% rise in electricity bills and a 9% of the price of potato chips. This means the country’s longstanding pact is in danger of breaking: bank accounts are still earning next to nothing, a situation acceptable only in times of deflation, when cash is an appreciating asset.

    There are few signs of permanent wage increases. Bonuses at big companies jumped this summer, rising 14% – but the problem with bonuses is that they are fickle and, unlike regular wages, companies can withdraw them at will. A book released this week captured the zeitgeist and made waves promising to explain how to live a prosperous life on just 2 million yen a year, or less than $15,000. Does rising dividend income in Japan not look attractive in this context?

    Details of Kishida’s asset, investment and revenue doubling plan are expected to be unveiled this year. This will be to promote the use of tax-free NISA accounts – another well-intentioned scheme (in this case copied from the UK), but complex and confusing. A survey found that only 23% of people knew more than the name, a number that hasn’t budged for five years.

    Kishida is expected to embrace investing, just like his Korean counterpart. A first step would be to shelve the idea of ​​raising capital gains taxes – publicly and once and for all. If Kishida and Yoon meet for the first time at the NATO leaders’ summit in Madrid next week, perhaps Kishida could ask for stock advice.

    More from Bloomberg Opinion:

    The Japanese must invest before it’s too late: Gearoid Reidy

    An actual K-Drama is streaming on your Samsung: Daniel Moss

    Yen won’t be moved by 1990s nostalgia: Reidy and Moss

    This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

    Gearoid Reidy is a Bloomberg News editor covering Japan. He previously led the breaking news team in North Asia and was the deputy chief of the Tokyo bureau.

    More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

    Outstanding ‘Choir Boy’ at the Steppenwolf Theater


    Most of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s plays – such as the exquisite “The Brother/Sister Plays” – are poetic, passionate dramas in which free-wheeling symbolism dances across a lush, metaphorical landscape.

    But “Choir Boy,” a 2012 drama you can see now in a superb production by director Kent Gash at the Steppenwolf Theater, is closer, really, to the movie “Moonlight,” which McCraney, who spent many of his years training in Chicago, won an Oscar.

    The play, rooted in American realism, is set in the fictional Charles R. Drew school, dedicated to the preparation of “strong and ethical black men”, and focuses on the experience of the last year of a young gay man, Pharus, played in Chicago by Broadway actor Tyler Hardwick. Pharus conducts the school choir and so the room is steeped in choral arrangements. “Choir Boy” is almost a musical jukebox of sacred sound.

    McCraney is interested here in how the upbringing of black elites and its moral values ​​surrounding manhood intersect with the needs of a hyper-talented gay child. But the piece is also a closely observed totem image of black male adolescence, and, going even further, I will argue that anyone of any race who has suffered the inevitable traumas of single-sex upbringing (including this writer) totally be able to relate to everything that’s going on in this piece.

    On some levels, the themes of this work are now pervasive in American nonprofit theater; This year’s Tony winner for Best Musical, ‘A Strange Loop’, focuses on a very similar character’s relationship to mainstream black and majority culture, albeit later in life, and you can stream numerous progressive plays lamenting authoritarian educational institutions. And, yes, you get a hunch at the start of “Choir Boy” — when the director (played with a kind of worried sadness by La Shawn Banks) tells the boy that manhood inherently involves repression — that Drew won’t be l happiest place for Pharus, a hyper-positive kid who knows exactly who he is but is inevitably thrown around with those who don’t.

    But McCraney is a poet, not a moralistic ideologue or political propagandist happy to play backing vocals. Her vision in this piece is surprisingly inclusive and warm, filled with compassion for all struggling teenagers, especially during the high-pressure transitions into college and adulthood.

    It even features a teacher, played by William Dick, who you’d expect to be the standard old white racist (audiences even reacted that way early on Saturday), but turns out he has a similar heart to the playwright. .

    None of this is to say that “Choir Boy” strays from his beliefs, especially his belief that self-obscuration only leads to personal conflict and that those who fear their own sexuality can often transform themselves. into unconscious aggressors (I remember). And he’s astute in his exploration of how young black men can feel pressured to succeed, often on terms that are, in part, a legacy of our shared racist past. But the play is also assertive, and like so many great plays, it’s mostly about flawed but decent people who didn’t create the past and are all doing their best to survive in the present.

    The work had an interesting history. Written a decade ago, it played mostly in regional and smaller houses (I first saw it at the Raven Theater in Chicago) before a pre-pandemic Broadway stand in 2019 dramatically boosted its profile. The part has been revised and updated a bit and now looks very similar to the present.

    The cast, made up of mostly young artists — Richard David, Gilbert Domally, Samuel B. Jackson — is uniformly strong. Besides Hardwick, who is gripping, there’s also a deeply kind, sweet, and warm performance from Sheldon D. Brown, playing the straight friend of a young gay man, in the truest sense of the word.

    What I didn’t expect (with all due respect to Raven) was how beautiful the show’s music is now, especially when sung at this level. Singing has always been a rarity on the Steppenwolf stage and I had forgotten how responsive the main stage is. I’ve had some lousy sound mixes lately at shows downtown and the audibles here, designed by Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, look great, as does Arnel Sancianco’s set, with portraits of great black leaders, looking staring at the next generation, a little worrying. Especially if you see them every day.

    The excellence of this production is a reminder of what Gash can do as a director. He’s not well known in Chicago, although I remember seeing quite a bit of his work 20 or 25 years ago at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This is a beautifully staged spectacle – only the very last rushed moment doesn’t quite work – that’s brilliantly acted, thrillingly staged and filled with the heart that comes with age. It’s worth 95 minutes of your time, my friends.

    Review: “Choir Boy” (4 stars)

    When: Until July 24

    Where: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.

    Duration: 1h35

    Tickets: $20 to $98 at 312-335-1650 and www.steppenwolf.org

    Bette Howland, forgotten author, in the spotlight with Things Come and Go

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    In 2015, Brigid Hughes, managing editor at A Public Space, was browsing a sales rack at the Housing Works bookstore in Manhattan when she came across a memoir titled “W-3.” She was struck by the lively voice of the work and surprised that she had never heard of its author, Bette Howland.

    Howland, in fact, had a storied past. She had worked in small magazines, studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and had a long flirtatious correspondence with Saul Bellow, whom she had met at a writers’ conference when she was 24 and he had almost double that. She posted “W-3,” a candid recollection of her time in a psychiatric hospital, in 1974. Years earlier, as a single mother of two, Howland had attempted suicide in Bellow’s apartment while that he was out of town. In 1978, she published her second book, the collection Blue in Chicago,” which won him a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her third, “Things to Come and Go” (1983), helped her win a MacArthur Foundation “genius” scholarship the following year.

    After that? Decades of silence.

    Hughes set out to find Howland, and did – only to learn from his son Jacob that the 77-year-old writer wouldn’t be able to talk to him. The previous year, she had been hit by a truck on her way home from the grocery store. Already suffering from multiple sclerosis and dementia, Howland lost his ability to communicate: “His words scatter like vegetables bouncing on the asphalt,” his son would later write.

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    Thus began Hughes’ mission to save Howland’s work from obscurity. In 2019, two years after Howland’s death at the age of 80, A Public Space reissued Howland’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” a collection combining memoir, essays and fiction that first appeared in TriQuarterly. Last year came out a new edition of “W-3”, and now we have a new edition of “Things Come and Go”, a thin volume containing three long and exuberant short stories.

    As in the case of Lucia Berlin – a late, little-known author who gained a new generation of fans when her stories were republished as “A Manual for Cleaning Women” in 2015 – the growing interest in Bette’s work Howland was helped by her son. Jacob Howland has written and spoken about his mother’s work and her lifelong depression in Commentary and elsewhere, sharing his suspicions that winning the MacArthur Fellowship in 1984 had “sapped her confidence”. It would be an understatement to say it’s a shame.

    As Rumaan Alam points out in his introduction to “Things to Come and Go”, the strength of Howland’s work lies in the warmth and liveliness of his very personal voice. “She’s good company, cracking up on everything and everyone she sees.” Yes she is. But beneath the brilliant pattern and eye-catching descriptions, each story has sadness at its heart.

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    In the collection’s first story, “Birds of a Feather,” a young first-person narrator dumps the dirt on her father’s family, first-generation working-class Jews – “the big yak-yakking copper Abarbanels “. The men are tall, swarthy and “manly pockmarked”, with “palpable noses” and when the women walk down the street, their arms tied, handbags dangling, “three pairs of hips upheld their skirts like sofas under the sheets”. (Howland was Jewish.)

    While there’s plenty of action, there’s no overarching plot – the story is essentially a series of gossipy anecdotes and sassy character sketches. From her Uncle Reuben’s wife, Luellen: “What she loved was lying on the bed with her feet up – ten frosty pink toenails – smoking and reading confessional magazines.”

    Of her “very handsome” boyfriend Donny: “He had that kind of curly grape-like hair that statues have, and his nose also looked like that of a statue; broken.

    From her unmarried aunt Honey: “Honey’s hair was red these days, medicinal red, the color of the cough syrup on the shelves at Dykstra; her face was as powdered and prickly as the vaccination mark on her arm.

    Even when bad things happen — deaths, breakups, bad behavior — the emotional tone remains pleasant and even. These “birds of a feather” may be related by blood and likeness, but what about love? Essayist Johanna Kaplan, who reviewed the book when it was released in 1983, called “Birds of a Feather” a story of “terrifying emotional coldness”. Very well hidden, however, behind a flood of energetic narration.

    The second story, “The Old Wheeze”, revolves around the problem of love in a different way, introducing four characters and taking their points of view in turn. Mrs. Cheatham is an older black woman who works as a babysitter for a little boy named Mark. Her single mother, Sydney, is dating a much older man named Leo, who brings Mrs. Cheatham home at the end of those evenings.

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    Lonely Mrs. Cheatham is troubled by Leo’s attempts to flirt with her and bond with her during their journeys. Eventually, she understands – he must be a liberal. This explains that. Sydney is intimidated by Mrs Cheatham and by motherhood in general. “She loved [Mark] recklessly, sometimes frantically – hugging him like she was his life, his breath, and she could barely catch him. Yet, deep in her heart, she suspected that almost anyone would be better at their job, more skilled, than she was. Her relationship with Leo, a professor at the college she attends, came about following the breakdown of her first marriage, and although she had focused her hopes of happiness on him, she sees that he does not love her. only because she is pretty and young.

    The final story, “The Life You Gave Me”, also revolves around an imperfect parent-child bond. A woman flew to Florida to see her father after surgery. They say he’ll be fine, but she knows the reprieve is temporary; there was another health scare 10 years ago, and – “Well? What are we waiting for? We know what’s coming, don’t we?” With the inevitable loss stares her in the face, there are things she should say but doesn’t know if she’ll find the words and isn’t ready to let it go.

    The narrator distracts herself from the angst of the immediate situation with meditations on her father’s life and character, and observations on Florida’s climate and landscape. “South Florida builders are like God in the universe. Their work is everywhere, but they are nowhere to be found. They move on, leaving the Gardens of Eden everywhere, and nothing quite finished.

    Perhaps the same could be said of Bette Howland.

    Marion Winik, a professor at the University of Baltimore, is the author of numerous books, including “First comes love” “The Big Book of the Deadand, more recently,Above us only the sky.”

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    A spellbinding odyssey | Literacy


    our people gather in a cemetery to tell stories of a night during a power outage. Sound too familiar? Except that they find themselves in a mysterious land where magic excites and terrifies all witnesses.

    If someone had told me that one day I would read an article about the rise of vampires in the Balkan states during the month of Savan; or I had become a follower of the Pak-Nak Khatun or Our Lady of the Sacred Nose whose beauty was in the same vein as Ava Gardener, Nahid Akhtar and the Queen of Sheba; or I would find myself reading about Karbala only to leave myself lusting after a title like the Verdi of Woe not so much for the Fabergé egg but to stumble upon manuals such as Bury Your Own Dead For Dummies; or that – and I thought that was great – that knees were the new neckline, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    All of this and more happens in four dervishes as Hammad Rind weaves together various strands from around the world to create beautiful prose that leaves one wondering how he does it. Adopt a technique close to the traditional daastaan and a Chaucerian style, he skilfully interweaves cultural elements, transcending geography and other markers of identity. Take for example: huqqa, qalyan, hookah, clay, Karim Khan, lula, hubble-bubble, pleasure-pipe – whatever it’s called, it’s every connoisseur’s first choice; men, women, caterpillars, princes and of course lovers (p. 60).

    It is as if all man-made borders and differences vanished, leaving behind a spellbinding universality. For example: “she would gobble sweets – Multani Sohan, Dehlavi qalaqand, Khushabi dhodha, Shahpuri patisa, Gazaintep baklava, Bengali rosho-gulla, Yorkshire parkin, Isfahani gaz, Occitan nougat, Florida key lime pie, Mesopotamian carasucia, Manila halo -halo , Eton mess – all day long”. One could point out that it’s time travel and around the world, but it’s more of an afterthought when you just die for something sweet. And that’s the beauty of four dervishes.

    It’s not easy reading as it commands all the attention given the fantastical creation of a land where the ancient meets the mundane – like Mrs. Kennedy and the Camel-Man. But there, in the company of Freddy, Leila and Zoltan, the dazzling array of characters who amuse and fascinate, we almost forget the daily power cuts.

    One wonders what prompted Rind to write a novel full of references covering different regions, cultures and time periods. Was it a product of nostalgia or a marriage between his past and his present? “There is definitely some nostalgia; there is his role,” he says. “For example, I open the novel with an episode about shedding, an experience shared by all Pakistanis, followed by a detailed description of a character inspired by many PTV dramas I watched as a child. I’ve always been a voracious reader and my reading interests are quite eclectic, so it was only natural to write something with a wide variety of references. Plus, I personally like books full of references and foreign words that give you open a window to search or encourage you to search for them or inquire about them.This way you also establish a personal connection with the work.

    They say that when authors write their first book, they tend to get into it, some even mine their lives to get into it. Rind seems to agree. “You can’t escape so there is a bit of me in my book, for example, my passion for languages ​​comes back from time to time. There are also a few observations or anecdotes, for example the story of the marsiya-khwanthat my grandmother used to tell us about her grandfather, who was Zakir-i-Ahle Bait. However, I would not call four dervishes a biographical work because I didn’t rely much on my personal experiences in my writing.

    Rind writes in the style of oral history or dastaan. And yet, there is something of Chaucer in his narration. It apparently takes what is mostly Eastern-inspired culture and tells it in a different style. He thinks the two traditions of storytelling have connections that are sometimes not very obvious. “The dastaan, which had Indian and Persian roots, entered the Arabic literary tradition during the Abbasid era. He then influenced European literature – for example, the cycle of Renaissance stories Decameron of Boccaccio and the Spanish epic novel Don Quixote by Cervantes, widely regarded as the first novel in European literature, both show clear influences from the various Eastern languages. dastaanas Thousand and one Night. In fact, Cervantes attributes the novel to a fictional Arab Muslim, Cide Hemete, who could be a Spanish form of Seedi or Sayyid Hamid.

    Magic realism and satire are two genres that many can only dream of writing. It’s clear that Rind enjoys taking elements of certain cultures and parodying them. Knees! Who knew knees could arouse such passion! Or that the hug of the trees could be taken on a literal level. He says it was a long process and those observations and thoughts had baked into his mind before he picked up the pen to put them down. “I’ve always enjoyed satire and found it to be a very effective tool for delivering social criticism. Rabelais says that laughter is proper to man (and to woman, I might add). In my formative years I read quite a bit of satire in Urdu, English and French from Swift, Insha and Voltaire and the absurd humor of Monty Python is personally my favorite type of comedy. All of this may have influenced my writing style.

    In our age when business literature is in demand, there is very little room for detailed prose. Yet Rind focuses on the smallest details, weaving them together to create a beautiful tapestry that leaves you in awe. “My goal was to be sincere in my writing style and in what I felt was true to me or my craft. I loved, and still love, getting down to detail. I love to read stories that go off on tangents. Arabian nights is an example of this type of story. Tristan Shandy is another. It’s so full of digressions that the novel ends before it even started… I knew that I was also telling a story and although you can add colors, references and asides to it, you have to go back to the real story.

    Rind is currently working on the Urdu translation of the first collection of poetry knotted grief by Naveen Kishore for Zuka Books. He is also working “very slowly on my second novel,” which deals with issues of diaspora and identity. Additionally, he runs a few creative writing workshops for refugees and other vulnerable groups for a charity in Wales.

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    Author: Hammad Rind

    Publisher: Seren Books, 2021

    Pages: 280

    The reviewer is a Lahore-based author and editor

    Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton Win EMMY® Award for Walter Anderson Documentary at Southeast EMMY® Awards


    On June 18, 2022, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Southeast Chapter named producers Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton winners of the Regional Emmy for Outstanding Documentary—Historical at the Southeast EMMY® Awards. Anthony Thaxton’s son, Bryant Thaxton, also received the Outstanding Musical Composition/Arrangement award for his musical score for the documentary. The awards recognize their film, Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander, which premiered on Mississippi Public Broadcasting last November.

    “My co-producer did the heavy lifting on this project,” St. John said. “Anthony directed, wrote, edited, filmed and sounded the whole thing. We were a two-man production team. I’m proud to have participated, and proud now that the documentary is spreading nationally. Our goal from day one was to make sure people from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine would know about the genius of Mississippian Walter Anderson, the man and his art.

    Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton discussed the idea of ​​creating this documentary three and a half years ago while filming the PBS series Palate to Palette at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

    “It was a labor of love,” said Thaxton, a watercolor artist himself who has always admired Anderson. He is thrilled with the film’s critical acclaim and popular response. “Walter Anderson is a treasure from Mississippi, and producing this new look at his life and art with Robert St. John has been an honor.”

    Through harrowing family interviews, never-before-seen artwork and jaw-dropping footage of Anderson’s beloved Horn Island, the filmmakers presented a new look at the genius who has been called “the greatest southern artist.

    This dream team from St. John and Thaxton has also created a visual masterpiece in the form of a companion book that shares the title of the documentary film. This gorgeous 276-page coffee table book spent 19 weeks on the Mississippi Reads bestseller list with 5 weeks in the #1 slot.

    The Regional Emmy® Awards are presented in nineteen regions of the United States. The Southeast Chapter ceremony was held on Saturday, June 18 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. The documentary Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander was nominated in four categories, winning the statuettes for two.

    The film will air nationwide on US public television stations in August as well as several shows the same month on World Channel, another PBS network operated by WGBH Boston.

    The documentary can be viewed at WalterAndersonFilm.com and the accompanying book can be purchased at RobertStJohn.com.

    Author RL Stine has a new book, ‘SlappyWorld #17’ out June 28


    Next month, author RL Stine’s wildly popular youth horror novel series “Goosebumps” will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

    “Welcome to Dead House” – the frighteningly great first book in the series aimed at ages 7 to 12 – was published by Scholastic in July 1992.

    Stine, 78, a Bexley native and Ohio State University graduate, could rest on his laurels, but instead he continues to produce new works in a bibliography that now numbers more than 330 titles. Currently in progress is the “Goosebumps” spin-off “SlappyWorld”, about the dummy of a ventriloquist called Slappy the Dummy.

    On Tuesday, the latest “SlappyWorld” novel, “SlappyWorld #17: Haunting with the Stars,” will be published by Scholastic. The publisher will release a new hardcover book documenting the infamous doll’s “origin story,” “Slappy, Beware!”, on September 20.

    To reflect on his position as the main spine-inducer of millennials, Stine — whose initials stand for “Robert Lawrence” and who currently lives in New York City — recently spoke by phone with The Dispatch.

    Question: Did you think “Goosebumps” would have that kind of stamina?

    Stine: I never had any idea. The truth is, when we started “Goosebumps” in 1992, I was very reluctant to do it. No one had ever done a scary book series for 7-12 year olds, and I was worried it would spoil my audience for “Fear Street.” I was already doing the old teen series. That’s the kind of businessman I am: I didn’t want to get goosebumps. I said, “OK, fine, let’s try two or three.”

    Q: Between 1992 and 1997, you wrote 62 books in the series, right?

    Stine: In the first group, then we changed the name to “Goosebumps 2000”, and we did about 20 of them. We keep changing and refreshing it.

    Q: At the height of the original series, what kind of writing rhythm did you keep?

    Stine: One per month. How did I do? I do not know. I was writing a “Goosebumps” book every month and a “Fear Street” novel every month. One every two weeks. I was much younger. I haven’t been out much.

    Fortunately, I had some really tough editors. My wife was editor of “Fear Street” for many years. She was a real editor. I couldn’t get away with anything. They made sure I didn’t repeat myself. It was their job. Would you like to be married to your publisher? The only thing we fought for was conspiracies.

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    Q: When you were growing up in central Ohio, what did you read?

    Stine: I only read comics. I haven’t read any books. . . . My friends and I all carried around a big pile of comics. When I was a kid, there were those scary EC Comics (series) “Tales from the Crypt” and “The Vault of Horror,” those really horrific comics that were scary and funny at the same time. I loved them and they had a very big influence on me.

    I grew up in Bexley and my mum dropped me off at Bexley Library on Main Street. I was about 9 or 10 years old. The librarian was waiting for me and she said, “Bobby, I know you like comics. I have something else that I think you will like. She took me to a shelf of Ray Bradbury stories, and these changed my life. I couldn’t believe how awesome they were. They were so beautifully written and so imaginative and all had great plot twist endings. Ray Bradbury made me a reader. Then I started reading all kinds of science fiction and fantasy. It was like a great moment: this librarian really changed my life.

    Q: Bradbury (the author of “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451” and other classics) is also a Midwesterner: he was originally from Waukegan, Illinois.

    Stine: I’m going to tell a sort of self-aggrandizing story. I only met him once and he was truly my idol. We were at the LA Times Book Festival, and I spotted him in a publisher’s booth eating a hot dog. My wife said, “Go to him, introduce yourself. I was shy. I said, “I can’t.” She said, “Go ahead, he’s so important to you.” I approached him and I was shaking. I was like a kid. I was so nervous. I shook his hand and said, “Mr. Bradbury, you are my hero! And he turned around. . . and he said, “Well, you’re a hero to a lot of other people.”

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    Q: You started writing around the age of 9. What prompted you to do this?

    Stine: I was a very shy kid and a very fearful kid, and I think I just loved being in my room all day, typing, writing my own stories. I didn’t know why it appealed to me so much. My parents did not understand anything at all. My mother would be outside my door, saying, “What’s wrong with you? Go out and play. Worst advice I’ve ever received, right? “Stop typing and go play.”

    Q: When you entered Ohio State University, were you set on writing as a profession?

    Stine: At that time, every college had a comedy magazine, and Ohio State had a comedy magazine called The Sundial. I just wanted to work on The Sundial, and I ended up being its editor for three years in a row. And that’s all I did in college – this comedy magazine.

    Q: Take us to the present time. You are in the middle of “SlappyWorld”.

    Stine: Slappy is so popular. It’s actually in my contract that all the other books have to talk about Slappy. I do not really understand. I don’t know why people think he’s so scary. I like writing to him, because he’s like an insulting comedian. It’s like writing Don Rickles or something. He’s so insulting to everyone, and mean, so it’s fun to write. But I don’t really understand why people are so afraid of him.

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    Q: Why do you think young readers like to be scared?

    Stine: With my books, I think what they like is the twists and surprises, and they’re also funny. They know, when they read it, (it) will never get too scary (or) ever go too far. I think it’s really important to them. It’s like a roller coaster ride – the twists and turns, lots of screaming and laughing, and then it gets you off to safety. Every book has a happy ending, every one of them.

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    Everyone wants to be an IAS officer. But retired IFS officers write much better books


    RRetired government officials are writing books like never before, primarily those of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

    The trend did not spread to lower caste officials in the “central services”, although some former police officers wrote their memoirs. Leaving them aside for the moment, and looking only at the books written by those of the IFS and IAS, one detects a trend.

    IAS officers, those who held the main positions of bureaucratic power in government, write mostly about their own exploits while in service. In contrast, IFS officers write less about themselves and more about the issues and context of their work (international relations and history), while also straying into unrelated areas. Some of their books are the fruit of genuine scholarship. The same cannot be said of the books written by the IAS.

    This divergence deserves some analysis. After all, officers in both services come from similar backgrounds. Many went to the same colleges and studied the same subjects (usually history). Their performance on the qualifying exam and interview would have shown little difference.

    Yet, at the end of their career, what occupies the minds of the first two services are very different territories.

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    VSLet’s look at some recent examples. From the IFS stable there is the captivating book by Talmiz Ahmad Western Asia at Warby Shyam Saran How China sees India and the world (a companion to his previous How India sees the world), third or fourth book by Rajiv Dogra war time (two earlier had to do with the Durand line), the thoughtful reflection of Shivshankar Menon ChoicesChandrashekhar Dasgupta’s revealing book on the Bangladesh War, and the remarkably varied offerings of TCA Raghavan: One of Three of India’s Leading Historians (The men of history), another on Indo-Pakistani relations (The people next door), and a third on the courtiers and poets of Mughal India (Lord attendants).

    Among those of less recent vintage that are worth mentioning are Narendra Singh Sarila’s The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of the Partition of Indiawhile Bhaswati Mukherjee’s most recent book, Bengal and the scoreis also billed as an “untold story”.

    Kishan Rana, meanwhile, has been prolific, with no less than nine books written for fellow diplomats on the practicalities of diplomacy, while Jaimini Bhagwati (economist as well as diplomat) has chosen to rate all Indian prime ministers nowadays. in India’s Promise. For a relatively small service like IFS, this is an impressive result in terms of range and quality.

    Next to that, I would list the most recent books from the IAS stable: the memoirs of Tejendra Khanna (An intention to serve), and the forthcoming book by former Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar also focused on his life and career.

    Other books written by the IAS are those by Vinod Rai Not just an accountant (which relates more to his time in the headlines as Comptroller and Auditor General), and that of Jagdish Khattar Driven: Memoirs of a Civil Servant (which also covers his time as Managing Director of Maruti Udyog).

    On a personal note, PC Parakh, a former coal secretary caught up in the coal scam through no fault of his own, wrote about his brave fight to set the record straight and clear his name (Crusader or Conspirator). Pradip Baijal, divestment secretary under Arun Shourie, also wrote about his post-retirement struggles (A bureaucrat strikes back), while Rai followed up with a second book (Rethinking good governance), who focused on the problems and not on his own actions.

    Meanwhile, a little-known IAS officer in Hyderabad, Vasant Bawa, delved into local history to Nizam: Between Mughals and British.

    As can be seen, most of the IAS library consists of memoirs. These reminiscences of the past are significant, especially since they were written by some of India’s most able officials and offer a glimpse into the mindset of the administrator, sometimes unbeknownst to him. But for the most part they involve navel-gazing and are slightly turgid – unlike, say, BK Nehru’s well-written one. The Nice Guys Finish Second. But then he was from the predecessor of the IAS, the Indian Civil Service.

    In recent years, the IFS has lost its appeal among aspiring civil servants, while the IAS reigns supreme. But judging by the published books, it is IFS that nurtures the most engaged and engaging minds.

    By special arrangement with Business Standard

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    Hattiesburg Author Beverly Publishes New Book, ‘A Mississippi Summer’


    In his latest books, Hattiesburg author Jason Beverly has taken readers through various times and places across Mississippi and Louisiana, including New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and the fictional town of Christmas, Mississippi.

    For her latest book, “A Mississippi Summer,” slated for release July 1, Beverly revisits the state of Magnolia — specifically the Mississippi Gulf Coast — during the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “A Mississippi Summer” is the romantic story of a man from Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, who falls in love with a mysterious woman after coming to the coast to help rebuild after the storm.

    “I just wanted to change it up a bit,” said Beverly, who typically incorporates supernatural elements into her books. “It’s a crazy world that we live in, and I just want to give people something that’s relaxing, laid back, and just giving them some kind of escape to get away from everything that’s going on in the world.

    “I think it’s a fun read.”

    The novel begins when the debt-ridden main character loses his job in Louisiana when the factory he works in begins cutting employees’ hours. Soon after, he receives a job offer to help rebuild a hurricane-ravaged casino in Gulfport.

    He and his friend move to Mississippi to take advantage of the high-paying gig, and in the process he falls head over heels in love with the aforementioned woman.

    “The relationship is growing, but she’s very, very mysterious and her behavior is very suspicious,” Beverly said. “Her parents come from Louisiana and meet this young woman, and her father disapproves of her.”

    “A Mississippi Summer” is the first book in a two-part series, with the sequel, “Another Mississippi Summer,” set to follow in the future.

    The new book, upon release, can be found at www.jasonbeverly.com, along with Beverly’s other books, “Christmas Clues”, “More Christmas Clues”, “Ghosts of Beauvoir”, “The Flying Church of Orleans Parish “, “Mississippi Revival Roads” and “Freeing Magnolias Along the Mystical Railroad: A Collection of Mississippi Ghost Tales”.

    For Christmas 2022, Beverly plans to release “An Eighties-Something Christmas,” which will be the first in a two-book series dealing with Christmas over several decades, followed by “A Nineties-Something Christmas.”

    In these books, the characters find themselves transported to the 1980s and 1990s, respectively, during the Christmas season.

    “I think people crave simple, nostalgic moments,” Beverly said. “It’s kind of taking people back to how things used to be – low-key, without all that technology and stuff.

    “People were talking and communicating, instead of texting all the time.”

    Beverly is also working on the third book in the Christmas Clues trilogy, “The Final Christmas Clues,” which is slated for release in time for Christmas 2023. This series follows Cam Cade and his wife Eve, who return home after a Christmas. event when their toddler twins mysteriously age seven years old and disappear from the backseat of the car. While searching for the children, Cam and Eve reunite at Christmas, where they are transported to the 1970s.

    Additionally, Beverly plans to return to the supernatural/ghost story genre with “A Haunting in Mississippi,” slated for release in October.

    “The good thing is that the story is fictional but based on real events,” he said. “So this is going to give me the opportunity to get back to those supernatural ghost stories that people always love for me to write, so I’m really excited about this one.”

    the editor explains why he went to die in the mountains


    At dusk, we walk up the steep dirt road to our Adirondack cabin, Birdsong. It rests peacefully at the foot of Marble Mountain.

    I lie down in my electric wheelchair near the fireplace. Fire repels cold and darkness.

    I watch the sky behind our 90-foot-tall white pines turn a deep shade of denim before turning black.

    The fire crackles. A tree creaks. And then: Hoot-hoot-hoot, hoot-hoot, who-whoooo.

    The first barred owl of the summer.

    I am at peace.

    Like a spawning salmon, I came home to die.


    ALS has progressed at the speed of a mountain river over the past two months.

    My core muscles packed their backpacks, threw them in the back of a Subaru Outback, and settled into Colorado, where they enjoy outdoor adventures.

    However, I’m pretty helpless without my core muscles. I lean more to the left than Bernie Sanders. My voice softened to the sound of a gentle breeze through the oak leaves.

    Worse still, my breathing has weakened to the point that I can no longer blow out a stinging gadfly from my nose. (Swatting is not an option as my arms don’t move more than an inch.)

    A measurement of my lung capacity dropped 40% in three months.

    My doctors say it’s time to turn my life over to palliative care. I agree.

    But the question arose: a hospice in the valley of Pennsylvania where we have lived for 21 years, or in the mountains of New York where I feel most at home?

    In Pennsylvania, I would be surrounded by the love and camaraderie of neighbors, friends, and colleagues, who supported us with a thousand acts of kindness.

    In New York, I would feel surrounded by my family and the power of nature.

    Mel and I chatted with his daughter Emily, his son-in-law Erick, his daughter Mathilde and his partner Grayson. We all agreed to spend my last days in the north.


    I was born in Buffalo, but somehow started my life in the Adirondacks.

    I first saw Mel as I walked into our college newspaper office. This beauty waved her arms as she regaled several staff members with a tumultuous story. I didn’t know what the story was about, but I did know this: This was the woman I had been looking for all my 20 years.

    We stole glances and shared stories while working on the journal together and sitting next to each other during creative writing.

    She told me about her family’s cabin in the woods near Lake Placid, New York. I told him about my adventures hiking in the Adirondacks with my brother when we were teenagers.

    One day, in a stairwell in Old Main, she invited me to join her on a seven-hour trip to the cabin during the school holidays. My heart skipped two or three beats.

    On this trip, I learned to drive her 1980 Renault Le Car shifter. My mind and soul opened up to the charm of this woman and the austere forests in March, with ice-covered rocks and skeletons birches lining the shores of the lake.

    We hiked the trails around the cabin. We walked along the Ausable, one of the best trout fishing rivers in the country. I put my arm around her as we lay under a swing, watching the rapidly moving clouds.

    Forever Mel, me and this cabin in the woods have been bound by unbreakable chains.

    On a lark, just after graduating from college in 1982, we went to the cottage to relax and look for jobs. Miraculously, we landed the only two reporting jobs at the weekly Lake Placid News. We got married in October.

    Every summer, without fail, we vacationed at Birdsong. The morning trill of the hermit thrush, the lazy movement of the sun in the side yard, and the stillness of the cemetery at night soothed our frayed nerves. Time and heart rates slowed down.

    Mel and I would spend whole days under blue skies sitting outside reading newspapers and novels. Every year I re-read Hemingway’s trout fishing masterpiece, “Big Two-Hearted River”.

    The girls have learned to love this place too. They fought for time to read books in the hammock. We bonded over 12 hour trips to climb mountains. In a decade and a half, we’ve summited 23 of the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks, always having our lunch with a great view.

    I first met Erick when he drove Emily from Manhattan to Birdsong. He was planning to go home that evening, but Mel and I insisted that he stay until morning. He finally stayed for almost a week. It fell right into the rhythm of reading, hiking, and exploring the trails around our family’s Birdsong.

    Over the years, he and I would glide early in the morning for 25-mile bike rides on steep roads, returning to Birdsong when everyone had their first cup of coffee.

    Emily and Erick named their Brooklyn photo studio, Heidi’s Bridge, after a rustic wooden span over a creek near Birdsong. Erick proposed on this bridge.

    Our youngest daughter, Mathilde, followed her fascination with the natural world to a degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont.

    So the answer to where we should spend our last days as a family was as clear as the water in a mountain lake. I’ll work as an opinion writer for the Morning Call as often as I can, soak up the sunrises and delight in the rata-tat-tat-tat-tat and the monkey cry of the Pileated Woodpecker.

    Birdsong is where my life began with my precious Mel. It is also where our earthly bonds will ultimately be torn. My ashes will be scattered here.

    But Mel and I believe that our love will last and that we will one day be reunited in a place as glorious as our Birdsong.

    Mike Hirsch, of Lower Macungie, is the Director of Content/Opinion and Community Engagement for The Morning Call. He had previously worked as the newspaper’s Business and Features editor. He can be contacted at [email protected]

    Zachary Ryan’s Camp Afterlife is recognized as a finalist in the international book competition


    Camp Afterlife is recognized as a top 2022 Book Prize finalist in a competition that celebrates excellence in books around the world.

    Zachary Ryan’s Camp Afterlife is a gripping coming-of-age novel that explores the idea that the soul’s journey doesn’t end after death. Camp Afterlife has been named a finalist in the LGBTQ Fiction category of the 2022 Book Excellence Awards. The International Book Prize competition recognizes books for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal. The competition celebrates independent and traditional authors in more than 100 countries around the world.

    It was a big validation for me as a writer… it was nice to know that I won this award against books from all over the worldsays author Zachary Ryan. After being hospitalized with COVID-19, Ryan was inspired to write the book to cope and provide a new perspective on death. “I used this book…to feel like there is life after death if I die…it’s a way to know you can always heal from your mistakes…and your traumas.”

    The book’s main character, Gus, is a 17-year-old whose life goes into a downward spiral after the loss of his brother and the end of his relationship. The spiral comes to an abrupt halt when he arrives at Camp Afterlife, having died of a drug overdose. Camp Afterlife is a place where troubled souls come to terms and come to terms with their life and death. At camp, Gus is surprised to discover other kindred spirits and a budding romance with fellow camper Luis. In this way, Gus has the opportunity to heal before going to heaven, but must face the mistakes of his past and his guilty conscience before doing so. Readers will learn important lessons about forgiveness, friendship, and self-discovery by reading Camp Afterlife. In difficult times, the book serves as a beacon of hope, showing that the right people and the right support system can help you become the best version of yourself.

    The book has received positive reviews from some of the world’s most renowned authors, journalists and critics. Brenda from Amazon writes: “Author Zachary Ryan has created a very moving [book] depicting all the challenges that life can throw [at you] and how to react and act accordingly. I think Gus’ story is very relevant to most readers, not because the same thing happened to everyone, but because of the struggles and feelings he goes through..”

    At a time of global uncertainty and unprecedented change, Ryan’s book strikes us as necessary and worthwhile reading. Camp Afterlife is available for sale on Amazon and other online bookstores. Young adult fiction fans are encouraged to purchase their copy today.

    About the Author

    Zachary Ryan is the award-winning author of 14 separate works, including The High School Queens Trilogy, Letters, Playlist and Camp Afterlife. His work spans multiple genres, including young adult fiction, LGBTQ+ fiction, and coming-of-age romance.

    Zachary grew up in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found he was accepted for his status as a misfit and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused. Through his writings, he hopes to help other broken souls find comfort in the midst of chaos.

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    Corbin Burnes gives insight into how journaling made him an elite pitcher


    The exterior of the newspaper is nothing special. Marine. Thick spiral. No decorative cover, no logo, no tag indicating it belongs to the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. It’s only on reading the inside pages that it becomes apparent that the owner can only be Brewers’ brainy right-hander Corbin Burnes.

    Choose a page, any page, because the structure does not change. They all look alike. No deviation. No footnotes. No comments in parentheses. Inside the margins, it’s just Burnes and his process; there is no room for nonsense.

    The Book of Burnes is required reading to better understand how he recently corrected a brief bout of mediocrity and returned to dominance – all at a time when the Brewers needed him at his best. With half their rotation on the disabled list, their offensive fights and their schedule hardened, the Brewers have turned to Burnes twice in less than a week. They needed reliability. With a steady similar to gravity, he delivered, reminding the industry why he is one of baseball’s most valuable pitchers.

    “He will never let himself go too far,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He does a very good job of self-analysis.”

    Whether it’s strikeout rate (32.6 percent, third in baseball), fWAR (2.2, 9th) or ERA (2.31, 10th), Burnes ranks somewhere in the top 10 baseball in a handful of major pitching categories. He swears he’s not chasing any of those numbers, that the process matters more than the results. Many athletes say similar things. But how many create their own stat and track it after each performance to hold themselves accountable for such code?

    Anyone who knows anything about Burnes knows how committed he is to his process. That’s a big part of what makes it great. After three years of listening to Burnes discuss his routine, it was time to ask him to share his work: Would he allow Athleticism take a look at the pages of his diary, which he keeps in his locker inside the Brewers Pavilion?

    “We can definitely do it and the grades are good,” Burnes said, “but no pictures.”

    The 2021 NL Cy Young award went to brewing ace Corbin Burnes. (Jeff Hanisch / USA Today)

    So, some images: think of a page divided into three parts, separated by two handwritten horizontal lines. A game receives a third of a page. There is not a lot of unused space.

    In black ink, the words are mostly printed cleanly. Sometimes they seem a little more rushed or written with just a bit of grief: “Loss of concentration in the fifth”, with the four words almost all touching. But still, they are readable. They were written with a purpose.

    Game entries begin in the left column of Burnes’ journal pages. There is a date, an opponent and numbers. It might look like this on the page:

    4/7 Cubs



    The last number is what Burnes calls his “execution percentage.” This is the number of pitches he says he threw correctly out of his total amount – in the example above, that would be 59 out of 83 – of a given game. After games, this is how Burnes assesses whether he put in a good performance or not. It eliminates fortune, luck. There are times in games where he hooks a curve ball and the batter misses. It’s great for his traditional casting line. It’s bad for his personal filing system. The latter is what he thinks he can learn best from.

    “Executing pitches,” he said, “is something we can control.”

    The day after his debut, the Brewers queued up a video of every pitch Burnes threw and distilled it into a reel. Along with his diary, Burnes monitors each pitch and keeps a count of each he deems unsuccessful. The process, he said, only takes him 15 to 20 minutes.

    What is he looking for?

    “It’s kind of an effect on everything,” Burnes said. “An 0-0 down and away cutter will have a wider margin compared to the 0-2 down and away cutter. So it just takes into account the count, the situation, the match. Location is obviously the main determining factor of this one. But, yeah, it just gives you the option to say, “the 0-2 backdoor cutter to lefties, we didn’t execute, so that’s something to work on.” Not only does this allow me to gauge performance without looking at results, but it also gives you an idea of ​​what you need to work on that week.

    To the right of the data, across the rest of the page, Burnes documents what he calls his “good, better, how,” a three-column checklist that might look like this:

    Well: a few sentences on what he did well during the departure.

    Better: a few sentences on what he can do best.

    How: a few sentences about how it can be better.

    For example, against the Mets last week, Burnes wrote in his journal next to the “good” part: Attack early. “Just because,” he said, “against the Padres and the Phillies (his two previous starts), we fell behind when the count started.” One thing he could have done better against the Mets, according to his diary: “We had a 30-minute round where I sat out last night, so it’s just finding ways to stay loose and stay focused. ” How to improve this in the future, he wrote, involves remembering different breathing techniques and moving through the tunnel. Minor tweaks and minor gripes to some – not Burnes.

    As no surprise to anyone who has ever listened to Burnes say after a game, almost robotically, that he doesn’t get caught up in the moment and compare himself to other pitchers: he doesn’t notice any curves based on the opponent .

    “It doesn’t matter who’s in the box,” he said. “It’s more about the game situation, the count, how we can execute the throw.”

    However, those who are easier on themselves would understand the idea of ​​context-based scoring, especially recently for Burnes. But no. Maybe that’s why the results were so strong. After leaving against the Cardinals on May 29, Burnes had a 1.95 ERA. His ERA jumped to 2.50, however, after allowing five runs in just 3 2/3 innings against the Padres. In his next start against the Phillies, he allowed three runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. In each of his previous nine starts, he had pitched no less than six innings. Now Burnes was to see the Mets and Cardinals, two of baseball’s best rosters.

    Against the Mets on June 15, he allowed just two runs and five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts (no walks). Execution percentage, he said, ranked favorably, especially with his cutter, one of the best throws in baseball. Mets manager Buck Showalter didn’t need to read the newspaper to find out.

    “It reminds us why he’s one of the best pitchers in the National League, if not the best,” Showalter said. “Think of Mariano Rivera as a starter.”

    Five days later, against the Cardinals on Monday, Burnes pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Once again, the execution percentage was there. Afterwards, it was the Cardinals who probably wondered what they could do best – and how – against Burnes’ cutter.

    “Even if it was straight, it would be a tough pitch to hit at 96-98 (mph),” Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. Athleticismit’s Katie Woo. “Just nobody throws a pitch like that.”

    Burnes relies heavily on the cutter, but he is much more than a single throw. He recalled in St. Louis on Monday when he pitched a combination of five substitutions and busted balls in a third inning in which he only needed seven pitches. Goldschmidt was the first batter Burnes faced in the top of the fourth, and Burnes hit him a lead before four straight cutters. Goldschmidt hit a low fly ball to the center for the first out. Burnes mixes and matches constantly. He never settles down. There is always something to criticize, something to write in the journal under the heading “how to improve”. These are never empty.

    “There are guys with good stuff and they don’t locate themselves and they get hit, but he was able to put it all together,” Goldschmidt said. “I think he would probably even say his freshman year he had similar stuff and he was a little touched, still good but not at the level of Cy Young he was at. He made some adjustments. I don’t know exactly what, but he has his command and he has developed other lands. Really, big credit to him for figuring out what this is going to take. He’s one of the best pitchers in the league. »

    For Burnes, the process began after the 2019 season, when he had an 8.82 ERA. Around the same time he changed his pitching repertoire with the help of Brewers staff, including pitching coach Chris Hook, Burnes began working with sports psychologist Brian Cain. This is where the idea of ​​journaling comes from. After his “good, better, how” routine every five days, Burnes calls Cain and they help him come up with a plan for the rest of the week to improve any shortcomings.

    There’s an evolving book on Burnes, he’s just writing the pages.

    (Corbin Burnes top photo: Brad Penner/USA Today)

    Fox Chapel author wins award for children’s book, ‘Brave Buddy’


    Fox Chapel native Chris Yukevich owns hundreds of children’s books.

    “When I was little, my dad used to read picture books to us before we went to bed. I associate that with having a wonderful time,” Yukevich said.

    Yukevich has authored and self-published numerous books, calling it his “passion”.

    His latest children’s book, “Brave Buddy”, was named a 2022 Next Generation Book Awards finalist in two top independent book categories – Best Illustrator and Best Animals/Pets – by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group.

    “When I found out I was recognized, I was stunned because I wrote a lot of books and didn’t win,” Yukevich said.

    Yukevich’s love of nature and her late cat, Tigger, inspired her to write “Brave Buddy”, a picture book about an abandoned cat named Buddy who must fend for herself in the woods. Another of her cats, Little Ruthie, died just a few weeks ago. She was a wanderer and was 14 years old.

    “‘Brave Buddy’ is a must-have picture book for kids to understand the special way of dealing with a stray cat,” Yukevich said. “Children naturally want to run to a cat, pick it up and cuddle it. For a cat that has been alone, it may be too much, too soon. In ‘Brave Buddy’, the little girl learns to be inspired by Buddy and slowly, a trust and love grows between them.

    Yukevich was to be honored at a June 24 gala in Washington, DC, at the Mayflower Hotel, coinciding with the American Library Association’s annual conference.

    Yukevich graduated from the Ellis School and Vasser College.

    “I grew up a few miles from where I live now. I live among the trees. Fox Chapel Manor makes me feel like home.

    “People say you write what you read, and although I majored in English in college, I don’t read adult books,” said Yukevich, 67, a former elementary school teacher, life coach. life, real estate agent and entrepreneur.

    Joyce Hanz | Tribune-Review

    Fox Chapel resident Chris Yukevich has written several children’s books and was recently awarded for “Brave Buddy,” the story of an abandoned feline found in the woods.

    British illustrator Sholto Walker, who lives in a village near Bath in the west of England, had collaborated with Yukevich on “I Don’t Want to Make My Bed”, and Yukevich asked him to illustrate ” Brave Buddy”.

    “We had worked together successfully before and had developed a good relationship. I could see great illustration possibilities in this new project, so it was an easy decision to say yes,” Walker said.

    Yukevich has three adult children and eight grandchildren.

    “Recognition is very exciting, a comfort, and it gives me a mission,” she said.

    Yukevich said her future plans include editing and focusing on her writing.

    Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .

    27 Penn Students and Alumni Receive 2022 Fulbright Scholarships


    University of Pennsylvania Fulbright scholarship recipients for the 2022-23 academic year include 18 senior graduates, left to right: (top row) Aishwarya Balaji, Lilian Chen, Ria Chinchankar, Amira Chowdhury, Luke Coleman, Sonali Deliwala; (middle row) Alice Heyeh; Robin Hu, J’Aun Johnson, Jordyn Kaplan, Erin Kraskewicz, Shaila Lothe; (bottom row) Brendan Lui, Rebecca Morse, Kaitlyn Rentala, Anyara Rodriguez, Stefan Tomov, Irene Yee (Photo by PennToday).

    Twenty seven Penn students and alumni were offered Fulbright scholarships to study, conduct research or teach English abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    The Fulbright US Student Program, known as the Fulbright Scholarship, is an international college exchange program that has been established in 1946 and is sponsored by the United States government. It awards scholarships to students who fund up to 12 months of study, research or teaching abroad.

    Each year, approximately 8,000 students from the United States and 160 countries around the world receive scholarships. Students must have obtained a bachelor’s degree before the start of their scholarship to be eligible for the program.

    This year, Penn Fulbright students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, covering subjects such as medicine, political science and international affairs.

    Aishwarya Balaji, a 2022 College graduate, is from Frankfort, Ky., and was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research at German Primate Center. She has a degree in psychology and a minor in chemistry.

    Balaji said his undergraduate research and lab work influenced his decision to conduct research abroad.

    “I began to hone my interests through these experiments and realized that I wanted to learn more about social dynamics in primates and the evolutionary mechanisms involved in primate cognition,” Balaji said.

    Along with primate research, Balaji is excited to learn about a new culture and learn more about “what makes German culture unique and what they value in their culture.”

    Sonali Deliwala, a 2022 College graduate, is from Yardley, Pennsylvania and plans to use her Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in India. Deliwala will focus on the economic development of marginalized communities in the state of Gujarat. She majored in political science and economics and minored in creative writing.

    Deliwala explained how her classes at Penn, much of which focus on international development and South Asian studies, prepared her for research in Gujarat.

    “The Fulbright represents the ability to get closer to my home country and gain first-hand experience of what is happening in India on the ground,” Deliwala added.

    College 2022 graduate Luke Coleman is from Dayton, Ohio and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Spain. He majored in PPE and minor in Hispanic Studies as well as survey research and data analysis.

    Coleman’s interest in public policy and educational equity came from his classes and experiences in student organizations at Penn. Coleman explained that he had the chance to teach middle school students virtually during the pandemic, deepening his passion for education.

    As well as teaching, Coleman said he wanted to help with refugee aid and anti-homelessness policy in Spain. He shared that he chose the country because of the country’s colonialist heritage and his desire to work with Spanish in a European setting, as opposed to the Latin and South American forms of the language he is used to.

    For Coleman, Fulbright means an “opportunity to allow students to see someone they might not see reflected in an educational space.”

    Lilian Chen, a 2022 Wharton and Nursing graduate, is originally from San Jose, Calif., and received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Taiwan. She specialized in nursing and health care management.

    Chen found her passion for teaching through an internship at a Japanese education company, where she “taught English and writing to students both in America and China.”

    “Teaching really lets you engage in the lives of your students and lets you be part of a different community in a different country,” Chen said.

    Chen aims to be trilingual in Mandarin, Japanese and English as well as working as a pediatric nurse and getting involved in overseas medical missions.

    Chen said she was thrilled “to inspire children, especially the younger generation, to learn a language not just for the future of your academic success and career, but because it allows you to meet so many new people… and to realize that the world is much bigger than yourself.

    Oklahoma’s award-winning poet will be featured at the WNP today


    Award-winning Oklahoma poet, teacher, and author of 10 books of poetry, Ken Hada, will be featured at Wednesday Night Poetry at Kollective Coffee + Tea, 110 Central Ave.

    The regular open mic session for all poets, musicians and storytellers will begin at 6:30 p.m. today. Hada will begin its feature at 7:15 p.m., followed by another round of open mics. Admission is free and open to all ages. Everyone is welcome.

    Hada’s Hungarian family immigrated to western Oklahoma in the 1890s. “After my father finished Bible college, he was assigned a pastorate in the Ozarks of Arkansas, a large part of my youth was spent there,” Hada said in a press release.

    Today he lives and writes in the Crosstimbers of Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. He has a doctorate. from the University of Texas-Arlington, and has spent the past 22 years teaching creative writing at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. When he is not teaching, he practices fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

    “I was first published at 41, after finishing graduate school, not to mention the bad corny poems published in the college newspaper,” Hada said. “I find the natural order to be an organizing and informative force for human behavior. I care very much about place, the environment and the ecology of place. I often situate human character or speaker (sometimes implied) in natural contexts. I also care very much about the social application of poetry and a poet’s involvement in society – try to mix my voice with social causes, but the contexts in nature usually drive or inform a poem I write.

    Hada is the author of 10 collections of poetry. “Contour Feathers”, published by Turning Plow Press in 2021, received the Oklahoma Book Award. Her 2017 book, “Bring an Extry Mule,” won the South Carolina Modern Language Association’s 2017 award, and her 2010 book, “Spare Parts,” received the Wrangler from the National Western Heritage Museum. His writings have also been featured in The Writer’s Almanac, and he will have book copies for sale at WNP.

    Hada also runs the annual creative writing festival Scissortail, which features nationally acclaimed poets and writers. Since 2005, East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, has hosted the Scisortail Creative Writing Festival the first weekend in April. The three-day festival typically hosts presentations from more than 50 regional, published and emerging authors. Over the years, at least 12 state poet laureates, three national poet laureates, at least 10 National Book Award winners/finalists from various organizations, at least six National Western Heritage Award winners, and at least two Pulitzer Prize winners presented at the festival.

    Hada and the late WNP founder Bud Kenny were good friends. “I’ve had the privilege of participating in Wednesday Night Poetry many times over the years. Bud Kenny invited me for the first time, and he was a good friend to me. Kai Coggin continued and enhanced this rich tradition, so I feel very comfortable in Hot Springs, and I’m happy to go back,” Hada said.

    “Ken is an exquisite writer and a profound, wise and beautiful person. I had the honor of writing a blurb for his award-winning book ‘Contour Feathers’, where he exquisitely weaves together the natural world with his questions and her inner and outer desires. . Hearing her read is enchanting. I’m so excited to welcome her back to Hot Springs and give her a big hug. It’s going to be another special night,” said WNP Kai Coggin in the press release.

    This week marks 1,743 consecutive Wednesdays of open mic poetry in downtown Hot Springs since Feb. 1, 1989. WNP is the longest consecutive weekly open mic series in the nation, now recently in partnership with Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, to share in the mission to spread arts awareness in our local community. For more information on WNP, send an e-mail [email protected]

    Stroke Book – Entanglements of Time, Health Care and Queerness


    Ideas with Impact: Humanities research responds to today’s global challenges

    Jonathan Alexander, author of Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blind Spotin conversation with Dr. Sunita Puri, doctor in palliative medicine

    In the summer of 2019, Jonathan Alexander suffered a minor stroke. Stroke Book is a work of creative non-fiction and critical memory. Originally written in the aftermath of this health crisis, it recounts his very encounter with our subjection to time and a recognition that queer time has its own rhythms, fluctuations and perversities. Jonathan Alexander and Dr. Sunita Puri will talk about how he experienced his health crisis in very particular ways that cannot be separated from his experiences in this culture as a queer person – and how the care of medicine responds to those who refuse to engage in disentanglement.

    Jonathan Alexander, Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCI, is the author, co-author or co-editor of 22 books, including academic books and memoirs. He focuses on young adult fiction, science fiction, lifespan writing, and multimodal compositional forms such as “fan texts”.

    Sunita Puri, MD, is a palliative medicine physician and has established a palliative care service at Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center for the past 6 years. That Good Night: Life and Medicine at the Eleventh Hourpublished in 2019, tells the story of witnessing the tension between medicine’s impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of the temporality of life that drew her to palliative medicine.

    Documenta removes art after accusations of anti-Semitism


    Even before Documenta opened on Saturday in Kassel, Germany, the famous contemporary art exhibit sparked controversy over the inclusion of artists who criticized Israel. Now, just four days after the start of the 100 Days show, which runs until September 16, its organizers said on Tuesday they would remove work that “triggers anti-Semitic readings” after an outcry from lawmakers and critics. diplomats.

    This piece, a nearly 60-foot-long painted banner called “People’s Justice”, was created by Indonesian collective Taring Padi in 2002, when its members included activists who had fought under Indonesia’s military dictatorship. The animated, cartoonish depiction of political resistance on the banner involves hundreds of individual characters.

    Two such figures sparked outrage on Monday after photos of them circulated on social media. One was a man with side locks and fangs, wearing a hat emblazoned with a Nazi emblem. The other was a soldier with a pig’s head, wearing a scarf with a Star of David and a helmet with “Mossad”, the name of the Israeli security service, written on it. (Other figures in the book have been identified as members of the intelligence forces, including Britain’s MI5 agency and the KGB)

    The Israeli Embassy in Germany said in a series of tweets that Documenta promoted “Goebbels-style propaganda” – a reference to the Nazis’ leading propagandist. Claudia Roth, Germany’s culture minister, said in a statement posted on social media“In my opinion, these are anti-Semitic images.”

    “This is where artistic freedom finds its limits,” she added. A few hours after these comments, Documenta had covered the work with sheets of black fabric.

    Taring Padi said in a press release from Documenta organizers on Monday that the artwork was “not meant to be related in any way to anti-Semitism” and that he was “saddened that the details of this banner are understood differently from its original purpose”. The book was a commentary on “the militarism and violence” Indonesians suffered during Suharto’s 32-year dictatorship, which ended in 1998, the collective said. “‘We apologize for the harm caused,’ Taring Padi added. ‘There is no material in our work that seeks to portray ethnic groups in a negative light.’

    But Documenta’s decision to conceal “People’s Justice” did little to end the controversy, which swirled throughout Tuesday on social media, radio and television. The exhibition’s supervisory board, which includes the mayor of Kassel, Christian Geselle, met and decided to remove the artwork, according to a press release issued late afternoon by the city ​​authorities.

    Held every five years, Documenta is widely regarded as one of the most important events in the art world, rivaled only by the Venice Biennale. This year’s edition, the 15th, is organized by ruangrupa, another Indonesian art collective. Ruangrupa invited 14 other artists’ collectives to participate; these groups then invited other collectives to join them. Most of the participating artists are from the Global South, with some participants from Europe and the United States.

    In January, a protest group called the Kassel Alliance Against Antisemitism accused ruangrupa of supporting boycotts of Israel and also questioned the inclusion in the exhibit of a Palestinian art collective called La issue of funding, which the alliance said was also sympathetic. Soon, German newspaper columnists and politicians picked up on these concerns.

    In May, Felix Klein, the German government official in charge of combating anti-Semitism, criticized the lack of Israeli artists in Documenta’s programming. That same month, intruders sprayed graffiti in the exhibition space that was to house the work of The Question of Funding.

    During previews of the exhibit last week, when journalists and art-world insiders peeked into the exhibit, the debate over anti-Semitism seemed to have receded. But the question arose again during the opening ceremony of the event on Saturday, when German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier mentioned it several times in a speech. “I want to be honest: I wasn’t sure for the past few weeks if I would be here with you today,” he said. Artistic freedom was at the heart of the German constitution, he added, and criticism of the Israeli government was permitted. But, he added, it is “striking that no Jewish artist from Israel is represented at this important exhibition of contemporary art.”

    Steinmeier didn’t mention “People’s Justice,” which hadn’t been installed until Friday, the last day of the Documenta preview. Yet, just two days later, he was at the center of the debate.

    The pressure on Documenta’s organizers is unlikely to end with the removal of the work. Charlotte Knobloch, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that “anti-Semitism was not taken seriously as an issue in the run-up to the event,” and that more action was also needed at the exhibition. Sabine Schormann, Documenta’s chief executive, should step down, Knobloch said, and the wider organization should engage in “introspection.”

    Documenta organizers ruangrupa and Taring Padi said through a spokeswoman they were not immediately available for comment.

    On Tuesday, Roth, Germany’s culture minister, said in a statement that removing the painting was “only the first step”, adding that there must be “further consequences: it must be clarified how it has It was possible that this mural with anti-Semitic images was installed there. »

    Documenta organizers and curators should “immediately verify” that there are no other anti-Semitic images in the other works on display, Roth added. “The protection of human dignity, the protection against anti-Semitism, against racism and any form of inhumanity is the basis of our coexistence,” she said.

    RBmedia signs audiobook deal with award-winning author and TikTok star Alex Aster


    “Lightlark,” the first audiobook in the series, follows the story of six rulers competing in a high-stakes grand game on a lush, magical island, with 100 days to break the deadly curses that have plagued their kingdoms for centuries. .

    Alex Aster said: “I’m thrilled to continue working with RBmedia on ‘Lightlark’ audiobooks. Audio is such an important part of TikTok, and RBmedia’s innovative marketing, along with the incredible cast of storytellers, make it the perfect home for ‘Lightlark.’ In fact, their first suggestion for the narrator casting was so right that I enthusiastically agreed seconds after listening to the sample. I couldn’t be more excited about it. idea of ​​my audience seeing (or hearing!) everything we work on.”

    The Emblem Island author, whose mid-level debut novel “Curse of the Night Witch” was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2020, has become one of the youngest writers top hits on TikTok with over 800,000 followers.

    His first “Lightlark” trailer post on TikTok garnered 1.6m views and 350k likes, followed by a Times Square cover reveal for the book with a handset 3m views and 400k love.

    Andrea Wollitz, Director of Children’s and Young Adult Publishing at RBmedia, commented: “Alex is a rare and unique talent. Not only is she an incredibly gifted writer, whose captivating and imaginative novels draw both rave reviews and applause from readers, but she is also someone who has clearly demonstrated the undoubted power of BookTok. She has a deep understanding of her audience, readers and fans and takes them with her every step of her writing journey in a natural and engaging way. We’re excited to continue working with Alex to bring his fantastical worlds to life for audio fans everywhere.”

    Publishing Director at WF Howes Dominique White added, “‘Lightlark’ is perfect for audio, a dazzling fantasy world filled with romance and dark twists – we can’t wait to introduce Alex Aster to audio fans everywhere.”

    “Lightlark” will be available wherever audiobooks are sold in fall 2022, with the sequel to follow. Following a multi-publisher auction, the company secured the audio rights to “Lightlark” from Talia Behrend-WilcoxSenior Director of Subsidiary Rights at Abrams Books.

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    Mum-of-4 makes a living learning to play video games: ‘I’m breaking this stigma’


    Devyn Ricks may be the very definition of a “cool mom” as she supports her family by teaching kids video games online.

    Ricks, 30, runs his classes through Outschool from his home in Riverton, Utah. His weekly one-hour classes cost $15 to teach kids games like “Zelda,” “Mario Kart,” and “Kirby.” Currently, many of his students are between 9 and 14 years old.

    She earns about $4,000 a month from her classes. Her gig helps support her husband, who is currently in dental school, and their four daughters, ages 2 to 9.

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    “So it’s not like we can live on student loans and be in a one-bedroom apartment,” Ricks told FOX TV stations. “We had to find something that worked, and that’s what I stumbled upon.”

    “I love video games. Really,” she added.

    Ricks said his experience involved virtually teaching various academic and foreign language courses to students from other countries. She then began a creative writing course around the video game “Zelda”. This led her to create a social club with other video gamers, which resulted in a teaching course in February 2021.

    Ricks said many parents support her classes because she provides a safe space for children to learn the video games they play.

    “These kids, they don’t know how to do a lot of these puzzles and stuff, and it’s dangerous for them to browse the internet alone,” she said.

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    Ricks thinks she also teaches children other useful skills. Before showing students how to do it in a game, she sometimes checks if other students know first.

    “One of the biggest skills I like to teach them is a bit of leadership,” she continued. “A lot of these students want to share their knowledge.”

    She believes her method builds trust, friendships and team effort.

    The mother also believes she fosters a young video game community and breaks the stigma of video gamers as introverted homebodies.

    “It opens up this community to the kids and to myself,” she added. “I think I’m breaking that stigma a bit.”

    Ricks would like to expand his classes, maybe even hire other instructors to teach some of his classes.

    However, there is one game that Ricks cannot teach. Ricks said she couldn’t tutor kids in “Minecraft” just because she didn’t like it. She also avoids teaching violent video games, opting more for family games.

    As for being called a “cool mom,” Ricks jokes that she doesn’t know if her daughters would give her that title.

    “I think I’m a pretty fun mom,” she added. “But not so funny when I tell them to clean their rooms.”

    This story was reported from Los Angeles.

    Oklahoma City native among the most prominent authors of his time


    Oklahoma City native among the most prominent authors of his time

    Ralph Ellison was best known for his invisible novel Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.

    Welts – >> Ralph Ellonis was – best known for his invisible romance. >> His second novel Juneteenth was published after his death and produced by his friend and director of Literyra. I got to Chanctoe to sit down and talk with his other area executive about his job. >> IT SEEMS LIKE HE WAS AN INTELLECTUAL AND PASSIONATE MAN. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THIS? >> YEAH. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO START WITH AN INTELLECTUAL, HE WAS – HE WAS NOT THE KDIN – HE IS PRE-TREATED AS A REMOTE CHARACTER. DAN HE WAS NOT DISTANT. This register wa he had when he needed it, but he was very passionate. AND HE WAS ALSO VERY PYFLAUL. IT WAS A LOT OF THINGS. AN INCREDIBLY COMPLEX MAN. >> TALK ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE JUNETEENTH NOVEL. >>I WENT BACK TO TRY TO HELP HIM WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR RALPH WAS DYINGND A – HIS WIFE WAS INCREDIBLY PRIVATE ABOUT IT. SHE DON’T WANT TO TELL ANYBODY. They had no help and I said I will go back and see if I can help them. SO I WAS THERE THE LAST WEEK OF HIS LIFE. After he died, she entered my sdytu and she said that I want to show you a part of the second novel. I DON’T THINK RALPH FINISHED IT QUITE. I WAS TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT HE WAS ABOUT TO COMPLETE IT AND IF HE ACTUALLY HAD MEDA UP HIS MIND ON HOW TO FINISH THE NOVEL. AND IN THE NOVEL. And it took years of Sevelra, and I came to the Eth Conclusion reluctance that he had not decided. AND HE DIDN’T KNOW. HE HAD NOT FINISHED THE BOOK ETH. There was no doubt that the book was not finished. I NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO WITH IT. >> The themes and topics he explores like JuneThen and his other novels. HOW IS THIS RELEVANT TODAY FOR SOCIETY? >> FOR AMERICA, IT WAS AN UNFINISHED COUNTRY. He believed that American identity was an incredible mix of things. OFUL CTURESEND A LANGUAGEAG AND EXPERIENCE AND

    Oklahoma City native among the most prominent authors of his time

    Ralph Ellison was best known for his invisible novel Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.

    An Oklahoma City native was known as one of the most prominent authors of his time. Ralph Ellison was best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. His second novel, Juneteenth, was published after his death and was written by his friend and executor John Callahan. Watch the video player above with KOCO 5’s interview with Callahan.

    An Oklahoma City native was known as one of the most prominent authors of his time.

    Ralph Ellison was best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. His second novel, Juneteenth, was published after his death and was put together by his friend and literary executor John Callahan.

    Watch the video player above with Koco 5’s interview with Callahan.

    A busy journalistic life is not just a destination; it’s celebrating those you meet on the way


    He was a gregarious boy fresh out of Hampden-Sydney with a beaming smile, talking a mile a minute and full of curiosity.

    Jonathan would have blended into the diffuse background of the 2001 gubernatorial race for Virginia’s top political correspondents at the time, but for the fact that, seemingly at every stop, he was looking for us. He hovered like a gadfly. He noticed everything. He engaged the gray-haired press in conversation and asked us about the case.

    He served in a variety of roles—driver, body man, tracker—for the campaign of Mark L. Earley, the state attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate. I would have considered him a mere supporter, except he didn’t to behave like a. He seemed methodically studying the system as a whole, analyzing it from within.

    No memory is more vivid than Labor Day of that year – a sultry, grotesquely damp late morning in the village of Buena Vista after its parade, once a mandatory event for political candidates nationwide. ‘State. At the time, the countryside was somewhat sleepy in the summers (“the Virginia way”) and the BV parade was part of a handful of Labor Day weekend events, including Acres of Democrats du Sunday in Wytheville, a Monday parade in Covington and Rep. Bobby Scott’s annual picnic. in Newport News. They kicked off the nine-week fall sprint to Election Day.

    The Buena Vista parade would leave after GOP and Democrat breakfasts in the city’s business district, travel through streets lined with families perched on their porches or curbside lawn chairs amid a thicket of campaign signs, would turn right onto West 10th Street near the old Parry McCluer High football field, cross the bridge over the Maury River, then culminate in an outdoor pavilion in Glen Maury Park where each candidate got the microphone for a few minutes to woo the electorate.

    When finished, the contestants were consumed in a media fray that enveloped them from all sides.

    Mark Warner, the Democrat and eventual winner of the 2001 gubernatorial election, had come down from the stage and was swarmed by scribes pushing recorders or microphones as close to his mouth as possible to capture his words clearly through above the din of the nearby crowd. Among those leaning forward with a recorder was Jonathan, acting as Earley’s stalker – a campaign staffer who records first-hand audio (now video) of an opponent in the hoping to exploit a blunder. Someone jostled Jonathan’s arm and his recorder inadvertently brushed Warner’s lip.

    Dave “Mudcat” Saunders was advising Warner’s campaign on its rural strategy that year. Among his ideas was the entry of a car with the Warner logo in a NASCAR event in Martinsville and a bluegrass-themed campaign song to the tune of the Dillards”Dooley.” Mudcat was on the outskirts of the group and saw red as Jonathan’s recorder poked Warner’s face. He grabbed Jonathan and tried to pull him out of the fray. Nothing more than a few glares and muttered curses, which was probably lucky for Mudcat considering Jonathan’s youth and size. Most striking, however, was how quickly Jonathan got rid of it and regained his focus, as any member of the press should have.

    Mudcat, a colorful former journalist not known for his self-censorship, was later remorseful and, when I recalled the incident years later, he said in his mountain drawl: ” Ah felt shi**y’ about the way ah treated that boy.”

    That memory replayed last week as I sat in a group of people listening to Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, both national political correspondents for The New York Times, discuss their new bestseller, “This Will Not Pass “. Their nationwide book-promotion tour took them to Richmond where they did a Q&A on their work documenting former President Donald Trump’s aberrant behavior during the 2020 campaign and his alarming efforts to stay in power. by all means after losing to President Joe Biden.

    No one in 2001 could have tied down JMart to overcome the ziggurat of American journalism as he did. He worked his way into the business at Hotline, the National Journal’s political newsletter, then entered the ground floor of POLITICO in 2007 before joining the Times.

    But he is not unique among journalists who have gained national notoriety from inauspicious roots in Virginia. The late Roger Mudd began a career at the Richmond News Leader that would make him senior political correspondent for CBS News and, for two years, co-moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Mudd’s classmate at Washington & Lee, the late Tom Wolfe, was a Richmond native who worked at the Washington Post before becoming an early pioneer of “new journalism” which uses a novelist’s style of storytelling in non-fiction books. Prominent examples are Wolfe’s classics, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “The Right Stuff”.

    Carl Bernstein, co-author of the Post’s legendary Watergate and Nixon White House coverage and co-author of “All the President’s Men” with Bob Woodward, was Virginia’s Richmond-based government correspondent in the early 1970.

    There are more recent stories involving my contemporaries. You can’t watch CNN’s coverage of Congress or the White House without seeing correspondent Ryan Nobles, a WWBT-TV alumnus from Richmond who has covered the Virginia government. Another Ryan alum at WWBT, Aaron Gilchrist, is now a network anchor at NBC News. Peter Baker, Mike Shear, and Anita Kumar were once the Post’s chief Capitol Square correspondents: Baker and Shear are now senior Washington correspondents for the Times, and Kumar is POLITICO’s chief White House correspondent and editor. Deputy Head. Jo Becker, who covered state government with Shear, is a three-time Times Pulitzer Laureate. Maria Sanminiatelli, who worked at Daily Progress in Charlottesville before joining me on the Associated Press team in Richmond, now runs AP’s Top Stories Hub in New York. Joe St. George, formerly of WTVR-TV in Richmond, is now the Washington-based national political editor for Scripps Television. Michael Paul Williams won a Pulitzer last year for the columns he wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    I’m sure I missed a lot, and for that oversight, I apologize.

    The thing is, you never know where talent, hard work, and a bright, inquisitive young mind can lead people in this endeavor. Which brings me to the present.

    You may have read about personnel transitions at the Virginia Mercury recently. It’s relevant because in 44 years in journalism and communications, working with many incredibly gifted colleagues, I have never been associated with an organization as solid wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor as this one. (Full disclosure: I’m not Mercury staff.)

    Former Mercury staffers Mechelle Hankerson, now WHRO news director, and Katie O’Connor, senior editor of Psychiatric News, have moved on to great things. Ned Oliver, a news virtuoso who was named Virginia’s 2021 Outstanding Reporter for his work with the Mercury, has decamped to join a new Richmond-based Axios publication. Kate Masters, who joined the Mercury at the start of the pandemic and set it apart and distinguished it with its state-specific health care and education coverage at a time of unprecedented tumult, is moving to New York. She was named Virginia’s Outstanding Young Reporter for her work last year. And Robert Zullo, a masterful journalist and the maestro who assembled this remarkable team as Mercury’s founding editor, is moving to Illinois where he will write stories on national energy policy for States Newsroom, Mercury’s owner.

    A final testament to Zullo’s stewardship is his handing over the keys to Sarah Vogelsong, an excellent reporter he hired who has become Virginia’s authoritative voice on environmental and energy policy coverage. Sarahwho got her start in a Virginia weekly, will serve as editor of the Mercury.

    The Mercury does what few news organizations can do these days: it hires, replaces rising talent. Staying by Sarah’s side will be Graham Moomaw, who holds Mercury’s cornerstone as legislative/government/policy writer. Graham’s reporting and storytelling skills are equal to or better than any of my aforementioned colleagues who have become national celebrities.

    In a career that spans six decades, I have sadly raised many glasses toasting those who have progressed, retired, or evolved. Years away from frenetic competition and the deadlines of daily reporting, seeing colleagues excel and progress brings deep satisfaction over time.

    Twenty-one years passed between the moment my orbit crossed Jonathan’s and the evening Last week when I told him publicly how proud I am of what he has accomplished.

    If I’m on this side of the turf and sane enough in mind and body in 21 years, I hope to say the same to the rising young stars I’ve been blessed to know as a Mercury contributor.

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    French election: Macron’s coalition should win, but will be weakened in Parliament

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    PARIS — In a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron, his centrist coalition was set to lose its strong majority in the lower house of parliament on Sunday, after crucial elections that saw the far-right and an alliance of left-wing parties surge in numbers seats, leaving him with a slim lead and complicating his second term.

    Projections based on the preliminary vote count gave Mr Macron’s centrist coalition 205 to 250 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the lower and most powerful house of parliament – more than any other political group, but less than half of all seats.

    For the first time in 20 years, a newly elected president appears to have failed to secure an absolute majority in the National Assembly, which will not stop Mr. Macron’s national agenda, but will return power to parliament after a first mandate. during which Mr. Macron’s top-down style of government had mostly sidelined lawmakers.

    The results were a rebuke from Mr Macron who seemed disengaged in the campaign and more concerned about France’s diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine in its war against Russia. Speaking on an airport tarmac ahead of a trip to Eastern Europe that took him to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv last week, he urged voters to give him a “solid majority” for ” the best interests of the nation”, but he did. little campaign itself.

    “This is not the result we were hoping for,” Gabriel Attal, Mr Macron’s budget minister, told television channel TF1 on Sunday, acknowledging that his party and its allies should “find stability” in parliament. they wanted it. to pass legislation.

    Mr Macron’s recently appointed prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, was expected to win her race, as was Gérald Darmanin, his tough-spoken interior minister. But several of his main allies seemed to have lost, including Richard Ferrand, the president of the National Assembly, and Amélie de Montchalin, his minister for the green transition – a scathing rebuke for the president, who had sworn that ministers who did not had failed to win a seat should resign.

    The alliance of left-wing parties, known as the Nouvelle Union Populaire Écologique et Sociale, or NUPES, and led by veteran leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, was expected to win 150 to 190 seats. The alliance includes France insoumise, the party of Mr. Mélenchon, as well as the socialists, the greens and the communists.

    This was not enough to take control of the National Assembly and force Mr. Macron to appoint Mr. Mélenchon Prime Minister, as the left-wing coalition had hoped. But it was a good showing for parties that had been widely seen as hopelessly divided. Much of the campaign has been a deadly confrontation between the left-wing coalition and Mr Macron’s forces, with both sides describing a potential victory for their opponents as a total disaster.

    Mr Mélenchon, in a speech to cheering supporters in Paris on Sunday, called the results “absolutely incredible”.

    “The defeat of the presidential party is total,” he said. “We have achieved the political objective that we set ourselves.”

    The alliance he has brought together will be the main opposition force in the National Assembly, but major political differences between the members of the coalition on issues such as the European Union could resurface once the Parliament is in session later this month.

    In 2017, when Mr Macron was first elected, his party and his allies won a commanding majority of 350 seats in the lower house of parliament, which was largely in line with his plans.

    This time, with a much smaller majority and much stronger opposition on the left and far right, Mr Macron’s centrist coalition, known as Ensemble, may struggle to push through some draft bills. law, potentially forcing him across the aisle to oppose lawmakers to secure a bill’s passage.

    “How the president will be able to govern through his prime minister is rather uncertain at the moment,” said Etienne Ollion, a sociologist and professor at the Polytechnique engineering school.

    It was not immediately clear what other allies Mr Macron’s coalition might find in parliament to form a working majority, although Mr Ollion said the most likely party would be the centre-right Les Républicains party, which is expected to win 60 to 80 seats. . Mr Macron will be far more dependent on his centrist allies than he was in his first term, including pushing through contentious plans like his plan to raise the legal retirement age from 62 to 65.

    The vote was also marred by a record turnout on Sunday, a wake-up call for Mr Macron, who has promised to govern as closely as possible to the people for his second term. According to projections, only around 46% of the French electorate turned out to vote, the second lowest level since 1958.

    The National Rally, the party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, was expected to win 75 to 100 seats in the National Assembly, far more than expected after its convincing defeat to Mr Macron in the presidential election of April and then ran a lackluster campaign for the parliamentarian.

    That would make it the third largest political force in the lower house and a much stronger force than the handful of lawmakers it has had so far. Ms Le Pen herself was easily re-elected to her seat in a constituency in northern France.

    “This group will be by far the largest in the history of our political family,” Ms. Le Pen said in a speech on Sunday, promising her supporters that she would defend the party’s hard line on immigration and security.