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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.

  • Russia claimed to have seized Lysychansk, a popular town in eastern Ukraine, and blamed Ukraine for the explosions that rocked a Russian border town. Here is the latest.

  • Ukrainian men volunteered to protect their homes. Now many of these untrained soldiers are dying across the country.

  • For months, Russia has beaten Ukrainian civilians – and offered excuses to dodge responsibility.

  • The Russian war crimes investigation, conducted by Ukrainian and international agencies, is perhaps the most significant in history.

  • Rising fuel prices are hitting poorer countries particularly hard, with many residents struggling to keep lights on or cook.

Sunday’s question: does Roe’s fall transform the mid-terms?

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.

Machine Gun Kelly performed the Space Zebra stage for the crowd on Saturday.  September 25, 2021

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.

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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.

    About RBmedia

    RBmedia is the largest audiobook publisher in the world. With nearly 60,000 exclusive titles, our audiobooks continually dominate major literary awards and bestseller lists. The company’s powerful digital retail and library distribution network reaches millions of listeners worldwide, at home, in the car and wherever their mobile devices go. Our titles are available on major audio platforms including Audible, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, OverDrive, Hoopla and many more. RBmedia is owned by KKR, a leading global investment firm. For more information, visit rbmediaglobal.com.

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    WF Howes Ltd is the UK’s leading audiobook and large print publisher, distributing its content through all major consumer and library providers. The company is known for publishing best-selling authors such as Danielle Steel, Val McDermid, Dan Jones and VE Schwab. WF Howes is the UK subsidiary of RBmedia. For more information visit www.wfhowes.co.uk or email [email protected]

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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.

    RELATED: Impact of video games on adolescent mental health

    “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.

    RELATED: Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame

    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

    Credit…Pool photo by Michel Spinler

    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.

    Traverse Bay Farms Announces Book Signing Event with Andy LaPointe, Author of Up North Dream


    Michigan author Andy LaPointe will be signing copies of his book, “Up North Dream – The Guide to Moving to Northern Michigan” at the Traverse Bay Farms Elk Rapids store.

    Traverse Bay Farms, winner of more than 35 national food awards, announced that the company will hold a reservation event at its Elk Rapids retail store located at 204 River Street on July 2, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    The company offers a full line of nationally award-winning, all-natural gourmet food products, including cherry juice concentrate, dried cherries, tart cherry capsules and more.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, individuals and families have left major cities and epicenters of the pandemic across America. Many seek a more relaxed and slower pace of life. This migration from cities to modern rural areas is supported by statistics published by the US Postal Service.

    These government statistics track mail forwarding requests. The numbers suggest that people from more populated areas of Michigan and the east and west coasts of the United States are moving to modern rural communities.

    You see, Mr. LaPointe and his wife moved to a modern rural community in northern Michigan from Taylor, a suburb of Detroit. According to the author, Mr. LaPointe, “My wife and I looked at the big map of the United States and wondered where we wanted to move. After looking at a few different areas, we decided to move to Northern Michigan to enjoy the Northern Michigan lifestyle.

    What is the Northern Michigan way of life like?

    According to Mr. LaPointe, his definition of the Northerh Michigan way of life, “It’s the ability to enjoy all the conveniences of modern life while living in harmony with Mother Nature.”

    If that’s what you want too, Northern Michigan is for you!

    According to Andy LaPointe, “Up North Michigan doesn’t officially exist on any map, but it does. Perhaps it’s the sense of tranquility one experiences walking through streets lined with towering oak trees, the promise of a rhythm of life slower pace and friendly greetings from neighbors. Up North is more than tourist shops, fudge and cherries. Up North is a state of mind. It’s a place to play golf, ski the tracks, hitting the trails, enjoying the laughter of family and friends, forgetting the stresses of the world and losing yourself in the serenity of watching the sun go down over the western horizon.You know what I’m talking about…the sunset bright orange and flamboyant yellow!”

    For more information on the author’s work, visit the website here at www.UpNorthDream.com His books are available for purchase on Amazon and at the book signing event as well.

    About Traverse Bay Farms / Fruit Advantage

    Winner of over 35 national food awards at America’s largest and most competitive food competitions. Traverse Bay Farms is America’s first award-winning super fruit company.

    Offering an all-natural line of fruit salsa, fruit barbecue, dried fruit including dried cherries, dried blueberries and more. Additionally, Traverse Bay Farms offers cherry juice concentrate and teaches the health benefits of cherry juice.

    Fruit Advantage is the sister brand and offers a full range of fruit supplements suitable for certain conditions, including tart cherry capsules, blueberry capsules and pomegranate capsules. Plus, Fruit Advantage offers a patented formula that combines tart cherries with glucosamine and chondriotin. This one-of-a-kind supplement is called Cherry Prime – Complete Muscle and Joint Complex.

    Book Club: 4 Things to Know About “How to Raise an Anti-Racist”


    Hello and welcome to the LA Times Book Club newsletter.

    Ibram X. Kendi new book is an intensely personal journey through the birth of his first child and how fatherhood helped deepen his work.

    “Like any parent, like any mother or father, I want to protect my child above all else,” the 39-year-old historian and National Book Award winner told the columnist. Anita Chabria. “And when my daughter was born, I first thought, or assumed or assumed without necessarily thinking about it, that the way to protect her was to keep her away, if that’s even possible, from toxicity. racism.”

    Instead, Kendi says her experiences and research have taught her “quite the opposite.” He says it’s never too early – or too late – to talk to children about race to teach and protect them at any age.

    Here are 4 things to know about Kendi and her just-published “How to Raise an Antiracist” ahead of her conversation with the LA Times Book Club on June 22.

    Raising an empathetic child is raising an anti-racist child“I think, especially for young children, when you think about [modeling] anti-racist behavior is behavior that is akin to consideration or sharing,” Kendi says.

    The turbulent summer of 2020 inspired the MacArthur Genius Fellowship winner to write “How to Raise an Anti-Racist”. Kendi says he was hit by the large number of young people fill the streets to protest against racism and police brutality.

    Kendi also released a second book this week, “Goodnight Racism.” It’s a children’s picture book. “I’m just thrilled to write a book that imagines what a world without racism, an anti-racism society would be like, and to be able to really present that to our youngest who have the biggest and most beautiful imaginations.” This week he spoke with the LA Times Today presenter Lisa McCree on both books.

    He doesn’t read to escape. “I tend to drink sangria,” he says. This week, Kendi hosted a anti-racism summer reading list for Parents magazine.

    Join us: Get tickets for Wednesday’s in-person book club chat with Kendi and the Times columnist sandbanks. The event begins at 7 p.m. at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.

    What would you like to ask? Share your questions for Kendi before book club night in an email to [email protected]

    Author Ibram X. Kendi.

    (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

    Hey, spaghetti arms

    It’s official: We’re dancing dirty in July with Jennifer Grey. The actress and bestseller author will join book clubbers to discuss his memoir, “Out of the Corner,” with the Times senior entertainment writer and author of “Bachelor Nation” Amy Kaufman.

    We return to the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood on July 19and no one should carry a watermelon. Get tickets.

    Tell us: How many times have you seen “Dirty Dancing” and what are your favorite lines? We will share your comments in an upcoming newsletter.

    A picture of a woman next to a book cover with a picture of her when she was younger.

    Jennifer Gray is the author of the memoir “Out of the Corner”.

    (Brian Bowen Smith/ Ballantine Books)

    global california

    June 29correspondent abroad Jawid Kaleem will join readers for the latest episode of Ask a Reporter, the live dating series where Times reporters discuss the news and answer your questions about the stories we cover.

    Kaleem is based in London, where he launched a multimedia series exploring Californian connections across national borders. He will discuss recent stories about the Golden State’s growing European connections, including the wave of expats surging to Portugal, as well as California’s new role as a culinary pipeline to the EU.

    The event will be broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Register on Eventbrite.

    People in bathing suits beat a volleyball near a net.  Others sunbathe.  In the background, buildings and palm trees.

    Volleyball on the beach in Cascais, an old village north of Lisbon, Portugal.

    (José Sarmento Matos / For The Times)

    More trips: In case you missed our May Book Club, you can still catch the “Letter to a Stranger” night with authors Maggie Shipstead, Pico Iyer, Michelle Tea and Colleen Kinderand Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds. Look now.

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    Closure of the bookstore. The owners of Eso Won Books, the beloved black-owned independent bookstore in Los Angeles, will close their brick-and-mortar store. Eso Won will close its doors at the end of the year, but the owners James Fugate and Tom Hamilton will still be our local bookstore partner for next week Kendi’s Book Club at USC. “James and Tom don’t just sell books, they create a sense of community,” says the author Lynel George. “They have been working, all this time, to fill the gaps, especially for black readers and authors. You would walk in and see this abundant selection and it was exciting to browse through it. … I always feel rejuvenated after a visit with them.

    A table filled with stacks of books in a bookstore.

    Inside Eso Won Books in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

    James Patterson feels the heat. The best-selling author drew widespread criticism after saying white men face ‘a different form of racism’ during a London Times interview about his autobiography.

    Star lit. Just before his 20th birthday, the Oakland poet-novelist phenomenon Leila Mottley just released her first book, “Nightcrawling,” the Oprah Book Club’s latest pick. “I have plenty of time to grow,” says Mottley. “My writing is very different from what it was when I wrote this book, so I think rapid growth means I’m going to be able to reinvent myself a million different times.”

    California Book Award. This year, the Commonwealth Club gold medals include “The Archer” by Shruti Swamy (fiction); “Skin ship”, by Yoon Choi (first fiction); “Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Fire” by Lizzie Johnson (non-fiction); and “Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles” by Baldwin de Rosecrans (Californian).

    His favorite things. Oscar winner and author Julie Andrews joined our book club for a memorable evening at the Orpheum theater, just months before the pandemic hit. Andrews returned to Los Angeles this month and finally received her long-delayed AFI Life Achievement Award. Journalist Marie McNamara notes that the 86-year-old stage and screen star hasn’t let a global pandemic get in the way of his vital career. Andrews “managed to write three books, launch a podcast, and perform the narration of Shonda Rhimes’ hit ‘Bridgerton’ without leaving her home in Sag Harbor, NY too much.” A third thesis is also in preparation.

    The Times' Mary McNamara, left, and Julie Andrews laugh as they discuss Andrews' memoir,

    The Times’ Mary McNamara, left, and Julie Andrews laugh as they discuss Andrews’ memoir ‘Home Work’.

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    And he writes too! In a interview for the Millions, Jianan Qian interviews with author and professor at USC Percival Everett on Everett’s many skills: novel writing, abstract painting, horse training, instrument repair, and jazz guitar playing. “I never see these things as challenges,” Everett says. “You live in the world. You do stuff. What else am I supposed to do with my free time? »

    His stories. MSNBC Host At Katy Tur’s childhood began in an LA news helicopter. In a new memoir, “Rough Draft,” Tur delves into her family’s chaotic past, the pandemic, motherhood, and current affairs.

    The Adventures of Al. Long Beach Lynne Cox braved the Bering Strait and the English Channel and wrote the book on swimming; his latest project is daring water rescue dogs, via the Long Beach Post.

    “Here” from the LA Times. This new series of photographs celebrates the roots, ambassadors and pillars of black culture in LA and will be presented today June 16 “Eat, See, Listen” Event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The event also includes live music, food trucks and a screening of “42”, for the year of the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.

    Father’s Day finds. Critical Michael Schaub shares last-minute gift ideas for seven different types of book-loving dads.

    If you like our community book club. The Times offered many free, virtual book club conversations and other live journalism events to allow readers to easily connect with authors and journalists during the pandemic. Please consider supporting the new Los Angeles Times Community Fund.

    Last word
    “I will be absolutely frank and honest,” said LeVar Burton. “It’s embarrassing that we ban books in this country; in this culture; these days… Read the books they ban. This is where the good stuff is!

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Odessa has a rich cultural history


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    ‘Black Swan’ Author Dismantles Key Bitcoin Narrative

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    Nassim Taleb Says Bitcoiners Picking Comparative Returns Shouldn’t Be Ignored

    Lebanese-American mathematician and philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb complaints that Bitcoiners who select comparative returns for Bitcoin should be ignored.

    When confronted with the dismal performance of Bitcoin, Bitcoiners usually argue that the cryptocurrency’s returns are still huge if you zoom out far enough.

    MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, whose company has already lost around $1 billion on its audacious bitcoin bet, reiterated the popular talking point recently during an interview with CNBC.

    However, as Taleb points out, the average purchase price of Bitcoin in circulation is currently $23,430. Meanwhile, the biggest cryptocurrency is now trading at $20,406 on the Bitstamp exchange. This basically means the average buyer is in the red.

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    According to data provided by IntoTheBlock, around half of Bitcoin holders are sitting on losses at current prices. The major cryptocurrency has crashed 70.36% from its record high in November. Those who bought the cryptocurrency near the price peak suffered devastating losses.

    As noted by Taleb, the average purchase price of other major assets is well below their current market price.

    The bestselling author doesn’t mince words when it comes to Bitcoin and its supporters. Earlier this week, Taleb said the world’s largest cryptocurrency was “a test of intelligence”, gloating over its sudden collapse.

    He further mentioned that MicroStrategy holding $410 million worth of Bitcoin in a custodial account goes against the “dumb”, “naive”, and “conspiratorial” people who bought into the “no trust” narrative.

    Last month, as reported by U.Today, Taleb felt Terra’s Do Kwon was more dangerous than late fraudster Bernie Madoff.

    Otiono, Nigerian-Canadian, appointed director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University


    Nduka Otiono, a Nigerian-Canadian scholar and former journalist for The Guardian newspaper, has been appointed director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.

    The three-year appointment will take effect from July 1, 2022.

    According to FIJ, Otiono’s appointment was announced in a statement by Pauline Rankin, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Canada.

    Rankin described Otiono as “an associate professor at the Institute of African Studies whose work spans creative writing, cultural studies, oral performance and literature in Africa, and postcolonial studies”.

    She listed her recent publications to include the co-edited volume of essays, Polyvocal Bob Dylan: Music, Performance, Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka Otiono (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2021).

    Speaking by appointmentOtiono expressed his gratitude for the opportunity.

    “I humbly accept this appointment and call for service as the new director of our beloved Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada’s premier institute of African studies,” he said. he declares.

    “When I joined this unit as the first full-time faculty member on the tenure track in 2014, I had no idea that in 7 years I would be leading it as its first director. not named from outside the institute.

    “Recognizing that this is our home department and that the intellectual and cultural center for the study of Africa in Canada is essential to my vision for the Institute, I count on our large community and our partners local and international for the cooperation and support needed to move the Institute forward into its second decade of existence, having been founded in 2009.”

    He expressed his gratitude to the hiring committee, the university leadership, as well as his colleagues, students and family for their inspiration and support.

    According to his profile on the university’s website, Otiono is “a writer, associate professor, and graduate program coordinator at Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies.”

    “He is the author and co-editor of eight books on creative writing and academic research. Before turning to academia, he was for many years a journalist in Nigeria, secretary general of the Nigerian Authors Association, founding member of the Nigerian section of the UNESCO Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee and member founder of the board of directors of the annual scholarship of 100,000 dollars. Nigerian Literature Award,” the profile read.

    “Fellow of the William Joiner Center for War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts, Boston, his interdisciplinary research focuses on popular urban narratives in postcolonial Africa and how they travel across multiple popular cultural platforms such as media, cinema , popular media. music and social networks.

    “Beyond the cultural relevance of these small everyday life genres also known as rumors, urban myths or legends, Otiono explores their political relevance and embodiment as ‘street tales’ and how ordinary people speak to power through these informal channels.His research draws on his experience as a journalist and cultural activist in Nigeria.

    “His research interests span cultural studies, oral performance and literature in Africa, postcolonial studies, media and communication studies, globalization and popular culture.”

    Jericho Brown returns to Aspen


    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown will be the keynote speaker at Aspen Words’ annual Book Ball 2022 on June 21.

    Brown was most recently in Aspen, presenting a reading and conversation alongside her friend and fellow poet Ada Limón during the 2020 Winter Words Speaker Series. During this conversation, Brown read two works appearing in “The Tradition” , a collection of poems that won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2020. Returning to Aspen Words in a new title at their annual gala, held at the Jerome Hotel, Brown will appear with Dawnie Walton, winner of the 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize , and Aspen Words Leadership Award winners Isa Catto and Daniel Shaw.

    The gala, to be held in the Grand Ballroom, will also feature the participation of faculty from the Summer Words 2022 conference, including authors Lan Samantha Chang, Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Fonda Lee, Mary Beth Keane, Robert Kolker, Claribel Ortega, Joanna Rakoff and Natalie Serber.

    Brown said of his return to Aspen, “I’m so excited to be back for the Book Ball gala because it gives me the chance to talk to a community that I always feel a part of, no matter how far away. I am.”

    Brown’s book, The Tradition, is a collection of poems that focus on history, identity, and the intersection of the personal and the political. His poetry specifically focuses on themes of father and son, being a black man, mass shootings, and other topics, prescient in 2020 and more closely tied to current events than ever.

    “The great wonder of poetry is how it distills experience, illuminates the senses, and expands our capacity for understanding. We are fortunate to welcome Jericho Brown, whose precise and honest poems question and celebrate the contradictions of life. He is a master of words and an inspiring chronicler of our times,” said Adrienne Brodeur, CEO of Aspen Words.

    Brown’s poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award, and her second book, “The New Testament,” won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

    Brown also taught as a visiting faculty member at Aspen during the 2017 Summer Words session. Recalling his time, he remarked of the nonprofit, “Aspen Words is a model on how to build and nurture, as well as expand, a community of writers and public readership.”

    Ticket purchases for Book Ball support events serving over 8,700 attendees. These include writing workshops for adults and young people, a series of author conferences, writers’ residencies, a literary prize celebrating social impact fiction and a book club. city-wide community. Donations and ticket sales from the event also help support writers’ conference scholarships for emerging writers from historically underrepresented groups, free poetry slam workshops for middle and high school students. of the Roaring Fork Valley, free tickets for educators and students to attend all events, virtually or in-person and community book club discussions in conjunction with events on the Red Brick Lawn.

    Dublin celebrates ‘Bloomsday’ as Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ turns 100


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    Dublin (AFP) – A hundred years ago, a wandering Irish writer emerged from the ashes of World War I with a reworking of Greek myth that still retains the power to shock, confuse and intrigue.

    James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ was first published in February 1922 in Paris after British printers refused to treat the novel as ‘obscene’.

    It remained banned there and in the United States for years.

    The anniversary four months ago was duly observed by Joycians around the world.

    But this week, fans will don period attire to celebrate their annual commemoration of the novel with more enthusiasm than usual.

    “Ulysses” is set entirely in one day – June 16, 1904 – and follows the emphatically non-heroic Leopold Bloom around British-ruled Dublin, obliquely following the adventures of Homer’s protagonist Ulysses on his epic return from the Trojan War. .

    For “Bloomsday” this Thursday, performers in early 20th-century costumes – straw boater hats and bonnets – will re-enact scenes from the book across the Irish capital.

    The Sweny Pharmacy, where Bloom buys lemon soap for his wife Molly, will become a stage for re-enactments of the book’s ‘Lotus Eaters’ scene, while a funeral procession for another character, Paddy Dignam, will take place at the cemetery City Glasnevin.

    Events are being held across Dublin to mark the centenary of ‘Bloomsday’, the 24-hour period in which the book takes place BARRY CRONIN AFP

    “A bit of madness”

    Centenary events took place across Dublin City this week.

    On Tuesday, an audience crammed into the first-floor hall of a Napoleonic-era fort in Sandycove, where Joyce stayed, to watch a performance of an imaginary second encounter between the Irish author and his contemporary Frenchman Marcel Proust.

    Now a museum and shrine for ‘Ulysses’ enthusiasts as the setting for the novel’s opening scene, the two titans of 20th-century literature debate Joyce’s legacy and sip wine – juice apple for the matinee performance – in the living quarters of the tower.

    “It was just fantastic to come here and immerse yourself in the craic (fun) a bit,” Tom Fitzgerald, a museum volunteer who played Joyce in the show, told AFP.

    Performances took place in places such as an early 19th century fort where Joyce stayed
    Performances took place in places such as an early 19th century fort where Joyce stayed FRAN CAFFREY AFP

    “Some people take that very seriously. I always say that at Sandycove we do the eat, drink and sing part of Ulysses and if Joyce was there, he would be there. He wouldn’t be at a symposium.”

    Irish embassies around the world will mark the day with events including a Zulu performance of Molly Bloom’s closing soliloquy in Johannesburg and a Vietnamese rendition of Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ short story collection in Hanoi.

    Elsewhere, popular fan-run festivals in locations from Toronto to Melbourne and Shanghai also take place.

    – Incisive questions –

    A totemic work of modernist literature from the early 20th century, “Ulysses” is densely allusive and difficult to categorize.

    It dismantles gender as Joyce responds in revolutionary style to Irish nationalism, religious dogma and sexual politics, among a host of other themes.

    Bloom himself is Jewish, a foreigner to Catholic Ireland. The novel is sometimes crude, sometimes scatological, sometimes impossible to decipher.

    But it’s often comically biting, and never less than thought-provoking, as Joyce responds to Homer with his own modernist take on the myth.

    For Darina Gallagher, director of the James Joyce Center in Dublin, ‘Ulysses’, published the very year the Irish state was formed, raises questions that Ireland still faces.

    “We haven’t really been able to talk about gender and politics and identity and nationalism. And we’re still only growing as a society to deal with the issues of the Catholic Church that we can’t believe Joyce writing,” she said. said.

    Joyce died aged 58 in 1941 and was buried in Zurich
    Joyce died aged 58 in 1941 and was buried in Zurich FABRICE COFFRINIAFP

    “Ulysses” was written in self-imposed exile far from Dublin as Joyce spent World War I on his own odyssey through Europe, from Trieste to Zurich and Paris.

    The Bloomsday tributes carry a certain irony: Ireland, then plagued by Catholic orthodoxy, refused to repatriate Joyce’s body when he died in 1941, aged just 58. He was buried in Zurich.

    British playwright Tom Stoppard in his 1974 play “Travesties” imagines Joyce meeting Lenin and Dada founder Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917.

    “What did you do in the Great War, Mr. Joyce?” a character asks the writer.

    Joyce responds, “I wrote ‘Ulysses’. What did you do?”

    A girl changed the way people see crayons. Now she is an author.

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    To see how a moment turned into a movement, just flip through the pages of Bellen Woodard’s new book.

    Written against colorful illustrations, the story takes readers back to when the Northern Virginia girl was 8 years old and a classmate asked her if she could hand him the “flesh-colored pencil.”

    “Some call it the flesh-colored pencil,” reads one page of the book. “I’ve heard it many times before. But this time, when I pass her the peach-colored pencil, something inside me feels different.

    Turn a few pages: “Can someone pass me the flesh-colored pencil?” another friend asks later. The question echoes in the room.

    Flip again: “That question didn’t seem to bother my teacher. Or my friends.

    Flip again: “Why was I the only one confused?”

    Bellen is an 11-year-old straight student who loves the color pink, playing with her dogs, and hanging out with friends. She’s also CEO of her own company, activist and, now, author. In July, Scholastic will publish a children’s book written by Bellen and illustrated by Fanny Liem.

    Titled “More than Peach,” the book details how Bellen became an industry transformator, getting people to think differently about the pencils and crayons children receive. It also encourages readers to think about what they want to change in the world.

    “Did you know the peach pencil was actually called ‘flesh’?” reads a section near the end of the book, referring to how Crayola originally gave the crayon its name. “I found it rather strange that there was only one pencil with this name and even today only one is called the ‘skin color’ pencil. So with More than Peach, I want everyone to know that I appreciate them and their spaces (and businesses) should too!”

    If you find yourself shopping for crayons on Target’s website now or in stores this summer, you’ll see that Crayola now has a “Colors of the World” line. You’ll also see More than Peach pencils, the brand Bellen pioneered. Here’s what you need to know about these pencils that come in a wide range of skin colors: They were the innovation of a black girl who knew her skin wasn’t the color of peaches and wanted to find a way for all children to feel seen.

    Bellen’s book shows her talking to her mother about what happened in class and deciding that the next time someone asked her for the flesh-colored pencil, she would say, “Which one?” Skin can have any number of beautiful colors. In the book, she responds this way over and over again. Then one day, she hears those words coming from someone else. “My teacher responds exactly like me,” the book reads.

    Bellen will tell you that she realized at that moment that language and perspectives could be changed.

    I first told you about Bellen when she was 9 years old and had just created the “More than Peach” project, which aimed to bring multicultural colored pencils and colored pencils into more than classroom. At the time, his efforts focused on Loudoun County, where his family lives.

    9-Year-Old Finally Made People Stop Thinking of Peach-Colored Pencil as ‘Skin-Colored’ Pencil

    Since then, as she has grown, her efforts have also increased. She’s spoken with stars and national leaders, including Michelle Obama and Simone Biles, learned how to be a speaker, and built a business that has international reach.

    Every week, she receives dozens and sometimes hundreds of drawings from children who want to show her their colorful creations. A recent package included a letter from a California teacher that read, “Dear Bellen, Thank you for all your hard work helping to make every child feel included! We made you some pictures to show our appreciation. You make a BIG difference!

    “She has so many letters and drawings from kids that say, ‘Bellen, we don’t use that language anymore,'” her mother, Tosha Woodard, said. By “this language”, these children mean that they no longer call the peach pencil the flesh-colored pencil.

    “A lot of them aren’t even from America,” Bellen said. They came from Japan, Angola and many other countries. “They are really cute. They are really caring. Some have rainbows. Some have drawings that the children made of themselves. It makes me really happy to see that the younger ones are getting it. Hopefully, when they get older, they can tell their kids about it, and it will only get better.

    On Sunday, Bellen is set to speak to Girl Scouts who live overseas and in the nation’s capital for a virtual event that was billed as “an exceptional celebration of June 19.”

    ” Be you. Brilliant,” she told them.

    She will also tell them a lot more, but she didn’t get a chance to write her words.

    When I spoke to Bellen one recent evening, the sixth-grader (she skipped a grade) was focused on a busy week of dance lessons, a trip to Kings Dominion, and her last days of school. She planned to choose her words for the Sunday event later. But she knew what message she hoped to convey to these girls: that they have confidence in themselves and in the quality of their ideas.

    The past few years have shown Bellen the power that an idea backed by conviction and hard work can hold.

    “If I did something and nobody really cared, it would probably lower my confidence and lower how much I want to keep doing this,” Bellen said. “But if I see that it works and something changes, it makes me want to continue. And I’ve definitely seen the impact.

    I asked how she felt knowing that people would soon be reading a book that told her story.

    “That’s really cool,” she said. “It just reminds me that I’m doing the right thing and people all over the world are getting this message and understanding it. It just makes me happy because all this hard work and stuff with my schedule, it do well.

    One of the people Bellen has met through her work is Mae Jemison, who was the first black woman in the United States to travel to space.

    “Don’t back down,” Bellen told Jameson.

    This detail appears in the book.

    So does this advice, attributed to Bellen: “Instead of asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, ask them what they want to change.”

    The Bookseller – Rights – Orion Fiction lands two-book deal with Judy Murray


    Orion Fiction has been awarded a two-book deal, including The Jokerby budding novelist and former international tennis player Judy Murray.

    Charlotte Mursell, Editorial Director, has acquired all worldwide language rights from Kerr MacRae to Kerr MacRae LPA. The Joker will be published in hardcover, e-book and audio in the summer of 2023.

    “Judy is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met, a natural storyteller and has lived a life full of new experiences and accomplishments,” MacRae said.

    Murray has 64 national titles to her name and in 1995 became Scotland’s national coach. Alongside her tennis and coaching achievements, Murray was a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ nominee in 2014, a Costa Book Award judge in 2021 and will make her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

    The Joker is a “fresh and uplifting” story about how it’s never too late to achieve your dreams, following Abigail Patterson who, after putting her tennis career on hold, finds herself entered into tennis’ biggest championship of the country as a wild card. However, her success in the competition means it’s only a matter of time before the press starts to uncover the secret Abi has been hiding for so long.

    Mursell commented: “I’m so thrilled to release Judy Murray’s brilliant debut at Orion Fiction. Full of twists (and tennis), The Joker is a brilliantly heartwarming tale of second chances and the pursuit of forgotten dreams. A perfect, evasive holiday read that will be one of next year’s summer hits – best read with a punnet of strawberries and cream!”

    Murray added: “If I hadn’t been a tennis coach I think I would have become a writer or an editor, so I’m delighted to be working with the fabulous team at Orion on my first book of fiction. It’s a tale of triumph over adversity and it is set in a major event on the tennis calendar.”

    Letter to the editor: Spring book sale a big success – Albert Lea Tribune


    Thank you to everyone who made the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale a great success. We raised $1,626 through the sale of books and subscriptions. Proceeds, along with donations and sales from Fountain Lake Bookstore, support additional adult and children’s programs and supplies at the Albert Lea Public Library.

    Special thanks to Freeborn County’s Janelle VanEngelburg, her Sentence-To-Serve team and the many Friends volunteers for their work on behalf of this event. A thank you to Ken Bertelson, who continues to provide delicious homemade treats to volunteers. Also, thanks to the engineering department of Albert Lea for providing the garage. The posters and bookmarks were made by Trish Whelan, library staff member, and we thank her. Many thanks to Marilyn Rahn, Book Sale Chair, who did a great job. We are grateful for the continued generous donations of books in good, clean condition from area residents, which can be placed in the blue bin at the bottom of the City Hall stairs.

    Now in its 15th year, the Fountain Lake Bookstore is open year-round on the lower level of City Hall and is staffed by volunteers Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When there are no staff, books can be purchased using the payment box near the office. .

    We hope to see you at our 2022 fall sale.

    Cindy Gandrud

    Library Friends

    arunoday singh: Actor Arunoday Singh becomes an author with a collection of poems, ‘Unsung’ which will be released on June 30

    NEW DELHI: Actor Arunoday Singh becomes an author with his first poetry book ‘Unsung’, Penguin Random House India (PRHI) announced on Monday. The book, a collection including poems shared on Singh’s Instagram profile alongside new ones, delves deep within and probes questions of loss, longing and healing.

    According to the publishers, the book is a poetry lover’s delight.

    “Arunoday’s poems are deceptively simple and painfully beautiful, exploring themes of stillness, pain, healing, light and dark. Beyond Comedy , he had a profound impact on people’s lives with his poetry, and we are so proud to publish this beautifully put together volume,” Radhika Marwah, Managing Editor at PRHI, said in a statement.

    Singh said he had always dreamed of publishing his poetry and was happy the collection was finally coming out.

    “I’m thrilled, and terrified, and proud, and terrified. And thankful that Radhika and the good people at Penguin Random House were crazy enough to do this,” Singh, known for starring in films such as “Aisha,” “Yeh Saali Zindagi,” “Jism 2,” and “Main Tera Hero,” said in a statement.


    “Unsung” is set for release on June 30 under PRHI’s “Ebury Press” imprint.

    Students are increasingly turning to secondary activities to supplement their living expenses


    Student scrambles are on the rise, with markets selling handmade goods in backyards, unused warehouses and on college campuses across the country.

    Clothing stalls at Nifty Markets in Christchurch.
    Photo: Supplied / Rosie Carroll

    Students also use social media to attract online sales of jewelry, art, photography, and clothing.

    Tui Lou Christie, a fourth-year creative writing student and part-time proofreader, has been selling recycled clothing as ‘Okey Dokey’ in Wellington markets since last year.

    “I work part-time, and I work part-time in the company, and I study part-time. Normally I work three days a week, then two days a week I study, then the rest of the the time of my evenings, I will only sew.”

    For Christie, it’s a passion project, and she said she’s lucky her income from the markets is in excess of the cost of living.

    “Usually it would just be rent and food and that kind of stuff, so anytime I have a good market, it’s kind of nice to be able to take that money and spend it on something fun.”

    She bears basic costs by living a 45-minute bus ride from campus, but said she was in a much more comfortable position than many of her peers with more expensive rent.

    Rosie Carroll is also familiar with the drive to earn a little extra – she started a second-hand clothes market in Christchurch called the Nifty Markets to make it easier for young people to hustle.

    Many of his merchants are students, and Carroll has seen a number of them turn their love of operational shopping into a steady source of income.

    “They start off as a creative outlet, something fun, and then it becomes a part-time job, or a second part-time job,” she said.

    The popularity of the market has increased – the newest saw merchants and customers fill a large warehouse.

    But with increasing competition, merchants need to be careful to sell enough to make it worthwhile.

    “They have to be really on top of their game making sure they’re actually going to capitalize on a market. I think that’s maybe something they’re more concerned about than before.”

    Jason Schroeder, events manager for the Otago University Students Association, has also seen an increase in self-directed ventures – he hosts at least two student markets per semester, with interest growing over the past five years.

    He also saw a handful of ideas pass college campuses and backyards.

    “There are more students who have independent businesses.

    “Palmah is a really good example that sells organic t-shirts, and they really started by selling directly to their friends and students.”

    Student start-up Palmah sells clothing made from organically grown fibers and recycled materials.

    Student start-up Palmah sells clothing made from organically grown fibers and uses recycled materials, the company says.
    Photo: Provided

    Palmah’s witty designs have won them a strong following in New Zealand and Australia, and co-founder Hamish Palmer says they’re lucky to have taken off among the myriad of other companies.

    “When we first launched things we certainly had no idea where it was going, it was just something fun to maybe be able to do a little sideways,” a- he declared.

    Palmer has since visited college campuses to sell their wares and wasn’t surprised to notice an increase in self-directed student businesses as the cost of living grew increasingly out of reach.

    “It’s definitely about doing that job and getting a little bit more out of it.”

    “Especially somewhere like Otago, where a lot of people go there because it’s a little cheaper but it’s getting more and more expensive.”

    In Wellington, Tui Lou Christie says students’ reputation for laziness is outdated, with most of her friends juggling multiple commitments to pay the cost of living, on top of their tuition.

    Meet the Top 10 Westport Middle High School Graduates in 2022


    WESTPORT – The following students graduated from Westport Middle High School at the academic top of the senior class.

    1. Laura Martel

    Laura Martel, valedictorian, is the daughter of Mary Ann and Steve Martel. Laura will continue her studies at Husson University where she will specialize in occupational therapy and will be a member of their soccer team. Laura played varsity football for Westport High School for six years and this year was a First Team All-Star for the Herald News and in Year 10 she was the Second All-Star for Eastern Mass. She was named a female athlete this year and won the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, the Superintendent’s Award, the Department of Science Award, and the AP Calculus Award. She has also received several local scholarships, including the Westport Lion’s Club, Saint Anne’s Credit Union, and Hawthorn Medical, to name a few. Laura helped raise $4,700 over four years for the Homes for our Troops fundraiser. She volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse and My Brother’s Keeper. She is a member of the Student Council, the Medical Club, and the National Honor Society. In her freshman year, Laura received the Harvard Book Award and the Future Women in STEM Award from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Laura has been an intern for our occupational therapist this school year.

    Christopher Wilson

    2. Christopher Wilson

    Christopher Wilson, Salutatorian, is the son of Michelle Garant-Wilson and Daniel Wilson. Christopher will continue his studies at Western New England University with a major in Computer Engineering. Christopher received the John T. Hickey Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the Chris Cariglia and Joanne Charest Memorial Sportsmanship Award. In addition to these prestigious distinctions, he has received the Citizenship Award, the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellent, the Physics and Calculus Awards, as well as the Computer Science Essentials Awards. In his freshman year, Christopher received the Renssalaer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Christopher played baseball for all four years, was a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. Christopher also worked at Naval Base Newport as an intern in their computer engineering and robotics program.

    Gwenyth Pichette

    3. Gwenyth Pichette

    Gwenyth Pichette is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Pichette. Gwenyth will be entering the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall to study English Journalism. This young woman challenged herself with AP and Honors classes throughout her high school career. Gwenyth has been a member of our SADD Club (Student’s Against Destructive Decisions), the Newspaper Club and the National Honor Society. Gwenyth has volunteered for many of our school events and community organizations. Gwenyth has been a dancer for over twelve years. She received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence and several local scholarships like the Betty F. Slade, Westport Historical Society Scholarship.

    Jessica Georges

    4. Jessica George

    Jessica George is the daughter of Jillian and John George. Jessica will continue her studies at Wheaton College with a major in print journalism. Jessica was our media specialist’s intern who helped with literary support. Jessica has received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as the Clube Madeirense, New Bradford R. Bibeau Memorial Scholarship and Westport Music Boosters Scholarships. Jessica has been involved in our school’s drama club since grade 10 and has been a student council member for just as long. She volunteers for several city events and is involved in her church.

    Benjamin Almeida

    5. Benjamin Almeida

    Benjamin Almeida is the son of Lisa and David Almeida. Benjamin will enter the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth majoring in nursing. Benjamin is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in our cooperative football program, as well as our Drama and Makerspace clubs. This hardworking young man works part-time at a local retail store while maintaining his 4.0 plus GPA. Benjamin received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence.

    Sarah Carney

    6. Sarah Carney

    Sarah Carney is the daughter of Marybeth and Mark Carney. Sarah will double major in history and education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall. She played three varsity sports: cooperative track and field, field hockey and basketball. She captained the field hockey team this year and became a mentor to young players. Sarah was a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the National Honor Society. She has participated in many school events as a volunteer and has been a STEM camp counselor for elementary students. This year, Sarah participated in the HSSIEP project which is the High School Senior Internship Education Project. Sarah worked with a college history teacher as an intern. She also did an internship for a high school history teacher. Sarah received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence and the AP English Award.

    Sidney Arsenault

    7. Sidney Arsenault

    Sydney Arsenault is the daughter of Sandra and Patrick Arsenault. Sydney will continue her education at the University of New Haven majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Investigative Services. Sydney has played football, been in the Drama Club and is extremely involved in her Church. Sydney’s determination is evident as she has maintained her 4.0 GPA, while working part-time and being involved in community activities. Sydney is the recipient of the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as the AP Statistics Award. In her freshman year, Sydney received the Suffolk University Book Award. She was also a recipient of Sgt. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship and the Grimshaw Gudewitz Charitable Award.

    Nathaniel Gifford

    8. Nathaniel Gifford

    Nathaniel Gifford is the son of Sarah and Bruce Gifford. Nathaniel will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy majoring in shipping. Nathaniel’s resume is filled with jobs he has held or currently holds in the maritime industry. He is also a volunteer and in particular Eagle Scout. Nathaniel received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as a Citizenship Award. He also received several scholarships; New Bedford Port Society Ladies Branch, Luther B. Bowman, Westport Lion’s Club, Westport Agricultural Fair to name a few.

    Lys Pichette

    9. Lily Pichette

    Lily Pichette is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Pichette. Lily will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall to major in psychology. She was on the basketball and soccer teams. And, this year was the captain of the basketball team. She has received numerous accolades for her athletic skills and most recently was named Female Athlete of the Year and received a Math and English department award as well as scholarships.

    Kyra Ferreira

    10. Kyra Ferreira

    Kyra Ferreira is the daughter of Kristi and Alfred Scott Ferreira. Kyra will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall majoring in writing. Kyra is the Class of 2022 President and was elected to be the voice of her peers every year in high school. Kyra has been a member of STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership), Yearbook, Medical Club, and the National Honor Society. Kyra played field hockey for all four years, tennis as well as cheering. Kyra has also volunteered for several school and community events. This young lady maintains a 4.0 GPA while being so involved and working part-time. Kyra was recognized for her academic abilities by receiving the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence.

    Tony Awards 2022 Live Updates: Latest Performances and Red Carpet Photos


    Angela Lansbury, a beloved star of stage, film and television, was honored with a special Tony Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night.

    Len Cariou, 82, who starred alongside Lansbury in the Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd,” presented the award. Lansbury, 96, was not present to receive the award in person at Radio City Music Hall.

    The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus also sang “Mame” as a special tribute to Lansbury. (Read on to learn more about this show.)

    Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

    “There’s no one I’d rather run a ruthless business with,” Cariou said. “Angela’s extraordinary 75-year career has been marked by many moments of joy on stage.”

    Lansbury first appeared on Broadway in 1957, in a farce titled “Hotel Paradiso,” and in 1964 she starred in her first Broadway musical, “Anyone Can Whistle.” In 1966, she landed her first Broadway role, as the free-spirited lead character in “Mame.” She won her first Tony Award for this performance.

    Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

    His last Broadway appearance was in a 2012 revival of “The Best Man,” a play by Gore Vidal.

    In total, Lansbury has been nominated for a Tony seven times, winning in all but two cases. Here are some of what New York Times critics have said about these Broadway performances over the years:

    Mom (1966)

    “This star vehicle deserves its star, and vice versa. No one may be surprised to learn that Angela Lansbury is an accomplished actress, but we may not all know that she has an adequate singing voice, that she can dance with finesse and she can combine all of these things into music. performance.” — Stanley Kauffman

    Dear World (1969)

    “But for a little miracle, I suspect ‘Dear World’ would never have seen the dark of day. That little miracle is Miss Lansbury and whether or not the musical is worth seeing – for she is extraordinarily tenuous – no connoisseur of the musical can afford to miss Miss Lansbury’s performance. It’s adorable.” —Clive Barnes

    Gypsy (1974)

    Credit…Donald Cooper/Alamy

    “Most important of all, this new Broadway ‘Gypsy’ has brought in Angela Lansbury as Rose. Her voice doesn’t have Merman’s belt, but it’s enchanting, tragic, disconcerting and confusing. Miss Lansbury has no only a personality as big as the Statue of Liberty, but also a small core of nervousness that can make the outrageous real. —Clive Barnes

    Sweeney Todd (1979)

    “Her initial number, in which she sings about selling the worst pies in London, while beating the dough and making as many deliberately agitated gestures as a pinwheel, is a triumph.” —Richard Eder

    Devil (2007)

    “After an absence of nearly 25 years, Angela Lansbury is back on the New York scene. And she is so vital and indelible that she even occasionally fleshes out a piece as vaporous as ectoplasm. —Ben Brantley

    Joyful Spirit (2009)

    Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

    “But it’s Madame Arcati who walks away — or rather who dances — with the show, as she always used to do. Those who only know Ms. Lansbury as the bland, level-headed Jessica Fletcher from TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” may not be aware of the depth and variety of this actress’ techniques. —Ben Brantley

    A Little Night Music (2009)

    “But there is only one moment in this production where all of its elements come together perfectly.

    That moment, midway through the first act, belongs to Mrs. Lansbury, who so far has been thoroughly entertaining, playing Madame Armfeldt with the overmature aristocratic condescension of a Lady Bracknell. —Ben Brantley

    The Bookseller – Rights – HarperNorth wins Lennon debut in AWW mentorship program’s first publishing deal


    HarperNorth has picked up Nasheema Lennon’s first psychological thriller The commitment in the first publishing deal resulting from the Asian Women Writers (AWW) Mentorship Program.

    Editor-in-Chief Daisy Watt acquired worldwide rights to all languages ​​directly from the author for publication in e-book, audio and paperback in October 2022. Earlier this month The commitment was shortlisted for the Owned Voices Novel Award.

    Watt said:The commitment heralds Nasheema Lennon as a bright new star of psychological thriller writing. His knack for thrilling storytelling was clear to me from our very first meeting, and the brilliant AWW program gave us the opportunity to dig deeper into how Nasheema wanted to frame his debut novel – with endlessly intriguing characters, dizzying twists and turns. and red herrings that will fool even the most discerning reader. We at HarperNorth couldn’t be happier to launch his career as a published writer.

    The commitment begins when Victoria’s best friend Gwen announces that she is marrying her boyfriend Michael. The holidays are tense. There’s always been something unreadable about Michael that she doesn’t trust. The clock is ticking until the big day. Can Victoria expose Michael’s dark side and stop the wedding before it’s too late?

    Lennon a is a Mauritian-born writer based in Nottingham. She studied psychology and criminology at university before working for nine years in the prison service, before becoming an elementary school teacher.

    Lennon said, “Daisy’s encouragement and guidance helped me believe in myself as a writer. I am extremely grateful that the AWW program then gave me the opportunity to work more with Daisy, as a mentor. Thanks to his guidance and support, I learned a lot. I’m beyond thrilled that HarperNorth is posting my debut, although I’m still a bit shocked that it’s actually happening!

    AWW offers unpublished women free mentorship from literary agents and publishers to prepare their writing for publication. Since launching in early 2022, it has matched 25 writers with a mentor.

    Irum Fazal, Director of AWW, added: “Nasheema’s rare psychological insight creates creeping tension in The commitment that you cannot shake. His keen observation draws you into the lives of each of his characters with a natural empathy. We were thrilled to be able to support Nasheema by pairing her with her mentor, Daisy Watt, and are extremely excited that her novel will soon be available globally for readers to experience.

    Fazal added: “Working with Daisy has been a real pleasure – her enthusiasm for discovering new writers and supporting them as they develop is evident. We are delighted that HarperNorth is releasing Nasheema’s debut and that her relationship with her AWW mentor continues as she becomes a published author.

    Planet of the Apes was considered unfilmable


    The Planet of the Apes The franchise has always faced headwinds in getting its various entries to theater screens. The need for elaborate special effects and the difficulty of making its often complex political overtones work within the confines of a sci-fi show can make production difficult in the extreme. After a long hiatus, punctuated by the ambitious failure of Tim Burton’s adaptation in 2001, the franchise was only saved by the surprise success of 2011. The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes with actor Andy Serkis.

    These issues go back to the beginning of the franchise, when the filmmakers struggled with the difficult source material: Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel. The printed page is much more forgiving than the cinema screen in some respects, and indeed, making that leap seemed almost impossible. No one thought the original 1968 film could succeed, let alone Boulle himself.

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    According to the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes, the author himself was not the work’s biggest fan initially. He considered it “second tier”, and along with his previous novel The Bridge over the River Kwai already adapted into an award-winning cinematic classic in 1958, it didn’t need to prove the merits of its screen work. The prospect of a film version of his novel hit him like lost money: no one would want to see it.

    Moreover, the novel itself used a structure that was very difficult to adapt. A framing narrative depicts a pair of astronauts who find a message in space describing the events of the story, which ends with not one, but two ironic twists: the author of the message returns to Earth after having visited the titular planet, only to find it’s also run by clever apes, and the two astronauts reading it turn out to be chimpanzees. It works much easier on the printed page, where selective details are easier to arrange, and surprise twists require much less effort to achieve the desired effect.

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    On top of that, the futuristic simian worlds depicted in the novel required considerable expense. This included the buildings of a modern monkey town, vehicles like helicopters and automobiles, and the monkeys themselves, which had never been portrayed in this way on screen. Previous films used real monkeys, adopted expensive stop-motion effects in the style of King Kong, or relied on crude and unconvincing costumes. Richard Zanuck, the head of 20th Century Fox who had the final say on whether the original Planet of the Apes was made or not, correctly assumed that if the audience didn’t believe the clever monkeys on screen were real, the whole movie would fail.

    This problem was solved by the revolutionary make-up effects of John Chambers, who had designed facial prostheses for wounded soldiers during World War II. He produced a series of masks and bodily prostheses that – along with strong performances from Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter – made the prospect of intelligent apes oddly plausible. Screenwriter Michael Wilson solved the problem of an advanced ape society – something that had hampered previous screenwriter Rod Serling’s ability to produce a screenplay – by making it more primitive, using wagons and horses instead of vehicles more elaborate (and expensive).

    As a result, the film became not just a hit, but a success: aptly achieving the irony and social commentary of Boulle’s book while convincingly portraying “a planet where apes evolved from men”. Boulle’s skepticism was well founded and might have proved true in less inventive hands. It took a number of ingenious decisions to overcome what seemed like impossible challenges and create a lasting film franchise in the process.

    North County School News, June 12



    Neighborhood offering free summer meals

    Escondido Union High School District Student Nutrition Services provides meals to students during the summer through a United States Department of Agriculture program. Meals will be available for all children 18 and under. No application, registration or documentation is required. Free meals will be offered at these locations and dates:

    • Washington Park, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays through August 5, breakfast and lunch
    • Grove Park, noon-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 27-July 29, noon
    • Del Lago Academy, 10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. weekdays through July 1, lunch
    • Orange Glen High School, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays, Monday through July 8, breakfast and lunch
    • Valley High School, 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. weekdays, Monday through July 8, lunch

    Contact Alicia Pitrone, Director of Student Nutrition, at (760) 291-3239 or [email protected]


    The Chamber awards scholarships to Stars

    The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce recently honored several of its Rising Star Program students with scholarships. Half of this school year’s rising stars—students recognized by the chamber for their accomplishments—receive at least $1,000 in graduate scholarships provided by chamber members Genentech and Tri-City Medical Center. The scholarship recipients were: Angela Hernandez Lira, Ariyan Perdue and Nhi Ngo, El Camino High School; Daniel Cruz, Dianne Ibarra, Julissa Beltran and Sabrya Mosely, Oceanside High School; Zitlali Valverde Gomez, Angel Gomez Galvan and Jasmine Perez, Surfside Educational Academy; and Jonathan Dolores, Pacific View Charter School.

    MiraCosta student gets transfer scholarship

    John Siebelink

    (Alex Karvounis, MiraCosta College)

    MiraCosta College student John Siebelink of Oceanside has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarships pay up to $55,000 per year for tuition, books, and housing for up to three years at a four-year college or university. Siebelink is a first-generation student and military veteran specializing in English at MiraCosta, where he is a writing consultant at the college’s writing center. His goal is to transfer to UCLA and eventually earn a doctorate, and he aims to teach English. Siebelink is also president of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the Creative Writing Club campus, which he created. Siebelink was one of 100 recipients among more than 1,200 community college applicants. Jeannette Mayo Gallegos, who attends San Diego City College, also received a scholarship. Gallegos will earn an associate’s degree in computer science and transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall. She plans to major in computer science and pursue a career as a software or security engineer in the field of cybersecurity. They were among 27 scholarship recipients from California. Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive academic counseling from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to guide them through their transition to four-year college. Visit jkcf.org.


    Discovery Fest offers STREAM activities

    The Solana Beach Schools Foundation and the Solana Beach School District recently held their annual Discovery Fest at Solana Pacific School, themed “Can You Dig It: All Things Prehistoric.” The event included activities to give students a taste of the science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math (STREAM) skills offered by the district’s Discovery Lab classes. Students gave TED Talk-style presentations and kids were challenged to create a device to help a paleontologist, geologist or gemologist work. Booths hosted by event sponsors and community partners—such as San Diego County Parks and Recreation and the Fleet Science Center—featured exhibits and activities based on STREAM. Over 1,500 people attended this year’s event, including 900 students.


    The water district awards scholarships to seniors

    The Vista Irrigation District recently awarded college scholarships to seven high school students. Emilie Taylor from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $2,500 scholarship, Samantha Bailey from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $2,000 scholarship and Abigayle Paliotti from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $1,500 scholarship as winners of the Vista Irrigation District 2022 scholarship competition. Mateo Sulejmani, Jennifer Galan and Kenneth Morales Reyes, all of Rancho Buena Vista High School, and Grace Koumaras of Mission Vista High School each received $1,000 as finalists in the scholarship competition. The contest, which is open to high school students living or attending school in the district’s service area, aims to increase knowledge and awareness of water-related issues affecting the district.

    Please send articles to [email protected] at least two weeks before the events.

    Mount Greylock Class of 2022 Awards and Scholarships / iBerkshires.com


    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Mount Greylock Regional School Class of 2022 on June 9 class night.

    National Honor Society: Zoe Armet, Catherine McAllister, Henry Art, Sophia Mele, Edward Brannan, Livia Morales, William Broadwell, Teague Murphy, Jillian Bump, Derek Paris, Jack Catelotti, Emma Sandstrom, Cayden Conry, Alayna Schwarzer, Takiera Darrow, Mackenzie Sheehy, Maisie Dufour , Christian Sullivan, Diego Galvez, Katherine Swann, Ryan Goss, Alexis Toomey, Jonah Hane, Rona Wang, Luca Hirsch, Anthony Welch, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Malina Woodbury

    Mary Dempsey Memorial Scholarship: Edward Brannan

    Paul O. LaPlante Memorial Scholarship: Eleanor McPartland

    United States History Awards: Christian Sullivan

    Classic National Junior League Latin Honor Society: Jonah Hane

    Massachusetts Board of Foreign Languages ​​Awards: Spanish: Katherine Swann; Latin: Edward Brannan

    Berkshire Heptones’ Betty von Mosch Award: Troy Michalak

    Berkshire Symphony Music Awards: Antoine Welch

    George and Phoebe Duberg Scholarship: Eleanor McPartland

    Aline S. Geigerman Art Purchase Price: Livia Morales

    Mount Greylock Arts Award: Maya Niemeyer, Zoe Armet, Sarah Sample, Jillian Bump, Piper Schulman, Jonah Hane, Samantha Slick, Simon Klompus, Felicia LaRoche, Josephine Smith, Juliann Lawson, Jesse Tague, Tessa Leveque, Cameron Turner, Catherine McAllister, Lauren Voorhies, Karissa McInerney , Rona Wang, Troy Michalak, Anthony Welch, Jamie-Lee Meintjes, Malina Woodbury, Teague Murphy

    Dramatic Rewards: Acting: Malina Woodbury; Technical assistance: Felicia LaRoche

    Louise Noble Guild Recognition in Dramatic Arts: Jonah Hane

    Mount Greylock Sports Engagement Award: Jack Catelotti, Tessa Leveque, Parker Winters

    Edward M. Perry Scholarship: Jack Catelotti, Christian Sullivan

    Bernard ‘Bucky’ Bullett Scholarship: Parker Winters

    Norman Sweet Jr. Memorial Baseball/Softball Scholarship: Jean Cangelosi

    Meredith Shine Memorial Football Award: Mackenzie Sheehy

    Mount Greylock Sports Awards in Memory of Ingrid Mara Patterson (1958-1976): Catherine Swann

    Mount Greylock Coach Awards: Aidan Barnes, Juliann Lawson, Emma Sandstrom

    Leadership in Athletics Awards: Parker Winters

    Athletic and Academic Excellence Award: Mackenzie Sheehy

    Edward T. and Florence N. Flynn Memorial Community Service Award: Edward Brannan

    Jennah Quinn Memorial Scholarship: Adriel Benko

    Student Council Service Award: Luca Hirsch

    Volunteer Service Learning Certificates: Zoe Armet, Catherine McAllister, Henry Art, Livia Morales, William Broadwell, Teague Murphy, Edward Brannan, Emma Sandstrom, Jillian Bump, Alayna Schwarzer, John Cangelosi, Mackenzie Sheehy, Jack Catelotti, Josephine Smith, Cayden Conry, Christian Sullivan, Takiera Darrow , Katherine Swann, Ryan Goss, Alexis Toomey, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Anthony Welch, Madison MacHaffie, Parker Winters, Preston Maruk

    Williamstown Community Chest Scholarship: Anthony Welch, Malina Woodbury

    Peter Mehlin Community Service Award: Diego Galvez

    Mount Greylock General Fund Scholarship in Memory of Patsy Worley: Caroline Gillet

    Edward A. and Janet B. Filiault Memorial Scholarship: Takiera Darrow

    Berkshire Cooperative Wind Energy Scholarship: Maisie Dufour, Rosario Larios-Sontay

    U.S. Figure Skating Senior Silver Level Graduate Award: Caroline Gillet

    North Adams Elks Lodge 487 Scholarship: Takiera Darrow, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Christian Sullivan

    Williamstown Garden Club: Ryan Goss, Madison MacHaffie

    Williamstown Police Association: Karissa McInerney

    Daughters of the American Revolution Certificate of Good Citizenship: Alayna Schwarzer

    Greylock Federal Credit Union Enrichment Scholarship: Takiera Darrow, Rosario Larios-Sontay

    Krizack Memorial Book Award: Jonah Hane

    League of Women Voters Faith Scarborough Citizenship Award: Alayna Schwarzer

    Massachusetts Association of Secondary School Administrators Student Achievement Award: Felicia LaRoche

    National Merit Program Scholarships Livia Morales, Alayna Schwarzer, Rona Wang

    National Excellence Scholarship Program Finalist: Mackenzie Sheehy

    President’s Scholarship Program for Academic Achievement: Cayden Conry, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Felicia LaRoche, Catherine McAllister, Sarah Sample

    President’s Education Award for Academic Excellence: Zoe Armet, Derek Paris, Adriel Benko, Tej Patel, Edward Brannan, Emma Sandstrom, William Broadwell, Piper Schulman, Jillian Bump, Alayna Schwarzer, Maisie Dufour, Mackenzie Sheehy, Luca Hirsch, Christian Sullivan, Simon Klompus, Katherine Swann, Eleanor McPartland , Rona Wang, Livia Morales, Anthony Welch

    Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Alexis Toomey

    Martha Blake Allen Memorial Scholarship: Zoe Armet, Maisie Dufour, Jonah Hane, Catherine McAllister

    Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship: Christian Sullivan

    E. Herbert Botsford Scholarship: William Broadwell, Luca Hirsch, Mia LaFrazia, Teague Murphy, Maya Niemeyer, Tej Patel, Josephine Smith

    Stanley W. Bubriski Memorial Scholarship: Thomas Martin

    Class of 1962 Scholarship: jillian bump

    Carol A. Dean Memorial Scholarship: Antoine Welch

    Dufour Escorted Tours Inc. Scholarship: Takiera Darrow, Jesse Tague

    Hancock Dollars for Academics: Ryan Goss, Jamie Rhinemiller, Cameron Turner, Malina Woodbury

    John Falvey Memorial Scholarship: Samantha Garzone

    Francis V. Grant Memorial Scholarship: Christian Doucette

    Lillian D. Fitzsimmons Scholarship: jillian bump

    Doris M. Harbor Memorial Scholarship: Thomas Martin

    Mary Ellen Donna Award: Jamie Rhinemiller, Cameron Turner

    Nellie Cameron Scholarship: Ryan Goss

    Roger Knollmeyer Scholarship: Preston Maruk

    Thomas Andrew Janeczek Memorial Scholarship: Zoe Armet, Mackenzie Sheehy, Katherine Swann

    Lanesborough-New Ashford Dollars for Academics: Matthew Johnson, Karissa McInerney, Preston Maruk, Troy Michalak, Alayna Schwarzer, Anthony Welch

    Mount Greylock Educators Association Award: Jack Cangelosi, Simon Klompus, Thomas Martin, Livia Morales, Maya Niemeyer, Christian Sullivan, Malina Woodbury

    Mount Greylock General Fund Scholarship: Takiera Darrow, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Preston Maruk, Derek Paris, Piper Schulman, Camden Taylor

    Michael P. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship: Cayden Conry

    Rotary Club of Williamstown Scholarships: Alexander Axt, Edward Brannan, Rona Wang, Anthony Welch, Malina Woodbury

    Cecil Harvey Scholarship: Juliann Lawson

    American Legion Auxiliary Post 152 Scholarship: jillian bump

    American Legion Post 152 Scholarship: Jillian Bump, Maisie Dufour

    American Legion Post 152 Boys State Recognition: Jack Catelotti, Luca Hirsch, Simon Klompus, Preston Maruk, Christian Sullivan, Jesse Tague, Anthony Welch

    American Legion Post 152 Girls State Recognition: Alayna Schwarzer, Katherine Swann

    Military recognition: Isiah Mejias

    Abraham and Bertha Sabin Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Reynolds

    Sarah Sabin Memorial Scholarship: Jamie Rhinemiller

    Gladys Simmons Memorial Award: Felicia LaRoche

    Pauline Smith Memorial Scholarship: Zoe Armet, Jillian Bump, Jonah Hane, Maisie Dufour, Emma Sandstrom, Mackenzie Sheehy

    Specialty Minerals Inc. Scholarship: Rona Wang

    Williamstown Grange Book Fund: Lily Rorke

    Mathias J. Bartels Environmental Leadership Award from the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation: Christian Sullivan

    Michael J. Bresett Memorial Scholarship: Alayna Schwarzer

    Key words: Scholarships,

    Croatian writer Yasmin Dar’s novel on Iran “On the roads of Persia” presented in Zagreb


    TEHRAN – “On the roads of Persia” (“Putevima Perzije”), a novel by Croatian writer Yasmin Dar on Iran, was presented on Friday in Zagreb.

    Dar, also known as Yasmina Mehic, Iranian Ambassador Parviz Esmaeili and dozens of Croatian cultural figures are attending a meeting held at the Zagreb Municipal Library to introduce the novel, the Iranian Embassy has announced. .

    “On the roads of Persia” was published by the Croatian publishing house Cekape on June 1. Dar wrote the novel based on his visit to Iran in 2018. His visit focused mainly on Iranian cities such as Tabriz, Isfahan, and Shiraz. As a result, the novel is something of a travelogue about Iran.

    In his brief speech at the meeting, Dar called Iran a must-see for everyone and a different country with kind and hospitable people.

    She said: “I tried to illustrate what I observed during my visit to Iran in the form of a novel based on what I had read in Persian literary works produced between the 12th and 17th centuries. centuries by Hafez, Sadi, Khayyam, Attar and others. great Persian poets.

    Dar also shared an excerpt from her memories of the visit to Iran and, together with Darija Zilic, the book’s editor, answered questions from the audience.

    For his part, Esmaeili called the cultural ties a solid bridge between the two nations that would never crumble, and added, “Every book written with the aim of introducing a nation is a cultural and informative treasure for current readers and those to come. ”

    “Iran is home to one of the major ancient human civilizations, and Ms. Mehic’s efforts to introduce Iranian culture and traditions to Croatian readers through her storytelling and the works of great Persian poets, such as Hafez, Khayyam, Attar and Sadi, are truly wonderful and deeply appreciated,” he added.

    In the novel, what seems even more important is that traveling through Persia leads to an inner journey that opens many questions about appearance, identity, thinking about the meaning of life and the world. we live in, editor Darija Zilic, who is also a poet, literary critic, translator and editor of the literary journal Tema, wrote in a preface to the book.

    In this dreamlike and realistic prose, the author delves into the depths of her being through the spiritual persona of the Persian poet Hafez, but her narrative is not just mystical, she added.

    Pictured: Croatian writer Yasmin Dar (1st R) and editor Darija Zilic (3rd R) address the public during a meeting held at Zagreb Municipality on June 10, 2022, to present her novel ‘On the roads of Persia” (“Putevima Perzije”).


    Capital Relief, Cayman Register… Continue Reading June 2022 | Number 179 – Remember where the ledger is! Why Cayman Member Registry Location is Relevant to a Lender’s Security Package | Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


    [guest author: Georgina Pullinger]*

    As we move further into the realm of fundraising 2.0 and the rise of the NAV function, there has been much written about taking security on the actions of various types of Cayman entities, in particular Cayman Exempt Limited Partnerships and Cayman Exempt Corporations (“CayCos”). Here we discuss additional considerations when taking security over shares of a CayCo (“Cayco Security”) in cases where the register of members (“ROM) is maintained in a jurisdiction other than the Cayman Islands or the United States (a “Third-Party Jurisdiction”).

    What is the relevance of the location of the ROM?

    To set the scene:

    • A quirk of Cayman law is that the ROM is (in most cases) definitive of share ownership.
    • Another quirk is that the ROM does not need to be maintained in the Cayman Islands. Most often, the ROM is (i) managed by the head office or an administrator in Cayman or (ii) managed by an administrator in the United States (we will refer to any entity that manages a ROM as an “administrator” for the purpose of disclosure). ‘article). However, with the continued growth of the fund funding market and the diversification of fund structures and borrowers, we are seeing more and more ROMs managed by administrators in third-party jurisdictions (a “TPJA”).
    • Cayco Security is generally governed either by Cayman law or in the context of a broader US law transaction, applicable US law (usually New York).
    • In an execution situation, to effect a share transfer, the ROM must be updated by the administrator to reflect the secured party (or its nominee) as a shareholder.

    The combination of the above points means that a secured party could find themselves in a situation where they have a Cayco security governed by Cayman or United States law, but must bring that security to a TPJA for the ROM to be updated to do a share transfer at runtime. . The question then arises: can the secured creditor be sure that the transfer of the shares will take place on time? Will the TPJA respect and follow stock transfer instructions as part of an enforcement action?[1]

    In addition to the practicalities of enforcing Cayco security in a third jurisdiction, there is a fundamental legal question as to the law applicable to security in the case of Cayman shares when the ROM is held in a third jurisdiction. Generally, the law of a company’s place of incorporation (in this case, Cayman) decides how shares of a company can be transferred; since the shares of a CayCo can only be transferred by registration on the ROM, such shares will generally be considered to be located at the place where the ROM is maintained. Why is the situs important? Although the position is not entirely free from doubt, the prevailing view is that the situs determines the proprietary aspects of a security interest (i.e. the steps necessary to perfect a security interest in Cayman shares) . We could go into a much longer analysis of the law applicable to CayCo shares when we have a TPJA, but for the purposes of this article, it should simply be noted that, from a legal and applicable law perspective, the Third The jurisdiction of the ROM should always be considered and that in some cases additional local law actions may be required in the third jurisdiction (e.g. additional local law compliance steps).

    The different approaches of a TPJA

    Whether additional steps need to be taken when a ROM is maintained by a TPJA will depend on a number of factors, including third-party jurisdiction, the relationship between the parties involved (that’s to say, the lender, the borrower and the pledged entity), the TPJA’s understanding of Cayman security and familiarity with the jurisdiction, and the commercial agreement between the parties as to the risk analysis in the event where the parties would find themselves in an enforcement situation. We have seen varying levels of additional protections for lenders, ranging from no additional steps to additional perfection steps in the third jurisdiction and even additional local law safeguards taken in the third jurisdiction.

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to address these considerations, and we are certainly not suggesting that a TPJA will necessarily cause problems for a transaction or may not work from the secured party’s perspective. But it’s something to be aware of, especially as we see an increasing number of more unusual fund structures. We recommend that you seek the advice of a local attorney in the third-party jurisdiction, in particular as to whether additional perfection steps might be required.

    Cayman security is generally a well-trodden path, but there are certainly quirks and considerations that will come to the fore as borrowers and fund structures continue to diversify and also as new lenders enter the market. the market with fresh eyes and often new approaches to risk profiles. . We look forward to providing ongoing updates on new business trends and considerations we see as the market continues to develop.

    [1] Just to point out that we are generally not concerned with a combination of Cayman/US law governed by CayCo Security and Cayman or US administrators – these jurisdictions work well together, know each other well and there is a history of these structures actually being applied. between jurisdictions.

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    Little Free Library Grand Opening Brings Together Burgwyn Family, Author Shelia P. Moses, and PETA


    For immediate release:
    June 10, 2022

    Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

    Woodland, North Carolina – The family of the deceased Margaret Burwyn will join writer Shelia P. Moses and representatives of PETA as they cut the ribbon for a new Small free library, dedicated to Burgwyn and donated by PETA for Moses’ Northampton County Small Free Library Project. Since this small, free library is outside of a retirement community and near a Head Start office, it will offer books for adults and children, provided by the Burgwyn family and the Barks & Books program of PETA, which distributes children’s books with messages of compassion for animals. .

    When: Tuesday, June 14, 11 a.m.

    Where: Woodland Olney Apartments, 507 W. Main St., Woodland

    “Margaret Burgwyn has dedicated her life to education and community service. The animal-friendly books in this small, free library will convey its values ​​by offering lessons in empathy for children and adults alike,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is honored to support Northampton County’s Little Free Library Project and area readers of all ages.”

    The Northampton County Free Little Library Project was designed to help put books into the hands of every family in the county, in hopes of benefiting generations to come. PETA has previously donated the Doris Majette Little Free Library outside Cuz Mini-Mart in Garysburg and the Bishop Little Free Library in Rich Square. His other work in Northampton County includes more than 20 years of helping families look after dogs by delivering sturdy wooden kennels, insulating straw bedding and nutritious food; provide preventive care, such as deworming, treatment against fleas and fly attacks; and transportation of animals to and from sterilization/sterilization cabinets, all free of charge.

    The live dedication ceremony, which will be streamed on Moses’ Facebook Live page, will honor Burgwyn for his work in education, particularly his work at Paul D. Camp Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College and Halifax Community College and as an elementary school counselor in Northampton County Schools. Later in life, Burgwyn – who was a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University – served the Woodland community as mayor and city commissioner.

    For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

    Back at home


    In 1995, three days after graduating from UCA, my mom and I packed up my Geo Storm and rode across the Mississippi River, into Tennessee, over the Smokies and into southwestern Virginia and Appalachia where I would serve as a volunteer with the US Forest Service. She studied me as we meandered through the mountains.

    “You will never come back. This will be your home.”

    “I’ll be back in three months.” I’m sure I rolled my eyes at her. I was still in the dizzying stage of young adulthood.

    She turned out to be right, in a way. I did not return home during his lifetime. I left the mountains for Richmond, then settled in the Shenandoah Valley, as a branch of my mother’s family tree had done centuries ago. My mother passed away last August.

    During her last months, I made several trips to her house, retracing our steps. After one such trip, I sat in my living room outside of Charlottesville, watched the light dance along the spine of Shenandoah National Park, and felt a pain in the hollow of the stomach. After 26 years, I was homesick.

    Coming home was never on my radar. My older brother took the road west to Wyoming, I headed east to Virginia. We were the ones who got by, held on and, I guess, would never get home long enough to unpack a carry-on. He died with his boots (cowboy boots) in March, just weeks after packing up my settled life, quitting a job I loved, leaving beloved friends and moving back to North Little Rock.

    I received a warm welcome in Arkansas, of course. Familiar sights like Pinnacle Mountain from the I-430 bridge still take my breath away. Spring still lasts about 15 minutes. The cheese dip is still the best in the world. I’m grateful to be able to drive across town to have lunch with my oldest friend, spend a Saturday afternoon with my sister-in-law, and spoil my 12-year-old niece.

    But I missed a lot of things during my absence. My 38-year-old niece was 12 when I left, and I wasn’t there for her during the tough times. I missed seeing his children grow up. My best friend had two babies and raised them to be amazing adults while I was away. I missed laughing with my brothers, two of whom are deceased. I missed fixing things with my mom.

    Every other Tuesday night, my brother Clayton, his wife and children, and my beloved (a good boy from Arkansas) and his children come to my house for “family night”. The menu is simple and inexpensive, and everyone brings something to share.

    My mother started this tradition years ago after I left. Perhaps it was her way of clinging to her family as long as she could, before forgetting faces and names. I remember she asked me on one of my trips home several years ago what I would like her to cook. I said my favorite, the chicken spaghetti. She knew this recipe like she knew her way out the back door. But this batch was bland, watery, something was missing. His disease was gaining ground and it scared us both.

    Now I stand outside my kitchen door in Maumelle and watch this group of people I love in so many complicated ways as they eat, laugh and tell stories. My brother does his best to gross everyone out with crude anecdotes, like when we were kids. I can hear my mom scolding us all for laughing at her nonsense. Don’t encourage him!

    Somewhere in one of my unpacked boxes is a journal with a Bible verse scribbled on the inside page. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. I left Arkansas looking for something I couldn’t find back home, and this verse seemed like a clue.

    Standing in the doorway now, among family and friends laughing and eating, children chasing cats around the house, a sink full of dishes, I hear my mother’s voice next to me. You see, your heart was there all along. She’s right. A bit scratched and patched from the trip, sure, but reflected in the precious faces of everyone around my table.

    Michelle Stoll is from North Little Rock whose creative writing has appeared in the Glasgow Review, Galway Review, Crosswinds Poetry and other international publications.

    BookFest Adventure Livestream Fall 2022 Event Dates Announced – Plus BookFest Awards Return


    BookFest Adventure™ Fall 2022 will take place October 22-23, 2022. The free livestream event features programming for the reading and writing communities.

    Los Angeles, CA – The official BookFest Adventure™ dates for the fall livestream event are announced. Readers and writers can attend for free on October 22-23, 2022. The BookFest Awards™ also return to honor outstanding books and authors who demonstrate excellence in the literary arts.

    Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest Adventure, said: “The outpouring of support for the first The BookFest Awards has been incredible. We received so many wonderful submissions and are now proud to carry on the BookFest Awards as a tradition with every The BookFest Adventure live stream event.

    Early bird pricing for submissions is in effect until June 30, 2022. Use code fall25 to receive 25% off registration fees.

    Submissions for The BookFest Awards Fall 2022 can be submitted at The BookFest Adventure website. You’ll also find more information there, including a full list of eligible genres and categories.

    Books are judged using a range of criteria to assess story, message, genre, theme and aesthetic. Awards are given based on genre and subgenre, as well as other categories such as best cover art and best website. There are four tiers of awards, including First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention.

    Books submitted for review at the BookFest Awards are judged with a three-round judging system: first by an expert review team to ensure that the work submitted meets the necessary criteria, then by the BookFest’s associated judging panel , then final decisions are made by the BookFest executive. Awards Selection Committee.

    Winners of the BookFest Awards will be announced during The BookFest Adventure livestream event. Prizes are awarded in book genres as well as other categories such as best cover and best website. There are four levels of rewards in each subcategory.

    All book prize winners will receive:

    Free Downloadable Certificate Free downloadable pricing chart to use on their website, social media, newsletter, etc. Free placement on the winners page of The BookFest Adventure website

    Optional purchase of a reward certificate

    Optional trophy purchase

    Optional purchase of reward stickers

    (Additional certificates and trophies can be purchased for co-authors, cover illustrators, publishers, etc., but must be purchased under your account.)

    Third Book Prize Winners will receive: all of the above and will be mentioned in a special article on the winners of the BookFest Award.

    Second Book Prize Winners will receive: all of the above and being linked to The BookFest newsletter with over 20,000 subscribers.

    First Prize Book Winners will receive: all of the above and a link to the official winners press release sent to our media list of over 3,000 and online feed distribution to over 300 news/media sites. First place winners will also be featured in social media posts on The BookFest social media platforms.

    Select First Place Winners will be assessed and may be invited to appear on the award-winning show Books That Make You. Three to six winners should receive this special invitation.

    people are encouraged to sign up for email updates on the website to stay informed and join BookFest Adventure Facebook Group.

    The full list of BookFest Award winners from previous entries can be found on the winners page.

    The BookFest is produced by the Webby Award-Winning Businesses Château Noir and by Books that make youa book mark for bibliophiles.

    About The Bookfest Adventure™ Live Stream Event

    The BookFest Adventure™ is the leader in virtual literary events and produces vital conversations on the world stage for those who love to read and those who love to write. It launched in May 2020 at a time when the lockdown forced the cancellation of many live events. Free, the bi-annual event takes place in the spring and fall and features panel discussions, conversations and live interactive sessions. The award-winning BookFest Adventure Livestream event was recognized by the Webby Awards with a nomination in 2021, a Gold Award from the Muse Creative Awards in 2020, and a Silver Award from the w3 Awards in 2020. BookFest Adventure Livestream event features an array of literary speakers, experts and authors, including: Mitch Albom; Mark Coker; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Mark K. Shriver; Dennis E. Taylor; Danny Trejo; Helene Wecker; Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and many others. The BookFest Adventure is presented by Books That Make You and produced by Webby Award-Winning Black Chateau Enterprises. The BookFest is a trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three.

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    Semafor Hires Wall Street Journal’s Liz Hoffman as Business and Finance Editor


    Semafor, the global news startup co-founded by media veterans Justin Smith and Ben Smith, has hired Liz Hoffman as its business and finance editor.

    Why is this important: Hoffman becomes Semafor’s first star reporter. She is known for publishing some of The Wall Street Journal’s top business and transaction stories over the past nine years.

    • “Liz is the model for the kind of exceptional journalist around whom we are building Semafor: a proven and innovative talent who tells great stories and explains what they mean and covers one of the most important beats in the world at the highest level. “, Ben Smith told Axios. .

    Details: Hoffman will write for the Semafor website and his work will appear in newsletters.

    • In addition to her role as editor, she will serve as the principal business and financial writer for the New York-based company.
    • “After nine years of learning from the best at the WSJ, I’m ready to help Ben, Justin and the team create a new global news organization doing what I love most – reporting tough stories on big stories. “, Hoffman said in a statement.
    • Hoffman has earned a reputation for publishing on some of America’s biggest corporate mergers and acquisitions, including Dell’s acquisition of EMC and Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of E*Trade.
    • She is the author of a forthcoming book titled “Crash Landing: The Inside Story of How the World’s Biggest Companies Survived an Economy on the Brink”.

    The big picture: Semafor has hired a dozen people since the new company was announced in January.

    • Hoffman is the company’s second major editorial recruit, after Reuters’ Gina Chua, who will serve as the company’s managing editor.
    • The company is currently raising around $30 million from individuals and family offices with the goal of officially launching this fall.

    Go further: Inside the Smiths’ Hunt for Cash

    Skylark will pay more than 1.5 billion yen to contract workers


    The Skylark Group said it would pay part-time workers by the minute worked rather than rounding up time to five-minute increments from July 1, in addition to compensating those who have been wronged in the past.

    Currently, the company, which operates about 3,100 family restaurants across the country, including Gusto and Bamiyan, rounds up the working time of these workers to less than five minutes.

    The company also said it would pay about 90,000 of those workers for their rounded, unpaid hours over the past two years.

    The payment will total about 1.6 to 1.7 billion yen ($12 to 12.7 million) for their past work, he said.

    Hirofumi Suga, 26, who works part-time at a company outlet in Tokyo, said at a press conference on June 8: “One minute, or one second. It’s the same that I get paid to break my back.

    He was tasked with delivering mostly door-to-door and said, “I questioned the company’s practice of rounding time to less than five minutes each time, and my frustration built up. “

    He joined the Tokyo Tobu National General Workers Union and urged the company to pay for the minutes worked, rather than rounding up the time.

    Suga said he would receive a total of 64,000 yen for the last two years of work.

    The company said in writing, “We don’t understand that managing attendance by rounding it up to five minutes is itself illegal.”

    The decision to move to a per-minute basis was based on “the goal of maintaining a relationship of trust” with part-timers and others, he said.

    Other family restaurants pay their employees for every minute worked.

    Coco’s Japan Co. used to round up workers’ time to 15 minutes. But starting last fall, it changed to counting by minutes.

    Denny’s Japan Co. and Royal Host Co. have been counting worker time in minutes for more than 10 years, the companies said.

    A representative from the Ministry of Labor said: “Under the Labor Standards Act, it is not acceptable to round fractions of time. If (a company) does not pay for the time, it may be considered illegal.

    (This article was written by Hiroki Hashimoto, Kentaro Uechi, Yuji Yamashita, and Hideaki Sato.)

    Haitian-American trans* author and artist wins literature award

    An Duplan, trans* poet, curator and artist, won the 2022 Whiting Prize for Literature and teaches at Bennington College. Photo by Lyndsy Welgos.

    MILWAUKEE — While writing her book, ‘Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture,’ An Duplan transitioned from being a woman to being a man. In April, “Blackspace” won the Whiting Prize for Literature – $50,000 awarded to writers completing a book-length piece of nonfiction that is both researched and imaginatively composed.

    “‘Blackspace’ was one of the first times I even wrote about being trans,” Duplan said in a phone interview from Vermont, where he lives. “For a while I had no reason to write about it.” Then he realized that it was to open the subject to others.

    “I didn’t feel like it was relevant,” Duplan said, “and I didn’t feel quite ready to talk about it either. It just took a while.

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    The geometry of mourning: New Frame


    In Yewande Omotoso’s third novel, An unusual grief (Cassava Republic, 2021), a Nigerian immigrant in her late fifties leaves her husband to travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg. His plan, it seems, is to spy on his daughter. But this is not a typical marital breakdown, nor a typical exercise in maternal curiosity: the daughter, Yinka, has committed suicide, and her mother, Mojisola, is desperately trying to resolve her shock and reproaches. In order to mourn Yinka properly, Mojisola needs to know how she lived – and why she decided to stop.

    If that premise suggests a dark book, think again. Omotoso is a tense and witty storyteller and Mojisola’s curiosity takes her to surprising places, both within Yinka’s milieu and within herself. Grief is not the monolith of grief we tend to expect. It is “dynamic” and “unruly”, according to Omotoso – as is the Johannesburg that Mojisola is discovering.

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    Or, to be more precise, the Midrand she discovers. It’s a place far removed from Joburg’s grim fictional African Gotham presence, which seems to consist entirely of ghettos and palatial opulence. The gesture of An unusual grief takes place in the sprawling, mundane space between: on the exposed brick savannahs of middle-class atomization, from Midrand to Edenvale to Randpark Ridge, teeming with townhouse developments for “normal” people – who tend to lead an “abnormal” inner life, as Mojisola has just discovered.

    An anxious and controlled temperament, Mojisola also surprises himself by expanding and relaxing into all this weirdness. She quickly strikes up a relationship with Yinka’s prickly landlady and ganja seller, and then with the inhabitants of Yinka’s demi-monde. Mojisola’s road to some form of resolution takes her through twisty erotic terrain, and the novel’s playful treatment of a grieving elderly woman’s imperious lust is one of her many victories.

    Cities and signifiers

    In an interview with Omotoso, Johannesburg Book Review editor Jennifer Malec joked that An unusual grief could be “Midrand’s first great novel” – and Omotoso laughs when I mention it.

    “Creatively, I’m interested in restraint,” she says, “and finding unusual ways to capture the small-t ‘truth’ about something. So I like the idea that the novel takes place in Joburg, but it’s not Joburg – the vanity of Joburg, using typical signifiers. I think Midrand wasn’t fully exploited in the novel, though. There is so much more to Midrand.

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    Omotoso knows very well how to read cities and their signifiers, having studied architecture at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and worked as an architect. It was far from her first career choice – she had wanted to be a writer since arriving in Cape Town from Ife, Nigeria, aged 12, with her family.

    This narrative desire quickly found fuel. Suddenly, this Yoruba child found herself in a new multiracial ‘Model C’ primary school, Golden Grove Primary, in 1992 – pedestrian corridors in which black children were extremely rare and Nigerian children inconceivable.

    “Being alienated from myself at 12, when all you want is to be familiar, to belong, this has placed in me a recurring concern in my writing: the idea of ​​belonging in all its forms”, says -she. “When you’re weird, you watch everything very carefully. I didn’t have the luxury of comfort; I had to be on my guard. It’s not necessarily pleasant, but I guess one result is that you’re lively and able to observe.

    A project of freedom

    But by the time she finished her studies, her father, renowned Nigerian author and literary scholar Kole Omotoso (also the “Yebo, gogo!” actor in famous Vodacom TV commercials) refused to fund the costs of a degree in literature. He knew the pitfalls of living by the sweat of his pen.

    “He was like, ‘Mm-mm! It will not happen. My teachers looked at my notes and said, “Well, she’s got a little this and that.” So they all held a conference and decided that architecture would have some creativity, but was also technical, and my results pointed in that direction. »

    Omotoso should be pragmatic to overcome this pragmatism. She began to buy her passage to life as a writer little by little, first by using her salary as an architect to pay for the writing costs of her first novel, bomboy (2011), as part of a master’s degree in creative writing.

    “I hadn’t liked architecture for many years,” she says. “I hated it. I hated school. It was the late 1990s and UCT was quite interesting at the time. The department was tough; it was run by white men and, looking back, it was a tough place for a black woman to live in. But it was the water we swam in. I couldn’t name it for a long time. We were just unhappy and confused – pretty smart students were getting some bad results. We were not at home and we were not received.

    She is quick to add that several speakers have mitigated this sense of systemic alienation – including writer and architect Lesley Lokko, who has just founded the African Futures Institute in Ghana. “She made a huge difference to me and others like me.”

    And Omotoso feels that architecture helped her write – by instilling in her a need for unity between concept and form. “In architecture, the concern is with that core of an idea which is then reflected in a building, and the same process takes place in a good novel.”

    After graduating, she worked in and around architecture for a decade. And all the while she was writing and writing and writing at night. bomboy, whose protagonist is a troubled adopted child in Cape Town who discovers a family curse in letters from his real father in Nigeria, was shortlisted for the Etisalat Fiction Prize. Her second novel, about two grumpy old women and racism, The woman next door (2017), was shortlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize. An unusual grief is a good bet to go even further.

    For several years, Omotoso has been living by the sweat of his pen. “So that’s a happy ending.”

    Reverse the moment

    She just got off to a happy start, too. Her 21-month-old twin sons joined her last month at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, the first edition to be held in person since 2019 – where she spoke with academic and book reviewer Wamuwi Mbao.

    For Omotoso, motherhood has added a jolt of personal resonance to An unusual grief, wpremise of a mother deliberately mourning her daughter reverses her own story of grief: she was 23 when she lost her mother, Marguerita, to cancer. She was an urban designer from Barbados, who met Kole when they were both students in Edinburgh, then moved to Nigeria with him to raise Yewande and his two brothers.

    “To be honest, most of the book was written long before I tried to have children – and long before I got pregnant,” she says.

    Mojisola’s construction was improvised, she says, which is her standard process – a meandering, whimsical collaboration between character and writer. Early on, Omotoso imagined that Mojisola could become a full fledged dominatrix, but Mojisola gave up.

    “Mojisola leads a very scripted life, and the tragedy of her daughter’s death suddenly gives her permission to write her own screenplay,” Omotoso told Mbao. “When I imagined her responses, I thought a lot of my aunts, my father’s cousins ​​- not so much because I needed her to be believable but because I needed to temper my own vanities about where she could go.”

    Mojisola’s strange grieving process—first a distraught state of fugue, then a kind of dark, uplifting surrender to repressed urges—was informed by Omotoso’s own experience of the surreality of surviving a being. dear.

    “Besides the birth of my children, the loss of my mother was the event that marked my life the most,” she told Mbao. “You have this strange relationship with the deceased person, which continues but in a very distorted, almost absurd way. You grow in the physical realm, but they grow in another realm. You could freeze them. In a sense, you are still linked to the person they were when they left. There is also something very delicious about mourning, in the way it can open us up, as it can also close us.

    The twist in this story – the sharpest point in the family’s geometry of grief – concerns Mojisola’s husband, Titus. He is a chronically boring and adulterous teacher who is completely bewildered by his wife’s departure and continues to phone and text her. “Oh, Titus,” Omotoso said with a weary sigh. “He is well-meaning, but problematic. It takes up too much space. The full humanity of Titus crystallizes in the novel’s climax: although he is on one level a satire of the dysfunctions of an elite generation of Nigerian men, he is also endowed with a rich and tragic.

    wear policy

    Omotoso’s novels take their politics lightly. For example, Mojisola’s Nigerianness does not condition his interactions with South Africans, despite the rise of South African xenophobia. The novel looks through the frenetic screen of the social moment into the eerie fires of interiority – particularly into the (deeply political) childhood psychodramas of Mojisola and Titus in Nigeria. Their stories define them far more radically and mysteriously than their outer identities define them here and now. Said Omotoso: “I liked what my older brother Akin [Omotoso, the filmmaker and actor] told me once about narration – if you want to send a message, go to the post office.

    Titus is definitely not Kole, and Mojisola is definitely not Marguerita, but An unusual grief empathetically criticizes the milieu of postcolonial African intellectuals of his parents: liberators incapable of breaking the chains of private pain. Kole’s old friend, Nuruddin Farah, the great Somali novelist, sat in the Franschhoek audience and commented ruefully that his generation, unlike Yewande’s, were skilled keepers of secrets.

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    But they were also inspirational – proving that a life of intellectual action was possible. Her father wrote eight novels, two plays and five scholarly books. Yewande remembers calling Wole Soyinka “uncle” – he was also a close friend of Kole and a colleague at the University of Ife when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    “I remember him returning from a trip abroad with a bag full of trinkets,” she says. “All the kids were lining up and getting these presents, and I got these white pearl earrings… It was the magic man with his bag of trinkets. We felt part of a community of thinkers and doers. It shaped me, I would say.

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    Review: Sheraton Stockholm Hotel [w/ Suite Upgrade Certificate]

    Review: Sheraton Stockholm Hotel [w/ Suite Upgrade Certificate]

    It had been a long time since I had stayed at a Sheraton, so I was looking forward to seeing how it would go this time around. I had originally booked into a Radisson down the road, but with an expiring free night certificate and a bunch of suite upgrade rewards, I decided to give the Sheraton Stockholm a try!

    Review: Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

    Link: Sheraton Stockholm Hotel


    The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is in a great location just down the street from Stockholm Central Station. This is where you can catch various buses, all metro lines and the very efficient Arlanda Express which will get you from the airport to here and back in just 18 minutes each way.

    In the surrounding area you will find many different shops and even various restaurants to try. I hadn’t tried any since I was in town just for one night and that was for the marathon (so I ate at the pasta oven at the race venue). I tried their continental breakfast on race morning and I’ll have more on that below.


    It seems that the average rates during this month (June) cost around €159 per night for a basic room. As for points, thanks to Marriott’s variable pricing, it’s hard to say exactly what price you’ll find. I can say that the night I was looking for put it at 38,000 points – or just 3,000 points more than what my free night certificate would reserve.

    Fortunately, Marriott recently allowed you to use points in addition to these certificates (up to 15,000 points) to book award nights, so that’s exactly what I did! Also, as a Marriott Platinum member, I also picked up 1,000 points as a welcome gift, so that was a net of 2,000 points and a certificate expiring soon for the free night.

    I also have a number of suite upgrade rewards available, so I went ahead and tried to apply one. Take note that these don’t just book for actual suites but also for upgraded rooms with various features – upper floor, balcony, club access, view (city or lake). In the end, I got a Superior King Balcony room with lake view (which was awesome!).


    Here’s the one area where the hotel really failed. I had checked in through the app the day before and requested a 2pm check-in. I know very well that it depends on availability and that having a specialized room can prevent early check-in from working. But, I thought I would try.

    I actually arrived at 1:45pm so thought I’d check and see if it was available and if not leave my backpack while I wandered around for a bit. No surprise – the room wasn’t ready but they “queued” it to be ready early. They suggested I come back after 2pm.

    I came back at 2:40 p.m. and waited in line (I will mention here that although they had a single agent position that was marked “Marriott Elite” they actually didn’t track that and just took anyone who was in that line or any other line – j so I had to wait behind a group of tourists). When I got up there they said it still wasn’t ready but “regular check in isn’t until 3pm so that’s fine.” And, I was told that this agent would “queue” it to get it ready faster. I quickly figured out that really didn’t mean much and since the two officers put him in the queue, he may not have done anything anyway.

    I was told I could wait in the lounge so he checked me in and I waited. After 3:40 p.m. without being contacted, I went back up. At this point, I was frustrated. It was now 40 minutes past check-in time and I had an appointment and had hoped to take a little nap and freshen up before – now it would just be time to clean up.

    The agent (another) said it was still not ready and I told her if I had realized it would take this long I would have just taken a regular guest room but she said they weren’t not available either (the hotel was full). She said she would speak to her manager. About 8 minutes later she was back and said the room was ready.

    If you are visiting this hotel during a busy season, I would suggest not trying an upgraded room if checking in on time or early is important to you. But, if you don’t mind the wait, the upgrade could be great! 🙂


    Again, it was an upgraded room due to the balcony (very small but still nice to hang out – plus there was a small table and chairs) and being a room on a high floor. I was on the 8th floor (last stage) with a view of the city.

    The surfaces showed some wear and you could definitely see that some woodwork and such needed upgrading. But the bathroom was quite spacious and bright and the bedroom had a few armchairs, a desk, a big screen TV and a king size bed.

    One thing I really liked was that the desk had a power panel that had sockets for European, UK and US outlets. I always have a US and EU plug with me so didn’t need it, but thought it was a great addition for anyone who might not have an adapter plug with them.

    The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows provided. There were light switches on both sides of the bed that controlled both the lights next door and the lights in the whole room.

    Speaking of lighting for the whole room, if you’re not familiar with that, many European hotels require you to put your key card in a slot near the door to turn on the electricity in the room. If you visit this hotel (or any European hotel that does that) during the hot summer months, I suggest getting at least two keys so you can leave one to keep the AC on while you’re away (btw the weather was very nice – mid 50s when i arrived).

    There were also reading lights on both positions on the bed. All in all, it seemed like they thought of the things people needed with easy access to lights for the whole room, power outlets, a bedside table and reading lamps – all without getting out of bed .

    The balcony offered spectacular views of the city. I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of pictures from the balcony. What’s crazy about visiting Stockholm in June is that “the blue hour” (that moment shortly after sunset / shortly before sunrise when the sky has a beautiful deep blue) does not really disappear. Sunset is after 10 p.m. and sunrise is just after 3 a.m. So, I was taking pictures after midnight and the sky was still a very beautiful blue.

    My view of Stockholm from my balcony – it was after midnight!

    If you want the best views from the hotel, opt for a lake view room.

    There are two free bottles of water in the room and the fridge is empty. You can tell they used to have it in stock but now they prefer people ordering from room service and they leave the fridge for your belongings. As someone who never uses a mini bar, I like having an empty fridge for my own stuff.

    A day view from the balcony

    Whenever something was written or said about water in Sweden, there seemed to be a sense of pride in the taste and purity of tap water. So, after cleaning the two water bottles (glass bottles which, if broken or taken, will add a cost of 25 SEK to your room, or about 2.80 USD) I kept filling them from the tap to hydrate myself before my race and I have to say they were right! It was very good and fresh!

    Living room

    If you have access to the lounge, either through room selection or elite status, it’s right across from the check-in counter. They have free snacks and drinks throughout the day, but only had 3 bottles of Pepsi left (and nothing else in the fridge) when I was there in the afternoon. They had a coffee/espress/capsule machine. For snacks it was like chips, fruit and sweets.


    Some rooms have lounge access with continental breakfast and if you have certain elite status (Platinum Elite or Titanium Elite), you can also get it. I was told that I had the free breakfast at the restaurant or that I could have the regular continental breakfast.

    Although I would have really liked to try the restaurant breakfast, it was the morning of a marathon and I knew the type of food I wanted would be in the continental breakfast room, so no reason to hesitate. have hours of fantasy before a race!

    Honestly, I was surprised at how great the continental breakfast was! Didn’t take pictures of it because it was a ton of people in there and the food was constantly blocked by customers getting their food.

    But, there were several kinds of eggs (hard, fried, scrambled), a pile of fresh fruit as well as a fruit cocktail, many cereals to choose from, a whole table laden with several kinds of breads and pastries and things like oats and oatmeal. There were also several coffee/espresso/cappuccino machines to make your own drinks.

    They also had flat pancakes which tasted much better than I expected as well as the toppings to go with them. There were potatoes, peppers, a fresh section full of meats, cheeses and juices. In short, the continental breakfast offered here was awesome and had just about something for everyone.

    The only problem here was seating. There were so many people in this whole area that they also made people sit in the restaurant. I was a bit surprised that it was like that around 8:15 on a Saturday morning and I can only imagine it was much worse about an hour after that!


    I found the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel to be a fantastic choice for my night in Stockholm. Although there are some improvements that could be made and they could certainly do better when it is busy, the staff were very friendly, the room was comfortable and the breakfast was fantastic.

    Given its convenient location, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a central location or just coming in or out of the airport using the Arlanda Express.

    Image shown is from the hotel’s website

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    The Bookseller – Rights – Gollancz takes on two sci-fi comedy mysteries based on the Victoriocity podcast


    Gollancz, the sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Orion, has signed two spin-off books from the sci-fi crime comedy podcast “Victoriocity” by couple Chris and Jen Sugden.

    Rachel Winterbottom, editor-in-chief at Gollancz, has acquired full worldwide language rights to Harry Illingworth’s two books from literary agency DHH, the first, titled Victoireto be published in hardcover on November 9, 2023.

    It tells the story of former Detective Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle who started Even Greater London’s first-ever detective agency. When a missing person’s case lands on her doorstep, Clara jumps at the chance to solve it, the synopsis continues. Every week a man posts the same message in the classifieds, telling his lover he will be waiting for him on Blackfriars Bridge. Instead of a romantic reunion, however, he is smuggled out at night. Meanwhile, Fleet is distracted by the case of London’s most sensational bank robbery: impenetrable vaults are emptied across the city. With the agency – and their lives – in danger, the couple find themselves at the center of a conspiracy of unimaginable proportions.

    The authors said: “We are delighted to introduce the world of Even Greater London and the adventures of Fleet and Clara to readers. The ‘Victoriocity’ podcast has found a wider and more passionate audience than we could have ever hoped for, and with these novels, we’re excited to share new standalone stories that will be a great starting point for newcomers. (all in fans, opening of new parts of the city and events so far only mentioned). We are delighted to work with Rachel, whose passion and expertise have been invaluable, and to have found Gollancz the perfect place for these stories.”

    Illingworth said Winterbottom’s enthusiasm for Victoire was “infectious from the start” and that she was the perfect editor to bring the book to life. “This novel is exactly what we need right now; the perfect combination of humor, sci-fi and mystery,” he said.

    Winterbottom added that she’s a huge fan of the podcast and that the couple’s version of the story is “as clever as it is comedic.” She says: “Mystery and murder has never been so much fun, and I can’t wait for listeners and readers to discover the amazing world of Even Greater London.”

    Oscar Music Rules That Might Surprise You – Billboard


    Last month’s announcement that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was reducing the number of songs in a film that can be submitted for the Oscar (from five to three) prompted us to take a deep dive into Oscar rules. in music categories.

    The Oscars have had musical categories every year since 1934, when the elegant “The Continental” (performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) won Best Original Song and A night of love won for scoring.

    In the early years, there was no explicit rule that a song had to be written for the film in which it appeared. The poignant ballad “The Last Time I Saw Paris”, which Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote in response to the Nazi takeover of Paris in June 1940, was a hit for Kate Smith that year – the year before the film was released (lady be good) for which he won the Oscar. The requirement that a song had to be written for the film was made explicit the following year. The rules now state: “The work must be registered for use in the film before any other use, including public performance or exploitation by any media.”

    In the first four years of the music category, the award was given to the film studio’s music department and its head of department. The following year, it was changed to have the film’s music composer(s) receive the award.

    Here are 10 rules in music categories that might surprise you.

    A former resident turned author to visit Farmers Market


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    When Loran Stuber left Hanna in 1987, she had no idea she would one day have several books for sale on Amazon.

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    Moving away at 17, she maintained her friendships and family while pursuing a career in teaching.

    After 30 years of teaching, she left the field to become a full-time editor and writer.

    “I wrote and wrote a handful of books,” Stuber noted.

    The most recent was released in March 2022.

    “It’s a memoir of the three years I spent living and teaching in Japan right after graduating from college with my teaching degree in the early 1990s,” she said.

    “The purpose of the book is twofold,” she explained.

    “One, to hopefully inspire people to get out there and chase their dreams, even if they seem out of reach,” she said.

    “When I was about eight years old I decided I wanted to become a teacher and teach in another country, and by the time I was 25 I had achieved that goal.”

    “The other (goal) is to entertain. I’d like to think I’m a pretty good storyteller and there are some funny stories in this book about awkward and embarrassing culture clashes and mistakes I made while trying to maneuver through a completely different culture .

    Stuber said several people at Hanna have already purchased the book, but for those who don’t want to buy it on Amazon, she will be at Hanna Farmer’s Market on June 8 and 15 selling and signing books.

    “I’m certainly not in the Nickelback or Lanny MacDonald category by any means, but I know how proud the Hanna community is and how supportive of the people there who have gone on to do ‘great things’,” she said.

    “Although I am far from being in the ranks of Stephen King or Margaret Atwood, I know that many members of the community are delighted to see me distributing books to the world. I am very grateful for their support. »

    To learn more about Stuber’s work, visit www.amazon.com/Lorna-Stuber/e/B09DJVC6J4

    “Write fewer articles, take more risks”: researchers call for “rebellion”


    The call is the starting point for a new book that challenges dominant orthodoxies in academia. Its editors, who are four academics based in Britain and Australia, urge academic staff to “rise up and rebel” against these conventions. They attack the assumption that the main output of research should be articles for scholarly journals, describing this as the “boring stuff” of their profession, which often undermines its quality and public value.

    Instead, the book calls for more academic researchers to “radically deviate” from traditional modes of academic production and combine forces with organizations beyond “the academy,” “to do the kind of work radicalism that the world needs right now, in a time of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of nationalism and populism.”

    It examines, in particular, how this could be achieved through the arts. In an extensive survey, various contributors cite examples of how scholars have used creative writing, poetry, podcasts, music – and less obvious media including circus arts and magic – both to communicate their work and as research tools.

    The book, Do rebel research in and beyond the Academy, was co-authored by social scientists, critical theorists and performing artists. He argues that although universities often claim to be interdisciplinary, many academics still work in silos – rarely collaborating with colleagues, let alone beyond their institutions.

    He adds that this is often a consequence of convention, not intent, and that instead of being inherently remote and “stuffy”, as the cliché might put it, many academics are under constant pressure to publish. in specialized journals. The volume itself is an anthology of “creative essays” illustrating alternative ways of presenting research: such as creative writing, poetry and art.

    Pamela Burnard, one of the co-editors and Professor of Arts, Creativity and Education at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education, said: “Universities are meant to exist for the benefit of all. It is bizarre that their main research result is complex, esoteric writing that only a few other scholars read or understand.

    “No one is saying academic writing is useless, but why is it the norm? If we want research to address the greatest challenges facing society, we need scholars to have the confidence – in a sense the permission – to deviate radically from them. We need to be braver and take more risks with what we do.

    In the book’s prologue, the editors cite a similar remark made by anthropologist Mary Pratt in 1988: “How could such interesting people, doing such interesting things, produce such boring books?”

    They argue that the arts provide alternative modes of expression that provide better opportunities for non-academics to connect meaningfully with academic ideas. They also suggest that when used as part of the research process, the arts give scholars a way to “live” and “experience” their research as something creative and engaging. This often allows them to see work differently and innovate more. The book provides many examples of how this has been done by scholars around the world, using forms such as dance, visual arts, poetry, hip-hop and podcasting.

    An example is the “A radical departure from academic writing” program in Australia, which trains postgraduate students not only to turn their research into creative writing, but to use it as a research method. His methods include “thesis drabbling”, in which students summarize their thesis in 100 words of stream-of-consciousness prose. Students say it helped them make their work “more human,” focus on its true purpose, and reconnect emotionally with why they wanted to do research in the first place.

    Elsewhere, the book features the recent case of a Cambridge University student who used podcasting to collect data from students and staff for a study into how COVID-19 affected university life. He explains how the project was born in part from a dance workshop and ended with the release of a electronic and spoken word album featuring fragments of interviews on Spotify, to convey the fears and anxieties experienced on campus during confinement.

    In a separate chapter, a psychologist explains how she used slam poetry and spoken word art to get marginalized young people to open up about their experiences of social injustice. She concludes that poetry can be used to challenge “established notions of what research and knowledge look like”.

    This book also touches on even more offbeat art forms. One chapter, for example, reports on Stockholm University of the Arts ‘Circus Department’. This trains circus performers, but has also used the unexpected realm of circus arts, and their ability to test the extremes of human ability and self-control, to undertake studies on issues such as the work of team and collaboration in high risk environments.

    Along the same lines, a chapter co-authored by a physician, an award-winning biomechanical researcher, and an illusionist and escapologist, writes about how the Academy of Magic and Science has created “magic shows” that introduce audiences to cross-disciplinary practices and ideas linking diverse fields such as engineering, chemistry, electronics, physiology, psychology and performance cultures. The co-authors argue that the careful structuring of magical acts, to provoke curiosity and surprise, could be applied more broadly in scientific writing. They suggest that presenting the research as an illusionist might engage a wider audience far more than the “cold lists of data and conclusions” in many scientific papers.

    Burnard said she expected the book, which contains many other different examples of rebellious scholarly writing, to be “stricken” by some scholars. “Our ideas and intentions are challenging – but it’s something academics are meant to be,” she added. “The emergence of unimaginable possibilities should be celebrated.”

    Do rebel research in and beyond the Academy is published by Brill-i-Sense. It will be widely available after a launch event in Cambridge on Monday, June 6.

    How to Watch the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards


    The MTV Movie & TV Awards take place on Sunday, June 5 with the festivities kicking off at 8 p.m. ET from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles. The star-studded event will reveal which movies and TV shows as well as which actors and other artists will win the coveted Golden Popcorn Award along with plenty of great performances and plenty of surprises for fans in person and at home. The event will also host the MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED event, honoring reality television and competition series, making it a must-attend celebration of entertainment. So how do you get on with the party? Here are all the details you need to know about how to watch.

    The 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live tonight, Sunday, June 5 starting at 8 p.m. ET and will air on MTV, The CW, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and VH1. The awards themselves will be followed by MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at 10 p.m. ET. An awards show encore will air at 11 p.m. ET on MTV in case you miss the live broadcast.

    If you can’t watch on TV, you can also watch the rewards online. Those with a valid cable connection can watch the awards show live on MTV.com and on the MTV app – the app is available on multiple platforms. If you don’t have a cable connection, MTV offers a one-time free 24-hour viewing pass. The awards will also be available to stream the following day on MTV.com. You can also stream the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards online. YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, Philo and Paramount+ are all streaming options, but require subscriptions to guarantee access.

    As for the rewards themselves, there are heavy hitters for the rewards. The Best Picture category is stacked with Spider-Man: No Coming Home, The Batman, Dunes, Scream, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsand The Adam Projectt all vying for the title. The awards also debut in two new categories this year with Best Song and Here for the Hookup while UNSCRIPTED will also unveil four categories, Best Reality Return, Best Music Documentary, Best Reality Romance and Best Reality Star. You can view the full list of nominations here.

    The 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards take place Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.

    Reviews | Is America Broken?


    For the editor:

    Regarding “America May Be Broken Beyond Repair,” by Michelle Goldberg (column, May 28):

    Ms. Goldberg argues that America is irreparable and that a good portion of the population is ready for another insurrection, regardless of the law or the Democratic vote.

    It is time for us to think outside the box and form two countries. Instead of civil war, I propose civil separation. We are two countries so opposed ideologically that each feels victimized and dominated by the other. Political leaders need to step up and think about next steps. Clearly articulate both ideologies and give each state a vote on who they belong to.

    Of course, at first there will be an adjustment in which people will move to the place that resonates with their vision. Not easy to break up – ask any couple – but better than an all-out civil war.

    Dawn Menken
    Portland, Oregon.
    The writer is the author of “Facilitating a More Perfect Union: A Guide for Politicians and Leaders”.

    For the editor:

    In our experience of democracy, we have so often been faced with what seemed like insurmountable obstacles. We have survived civil war, race riots, two world wars, financial depressions, McCarthyism and the threat of nuclear annihilation in a cold war that has lasted for decades. The monsters have reared their ugly heads so many times as we struggle to fulfill the promises of our founding fathers.

    So is it time to throw in the towel and say that it was all for naught? We’ve always come to our senses as a people and made sure the monsters don’t win. This is the challenge we now face. We cannot succumb to forces that would destroy us.

    Richard Leimsider
    Manalapan, New Jersey

    For the editor:

    I am a mother, grandmother and retired environmental scientist. I have always been an independent and a patriot: vote according to the person and not the party. Over the decades, I found fewer and fewer Republicans to vote for. I wish Liz Cheney was in my state.

    I believe our country is broken. I have had the privilege of traveling extensively in my career and I see other countries that better embody American values ​​than we do here. Places where one is safe while preserving individual freedom. Where the right to life protects schoolchildren, not embryonic tissue. Where income disparity is a fraction of what it is here. And where insurrection never happens.

    I expect to see blood in the streets during the midterm elections. I am therefore emigrating to a European country where I feel safer, where I can afford health care and where my personal freedoms (and those of everyone else) are preserved.

    I’m not the only one doing it, I’m just one of the few lucky enough to afford it. America is broken. I love it and I will leave it.

    Rita Schenck
    Vashon, Wash.

    For the editor:

    In her superb excoriation of America’s response to the mass shootings, Michelle Goldberg mentions the possibility of a “blue state secession” in response to endless Republican filibuster. I am struck by his tone.

    Secession is almost always referred to either as the aspiration of crackpots or as a tragedy that diminishes the nation at large. Not anymore. Suddenly, secession is the rational choice of people who are no longer ready to get along with madness.

    Robin Prior
    Wargrave, England

    For the editor:

    My daughter moved to Dublin, Ireland for college last September. While shopping for kitchen supplies with her at a department store, I was perplexed to learn that I had to buy the chef’s knife she had chosen; she was too young to buy a knife that size. A military-style handgun or assault rifle wouldn’t be in the cards either.

    Dubliners kept reassuring us, perhaps thinking that we were concerned about some rough aspect of the city: Don’t worry, they said, it will be safe in Dublin.

    I’m not worried. I’ll worry when she gets home.

    Ralph Walch

    For the editor:

    Regarding “Book Translators Earn Their Due,” by Pamela Paul (column, May 30):

    Thanks to Mrs. Paul for her defense of literary translators and her appeal to publishers to recognize the art of the translator by naming the translator on the cover of the book.

    Translators are not stenographers but rather musicians playing the score of another’s original composition or performing a cover version of another’s song. To translate is to act, to execute a script written by someone else. You can hit every note or say every word correctly, but you’re still missing the artistry of the original. Translating is writing that requires the same stylistic skills and imagination as original literature.

    Translation, as Jorge Luis Borges wrote, is a re-creation. The translator, like a good critic, can bring out aspects of the original that the original author was unaware of.

    In recent years, we have experienced a golden age of translation, with more and more books by authors in other languages ​​appearing on the American market. The translators of these books actually wrote the words that American readers read.

    Recognition of the art of translation by the American publishing industry is long overdue.

    Stephen Kesler
    Santa Cruz, California.
    The writer is a poet and literary translator.

    For the editor:

    Regarding “Toughest Abortion Ban Becomes Law in Oklahoma” (news article, May 26):

    Now that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed an anti-abortion bill that declares life begins at the time of fertilization, I have two questions:

    Can an unaccompanied pregnant woman drive in a lane reserved for carpooling?

    Can an unborn child be counted as a “person” in the census?

    Howard Seftel

    UK government’s £2.9bn job search scheme fails to find work for 93% of people | Unemployment


    The government’s flagship program to combat long-term unemployment has failed to find employment for 93% of those registered. The £2.9billion Restart scheme, launched by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak last year, is meant to provide up to 12 months of support for the long-term unemployed to help them get back to work.

    But figures released in response to a written parliamentary question from Labour’s shadow jobs minister, Alison McGovern, show that only 16,180 of the 226,785 people who started the scheme later left it for reasons such as than starting a job or quitting Universal Credit intensive work. -research scheme.

    “It’s completely overwhelming,” McGovern said. “We’re supposed to be in a vacancy crisis and these people are trying to get back to work.”

    The Restart program is mandatory for benefit seekers referred to it by work coaches at employment centres, and is provided by private contractors such as Serco, G4S and Maximus, paid primarily on performance.

    “Unfortunately, despite spending over £2.5bn on Restart, the government’s incompetent [Department for Work and Pensions] is better at outsourcing failed programs to G4S and Serco than finding work,” she added. “It’s no surprise that these figures show that the failure of this government is most pronounced in the North West and Greater Manchester.”

    In these two regions, 1,370 of the 29,720 newcomers to the system then left it, ie nearly 5%.

    Restart is also struggling to find enough participants to meet projected caseloads – the roughly 225,000 people who started the program at the end of April are 40% lower than the 375,000 who were originally expected to have joined by then. Restart’s eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow more people to be referred to the program.

    Tony Wilson, director of the Institute for Employment Studies, said the program lacked benchmarks because long-term unemployment was much lower than expected at the height of the pandemic, while “inactivity” caused by people dropping out of the labor market has increased.

    “The government has committed significant funds to deal with an unemployment crisis that has not materialized. We have not had mass unemployment. And instead, we face a crisis of participation. So the crisis we prepared for is not the one we have,” he said. “Employment is still half a million below pre-pandemic levels. Economic inactivity is 400,000 higher than it was before the pandemic began.

    DWP’s Kickstart youth unemployment scheme fell 90,000 from its job creation target of 250,000 when it closed earlier this year. The resulting underspent money has been taken over by the treasury, and any underspending from the restart is likely to go in the same direction. Wilson said he should instead be invested in tackling economic inactivity.

    “We now have the highest rate of economic inactivity, unemployment, due to long-term health problems that we have had in 20 years. It’s long Covid, it’s NHS waiting lists, it’s mental health issues getting worse during the pandemic. We are not doing anything to address any of these factors that have led to the drop in the labor force which leads to economic inactivity, which leads to labor shortages. Instead, the money just goes back to the treasury because unemployment is so low.

    A DWP spokesperson said: ‘Thanks to our balanced approach to managing the economy, unemployment is at its lowest since 1974 at 3.7%. Less than a year after its launch, the Restart program is already supporting a quarter of a million long-term unemployed – with more to follow. Providers are paid based on the number of job seekers they manage to support in work, providing value for the taxpayer. »

    Book Review: Author Takes Readers on a Journey to a Famous Painting in ‘What the Ermine Saw’ | Entertainment



    I did not know that the genius Leonardo da Vinci painted only four known portraits of women during his life. One, of course, is the “Mona Lisa”. This fascinating and well-researched book is the story of another: “La Dame à l’ermine”.

    A beautiful young girl, probably about 14 years old, posed for da Vinci at the request of her lover, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. Although engaged to Beatrice, a member of the aristocracy, he found reasons to delay the marriage while he took advantage of his young mistress. To show off his wealth and influence, he hired the most famous painter of the time, da Vinci, to paint his portrait. The seance probably took place around 1490.

    The artist has captured young Cecilia Gallerani gazing intently to her left at someone or something. On her lap rests a white ermine, a symbol of pregnancy and childbirth. Da Vinci used both hands to paint the portrait.

    These small details, along with photographs and drawings, are spread throughout this book. We learn that Ludovico eventually married Beatrice, who was close to his sister Elizabeth, a powerful woman in Milan who became one of the region’s most successful art collectors. What she wanted most, however, was to be painted by da Vinci. He sketched it, but never completed a portrait. So Elizabeth decided to get Cecilia’s “Lady with an Ermine.” She succeeded in “borrowing” it in 1498. When Cécile died in 1536, no trace of the painting remained.

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    Its location remained unknown for more than 250 years, when it ended up in the hands of a Polish family. Later it hung on Nazi Hans Frank’s wall, as part of Hitler’s art collection. After the war, this 15-by-21-inch wooden panel returned to Poland, where it is now on display at the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow. Later chapters include details of scans of the painting that reveal what da Vinci created before the final version.

    The author takes us on this journey, and we end up being amazed that this painting exists. Knowing his story made him more beautiful and intriguing to me. I hope one day to see him in person.

    Penny A Parrish is a freelance writer in Stafford County.

    Penny A Parrish is a freelance writer in Stafford County.

    Lady Louise’s dress is Kate Middleton’s favorite brand


    Lady Louise’s dress, worn during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, sent a shiver down the spine of fashion fans. The popular young royal has teamed up with her mother Sophie Wessex in a brand adored by another fashionable family member – Kate Middleton! The stunning dress is from Ghost and although it is still available, it will sell out very quickly.

    Dress of Lady Louise: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor depart after the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England.  The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is celebrated June 2-5, 2022 in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession on February 6, 1952.

    (Image credit: (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage,))

    Lady Louise’s choice of dress for an official event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 has been dubbed “chic” by royal fans, who are praising the elegant young royal.

    The close relationship she has with her mother Sophie, Countess Wessex, is quite evident. Their adorable matching outfits, at the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, are testament to that. However, it’s clear who Lady Louise Windsor’s royal style icon really is – as she was the star of the show in her Ghost dress.

    The center of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations is in London, where Buckingham Palace hosted the extended Royal Family, the Queen’s grandchildren, the Queen’s great-grandchildren and of course her own children and their spouses.

    Company favorite Lady Louise was the ‘top of grace’ as she led a moving tribute to Prince Philip at a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event ahead of the official weekend celebration. end. It’s likely all the festivities have been a big break for the young royal, as Lady Louise’s life-changing decision is believed to be just around the corner.

    Book award finalists have a mixed bag


    As this year’s Manitoba Book Award winners will be announced online on Thursday, one of the talking points has been the range of genres competing in the top categories.

    The McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award shortlist features an intriguing mix of titles: two books of poetry (Gibbous Moonby Denis Cooleywith pictures of Michael Matthews; Signal search by Lori Cayer), two memories (Life in the Dirty Water City by Clayton Thomas-Muller and We’re All Perfectly Well: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing by Jillian Horton) and two novels (out of mind by David Bergen and The foreigners by Catherine Vermette).

    The Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, which recognizes books about or set in Winnipeg, includes a memoir about a residential school (Have you seen us? by survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School), a newcomer’s poetic reflections on arriving in Winnipeg from France (Mountain White-Winnipeg Express by Seream), a hockey biography (Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle by Ty Dilello), a long poem on language and colonialism (scofflaw by GarryThomas Morse) and Vermette The foreigners.

    The shortlist for the Eileen MacTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book includes a mid-level contemporary novel (Lessons in Fusionby Primrose Madayag Knasan); an average historical novel (Lost in the meadowby MaryLou Driedger), a memoir of abuse, trauma and healing told through essays (by Persephone Childrenby Rowan McCandless), an autobiography of an Aboriginal musician (To run like aby Errol Ranville), and a memoir on the stress of medical life (Horton’s We’re all perfectly fine).

    Shortlists for the 12 awards are available at wfp.to/bookawards22.

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    Several historians from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg will join forces on Tuesday to launch a new book from the University of Manitoba Press examining the history of public health care in Canada.

    The History of Medicare: Origins, Omissions and Possibilities in Canada contains essays on the strengths and weaknesses of Canada’s health care system and the possibilities for the future.

    Publishers will participate in the launch Esyllt Jones, James Hanley and Delia Graves and contributor Mary Jane Logan McCallumwith Community Health Science Teacher Nathan Nickel accommodation. The event begins at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location and will also be streamed on their YouTube channel.

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    Professor of theology and author at Duke University, born in Winnipeg Kate Bowler is in town on Wednesday with his latest book Good enough: 40 devotions for a life of imperfection.

    Bowler is the best-selling author Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I Loved). Her latest book is a book of meditations to help readers stop feeling guilty for not “living their best life”. She will discuss with Free press faith reporter John Longhurst at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park at 7 p.m., which will be broadcast on YouTube.

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    Winnipeg-born Toronto writer Georgia Toews launches her first novel on Thursday, June 9 at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park.

    Hey, good luck there is a comic novel about addiction and recovery and about a young woman in search of herself. The daughter of Miriam Toews, Georgia will discuss with Free press journalist Jen Zoratti to 19h. The event will be streamed on YouTube.

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    Long-time English teacher and scholar at the U of W Neil Besner launches Friday to McNally Robinson a fleeting memoir of a life spent in Winnipeg, Montreal and Brazil.

    Fishing with Tardelli: family memories in lost time is a story of marriages and remarriages, of families forming and taking on new configurations, with settings spanning decades and continents.

    He will discuss the book with the poet Denis Cooley and English teacher at U de M Warren Cariou at 7 p.m., the event will also be streamed on YouTube.

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    Editor’s note: Mayors and bumps


    Stuart Elliot

    Jhere is a delicate dance between the mayors and the real estate developers who build the city.

    This two-step complex was exposed to The real deal‘s NYC Real Estate Showcase + Forum last month, when Mayor Eric Adams took the stage to tell the crowd he wanted to “roll out the red carpet” for builders.

    It was a welcome change from eight years of Bill de Blasio, who ran for mayor on the belief that New York no longer needed shiny condo towers. Accepting campaign donations from real estate has become verboten in recent years. So you couldn’t blame the industry for being excited about the new mayor, who proclaimed that “what oil is to Texas, real estate is to New York.” Check out our coverage of the event – which has returned after a three-year hiatus with over 2,000 attendees.

    Whether Adams goes all the way remains to be seen. Just a week after the event, a developer planning a 900-unit project in Harlem offered to keep 40% affordable to appease the community. The local council member called it a “slap in the face”, demanding 100% accessibility. Adams remained silent and the project died. No red carpet was rolled out.

    While the industry has an idea of ​​how this mayor will position himself, it’s likely that the negotiator who graces our cover this month, Joseph Chetrit, would only meet Hizzoner away from the prying eyes of the press (forget Chetrit who introduces himself to a TRD an event).

    Indeed, Chetrit is a legendary name in New York real estate, in part because of the mystery surrounding it. The investor whose properties include the Sony Building, the Chelsea Hotel, the former Daily News Building, what will be Brooklyn’s tallest skyscraper, the Sears Tower (now Willis) in Chicago and a development of billion dollar Miami, to name a few, never grants interviews. The handful of profiles on him “are slim, and he has at times been portrayed in a way that carries a hint of menace”, writes Adam Piore.

    Piore was able to sit down with family members (if not Joe himself) to learn the real story behind the mystery man from Morocco. View profile here.

    A rival developer said working with “the intuitive real estate genius” – who can assess a building at first sight and make an offer on the spot – is disorienting, as is Chetrit’s ability to position himself on the right side of a building. an agreement or partnership. .

    “The joke with Joe is if you’re 50-50 partners on a building and the building is half empty, in Joe’s head you own the empty part and he owns the full part,” the developer said.

    Piore’s cover coincides with his book for TRD“The New Kings of New York,” which reveals insider testimonials from developers, politicians, investors and financiers who shaped the city in the new millennium as Manhattan became a playground for the 1% global.

    Released last month, it quickly became the #1 seller on Amazon’s list of real estate books, with coverage in the New York Post and Daily Beast, reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and applause from authors. hits, including Vicky Ward, Eliot Brown and Michael Gross. You can still order a copy.

    Elsewhere, check out our special Hamptons section. Forget the 1% there – in the Hamptons, the simple rich are now priced out by the ultra-rich. It’s gentrification on top of gentrification. Still, a weak rental market could portend a slowdown.

    Finally, don’t miss our interview with Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer, the 800-pound gorilla of the real estate world, with a portfolio of over 90 million square feet. Speyer is vocal about the future of commercial real estate and is forward-thinking to the point of being almost awake: he wants to ban the word “tenant” because it conjures up a “feudal” approach to real estate.

    “It suggests an adversarial relationship, and that’s the last thing we want,” Speyer said.

    Landlords and tenants living in harmony, politicians and builders working together to shape the horizon for the benefit of all – maybe it can happen. Read the issue and see what you think.

    With ‘Neptune Frost’, how to make an Afrofuturist sci-fi musical


    The unconventional sci-fi musical “Neptune Frost” (in theaters), from co-directors and partners Saul Williams, a seasoned New York musician and actor, and Anisia Uzeyman, a Rwandan actress and filmmaker; questions the notion of technological progress from the point of view of those who live in the places exploited to achieve it.

    Set in the mountains of the African nation of Burundi, their Afrofuturistic vision, which premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, follows a former miner and an intersex hacker as they lead an uprising against oppressive forces. The realm they inhabit is one where reality and a digital interface, imbued with magical realism, intersect tactilely.

    Speaking via video call from their home in Los Angeles, the duo explained some of the key concepts behind their one-of-a-kind film. Below are edited excerpts from the conversation.

    “Neptune Frost” was originally slated for the stage until the producers persuaded you to turn the concept into a movie. How has the medium of cinema reshaped the project?

    SAUL WILLIAMS: It allowed us to imagine what it would be like to shoot on location. We had written the story to be set in Burundi but we knew we couldn’t shoot there because of the political unrest. But in the neighboring country of Rwanda, where Anisia is from, the doors were open. We arrived there in 2016 to shoot a sizzle reel and discovered a slew of Burundian refugees in Kigali who were students, artists and activists. We were excited to show a place and faces that people haven’t really seen on screen.

    ANISIA UZEYMAN: We wanted to share the existing beauty of Rwanda that I was intimate with, as well as the language. We have an ancestral tradition of poetry.

    WILLIAMS: After writing the script, working with these poets and writers from Rwanda and Burundi to translate the text into Kinyarwanda and Kirundi was an extraordinary experience. The film allowed us to share much more than the scene would have done.

    In creating this complex narrative, were you inspired by specific historical events relevant to Burundi or broader ideas about neocolonialism in Africa?

    WILLIAMS: When we started conceptualizing the project in 2011, the Arab Spring, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks were underway. On the continent, American evangelists have arrived in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, offering money to pass anti-LGBT laws. We were also learning about e-waste camps [in Africa], places where our technology will die, village-sized camps with stacks of motherboards, keyboards and towers. We learned of their close connection to the mining industry and the irony that digital technology is so deeply rooted in analog mining.

    This is related to what has been happening on this continent for centuries. We wake up every morning and say, “I can’t start my day without my coffee”, not knowing where that coffee comes from, where the rubber in your tires comes from, where the stuff that makes your computer. . The spirit of protest in the film comes from what was happening while we were writing it. We wanted to incorporate these things and connect the dots between these disparate ideas and show how they were all part of the same timeline.

    Since the music here represents an integral narrative aspect, can you explain the thought process behind its composition?

    WILLIAMS: The music came first. I grew up with musicals and one of the goals was to make one that matched the musical interests that were part of my exploration as an artist. I was interested in polyrhythm because we were linking drum rhythms to coding as the drums themselves were used for wireless communication. We were playing with the idea of ​​drum coding in terms of computer programming, and the exploration of what is beyond the binary in the question of genre.

    UZEYMAN: The music was also a great way to communicate with the actors who are all singers and musicians. They have this very privileged relationship to rhythm. It was a way to work on their own understanding of the characters they were playing and how their voices evolve over the story.

    There is a striking visual quality to the costumes and set designs that are both supernatural and recognizable, how were they designed?

    UZEYMAN: We met Cédric Mizero, the young designer behind these costumes and sets, in 2016 in Rwanda. After hearing the story we wanted to tell, he came back the next morning with sandals made from motherboards. Cédric’s work also inspired the writing of the film because he was already working with people in the village to recycle and transform materials considered waste into art installations and zero waste mode.

    WILLIAMS: For example, making backpacks out of water canisters or using African wooden sculptures as guns that we used in the film.

    How does Afrofuturist art, which weaves folklore and culture into futuristic tropes, allow you to approach today’s issues from a decolonized perspective?

    WILLIAMS: There is something experienced and understood about the fluidity of things in Indigenous cultures that transcends Western projection. These things have been part of reality and narrative in Africa and elsewhere for a long time, but the rigidity of Western lack of imagination has closed the doors to these ancient myths and mythologies. It is crucial for us not to participate in the pornography of poverty or the expectations white people have of Africa.

    UZEYMAN: From the perspective of artists on the continent, what’s important is the ability to tell any story we want to tell, not the story you expect us to tell or the story you’re willing to fund. We want to tell all the stories from our point of view – science fiction or historical dramas – freed from Western framing.