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Award-winning Ahwatukee author Katrina Shawver will join more than 50 authors who will be on hand to share stories and ideas about their craft at the inaugural Desert Foothills Book Festival in North Scottsdale next Saturday.

The free event — from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St. — will offer attendees a chance to browse fiction, nonfiction, memoir, children’s books and d other genres and to have books signed by the authors. There will be door prizes and even a raffle. Proceeds from this initial event will fund Holland Center’s “Creative Kids: Tell Me a Story” program.

Shawver, author of the award-winning book ‘Henry: The True Story of a Polish Swimmer’s Friendship from Auschwitz to America’, will be joined by Ettie Zilber, author of ‘A Holocaust Memoir of Love and Resilience, Mama’s Survival from Lithuania to America”.

Both of their stories are set during World War II and the Holocaust and set in the neighboring countries of Poland and Lithuania. Together, the books offer a common history and geography and two different experiences of the Holocaust. Shawver’s book is about Henry Zguda, Ahwatukee, a Polish Christian survivor of German concentration camps, and his later life in America.

Zilber’s memoir follows her mother’s story from the Lithuanian Jewish experience and her subsequent adjustment to life in America. Lithuania and Poland have shared borders for centuries.

Zilber was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, and after retiring from a career in international schools, she is now active in the Phoenix Holocaust Association and devotes time to educating young people and adults about the Holocaust.

“Both books are more timely than ever, given the current events unfolding in Ukraine and the shared history and geography,” Shawver said.

Shawver is an experienced writer, seasoned speaker, and recipient of the 2018 Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress in Arizona. Shawver is also available for speaking engagements. For further information: katrinashawver.com, [email protected] or 602-492-1232.

The Desert Foothills Book Festival was born out of the desire of a group of local authors to personally connect with book lovers and promote an appreciation for reading and the literary arts.

“With the Tucson Book Festival to the south and the Payson and Prescott Book Festivals to the north, this small group felt that the greater areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree were missing a valuable opportunity to meet and engage with local authors of all genres,” the organizers state on their website, desertfoothillsbookfestival.com “The year 2022 marks the first year of the festival with many, many more to come.

Organizers describe the festival as “a celebration of the importance of reading in our community” that aims to “promote literacy and a love of reading among adults and children by creating an interactive and inclusive place for readers and authors to connect”.

Among the authors who will be present are Karen Odden and Dan Baldwin, who will give presentations on the craft and skills of writing.

Odden will talk about the importance of setting in any novel, especially when writing historical fiction. Her passion is Victorian England and she will share photos of some of the places in London that have helped her bring her stories to life.

Baldwin will explain his 20 years of experience in psychic sensing and spiritual communication, followed by how he structured his books to combine these realities with effective storytelling.

For an overview of the other authors who will be present at the event on Saturday, see desertfoothillsbookfestival.com

Memoirist Elisa Stancil Levine presents new work in Sonoma


Elisa Stancil Levine will present her memoir, “This or Something Better: A Memoir of Resilience,” on Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. Her lifelong solace, the wild river and the natural world, sustained her through a difficult youth and a rewarding career. Founder of Stancil Studios, an award-winning national decorative finishes company, her memoir also spans “Making a Maker” in Northern California, Manhattan and Paris.

Elisa Stancil Levine spent her childhood in a canyon in the American River, upstream from the site of the California Gold Rush. She left school at 16 and, as a single mother in Sacramento, earned a degree in library science and studied creative writing. Working with partners, she remodeled 16 historic homes and served as home and garden editor and columnist for Sacramento magazine. “This or Something Better” is Levine’s second book. His essays have recently appeared in Entropy magazine, Stirring: a Literary Review, The Penmen Review, and The Writer’s Workshop Review. A third book is in preparation.

Proof of vaccination or a negative covid PCR test within the last 72 hours is required for all live events; if participants do not have one, they will be asked to wear a mask during the event.

For more information, call 707-939-1779. Readers’ is at 130 E. Napa St.

Portsmouth Abbey class of 2022 graduates and award day honors


PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Abbey School held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Sunday May 29.

Class of 2022 graduates

Margaret Grace Abbruzzi; Bristol, Rhode Island

Alexander John Adams; Annapolis, Maryland

Isabelle Altamirano; Santa Tecla, La Lebertad, El Salvador

Ivan Alexander Andarza; Austin, TX

Rorke Warren Applebee; Chateauguay, QC Canada

Julia Barker; Warren, Rhode Island

Charles Maxwell Baughan; Foxborough (Massachusetts)

Thomas J. Belcastro; Danbury, Connecticut

Best Hannah Geary; Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Caroline B. Bohan; Newport, Rhode Island

Alexandra E. Bordelon; Washington, Maine

Kelsey Anne Boulay; Tiverton, Rhode Island

Gwenyth Sands Bragan; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Camera Marlayna Christine; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Charlotte Mary Capone; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Zekai Chen; Shanghai, China

Brynna Patrice Courneen; Dartmouth, MA

A. Felix Cutler; Pembroke, Bermuda

Herbert Enrique de Sola; New York, New York

Patricia Diaz; Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Kenza Domyou; Yaounde, Cameroon

Lillee Grace Dougherty; South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Duke Keaweokalani Fagan; Southampton, NY

Claire Chandler Fink; washington d.c.

Julia Ann FitzGerald; Middletown, Rhode Island

Payton Foley; Wrentham, MA

Anna Genevieve Friendshuh; Cary, North Carolina

Logan Furlong; Kirkland, QC Canada

Isabelle Gasso; Los Cacicazgos, Dominican Republic

Brown Elizabeth Gibbons; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Nathaniel Alexander Gonzalez; New York, New York

Alejandro Heinemann de la Fuente; Guatemala

Ryan James Hogan; Richmond, Virginia

Mason E. Holling; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Joey John Humenay; Beaconsfield, QC Canada

Jacob Ierfino; Chateauguay, QC Canada

Amelie Kamen; Malibu, California

Davis Woo-Kyung Lee; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Jihyo Lee; Nam-Gu, Busan Korea

Jiyun Lim; Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Korea

Lily Lin; East Providence, Rhode Island

Michael Collins Loftus; Raynham, Mass.

Mya Julia Magriby; Tiverton, Rhode Island

Atticus Brown; Cumberland, Rhode Island

Jacqueline M. Martin; Smithfield, Rhode Island

Alasdair John McDermott; Newport, Rhode Island

Philip Vincent Moyles, III; Rye, New York

Brogan, Patrick Murphy; Woburn (Massachusetts)

Flynn Edward O’Connell; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Kene Ogbuefi; Forest Lake, Illinois

Catherine Lis O’Hara; Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Antone Tobias Oliveira; Little Compton, Rhode Island

Zinachidi Adaobi Onwudiwe; Lagos, Nigeria

Darrell Opoku-Kwateng; Worcester (Massachusetts)

Nolan Javor O’Reilly; Woburn (Massachusetts)

Lucas Romano Pagliarulo; Medfield, MA

ParkerThomas Polgar; Westport, MA

Éamonn Prendergast; Hopewell Junction, New York

Klara Rabai; Pannonhalma, Hungary

Ryan P. Rosenau; Scituate (Massachusetts)

Blake Rossiter; Bethlehem, Connecticut

Francisco Sanchez; Coral Gables, Florida

Marisa Scartozzi; Brossard, QC Canada

Pietro Scartozzi; Brossard, QC Canada

Oh Chul Shin; Seoul, Korea

David Shon; Seoul, Korea

Nathaniel Dean Smith; Yorktown, Virginia

Owen Carlyle Smith; Newport, Rhode Island

Grace Elizabeth Stencel; Hollywood, Maryland

Michael Stephenson; Pointe-Claire, QC Canada

Mariana Sofia Vollmer Niño; Miami, Florida

Guillaume Falk Wahlberg; Bristol, Rhode Island

Yuhan Wang; Shanghai, China

Martha Wilson; Adamsville, Rhode Island

Ruoxing Yang; Beijing, China

Zheye Yao; Shanghai, China

Jihye Yu; Yangcheon-gu, Seoul Korea

Xinghe Zhang; Shanghai, China

Xinyao Zhang; Shanghai, China

Hongyu Zhao; Beijing, China

The Portsmouth Abbey School Class of 2022

Award Day Honors

Julia FitzGerald of Middletown

The Principal’s Award for Sixth Form members who have been a force for good in the school through goodwill, personal example and effort National School Choral Award, the highest honor for choristers High School Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Award for a graduate who best exemplifies the qualities of a student leader, manifested through a combination of dedication to academics and commitment to academic service.

The Saint Gregory Award for assuming a leadership role in serving beyond our campus on behalf of others in need The Frank E. Lally History Book Award for excellence in U.S. government and politics Red Key Award for Sustained Service and Special Commitment as Chief of Red Key during their sixth year

Antone (Toby) Oliveira of Little Compton

Appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy

The Portsmouth Abbey Athletic Association for sixth form members who demonstrate exceptional playing ability, sportsmanship, leadership, effort and dedication during each of the three athletic seasons.

The Saint Gregory Award for playing a leadership role in serving beyond our campus on behalf of others in need.

Merritt Coward of Little Compton

The Rhode Island High School Civic Leadership Award to a fifth-year student in recognition of outstanding leadership skills, academic record, and contributions to the school and community.

The Francis I. Brady Medal for Excellence in the Field of Infectious Diseases.

Mason Holling of Portsmouth

Red Key Award for sustained service and special commitment leading Red Key in their sixth year.

Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Award for a graduate who best exemplifies the qualities of a student leader, manifested through a combination of dedication to one’s studies and commitment to academic service.

Dr. James M. DeVecchi Head Boy and Girl Recognition for courage to serve and in thanks for contributions to the Portsmouth Abbey School.

Brown Portsmouth Gibbons

Dr. James M. DeVecchi Head Boy and Girl Recognition for courage to serve and in thanks for contributions to the Portsmouth Abbey School.

The Dom Luke Childs’57 Commemorative Medal for the qualities of intelligence, virtue and concern for others.

Catherine (Lisie) O’Hara of Portsmouth

Nomination to the United States Naval Academy, presented by his father, Captain Michael O’Hara, blue and gold officer, permanent military professor and director of the Wargaming department of the US Naval War College.

Portsmouth’s Gwenyth Bragan

Red Key Award for sustained service and special commitment leading Red Key during the sixth year.

Congressman David Cicilline Award for Distinguished Academic and Community Involvement Graduate.

Madison (Madi) Harkins of Portsmouth

Excellence in Photography Award.

Charlotte Capone of Portsmouth

The Rhode Island School of Design Book Award for commendable talent and energy in the visual arts.

Fletcher Reilly of Portsmouth and Marina McKeating of Cumberland

The William Haney Scholarships, providing select fifth-year students with a unique summer educational opportunity.

Lila Bragan of Portsmouth

Modern Language Award for Excellence in Lower Level Spanish.

Michael Abbate of Newport

Dartmouth College Book Award for combined qualities of scholarship, leadership and achievement

Georgia Sones of Newport

The Harvard-Radcliffe Club of RI Book Award for an outstanding fifth-year student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.

Niamh Whelan from Bristol and Nessa McDermott from Newport

The University of Rochester Humanities/Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities.

Aralyn Bradshaw of Bristol

The Norman Marcoux Geometry Prize.

William Wahlberg of Bristol

The Principal’s Award for sixth-grade members who have been a force for the good of the School through goodwill, personal example, and effort. The Norman Marcoux Award for Excellence in Economics.

Bristol’s Liam Barry

The University of Rochester Humanities/Social Sciences Award for outstanding achievement in the humanities and social sciences.

Julia Barker of Warren

The McGuire Art Medal

Cumberland Brown Atticus

Quincy Jones Musicianship Student Award, honoring outstanding students for their creativity and musical flair

Jacqueline Martin of Smithfield

The Portsmouth Abbey Athletic Association for sixth form members who demonstrate exceptional playing ability, sportsmanship, leadership, effort and dedication during each of the three athletic seasons. The Frank E. Lally History Book Award for Excellence in Rhode Island History Seminary.

New Books Network: Interview with Peter Mandaville, Editor of Wahhabism and the World


The Saudi global export of an ultra-conservative strand of Islam and its impact on Muslim countries and communities around the world has been a hot topic of debate for more than two decades. The rise of jihadist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and their attacks in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa have fueled the debate, particularly since the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. Critics of Saudi Arabia blame Wahhabism and Salafism, the ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam associated with the kingdom, for creating the theological and ideological incubator and breeding ground for jihadism.

Wahhabism and the World constitutes one of the few, if not the first, comprehensive and passionate examination of the impact on the faith of Saudi financial and other support for the global spread of what Mr. Mandaville calls Saudi religious transnationalism and to which it is more colloquially referred to by catch-all phrases such as Saudi funding or support for ultra-conservatism. Mr. Mandaville’s volume with chapters that provide new insights into the Saudi export campaign and a set of case studies illustrates that the reality of the campaign is much more complex and layered.

Interest in Saudi religious influence goes far beyond Middle Eastern and Islamic scholars and policy makers, journalists and analysts, especially given the dramatic social change in Saudi Arabia since King Salam took office. ascended to the throne in 2015 and that his son, Mohammed bin Salman, became the effective ruler of the country. However, social liberalization, including improving professional and personal opportunities for women and creating a Western-influenced entertainment industry, has a lot to do with socio-political factors and little, if anything, to do. with religious reform.

As a result, understanding Saudi Islam and the impact of its export that survives the Salmans’ deep cuts in funding its global spread coupled with their efforts to change its austere and puritanical image to a more moderate, tolerant and outward-looking The makeover remains essential to understanding the geopolitics of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world. Mr. Mandaville’s volume makes a revolutionary contribution to this understanding.

To view a video version of this interview on YouTube, please click here.

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The interview was originally published on New Books Network.

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7 months of Seattle parking tickets canceled due to expired authority


More than 200,000 parking tickets issued between September 1 and April 5 have been canceled or will be refunded by the city of Seattle, after a major error was discovered: parking officers had not been authorized to write quotes.

Approximately 100,000 paid tickets will be refunded, costing the city between $4.5 and $5 million. Another 100,000 unpaid tickets were cancelled. The massive purge was due to an oversight as parking enforcement officers moved from the Seattle Police Department to the Seattle Department of Transportation, a move spurred by the 2020 protests and intended to reduce the police footprint.

The transition began in September, but officers were not granted “special commission” status to perform enforcement activities until April. Special commissions are issued to individuals outside of the Seattle Police Department to perform law enforcement activities on behalf of the city.

Mayor Bruce Harrell ordered the commissions to be granted in April, spokesman Jamie Housen said. The city has retained the services of a third-party administrator to help reimburse those who have already paid for their tickets, Housen said.

Chrisanne Sapp, head of the Seattle Parking Enforcement Officers Guild, was made aware of the cancellations Tuesday, when an officer informed her that 40 of her citations had been erased. She checked the posts she had written during that time and discovered that many, if not all, had also been cancelled.

The reason given was the code “INJ”, which stands for “in the interest of justice”. The rejection date for each ticket was May 28.

Sapp said she had never seen anything like it. “My first reaction was that I was stunned,” she said. “I was blindsided and had no idea what was going on.”

Until last year, parking attendants were part of the Seattle Police Department, even though they weren’t police officers. As cries to reallocate police resources grew louder amid the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, the mayor and city council turned to parking enforcement as a function that could shift to a department distinct.

Parking enforcement officers lobbied for the transition to the newly created Community Safety and Communications Center, as well as 911 dispatch. But elected officials opted to transfer them to the Seattle Department of Transportation instead.

Sapp said the transition has been difficult. “They led us to believe it would be a seamless transition and it was anything but seamless,” she said. Although work is continuing, Sapp said it was difficult for members to get quick answers from SDOT leaders and they found they did not fully understand the work they were doing. were accomplishing.

As part of the transition, Sapp said the union lobbied for parking attendants to obtain special commission permits from the Seattle Police Department, which are often granted to retired officers or employees of the courts and allow for broader enforcement authority.

This only happened, she said, in April when they were told to complete their permit applications.

Sapp said she is frustrated with the surveillance and concerned about the safety of her officers, as drivers may feel greater impunity for confronting or ignoring them.

“It puts my members and my unit in a more precarious and dangerous situation,” she said.

Harrell weighed in only sparingly on the decision to move the parking enforcement to SDOT. During a Jan. 13 appearance on KIRO Newsradio’s Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin, he called SDOT an “uncomfortable place” for parking enforcement, but did not say whether he would like to see him move.

The cancellations do not appear to have impacted automated traffic cameras, which are operated by the police department. Also, tickets written in late April and May, after parking enforcement officers completed their special commission applications, were not overturned. Unpaid tickets from before September are also still active.

Parking enforcement has slowed during the pandemic and cars have been allowed to park for longer periods. But SDOT recently said it would resume full enforcement of its 72-hour rule.

Best-selling author Scott Galloway speaks at ChannelCon 2022


Features of In-Person Technical Conference Networking, Learning August 2-4 in Chicago

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, today announced that ChannelCon 2022 will feature Scott Gallowaybest-selling author and professor of marketing at from New York University Stern School of Business, as keynote speaker.

CompTIA ChannelCon 2022 will take place in Chicago from August 2-4.

ChannelCon 2022, which will take place Tuesday August 2through Thursday August 4at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk in Chicagois the technology industry’s premier annual conference for vendor-neutral collaboration, learning and partnership, stimulating innovative ideas and practical advice to help grow and protect businesses around the world.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Scott Galloway to the ChannelCon audience this year,” said MJ Shoer, Community Manager at CompTIA. “Few thought leaders can cut through the noise and help us all understand today’s ever-changing business world. The professor and entrepreneur will share his unique insights into creative solutions in health tech, higher education, transportation, fintech and related fields that will shape the next decade and beyond. »

Galloway, which has almost 500,000 subscribers on Twitter, founded nine companies including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2 and Section4. In addition to his Webby Award-winning No Mercy/No Malice newsletter, he is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Four,” “The Algebra of Happiness,” and “Post Corona.” He has also served on the boards of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, from Berkeley Haas School business, Panera Bread and Ledger.

In addition to the keynote, ChannelCon will feature a specialized mix of education and collaboration sessions from leading technology experts offering insight into key trends, business challenges and growth opportunities in today’s market. In the context of CompTIA’s hometown of Chicago and embracing the city’s rich musical tradition, ChannelCon will celebrate bringing the industry together in person throughout the program.

ChannelCon 2022 Programming Tracks

Cyber ​​security: Today’s cyber strategies must be multifaceted, collaborative and purposeful. Learn from security managers how to identify the latest threats and respond proactively to stay safe.

New fix: Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and other solution providers are always on the lookout for new, innovative solutions. Learn how to engage in meaningful conversations with partners and gain valuable insights to help you keep making great music together.

Education: For MSPs to stay competitive, they must learn and integrate the latest sales and marketing strategies to help keep their customers in perfect harmony. Hear industry experts talk about the latest trends and best practices to help you take your business to the top.

New technologies, workforce strategies: The adoption of new technologies and the satisfaction of technological talents can help differentiate a company. Leaders from CompTIA’s communities and industry advisory board will discuss business development tactics and IT workforce strategies that will keep employees and customers coming back for a callback.

ChannelCon is co-located with the CompTIA Partner Summit, which includes college educators, business trainers, government agencies, corporate learning and development managers, and instructors looking to improve training solutions and improve the skills of the technological workforce in a measurable way. The Summit, which will take place August 3 and August 4., Includes general sessions as well as Galloway’s keynote address.

Registration is currently open for ChannelCon 2022 and Partner Summit. To register for ChannelCon, go here. To register for the Partner Summit, go here.

About CompTIA
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New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival program launched, film award winners announced


The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival 2022 program has launched and tickets are on sale. The program features a world-class collection of speakers, workshops and adventure films.

Watch the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival 2022 teaser video here: https://mountainfilm.nz/festival-video/

Downloadable versions of the trailer are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2022%20Trailer

You are welcome to use them on your social networks and online platforms.

The International Adventure Film Competition attracted 150 entries, with 63 films selected to be screened at the event; this includes several world and New Zealand premieres. Over $5,000 was awarded across eight film categories, with New Zealand filmmakers being well represented among the winners.

The $1,000 Grand Prize went to House of the Gods by British director Matt Pycroft. The film follows famed British rock climber and adventurer Leo Houlding as he and his team embark on their real-world quest through 100km of pristine jungle, through unique slime forest and up the desperately steep face of Mt Roraima in the depths. of the Amazon rainforest.

“House of the Gods” is by far the most ambitious film we’ve ever made, says Matt. “It was a totally different endeavor for me, both from an expedition and a film production perspective. What got me excited about this project, aside from just the most sensational peak trip with a group of people that I love is the prospect of traveling along the wall with two local Akawaio natives. They are the people who live at the foot of Mount Roraima, who revere this mountain as a sacred place, and the climbing with them and this team has been an incredible experience.

He continues, “Film festivals around the world have changed so much since I’ve been in this industry and what I love about this festival is that it seems to retain a lot of the authentic core of what it’s all about. is to go on an adventure. mountain films and films while being both progressive and forward-looking. So it’s a real privilege and joy to have won our first ever Grand Prize at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

House of the Gods will be screened as part of the evening on Saturday June 25 in Wānaka and Thursday June 30 in Queenstown.

The prestigious Hiddleston/MacQueen Award for Best Film Made in New Zealand, along with a $2,500 prize, went to director Maddy Whittaker for Traversing the Night. Alumnus of the Adventure Film School which takes place every year as part of the NZ Mountain Film Festival, Maddy’s film follows the four ‘Alpine New Zealand children’ as they set off from Arthur’s Pass on a trip of three months to cross the spine of the Southern Alps to Fiordland.

In addition to showcasing the beautiful alpine landscapes and the enthusiasm of four young climbers, the film is a courageous and honest account of the director’s personal journey to fight her underlying depression. Maddy says the film is aimed at the one-third of audiences who will experience a significant period of “prolonged mental distress” in their lives, and one-fifth of audiences who currently have a diagnosis of depression.

“I’ve seen a lot of movies in the outside world about amazing people doing amazing things,” says Maddy. “But I’d seen very few where the main character wasn’t just portrayed as strong or brave in the face of adversity. And, so, when I felt far from strong and brave as we walked through three months of the Southern Alps from Arthur’s Pass to Fiordland, I felt weak and like a failure. This film is an attempt to change that false narrative through a raw and real account of my journey through the mountains of the Southern Alps. South and the Mountains of My Mind It’s a huge honor that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I spent working on this film are rewarded with this award.

Maddy will be present at the festival to present her film which will be screened during the afternoon session on Saturday 25 June in Wānaka and the evening session on Thursday 30 June in Queenstown.

Festival director Mark Sedon said: “I am so thrilled with the high caliber of New Zealand films we have received this year. The Kiwis really went out and pushed their limits, capturing some amazing footage and then turning it into a movie for us to enjoy. It’s inspiring!

The full list of film competition winners is as follows:


House of The Gods Director Matt Pycroft, UK, NZ Premiere.


Crossing the Night Director Maddy Whittaker, New Zealand, World Premiere.


Ô’Parizad Director Guillaume Pierrel, France, subtitles, New Zealand Premiere.


Fly Monarca Director Benjamin Jorda, Canada, New Zealand Premiere.


Follow The Light Director Pierre Henni, France.


Breaking Trail Director Jesse Roesler, USA, New Zealand Premiere.


The Long Way Home (40 min) Directors Rebecca Wardell & Whitney Oliver, NZ, World Premiere.


The Great Alpine Highway – 73 Directors Fin Woods, Chris Maunsell & Craig Murray, NZ, World Premiere.


We don’t usually have Ice Creams Director Paul McCredie, New Zealand, World Premiere.


A White Dream Director Mathieu Le Lay, France, New Zealand Premiere.


Njord directors Caroline Côté, Arnaud Bouquet & Vincent Colliard, Canada, subtitles, New Zealand premiere.


Link Sar Director Graham Zimmerman, USA.

More information about the films is available here: https://mountainfilm.nz/films-speakers-2020/#item_tag-a-films

2022 marks the festival’s 20th anniversary and the vice-annual celebrations will include a chance to look back at some of the festival’s favorite films from the past two decades. Fans of the festival will have the opportunity to re-watch 2017’s hugely popular audience choice, Dodo’s Delight; the French musical Metronomic and Sinners legendary powder skiing. These films will be screened on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday June 29 in Wānaka and the evening of Saturday July 2 in Queenstown. These sessions are free but reservations must be made through the festival website.

Find the full festival program and buy tickets at mountainfilm.nz

Programs will also be available at Paper Plus in Wanaka or the North Face Store at 38 Shotover Street in Queenstown The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival will take place in Wānaka from June 24-29 and in Queenstown from June 30-July 2, 2022. will also stream online in New Zealand and Australia from June 24 to July 24.


The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is a member of the International Alliance of Mountain Film, hosting speakers, a world-class film line-up and a wide range of literary events. It is a celebration of sports and adventurous lifestyles.

The festival organizes an international adventure film competition that receives applications from filmmakers around the world. The finalists make up the festival programme, which is broadcast offline and online. The standard is exceptionally high and the event sits on the world stage alongside other well-known events.

The Mountain Book competition also defends the theme of “adventure sports and lifestyles”. Written work is submitted in a range of categories to win cash prizes and compete for the New Zealand Mountain Book of the Year. The Mountain Book event also features author readings, old-fashioned storytelling, writing workshops, and children’s events.

The festival is run by the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust and is a registered charity (#CC49344). The trust aims to promote, through its annual mountain film and book festival, healthy and active lifestyles, to encourage young people to take small, safe outdoor adventures, to inspire people to reach their full potential, to work cooperatively with others in the field of youth development. , to help people with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities and promote New Zealand arts, film, culture, environment and outdoor lifestyles.

Find out more at mountainfilm.nz

Media inquiries

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Former Star Wars Editor Heather Antos Attacks Indie Creator For Promoting Books On YouTube


IDW Publishing editor Heather Antos attacked ComicsGate over Memorial Day weekend, launching an industry buildup of the online resistance movement against mainstream woke comics.

In a passive-aggressive tweet, Antos said, “Absolutely heartbreaking to see someone you respect, admire and call a friend actively choose to align with extreme toxicity.”

Source: Screenshot, Twitter

One of her followers asked if the tweet was about ComicsGate, and Heather confirmed, “Yup.”

Source: Heather Antos Twitter

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This tweet sparked speculation from several professionals as to why someone would join ComicsGate. None of those who commented noticed that within hours of posting the tweet, Antos complained about struggling to pay her rent with her editorial job at IDW.

She said: “I tell you what, I definitely took my old man for granted. [sic] landlords who didn’t raise my rent for the entire 7 years I rented from them. This $400 raise after 1 year in the new place touches every cell of my being.

Source: Screenshot, Twitter

RELATED: Ethan Van Sciver Exposes Low Salaries in the Comics Industry, Tells Pros Five Ways to Make Money

The comics industry has been criticized for years for underpaying her talent, something Antos herself has commented on. Many professionals who have joined ComicsGate have expressed how much better paid they have been since joining the bandwagon and publishing their own independent comics through crowdfunding platforms.

These comics sell especially well when the creators appear on Ethan Van Sciver’s ComicsArtistPro Secrets channel to promote their wares.

Source: Cyberfrog 2: Rekt Planet

One such person who did is former Marvel Comics inker and Fiendish creator Irene Strychalski, who appeared on Van Sciver’s channel several times while promoting her book Fiendish, which has ultimately raised $53,390.

Antos’ tweet is rumored to be about Strychalski as she prepares to launch her IndieGoGo campaign for Fiendish: Chapter 2: Origins. His entry for the second book of Diabolical is live on IndieGoGo.

Source: Evil Comic, IndieGoGo

In fact, Strychalski created his own tweet thread in response to Antos’ complaint. She hinted that Antos referenced her saying, “Let’s be clear on one thing. If you weren’t there to support me while I was in the trenches, for years, trying to get my dream project off the ground, then you have no right to tell me what to do or who to do promoting my book.

“If you consider someone a friend, you won’t stay silent for YEARS, only to send them messages of veiled threats the moment their dream project comes true. When you respect someone, you don’t try not ruin it just by talking to people you don’t like,” she added.

Source: Screenshot, Twitter

Strychalski confirmed to Bounding Into Comics that she was recently tipped off by another colleague outside of Antos that she would be listed for associating with Ethan Van Sciver. This colleague also warned her that ComicsGate had a bad reputation in the industry.

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Several comics industry professionals responded to Antos’ tweet. Jimmy Palmiotti, best known for his work on harley quinn, said: “I try to call this person in private and have an honest conversation clarifying my point of view while trying to understand what made him go down this path. They deserve a chance to explain themselves. The least I could do for someone I considered a friend.

Source: Jimmy Palmiotti’s Twitter

Michael Avon Oeming, who co-created Powers with Brian Michael Bendis, tweeted: “This is the worst. Sorry, I lost a hero and a friend to this kind of shit.

Source: Michael Avon OEM’s Twitter

Mahmud Asrar, having recently worked on Weird X-Men followed by “Oh! That sucks. Such a disappointment.

Source: Mahmoud Asrar’s Twitter

Several other comics professionals consoled Antos for his tweet attacking his fellow creator. It seems the comic book industry enjoys political gossip and dumping friends when it suits their causes.

Ironically, the behavior of Antos and his cronies on the wire is why ComicsGate was born. In 2017, an article was published in The Federalist, Forcing political correctness on employees and characters is killing Marvel Comics, which details how Marvel employees routinely put politics ahead of their jobs, and how no diversity of political opinion could be found at the company after extensive research.

Source: Thor #5

In 2022, it seems the climate in mainstream comics has become so toxic, in the words of Heather, that pros will band together and attack fellow creators for daring to sell their books independently.

What do you think of the comics industry’s reaction to the arrival of a creator at ComicsGate? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Zingy and fun collection with a knack for killer opening – The Irish Times


The written world: essays and reviews

Author: Kevin Power

ISBN-13: 9781843518327

Editor: Lilliput Press

Guide price: 15 €

It might seem a little presumptuous for a novelist to publish a collection of essays and reviews when he’s only published two novels, but wait a minute. Firstly, these articles – most of which originally appeared in the Dublin Review of Books and the Sunday Business Post – are good enough to guarantee us what TV advertisers called “another chance to see”.

Second, for admirers of Kevin Power’s fiction, these occasional plays were quite frequent, representing most of what he did when he should have written his second novel. (White City finally appeared in 2021, 13 years after its A Bad Day at Blackrock debut.) We know this from the opener article, The Lost Decade, which appeared in this newspaper last year.

This piece is a compelling read, explaining how Power made the – not unusual – mistake of believing that writing a novel makes you a novelist. On the contrary, it was learned slowly, it is a work that is learned by doing, and a brilliant first novel is rarely more than an example of very good luck.

So what was he spending his time doing when he should have been kneeling? Above all, read and write about it. The written world consists of what we might call 13 features and 22 shorts – essays and reviews respectively.

Most are about writers and writing, with an occasional swerve into politics. For example, Power writes with admirable ease — on second thought, it might be the only option — about the apocalypse mindset, the belief shared by 29% of Americans that an apocalyptic disaster will occur within of their lives, and which he identifies as a “secret dream of revenge”.

Or there’s an amusing, perhaps overly amusing piece (it’s like shooting a gray-eyed fish out of a barrel), about Jordan Peterson, where Power calls him “one of the most complete and the most tragically conceived ever created” – although the feature rests on the liberal consensus that Peterson is obviously stupid and does not seek to understand his celebrity success.

More representative, and generally more satisfying, is the book stuff. Power’s touchstones as a critic are mostly established monuments of literary culture, which we could divide into dead – physical and of reputation – (Norman Mailer), almost dead (Martin Amis) and contemporary (Zadie Smith ). It is no coincidence that these three are novelists whose criticism is sometimes worth more than their fiction. The power could belong to their company.

Even if you don’t agree with them, reviews are hugely entertaining – and you’ll only agree with them if you think, as Power seems to think, that most contemporary fiction isn’t very good. .

Friends deserves credit: he and his words appear throughout Power’s essays as a source and a checkpoint. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has read White City, which in places was so dedicated to the Friends model that it was less of an homage than a pastiche. (Friends: “In these three brief sentences we sketch a Mahabharata of pain.” Power: “In these four sentences I sketch an Iliad of error and illusion.”)

In his longer essays, Power provides this outstanding service offered in 4,000-word articles typically found in publications called the [Location] Review of Books, to detail and extract the juice so effectively from the book in question that we no longer feel the need to read it. See for example Benjamin Moser’s biography on Susan Sontag. Spoiler: she was arguably “a terrible person”, although “it’s the hard work, if it lasts”.

Stylistically, it’s in the shorter pieces that Power shines the most. His book reviews are crisp and readable, with a knack for the killer opener. “Booker’s shortlisted new novel by Will Self is unreadable in two respects: it’s hard to read and it’s almost insanely bad.” “Annie Proulx’s new novel apparently took five years to write. It takes about five years to read too…”

Even if you don’t agree with them, they’re hugely entertaining – and you’ll only agree with them if you think, as Power seems to think, that most contemporary fiction isn’t very good. Out of 22 brief crits here, only two dodge either a skilled boost or an outright attack. (Both are by James Wood, whom Power reveres almost as much as Friends, and Sally Rooney.)

Again, these criticisms are amusing – Arianna Huffington is “an expert on nothing who has an opinion on everything” – but there’s a risk that the energy created by a chop will bring judgment in its wake. (I can’t, for example, believe that a good reader like Power really thinks Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus is “religious kitsch.”)

Perhaps the best piece of all in The Written World is A Perishable Art, where Power considers the state of contemporary literary criticism, wading through the subject by reviewing reviews of the novel Acts of Despair by Megan Nolan. A review of critics – how self-indulgent is it? But who are you to complain? You just finished reading one.

Dawn Hill Publications Ltd proudly presents Kyra Radcliff, award-winning author of The Billionaire Is Conned


UK publishing house Dawn Hill Publications Ltd is proud to present Kyra Radcliff, award-winning author of the contemporary romance novel The Billionaire Is Conned.

A romance writer, Kyra Radcliff’s debut novel The Billionaire Is Conned saw her win the 2021 Independent Publishing Book Award for Best Romance Category.

“Needless to say, winning the 2021 IPPY Award was a big, big moment for me and everyone in the Dawn Hill Publication family. It’s just up there, probably surpassing anything I’ve achieved in life,” Kyra recalled.

“It means a lot to me as an up-and-coming author, whose first book was published about a year ago. It’s a definitive vindication of the passion I inject into my writing, in addition to reader reviews. independent.

“When I was told that DHP had submitted my book for the 2021 IPPY award, I certainly never thought I would win. With the talent out there and the intense competition associated with it, I had no hope at all. I was just thrilled that Dawn Hill picked what I considered to be some of my best work to be submitted for an award,” Kyra continues.

Kyra’s award-winning romance novel, The billionaire is cheateddraws on his experience of personal adversity.

“I truly believe that surviving these personal adversities is the secret of my strength and my source of inspiration. Redemption is a strong theme in my books, as in The billionaire is cheatedwhere it’s the hero, Lyle, who redeems himself,” Kyra adds.

“I love passion, drama, twists and turns. My heroines are not simpering and powerless like the genre of yore, but are strong, independent, fearless, assertive yet compassionate. My heroes are varied – some are your typical alpha male, while others are soft and tender. However, all of my characters, the protagonists in particular, display human flaws. Plus, there’s always a twist towards the end – a surprise that most readers do not expect in the romance genre.

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The billionaire is cheated has a twisted ending that its reviewers have acknowledged as not only unexpected but extremely enjoyable.

“Another of my favorite scenes is the opening sequence where the hero, Lyle, meets the heroine, Fifi believing her to be a teenager. The scene where Fifi arrives for dinner at his house, dressed only in her night clothes, is one other, scandalizing our hero Lyle. Also, in Rome in a public square where Lyle imagines and notes the feelings of complete strangers to Fifi’s legacy. As for my favorite characters, it would be Fifi. Apart from the main characters, I must say that it was Lyle’s mother.

Describing her unique process, Kyra explains, “My dream workspace is probably the spa, if not my home office. But before I start, I spend time sitting in my garden or my bed imagining a scene, and its associated dialogues, feelings and emotions, over and over again, until I’m ready to write it down.

“Winning the 2021 IPPY award has absolutely boosted my confidence in my abilities as an author, spurring me on to keep writing. I’ve already written another dozen books and am in the process of writing my thirteenth. They should be published soon, one every two months.

The billionaire romances a star is another must-have Kyra Radcliff title for readers who love their steamy, erotic novels. It features Olivia Barrington, a beautiful, successful actress, and Leonard Webb, a mysterious media mogul who become entangled in a complicated web of love and office politics when Leonard reveals he’s bet his entire career on Olivia in him. giving the performance of a lifetime. role in a new TV drama. Drama, envy, secrets and desire – The Billionaire Romances a Star offers readers all of this and more.

“I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love to read my own books. And it’s extremely satisfying that my readers feel the same,” Kyra concludes.

About Kyra Radcliff

Kyra Radcliff is a rising novelist, represented by Dawn Hill Publications. Her first novel The billionaire is cheated saw her win the 2021 Independent Publishing Book Award in the Best Romance category. The award-winning author has thirteen more novels in the works, including Billionaire Boss, Undercover Affair and Missing Melody.

About Dawn Hill Publications

Dawn Hill Publications is a UK-based publishing house founded in July 2019 and focused on publishing romances in three categories – Contempo – contemporary romances for modern audiences, Mystique – mystery romances, Brazen – bold and explicit romances and crime thrillers. Our authors include Kyra Radcliff, Ravina Hilliard, Soleil Collins and Mark Ravine respectively in each category.

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Huge Sussex commitment hints Harry and Meghan could return


The Sussexes’ huge commitment, signing another 12-month lease at Frogmore Cottage, is a sign they may be more interested in spending time in the UK than previously thought.

The Sussexes’ huge commitment to keeping their lease at Frogmore Cottage is an indicator that they are likely to make more visits to the UK. It would be a delight for Her Majesty, as royal insiders claim the Queen is to finally meet Lilibet, on her first birthday.

According to Telegraph (opens in a new tab), the couple renewed their lease on a rolling contract. This closely linked move means they will likely be visiting their UK base, next to Windsor Castle, much more in the future,

Prince Harry spoke of his devotion to the Queen and his need to know that she is “protected and has the right people around her”, in a television interview after their recent secret meeting. When Prince Harry broke his silence during his private visit to see his grandmother, after extending an ‘olive branch’ to the Royal Family – many saw it as a sign the Sussexes would return for the Platinum Jubilee of the queen 2022.

So when it was confirmed that the family of four would be making the trip, dreams of a royal reconciliation seemed closer than ever. Even after the Queen confirmed Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew won’t be joining her on the Platinum Jubilee Balcony – their return seems like a step in the right direction.

While this nugget of information accompanies reports that Prince William and Harry are working on their relationship, it looks like the Queen’s grandchildren are banding together to help make her big party stress-free.

Arts Beat: Opera star to headline gala at Mahaiwe in Great Barrington


Renee Fleming, the award-winning opera, musical theater and concert star, headline the 2022 Mahaiwe Center for the Performing Arts Gala on July 30 at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington. Honored with four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, she has sung on memorable occasions, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée became the first classical artist to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. For more details : mahaiwe.org.

“Emojiland” the hit Off-Broadway musical is currently touring the country under the auspices of Visceral Entertainment, playing The Bushnell in Hartford June 10-12. Not to be confused with, and very different from, “The Emoji Movie”, “Emojiland” is an electric ensemble piece inspired by the Unicode standard, about a diverse community of archetypes that take themselves literally: a smiling face in the face of depression; a princess who does not want a prince; a fading dying skull; a nerd face too smart for its own good; a face with sunglasses that cannot see past its own reflection; and a policeman and a construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland is faced with the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: who are we? And who counts? For more details : www.bushnell.org.

Art historian dies at 98 – ARTnews.com


Samella Lewis, artist, curator and historian whose writings shaped the history of African-American art, has died at age 98. She died on Friday, according to the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, founded by Lewis.

In his art and writing, Lewis sought to preserve aspects of the African-American experience that had been largely ignored by the larger institutions of the United States. His work inspired legions of artists, critics, curators and art historians who succeeded him, and was considered crucial to the way black art is studied in the country today. .

Lewis’s books, including Black artists on art (1969) and Art: African American (1978), are believed to have been among the first surveys of this kind. The first was published by a publishing house Lewis herself started, Contemporary Crafts, because many of the top art book publishers didn’t think it would find an audience, she recalls a day.

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Whether Black artists on artwith its 150 interviews, was already ambitious, given the lack of resources available to Lewis, Art: African American was an epic undertaking. It marked an attempt to map the age-old value of artistic creation, beginning with the African-American craft traditions of the 17th century and culminating in the book work then present. Jacob Lawrence, the artist best known for a cycle of paintings known as “The Migration Series”, wrote the foreword to this book.

“African American artists today are energetic participants in the Cultural Revolution,” Lewis wrote. “Driven by both social and aesthetic needs, the African-American artist seeks cultural identity, self-discovery, and self-understanding.”

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In her own art, Lewis continued the project she had begun in her writing, producing images that were reflections on the African-American experience of the past and present.

“Art is a language like poetry, evoking sensibilities and memories,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1995.

Curator Naima J. Keith once described Lewis’s art as “pictorial manifestations of the era of civil rights and black liberation”.

In one of his most famous works, the 1968 linocut Field, a black laborer is depicted in a field in front of a bright sun. The figure holds a fist in the air, evoking a symbol used in Black Power protests by activists. Although this symbol is rooted in recent history, Lewis evokes the days of slavery through the middle of the work.

His 1969 painting royal sacrificeanother well-known work that appeared on the cover of Art: African American, manifests a more ambiguous mood. In it, a mother stands behind a child. In the background hovers a mower. The check alludes to long-standing traditions, but the mother’s afro hairstyle is contemporary.

“The young mother her son by the shoulders, trying to keep him from his fate, but her expression is one of resignation,” writes art historian Kellie Jones in her 2017 book South of Pico: African-American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. “This sentiment, of course, was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s, when young black people were killed in their quest for social freedoms.”

Because Lewis’s prints were frequently reproduced in literature, they were widely viewed. And yet, Lewis’s art is not as commonly exhibited in institutions as those of his colleagues.

Lewis’ work is held in museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Ruth Chandler Williams Gallery at Scripps College, where Lewis became the first tenured black professor in 1970. on the hit show “Now Dig This!” Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980,” which first appeared at the Hammer Museum in 2011.

“Who Are They and Where Are They”

Samella Sanders Lewis was born in New Orleans on February 27, 1924. She had never intended to become an artist when she went to Dillard University, a historically black university in the city of Louisiana, but she found herself drawn to it when she took lessons with sculptor Elizabeth Catlett and her husband, artist Charles White.

Lewis has often cited Catlett as one of her main inspirations, as she brought the likes of singer Paul Robeson into her classes and imparted so much wisdom from the start.

“One of the big things I learned in Elizabeth’s course is that you don’t paint people without knowing something about them, who they are, and where they are,” Lewis said in an oral history. in 1992 for the University of California at Los Angeles.

After two years at Dillard University, Lewis went to Hampton Institute in Virginia, where she continued to study with Catlett. She went on to earn a doctorate in art history from The Ohio State University and taught at two other historically black colleges and universities, Morgan State University in Baltimore and Florida Agricultural & Medical University in Tallahassee. At the latter university, she organized the first-ever conference for African-American artists.

In her studies of art history, Lewis often focused on Chinese art, which she considered not to be entirely separate from African art, given that Africans can be spotted in the historical works. She spent three years in Taiwan on a Fulbright scholarship, then returned to the United States as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

For a brief period beginning in 1968, Lewis worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she became an education coordinator amid a push by activist groups to have better black representation within American institutions. Yet Lewis resigned two years later when it became apparent that LACMA would not change as quickly as some had hoped.

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The rest of Lewis’s career was spent outside of institutions as large as LACMA, which have historically been slow to recognize his outsize impact on black artists and historians. One of his first solo exhibitions was in 1969 at the Brockman Gallery in Los Angeles, considered by some to be the first black gallery in the United States, and a number of Lewis’s initiatives in the late 1960s have been realized through publishing houses, museums and galleries that she herself created.

Among these initiatives was the review Black Art: An International Quarterlywhich she started with Val Spaulding and Jan Jemison in 1975. (It is still in print as the International Journal of African-American Art.) Much of the funding and support came from the local black community, with the Brockman Gallery advertising its exhibitions in its pages and artist Camille Billops helping to raise funds for it.

Meanwhile, Black artists on art, the 1969 book, was also supplemented by a series of films featuring interviews with Lewis, John Outterbridge and Bernie Casey which were distributed by Lewis’s publishing house, Contemporary Crafts. And with Casey, Lewis launched Multi-Cul, a commercial gallery that offered Betye Saar one of her first exhibitions. All the while, Lewis was teaching at Scripps College.

In 1975 Lewis founded the Museum of African American Art, eventually bringing in Mary Jane Hewitt to help oversee the space. Unlike the California African American Museum, which at the time positioned itself as a history museum, the Museum of African American Art was purely devoted to visual culture. The latter institution currently has one of the richest collections of works by Harlem Renaissance painter Palmer Hayden.

“They have probably the best collection of any African-American museum, a permanent collection, in this country,” Lewis said in his oral history at UCLA.

Lewis continued to remain active in the decades that followed, publishing a monograph by Catlett in 1984 and a book by Richmond Barthé in 2009.

In recent decades, Lewis has been recognized by various institutions, including UNICEF, which presented her with a visual arts award in 1995. In 2021, the College Art Association, where Lewis had once served on the publications committee, gave him his esteemed life. achievement award. That same year, his work was featured in the LACMA “Black American Portraits” survey.

“Looking back, I’m not really proud of anything I’ve done,” Lewis wrote in the catalog for the 2017 show “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” “I’m not proud. I just do what I have to do, and it happens, then I move on to the next thing. Compiling these books on black artists and writing the history of African American art was not done for career goals, it was a necessity.

Yoga by Emmanuel Carrère critic – the writer who ate himself | Autobiography and memory


IIn a way, writing a book is easy. You just keep putting one interesting sentence after another and then thread them all together along a more or less fine narrative line. Only, it’s not easy – in fact, it’s notoriously difficult, daunting, strenuous work that can often leave you in a state of utter nervous exhaustion, reaching for the bottle or the pills. Since his creative breakthrough with The adversary, published in 2000, French writer Emmanuel Carrère did something doubly amazing: he pioneered a unique and captivating new way to tell a true story, and he made it easy. Or at least he does to come down easy for the reader. His fiendishly personal “non-fiction novels,” which encompass subjects such as dissenting Russian literature or the history of early Christianity, unfold in a state of perpetual climax, locked to a point of fascination from page one to the last.

Like his new book Yoga begins, Carrère is “in a good way”, enjoying what has been a streak of 10 years of fame, marital bliss, and good fortune, which he finds remarkable considering the misery of his inner life before. Carrère, as anyone who has read his books knows, is a great pornographer of his own torments, a champion of suffering who writes in a tone of exhibitionist angst even though his life – rich, Parisian, glamorous – seems ostensibly attractive. “When it comes to neurotic misery, I am second to none,” he tells us, characteristically. Basking in the sunny highlands of his late 50s, he decides to write “an upbeat and subtle little book about yoga” but lets us know from the first page that neither life nor the book would turn out like this. .

In January 2015, Carrère flew away for a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in the Morvan in France. There he describes the practice of meditation in a way that wouldn’t seem erratic in the kind of self-help book he flirts with in this first section (until he issues a few deliberately jarring notes: “I’ve never jerked off thinking about a woman I don’t know”). As he recalls his decades-long commitment to yoga and tai-chi practices in the oldest dojo in Paris, we learn that a lover Carrère met during a previous retreat in Geneva with whom he had regular, secret meetings in a hotel room. These thoughts are interrupted when, four days into his stay in the spiritual equivalent of North Korea, his retreat is interrupted by grave news from the outside world.

The book’s purpose of being a modest guide to yoga crumbles – or rather, mushrooms into a much larger narrative of the end of Carrère’s “self-filled” decade. The Islamist attack against the offices of Charlie Hebdo precipitates an attack of depression and mental disorders. His marriage falls apart (off screen – Carrère’s ex-wife legally prevented him from writing about her after their divorce) and eventually Carrère’s sister has him committed to a mental hospital. He was administered ketamine and electric shocks, and a few months later, this Gallic Indiana Jones flew to Iraq in search of a Koran inscribed with the blood of Saddam Hussein. His attempt to regain his peace of mind eventually leads him to the Greek island of Leros, where he teaches creative writing to young men fresh off the boat amid Europe’s bleeding refugee crisis.

That’s the main thing, from a content point of view. But what makes it a Carrère book – and what makes me so eagerly await – is the way it is told, a characteristic mixture of extreme exhibitionism and digressive interest. His skill in constructing a narrative from disparate materials is exceptional, with all sorts of ideas, anecdotes and conjectures stacked like hoops around the long, slender “I”. One minute you’re watching him in a drunken rave-up of a Chopin Polonaise with an American, the next he’s recounting a sci-fi story he read as a teenager – the beat never falters. It’s endlessly interesting.

Carrère’s books are free self-referential. Meditation, jihad in France and refugees are all secondary to the writer’s real subjects of being Emmanuel Carrère and the writing and reception of his previous books (he even quotes one at length). It’s not so much self-karaoke as self-cannibalism, with Carrère’s past work continually offering him a path forward. It does what Philip Roth did with his “Nathan Zuckerman” sequence – autobiographical novels that explored the consequences of autobiographical novels – but Carrère updated the software and (most importantly) removed the fictional screen. It makes sense that a writer so shamelessly involved would find a way to write about meditation. The practice of bringing your attention to the apparatus of thought and perception is not unlike the texture of Carrère’s books, which tell of an extremely self-aware awareness.

It is useless to accuse Carrère of vanity and narcissism when he is so outspoken about these writing vices, and yet he admits them so emphatically that even self-criticism comes to seem like an aspect of it. narcissism. Carrère’s compatriot Jean-Paul Sartre’s definition of the condition is as good as any – a way of trying to see yourself as you think you are in what you do – and despite all his protestations of “intolerable moral suffering”, it is difficult not to see even the anxieties of Carrère also contained in such an attempt. When he ends up in the madhouse, you feel like he can’t believe his luck.

The book’s ending on a hopeful – and, it seemed to me, misleading – note left me suspended in the ambivalence that his books usually induce. Carrère’s work appears to me today as the product of a diabolical bargain in which he sacrifices everything, including his soul, to become a great writer – but even that, his notoriety as one who sacrificed everything for literature , is written in the fine print, a sub-paragraph in its devilish conceit. All this is not necessarily to denigrate what he does. In a way, its slightly sinister program testifies to the resilience of the writer, of writing – a protective existential envelope where even fiery pain can be made comfortable, can be material.

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International mechanisms are fundamentally broken: Author Amitav Ghosh


Author Amitav Ghosh advances the conversation on colonialism and climate change in his new book, The Living Mountain. In an interview with Sunday FE, he explains how he visualizes a planetary reset. Edited excerpts:

“If there’s one thing that became very clear at the last Cop 26 in Glasgow, it’s that international mechanisms are fundamentally broken.” For author Amitav Ghosh, the solutions to climate change lie not in forums that ignore the human connection or geopolitics, but in mass grassroots movements that he hopes will lead to a planetary reset. “There is every reason to be skeptical about the fate of the planet. But there have been plenty of times when massive changes have happened suddenly and unexpectedly. As in the case of opium. Opium revenues kept the British government alive. But a global coalition has formed, with the Chinese at its head and the Americans and even the British joining. Eventually it became so strong that the British accepted that opium should be regulated. So I wouldn’t underestimate the power of grassroots movements,” he says.

For him, the Adivasis and the natives are already leading the charge. “The most flawed movement toward fossil fuel companies was the Indigenous-led No Dakota Pipeline Movement that created a broad international coalition, drawing people in from around the world. They were violently opposed; the energy companies hired private militias to attack them with dogs and guns, but they stood their ground and their argument was always based on the sanctity of their land, soil and water. We see a similar movement in Niyamgiri, where the tribals won a Supreme Court judgment in their favor to stop mining on their land. Likewise, the nature rights movement has become extremely strong. It has also been recognized in the Italian constitution. In New Zealand, a river has been recognized as a person. Glaciers have been recognized as beings in their own right in Iceland. So as the crisis deepens, energy companies will find it increasingly difficult to defend what they are doing. Look at the 350.org movement. They have already led to numerous divestments in energy companies. So it’s not as hopeless as it seems.

What is hopeless for him is political will. “International forums are fundamentally broken. This became even clearer with the war in Ukraine. What was very striking about Cop 26 was that three of the most important players in the world – Xi Jinping, Putin and Jair Bolsonaro – were missing. And as we know, Brazil holds the key to the fate of the world. The Amazon is the largest carbon sink in the world and already emits more carbon than it absorbs. But the good that came out of forums like Cop 26 was that young activists could connect with each other and build global networks.

Linking climate change to colonialism, he recalls how his interest in the planet began with what he saw in the Sunderbans. “While researching The Hungry Tide I could see all the worrying trends, rising seas, dwindling species, disappearing islands… As I started reading it started to appear that if you were looking at the global south, the view is completely different from the global north. In the global north, climate change is seen as a completely different problem with technological and scientific solutions. And the main solution they advocate is to reduce the carbon footprint. But when you go to countries in the South, you ask them if they think they should reduce their carbon footprint, and the answer is “why should we? Anyway, it’s much smaller than the western world. They got rich when we were weak and poor. Now it’s our turn.’ So basically what they’re saying is that it’s about colonialism, about geopolitics. Not to recognize this and not addressing it is what I would say is one of the major failures of the Cop process. You look at the Paris Agreement. The word justice appears only once. He says: “The question of justice is important for some”. They barely recognize the problem.

And it’s getting worse and worse. “The difference between, say, before 1980 or before 1990 and today is that the global South has completely accepted and taken over the colonial logic. We are now taking away the land and rights of Adivasis and indigenous peoples, and we are doing what the western world once did. And this is, in my opinion, the most catastrophic dimension of the current situation.

So what and who does he see as solutions? “Sci-fi writers have come up with different kinds of solutions where things get better with technology and science. But in my opinion, they are thinking of the wrong solutions. They think about science when on a visceral level it is more of a human and political issue. The reset will first have to be a geopolitical reset. »

So, does it completely neglect technology? “I don’t discount technology and hope there are solutions, but let’s face it, everything we see around us every day is an unintended consequence of technology. At one point, it seemed to be a great idea to have petrol cars instead of electric cars because at the beginning of the 20th century it was quite possible to have electric cars and many tried too, like Tesla, but it was fundamentally derailed by the fossil fuel industry. The only thing I would say about technology is that this idea that alternative energy can solve problems of scale is a misconception. I think that’s wishful thinking. Because alternative energies also require a lot of extractive practices. For example, for solar panels, you need various materials that must be extracted at great cost to the environment. Similarly, if you think of wind turbines, Finally, they need a lot of steel and cement. And cement is one of the most harmful materials. And we don’t talk about it very often, but cement is after fossil fuels the most dangerous substance for the environment. And cement lobbies around the world have a huge hold on political systems. How come huge road projects get approved in no time, even where they are not needed? How are these vast dams sanctioned? The only credible technology recognized in the Paris Agreement is carbon capture and storage. But no one has come up with a plan for that. Planting a few trees solves no problem. Planting even a million trees is not the same as planting a forest.

The Living Mountain
Amitav Ghosh
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Minnesota grads thank ‘incredible’ teachers who helped them succeed


Nan Wang and Wyatt Nissen

Mandarin teacherRoom Crétin-Derham

I met Nan Wang four years ago when I started studying Mandarin. I had always been interested in studying this language but it made me happy that I chose it. She was an excellent teacher and educator about China. During my freshman year, she took her students on little field trips, introducing us to Chinese festivals, great restaurants, and shops. She made me want to take a trip to China one day and maybe continue to study the language. I will always remember his positive way of teaching us his language and culture. She is amazing and will forever be etched in my memory!

Daniel Amborn and Isa Li

press adviserEdina High School

Mr. Amborn was my sophomore English teacher, but he’s also been the staff advisor for Edina High School’s newspaper, Zephyrus, for the past three years. As I got to know Mr. Amborn, I saw how he redefined what it means to be a teacher. He sees each of his students as people and recognizes the complexity of their lives. He takes the time to teach us about journalism, even though he’s still figuring it all out too. He’s never afraid to be candid about life. I am in awe of the care he puts into the lessons and activities. If I’m going through something or have to get rid of something, he’ll listen without judgment. To that end, he has been a formidable ally to the Asian American community. I truly wouldn’t be the person I am today without Mr. Amborn’s example of how to be a teacher and an authentic, compassionate human being.

Natalia Romero Arbelaez and Erin Tetter

ChoirmasterHarding High School

I’ve been in Mrs. Romero’s choir since my freshman year. She was like a mother at school for me! She never gave up on me, always supported me and motivated me to get through the most difficult days. Once, for example, I was very stressed about where to go to college and how I was going to pay for it. This led to an anxiety attack. She helped me through this ordeal and reassured me that I hadn’t figured it all out yet and that I’m amazing, talented and smart enough to do whatever I set my mind to. She showed humanity and allowed me to be human in her class. See an amazing POC [person of color] teacher who cares about her children also motivated me to become an educator!

Tracy Burk and Zoey Brutt

counselor, indian educationAll Nations Program at South High School

I’ve known Mrs. Burke since middle school. She helped me through some dark things back then. I was fighting all the time and going to his office and that was my safe place. She took my class to South High and that’s where I turned things around right away. I was enrolled in the All Nations program in South, which brought me into contact with other native children. I saw Mrs. Burke every Friday and she told me I was a good boy. She helped me with scholarships and applying for FAFSA. Now I’m a Wallin Scholar heading to the University of Minnesota for a degree in Native American Studies. I have his phone number and I intend to stay connected. She helped me realize that I could do whatever I wanted.

Shannon petticoat and Max Rouillard Horne

Math team coachHarding High School

I’ve been on the math team for five years. My college didn’t have enough students to field a team, so we took a bus to Harding every Tuesday and Thursday and I always looked forward to it. I was the runt of the team, but everyone was so nice, especially Mrs. Pettipiece. She was always the person I went to when I was confused about something or needed help. This year she became my main teacher and I saw her every day. When I recently dealt with a difficult personal issue, she just listened to me and said, “This is really difficult. And, “Hey, if you need anything, let me know.” She made me feel safe at school. She always checks in with me to make sure I’m okay. I go to St. Olaf in the fall to pursue physics, which is very rich in math. She was definitely a big help in getting me there. She is just nice to people, always ready to help children. He’s a good person.

Barbara Bursac and Hailey Highland

language arts teacherWhite Bear Lake Area High School

In October 2021, I was filling out scholarship applications. I had been accepted into my dream school, North Dakota State University, and one of the scholarships available was for full tuition for an incoming engineering student. I wrote my essays and knew that if there was anyone I could trust to help me edit such an important statement, it would be Mrs. Bursack. A compassionate, dedicated, and phenomenal teacher, Ms. Bursack spent hours reviewing my essays with me, and it paid off. At the beginning of March, I received an e-mail informing me that I had received the full scholarship. It changed my future. I can now go to university without fear of going into debt and have the confidence to focus solely on my studies. But she taught me another important lesson: yes, work hard but also take care of myself and talk to people when I need help. Putting myself first was a huge lesson she taught me that I will take to college.

Chris Alex and Christine Alexander

Mounds View Secondary SchoolCreative writing teacher

Ms. Alexander teaches my senior creative writing class. She is the kindest and most caring teacher I have ever had. She always takes the time to come see each student and talk to us. Even when she had skin cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy treatments, she continued to come to school. She is also very fair with the work she assigns and cares more about quality than quantity. She doesn’t put too much pressure on us. She is the best teacher ever!

Khaled Nasrallah’s novel in Ipaf selection is a cry against book censorship in Kuwait


In the novel by Khaled Nasrallah The white line of the night, a bibliophile working as an editor in the Published Works Department is forced to censor and ban the books he admires. The moral dilemma he faces thrusts him into the eye of a dystopian storm.

The white line of the night was among the six shortlisted works for the 2022 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. As the novel is set in an unidentified Gulf country, its premise is a scathing critique of the censorship faced by book publishers in Kuwait.

Nasrallah has a unique perspective on this issue. In 2016, dozens of books published by Nova Plus, a publishing house co-founded by the author in 2011, were banned with a nominal explanation. Nasrallah began to write The white line of the night two years later, and based its protagonist on a friend who worked in Kuwait’s book censorship department and had a penchant for creative writing.

“The structure of the novel is fictional, but some details relate to reality, general events and stories told to me personally,” Nasrallah said. The National. “My experience as an editor has certainly helped me too.

“The idea came to me, however, from a novelist friend who works in the service of censorship, and his paradox created the events of the novel which took me almost two years to write.”

Although The white line of the night does not explicitly refer to the country in which it is set, Nasrallah uses the novel as a platform to challenge the conflicting laws applied in his homeland.

“It describes some distinctive things about the strange laws of my country, which on the one hand give the right to speak freely, allowing criticism of the state and politics, [yet] authorities are monitoring books, Twitter and posts,” Nasrallah told Ipaf after the shortlist was revealed. “This situation was an additional inspiration and impetus for the novel.”

The white line of the night is propelled by contradictions, not just from a bibliophile working in a censorship service. The novel is a frontline between political polarities such as liberalism and conservatism, but it also explores the battleground between creativity and the forces that seek to stifle it.

“There is also another type of conflict [in the novel] — the internal conflict of the editor. In its reality and its imagination, accepting and rejecting its work, accepting or resisting state institutions,” says Nasrallah. “As such, the story is driven by these little big conflicts, which begin with gentle winds and end with a devastating hurricane.”

But Nasrallah is hopeful for Kuwait’s literary future. He says that despite censorship, the country’s publishing scene is in “its best days” and can still improve, if only “those concerned with cultural affairs in government join forces with writers, publishers and booksellers”.

He continues: “As for the difficulties, they are encountered by any Arab intellectual. The most important of which, in my opinion, is the devotion to creative practice.

Born in Kuwait in 1987, Nasrallah made a meteoric entry into the local literary scene. He was only 20 when he self-published his first book, a book of essays titled A Kuwaiti from another planet.

Since then, he has published five books including the novels Pigeon in 2013 and The greatest depthwho was shortlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the Young Author category in 2017.

“I consider The white line of the night to be my fourth novel,” he says.

Nasrallah is currently working on a fictional biography of a literary figure whose life is intertwined with major political events in the region from the 1940s to the mid-2010s.

“I already have a few chapters,” he says. “I hope it will arouse the fascination and interest of Arab readers.”

Updated: May 28, 2022, 06:28

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From the Editor: How 1940 History Witnessed


It is difficult to read the happy story of the Class of 1940 with the knowledge of the next chapter in history. The 508 students who graduated this spring celebrated as usual, with house parties, athletic competitions and a ball. In five years, 32 people would be dead, victims of a war that most classmates thought the United States would not enter. No other class has paid such a high price.

With the recent death of Marshall Forrest, the last known living member of the 1940s, the class column in PAW will come to an end. Marshall’s memorial appears on page 51; a senior class photo is on page 35.

From their first day on campus, the class noted the changes happening around town and abroad — and they seemed to approach it all with a self-deprecating sense of humor. There was a lot of discussion about an article in a publication by Sarah Lawrence describing the sons of “Old Nausea”: “They have a particular way of them that is often exaggerated when it comes to cropped pants, checkered coats and pipes.” says the article. “Good dancers, although some tend to be a little violent in the vine steps and the ‘side flickers’. ” [Note to self: Get video of side-twinkles.]

Edgar Palmer was redeveloping downtown: “Old Nass was no more,” the 1940s story reports, “[b]but it was the lavishness of the new Yankee Doodle Taproom that quickly made us forget….” Palmer’s vision led to the Princeton we know today — but forced the relocation of most of the city’s black community in the process.

The class sometimes laughed at his lackluster academic reputation, but time proved him wrong. In fact, 1940 produced one of Princeton’s most important university leaders: future Princeton President Robert Goheen, who would transform the university with coeducation and building. Others have also left lasting marks: pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, who has counseled countless parents through his books and syndicated columns; William Colby, former director of the CIA; and U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, whose legislation helped low-income students attend college. The Pell Fellowships were named in his honour.

The sophomore year was known for its “varied accounts of the experiences of three juniors who made a round trip to Bermuda at the expense and heartache of the Furness Line,” the story says, but the year’s report junior notes Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. (Another invasion also drew attention: the Martian attack near Grover’s Mill: “As prominent members of the psychology department found themselves hoisted by their own firecrackers, frantic mums overwhelmed the local office of Western Union and the weekend threads of old Nassau finally found themselves with an excuse to breach the 12:40 p.m. deadline at Sarah Lawrence.”

As seniors, the students recognized the changes taking place around them: from a campaign for “radical changes in the Club system” at home to the presence of the German army near Paris.

“On the eve of perhaps greater changes at home and abroad,” their story goes, “we can only hope that the next revolution will be less bumpy and that the Class can return to 1960 at its 20th reunion. in a less chaotic world. ”

New “NWA Film Cycle” Initiative Gives Students Professional Filmmaking Experience


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Behind the scenes of the NWA Film Cycle production of the short film “Angle of Attack”.

A multidisciplinary team of U of A faculty and students recently completed production of their first short film as part of the NWA Film Cycle, an innovative new program funded by the Chancellor’s Fund for the Humanities and Performing Arts.

The film, titled Angle of attackis a collaboration between the School of Art and the Theater and Communication Departments, drawing on the talents of current and former faculty to provide invaluable hands-on experience for students in all areas of filmmaking.

Angle of attackcurrently in post-production, is the first in a series of NWA Film Cycle projects designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with veteran film professionals in key team positions and lay the foundation for credited and uncredited programs. credited in film writing and making in college.

“Film is a truly community-based art form, and the value of students working alongside industry professionals is extraordinary,” said Adam Hogan, the film’s cinematographer, as well as assistant professor and program manager. of experimental media at the School of Art. .

NWA Film Cycle has its roots in a short film, Animalproduced in 2019 by Russell Sharman, then Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication, in collaboration with Kris Katrosh, Head of Multimedia Production at U of A’s Global Campus, and Rockhill Studios, a Northwestern production company Arkansas.

Animal employed a dozen students under the supervision of professional filmmakers in key positions and was subsequently screened at festivals in the United States and around the world.

“The whole experience was an unqualified success,” Sharman said. “Watching these students experience the thrill of filmmaking, learning all aspects of the craft, and getting a vision of what a career in the industry might look like, was incredibly rewarding.”

The success of Animal led to a multidisciplinary scholarship written by Sharman and John Walch, assistant professor and director of the master’s program in playwriting in the U of A’s theater department. The team received one of the first-ever funds from the U of A Chancellor’s Fund for the Humanities and Performing Arts in early 2020 to create the NWA Film Cycle program, but the project was put on hold with the onset of the COVID pandemic.

Two years later, Angle of attack marked the first in the series of films set to be produced by the NWA Film Cycle program. The film brought back Sharman, now an independent filmmaker in Baltimore, to direct alongside Walch as screenwriter and Hogan as cinematographer.

“I don’t think there’s anything else like this program anywhere in the country,” Sharman said.

The initial trio were later joined by Dan Robinson of New Harvest Creative as producer, Kris Katrosh as producer and gaffer, Luke Gramlich as key handle, Hannah Whitney as first assistant director, Lon Keith as sound engineer, Brandon Roye as production designer and Laura Stayton as assistant camera and editor.

This team of seasoned professionals supervised more than a dozen students in all departments, from camera, grip and electrical to set design, makeup and wardrobe, including a cast of actors professionals from across the country working side-by-side with students in the MFA theater program. at the U of A to create Angle of attack.

Students Arden Carlson, Jordan Eldridge, Keaton Grimmett, Sarah Long and Madeline Young worked on camera, grip and as part of the electric team. Student Morgan McInnis and alumnus Brandon Roye worked on set design, and students Heidi DeCaluwe and Braedon Ulrich were on hair, makeup, and wardrobe. In addition, Angle of attackThe cast of included students Edwin Green, Jordan Williams and Ana Miramontes, as well as alumni Trey Smith and NaTosha Devon.

Angle of attack is the story of a group of friends attending a poetry night and discussing the meaning of artistic expression, from poetry to tattoos. The film was shot at multiple locations in Fayetteville Square. Angle of attack will enter post-production this summer and hit the festival circuit this fall.

“This experience proved to be much more than a learning opportunity,” said Keaton Grimmett, one of the students who worked on Angle of attack. “I got to see the value in every crew member and gained a greater respect and pride in who they are and what they do. I couldn’t be more excited to the idea of ​​getting into this field. This opportunity only made me want to get to work more.

Robinson, the producer of New Harvest Creative, agrees and adds, “There is no better way to integrate someone into the ecosystem than to give them the opportunity to work with a seasoned professional. This template is the optimal opportunity for budding filmmakers.

Hogan also noted that “students could see how quickly ideas moved from a conversation about a character’s current state of mind between Russell, the director, and myself, to seeing how effectively Kris, the gaffer, and I could sculpt light and shadow to realize this vision, bringing it to life on screen.

Theatre’s Walch, who wrote the Angle of attack screenplay, said, “The arts are a generative force, and it was great to see students, faculty, and community professionals working together on a creative project.”

While Walch said Angle of attack is a micro-project, the goal is to plant the seeds for the future development of larger projects through the NWA Film Cycle program.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Walch said, “but in my experience, cultivating the ground beneath your feet provides both the immediate rewards of creative collaboration with students and enhances the potential for future growth.”

Sharman agreed and added that he also hopes some of that future growth will be tied to the booming movie industry in northwest Arkansas and across the state.

“The goal of the NWA Film Cycle program is to connect the demand for well-trained crews in the region with the supply of students who are passionate and committed to the film arts,” said Sharman. “We want to seed a real film community that could eventually sustain a local film industry to rival the prestige and productivity of cities like Austin, Texas; Wilmington, North Carolina; and even Atlanta, Georgia.

Todd Shields, Dean of Fulbright College, praised Sharman, Walch, Hogan and their team for these efforts and said the NWA Film Cycle program is a great example of what can happen when the arts, humanities and technology come together. combine.

“Just think about what a starting point the NWA Film Cycle program will be for our community as well as our students who aspire to become professional filmmakers,” Shields said. “When multidisciplinary projects like this are funded, there are no limits to what can be accomplished or created. I can’t wait to see what the NWA Film Cycle team does next.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

The author sees McGirt through the prism of journalism | News


RE Glenn, better known as Eddie in these parts, recently published an essay book that examines Indigenous understanding of the word “sovereignty” over time.

“The Sovereign, The Tribe” is currently available locally from Too Fond of Books. The impetus for the project came while Glenn was pursuing his doctorate.

“What inspired me to write it now is the McGirt decision. Because my area of ​​research is the rhetorical intersection of federal and Indigenous governance, I felt I needed to read this decision. As soon as I found it online, I read it,” he said.

What he found was that few who covered the issue nationally had actually read McGirt v. Oklahoma State. It became clear to him that many people – including national journalists – were unfamiliar with terms like “sovereignty”.

“They were writing stories that I felt were as much informed by stereotypes of Indigenous peoples and their relationship to the federal government as the actual decision,” Glenn said.

The McGirt decision reminded him of an episode in the Cherokee Nation that took place in 1997, when Senior Chief Joe Byrd and other officials were accused of improperly misappropriating Federal and Cherokee money to pay a probationary employee. . At the time, Glenn was on the press team for the Tahlequah Daily Press.

“That’s when this book begins. The introduction goes through the episode. This is commonly referred to as the “Cherokee Constitutional Crisis,” Glenn said.

He said the term “sovereignty” emerged over time. He took the theory he used in his doctoral dissertation and condensed it into readable text. Glenn earned his Ph.D. in communications, using rhetorical methods, at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

“This conversation is relevant because the term is still as ambiguous as it was then,” Glenn said.

The essay addresses a history of the concept of sovereignty and a history of Indigenous peoples’ relationship to this term.

Glenn is not a registered tribal citizen and is not affiliated with any tribal nation. He presents himself as an academic and former journalist who has witnessed indigenous peoples over time.

For over 13 years, Glenn worked as an editor and photographer for the Daily Press. He grew up in a small town 50 miles south of Sallisaw. He also attended and graduated from Northeastern State University, where he met many Cherokee.

“It’s amazing to me how people, even in neighboring states of Oklahoma, have very little knowledge about tribal existence,” he said. “I was in Kansas, three hours from Cherokee Nation, and people know where the casinos are, but they don’t know about the tribes. When I told them what my area of ​​study was, they were still interested.

He said non-tribal and tribal-affiliated people are “deeply” fascinated by the concept of sovereignty and the relationship that indigenous peoples have with it.

“It is unlike any relationship in the world and a possible written history of the world as we know it. I’m not aware of any governmental relationship that exists between the federal government and the tribes,” Glenn said. “For me, it was important to research, not because I found out about it myself. -even in Tahlequah, but because I am American. It is important to know how our government handles these kinds of situations. »

Currently, the only place her book is sold is Too Fond of Books; however, that will soon change as Glenn has been granted permission to sell his book on Amazon. The book was published by his own publishing house, Byrnin Books, and he plans to continue publishing other books in the future.

Marketing Internship (Beauty Industry) 2 days/week


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Based in South Sydney, Professional Beauty Solutions is an innovative and growing Australian beauty distribution company. Our main target market is salons, spas and clinics, but we also manage the consumer social media pages for a host of global beauty brands including Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Sunescape Tan, Image Skincare, Dermalux LED and more. Again !

We are looking for a Marketing Intern to work closely with our Marketing and Design team. This is an opportunity to work with several well-established beauty brands as well as new brands launching in the Australian market. As a Marketing Intern, you will have the opportunity to learn and work in the following areas:

  • Influencer campaigns, including product placement and public relations activities
  • Social media (strong focus on Facebook and Instagram) and digital marketing
  • Participate in the development and execution of marketing campaigns
  • Opportunity to turn your ideas into actionable marketing strategies
  • Research current beauty and fashion trends
  • Administrative tasks
  • Writing and blogging

What we are looking for:

  • Highly creative individuals for a 3 month unpaid internship (2 days a week)
  • Final year college students or recent graduates who majored in business/marketing with an interest in marketing, public relations and graphic design
  • Positive attitude and good knowledge of social networks
  • Good communication and creative writing skills
  • Passion and willingness to help with a variety of creative and administrative tasks

Join a young and innovative team and learn everything there is to know about digital and retail marketing in the real world! If you have a passion for all things beauty and want to combine your marketing skills with your love of cosmetics and are looking for an opportunity to flex your creative muscles, then we want to hear from you. Possibility of a paid position at the end of the internship. Interns will receive a reference at the end of the internship. To apply, please email [email protected] with your CV and cover letter.

Living poetry returns to town | Culture & Leisure


Zoom sessions have allowed the arts to continue to thrive during the pandemic — and perhaps no one has used the live screen experience better than a certain much-loved poetry group.

Co-founded by award-winning scribes Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer — and co-sponsored by the Telluride Institute and the Wilkinson Public Library — Zoom has kept the Talking Gourds talking: its monthly sessions have allowed award-winning poets to teleport from nearly n anywhere in the world, and local speaking enthusiasts to join them.

What could be wrong with that?

Actually, two things, Goodtimes said bluntly. “We have a few hundred” followers—a huge number, considering that it’s an art form that may be deeply musical, but whose “instrument” is the spoken word. Still, “on any night, 20 or 30 would show up” online, Goodtimes said simply.

“We wanted to expand our audience.

The second problem stems from the first: “If you zoom in too much, you get so bored you feel like you’re going to lose your mind,” Goodtimes said.

It turns out that not all brilliant poets are great poetry readers. Sylvia Plath, for example, will stop you in your tracks: Elizabeth Hardwick described Plath as “clearly, perfectly staring at you” in her retelling of the “holocaust-black” poem “Daddy” on BBC Radio.

On the other hand (to this reader’s ear), TS Eliot’s reading of his seminal and devastating “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is boring.

“If Eliot’s angular viola doesn’t give you the gravitas of ‘Prufrock,’ listen to Anthony Hopkins read it,” the Open Culture site suggests (and offers a link).

“I want to animate the poetry,” Goodtimes said, to activate it.

One way to do this is to do it not just live — which is what Talking Gourds monthly readings are — but in person.

Next Thursday, June 4, at the Telluride ArtWalk marks the first episode of a series called Goodtimes Walking, Talking Gourds.

This is the first time the Gourds will perform live poetry at Telluride since Covid.

Goodtimes’ choice of location was deliberate.

“I wanted to have that outside,” he pointed out, “in a place that has liquor service.”

That left one of Telluride’s best summer spots: on the terrace of the SHOW Bar at the Sheridan Opera House in North Oak Street Park, where the reading will take place next week at 6:30 p.m. Goodtimes – author of six collections of poetry, including, most recently, “Dancing On Edge: The McRedEye Poems” (Lithic Press, 2019) – will be both the guest and the host of this first evening. As with all Talking Gourds events, after announcements and the reading from the featured performer, audience members are invited to share a poem of their choice. This month’s prompt is both literal and metaphorical: Take off the mask.

The lawn provides a setting where people can walk by and watch and listen “without having to commit” to reading a poem themselves, or linger longer than they are naturally inspired to, Goodtimes said. “People can dive and walk,” he said. Of course, he hopes they will stay.

“I love poetry and the spoken word because you’re in there,” he said. “A movie you can skip, walk away, and have a drink.” A gripping read, however, lingers. “A lot of people have asked us to bring back live poetry,” Goodtimes said, “and that’s really the reason.”

The next two sessions will take place in the open-air Transfer Warehouse, courtesy of Telluride Arts (“The venues for these two performances will follow suit,” and will relocate to the historic structure, a press release has it. said funny).

Telluride DownLow duo Laura Idema and Geneva Shaunette will be guests of The Gourds in the transfer warehouse on July 7 at 5:30 p.m., and Nigerian-American poet and Colorado Book Award winner Uche Ogbuchi will read at 5:30 p.m. on August 4. like Talking Gourds’ monthly online series, Bardic Trails, Walking, Talking Gourds “is free and open to poets, writers and storytellers of all ages,” Goodtimes said. He’s happy to present poetry in person again, and not just because he loves the spoken word. After being treated for cancer and recovering from it for the past two years – “Two years in hell”, as Goodtimes put it – “I’m delighted to be back”.

To learn more about talking gourds, visit tellurideinstitute.org.

Be Inspired – The Martha’s Vineyard Times


This summer, Islanders Write will be offering more writing workshops on a wider range of topics than ever before. These breakout sessions will focus on the art of writing and the business of selling your work, and will be offered throughout the two days of the event.

We are delighted to announce the program for this summer’s workshops and the teachers who will lead them. We welcome back Judith Hannan, Mathea Morais and Kelly DuMar, and welcome to Alice Early, Jennifer Smith Turner, Noel Foy, Laurie Lindeen and Moira Silva, who will join us for the first time.

Islanders Write workshops are free. No prior registration necessary. Try one or take them all.

Wake up and write!

Since we canceled Islanders Write in 2020 and 2021, we have decided to extend the program for an additional day for summer 2022. Judith Hannan will be hosting both mornings with her popular Wake Up and Write! workshop. Hannan, author and essayist – whose essays now appear in The MV Times – will take participants through a series of quick writing prompts to encourage free association and the revealing of scenes and stories.

First Authors: A Survival Guide

Alice Early, whose first novel, “The Moon Always Rising”, was published in 2020, will share all the information she would have liked someone to tell her. This includes how to find the right kind of publisher for your book, what to do with an agent, how to navigate the world of publishing, and strategies for promoting your book in a way that won’t drive you crazy.

Hybrid editors

Do you feel confused trying to figure out the complicated world of self-publishing? Poet and ‘Child Bride’ author Jennifer Smith Turner will enlighten and reveal the things no one tells you when you enter the self-publishing path. Focusing on hybrid publishers, Turner will explain what hybrid publishers do, how to find one, and how her novel sold thousands of copies.

Writing the letter of request

Mathea Morais, director of literary arts at Featherstone, author of “There You Are” and professor of English, Answer your questions about the all-important agent query letter – from determining how to target the right agents to crafting your pitch.

The impact of stress on writing

It’s hard enough to write, and trying to get published brings a whole new set of stressors. Noel Foy turns to neuroscience to provide advice on dealing with your writer’s block and publication anxiety. Foy is an anxiety coach, founder of Neuro Noel Consulting and author of “ABC Worry Free”.

Use personal photos as writing tools

Poet and playwright Kelly Dumar will give a two-hour workshop on writing from personal photos. DuMar’s the photo-inspired process nurtures spontaneity and imaginative self-expression. Whether you’re writing poetry or prose, memoir or blog, family history or monologue, your personal photos will be a great incentive for compelling writing. If you are interested in attending this workshop, bring one to three photos from your photo album with you.

Write the family

Writing about your family is a potential minefield. It doesn’t matter if your family harbors secret scandals or is bland and boring. (But really, who ever heard of a bland, boring family?) Writing about family members is tricky territory to navigate. Laurie Lindeen – who wrote extensively about her family members in her memoir ‘Petal Pusher’, as well as her son, rock star ex-husband and father in The New York Times “Johnny Goes to College” essay – developed strategies through writing exercises to help people write honestly and openly about their families.

The six senses of memory

Laurie Lindeen has graciously agreed to teach two workshops at this year’s Islanders Write. This workshop is designed to promote the senses as a way to create memorably crystalline, aromatic and soft to the touch images for your readers. In a series of guided exercises, Lineeen will show you how you can develop and refine your writing using your senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch and intuition.

Dealing with the pandemic in writing

Moira Silva will also lead two workshops. silva will explore ways to write about your experience during the pandemic, whether it’s grief or silver linings, loneliness or finding new forms of connection.

Setting the table: Building stories around food

Food has power. In this generative workshop, writers will tap into their food-related memories to better understand their perspectives. Moira Silva uses this foundation as a way to explore techniques for bringing scenes, settings and characters to life. The writers will draw on excerpts from Michelle Zauner, Jessica Harris (who will be at this year’s Islanders Write), Anthony Bourdain and Carmen Maria Machado. Participants will leave excited to develop classroom drafts using their new skills in creating multi-sensory scenes.

Islanders Write is an MV Times event. It takes place at the Featherstone Center for the Arts all day on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, with an opening night on Saturday, July 30. For more information, visit islanderswrite.com.

Alyssa Shelasky, author of ‘It Could Be Too Personal’, became a single mom by choice, then found love on Tinder


As editor of New York magazine’s Sex Diaries and a former dating columnist at Charm, Alyssa Shelasky has covered love and all its flaws. She inspired comparisons to Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, and her first book, Anxiety Aprondocumented her romance with Excellent chef starring Spike Mendelsohn. (Shelasky, then a People staff member, nailed their first date by faking an interview with him.)

The greatest love story Shelasky has ever told, however, comes in her new memoir, It might be too personal, in which she writes with characteristic honesty that she became a single mother to her daughter, Hazel, via an anonymous sperm donor. A Heartfelt Chapter is a love letter to the donor, a man Shelasky calls Vince Vaughn (the celebrity named as his look-alike by California Cryobank). “Of all the men I’ve trusted so far,” Shelasky writes, “you’re the only one who’s never let me down.”

Despite three past engagements (and a heated romance with her dentist), Shelasky ultimately evaded the pitfalls of marriage. It might be too personal opens with her stumbling in strappy heels and falling, bloodied, on the sidewalk after fleeing a wedding she attended with her ex-fiancé; just the day before she had canceled theirs wedding, seduced by the “warmth and sting” of her new role as a party reporter for We Weekly (Incidentally, she stumbles upon one of her major celebrity crushes — no spoilers — after getting back on her feet and looking for an ATM). Yet she would later find love at an unlikely time and place, while browsing Tinder and breastfeeding six-month-old Hazel. (She and her partner, Sam, now share Hazel, 7, and a son, River, 2.)

vogue spoke with Shelasky about her journey to single motherhood by choice, an important encounter with Sarah Jessica Parker, and why she’s still adamantly anti-marriage.

vogue: I read your book voraciously in one day and also sent it to my sister-in-law, who is a new single mother by choice. You write about having coffee with a really cool woman who once had a baby on her own while you were still thinking about it. Did she kind of give you permission?

Arts Council awards $70,000 for creative aging programming


FRANKFURT, Ky. – The Kentucky Arts Council awarded $70,000 to 14 Kentucky organizations for arts-based programs that serve older Kentuckians.

The Access to the Arts Support Grant: Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning is made possible through funding provided to the arts council by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in partnership with EA Michelson Philanthropy . The Kentucky Arts Council is one of 36 state and jurisdictional arts agencies sharing $1.46 million in funding from EA Michelson Philanthropy and NASAA.

Each organization or individual received $5,000 to conduct creative activity projects and programs on aging.

Among the winners is the Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore. The community has over 200 seniors who enjoy classes in creative writing, painting, exercise, yoga and crafts. Within the facility is an auditorium, where the community has hosted live performances from various central Kentucky bands. Residents also take group trips to area performance venues.

With its grant, Wesley Village management wanted to extend interactive entertainment opportunities to residents living in the community’s personal and full-service nursing apartments. The center will offer drum, recorder and marching band programs taught by teaching artists already under contract with Wesley Village.

The effects of these opportunities have been profound, said Alan Beuscher, Wesley Village’s vice president for community relations, and Cora Hughes, a creative aging and arts consultant and one of three teaching artists under contract with Wesley Village.

Expanding these opportunities to the memory care and nursing populations has allowed Wesley Village to take full advantage of the talents of their three teaching artists and show appreciation for their time and talent.

The recipient organizations of the Support for Access to the Arts: Grants for Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning are:

  • Norton Healthcare Foundation, Jefferson County
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States, Jefferson County
  • Hart County Historical Society
  • Berea College Theatre, Madison County
  • Western Kentucky NOW, Calloway County
  • Commonwealth Health Foundation, Warren County
  • University of Kentucky Pike County Cooperative Extension
  • Opal’s Dream Foundation, Bullitt County
  • Wesley Village, Jessamine County
  • Sayre Christian Village, Fayette County
  • University of Kentucky Johnson County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Barrington of Fort Thomas, Campbell County
  • Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, Rockcastle County
  • Urban Strategies Inc., Jefferson County

In addition to grants awarded to groups like Wesley Village, the arts council is hosting workshops, trainings, and other activities throughout the current fiscal year to address and examine creative aging in Kentucky. The arts council works in consultation and partnership with the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living to promote the activities.

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The Bookseller – News – Spufford wins £10,000 Encore prize for ‘endlessly inventive’ Light Perpetual


Francis Spufford has won the £10,000 RSL Encore Prize for his ‘tender, endlessly inventive’ novel perpetual light (Faber).

The annual award, organized by the Royal Society of Literature, celebrates outstanding achievement in second novels.

Spufford’s book resurrects five children killed in a wartime bombing and asks what kind of future these working-class youths would have had.

The author of five non-fiction works, Spufford’s 2016 debut novel golden hill (Faber) won the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Award and the Desmond Elliott Award.

He said: “I am exceptionally old for a second-time novelist, having taken so long to find the courage to write fiction – but that makes me all the more grateful and all the more encouraged for the vote. of trust that the Encore Award represents. It’s a beacon for writers of all ages negotiating the tricky territory following a first book. It is a call to persevere, as you discover the richness and plurality of the art in which you take your second step.

This year’s judges, Sian Cain, Nikesh Shukla and Paul Muldoon, commented:perpetual light is a bold and poignant novel, which encourages the reader to fully understand that the lives of others, even people they have not met and will never meet, are as vivid and meaningful as their own; a remarkable work of empathy. This is an assured second novel by Spufford, who quickly became one of Britain’s most exciting fiction writers after his debut. golden hill. It is a great pleasure to award this novel the Encore and wonder what it might write next.

perpetual light was chosen from a shortlist including The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift Press), Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall (Canongate), The Black Giant by Sarvat Hasin (Little, Brown) and Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic (Bloomsbury).

Peter Finn appointed editor of International Investigations

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Announcement by Foreign Editor Doug Jehl

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Finn will become Editor-in-Chief for International Investigations, a new senior position aimed at elevating our ability to produce distinctive and meaningful international journalism.

As the highly accomplished leader of The Post’s national security team since 2013, Peter is the perfect person to launch this new role. It is a creative, proactive and highly collaborative editor with a proven track record of producing exceptional investigative work that outshines the competition, including the Snowden Documents, Russia Inquiry, Jamal Khashoggi Murder and in-depth examinations of the US war in Afghanistan and the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine. As part of Post teams, National Security staffers have won the Pulitzer Prize three times and been a finalist twice as an editor.

In this role, Peter will oversee a new team of correspondents based primarily outside the United States, with a focus on original, ambitious and penetrating journalism on key coverage areas of global significance. The creation of this role signals a commitment by The Post to expand its investigative journalism to tackle more international targets, building on this new team and The Post’s current team of international correspondents in 25 sites around the world.

As Editor-in-Chief for International Investigations, Peter will be part of Foreign, working alongside a visual business editor and in partnership with regional editors who retain primary responsibility for different parts of the world. Beyond overseas, Peter will work closely with the Visual Forensics team and coordinate closely with other newsroom teams including National Security, Investigations and Technology to create the reporting partnerships interdepartmental processes that are often necessary to produce the best investigative work possible. Coverage will focus on areas at the intersection of Washington and the world.

Before becoming National Security Editor, Peter was the Post’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. He pioneered a new counter-terrorism movement after the 9/11 attacks and has reported from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, delivering a long series of reports exclusive. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for Journalism for his frontline reporting in Kosovo and the Peter Weitz Award from the German Marshall Fund for his reporting on al-Qaeda in Europe. He was also a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting on the Post teams for coverage of the war in Kosovo and coverage of the war in Afghanistan.

Peter is also the co-author and author of two books, “The Zhivago Affair” and “A Guest of the Reich”, and is the editor of three additional books, including two post-projects: “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and Subversion of American Democracy” by Greg Miller; and “The Mueller Report”. A third book, “Herbert Corey’s Great War: A Memoir of World War I by the American Reporter Who Saw It All”, which he co- edited, will appear next month.

Peter will begin his transition to his new role in the coming weeks, but will remain National Security Editor until a plan to succeed him is in place.

Bollywood actors


Even though Mumbai was among the cities hardest hit by the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic, reporting thousands of cases a day during its peak, Bollywood appears to have entered into what appears to be a colossal public relations exercise aimed at whitewashing the mismanagement of COVID and to paint an alternate reality on the tragedy.

To that end, in what seemed like a shot straight out of a toolbox, several Bollywood actors, who would probably never have read a book in their privileged lives, rushed to promote a book written by the biographer. of Rajiv Gandhi lavishing praise on BMC commissioner and hailing him as a “COVID warrior”.

The campaign appeared all the more suspicious as a group of Bollywood stars gathered, oddly within hours, to rent a book written by Minhaz Merchant about BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, congratulating him for handling the coronavirus outbreak in Mumbai.

Bollywood gathers to hail book praising BMC commissioner’s ‘Mumbai model’ to fight coronavirus outbreak

Actor Shah Rukh Khan raved about the book, calling it a “must-read” which tells the true story of “successfully pursuing and nailing the COVID virus by the BMC team”.

Ajay Devgn also joined in the efforts to promote the book praising the BMC commissioner.

Kapil Sharma, a comedian, also posted an approving tweet, congratulating Iqbal Singh Chahal and touting the book as a “must-read”.

Salman Khan, who is often criticized by critics as an actor who doesn’t bother to read scripts before signing on to films, also hailed the book as “an unparalleled story of courage and resilience”.

Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted, “Mumbai’s Pride”: Mumbai Covid Fight Model. A must read book based on the story of @lqbalSinghChah2 written by @MinhazMerchant.

“Congratulations @IqbalSinghChah2 Bhaji. So proud of you,” Sonu Sood tweeted along with the photo from the book.

Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, thanked Iqbal Singh Chahal for sending him the book and for his “extraordinary efforts to establish the ‘Mumbai model’ of fighting COVID-19”.

Similarly, other actors have also taken to social media to rave about the book praising Iqbal Singh Chahal for the much-vaunted ‘Mumbai model’ of tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

While the purported PR campaign may be aimed at boosting sales of the book, it’s also an attempt to airbrush the mismanagement seen during the coronavirus outbreak and the tribulations faced by people when the pandemic took hold. swept the country, with Maharashtra and Mumbai among the worst-affected by the contagion.

Old PR shenanigans by government to deflect criticism of its mishandling of COVID

And it’s not the first time that some sort of public relations campaign has reportedly been launched to improve the state government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. In April 2020, a tweet by Urvashi Rautela fueled suspicions that a marketing campaign had been launched to show how CM Uddhav Thackeray was the best chief minister and was handling the pandemic rather effectively.

The Hindustan Times wrote in an article how Urvashi Rautela was a habitual plagiarist when it came to tweeting on the microblogging website. The article says she “regularly steals tweets” from actor Sidharth Malhotra.

The article said: Actor Urvashi Rautela has definitely not learned the lesson. After being called out by an American writer for copying and pasting her tweet about the movie Parasite, she once again plagiarized someone’s tweet. This time Urvashi stole actor Sidharth Malhotra’s tweet of appreciation for the Mumbai police for implementing the coronavirus lockdown. “This is a time to give our heartfelt thanks to our Mumbai Police who leave their families at home and work with their high spirit and tireless efforts for our safety and security…You are the real heroes #ThankYouMumbaiPolice,” said wrote Sidharth in his tweet.

The tweets mentioned in the Hindustan Times article contributed to a hashtag on Twitter, #ThankYouMumbaiPolice. A hashtag several Bollywood celebrities had tweeted under, raising suspicions of an organized campaign to magnify the state government and city police’s handling of the coronavirus lockdown.

Even as the book hailing Iqbal Singh Chahal for the highly marketed “Mumbai Model” is published, it should be noted that Mumbai has struggled to cope with the threat of COVID-19.

Maharashtra and Mumbai have been among the hardest hit due to the coronavirus outbreak

On May 27, 2020, it was reported that Mumbai had 32,791 cases and it accounted for 62% of the total coronavirus cases in Maharashtra. Amid the alarming scenario of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, data revealed that the healthcare system was overstretched and headed for imminent collapse.

According to BMC data, 99% of the 645 intensive care units (ICUs) were occupied at that time. Additionally, there were 373 fans in the city, of which 72% were occupied. In addition, 65% of a total of 4,292 oxygen beds were used.

Of the total 4,43,960 COVID-19 related deaths recorded in India till September 2021, over 30% were recorded in Maharashtra. 1,38,277 people in Maharashtra have lost their lives due to the pandemic.

NJ author says Putin wants to ‘destroy’ Ukrainian identity


Ridgewood’s Victor Rud hoped to subvert notions of Ukraine’s relationship with Russia by painting a detailed picture of the war for the 100 participants at a Knights of Columbus fundraiser in Clifton on Sunday.

“Bombs were recently found in milk cans, distributed in shops that were still open. A bomb was discovered in a piano at a kindergarten. Children are being tortured,” Rud said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to “destroy the very notion of Ukrainian identity”, he said.

His lectures on the subject, which he has given to the National Association of Scholars, the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and the US Military Academy at West Point, aim to counter a “widespread fog or confusion about identity of Ukraine”.

“I always thought Ukraine was just an offshoot of Russia,” said Michael Rice, a devotee from St. Philip the Apostle Parish, where Rud spoke.

Ukraine’s history is one of a “democratic and egalitarian” society, as opposed to Russia as “a vertical state with someone at the top”, Rud said.

“The separation of powers, of church and state, was a constitution that Ukraine wrote 77 years before the United States,” he said. “It was the first democratic constitution for representative government in Europe. You didn’t have any of that in Russia.

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Rud said one of Putin’s arguments for war – kyiv as the cradle of Russia – makes as much sense as Rome being the beginning of Romanian history. He said it was like trying to argue that “Italians are really Romanians”.

Rud, whose parents came to the United States from Ukraine as refugees during World War II, has published work in Forbes, EU Today and Kyiv Post, among others.

Victor Rud, a published author on Ukraine, discusses the region's history in relation to the Russian invasion during the annual Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast at St. Philip's in Clifton on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Petrop “Peter” Paluch, a Rutherford resident with ties to Ukraine, agreed with Rud’s analysis and the importance of having a clearer picture of what is happening in Ukraine.

“There are no more facilities because the hospitals have been bombed,” Paluch said. “We only get a trickle of that from the news. I hear that every day from people I’ve known there for 30 years.”

Clifton’s Diana Paparella enjoyed the conversation that came with her $10 pancake breakfast.

“It was very informative. He talked a lot about history that people don’t see on the news. He brought to light a lot of issues that I didn’t even know existed,” she said.

English Major, South Carolina Poet Wins Sophie Kerr Prize | Local


punk winner Patti Smith receives France’s highest honor


New York (AFP) – As a child, punk poet icon Patti Smith was instructed never to accept anything from strangers – meaning one day she was forced to turn down a campaign button she coveted and everyone had.

As she walked dejectedly back to her family home in New Jersey, she swore to herself that she would soon acquire her own medals to add to her backhand.

On Saturday, the 75-year-old rock legend kept his promise, as France’s ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, presented him with the Legion of Honor, his country’s highest honor.

Smith regaled a delighted audience with this touching anecdote after his medal ceremony in downtown Brooklyn, where crowds gathered for “Night of Ideas,” an annual philosophy and performance marathon hosted by Villa Albertine. of the French Embassy in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library.

“It’s an indescribable honor, I understand the gravity of it,” she told AFP backstage, after delivering a fiery performance alongside her daughter Jesse on the piano and her longtime collaborator. date and guitarist Lenny Kaye.

“For someone…who has been greatly shaped by French culture, French literature, French art and film, my entire life – that’s especially meaningful,” she continued.

France’s Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, listens to Patti Smith speak after receiving France’s highest Order of Merit Andrea RENAULT AFP

“I have embraced France all my life, and to receive such an embrace in return is a wonderful thing.”

For more than half a century, Smith has been celebrated as an artist, adored for her deeply introspective and raw music, writing, poetry and songwriting which in 2010 won the US National Book Award for her moving memoir “Just Kids”.

The book sees Smith digging into memories of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, the late photographer with whom she shared a deep friendship, romance, and creative connection.

“I feel like it’s very appropriate to have such an honor here in Brooklyn – it’s just a few subway stops from where Robert Mapplethorpe and I lived when we were 20,” he said. she told the audience. “At night, when Robert couldn’t sleep, he would ask me to read French poetry to him… I remember those nights so well.”

Smith also felt a special kinship with the location of Saturday’s ceremony.

“It also fits that it was a library, because coming from a very rural area of ​​South Jersey, with very little culture in the 1950s and mid-1960s, I depended on the library to open up and expand my world “, she said. mentioned.

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith reads from her book 'The Coral Sea' during a performance in Brooklyn
Singer-songwriter Patti Smith reads from her book ‘The Coral Sea’ during a performance in Brooklyn Andrea RENAULT AFP

In typical Smith fashion, she honored the artists who came before her by closing her acceptance speech, after opening with a rendition of her 1996 song “Wing.”

The rock winner read the last letter of the spiritual-surrealist poet René Daumal, which he wrote to his wife before his death.

“Seeing that you are nothing you wish to become,” Smith read. “By wanting to become, you begin to live.”

People change

After the ceremony, Smith – donning his signature black blazer over a black vest, plus combat boots and his long gray hair flowing while a few small braids framed his face – delighted fans with a show that included his hit “People Have The Power,” which she wrote with her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith.

American singer-songwriter Patti Smith speaks to AFP after performing in Brooklyn, where she received France's highest honor
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith speaks to AFP after performing in Brooklyn, where she received France’s highest honor Andrea RENAULT AFP

Speaking to AFP, she said that while “artists can always inspire people, they can rally people, give people hope…in the end, it’s not the artists who do the change is the people”.

“Through voting, through initiative, through mass marches, it is people who make change.”

Citing the ongoing pandemic and the “pain of war”, Smith said “we live in a very troubled world”, highlighting climate change as the great crisis of our time.

“There are heat waves right now that are unprecedented…there is terrible famine and severe weather that we have never seen,” she said.

“The only way to solve this problem is a global effort, and I think more than anything…it’s the most important thing people need to tackle.

Patti Smith, accompanied on guitar by Lenny Kaye, performs in Brooklyn after receiving France's highest order of merit
Patti Smith, accompanied on guitar by Lenny Kaye, performs in Brooklyn after receiving France’s highest order of merit Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT AFP

“As small as the gesture, every gesture is important.”

Smith is set to release a new book in the fall called “A Book Of Days,” a visual collection inspired by her beloved Instagram account.

These days, “I’m writing as always,” she told AFP, “I’m writing songs, I’m writing poems, I’m writing another book, I’m always busy, I’m always doing something thing”.

After her performance, Smith said the medal inspired her to do “more work, better work” and that it “felt very fitting to work right after receiving it”.

Prolific American musician Patti Smith says French honor inspired her to do
Prolific American musician Patti Smith said the French honor inspired her to do “more work, better work”. Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT, Andrea RENAULT AFP

“I always feel like I got a little bit of, you know, that post-performance adrenaline,” she smiled, “but also just the excitement and the happiness…to receive such an honor. “

“To be chosen to, you know, be a kind of mini-ambassador of the country is really a great joy for me,” she said.

“So you leave me a happy daughter.”


Roger Ross William’s One Story Up lets BIPOC talent flourish – Deadline


A few years ago, when filmmaker Roger Ross Williams was considering starting his own production company, he experienced a field of dreams kind of vision: “If you build it, they will come.

The revelation took place far from the Iowa cornfields of the film. “I was actually walking past this big empty office space in Brooklyn,” Williams recalls, “and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great office space. I should rent it to start my business. I thought renting the office space would force me to fill it. He filled it, first with editing bays, then with staff. One Story Up has become a thriving business and one of the few African-American-owned production companies. The business name does not refer to a physical location, but to an idea.

“I loved the word ‘story’ in the name and elevating ‘up.’ The two things: elevating filmmakers of color and telling stories,” Williams says. as a vehicle to help other artists like me who have felt marginalized and not had a seat at the table, so to speak.”

Not even winning an Oscar, apparently, allowed Williams to sit at this table. In 2010, he became the first African-American director to win an Oscar, for his short documentary Prudence Music. But he says that realization hasn’t sparked a flurry of offers.

“The phone wasn’t ringing, no one was calling me,” he said. “I wasn’t getting any jobs.”

He persevered, however, making several other projects, including a pair of feature documentaries: God loves Uganda in 2013 and Life, Animewhich earned an Oscar nomination in 2017. The following year, Williams teamed up with longtime friend, producer Geoff Martz, to launch One Story Up.

“I trusted him, and he had the experience.” Williams says of Martz. “The first thing we did was the series The Records of Innocence for Netflix. I directed the first three episodes of this, and this was the first use of this office space.

Williams says One Story Up currently has “about 14” projects in various stages of completion, including movies and series. When we spoke he was on the set of Stamped from the starta scripted hybrid documentary for Netflix based on the best-selling book by Ibram X. Kendi.

“I’m in the studio shooting on a green-screen stage, testing with actors,” he says, explaining that it’s part of a busy production schedule. “At the end of next year, basically, I’m releasing three feature films, and it happened like that because the pandemic delayed things. It will be a scripted feature, a documentary feature and a hybrid Covering all the ground there.

The Records of Innocence

“The Files of Innocence” on Netflix.

His independent scripted feature film, Cassandra, stars Gael García Bernal in the real-life story of Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, Texas, who struggled with flirting as the character of El Exotico. “I shot this last summer in the middle of the pandemic in Mexico City,” Williams says. “It’s such a colorful and fascinating world. It’s a very inspiring film, and Gael is fantastic.

Williams is working on a documentary about late singer Donna Summer, co-directed with Summer’s daughter, Brooklyn Sudano. Among other projects, he produces The Ebony Empirea documentary directed by Lisa Cortés about the pioneering black media company Johnson Publishing, which founded Ebony and Jet magazines. And he’s embarking on a documentary series for Hulu that’s sure to garner huge attention: The 1619 Projectbased on the Pulitzer Prize-winning opus by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times.

Williams will direct the first and final episodes of that series, he says, with One Story Up producing alongside Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, The New York Times and Lionsgate Television. The series takes an unflinching look at the history and legacy of slavery in America and the persistence of systemic racism in public and private institutions.

“It was really important for Nikole Hannah-Jones that The 1619 Project was in the hands of African American creators who continue to experience this The 1619 Project is on point,” Williams says. “And it was important for Ibram X. Kendi, whose book How to be an anti-racist was #1 on the New York Times list of bestsellers throughout the racial reckoning after George Floyd – that it was a production company majority owned by African Americans and a black creator to whom he would entrust his work.

Conservatives attacked The 1619 Project as well as the work of Kendi; Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas checked their name during Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“Ted Cruz holds Kendi’s book anti-racist baby [during the hearing] and I was like, ‘Well, I have to do something right,’ Williams jokes. “Yes [works from] two people I revere—Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nikole Hannah-Jones are One Story Up I’m Doing Something Good projects. It was a sad time for America [to see Sen. Cruz denigrate them], but a proud moment for me in that I can tell these really important stories. And I don’t take it lightly. I don’t take that for granted for a second.

He adds: “This country, in my opinion, is in crisis… We have to discuss and agree to certain things concerning race and certainly slavery. And I hope people will sit and watch The 1619 Project with an open mind and the ability to learn and assimilate facts, because they are facts. There is no fiction, just facts 1619. And there are a lot of great people on this show. And the same with Stamped from the start. These are historical facts. People will want to call this fiction for their own convenience, but it is historical fact.

Opening doors for others made Williams a disruptor in the business. He does not fear the term. Far from there. “Yeah, I’m a disrupter for sure,” he says. “Proudly, proudly.

This applies to his time on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy. He was elected for the first of two consecutive terms in 2016, representing the Documentary Department.

“I walked into this room the first time and I remember it very clearly,” Williams said of her first Board of Governors meeting. “The only other person of color was (then President of the Academy) Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I remember seeing Tom Hanks sitting at the table and Steven Spielberg. There were a few women, sure, but mostly white men. And I thought, How did I get into this room? I just couldn’t believe it. I thought, OK, well, you can sit there or you can disrupt the Academy. And the way which I could do is within my own branch.

master of light

Artist George Anthony Mason, the subject of ‘Master of Light’.
Courtesy of SXSW

In 2016, under the leadership of Boone Isaacs, the Academy launched its A2020 initiative, “to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and dramatically increase its international membership by 2020”. Williams took that goal and ran with it.

“I decided to bring in a lot of people of color. You could count one hand the number of Latino members when I joined; two hands, maybe, the number of African American members, and a very small international [contingent],” he says. “And now the documentary branch is a third international. We are the first branch to move from gender non-parity to gender parity. And we have an incredible number of BIPOC members. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are the most diverse branch of the Academy. The Academy recognizes that. They said we were the gold standard, the doc branch, and I am very proud of this job for the past six years. I’m very proud that we’re setting an example for the other branches. And that’s what I mean by being a disrupter. That’s what I want to do. That’s my goal.

His goal with One Story Up is to continue to provide space for BIPOC talent to flourish. Concrete example, master of light, a documentary directed by Rosa Boesten about the extraordinary artist George Anthony Morton. In March, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.

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“Everyone who has worked on this project, Rosa, first-time queer filmmaker, to Ephraim Kirkwood, first-time Black editor, to Francesca Sharper, who is the associate editor, her feature debut, Jurgen Lisse, the DP from Suriname… All these people of color for the first time, and their film wins the Grand Jury Prize,” Williams said. “What does that tell you? That if you give opportunities to people of color, to BIPOC filmmakers, they’ll shine, they’ll win, they’ll create great content and tell great, positive stories about uplifting, positive characters like George. This victory was like a seal of approval for what Geoff and I created at One Story Up.

Another recent stamp of approval came with the Peabody Award nomination for the Netflix docuseries of One Story Up. High on the Hog: How African-American cuisine transformed Americadirected by Williams, Jonathan Clasberry and Yoruba Richen.

In just a few years, the company has gone from start-up to force majeure, supplying content to Netflix, HBO, Hulu and A&E, among others. “One Story Up just exploded, cultivating all this new talent,” Williams says. “We’ve grown so big in the last three years, [we have] a hundred people working for us.

And with that expansion comes a challenge. “We outgrew our location,” Williams says. “So now I’m looking for a new office space.”

This much-quoted maxim from the movie may come in handy once again: “If you build it, they’ll come.”

Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Warns Bitcoin (BTC) Could Test New Epic Lows – Here Are His Targets


Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says he’s long-term bullish on Bitcoin (BTC), but says BTC could drop much lower before sinking to a bottom.

The widely followed investor recount his 1.9 million Twitter followers why he believes in Bitcoin’s long-term potential even though BTC is falling nearly 70% from current levels.

“I remain optimistic about the future of Bitcoin. Awaiting test of new bottom. $20,000? $14,000? $11,000? $9,000? Why do I remain bullish? [Because I believe that the] The Fed and the Treasury are corrupt organizations.

Bitcoin is trading for $29,150 at the time of writing, down more than 55% from its all-time high of around $69,000.

Earlier this week, following the unpecking of the stablecoin TerraUSD (UST), Kiyosaki reminded that he had questioned the validity of stablecoins, which are crypto assets designed to trade one-for-one against fiat currencies such as the US dollar.

“I was right: ‘Why are STABLE COINS UNSTABLE.’ Just before the stablecoins crashed, I warned that they were unstable.

In a previous YouTube interview, Kiyosaki expressed his doubts about stablecoins arguing that stablecoin issuers pose counterparty risk as they could potentially default on their contractual obligations.

“One of the reasons I have gold coins, and I mean real gold coins and real silver coins, is that there is no counterparty risk. I mean, they’re the money. So when you say there’s a dollar, somebody says it’s a dollar and all that. Who’s the counterpart [in the case of stablecoins]? Is it the Wizard of Oz?

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Documentary featuring bull rider Ty Rinaldo premiering at Grand Junction


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) — For many people, Ty Rinaldo is known as one of the best in the bull riding world. Now, a new documentary is premiering at Grand Junction, giving us a look at the former bullfighting champion.

Rinaldo rode bulls in high school and even received a college scholarship for the sport he loves.

“I don’t know, maybe I wouldn’t even have gone to college without bull riding,” Rinaldo said. “So I went to college and did well and in the pros. But bull riding careers don’t last very long. When your match is 1,800 pounds of muscle and you have 150 pounds of skin and bone, when you get hurt, most of the time, it’s pretty bad.

Rinaldo retired in 1993 after being injured at a rodeo in Delta while riding a bull named Johnny Rotten.

“He knocked out a lot of guys and a lot of guys didn’t want to ride him,” Rinaldo said. “He was dangerous and he had a lot of guys.”

After retiring, Rinaldo went into judging riding events and became a stock contractor for bull riding. To this day, he takes his bulls all over the country for different events and he even trains horse riding.

“I kind of coach the bulls and they’re great athletes,” Rinaldo said. “We treat them that way. They follow a diet, we work on them, we adapt them from time to time. We work hard with them and I hope it shows.

Rinaldo grew up on the western slope. He attended Central High School where he met his classmate and filmmaker, Don Cardona. Cardona’s interest in film began in high school, when he was taking a creative writing course.

“When I was in high school, I made a short film in a creative writing class to avoid writing the assignment,” Cardona said. “My dad had bought a video camera and I was playing with it and some of the guys in my class said ‘let’s make a movie’ so I approached the teacher and asked if we could do it and he said, I let you do it and if it’s bad you still have to write it down It went well and they showed it in front of the school.

After college, Cardona began a career in broadcasting, even working for KJCT in Grand Junction. Eventually he would move on and start working in sports broadcasting, which is how he became interested in bull riding.

“I had photographed bull riding when I was shortly out of college as a cameraman on one of the ESPN shows I worked on and just became a fan of bull riding” , Cardona said. It was so intense and very risky and I just thought these guys were crazy, they are crazy. So I became a casual fan over the years and watched it on TV.

Eventually, Cardona returned to Colorado, where he reconnected with Rinaldo and asked if he could film him and his bulls.

“Don’s business started within months,” Rinaldo said. “He said ‘Hey, can I come follow you for a few months?’ I said ‘oh heck yeah’ and it ended up being over two years in. He just did a great job.

Cardona began filming in 2018, intending to make short little clips for social media platforms. But after shooting multiple events, he ended up getting a lot more footage than he had anticipated.

“I never really intended to make it into a documentary,” Cardona said. “I was just going to do some clips to put on social media and the success of COVID and by the time I put it together it turned into a feature length documentary.”

Cardona said he had reservations and expectations about what he would find while filming, but said spending time with Rinaldo and other bull riders opened his eyes to how animals were treated.

“What I think I learned the most from shooting them is how well-respected these bulls are and how expensive they are,” Cardona said. “Each of them has their own personality and I saw that. One of them I gave a cookie to was really cool and the others you just had to be careful being around them.

This respect and sense of how these animals are individuals is something both Cardona and Rinaldo said they hope people realize by watching the film.

“I mean, when you go to a rodeo, you think the bulls just got brought in from the sail barn or wherever they are,” Rinaldo said. “But they are like racehorses. They have a mother that was a bucking cow a father that was a bucking bull and the lines and the pedigrees and the feeding programs. I mean it’s huge. You have to take good care of them. They are like our pets. They are big animals with horns, but we treat them like a dog or a cat.

Cardona presented his film at the Wild Ranch Film Festival in Arizona, where it won all eight awards it was nominated for, including Best Documentary and Best Cinematography.

“He was like, ‘Can I come and put you in charge of filming the bulls’ and all that and I was like, ‘oh yeah, come outside,'” Rinaldo said. “Loading the bulls takes about 30 seconds. It was funny he would be on the trailer filming the bulls with his camera and recording some stuff and it would take a while to set it all up and then he would accidentally miss the sound part and go ‘Hey can you guys unload those bulls? I had no sound and did not recharge them. so a 30 second task took you 15 minutes.

Now, Cardona’s film is gearing up to premiere Saturday, May 20, 2022 at the Avalon Theater in downtown Grand Junction.

“I’m really excited, I’m a little nervous about the turnout and people’s reaction,” Cardona said. “I just want people to have a good time and come meet Ty and share stories about rodeo and movie making and Grand Junction and everything. So yeah, I hope it’s a good time.

“Buckin’ bulls: the Story of Ty Rinaldo” premieres at the Avalon Theater, with the red carpet event at 6:00 p.m. followed by the film and a Q&A session.

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Elspeth Barker, author of a beloved novel so little known, dies at 81


Elspeth Roberta Cameron Langlands was born on November 16, 1940 in Edinburgh. When she was 7, her parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Brash) Langlands, moved their family to Drumtochty, a neo-Gothic castle in Kincardineshire that her father is said to have purchased from the King of Norway.

The Langlands established a preparatory school for boys, which Elspeth attended as the only girl. Her classmates, rough and rural, had fun tormenting her. She turned to books and animals for friendship, and she marked the milestones of adolescence with the back and forth of pets.

“I remember being 18 and the dog that had been there all my life – a golden retriever called Rab – died,” she told Norwich’s Eastern Daily Press in 2012. tonic or go in college, the death of this dog marked the end of my childhood.

She went to boarding school and later attended Somerville College, Oxford, where she studied modern languages. She was brilliant but ill-suited to the rigors of higher education; after sleeping through her final exam, she was expelled without a diploma.

She moved to London, where she waited on tables, clerked in a bookstore, and became familiar with the literary body of the city. When she was 22, Canadian poet Elizabeth Smart introduced her to Mr. Barker. He was 50 years old.

Mr Barker was married but estranged from his first wife, Jessica Barker, a strict Roman Catholic who refused to divorce – a fact which did not stop him from having a long affair with Ms Smart which produced four children. Their love had cooled and Mrs. Smart showed few qualms about letting anyone take her place.

Thanks to a loan from one of Mr Barker’s friends, playwright Harold Pinter, the new couple moved north to a village outside Norwich. Their home became a stage for traveling students, poets and artists, as well as Mr. Barker’s already sizable offspring, many of whom grew up with their own families.

Booker, Menendez and Blumenthal reintroduce federal gun licensing law


washington d.c. — After another series of deadly mass shootings across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Criminal Justice and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee terrorism, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today reintroduced the Federal Firearms Licensing Act, legislation that would require individuals to obtain a firearms license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before purchasing or receiving a firearm.

Several studies have shown that licensing laws reduce gun violence in states that have enacted them. According to the Giffords Law Center, Connecticut saw its firearm homicide and suicide rates decline by 28 and 33 percent, respectively, after the passage of a state licensing law. In contrast, after Missouri repealed its gun licensing law, the state saw a 47% increase in its firearm homicide rate and 24% increase in its suicide rate. firearm. Licensing laws also have strong support from Americans, with 77% backing the measure according to a 2019 Quinnipiac survey.

“In our country, gun violence has become a strange routine and we have done little to stop the horrific mass shootings that devastate the lives of victims and their loved ones,” said Senator Booker. “Accepting this shameful status quo will continue to have deadly consequences. We need to adopt proven, common-sense measures that will fight the scourge of gun violence and make our communities safer.

“This bill takes us in the right direction and is based on a simple concept – if you need a license to drive a car, you should have one to buy and own a gun,”continued Senator Booker. “Gun licensing laws enjoy broad public support and have been shown to reduce gun violence in states that have enacted them, including my home state of New Jersey. . Now is the time to enact ambitious legislation – as a nation we must rise to the occasion, or we are destined to witness the murderous scenes of this weekend and years past again. »

“America is alone in our inability to protect our citizens from gun violence. While many states, including New Jersey, have common-sense gun laws, the need for federal licensing standards has long been clear,” said Senator Menendez. “Federal gun licensing law would establish a certification process that includes gun safety training and an extensive criminal background and identity check requiring the holder to be 21 years of age. years. We have a moral obligation to prevent these senseless massacres in our schools, supermarkets, places of worship and malls that are tearing communities and families apart. I hope my fellow Republicans will once and for all recognize the urgency to act and join us in passing this legislation before more lives are needlessly lost to gun violence.

“This legislation will save lives and protect communities across the United States from the devastating impact of gun violence,” said Senator Blumenthal. “As the success in Connecticut shows, simple, common-sense standards like licensing laws requiring completion of a background check and gun safety certification work. I am proud to join Senators Booker and Menendez in this effort to combat the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

In order to obtain a federal firearms license, the bill would require the following:

  • Certification that the individual has completed firearms safety training, which must include a written test and practical training to ensure safe and accurate use.
  • Completion of a criminal background check.
  • Submission of fingerprints, proof of identity and verification that the person is at least 21 years old.

The federal firearms license must be renewed every five years, after which the applicant will be required to undergo a background check and retake firearms safety training. The bill contains a mechanism for the DOJ to revoke the license if the individual poses a danger to themselves or others. This would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct regular audits to ensure individuals are complying with federal licensing requirements and to maintain requirements in place that all persons who purchase firearms from a Federal firearms license holder undergo a background check.

The full text of the legislation can be viewed here.

Background to Booker’s work on addressing the epidemic of gun violence:

Since his early days in public service, Booker has witnessed the devastating impact of gun violence. He is the only senator returning home to a low-income community that is disproportionately affected by violent crime caused by the easy availability of guns. As a result, Booker was a strong advocate for common sense gun safety laws during his tenure in the Senate. He first introduced the Federal Firearms Licensing Act in 2019. It also introduced the revolutionary Law on breaking the cycle of violence which would provide federal grants to communities for evidence-based intervention against gun violence and joined colleagues in introducing a ban on assault weapons.

Triple Crown drama writer to speak in Frankford | Culture & Leisure


In the late 1970s, a horse named Spectacular Bid caught the eye of the horse racing community, as did its jockey, Ronnie Franklin.

Spectacular Bid was impressive from the start and seemed like a shoo-in for the Triple Crown in 1979. After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, his fate seemed set.

On the morning of the Belmont Stakes, however, Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin, according to the story, and there were questions about whether trainer Buddy Delp would pull him out of the running. To throw more wrench into the ongoing Triple Crown work, his jockey, Franklin, reportedly ran him hard, perhaps too hard, before the race – the longest in the Triple Crown – and the seemingly tired horse finished. third.

This was Franklin’s last time riding Spectacular Bid. Bill Shoemaker took over as jockey after the unfortunate and ill-prepared horse’s winning streak ended.

Franklin’s rise to fame with Spectacular Bid, and his fall from grace afterwards, have now been told candidly by Baltimore author Jack Gilden, whose book, “The Fast Ride: Spectacular and the Undoing of a Sure Thing” offers a look at the golden world of horse racing, as well as its sordid side.

It tells the story of Franklin’s first rise to fame, when Delp wrenched him from his shadowy job at a Roy Rogers restaurant.

“He showed up on the track,” Gilden said, and Delp made him a “hot-walker” — someone who walks racehorses before and after a race to level them — then, relatively quickly , a jockey.

Gilden’s book looks at Franklin’s rise as a jockey, which had been attributed to Delp, and his fall through hard times, which included drug use — also, Gilden said, under the influence of Delp.

Franklin, Gilden said in a phone interview this week, was from Dundalk, Maryland, a part of the Baltimore metropolitan area that is still “a very working-class town. A city of the metallurgist type.

With Delp giving Franklin “every perk,” including a place to live, Gilden said, the jockey quickly became a source of income for the wealthy man. He said that, while researching for the book, “As I delved into it, I discovered a totally corrupt society.

“The kid was very intimidated,” Gilden said of Franklin. At the height of his success, “he was buying medicine for the whole family.

As he progressed in his research for “Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing”, Gilden said he gained the trust of Delp and Franklin family members, who confirmed the prevalence of drug use.

“You could see this kid had just wandered into this amazing world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the horse itself had become a star.

“Everyone knew it was a Triple Crown horse,” he said of Spectacular Bid. “But everyone also knew he wasn’t just a Triple Crown horse. He was a horse for the ages,” Gilden said.

And the story of horse and jockey has become intertwined in a narrative that also tells the story of a town and its people at a particular time in history.

“You have all these wild things” happening, Gilpen said. He was increasingly drawn to the story, he said, as Franklin’s life came to an end in 2018.

Gilden said he met Sandra Meyer, director of adult programming at the Frankford Public Library, at an alumni event at Washington College they both attended in the 1980s.

Having seen the positive publicity for Gilden’s first book, “Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL”, Meyer asked him to come to Frankford and talk about his latest work.

Jack Gilden will speak about his latest book, “Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing” at the Frankford Public Library at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday May 21. The library is located at 8 Main Street, Frankford. Free entry.

Alice Is Missing Lets You Solve Your Own Veronica Mars Mystery


If there’s a knock on “Alice Is Missing,” it’s that the game can sometimes feel like a series of predetermined outcomes. 90 minutes might seem like an eternity – especially if you’re sitting around with players you don’t know – but I barely had enough time to organically weave my secrets into the conversation before the narrative escalated. As a result, I felt like I had little control over the outcome of the mystery. For other players, however – those who discovered the suspect or location – the sense of empowerment was considerably higher.

But whether you’re closing in on Alice or just following to the right, “Alice Is Missing” has one final reveal in store for its players. At the start of each game, players are prompted to record a private voice message for Alice using the prompt on their character card. As the game twists and turns – and as we learn more about the days leading up to Alice’s disappearance – these voicemails offer one final twist at the heart of the story. And after the time is up, each person plays their voicemail to the rest of the group, revealing the hope, sadness, anger, or love that underlies their relationship with Alice.

Given the limited number of suspects and locations to choose from, you’ll need to be careful of repeated readings of “Alice Is Missing.” The rulebook explicitly discourages you from playing with the same party more than once, instead encouraging you to find players who will “take the story in directions you haven’t explored before”. That said, the collaborative nature of the game ensures that no two games will be identical. The way new players change relationships – and unravel the hidden tensions of map prompts – promises a new narrative.

Oh, and one last thing. Since “Alice Is Missing” is a text-based game, it made the transition to a virtual environment easier than most. The game’s website offers collaborative tools for online play, making “Alice Is Missing” the perfect way to reconnect with old friends. Maybe even old friends from high school. There’s no better way to add a meta-commentary element to “Alice Is Missing” than by playing it with someone you haven’t spoken to since you were 17.

Rookie Swift Current Novelist finalist for Sask Book Award – SwiftCurrentOnline.com


The very first book by a Swift Current author is on the shortlist for the 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Circle Star Ranch Adventures by Jackie Cameron was announced as one of five finalists for the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Children’s Prize on April 1.

“It was totally a surprise, I never thought it would happen,” she said humbly on Monday afternoon. “My publisher (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) sent the book to the people who received the book award.”

The original idea came to the 25-year-old former teacher-librarian as her career drew to a close.

“When I was going out to visit schools, I realized there weren’t a lot of books that talked about the lifestyle kids would live here, especially on the ranches,” she said. .

She began putting ink to paper on the 60-page paperback shortly after retiring in 2014 from the Chinook School Division. It was sent for publication in 2020, and in 2021 it was available for purchase locally and online.

“[It’s about] a nine-year-old boy, Ben, and his sister doing various activities that they would have on a ranch,” she explained. “It involved little adventures. At the same time, these things were happening… Cattle are going missing… And in the end, it’s Ben and his sister who solve the mystery. As a spoiler, there are cattle rustlers.”

Shortly after the book’s release last year, Cameron recalls reading in the news about a case of cattle rustling near the Saskatchewan-Alberta border.

The Sask Book Awards will be held online on June 23, when Cameron will find out if she has won the award which also comes with a $2,000 prize.

Anyone wishing to purchase the book in Swift Current can visit The Sputtergotch Toy Company, Cowtown and Pharmasave. Or online at Indigo and Sask Books.

Bookmarks: The Man Who Cataloged Canada


Plus new releases from a local publishing house, nature wooing our inner artist, St. Albert’s new Poet Laureate and more.

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James Marsh’s career in publishing was both hard work and part of the right place at the right time – a lifetime spent working on important books that shaped this country. Today, the former editor of The Canadian Encyclopedia shares his life story in a new book.

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Know it All: Finding the Impossible Country is the story of how Marsh made his way from the railroad tracks of Toronto to his time at the heart of publishing and the debate about what it means to be Canadian. It was released on May 4 by Durville Imprint.

“The day I started working in 1966 as an editor, I went from one job to another. I loved it,” says Marsh. “Because I got lucky in a publishing job, I had no idea what it was or how lucky I was and loved every minute of it.”

Its beginnings in publishing coincide with the debates of the 1960s and 1970s around Canadian identity sparked by the country’s 100th anniversary. It all started with a book he worked on called Unity and Diversity, which brought English and French Canadians together to talk about the country’s history.

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“For me, it was a preparation to meet Mel Hurtig. He was a singular voice on a kind of Canadian nationalism. This dynamism, with Peter Lougheed, led to the creation of the Canadian Encyclopedia.

A well-known bookstore owner and publisher, Hurtig brought Marsh to Edmonton to work on the encyclopedia, a project that would be funded in part by the Alberta government as part of the province’s 75th anniversary celebration.

According to Marsh, the encyclopedia’s success was due in part to the presence of offices on the University of Alberta campus, with access to libraries and experts to help write and verify entries.

Marsh remained in Edmonton and retired from the encyclopedia in 2013, after 33 years as editor. For more information about the book, visit durville.com.

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A struggle for equality in the 19th century

USA Today bestselling author Audrey Blake owes half of her success to Edmonton, a success she hopes to replicate with a new book coming out this month.

To be precise, Blake is the pseudonym of Edmontonian Jaima Fixsen and her co-author Regina Sirois, from Kansas. Their new book, The Surgeon’s Daughter, follows their incredibly popular The Girl in His Shadow, released last year, which spent a week at No. 101 on USA Today’s 150 best-selling titles.

Nora Beady wants to be a doctor, but studying medicine as a woman in 19th century Europe is difficult, even at the prestigious medical school in Bologna. Her success is taken for granted and her failures as proof that women should not study medicine.

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The Surgeon’s Daughter is out May 10 from Source Books. To learn more about the authors, visit audreyblakebooks.com.

Nature inspires art

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An Edmonton author is releasing her first picture book this month.

Jennifer Lavallee is the author of Nature is an Artist, a book about finding art everywhere you look, even in nature. Lavallee hopes to teach young readers the confidence to think of themselves as artists, and even presents craft ideas with the story.

Lavallee will be a featured writer at the Edmonton Public Library from June 22 until the end of October.

Nature is an Artist is illustrated by Natalia Colombo. The book was released in North America by Greystone Kids on May 17. For more information about the author, visit jenniferlavallee.com.

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Poetry License in St. Albert

There’s a new Poetry Champion in St. Albert after the city announces its new Top Poet.

Lauren Seal, a local writer and librarian in the city, was named the latest Poet Laureate, taking over the position from Julia Sorenson.

“It’s a great honor and I look forward to deepening my connection to the community through poetry,” Seal said in a released statement. “During my time as Poet Laureate, I will work to make poetry as inclusive, accessible and fun as possible for the people of St. Alberta.”

Seal will be St. Albert’s Poet Laureate for two years.

How to Live Without You by Sarah Everett

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Edmonton’s Sarah Everett, known for her work in the field of young adults, has added a new title to her collection of works.

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How to Live Without You, published May 17 by HarperCollins, is Everett’s fourth publication since 2016. In the book, Emmy returns home after her sister Rose goes missing. She comes to terms with loss and secrets, and reconnects with her childhood best friends.

For more information about the author, visit saraheverettbooks.com.

Four new releases from the Edmonton publisher

A chef in an unknown setting, a family massacred in their home, a difficult choice between known and unknown families and a woman discovering Canada for the first time.

It’s the new season for Stonehouse Publishing, a small Edmonton-based publisher that releases a handful of books each year – the latest batch came out earlier this month.

All four books hit the Edmonton bestseller list in their first week, and the authors are from Calgary, Saskatoon and San Diego.

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For more information about the publisher and its publications, visit stonehousepublishing.ca.

History in a small package

Looking at life through small objects, Edmonton-born historian Dr. Joseph Pearson takes a fresh look with his latest title, My Grandfather’s Knife.

A diary, a recipe book, a cotton pouch; they are everyday objects, but also a hook to the stories of the Second World War, objects worn by a generation that is gradually disappearing. Pearson interviews the owners of these objects, who tell a story about the conflict.

Pearson is currently a lecturer at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. My Grandfather’s Knife was released last month on HarperCollins. For more information about the author, visit josephpearson.ca.

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A dog at work

The working life of a service dog is a special thing, and it’s a global local author that Wynne Edwards is spotlighting for a new children’s book.

Goldie, dog at work! serves as both a fun story and a teaching moment about service dogs as the reader follows Goldie through her training adventures.

Net proceeds from the sale of the books will go to service dog training centers including Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society and Aspen Service Dogs Inc. here in Edmonton.

This is Edwards’ second book on working dogs, having written A Dog for Uncle Peter about a guide dog.

Goldie, dog at work! was self-published last month and is available from Audreys Books.

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‘She changed the way TV was written’: Zoe Williams on Kay Mellor | Television


OWhen you name what you think is the ultimate Kay Mellor show, whatever you name is your own vintage. For the screenwriter and director, who died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 71, there was no “ultimate”.

Mellor brought the same urgency, liveliness, and deceptively light social critique to every project. You could never guess the tone of his subject. For example, the children’s TV drama Children’s Ward – co-created with Paul Abbott in 1989 and set in a Bolton hospital – sounds like a classic teardrop, a triumphant tale of adversity with intermittent dignity in its face. of the tragedy. It was anything but caustic and edgy, constantly causing friction with Granada’s leadership for including such adult themes (sex offenders, HIV) in a young adult drama.

The kennel season of BBC lottery drama The Syndicate, which would be the last thing she would write (and starring her very own shih tzu, Happy) should have been child’s play, full of fluff and fur and children rolling in an unexpected dosh. In fact, it was zero hour life scrutiny. She never overworked an idea, but neither did she back down from its implications; she never used 10 words where five would suffice. As a result, she covered much of the human condition and changed the way television was written – its scope, depth and ambition.

Born in Leeds, Mellor had her first daughter, producer Yvonne Francas, aged 17, and her second, actor Gaynor Faye, three years later. Her formal education barely started until her daughters were of school age, when Mellor was able to complete her O and A levels.

It was anything but a story of teenage pregnancy disaster: the marriage she entered into at 17, with Anthony Mellor, lasted; the journey from drama school to fringe theater, as a writer, actor and director, to writing soap operas and dramas, was fast and seemingly fluid. But her fast-paced responsibilities left her with little patience for writers’ rooms full of powerful, wealthy, utterly inept men trying to conjure up the lives of working-class women from a bag of cliches.

She got her first TV break writing for Coronation Street in the mid-’80s. She used to say you could tell an all-male writing staff if a female character with kids was casually doing some activity other than to take care of the children.

‘She had a huge influence that would be hard to put into words with an award’… Kay Mellor wearing her OBE at Buckingham Palace after the investiture ceremony. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

After Corrie, as an editor in Grenada, she wrote for Dramarama, the episodic children’s show that gave birth to Children’s Ward, starting with an episode that was too good to go as a single. At the beginning of the 90s, she was given carte blanche to create a soap opera of the day, Families, which largely marked by the careers it launched. This was Jude Law’s first recurring television role; Russell T Davies wrote for him (having worked on Children’s Ward). This pattern was repeated in Fat Friends, which aired in 2000, and followed a weight-loss group with a spirit and humanity that made Ruth Jones and James Corden stars. She had spotted Corden in a Tango commercial and loved his energy — which, if you look at the commercial, is something.

Band of Gold, which Mellor created in 1995 and wrote with Mark Davies-Markham and Catherine Johnson for the next five years, was an ensemble piece about female friendships, dressed as a gritty crime drama about sex workers, and drew fine performances, particularly from Geraldine James and a then-unknown Samantha Morton.

Mellor acted on occasion throughout his writing career, for example in his adaptation of Jane Eyre in 1997 and the comedy-drama Stan the Man in 2002. In those early days they started a theater company and did everything from directing to acting to chance (by his account) budgeting, stuck with her in a marked lack of grandeur or preciousness, as well as her themes and interests. She wrote A Passionate Woman as a play about her mother’s unhappy marriage and doomed affair, which became a BBC mini-series and – like much of her work – was partly a letter d love in Leeds. Steven Spielberg once praised her for a season of The Syndicate, her sense of community and place, and she replied, “I think even when I write dark stuff, it has a hidden warmth and it is perhaps the Yorkshireness. This north side of people.

Mellor was highly recognized – a Fellow of the Royal Television Society with an OBE and Writers Guild awards, but she had enormous influence that would be difficult to express in the form of an award. She never left Leeds and she never forgot, she said last year, ‘what it’s like not having enough money to make it to the end of the week. I experienced this first hand, so it’s easy for me to write this. Without this perspective, the drama can seem rather thin. Needless to say, this is not a problem Mellor has ever suffered from.

The “great replacement” theory invented by the French author Renaud Camus

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Renaud Camus is deciding which of the men he met that night he would like to go home with. The bar closes, and he chats with a former lover of a terrible Grace Jones concert he saw at Studio 54. He sees a stranger with thick black hair, who, when Camus approaches, says he’s coming. returning from a work trip to Nigeria. They walk in Paris streets to the man’s apartment in a nice neighborhood, where they listen to music, smoke, make love and fall asleep.

The next morning, they chat a bit before he leaves. The man is 29 years old and is a corporate lawyer for an engineering company. Camus, then 31, tells him that he studied law but is now a writer earning “a pittance” and is “a little tired of this bohemian life”.

“But couldn’t you write things that would make money for you?” asks the man.

That’s how Camus opened his 1979 book “Tricks,” a chronicle of 25 one-night stands he had while roaming the world’s thriving gay communities in the late 1970s. was explicit and pissed off and hailed by the vanguard, and yes, he saved him some money.

But that was all before he settled into a real fortress.

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Camus is best known these days as the author of the 2011 French book “The Great Replacement,” in which he pushed a theory embraced by white supremacists and cited by racist terrorists from New Zealand to Texas, and by the suspect in Saturday’s grocery store attack. in a Black Buffalo neighborhood that left 10 people dead. It has also been picked up by mainstream conservatives like Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), the No. 3 Republican in the House.

In “The Great Replacement”, which unlike “Tricks” was never published in English, Camus argued that Europe’s white majority was being replaced by Muslims of color in collusion with a left-wing globalist elite – an elite of which he was once a part.

Camus was raised in an upper-middle-class family in central France. His parents, he later said, disowned him when he told them he was gay.

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In Paris in his early twenties, he was a member of the Socialist Party and a gay liberation activist. During riots, strikes and demonstrations in Paris in May 1968, which almost overthrew the government, he marched with the “homosexual component”, he told Le Point in 2013.

He spent many years earning college degrees, earning three advanced degrees in philosophy, political science, and legal history, without establishing a career. But he wrote novels and a gay magazine column and dated Andy Warhol and performance artists Gilbert & George. Then he was widely praised for “Tricks”. The famous French critic Roland Barthes wrote the preface to the book. Camus also received the Amic prize from the French Academy for all of his work, one of the highest distinctions in literary France.

In the early 1990s, Camus sold his Paris apartment and bought a 14th century fortress in Gascony, southern France, where he still lives and rarely leaves.

It was here, in his medieval castle decorated with tall bookshelves and African masks, far from the bustle and community of the city, that he went from shaggy-haired left-wing artist to a far-right ideologue in a three-piece suit.

In the mid-1990s, he saw something that terrified him so much that he credited it with spurring his replacement theory: a few women wearing veils as they strolled around a fountain in a historic French village nearby. (In another version of the story, he says he passed several houses in the village and saw veiled women through the windows.)

Then, in 2000, he published a diary entry from 1994 in which he thought there were too many Jews on French radio. The ensuing outcry over his anti-Semitism, which he denies, was his first experience with reputational damage.

He responded by throwing himself more fully in his right-wing theories. He eventually founded his own political party and ran for president on a platform of sending immigrants and their families back to their homelands – although he didn’t gain much ground and generally supported far-right Marine Le Pen candidates and Eric Zemmour. And in 2011 he published “The Great Replacement,” in which he speculated that a left-wing elite is conspiring to replace white Europeans with immigrants, a “genocide by substitution.”

In 2014, the French government fined him 4,000 euros for inciting racial hatred against Muslims and North African immigrants, whom he called “thugs” and “colonizers”.

Although “The Great Replacement” was never published in English, it was translated on far-right websites and endorsed by white supremacist Richard Spencer and disgraced former Iowa congressman Steve King. In 2018, in response to white supremacists in Charlottesville chanting “You won’t replace us!” the previous year he self-published a book in English with their song as the title.

After the Christchurch mosque attack in 2019, he told the Washington Post that while he was against neo-Nazis and violence, he was happy his message was being spread because of them, and that “demographic colonization which was happening in France was “20 times greater than the colonization that Europe did to Africa, for example.

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As The New York Times pointed out in a 2019 profile of Camus, immigrants of all ethnicities and nationalities make up just 10% of France’s population, down from 5% when Camus was born in 1946.

He calls native, white The French are the “indigenous” people of France, while living in a castle built by the Gascons, a people who had their own language and an independent state before it was taken over by the Franks.

Camus lost many friends and admirers, as well as its editor. A longtime friend, Emmanuel Carrère, considered by many to be one of the greatest living French writers and filmmakers, publicly condemned Camus’s remarks in an open letter in 2012. Immigrants shouldn’t have to act like ” well-mannered guests” who are “grateful for our clemency,” he wrote. agree with you, life necessarily less pleasant, the neighbors more numerous, noisier, more harmful”.

But, he concluded, “what can we do but push ourselves to make room?

Camus presumably read the open letter of the seclusion of his 700-year-old fortress. Although since he used public funds to renovate it, he is required to open it to the public for part of the year.

How A Dreamer’s Secret inspired the creative team behind ‘¡Americano! Musical comedy’


Antonio “Tony” Valdovinos dreamed of the day he could enlist in the US Marine Corp. Even though he was only a 6th grader on 9/11, he vowed to defend his country as he watched the tragic events of the day. On his 18th birthday, he attempted to enlist but discovered a secret that crushed his ambition. Valdovino’s parents never told him he was born in Mexico – or that he was an undocumented immigrant.

Although the DREAM Act was never enacted, undocumented young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are often referred to as “Dreamers”. Likewise, those who receive certain protections through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows them to remain in the country, provided they meet certain criteria.

Now Valdovino’s life story has become a new off-Broadway musical. Titled “¡Americano!”, the show is presented by Quixote Productions with Chicanos For La Cause, an Arizona-based nonprofit that works to end discrimination against the Mexican American community. . The show runs through June 21 at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.

A strong creative team is behind ¡Americano!, including composer Carrie Rodriguez, who is nominated for a 2022 Drama Desk Award for her work on the series, and the former New York Times

Phoenix Bureau Chief and ¡Americano! co-author Fernanda Santos. The two join Valdovinos in this Q&A.

Tony, how did your inspirational story become a musical?

Tony Valdovinos: I had done a lot of political work for years before the Phoenix Theater reach. They interviewed me, called me about a week later, and said they wanted to go ahead with making this production. I didn’t know what that really meant at the time. Here we are seven years later, off-Broadway. It was an amazing trip.

Carrie, how did you get involved?

Carrie Rodriguez: I had no history with musical theatre. I had already attended a musical – “Anything Goes” – at the age of 10 during a trip to New York. I have acted in musicals. I am a violinist and have played in pit orchestras for a few. But really, zero story.

Out of the blue, I received a phone call from the producer asking if I would be interested in writing music for this original musical. He told me about Tony. I started to do research. A week or two later, I flew to Phoenix to meet Tony. All the time, I think, ‘I’m a folk singer/songwriter. I am not qualified to do this. But how could I say no? This is the greatest opportunity of my life to tell Tony’s story, to connect with Americans and to help change minds.

And you Fernanda?

Fernanda Santos: I had covered this story as a reporter in Arizona, but never felt satisfied. I wanted to be able to come out and show my outrage that in all these years since the first version of the DREAM law was proposed, we still haven’t found a solution for these people we call “Dreamers”. They are not all beneficiaries of DACA. There are still tens, even hundreds, thousands of them who have no papers, no kind of authorization.

I was, at that time, a university professor writing a book. Jason Rose, the series producer, asked me to join the writing team along with Michael Barnard and Jonathan Rosenberg. They were working with Carrie. I said, ‘I don’t write musicals. It’s not my thing.’ He asked me to think. First, I fell in love with this story. Second, I felt this was my chance to showcase wonderful Americans, like Tony, who are “dreamers.” Third, as a somewhat “young, rambling, and hungry” immigrant, I wasn’t going to “throw my drink away” to quote Hamilton.

I started as a journalist. I now write opinion columns for the Washington Post. I have written many personal essays. I wrote a narrative non-fiction book. I am currently working on a dissertation. Who said I couldn’t try this other type of writing? If I don’t try, I’ll never know.

I’m lucky to work with a great team that welcomed me, amplified my strengths and taught me a lot. We break down barriers, put ourselves in positions where people like us aren’t usually seen.

At this year’s Oscars, Latinos were visible like never before. Is this a sign that opportunities are opening up for the community?

Carey: It’s difficult. I feel like we are still vastly underrepresented. I’ve felt that throughout my career – as a woman, as a Latina. I started out in the folk/Americana world as a singer, songwriter and fiddler. One of the first big festivals I played was in the South. There were about 20,000 people. I remember looking in the audience at everyone’s faces and thinking, “I’m the only Latina here, not just on stage, but in this whole music festival.”

But like Fernanda said, the best thing we can do is be seen. We need young Latinos who say, ‘Wow, a Latina is the songwriter of this musical? Maybe I can do that too.

Fernando: Originally from Brazil, I am also a naturalized American citizen. There’s this mainstream mainstream definition, based on an Anglo-Saxon idea of ​​the United States, that hasn’t really served our people well. Therefore, anyone like Carrie, like Tony, like me, our stories are on the edges. We are the others, the “minorities”.

Well, the fastest growing category in the census was the mixed category. People come to a point where they realize they are more than one thing. What is mainstream if we have a changing country? If we had a new American majority which is no longer an Anglo-Saxon majority? Who are we making art for? For whom do we write? Who do we create TV and audio stories for?

“Americans !” shows that there are many people of color who will go to the theater. But theater makers never really stopped – until perhaps Lin-Manuel Miranda – to look at the audience and say, “Let’s create a story about the people who are sitting there watching this musical and put it on. on the scene.” There is much more to us than West Side Story.

What’s your favorite song or moment from the show?

Fernando: The song “Voice of the Voiceless” has a “together we are stronger” kind of message. “For Today” is a beautiful song about the fight for what is right, a fight for freedom. But there’s a line that Ceci, the female lead, says to Tony, “Remember, you’re the face of New America.” It’s such an important line with so many meanings.

What’s yours, Carrie?

Carey: I feel the same way as Fernanda about this line. Every time I hear it — and I’ve heard it many times now — I feel a lot of emotion. This is a summary of what we have just seen.

Musically, I have different favorites on different nights. One of my favorites is “Dreamer”, the song that ends Act I. This is when Tony just finds out he’s undocumented and his whole life has been a lie. Heartache is very raw. But also, his love for this country is just as present in this song. Having these two things side by side has a very big emotional impact on people.

And you, Tony?

Tony: I never wanted to be a political organizer. I love what I do but I wanted to join the Marines. Every time I hear the song “Come & Join the Marines” it really takes me back to those years, the years before I found out the truth.

I don’t think the Marines dance like they’re depicted on the show. But this song gave me hope. I believe in the Marine Corps. He was an infantry marine who taught me to fight with a pen, not a sword. Listening to this song gives me strength.

“Americans !” will play at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street) in New York City through June 19, 2022. Tickets are on sale at ticket office, by phone or via Telecharge.com.

Listen to the full episode of the Revolución podcast featuring Antonio Valdovinos, Carrie Rodriguez and Fernanda Santos with co-hosts Kathryn Garcia Castro, Linda Lane Gonzalez and Court Stroud, on Apple podcast, iHeartMedia, Spotify, Google, Amazon


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Teen becomes best-selling author with autism children’s book


(WXYZ) – From being an Eagle Scout to an A-level student and even a gifted drummer, Grant Harrison has plenty to be proud of, but for the 17-year-old, his greatest accomplishment is writing a best-selling children’s book.

“People in the community have reached out to me to tell me how inspiring it was and how literally they cried reading it, and I think that’s a lot more important than I thought,” said Grant Harrison, best-selling author on Amazon.

“Will You Be My Friend” takes readers back to when Grant took part in a school talent show, thrilled to show off his drumming skills but overwhelmed by his battle with Asperger’s Syndrome.

“I had anxiety and turmoil and…so it’s all about getting through it all with the help of your friends and family and persevering,” Grant said.

And with the support of his family, especially his mother, Grant continues to face challenges.

“I think I interpret a lot of things differently, like the world around me differently, like I think of different solutions, or I think of different ways to solve a problem, so it’s like deviating from what most people do,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the literary world, with more than 500 books sold since April 1, critics are also giving it a boost. As for which part of the book touches home, Grants says it’s the second page.

“It’s my mom telling me, ‘You’re a very special person, you should always remember that. And remember there’s nothing we can’t handle together,'” Grant said. .

Grant plans to write more books in the future, but with a scholarship from Oakland University, for now, he’s excited to pursue computer science and music.

“My husband and I are thrilled at this point. Because it shows Grant that you set goals, that you dream big, that you can achieve them,” said Tracy Harrison, Grant’s mother.

‘Do you want to be my friend? Based on a True Story Through the Eyes and Ears of Autism’ is available on Amazon for paperback and ebook.

Mississippi Poet Laureate Catherine Pierce wants to share the joy of writing


STARKVILLE, Ms. — Catherine Pierce tries to start each lesson with a question.

Something like, but not specifically, “Would you rather be a spy shepherd – a shepherd who’s also a spy, not to be confused with shepherd’s pie – or a super agent who’s a dog but really bad at math? “

This particular question came from Pierce’s son, Sam. She wrote it down several years ago, along with other interesting questions he’s asked over the years, and posed it to her middle school students in poetry at Mississippi State University at the start of a recent course.

“My questions are getting stranger and stranger. Today felt like the weirdest yet,” she said. “To their great credit, they just rolled with it.”

The creative spirit that Pierce brings to the class also serves him well when writing. She is The current Mississippi Poet Laureate and co-director of the creative writing program at MSU, where she tries to share her knowledge and love of poetry with others.

“I think poems work best when they come from a place of openness and willingness to try things rather than having to feel like ‘I have to do exactly that, and if I don’t exactly this way, then it does not fit. be good,” Pierce said.

She believes that poets should be “aware of and open to the joys and pleasures of language”.

“At the end of the day, writing should be fun in some way,” Pierce said.

From an early age, Pierce read anything he could get his hands on.

“I’ve always really loved words, whether they’re in poems or not,” Pierce said. “Language, in general, is always something that has been magical for me.”

Pierce grew up in Delaware and lived there until she went to college. In second grade, her class learned haiku, a type of shorthand poetry that originated in Japan.

“I remember being so thrilled,” she said. “It was so fun to be able to make a picture out of words.”

Since then, she has been writing poems and stories.

Her career in poetry and teaching happened naturally.

She majored in English with a focus on creative writing during her undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, followed by a master’s degree in poetry from Ohio State University and eventually a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

While at Ohio State, she worked as a teaching assistant. Although early in her life Pierce hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher – it wasn’t even on her radar – as soon as she walked into the classroom as an instructor, she knew she wanted to keep doing it.

As a teacher, one of Pierce’s great joys is sharing poetry with students she affectionately calls “poetry skeptics” — those who think they don’t like or understand everything just not poetry. Or maybe they’ve been told “that’s what you have to do with a poem” and they feel like they can’t crack the code.

These days, Pierce teaches an introductory creative writing course covering poetry and fiction at MSU, as well as higher-level poetry courses like intermediate poetry and poetry craft.

She and her husband, Michael Kardos, moved to Starkville to work in Mississippi State in 2007. Along with Pierce, Kardos serves as co-director of MSU’s creative writing program and is also a professor of fiction. The couple have two sons, Sam, 11, and Wyatt, 8.

In his classes, Pierce guides students through contemporary poems, separating them to examine from within how language and imagery are used, while reflecting on the many purposes poetry can serve.

In higher grades, Pierce focuses on helping students develop their aesthetic bravery when writing and reflect on their own voices as writers. She helps them discover what attracts them and what style they naturally gravitate towards.

Between teaching and raising a family, there are days when Pierce is too busy to sit down and write.

“There are days when I plan ahead to prioritize writing, and there are days when I plan ahead and say, ‘This is the day I’m just jotting down student work and taking my kids to the dentist,'” Pierce said.

It’s all about finding the right balance. Giving herself permission to have days without writing helps her focus her attention solely on writing when the time comes.

Pierce found that teaching poetry helped him with his own writing. Class discussions are linked to what she writes and vice versa.

“I try to make teaching a conversation as much as possible,” Pierce said. “We’re all figuring things out.”

Since Pierce moved to Mississippi 15 years ago, the state’s natural beauty has crept into his writing.

“I’m really drawn to the lushness of Mississippi and the intensity of the natural world here,” Pierce said. “Everything is kind of dialed up to 11 in terms of nature in Mississippi.”

On walks with his children and their dog, Roxy, Pierce pays close attention to the seasons, the flowers on the trees, and the birdsong that echoes overhead. From pruning insects to rapidly growing lawns in the spring, Pierce has an eye for nature. But she is particularly interested in weather and climate.

Her third book is titled “The Tornado is the World” and her most recent book, “Danger Days”, is a collection of poetry to “celebrate our planet while bearing witness to its collapse”.

“Like a lot of people who live here, it’s something I’m very concerned about,” Pierce said of the weather, which has increasingly affected his daily life, like that of all Mississippians.

In April 2021, Pierce was named Mississippi Poet Laureate. In this honorary position, she will serve as the state’s ambassador of poetry and literary arts through 2025.

“Poetry is for everyone” serves as something of a mission statement for her work.

“My goal is to try to increase access to poetry for Mississippi residents in a way that is meaningful to them,” Pierce said. “I want to highlight a range of poems, poets and writers in general that we have in the state, that we have had in the state. We have such an amazing literary landscape here and I think it’s really inspiring for people to know that.

As part of his role as Poet Laureate, Pierce hosts The Mississippi Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a different Mississippi poet — like Aimee Nezhukumatathil or C. Liegh McInnis — reading a poem, sharing what inspired them to write it, and offering advice to budding poets.

Each 15-minute episode is paired with an additional resource for educators and community groups.

“Podcasts are meant to be friendly, fun and lively and to help everyone, but especially young people in our state, see that poetry is written by Mississippians,” Pierce said. “Poetry is for everyone.”

She also writes a monthly column titled “poetry breakwith the aim of providing people with tools to try their hand at writing poetry.

“A lot of times people feel cut off from poetry or think ‘Well, this isn’t really something I want to try or this isn’t something I should really try. I’m not going to be good at that,” Pierce said. “I think a lot of times all people need is a track to race on. They just need a place to start.

Pierce is also working with Tracy Carr, assistant director of library services for the Mississippi Library Commission, to organize “poetry walks” for Mississippi libraries where people can come out and read a poem while doing it.

Pierce describes it as “a way to bring poetry into people’s daily lives so that it doesn’t feel like something in a dusty book on a very tall shelf”.

Poetry is everywhere, she says, for those who simply look and listen.

“It’s something that’s right here; this is for all of us,” she said. “It’s in the garden when we walk, it’s in the newspaper; and it’s just around.

Legendary lawyer, LGBTQ+ activist and author Urvashi Vaid has died


LOS ANGELES – The publisher, editor and staff of the Los Angeles Blade congratulates our sports editor and contributing writer Dawn Ennis on being awarded the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Award 2022 in the category of “Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “”No Time for Intolerance: ‘Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do,’ written for Forbes Magazine Online.

Ennis, who works as a sportswriter for LA Blade, is an award-winning reporter for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast, Out Magazine, Senior Executive, CTVoice Magazine, Xtra Magazine and StarTrek.com.

She is also an on-air correspondent for “CTVoice Out Loud” on WTNH-TV and hosts the talk show “RiseUP With Dawn Ennis.” In 2013, she was the first trans journalist in the United States to appear on the network’s television news while working for ABC News.

Ennis, who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, is a mother of three and an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, where she teaches journalism, advertising, public relations, podcasting and media literacy for the School of Communication at UH College of Arts and Sciences. .

In addition to Ennis, the Los Angeles Blade congratulates all of the winners:


At the New York ceremony, GLAAD announced the award winners for the following categories live on stage:

  • Laid received the award for Outstanding Drama Series [presented by Laverne Cox]
  • “HIV/AIDS: 40 Years Later” TODAY (NBC) received the award for Outstanding Television Journalism Segment [presented by Amber Tamblyn and Nyle DiMarco]
  • Power Rangers received the award for Outstanding programming for children and family [presented by Cynthia Nixon]
  • sesame street received the award for Outstanding Children’s Programming [presented by Cynthia Nixon]

Other winners announced in New York:

Outstanding Broadway Production: (TIE) Company and Thoughts of a colored man

Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X

Outstanding Breakthrough Musical Artist: Lily Rose, Louder Than Me (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Elliot Page” The Oprah Conversation (AppleTV+)

Outstanding Television Journalism Segment: “HIV/AIDS: 40 years later” TODAY (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism – long version: “White House Pride” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Print Item: “Legislators Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sport” by David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst (The Associated Press)

Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “‘No Time for Intolerance:’ Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do” by Dawn Ennis (Forbes.com)

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Transnational” [series] by Eva Reign, Alyza Enriquez, Freddy McConnell, Vivek Kemp, Courtney Brooks, Sarah Burke, Hendrik Hinzel, Alyza Enriquez, Dan Ming, Trey Strange and Daisy Wardell (VICE News)

Outstanding Blog: Pittsburgh Lesbian Pen pals

Outstanding article on online journalism in Spanish: (TIE) “Claudia: La Enfermera Trans que Lucha Contra el Covid en Ciudad Juárez” by Louisa Reynolds (Nexos.com) and “Somos Invisibles”: La Discriminación y los Riesgos se Multiplican para los Indígenas LGBTQ+” by Albinson Linares (Telemundo.com)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Expulsados ​​México: Cómo la Comunidad Transgénero se Unió para Ayudar a los Migrantes” by Patricia Clarembaux, Anna Clare Spelman, and Celemente Sánchez (Univision Noticias)

Below is a complete list of all categories and winners from the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York and Los Angeles.

Best New TV Series: hacks (HBO Max)

Best Comedy Series: saved by the bell (Peacock)

Best Drama Series: LAID (FX)

Outstanding Film – Wide Distribution: Eternals (Walt Disney Studios Cinema)

Outstanding Reality Program: (TIE) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) and We are here (HBO)

Outstanding Documentary: Change the game (Hulu)

Best TV Movie: Single until the end (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Parallel mothers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Limited or exceptional anthology series: It’s a sin (HBOMAX)

Outstanding Children’s Programming: “Family Day” sesame street (HBO Max)

Exceptional programming for children and family: Power Rangers: Dino Fury (Nickelodeon/Netflix)

Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X, MONTERO (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Breakthrough Musical Artist: Lily Rose, Stronger than me (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)

Outstanding Broadway Production: (TIE) THE SOCIETY and Thoughts of a colored man

Outstanding Video Game: Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine Games/Square Enix)

Outstanding comic: Crush & Lobo (DC Comics)

Best Original Graphic Novel/Anthology: Comfort! Love and Pompoms (Oni Press)

Outstanding Overall Magazine Coverage: the lawyer

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Elliot Page” The Oprah Conversation (AppleTV+)

Outstanding Television Journalism Segment: “HIV/AIDS: 40 years later” TODAY (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism – long version: “White House Pride” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Print Item: “Legislators Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sport” by David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst (The Associated Press)

Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “‘No Time for Intolerance:’ Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do” by Dawn Ennis (Forbes.com)

Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Transnational” [series] by Eva Reign, Alyza Enriquez, Freddy McConnell, Vivek Kemp, Courtney Brooks, Sarah Burke, Hendrik Hinzel, Alyza Enriquez, Dan Ming, Trey Strange and Daisy Wardell (VICE News)

Outstanding Blog: Pittsburgh Lesbian Pen pals

Best Scripted Television Series in Spanish: Maricon Lost (HBO Max)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Journalism: “Orgullo LGBTQ: 52 Años de Lucha y Evolución” (Telemundo 47)

Outstanding article on online journalism in Spanish: (TIE) “Claudia: La Enfermera Trans que Lucha Contra el Covid en Ciudad Juárez” by Louisa Reynolds (Nexos.com) and “Somos Invisibles”: La Discriminación y los Riesgos se Multiplican para los Indígenas LGBTQ+” by Albinson Linares (Telemundo.com)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Expulsados ​​México: Cómo la Comunidad Transgénero se Unió para Ayudar a los Migrantes” by Patricia Clarembaux, Anna Clare Spelman, and Celemente Sánchez (Univision Noticias)

Special Recognition: Not all boys are blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]

Special Recognition: “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects)

Special Recognition: CODED: The hidden love of JC Leyendecker (Primary +)

Special Recognition: Peril! Champ Amy Schneider

Special Recognition: The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia)

Special Recognition: Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News)

Special Recognition: Outsports coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Special recognition (Spanish language): “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo)

The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards recognize media for their fair, accurate and inclusive portrayals of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have become the world’s most visible annual LGBTQ awards show, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences around the world.

“This year’s GLAAD Media Awards come at a time when LGBTQ visibility and storytelling may be the frontline response to a dangerous rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President- CEO of GLAAD. “Our nominees and winners, including Pose, Sesame Street, Eternals, hacks, Lil Nas Xwe are here and so many journalists and news producers showcase the beautiful diversity of LGBTQ people. When we need them most, these stories speak out against hate, enlighten, entertain and send an undeniable message: we’re not going anywhere.

Pioneer Napa Valley winemaker Jack Cakebread dies at 92


Jack Cakebread, who along with his wife, Dolores, transformed a 22-acre cattle ranch in Rutherford, Calif., into one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries, helping propel the once-obscure region to the world celebrity of viticulture, died on April 26 in Napa. He was 92 years old.

His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his son Dennis, the president of Cakebread Cellars.

Mr. Cakebread, an auto mechanic with a sideline in photography, was returning from filming in northern Napa County when in 1972 he visited a couple of family friends at their farm in Rutherford. He was 42 and only vaguely curious about what a life beyond car repair might be like.

“I casually told them, ‘You know, if you ever want to sell this place, let me know,’ and I drove home,” he said in an interview with journalist Sally Bernstein. . “I got home and the phone was ringing.”

The next day, Mr. Cakebread and his wife purchased the farm with a down payment of $2,500. The two couples wrote the contract on a yellow notepad.

Back then, Napa was far from the wine paradise it is today. Farmers in the region mainly raised cattle or grew apricots, almonds and walnuts. Only a few dozen cellars dotted the valley.

One, founded by Robert Mondavi in ​​1966, was just up the road. Mr. Mondavi comes from a family of winemakers and he mentored a whole generation of Napa winemakers who got their start in the 1970s, including the Cakebreads.

With Mr. Mondavi’s guidance, Mr. Cakebread pioneered many techniques that have come to define premium Napa wines, most importantly a close attention to the agricultural aspect of winemaking. Although he’s a big fan of technology – he was among the first to use a neutron probe to measure soil moisture – he also insisted on getting his hands dirty, getting up before dawn every morning. to work in his vineyards.

“Every day something new pops up, aerial imagery, etc.,” he told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 2004, “but the only way you really know is to leave footprints in the vineyard. No tire tracks.

Cakebread Cellars sold its first wines, a mere 157 cases (1,884 bottles) of Chardonnay made from purchased grapes, in 1974. At the same time, the Cakebreads planted Sauvignon Blanc vines on their new plot. It was a bold choice: the varietal was largely unknown to American drinkers, and planting it in Napa was almost unheard of.

“When we put out Sauvignon Blanc, everyone thought we were wrong,” Cakebread told the Boston Globe in 1984. “But we decided to only make wines that we liked to drink, because that’s what we would do if they didn’t sell.”

It was not a mistake. Along with Cakebread’s fruity yet balanced Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc became a signature wine, and it contributed to the varietal’s growing popularity among American wine consumers.

Still, it took nearly two decades before the Cakebreads could commit full-time to the winery; until then, they worked out of their garage in Oakland and commuted north on weekends. They finally sold the garage in 1989 and moved to Rutherford.

Today, Cakebread is one of America’s most highly regarded wineries, consistently topping an annual survey by Wine & Spirits magazine of the most popular brands among fine dining restaurants. He controls 1,600 acres of land and claims to sell around 100,000 cases a year.

In time, Mr Cakebread took on some of the role Mr Mondavi had once played, mentoring young winemakers and guiding the community around Rutherford. He was president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association (as were two of his sons, Bruce and Dennis), and many of his former employees now run their own wineries.

“Jack was this great sage,” said David Duncan, managing director of Silver Oak Cellars in nearby Oakville, which his father founded the same year Mr Cakebread opened his winery. “He was always so welcoming and so passionate about the community.”

John Emmett Cakebread was born on January 11, 1930 in Oakland. His father, Lester, owned Cakebread’s Garage, a repair shop, where his mother, Cottie, also worked.

His father also owned a farm in Contra Costa County, where he grew almonds, walnuts, and apricots, and where Jack worked as a child, between shifts at the garage.

Jack attended the University of California, Berkeley, but did not graduate. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, assigned to Strategic Air Command as a jet engine mechanic.

After his service, he returns to the garage, which he takes over after his father’s retirement. He also dabbled in photography.

What started as a hobby turned into a vocation, especially after he started attending workshops led by landscape photographer Ansel Adams. Within a few years, Mr. Adams trusted Mr. Cakebread enough to have him teach some of his classes.

Mr. Cakebread eventually caught the eye of an editor at Crown Publishers, who asked him to take the photographs for “The Treasury of American Wines”, by wine lover Nathan Chroman. When the book was published in 1973, it featured nearly every commercial winery in the country – all 130. Today there are around 11,000.

It was the book project that sent Mr. Cakebread to Napa that day in 1972, and it was the advance he received for it that provided the money for the down payment on the ranch of livestock.

Mr. Cakebread shifted his creative focus to winemaking, but he never gave up photography: years later, he could still be found carrying a Minox camera around the winery.

Jack and Dolores Cakebread gradually withdrew from day-to-day management in the 2000s, handing over control to their sons Bruce and Dennis. But they remained active: Ms. Cakebread ran an annual workshop introducing chefs to winemaking, while Mr. Cakebread became a regular at business schools, lecturing on the craft of winemaking.

Among his advice was patience.

“I realized the weather is going to do what it’s going to do,” he told The Press Democrat. “I only worry about things I can change, I don’t worry about what I can’t.”

Dolores Cakebread passed away in 2020. Mr. Cakebread is survived by his sons, Dennis, Bruce and Steve; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Broadway stage manager and author Richard Hester joins THE EARLY NIGHT SHOW with Joshua Turchin


Season eight, episode four (which is also available on the Broadway Podcast Network: http://bpn.fm/TENS) features Broadway stage manager and author Richard Hester (Broadway’s Summer, Jersey Boys, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success , Matters of the Heart, Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, A Delicate Balance, The Red Shoes). The episode can be streamed here:

In this episode, Richard Hester talks about his experience as a Broadway director and writing a book during the pandemic. Richard’s book, Hold, Please: Stage Managing a Pandemic is available for sale at The Broadway Makers Marketplace and online at Amazon and other online book retailers.

Following the virtual premiere of 100 episodes of The Early Night Show, Joshua is thrilled to partner with the Broadway Makers Marketplace in the Broadway Underground to bring free New York shows to the Theater District. The shows feature interviews and performances by seasoned Broadway veterans, as well as Broadway newcomers and aspiring singers hosted, music-led and accompanied by Joshua Turchin in front of small audiences.

Audience seating is extremely limited and reservations to attend any of the tapings can be made by registering online at the links on Broadway Makers Marketplace’s Instagram (@broadwaymakersmarketplace) or Joshua Turchin’s Instagram (@JoshuaTurchin) . All audience members will be required to follow the same guidelines set out by the Broadway League (masks and proof of Covid vaccines) to keep performers and guests safe.

Episodes of Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin stream exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network (https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/the-early-night-show-with-joshua-turchin/) and everywhere you listen your favorite podcasts. Episodes can also be streamed at www.theearlynightshow.com.

The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin is created, written and accompanied by 15-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Forbidden Broadway, Schmigadoon!, The Perfect Fit, The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, Trevor the Musical, A Christmas Story Broadway National Tour). The Early Night Show brings musical comedy to an early evening audience and features many Broadway, TV and film performers.

Joshua Turchin is known in the entertainment industry as a multi-hyphenate; he is a singer, actor, dancer, musician, composer, musical director, accompanist and writer. He was most recently in rehearsal for the New York premiere of Trevor the Musical until the extended Broadway and Off-Broadway intermission due to COVID-19. Prior to that, Joshua completed his run as the first young adult to be part of a Forbidden Broadway starred to rave reviews as a cast member in Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. Additional credits include Flounder in The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at the Hollywood Bowl, two rounds of A Christmas Story the Musical Broadway National Tour, Trevor LIVE: LA, The Pill (Off-Broadway), The Development Lab of a new musical Andrew Lloyd Webber, among many other professional projects. He is a regular comedy voice heard across the United States on iHeartRadio, as well as various animated series and commercials, including Nick Jr. and Pixar, and several Broadway cast recordings, readings and development work.

As a musician/composer, Joshua plays over 13 instruments including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Joshua’s original musical (book, music and lyrics), The Perfect Fit, premiered in New York at the Rave Theater Festival in New York where it won awards for Outstanding Book by a Musical and Outstanding Ensemble, and received critical acclaim in the NY Times, NY Post and Wall Street Journal when Joshua was just 12 years old. Recently, The Perfect Fit, aired live as a concert from New World Stages in New York City during the pandemic, providing opportunities for over 50 artistic workers and a cast including stars from Broadway, television and music. cinema around the world. The Perfect Fit: A Socially Distant Concert received rave reviews ahead of the live stream event during a sold-out drive-in concert at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon Connecticut. Music from The Perfect Fit was released as the first remote EP by Broadway Records in July featuring Tony winner Laura Benanti and numerous other Broadway and TV artists, including Joshua.

As a host, Joshua is the host and creator of the hit web series, The Early Night Show. The series began as a cabaret variety show at The Green Room 42, which Joshua created, directed and accompanied when he was 11 years old. Due to the covid pandemic, he turned The Early Night Show into a virtual format to help raise money and awareness for The Actors Fund, supporting those in the entertainment industry who suddenly found themselves out of work. Guests range from Tony winners to stars of Broadway, TV and film to up-and-coming artists from around the world. Pre-covid, Joshua has worked extensively as a professional host and accompanist in and around New York City since the age of 10, including musical direction at 54 Below, The Green Room 42, and more.

For more entertainment, follow Joshua Turchin on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/joshuaturchin, on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@joshuaturchin?source=h5_m, Facebook http://www.twitter.com/turchindjoshuaor visit his YouTube at www.youtube.com/joshuaturchin.

Fall 2021 Interns – New York Amsterdam News


My name is Asia Floyd and I will be graduating with my BA in Journalism and a minor in Africalogy and African American Studies from Temple University in December 2021. I have worked hard for four years in college and have even makes the dean’s list. Throughout my college years, I volunteered for a show called Temple Update. My goal after graduation is to work and eventually produce and direct my own show. I am very happy to be part of the first business internship program of the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation, because I think it is essential to learn the business side of journalism. LinkedIn profile

I’m Raegan Lee, a recent graduate from the University of Florida with a BA in International and Japanese Studies. Since I was a child, I have been interested in journalism sitting at the coffee table in my living room, creating my diary to show it to my grandmother. This then evolved into my high school journalism class for four years and ended it with a job as an editor my senior year. In college, I used the newspaper subscriptions provided by the university to follow the daily news. I think being informed about current events locally, nationally and internationally is one of the best ways to learn and understand the struggles of others. LinkedIn profile

I’m Angie Xu, and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the spring of 2022, I will be graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Media Studies. I want to use my knowledge to help companies, individuals and businesses understand the impact of the economy and the media on our daily lives. I’m thrilled to be part of the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation’s first corporate internship program to learn about the marketing and media aspects of New York’s most influential black newspaper. The program provides many opportunities to enhance my teamwork and leadership skills while seeking to promote the growth and outreach of prominent men and women of color. LinkedIn profile

I am Iyanna Mackins. I’m originally from Clarksville, TN, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. I am currently attending East Carolina University majoring in Interpersonal Communication with a concentration in Media Journalism. I knew I wanted to be a writer early on, from writing my own short stories to falling in love with fashion magazines and realizing that journalism is what I aspired to do in life. I am very happy to work with New York Amsterdam News and to work with such a great and diverse group of individuals. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us all. LinkedIn profile

I am Victor Aigberaodion Uahomo from Nigeria. I hold a National Diploma in Nautical Studies. I am currently studying at People’s University in California, where I am earning an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. I’m a Google Certified IT Support Specialist and Network Administrator. My goal is to build one of the largest IT companies in Africa. I am excited to be part of the inaugural Amsterdam News Education Foundation Work Placement Program, where I will apply my own experience in brainstorming and solving tasks as a team. LinkedIn profile

I am Nandi Dabrowski. I graduated with a Bachelor of Humanities with a concentration in Creative Writing from New York University. Subsequently, I completed a one-year program at the Conservatory of Figurative and Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art. Currently, I am in the Master of Science in Professional Writing program at New York University, where I will graduate in December 2021. Throughout my academic career, I have centered my studies on the experience black. Participating in the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation Internship is a great opportunity to start my life as a professional writer at an institution that has been documenting black life for over 100 years. I am truly honored to have the chance to serve in this community. LinkedIn profile

Neil Gaiman shares hard-hitting Cleveland story ahead of Playhouse Square reading


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Best-selling author Neil Gaiman hit the road for a storytelling tour, set to hit the Keybank State Theater in Playhouse Square on Tuesday, May 17.

Tickets, ranging from $25 to $85, are available to play on Playhouse Square website.

Expect to hear a range of his stories, essays, poetry and more during the show, all read by Gaiman. Audience members will have the opportunity to write questions on cards, which Gaiman will remove to answer throughout the event, he said.

“The most important thing, really, is reading to people, most of whom haven’t heard of since they were in school. No living human read them a story,” Gaiman said in a phone interview. “There are normally a few moments of discomfort and then you watch people start to relax. They enjoy it. I think for me that’s the best of all – watching a room full of people get comfortable and indulge in stories.

Gaiman is no stranger to the Cleveland scenes. He has read at the Cleveland Public Library, Playhouse Square, and The Plain Dealer’s Book & Author series.

But it’s been a while since he took the stage, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent years, Gaiman has largely stayed away from speaking engagements.

Of course, Gaiman kept busy during this time. His book “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” has been adapted into an award-winning stage production. Filming recently wrapped on the second season of the TV adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s book “Good Omens,” and filming recently began on a TV adaptation of his book “Anansi Boys.”

“’Anansi Boys’ is huge. It’s this huge project, kind of like a six-hour movie,” Gaiman said. “I know it will end one day, but in the meantime we are in the biggest film studio in the UK. We have shot in Florida, Brixton and South London. We are shooting in the Caribbean, we have shot in mythical Africa. Everything is quite incredible.

Gaiman, the author of “American Gods”, “Coraline”, “Stardust” and dozens of other books, children’s books, comics, essays, poetry and more, is one of the most prolific and the best known in the world. world. He has racked up numerous honors including Hugos, Nebulas, a British National Book Award, a Newbery and Carnegie Medal and more.

Before many of these awards arrive, and before one of his books becomes a New York Times bestseller, Gaiman recalls his status as a “cult author.” Specifically, he recounted a memory that stuck in his mind, at a dinner hosted by Plain Dealer Book & Author in 1999, during a telephone interview with cleveland.com:

“The Cleveland Plain Dealer held an event in 1999. There were three authors, one of whom was me. I was not a New York Times bestselling author at that time, and two of them were New York Times best-selling authors. We had an incredibly enjoyable thing where everyone stood up and gave a little speech, and after the little speeches were made, there were signature lines.

“Suddenly things got very weird because even though I wasn’t a New York Times bestselling author, I was a cult author at the time, and my lines were much longer than other authors. There was a completely different audience for mine, in the sense that in mine there were the goths, there were the weirdos, there were the people who didn’t seem like they normally showed up to Cleveland Plain Dealer’s literary luncheons.And there were also very nice ladies in pearls and things, queuing for the other gentlemen.

“It’s a moment I remember because I learned a lot about audiences and about readers and about being an author’s responsibility, and not caring about sales. The best-selling author the best-selling next to me had a lady in her line with one of her books she bought at a library sale. It was an ex-library copy. The author loudly refused to sign it because he said she didn’t buy it new, that he wasn’t getting any royalties from it, that he wasn’t going to sign it. But he did it really hard, like a performance .

“I looked at this reader who, no doubt, if she could have afforded her book, knew that she would have bought it new and after he had signed her book, I was convinced of one thing is that she would have stayed. She would have really saved up to buy her new books. Instead, you saw her being humiliated and saying, “I will never buy one of your books again, even under the threat of a weapon. Then something very strange happened, that some of the other ladies, further back in his line, left his line very ostentatiously, walked towards the table of the bookseller and bought copies of ‘Stardust’ and came into my line.

“I thought, I think I just learned something huge about people. I think what I learned most of all is that a one-on-one sale never matters. for an author, but treating your readers with respect and treating them with kindness and love is something that will always be important.

Find more information about Gaiman’s upcoming event in Cleveland at playhousesquare.org.

11 new books we recommend this week


LEFT AT TENTH: A second chance in life, by Delia Ephron. (Small, Brown, $29.) When her husband of 33 years died, Ephron – author of screenplays, essays and novels – had a new subject to write about: loss. The scope of her subject matter expanded when she was diagnosed with cancer and found love again. Here are his memoirs of those extraordinary events, stitched together with everyday moments that offer their own weight. The book “is less the story of a woman who loses her husband than that of a woman who falls in love again at 72,” writes Joyce Maynard in her review. “Ephron presents a moving and heartfelt portrait of romance – also passion. … If there is such a thing as a feel-good memory, this is it.

HIGH SPIRITS: The Victorians and the birth of modern Britain, by Simon Heffer. (Pegasus, $39.95.) Heffer’s story of Britain in the mid-19th century is the story of a society transformed as the nation moved closer and closer to a humane and civilized social order. Heffer “identifies ideas and feelings as the driving force behind this transformation”, writes Benjamin Schwarz in his review. “Intellectuals, politicians, and largely upper and upper middle class activists,” he explains, “driven by a sense of earnest and selfless moral purpose,” have sought “to improve the condition of the ‘whole of society’. This ambitious effort has manifested itself in “the actions of enlightened government,” actions that have unfolded in a series of historic parliamentary acts and administrative innovations over the nearly 40 years that Heffer examines.”

TELL ME EVERYTHING: The story of a private investigation, by Erika Krouse. (Flatiron, $28.99.) This lyrical, jarring and propulsive memoir of Krouse’s time as a private detective is literary non-fiction at a high level – the author manages the delicate act of balancing a case’s story with a more personal dive. in his past. Plus, according to our reviewer Patrick Hoffman (a PI himself), “she certainly conveys the emotional realities of the job: the narcotic thrill of a good interview, the euphoria of grimy situations, the constant feeling of being a bully , a manipulator, a liar.

LETTERS TO GWEN JOHN, by Celia Paul. (New York Review Books, $29.95.) Paul’s haunting memoir takes the form of correspondence with a fellow painter she never knew: Gwen John, who died in 1939. Drawn to the parallels in their lives, Paul meditates on aging, personality, loneliness, art. “The clarity of the genre’s grammars is compelling and thoroughly contemporary,” writes Drusilla Modjeska in her review. “Truth doesn’t go one way, nor does power and vulnerability.”

CHEVY IN THE HOLE, by Kelsey Ronan. (Holt, $26.99.) Set in Flint, Michigan, this moving debut asks a central question, through a budding romance between a young cook recovering from an opioid addiction and an activist trying to save a town in crisis: a relentless commitment always yield positive results? “They form a relationship based on something subtly beautiful, an unspoken but deep understanding of a particular kind of loneliness they both share,” Dean Bakopoulos writes in his review. “The novel’s primary propellant becomes a question that often applies to relationships as much as it does to stories about America’s forgotten and marginalized landscapes: Can we save them with love, or will they just crumble? “

New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones and future of work analyst Jonathan Roberts will headline Isolved Connect 2022


Business disruption conversations take center stage to better improve inclusiveness, innovation and business impact

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following its highest-traffic isolved Connect of 2021 and amid a series of customer roadshows in 11 cities, isolved has announced its roster of guest speakers for the annual in-person educational event. Held in Nashville September 6-8hundreds of customers and partners will hear twice New York Times bestselling author, podcast host and cultural critic Luvvie Ajayi Jones as well as jonathan robertfuture of work and well-being analyst at Forrester.

“This is a transformative time for both employees and employers, and we wanted speakers who would reflect the need to not only rethink the (EX) employee experience, but also rethink how businesses support the whole of the employee,” said Lina Tonk, Senior Vice President Marketing at isolved. “As we go coast to coast with our series of customer roadshows, we hear time and time again that our customers want to transform their employee experience and that employee development and well-being comes first. list of what they want to know more about This year’s keynote speakers from isolved Connect will challenge business leaders on how they engage and inspire employees to perform at their best themselves to their businesses and communities.”

With humor and honesty, Ajayi Jones will guide participants through what they need to understand before they can do the things that scare them. Ajayi Jones will inspire isolved customers and partners on how to use their voice for good in their businesses and communities.

The need for disruption within human capital management (HCM) has never been greater with recruitment and retention challenges plaguing all sizes and types of businesses. Roberts, a renowned thought leader in employee wellbeing, will address business disruption at the intersection of trust, training and technology to mitigate the impact of the Great Resignation and maximize the recruitment and retention. Focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Leadership and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B), Roberts helps organizations bridge the gap between doing well and doing well for the future of work in their company.

HR leaders want to elevate their EX initiatives. When 500 HR managers were asked why EX had become a broader company initiative, the most common response (57%) was “we are concerned about employee well-being”. With 49% saying their companies have been impacted by the big resignation, now is the time to discuss how companies can better connect with employees and make their company a place people want to work while reimagining what that their EX offers.

isolved Connect will address how to transform EX through employment, empowerment and workforce empowerment. The guest speakers will be complemented by three days of networking opportunities, over 70 learning sessions including intensive workshops and trainings, and countless insights that will have an immediate impact on how attendees can approach their experience. of employee.

isolved customers and partners can sign up for Connect at isolvedconnect.com.

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Valley News – Art Notes: A panel of playwrights talks about the creative process at JAGfest


Before the pandemic, the annual JAGfest took place in February, when people were starved of connection and eager to hang out and discuss African American theater.

Tuesday evening saw the opening round table of JAGfest 6.0 compete with an impeccably sunny afternoon. Outside the five arched windows of Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center, students threw Frisbees onto the green. Inside, Jarvis Green told playwrights Elizabeth Addison and Trevor Tate that he wasn’t going to ask how they were doing, but “can you tell us what color your heart is?”

Violet, Addison said. In the recovery movement, “purple is our color” – it is also the color of a bruise, the color of healing. “My heart is all about healing these days.”

“I think mine is green,” Tate said, like the season. “It’s just very spring-like and lively.”

Public conversations about the creative process are rare, even with the growth of the arts in the Upper Valley over the past two decades. Such conversations between black and gay writers are almost exceedingly rare. For an hour on Top of the Hop as the day waned, Green and his guests talked about, well, the color of their hearts.

“I’m very curious where you started telling stories,” said Green, the founder and name of JAG Productions.

“I remember specifically,” said the tall, soft-spoken, turtleneck and bespectacled Tate, “maybe at 9, 8, or 9, we did a book in our class. Our teacher tied it.

“The reality I discovered,” said Addison, also tall and wearing a black knit beanie over dreadlocks, “is that we are all storytellers.” Every day people tell a story about what they do and why. “I’ve been a storyteller all my life. I didn’t realize it.

Addison’s room, chasing grace, is the first full musical that JAG Productions has created in the studio. It’s kind of a sequel to It’s a treatmenta musical about the experiences of black and brown people in residential addiction treatment. chasing grace continues the story of recovery in the struggle to build a life and a career.

When asked to introduce around 15 people to her work, Addison, who is based in Boston, said she saw Lease for the first time at age 13, but did not begin work as a composer, lyricist and writer until age 29. “I haven’t seen anyone like me write,” she says.

She started writing songs while praying and then sitting at the piano. “YouTube is my education,” she said. “YouTube and invite people over for coffee.”

Despite being a “voracious reader,” Tate, originally from Austin, Texas, went to college to become an actor and realized he had made a mistake when he took a class. writing and felt comfortable doing it. He went to graduate school, wrote a “one-man drag show” and a few plays, and now writes fiction.

His most recent piece, queen of the night, about a man in his 60s taking his gay adult son on a camping trip, was at the Dorset Theater Festival last summer, Green noted. The play was performed outdoors in Vermont, then indoors in Chicago.

“I feel like the piece is really heartfelt and sentimental, in a way that really warms the hearts of the audience,” Tate said. “I want people to feel some hope.”

Asked what their work brings to American theater, the two playwrights gave contrasting answers.

“I think when you write from experience…you have to know by knowing,” Tate said. “So people on the outside can say, ‘Oh, we’re interested in this black, queer aesthetic. …I think it comes from outside the room.

Addison was more blunt, “I’m just saying, hey, I don’t see enough with people who look like me.”

Addison and Tate, along with playwright Kevin Renn, are in the Upper Valley this week, workshopping with JAG. Renn was unable to attend Tuesday’s conference. The week is “focused on work and process and the upliftment of the artist,” Green said.

“How do you define success for yourself and how do you define excellence? ” He asked.

The idea of ​​success is changing day by day, Addison said.

“In terms of excellence, I can’t stand that idea,” she said. “Especially black excellence. Can we just be human? … For me, I’m just like, let me do the things that God told me to do.

“I think I measure success by how much money I have and how many people know my name,” Tate said to general laughter. His “hit from the heart” is having someone in the audience feel the same as him while he was writing.

“Excellence,” he said, “I’m not entirely sure of that word either, but I’m thinking in a pinch.” It is a practice, not a state of being. “One thing I try to do is write every day.”

Their current work is moving forward, with staged readings scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.

Addison had been working on treatments for chasing grace for years, but didn’t start creating it in earnest until April 2021, when she sat down to work on it and started crying. She realized she was ready, but then had to deal with the voice that said, “No, you’re not.”

“Fear is always the first thing that comes, then acceptance,” she said.

She sought help from playwrights and producers.

“It just came out of me,” she said. “It was like he was waiting in the wings until I was ready to receive him and let him go.”

Your maximum potentialthe piece Tate and JAG are working on this week is about the influence of social media, especially on young people, and how we allow the internet to influence our lives.

“I think I’m interested in having queer communities see it,” Tate said. All but one of the characters in the play are people of color.

What do playwrights want from this experiment in Vermont and New Hampshire, Green asked.

“I feel like I already figured it out,” Addison said. “The love, the care”, the attention paid to his work and his listening. “I actually wanted that sense of community that I already have.”

“The last two days,” Tate said, “is like an artist’s vacation.”

People generally don’t know how theater is made, Green said after the discussion. It is important that people see it and understand it.

“I think it’s also an opportunity to learn who exists in our community,” he said, “and how we can break down that fourth wall and find ways to learn more about each other. .”

JAGfest 6.0 features staged readings of Your Maximum Potential by travis tate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Chasing Grace by Elizabeth Addison at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Padiddle by Kevin Renn at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Tickets are $25 and a weekend pass is $50. Visit jagproductionsvt.com for more information.

Local poet creates a better world – The Sopris Sun


Tony Alcántara has been writing poetry for 10 years, publishing poetry under his legal name – José Antonio Alcántara.

Known to friends as Tony, he explained: “When I first started writing poetry, I wanted to use my legal name, José, instead of Tony, because I was in that valley. I wanted others to see that people with a name like mine can do things” – like become a published poet.

Growing up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Alcántara first came to Carbondale in 1997 as a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a member of the second cohort of the Roaring Fork Teacher Education Project (RFTEP) in Woody Creek.

He already had degrees in forestry and biology, but teaching RFTEP students landed him a temporary teaching position at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS). Alcántara recalled, “I held the position of science teacher and I cannot say that I did a very good job.” After finishing the school year, he returned to Boulder and worked in construction.

In the following years, Alcántara taught in Colombia, Costa Rica and back in Boulder. But, 2008 would usher in his return to the Roaring Fork Valley with teaching positions at RFHS and Basalt High School.

And as he got more involved in writing poetry, he discovered what many creatives face: a tug of war between perfecting his craft and working full time. As well as teaching, he worked as a baker, commercial fisherman, studio photographer and even postman in Carbondale – all to balance his creative calling with the economic realities of life in the beloved Roaring Fork Valley.

About four years ago he submitted a manuscript for the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Although he did not win the award, California publisher Tebot Bach told Alcántara that he wanted to publish his first book of poetry. “The Bitten Word” was released in 2021, but with delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not available for purchase until January 2022.

Inspiration for a poem may come from reading the work of another poet. He and his friend and fellow poet, Matt Day, who lives in Wyoming, share poems. He explained that Day had a poem with the phrase “things that can break us”. Alcántara shared, “I liked that line, so I started drawing inspiration from it.”

The first line of his poem “Windfall,” which appeared in the April 2022 issue of Ploughshares, a prestigious literary journal, reads: “Objects heavy enough to break us hang from the thinnest thread.”

While the poem is about a boon – unexpected good fortune – it is also about vulnerability.

On a recent trip to Honduras to visit his father and reunite with his family, he explained that he really enjoyed reconnecting with his loved ones but hadn’t written a single poem. He describes the need for solitude to create: “I know I’m definitely doing the right thing. [working as a poet]but most of the time it’s a solitary business, most of the time I sit alone writing and if I don’t do that, I don’t write.

In October, Alcántara will participate in his first artist residency awarded by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He will live in a community with other writers and visual artists in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is convinced that “new writings will come because I am in a new setting”.

Since October he’s been traveling and writing — living on the beach in Texas and camping in Missouri — and recently returned to Carbondale. Alcántara’s nomadic lifestyle favors his writing productivity because, he says, “I can’t write unless I have time to be away”, whether sitting by a river or during an off-road mountain hike.

Alcántara is currently working on a second book of poetry and applying for writers’ residencies across the country. He thinks he has structured his life so that he can dedicate time and space to writing poetry. “Most of the time the motivation is to simplify life and not have more and more distractions.”

He admits that in many of his attempts at writing, he tries to better understand our individual and collective existence. “Poetry is an aspiration, and part of the process is trying to write a better world.” Alcántara added, “You can leave the reader in a place where things can get redeemingly better.”

By Jose Antonio Alcantara

I run my hand along the surface
and feel a softness like volcanic glass.

Granite comes straight from India,
but when I look closely, I see nebulae.

I see galaxies. I see little black suns
orbited by small black planets,

and on the planets, deep black holes,
hollowed out by broken black bodies.

And I see the black bodies lifting black stones,
and stones polished in black blood,

and polished by black bone
with the softness of volcanic glass.

And on the counter I put bread, apples, cheese,
green olives, and those little swords

we use to stab the olives, so we can lift them
in your mouth without getting your hands dirty.

Into the Belladonna Maze – Sinead Crowley on his new book


An art installation, featuring glass potatoes, in memory of those who lost their lives during the Famine.

Hundreds of story suggestions hit my inbox every week, but as soon as I heard about the Memento Mori I thought it would work wonderfully on TV, so I went to Strokestown House in Co Roscommon to find out more.

My trip west was in May 2021, the morning after I handed in the final version of my novel, The labyrinth of Belladonna, to my editor. My book is set in Hollowpark Hall, a fictional Palladian mansion in Co Roscommon and tells the story of two women, Deirdre Fitzmahon who lives in the house during the famine and Grace, a nanny who works as a nanny for the Fitzmahon family in 2007. One of the characters, Isla, happens to be a sculptor and works in a tower, a free-standing structure located a bit away from the main house.

Hollowpark Hall is not based on any particular house but was inspired by a number of places I have visited during my years with RTÉ. From concerts at Slane Castle to festivals at Stradbally Hall, Lego exhibitions at Castletown House and tours of Russborough, I had the chance to visit some of the finest buildings in the country and get a glimpse of life in the wings. However, although I set my book in Roscommon – partly inspired by my childhood visits to Lough Key Forest Park – the only large house I don’t remember visiting was Strokestown.

Strokestown Park House

I was met in Strokestown by manager John O’Driscoll who informed me that although much of the main house was still closed due to Covid restrictions, the art exhibition itself was housed in a separate building from the main house. A tower, he told me, as he led the way through the park.

“A tower?”

“Yeah, it’s right over here.”

“There is a sculptor who works in a tower, on the grounds of the house but separate from it?”


John must have noticed that I was turning a little pale, and I explained to him that my book, now finished and delivered to its publisher, contained exactly that story. Well, coincidences happen, don’t they?

Filming the art exhibit went really well (watch it here) – artist Paula Stokes told her story beautifully and the glass potatoes themselves were as evocative as I had heard hoped.

Artist Paula Stokes at the Memento Mori exhibition

When we were done, John showed me around and told me more about the history of the house, which of course is also the location of the National Famine Museum. The similarities with my book kept coming. A notorious landlord hated by the locals…a family moving between the countryside of Roscommon and the bright lights of London…even the structure of the building could have come straight from the pages of The labyrinth of Belladonna. The more John talked, the more I found myself nodding, yes, it’s in the book, yes, that too. There are coincidences, of course, but that day, I had the impression of going through the pages of a novel that I had already written.

I wrote most of The labyrinth of Belladonna in 2020 when covid restrictions meant I couldn’t be more than 5,000 away from home, let alone travel across the country doing physical research. Instead, I had to depend on Google and my own memories. I have no recollection of ever visiting Strokestown House before, although I guess it’s possible I was there as a child and somehow absorbed its mysteries. But whether that is in fact the case, or whether the similarities to my book are simply coincidental, my trip to Roscommon that day showed me that, despite the lockdown, my imagination – or something else? – led me in the right direction.

The labyrinth of Belladonna by Sinead Crowley is published by Head of Zeus.

Vacant position: communications officer (part-time) | Information


News article | 11-05-2022 | 05:48


Job title: Communications Officer

Mission: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore

Duration of the contract: 1 year, with possibility of renewal

Number of working hours per week: 18.75 (0.5 FTE)


The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands strives to provide high quality services, both externally and internally. The embassy’s main tasks are to maintain diplomatic relations, provide consular services, and support bilateral trade, investment, and innovation.

The Embassy is responsible for promoting the Netherlands in Singapore and Brunei. The communication strategy focuses on economic activities, innovation, sustainability and consular activities. The Communications Manager also organizes events and supports other departments when official delegations from the Netherlands visit Singapore. The use of social media and contact with the press play an important role.

The Embassy is looking for a seasoned and versatile communications professional with a proven track record who is proactive, flexible and service-oriented. He/she will collaborate as one team with the other departments covering economy, politics, public diplomacy, culture, consular and general affairs.


  • Responsible for all communication and media activities while liaising closely with the Ambassador and other departments;
  • Maintain relationships with various news agencies, journalists and other media companies;
  • Write articles for local media, prepare interviews and write speeches;
  • Collect, write and publish posts for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), Embassy website, mass mailings and publications;
  • Publish the Embassy newsletter and keep the Embassy website updated by regularly checking shared and local content;
  • Measure the results and analyze the effectiveness of social media campaigns;
  • Ensure that all external communications adhere to the Dutch government’s corporate branding guidelines.


  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude;
  • Flexible team player who can work independently with a positive work attitude and collaborative spirit;
  • Practical and curious person who takes initiatives and has a natural feel for matters that matter;
  • Sensation of a diplomatic environment in a multicultural context;
  • Includes Singaporeans’ perception of the Netherlands;
  • Interested in public policy issues and challenges;
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail;
  • Skilled networker.


  • Demonstrated knowledge: degree in (mass) communication or a similar discipline
  • 2 to 5 years of professional experience in the field of communication, journalism, marketing and/or social media;
  • Strong and creative presentation and writing skills with editorial experience
  • Resourceful with great problem solving skills
  • Strong coordination and multitasking skills, able to work under pressure
  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken. Knowledge of the Dutch language is an important asset.
  • Excellent use of CRM and Hippo CMS software or willingness and ability to learn how to use them.


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Flexible team spirit
  • Customer, service and results oriented
  • Very pro-active
  • Integrity


The candidate will be:

  • Employed locally by the State of the Netherlands, represented here by the Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • Offered a contract of 18.75 hours per week.

Please note that the Embassy cannot provide residence permits as this is a part-time role.


For more information please contact:



Interested candidates are invited to send an e-mail, containing their cover letter and CV, before June 6, 2022, to: [email protected]


The selection procedure includes interviews and a written test. Where skills are equal, priority is given to internal candidates.

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

‘Percy Jackson’ author slams racist backlash over casting


By Leah Asmelash, CNN

The ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ author has called on fans to be racist after a backlash against the casting of a black actress in the upcoming TV adaptation of the popular book series.

Actress Leah Jeffries has been cast to play Annabeth Chase in the Disney+ adaptation of Rick Riordan’s beloved novels. In the books, Chase is portrayed as White, and some fans criticized Jeffries’ casting for not visually aligning with the books.

Riordan was quick to defend Jeffries and condemn haters in a blog post published Tuesday.

“You judge her suitability for this role solely and exclusively on her looks. She’s a black girl who plays someone who was portrayed in the books as white,” he wrote. “Friends, this is racism.”

Since the casting announcement was revealed last week, Riordan said Jeffries has been the victim of racist bullying and other online harassment. In his post, Riordan called the comments “irrelevant” and demanded they stop. Still, most reactions to the casting announcement were positive, he said.

“Leah brings so much energy and enthusiasm to this role, so much strength from Annabeth. She will be a role model for new generations of girls who will see in her the kind of hero they want to be,” he wrote.

On Twitter, Riordan also launched the hashtag #LeahisOurAnnabeth, which was trending on the website. by Tuesday afternoon.

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a mid-level novel series first published in 2005, which follows a neurodivergent child who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god. Disney released two films based on the series – “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” in 2010 and “Percy Jackson: Sea of ​​Monsters” in 2013. A premiere date for the Disney+ series has yet to be released. been announced.

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NOTA publishes its spring publication – The Spectator


none of the above (NOTA) released the spring edition of its biannual literature and fine arts publication with a book drop and free reading event last Friday.

NOTA is the only fine arts publication entirely run by students at UW-Eau Claire, according to Elise Vitort, fourth-year creative writing student and editor-in-chief of NOTA.

Students may submit literary, poetic, artistic, and photographic works for publication in one edition each semester.

“NOTA is completely unique to UW-Eau Claire,” Vitort said. “We hold our launch party, and then the publication is distributed to the university buildings on campus.”

Friday’s launch party featured the Spring Edition premiere where contributors and the public were able to read the latest publication for the first time.

After the premiere, the event turned into an open reading where anyone could read or perform their literary, poetic, artistic or musical works.

NOTA hosts several open reading events throughout the semester.

“We try to have an open reading event every month,” Vitort said. “We have people sharing music or reading poetry and anyone can come and share their work.”

BJ Hollars, associate professor of English and NOTA academic advisor, said NOTA students work hard to collect submissions. NOTA students select works for publication and design and edit the book for publication.

“Everything published is student work, and the book is designed and produced entirely by students,” Hollars said. “We are reaching out to other local literary communities to bridge the gap between campus and community.”

Charlotte Gutzmer, a fourth-year French and creative writing student and poetry editor, said it can be difficult to narrow down all submitted work to what should be published.

“I handle all the poetry submissions that come in, it’s usually a few hundred,” Gutzmer said. “I just do my best to support the voice of poets on campus.”

Gutzmer said all submissions go through an anonymous screening process by the NOTA committee to select work impartially.

Gutzmer said NOTA encourages students to submit as much work as possible.

“It’s amazing how much talent we have on campus,” they said.

As the semester draws to a close, Vitort and Artistic Director Bethany Mennecke said in the edition’s Editors’ Note that they hope this spring’s publication will allow readers to lose themselves in the imaginations of writers, musicians and artists.

The publisher said it is constantly motivated by reader support and being able to deliver these works of art, writing, poetry and music to interested and curious audiences.

The spring edition of NOTA is distributed throughout campus buildings and available free of charge. The publication is also available in line.

Mohr can be reached at [email protected]

Six faculties: election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Six faculties: election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Six professors and scholars affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are Yale Goldman, Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman from the Perelman School of Medicine; Nicholas Sambanis of the School of Arts and Sciences; Diana Slaughter Kotzin of the Graduate School of Education; and Dorothy E. Roberts, joint appointments at Penn Carey Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences.

They are among more than 260 new Fellows honored in 2022, recognized for their “achievements and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research”.

Yale Goldman is a professor of physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. A native of Philadelphia, he has been an integral part of Penn for decades, arriving on campus in the early 1970s as a doctoral student and joining the faculty in 1980. From 1988 to 2010, he was director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute at Penn.

Dr. Goldman’s research aims to better understand the structural changes undergone by the biological machinery of the body. He and his lab have developed new biophysical techniques to observe this, ranging from nanoscale tracking of fluorescent molecules to infrared optical traps, known as laser tweezers. The goal is to make discoveries that, in the long term, lead to better outcomes for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and cardiac myopathies.

A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Goldman has also served as President of the Biophysical Society and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Physiology and the Biophysical Journal.

legend: Katalin KarikoKatalin Karikó is Senior Vice President of BioNTech and Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at Perelman School of Medicine. She joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and began collaborating with fellow inductee Drew Weissman in 1997. Together they invented the modified mRNA technology used in vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to prevent infection to COVID-19.

For decades, Dr. Karikó’s research as a biochemist has focused on RNA-mediated mechanisms, with the goal of developing in vitro transcribed mRNAs for protein therapy. She studied RNA-mediated immune activation and co-discovered with Dr. Weissman that nucleoside modifications suppress RNA immunogenicity. This led to the development of the two most effective vaccines against COVID-19.

Dr. Karikó has received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Princess of Asturias Award and the Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Biotechnology. She continues to work on new therapeutic applications of mRNA therapy.

legend: Diana Slaughter KotzinDiana Slaughter Kotzin, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Education, was the first Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education from 1998 to 2011. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human development and doctorates in human development and psychology. clinic at the University of Chicago.

Her research interests include culture, primary education, and home-school relationships facilitating academic success in school.

Prior to joining Penn, she taught at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University for 20 years. Previously, she served on the faculties of Howard University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. Among her many awards and accolades, in 2019 the American Psychological Association named her a “pioneering woman of color among the first to enter the ranks of psychology.”

legend: Dorothy RobertsDorothy E. Roberts is the George A. Weiss Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of African Studies. She is also the founding director of the Program on Race, Science and Society (PRSS). With appointments at Carey Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Roberts works at the intersection of law, social justice, science and health, focusing on pressing issues of justice in the areas of policing, family regulation, science, medicine and bioethics.

His major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Are Recreating Race in the 21st Century (New Press, 2011); Broken Ties: The Color of Child Protection (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Sense of Freedom (Pantheon, 1997). His latest book, Torn: How the Child Welfare System Is Destroying Black Families and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World (Basic Books), was published in April. Dr. Roberts is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of six books on topics including constitutional law and women and the law.

legend: Nicholas SambanisNicholas Sambanis is Presidential Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director of the Penn Identity & Conflict Lab (PIC Lab). He writes about conflict processes with an emphasis on civil wars and other forms of intergroup conflict.

The lab works on a wide range of topics related to intergroup conflict around the world, including the effects of external intervention on peacebuilding after ethnic war, analysis of the violent escalation of separatist movements, conflicts between native and immigrant populations, and strategies to reduce prejudice and discrimination against minority groups. It focuses on the connection between identity politics and conflict processes, drawing on social psychology, behavioral economics and comparative politics and international relations literature in political science.

Caption: Drew WeissmanDrew Weissman is the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research at the Perelman School of Medicine and an internationally renowned scientist whose basic research with collaborating scientist Katalin Karikó led to mRNA vaccines and a highly effective method to curb the spread of COVID-19.

For decades, Dr. Weissman studied immunology and the ways mRNA could trigger protective immune responses, first focusing on HIV at the National Institutes of Health and later at Penn, where he focused on the development of mRNA vaccines for other diseases and conditions. One of the goals is to create a pan-coronavirus vaccine, which could prevent all types of coronavirus, including COVID-19. He has also worked with researchers around the world to help them develop mRNA COVID vaccines and increase access to these vaccines in remote and underfunded areas.

Dr. Weissman has received numerous awards, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the Princess of Asturias Award, the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Tampa Bay Times reporters win Pulitzer Prize for ‘Poisoned’ series


TAMPA— Tampa Bay Weather reporters were investigating a lead-in-the-water story from local schools when a source shared a long, dog-eared two-page health report.

These pages showed that Hillsborough County suffered from a higher rate of lead poisoning than anywhere else in Florida. An unnamed battery recycler was to blame.

Over the next few years, Time journalists Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray examined the rebreather more closely than any regulator had ever done.

They revealed how Florida’s only lead smelter, run by Gopher Resource, was endangering its employees and the surrounding community. They read 100,000 pages of government and medical records, spent countless hours talking to workers, and became experts on lead toxicity.

Related: POISONED – A Tampa Bay Times investigation

On Monday, the reporters received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism for their “Poisoned” series.

“We are extremely proud of our team for their tireless reporting that has sparked game-changing change, making conditions safer for workers and the community,” said Time editor and vice-president Mark Katches. “Through their remarkable and meticulous efforts, Corey, Rebecca and Eli uncovered serious issues that otherwise would not have surfaced. Their journalism speaks to the importance of a vital local newsroom like the Time.”

Woolington said the team is most proud of the change in coverage in Tampa.

“Bringing people who had overlooked this place to pay attention in a way they never had was extremely moving,” she said. “It was surreal to see all the fallout and the consequences – and to see that the bravery of these workers led to accountability.”

This is the second consecutive year that the Time won first prize for journalism. Reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi were recognized in the local category in 2021 for their series, “Targeted,” about a police program from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson, Woolington and Murray collaborated for nearly two years to investigate the Gopher Resource plant in East Tampa, where workers recycle car batteries and smelt lead to forge new blocks of metal.

They detailed the neurotoxin exposure suffered by Gopher workers, most of whom were black or immigrant. They also showed that the plant had contaminated the surrounding community.

Investigating a private company proved to be a particular challenge.

“There weren’t the number of public folders that are often available for us to use,” Woolington said. “We had to find a workaround.”

That workaround took the form of a federal rule that allows workers to request internal air quality records and their own medical exams. Reporters used those reports to piece together details inside the plant, which Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors had not visited in five years.

Journalists have visited Gopher employees in their homes for weeks. Johnson said many people were afraid to cross paths with their employer and were skeptical of unknown reporters. They probably wouldn’t have responded to a weird phone call, email, or Facebook message.

“The only way to do that is to knock on their door. There were many door knocks where we had to go back and forth before the ice melted,” Johnson said. “We were neighbors, we were just around the corner, so we can do it.”

The three reporters became certified lead investigators during their investigation.

“When I was there, there were industrial management type people, people who had to follow these OSHA regulations,” Murray said. It was no place for journalists.

Murray and the others pored over two thick binders to get a handle on lead regulations.

After the first parts of “Poisoned” were released, federal and county regulators spent months inspecting the Gopher plant, confirming the Time‘ and imposed more than $800,000 in fines.

Johnson said he was most proud of something that happened outside of the public eye. About 18 workers, some of whom had been afraid to speak to reporters, lined up at the factory after the first story to demand their personal medical records.

“The story and the reporting have allowed those most affected to begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and that for me has probably been the most satisfying,” Johnson said.

Other staff members of the Time The newsroom played a key role in the reporting, including photographers Martha Asencio-Rhine and Luis Santana and video reporters Jennifer Glenfield and James Borchuck. The series was edited by Katches and former investigative writers Kathleen McGrory and Adam Playford.

Designers, copy editors and engagement editors involved in the stories included: Martin Frobisher, Paul Alexander, Sean Kristoff-Jones, Tim Tierney, Greg Joyce, Ashley Dye, Joshua Gillin, Dennis Peck and Scott Brown.

After publishing the first parts of the series, the Time estimated that its main reports – dating back to school coverage – cost $500,000. This sum has since grown to approximately $750,000.

“We do this hard work to make a difference here at home, but it’s exciting that our peers judge him among the best journalists in America,” said Paul Tash, Time President.

“Poisoned” was made with the support of PBS FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative, which provided partial funding. FRONTLINE’s Sarah Childress and Phil Bennett consulted with the team and reviewed the story drafts.

The Pulitzer Laureates in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York. Time staffers gathered in their Tampa newsroom to watch live video of the ceremony.

When “Poisoned” was announced as the winner, a few dozen staff members burst into applause. Johnson, Woolington and Murray stood in a tight embrace.

“What you did was a real public service,” Katches told the team.

the Time has won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, three times in the investigative reporting category. Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed won in 1985 for articles that detailed corruption at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Time Journalists Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, along with Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, won the award in 2016 for “Insane. Invisible. Endangered.” — a series that showed how budget cuts and neglect have allowed violence to plague Florida mental hospitals.

Murray said it was especially special to share this moment with his friends in the newsroom. He, Johnson and Woolington were only able to dig in the lead plant because other Time reporters followed the rest of the news, he said.

“A Pulitzer for a story like this takes a whole press room.”

Read the “Poisoned” investigation series.

Tampa Bay Weather Pulitzer Prize list

2022: Investigative reporting – Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray

2021: Local reporting – Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi.

2016: Local reporting – Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner.

2016: Investigative reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of The Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

2014: Local reporting – Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia.

2013: Editorial writing – Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth.

2009: National Reports – PolitiFact.com Staff.

2009: Writing Feature Films – Lane DeGregory.

1998: Writing feature films – Thomas French.

1995: Editorial Writing – Jeffrey Good.

1991: Writing Feature Films – Sheryl James.

1985: Investigative reporting – Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed.

1980: National reporting – Bette Orsini and Charles Stafford.

1964: Public Service – St. Petersburg Times

Hey sisters, we’re backing up


Right now, when women’s rights are under full attack in the United States, it is very strange to watch clips from the film. 9 to 5.

Upon its release in December 1980, the film proved to be a smash hit. The story of three office workers who take revenge on their infernal boss has spawned a television series and a musical. Since its release, it has become a beloved part of the cultural lexicon.

I remember seeing 9 to 5 as a pre-teen in 1980 and immediately in love with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, the three girl powers at its center. They were capable and smart, but mostly they were angry. In the 1970s and early 1980s, there were very few female heroes or leadership in popular culture. wonder woman and The bionic woman were running everywhere, just like charlie’s angelsbut they didn’t channel the searing rage I often felt as a girl.

Watching these clips now over 40 years later is more than deja vu. It’s more like deja, what is it? That the battles fought then are still actively fought is depressing enough. But in many ways, the things that women fought and died for were pulled even further back.

Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a new documentary by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane currently playing at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. It takes the origins of the 1980 film as its premise, but then expands exponentially to examine the role of women in the workplace, how little change there is, and the need to do so.

The documentary is filled with captivating interviews with 9 to 5it’s three stars. He also devotes attention to the women who were in the trenches, fighting the actual combat. It features Karen Nussbaum, co-founder of 9to5 National Association of Working Women, an organization dedicated to fighting for equal rights and equal pay for women. It also spotlights Lilly Ledbetter, who sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for discrimination in 1998.

In a test on Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Jacobin Magazine, 9to5 National co-founder Nussbaum wrote, “We have seen progress. Women are no longer confined to a handful of occupations and sexual harassment is no longer a personal shame but a public outrage. But the sensible reforms discussed in the film – equal pay, childcare, flexible hours – are still out of reach. As Dolly says in the new documentary, Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.“It’s 40 years later, and it’s still important.”

Along with a dive into the backstory of the original film as well as the movement that inspired it, the documentary features everything from the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, to the #MeToo movement. .

ERA is a particularly painful chapter. The first version, guaranteeing equal rights for all sexes under the law, was drafted in 1923 and then reintroduced in 1971. Ratification of the amendment required the commitment of 38 states to be added to the US Constitution. This is where things went wrong. The required commitment from 38 States was never achieved, even with extended deadlines. ERA has been reintroduced at every session of Congress since 1982.

In 2020, after Virginia finally ratified the amendment, the magic number of 38 was finally reached. But a Justice Department opinion, taken during the Trump administration, argued that the deadline for ratification had passed in 1982. The Archivist of the United States, whose job it was to certify the amendments, agreed with the Ministry of Justice. Once again, the ERA seemed to be dead in the water. But the legal battle to pass the amendment is ongoing.

Recent revelations that the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing federal protection of abortion rights is about to be overturned have brought ERA back into the spotlight. As a recent Ms. Magazine article made explicit, the idea of ​​enshrining equality in law has taken on even greater relevance in light of the Majority Opinion Draft authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and disclosed to the media.

On the labor front, the implications of the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade couldn’t have come at a worse time. Like Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. makes it clear that the gig economy hasn’t been great for women. The pandemic has also hammered home, quite literally, the glaring divisions that still exist in the domestic sphere, with women taking on far more work and childcare than their male partners.

A recent study published in the Feminist Frontiers issue of Gender, Work & Organization found that women were much more affected during the pandemic, stating that “mothers with young children reduced their working hours four to five times more than fathers. As a result, the gender gap in working hours increased by 20-50%. These results point to another negative consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the challenges it poses to working hours and women’s employment.

But anyone with working eyes doesn’t need endless studies to point out the obvious: we’re backtracking.

Every day new shit explodes into the public consciousness, whether it’s a Fox News personality saying pregnant women shouldn’t be hired for important jobs or Judge Alito dishonestly claiming that human rights pregnant women in the labor market are registered and protected by law.

In his essay, Nussbaum quotes Louis Menand and his book The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold World, “In many ways, American women were worse off in 1963 than they had been in 1945 or even 1920. In 1920, 20 percent of doctorates were awarded to women; in 1963 it was 11%. Forty-seven percent of university students were women in 1920; in 1963, 38 percent.

As she writes, “this isn’t the first time American women have had to start over.” But the implications are much broader. As many thoughtful people have pointed out, Alito’s draft opinion sets the stage for the rollback of civil rights, same-sex marriage, contraception, and even the right to education for all children. The list continues.

A return to a white Christian version of the United States is so bizarre it’s almost impossible to comprehend. Although America, as usual, is much more dramatic than Canada, the same forces exist here, working their way into positions of power. It is a pattern that is found in different ways in the world.

The history of women’s rights has long been stuck in the same pattern. Battles are fought and won, but the war continues. Even the women featured in Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seem a little bewildered by the continuation of the rollback. Jane Fonda is still fighting the good fight and regularly getting arrested. Dolly Parton, meanwhile, has created her own form of grassroots activism with her literacy projects and even the development of a vaccine.

For every step forward, it often feels like there are 20 back. It’s a shuffle that’s not just exhausting but enraged. This long-simmering fury is boiling over as the wars women have waged against the death of rights once again spill into the streets.

But taking a page from the original film and the organization that inspired it, imagining innovative, positive and better ways could be the ultimate form of revenge. In the movie, it’s basic stuff like flextime and daycare. In the real world, it’s freedom, money and real power.  [Tyee]

Author Namita Gokhale in conversation with Outlook Traveler


Namita Gokhale shares her journey, her connection with the literary world and her position on writing in the current scenario. Excerpts from the interview below:

* You have always had a deep connection with books. How was the journey – from conceptualizing Kitaabnama for Doordarshan to 2021 when you released your latest book?
I had a long, fruitful and joyful journey all the way. It was a real privilege to be surrounded by books, writers and readers, arguments, poetry and literary friendships. Part of me likes to hide in a corner and write my heart out. I also enjoy reaching out, interacting with people, creating connectivity. Kitaabnama – which I curated for Doordarshan for two years – had the biggest footprint and reach and the legacy lives on in the hundred episodes still available on YouTube. My twentieth book is also a landmark, as is the Sahitya Akademi Award for English 2021.

The blind matriarch book cover

* Can you tell us about your recent book, The Blind Matriarch?
The Blind Matriarch was written in real time during the first and second lockdowns. It is told through the perspective of an old woman who lives on the top floor of the family home, presiding over her two sons, her daughter-in-law and daughter, her grandchildren, and the two ladies who help run the household. It’s a quiet story – nothing happens on the surface, but there are unseen depths, secrets and wounds from the past, and the complex inner life of a common Indian family.

* You have also been behind several other initiatives – the International Festival of Indian Literature, Neemrana and the Africa-Asia Literary Conference, among others. You also advised The Himalayan Echoes Kumaon Festival for Arts and Literature and Abbotsford Literary Weekend. What do you think are the constraining elements of all these institutions? Moreover, what makes them exclusive from each other?
All of these literary endeavors require deep, confident and playful creative collaborations. Working together as a team, supporting each other’s strengths, recognizing weak links in the chain – these things are important in building and sustaining organizations. Bhutan Literature Festival, Kumaon LitFest, Jaipur [JLF] – all of these have been so different in size and scale, yet they share a sense of joyful energy. The International Festival of Indian Literature, Neemrana, and the Africa Asia Literary Conference, as well as the various international editions of the JLF have all been rich in learning and life lessons.

The author herself
The author herself

* Of course, the role played by these institutions or initiatives is enormous. But could you elaborate on some salient features that set the right cultural tone in society?
There are no prescriptive rules in my understanding of culture. It is an intrinsic and natural activity of the human species to share stories, to enjoy music, to enhance their individual experiences and understanding through community.

* How do you think authors’ writing styles have changed over the years?
I think literature, like everything else, goes through cycles. Old stories return, even as words and their meanings may change. Books last, and that is their strength.

The Sound of Magic season 2 is based on fan demand and expandable storylines

The Sound of Magic has just been released on Netflix, but why does the Season 2 renewal now depend on fan love and more creative writing?

With the ongoing simulcast of Korean shows, Netflix continues to produce engaging and interesting K-dramas for fans around the world. The big new thing on the platform this week was the six-episode musical romantic fantasy, The Sound of Magic, starring Ji Chang-wook and Choi Sung-eum.

As of this writing, The Sound of Magic has yet to be publicly renewed for Season 2, but why will the Korean drama’s potential return to Netflix now depend on fan demand and expandable storylines? ?

The sound of magic | Official trailer | netflix

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The sound of magic | Official trailer | netflix






The Sound of Magic season 2 could work a miracle

As previously reported, The Sound of Magic has yet to be publicly confirmed to return for a second season by SLL’s production team or Netflix’s associated distribution partners.

Unfortunately, for the new Chang-wook-led series, the odds are against a second season from the start; with very few “one-drop” K-dramas ever renewed by Netflix, i.e. shows that drop episodes all at once have struggled to return at all.

While Season 2 of global phenomena like Squid Game or Japanese series Alice in Borderland may have been given the green light by Netflix, the vast majority of modern Asian titles are never meant to be more than a one-season production. – especially for streaming-originals.

On the rare occasion that a series returns for more content, which is usually teased or hinted at in the series or promotional campaign, think back to Penthouse 3 or Hospital Playlist for recent examples. This lack of information regarding the future of The Sound of Magic is the primary reason why a possible second season seems more unlikely than many fans will have wanted to hear.

Then we think the storyline itself didn’t necessarily lend itself to a second season. If another adventure was planned, we would have expected a bigger open ending, a big twist, or a shocking reveal.

True, not everything was tied in a neat little arc and there is son which we’d love to see explored in a second season, but it was arguably too ambiguous to offer tangible hope for more content. As noted Stable cut ready“Many other plot points and character arcs have reached a logical conclusion, suggesting that the story as presented is quite contained.”

However, it’s important to remember that Netflix is ​​a streaming company and platform that will pump money into any production that might win back engagement for the service; you have to spend money, earn money.

Therefore, despite the absence of Season 2 teasers in the finale, fans are aware that if The Sound of Magic becomes popular enough around the world, it might prompt Netflix to push a second season into production.

While it looks like The Sound of Magic is initially quite popular with fans, it remains to be seen if the show shows the traction needed for Netflix to really question its future. At the time of writing, the series gets a respectable 8/10 on IMDB8.5/10 on MyListDramaand even a 90% on WikiAsian.

“Korean dramas just keep getting better, I love how they try new things and stray from the typical cliché storylines. It’s such a great story and it’s so brilliantly written. It started out so weird that I kept wondering where this was going, nothing made sense but it did at the same time” – User hanalisss, via IMDB.

However, it is important not to take these numbers at face value; the majority of reviews from critics were rather disappointing, with many noting that the series failed to capture their attention beyond the visuals and voice acting presented.

“It’s the real magic here it seems, and I hope for some it will be more than enough to warrant a watch frenzy. But for others, and I unfortunately have to count myself among them, there just isn’t enough magic here to really capture the imagination of a viewer who has seen these types of stories play out time and time again. ReadySteadyCut.

Next comes the final kick; source material. The Sound of Magic is an adaptation of Ha Il-kwon’s original webtoon called Annarasumanara, released in 2010 domestically and 2014 in English. Naver Webtoons page.

While some electrical outlets reported that there is still source material from the webtoon that could be adapted for another TV season, the production team should seriously expand the remaining content for a full series of six episodes – at least one that had any kind of decent pacing , or come up with an entirely original plot.

“Hopefully the writers can come up with a great new idea to continue expanding the world of Sound of Magic into the future. If a second season never comes, we can be happy to have at least one that ended up being the first one.” one of Netflix’s cutest K-Dramas. fictional skyline.

All in all, Netflix will have to decide for itself if global popularity is enough to justify The Sound of Magic season 2, but there are more clues than not that it could unfortunately just be a show. wonderful of a season…although there is always hope for a magical turnaround.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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The Los Angeles Blade applauds Dawn Ennis for her GLAAD Media Award


SEATTLE — Paul Castle was just 16 when he learned he would gradually lose his sight until it disappeared. Doctors diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease that causes the retina to slowly break down over time. The condition, which alone affects one in every 3,000 to 4,000 people worldwidehas no specific treatment options and no cure – leaving him with nothing he can do.

Castle, who described himself as “eternally optimistic” at 16, took the diagnosis head on – or so he thought he did.

“I spent a good four or five years pretending this was great news,” he told The Blade. “And in some ways it was a relief to know that I wasn’t just clumsy. There were all these unanswered questions, so knowing that this was a disease with a name, that I was not alone, and that science was indeed looking for a cure for it was encouraging.

But this cheerfulness had a limit. Castle said he had always been a visual art enthusiast, so “the irony of going blind” took a long time to set in.

“Since then, I’ve had time to grieve and accept and process this, and come full circle to the point where now, in a weird way, I feel very lucky,” he said. . “Being part of a really cool community, the blind community, is really amazing.”

Now Castle, 31, is legally blind, with about 10% of his sight. He moves to Seattle, where he, along with his guide dog, Mr. Maple, saw a substantial improvement over the white cane he used years before. “Getting the dog was like a super cool confidence boost because I love walking with dogs,” Castle said.

But just because Castle is legally blind doesn’t mean he’s given up on his love of the visual arts. In fact, he’s a full-time artist who’s about to release his first children’s book, ‘The Pengrooms’ – a story about same-sex marriage and her relationship with her husband.

(Photo courtesy of the castle)

“Blind is that term I try to educate people on,” Castle said. “Disabilities are nuanced, and I think most people outside of the blind community assume that blindness means it’s total darkness – that there’s no scale. But the community of the Blind is filled with people who have usable sight, whether it’s shapes and colors, whether it’s tunnel vision, like mine, or complete blindness.

Technically, “The Pengrooms” won’t be Castle’s first book, although it will be the first to hit shelves. His earliest books date back to his childhood – even before he could write the stories himself.

As a child, Castle, who spent most of his childhood in Canada, would have his babysitter sit down to transcribe any story he conjured up in his head. Then he poured onto a piece of paper, drawing the pictures to accompany his stories.

“I would say my first love was storytelling,” Castle said, adding, “I would come up with all these really fantastic stories and the babysitter would basically sit at the kitchen table and write all the time.”

At age 6, when most children were playing outside, Castle was “always” inside drawing. At the time, making his real “very personal” book occupied his thoughts. So he took matters into his own hands.

Castle remembers stealing a book – “GI Joe” – from his brother’s shelf, ripping every page out of the spine, and throwing the remains in the trash. He then recorded a story he wrote titled “Sad Turtle” inside. The story is about exactly what it sounds like: a sad turtle. ” But do not worry, [the turtle] made a lot of friends,” he said.

“It’s one of my most prized possessions,” Castle said. “I swear if this place was on fire and I could only take one item with me, I would take this book.”

It grew exponentially every year thereafter, quickly becoming consumed by Disney animated films. “When I went to see the movies, rather than going home and talking about the story and the characters, I was getting books about how the movies were made,” said Castle, whose dream to the era was being a Disney animator.

Since then he’s come a long way, swapping the strip and the stolen blanket for a real one. color hardback book should ship next week.

“Follow Pringle and Finn, two kind-hearted penguins, as they deliver wedding cakes to their friends in the animal kingdom,” the official synopsis reads. “Every cake tells a story, and every wedding offers a challenge that Pringle and Finn must overcome together. The Pengrooms is an enduring story about love, diversity and the importance of working as a team.

In the story, Pringle and Finn represent Castle and her husband, Matthew, and the “beauty” he found in her marriage.

(Photo courtesy of the castle)

“We work as a team; we’re collaborators who support each other,” Castle said, adding, “For me, our relationship is about teamwork.”

In his book, he echoed that sentiment, dedicating it to Matthew, “…because we’re a great team.”

The LGBTQ-themed children’s book comes as Republican politicians across the country try to limit teachings and books that deal with queer people.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, which provides classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through Grade 3 and allows parents to sue schools or teachers. The legislation has already been challenged in court, with LGBTQ+ rights groups Equality Florida and Family Equality filing a lawsuit against the law last Thursday.

GOP lawmakers have also targeted the fastest-paced LGBTQ-themed literature in recent history. Some Republicans have called these books “pornography” — from Maia Kobabe’s “Gender Queer: A Memoir” to Carmen Maria Machado’s “In the Dream House,” both of which are award-winning memoirs recommended for high school-aged teens — intending to remove them from the library shelves.

journalists from the Texas Grandstand, ProPublica and BNC News obtained and confirmed a recording of a January 10 meeting, where Jeremy Glenn, the superintendent of Granbury Independent School District in North Texas, met with a group of librarians at a district meeting hall — where he explicitly targeted LGBTQ+ books before beginning one of the nation’s largest book moves.

“Specifically, what we’re getting at, let’s call it what it is, and I’m going hunting for a lot of things,” Glenn said, according to the report. “It’s transgender, LGBTQ and sex — sexuality — in the books. That’s why the governor said he would sue people, and that’s what we’re taking back.

This political climate has, in part, fueled Castle’s creative work. “My interest in storytelling usually comes from a place of advocacy, whether it’s LGBTQ or advocacy for the disability community,” he said.

Castle has already started work on his next book, which will focus more on disabilities, detailing the process of finding a guide dog, set in a fantasy world with guide unicorns and dragons.

Castle is not someone who defines himself by his disability – no one is. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had to adapt to keep pushing his creative visions forward. For example, Castle’s eyes no longer pick up a pencil on paper, but he finds that the brightness of an iPad is enough to do the trick.

“The beautiful thing is that iPads and tablets have become such a popular tool for illustrators. In fact, there are very few illustrators who use traditional pen and paper now,” he said.

For Castle, “eternally optimistic”, life’s obstacles have never stopped him from creating and achieving his dreams. And he intends to continue like this.

Legendary comic book artist George Pérez dies after battle with cancer


George Pérez, whose work for DC and Marvel made him one of the most iconic comic book artists of his generation, died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

“George passed away yesterday peacefully at home with his wife of 490 months and family by his side. He was in no pain and knew he was very, very loved. We are all very grieving but, at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. Knowing that George had to love him, and he loved him back. Fiercely and wholeheartedly. The world is much less vibrant today without him,” read a statement posted Saturday on his Facebook page.

“He loved you all. He loved hearing your messages and seeing the drawings you sent and the tributes you gave. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many people.”

Late last year, Pérez revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He wrote in a December post that he had six months to a year left to live.

“I was given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation, but after weighing all the variables and assessing how much my remaining days would be consumed by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays hospital and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I have chosen to let nature take its course and I will make the most of the time I have left with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, my friends and my fans,” he said in the post.

Pérez’s death was announced on Free Comic Book Day, a day his team said he “absolutely loves”. Pérez worked on titles such as The Avengers, Teen Titans, and the 1987 relaunch of Wonder Woman. He was also behind Crisis on Infinite Earths, a maxi-series that celebrated DC’s 50th anniversary, and he designed the look of the Lex Luthor battle suit in Action Comics, DC Comics said in a press release.

DC Comics said he left an “indelible mark on the world of comics” and influenced “an entire generation of creative talent”.

“George Pérez had an art style that was both dynamic and incredibly expressive,” DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee said in a statement. “His art was the perfect storytelling canvas for some of the most important events in DC history. Although he will be sorely missed, his work will live on with countless fans, as well as all the talent he influenced over the years.

DC editor Marie Javins remembered Pérez as a “one-of-a-kind person who brought so much joy to the world”.

Marvel Entertainment said in a Tweeter that “Pérez’s work opened up seminal stories throughout the comics, and his ‘legacy of kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.’

More tributes poured in as writers and artists shared memories and offered their condolences.

Comics artist Cully Hamner said Pérez was “one of the goats in our business, rest in peace and power.”

“It’s gratifying, at least, that he got to hear how we all felt about him while he was still here,” he tweeted. “He was a Titan. Condolences to his family, many friends and many, many fans.”

Comics author Kurt Busiek tweeted: “I’m so glad to have known and worked with George. And glad he got to see and hold the new JLA/AVENGERS edition, and know how much he means to readers around the world. It was an honor and a privilege, George.”

NFL to investigate Raiders workplace allegations

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The NFL announced Friday that it will investigate allegations against the Las Vegas Raiders and their owner, Mark Davis, related to workplace issues.

The allegations were made by Dan Ventrelle, who said he was fired Friday by Davis as team president.

“We recently became aware of these allegations and take them very seriously,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a written statement. “We will quickly look into the matter.”

Ventrelle shared his allegations in a statement at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

He told the newspaper that “multiple written complaints from employees that Mark created a hostile work environment and engaged in other potential misconduct have me very concerned.”

Ventrelle did not respond to an emailed message seeking further comment.

“When Mark was confronted with these issues, he was dismissive and failed to show the level of justified concern,” he said in his statement to the Review-Journal. “Given this, I have notified the NFL of these issues and Mark’s unacceptable response.

“Shortly thereafter, I was terminated in retaliation for raising these concerns. I stand firm in my decision to raise these issues to protect the organization and its employees.

Ventrelle said he has retained an attorney and “will have no further comment at this time.”

The Raiders did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier Friday, Davis said in a report dropped by the team: “Dan Ventrelle is no longer part of the Raiders organization. We will have no further comments at this time. »

The NFL’s latest investigation into a team’s labor issues will come with the league conducting its second investigation related to sexual harassment allegations involving Washington commanders. Owner Daniel Snyder denied accusations made against him in February by former cheerleader and team marketing executive Tiffani Johnston before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The league is also investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

Watson has not been charged with a crime but faces allegations in 22 active civil lawsuits brought by women. He denied the charges.

Novel set in Ukraine at the center of the author’s conference on Thursday | faith and values



Lincoln author Carolyn Zeisset could not have known in 1977, when she first penned ‘Then the Rules Changed’, that Ukraine would make headlines around the world when her novel – which takes place in Ukraine – would be published.

But that’s what happened.

Eight days after the book’s release in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Ukrainians to be Russians and sent troops to southern Ukraine – where Zeisset’s novel begins, a story based on his great-great -dad.

“Timing is everything, but sometimes coincident timing is weird,” Zeisset recently said.

Zeisset will speak at First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Mayflower Hall. Its presentation is free and open to the public. Zwieback rolls, a Ukrainian sweet, will also be served. Registration is suggested by emailing [email protected]

Zeisset’s story follows the emigration of Isaac and his family from Russia in the 1870s after the Tsar declared that German-speakers in southern Russia – now Ukraine – should become Russians. The family then immigrated to the American plains, initially in Kansas, enduring the loss of the known, fear, an imaginary future and an arduous journey to America, followed by the unknown, more fear, harsh realities and of struggles towards a new life.

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“Then the Rules Changed” provides historical context between the 1870s and events in Ukraine today. Zeisset wrote the novel for college students. However, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents read it and use it to start conversations with their children about their own family stories.

The book was published by Prairieland Press of Fremont, illustrated by Kathleen Gadeken of Panama, and is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, or by special order from Ingram. Learn more about the author and the book at carolynzeisset.com.

MACS Freshman honored for original poem – Oswego County Today

Luke Lemke pictured with MHS educator Anne Michaelis. Photo courtesy of CiTi.

MEXICO – ?A Mexican high school freshman’s writing has been selected for a prestigious publication to be housed at the Library of Congress in the nation’s capital.

Luke Lemke, who is in ninth grade at Mexico Academy and the Central School District and also a member of the Creative Media Club, had his poem titled “Writer’s Redemption” selected from 5,000 entries to enter the book “Empowered – Voices In Verse “. ”

“Luke is incredibly creative, talented and works very hard to hone his writing skills,” said Anne Michaelis, MHS English teacher and Creative Media Club advisor. “His poem is outstanding, and I hope he continues to read and write creatively in school and also in life.”

Lemke’s poem is under consideration for the competition’s top three, which will be announced in September. Each of the first three receives a prize of $100.

Any MHS student with an interest in reading, writing and other forms of digital media is encouraged to join the Creative Writing Club – just contact Ms. Michaelis!

Luke’s poem appears in full below.


by Luke Lemke

“Tick! Tick!” The second hand is moving, my thoughts are racing,
illuminating so many ideas worth pursuing.
My pencil snagged, my heartbeat jumped.
“I get it!”
With a masterpiece in mind, I begin to write, but the tip of my lead begins to crumble…
And I lost what I was going to find, a perfect train of thought.
I fell into despair!
How unfair it was for my ideas to disappear.
I realized what I had missed and suddenly realized how powerful words are, always, always!
If used correctly, they will find that words can empower any mind!

It’s Floyd Cooper Day! – EIN Newswire


Children’s Book Week Sponsor

Schools, libraries and bookstores across America are celebrating the life and work of great children’s book author and illustrator, Floyd Cooper.

United States, May 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Children’s Book Council and Every child a readerin partnership with Bookshop.org, KidLit TVThe Brown Bookshelf, The African American Children’s Book Project, Highlights Foundation and Dollywood Foundation are proud to announce the first Floyd Cooper Day., May 6, 2022.

This annual celebration of the last day of the 103rd Children’s Book Week will feature eleven original videos; a poster competition for schools, libraries and bookstores; a major social media campaign (#FloydCooperDay); an online listing of Floyd Cooper books and instructional guides; an online reading of Dolly Parton; bookstore and library events; and a major online book promotion by Bookshop.org.

KidLit TV has produced original videos by Crystal Allen, Tameka Fryer Brown, Judy Allen Dodson, Patti Gauch, Nikki Grimes, Leah Henderson, Cheryl Willis Hudson & Wade Hudson, Sharon Langley, Torrey Maldonado, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Charles Smith, Don Tate, and Carole Boston Weatherford read their favorite Floyd Cooper books for viewing in classrooms, libraries and bookstores. Crystal Allen’s reading was filmed on the steps of Ashton Hall in Galveston, Texas, on the day now celebrated every year since 1865 as Juneteenth, the subject of one of Mr Cooper’s books.

Several bookstore and library events will take place, including readings of his Floyd books by local authors, reflections, and distribution of his titles (to the first 20 attendees) at the Philadelphia Free Library Chestnut Hill Branch at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by The African American Children’s Book Project and The Literary Cafe Books & Events.

On the evening of May 6, a special encore presentation of the award-winning online series “Goodnight with Dolly” which will feature Dolly reading “Max and The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd. A new in-memoriam to Floyd will close this presentation, all available on DollyParton.com.

All information and resources are now available at www.EveryChildReader.net

About every child a reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity whose popular national programs include Children’s Book Week, the nation’s longest running literacy initiative, celebrating its 103 year anniversary in 2022; the Kids’ Book Choice Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by children and teenagers; Get Caught Reading, a classroom poster project: and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.

About the Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the non-profit trade association of North American children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry as a whole, including educational programming, advocacy for diversity and partnerships with national organizations. The CBC promotes a culture of reading in communities by creating free reading lists and other materials, supporting book award programs, and more.

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Children’s Book Council
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Abortion providers scramble to move services to sanctuary states



The day after Politico reported on a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade, Sean Mehl was trying to figure out how to answer the phone.

Mehl is associate director of clinical services for Whole Women’s Health, an abortion provider and nonprofit advocacy organization that operates nine clinics across the United States, including four in Texas, a state that has already severely restricted access. to abortions.

He knew from experience that whenever information about potential abortion restrictions comes out, the organization sees an increase in calls and many callers are confused. Could they keep their appointments? Would his clinic accept new patients?

His first priority this week, he said, was to make sure there was a recorded message to reassure people that the clinics were still open and still providing services, at least for now. .

“It really sparks a lot of urgency when things like this break,” Mehl said.

“They may not even have taken a pregnancy test at home, but the fear, in particular – a potential decision as monumental as this that has a lot of devastating impacts, people really jump on it as soon as ‘they can.’

With this cold, hard look at the potential future, providers are now planning how to connect their customers to the services they need, even if that means sending them out of state. Clinics in states that have protected abortion access are adding staff and space to meet demand. In fact, they’ve been doing it for quite some time.

Texas has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, which prohibits abortion after about six weeks of gestation. The law is enforced through an unusual mechanism that encourages private citizens to sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion. Successful chases can be rewarded with $10,000. It was written to withstand legal challenges, and the courts refused to overturn it. Other states, including Idaho and Oklahoma, have recently passed similar laws.

In addition to these restrictions, Texas and 12 other states have passed so-called trigger laws that go into effect if Roe v. Wade is canceled. Texas law is set to ban all abortions — except those necessary to prevent serious injury or death to a pregnant person — 30 days after Roe’s cancellation. Still other states have pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that haven’t been enforced for the past 50 years, but could be if the judgment is quashed.

The reproductive health research organization Guttmacher Institute estimates that 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortions if Roe falls.

“I think we kind of see where it’s headed, and as devastating as it is, it’s not entirely a surprise because it’s been reduced over the years,” Mehl said.

Anticipating further restrictions, Whole Women’s Health launched the Abortion Wayfinder program, which helps people who cannot access services in their states. This turns clinics into de facto travel agencies, as social workers help each client figure out where they can go and how to pay for them.

“We are able to get them an appointment where they need to go. And we can work closely with state and national organizations that can help coordinate and, in many cases, fund the actual travel and procedural costs involved,” Mehl said.

Since the program launched in March, Whole Women’s Health has helped about 70 women through the Wayfinder program, the organization said.

Sometimes, if a pregnant person has transportation and can miss work, it may mean that they need to make an appointment at the new Whole Women’s Health clinic in Minnesota. It serves local customers but is also close to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Interstate 35, which connects Texas to Minnesota. It takes 14 hours to drive to Minneapolis from Dallas by car and about 21 hours by bus.

The clinic opened in February and about 30% of clients come from out of state, according to the organization.

Most people who have an abortion – 59% – have other children, according to statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, and this type of trip may not be possible with young children. Three-quarters of abortion patients in the United States are poor or low-income and may not be able to afford gas, hotel rooms or vacation time.

In those cases, Mehl says, they look for other options, like telemedicine appointments to get abortion pills — which seems to be more convenient, but sometimes isn’t.

In 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration made medical abortions easier to access by removing requirements that abortion pills must be dispensed during in-person appointments, paving the way for people to obtain them through mail. That same year, however, Texas made the practice a felony punishable by jail time and a $10,000 fine.

So if a Texan wants a prescription for abortion pills, Mehl says, his group will sometimes help arrange a trip just for a telemedicine appointment.

“If, for example, we are only able to offer telemedicine services in New Mexico, the patient would have to be in the state of New Mexico to receive those services. So there is an element of travel there in many cases,” he said.

“We had patients from Texas who drove, sometimes overnight, so as not to miss any work. They will have a telemedicine visit, and they could come right back to go back to work. They might have kids with them,” Mehl said.

They also have to pick up the pills in New Mexico, so Mehl says people can choose to extend their stay in New Mexico by two or three days, the time it usually takes to get the medicine. “Or some come and go, depending on what really makes sense to them.”

Other times, Mehl says, people who are closer to the border with Mexico will go there.

“People are actually looking to Mexico, even to be currently more supportive or more accessible even than their own country, which I think really shows how devastating that access to care really is,” he said. declared.

Abortion providers in so-called sanctuary states like Oregon say more programs like Wayfinder will be needed if the leaked opinion becomes final.

“That’s one of the things that I think we need to help make easier for people is a kind of traffic control,” said Dr. Maria Rodriguez, obstetrician-gynecologist at Oregon Health Science. University and director of the state’s Title X program. Title X is a federal program that provides family planning services to low-income people through grants to nonprofit clinics.

“It’s a health issue, people are stressed, and then they have to add all this logistics of financial worries as well as logistical worries of travel. It’s a lot. It’s a lot to go through and people need to lots of support,” she said.

Oregon borders Idaho, which has passed a Texas-style abortion law that bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy.

This ban has already increased traffic to clinics in Oregon. It is one of 16 states, along with the District of Columbia, that have protected the right to abortion.

These sanctuary states are preparing for an influx of people traveling for abortions. Oregon, for example, created a $15 million fund to help cover travel and medical expenses. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the state will see a 234% increase in the number of pregnant people going there for abortion care.

Rodriguez thinks that number seems realistic. “We have people coming from Texas. We have people coming from all over the country,” she said.

To prepare, she says, her clinic added two or three days of operating room time each week.

“We’ve almost probably increased our response capacity by 40%, and it’s being filled,” she said.

Her clinic has also coordinated with independent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and the Lilith Clinic. Their healthcare providers have obtained additional medical licenses in other states so they can offer more telehealth care.

Rodriguez knows that even if organizations try to facilitate access, they won’t be able to help everyone who needs it. This makes the gut.

“When I was a trainee, I would listen to the attending physicians who are older, talk about what it was like during their training, before Roe v. Wade, and they literally took care of women’s wings with septic abortions. or complications arising therefrom at county hospitals. And I always found it kind of like the 1700s, to me, something medieval,” she said. “I can’t believe that now we are going to experience this again. And I feel bad that this is the legacy we pass on to the next generation.

Diana Greene Foster, Research Director for the The Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco studied the effects of having or being denied an abortion in nearly 1,000 women over 10 years.

Her research, called the Turnaway Study, was designed to explore the claim that abortions harm women. She said she found the opposite: not having an abortion when they wanted one increase in household poverty and economic insecurity, tied women to violent partners or increased the likelihood of them raising their children alone. Women who gave birth were also more likely to suffer mental and physical harm from the experience than those who had abortions.

Based on her research, she says, some women will not be able to remove the barriers that may soon be put in place to access an abortion.

“It’s pretty guaranteed,” Foster said. “It’s just not the case that people always find a way. When it’s illegal, some people won’t be able to get it. And some people will fail to order pills online or do something terrible. They will carry this pregnancy to term.

‘Married to the Mouse’ author says DeSantis-Disney dispute will likely end in ‘therapy’, not ‘divorce’


Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature revoked Walt Disney World’s single self-governing district known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, effective June of next year.

It came after the CEO of Disney spoke out against a new law that limits discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools.

Retired Rollins College professor Richard Foglesong, author of “Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando,” discussed the situation with WMFE.

A powerful mouse

Foglesong said Walt Disney World has been huge for Orlando. This put the city on the map.

“It’s the economic engine of Central Florida. And a lot of people depend on Disney World for a living and I’m not just talking about people who work in the park. … And Reedy Creek Improvement District, that is, Disney’s private government that I call a Vatican with mouse ears, was essential for Disney to come here. When they came, they said they needed these powers or they wouldn’t come because they didn’t want to depend on a local or county government for public services. And they didn’t want to be regulated by a government they didn’t control. … They wanted their own kingdom in the form of a government.

Reedy Creek’s $1 billion bond debt

We don’t yet have an answer from the state government, especially Governor DeSantis, on how this bond debt will be repaid, by whom, and in what time frame. And there are consequences here, consequences for bond buyers, bond holders, consequences for Orange County. A reading of state law says that if powers are taken away from Reedy Creek, they default to the county government. There could be consequences for the governor if he’s embarrassed at the end because there’s details here and they have to go back and fix something or maybe not be able to execute actually this dissolution of the powers of the improvement district of Reedy Creek.

Disastrous consequences

Foglesong thinks that in the end, little will change, because of the disastrous consequences of a “divorce”.

“I made reference in my book ‘Married to the Mouse’ to the powers of the Reedy Creek Improvement District as a prenuptial agreement. … [T]he Disney company wanted to preserve its power and so they kind of placed a ticking time bomb, you might say, in those powers, which makes it very difficult for the state to take those powers away from them. And I think we see that now with the imbroglio about what to do about bond debt.

“In the last chapter of my book, it’s called ‘Therapy.’ The book’s chapters correspond to the stages of a marriage, and I’ve been asked over the years: Why isn’t the last chapter ‘Divorce?’ And my answer – perhaps a little creepy at times – was Summer: Well, there are too many children. Too many people depend on Disney’s presence and these powers, and I still think that’s true.

“I don’t think there will be a divorce. I think we’re going to have some kind of therapy instead.

A decisive moment?

Foglesong wonders if this dispute could be a “watershed moment” in the country’s history of gay rights.

“I think looking at the model of the Disney company responding to Governor DeSantis, there may be other great companies that will follow in this state, in other states. Some large companies may publicly announce that they are not coming to Florida, that they do not want to invest here because of the position taken by the governor of the state legislature.

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Local artist, musician and healthy lifestyle advocate, she immersed herself in the film industry

Eric Roberts, left, and Sarah H. Wilkinson on the set of “Top Gunner.” (Courtesy of Sarah H. Wilkinson)

Sarah H. Wilkinson is a renaissance woman.

She is a painter, sculptor, poet, musician and advocate for healthy living.

Often there isn’t a free moment in her day – that’s how she likes it.

“I’m trying my hand at writing a film and a television series,” she says. “I was trained in creative writing. I want to go to the next level. I want to write it first as a book and make it a series.

Wilkinson has lived in New Mexico for eight years.

She has since immersed herself in the local film and television industry through makeup.

“I didn’t come here for the film industry. I didn’t know it existed,” she said. “I have a cosmetology license and this lady asked me if I wanted to do a reality TV show. Thanks to that, I was selected to do hair on a production. People kept saying asking me to be a model. I was open to doing photo shoots, then I got into acting.

Wilkinson had found his niche within the industry. She was constantly surrounded by creatives working for a common goal.

“I have always been interested in theatre, cinema and television. I did plays here and there and wrote a bit,” she says. “It’s really about creative expression. When I write, I want to tell a story that connects with other people.

When Wilkinson writes, she envisions complete diversity in the cast.

Sarah H. Wilkinson has not only found her place in the film industry, she is also a model. (Courtesy of Lucas Stein)

“The premise behind standing out too much will change because of diverse actors,” she says. “It’s important to stand out. I want to give others the opportunity to do so.

Wilkinson’s journey in film is a facet of his life.

In 2004 she started her holistic health journey where she became a master herbalist.

“I try to get people to adapt their way of life,” she says. “I teach that healthy eating and healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. I joined a cooking apprenticeship.

Another goal is to open a small cafe or bistro, as Wilkinson is an amateur chef.

“It’s important to open a cafe or a center for people to learn about what goes into their food or how it’s grown,” she says. “It’s a beautiful trip.”

Wilkinson aims to see people succeed in all areas. Here’s a little more about her:

1 “I’m a professional actress and model represented by Tina Presley at Presley Talent. As of 2022, I’m eligible for SAG, which means I’m still non-union but can join at any time. I work on a Series regular on a TV show, as well as a feature film as a lead character I also write, so provided I get the funding, I can produce content with more roles than I can be proud of. to play.

2 “I am a holistic health practitioner and master herbalist, as well as a cosmetologist and would like, again with funding, to open a unique wellness center that caters to the individual on a personal level. mental/emotional/spiritual through food, pleasure and entertainment, holistically.

3 “I study traditional African spirituality as a way to get in touch with my ancestral roots and learn more about the cultures I come from, but I recognize everything as well as a lack of religion and spirituality, because we we are all connected and sharing this world together, hopefully one day, in peace.

4 “I love gardening and I like to propagate vegetation to help increase the abundance of beautiful plants and trees around us. (I prefer planting female trees as they produce fruit as there is already a significant amount of male trees, which produce pollen.)”

5 “I’m left-handed and one of my hidden talents is that I can write backwards in cursive as I can write forwards. I have been able to do this since I was a child. It makes things fun, as most things in life should aim to be.

Patti Smith, Dave Matthews Band, more


Here are our top live music options in the Austin area from May 5-11.

Thursday: ‘Bamako to Birmingham’ at the Paramount Theater

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at the Institute for Blind Youth in Bamako in the 1970s. Originally marketed as the “blind couple from Mali” in West Africa, they rose to prominence in Europe in the early 2000s after winning a hit on French radio. Subsequent tours with Coldplay and U2 made him one of Mali’s greatest exports. The original members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, including current bandleader Jimmy Carter, met as children at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s. Gaining popularity with their tight gospel harmonies shot in across the segregated south during the Jim Crow era, they would later contribute to the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the group has collaborated with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Taj Mahal and Valerie June. This show brings the two groups together for a lively cross-cultural outing. $35 to $60. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —SSD

Friday: Robert Earl Keen at the Round Rock Amp

He’s retiring from the road (what, doesn’t it last forever?) later this year, so grab Keen while you can. He’s a true Texas minstrel, one of the state’s top American performers for several decades. It’s also a good chance to see the new outdoor amphitheater in the northern suburbs, run by the folks who operated the now-closed Nutty Brown Cafe to the southwest of the city. 6 p.m. $45-$200. roundrockamp.com. —PB

Related:Robert Earl Keen revisits “Austin City Limits” for an emotional recording

Saturday: Patti Smith at ACL Live

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Smith, now 75, occupies a unique place in American music. From the influential 1975 proto-punk album “Horses” to his 1978 hit single “Because the Night” to his 1988 anthem “People Have the Power” to his 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir “Just Kids,” she constantly transcended borders with works of passion and compassion. $40 to $100. 8 p.m. acl-live.com. —PB

The John Doe Folk Trio plays Stateside at Paramount on Saturday.

Saturday: John Doe Folk Trio at Stateside at Paramount

You complain all you want about Californians moving to Austin, but our beautiful city had a big win when John Doe moved here a few years ago. Co-founder of legendary Los Angeles punk band X, Doe has also made numerous solo records that focus more on country/folk/Americana sounds. Expect this show to prioritize material from “Fables in a Foreign Land,” a new album due out May 20 on Fat Possum Records. His trio includes some local ringers in bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Conrad Choucroun, most often seen in the bands of Willie Nelson and Patty Griffin, respectively. The sunny war opens. $25 to $40. 8 p.m. austintheatre.org. —PB

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Saturday-Sunday: Patty Griffin, John Fulbright at Gruene Hall

The Austin Griffin singer-songwriter’s latest release, a 2019 self-titled album, won the Maine transplant its second Grammy Award. She’s joined by Oklahoma troubadour Fullbright, whose long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 sophomore album “Songs” is due out later this year. $59.50. 8 p.m. on May 7, 7 p.m. on May 8. gruenehall.com. —PB

Sunday: BenDeLaCreme at Emo’s

Any reservations we might have had about including drag queens in our regular music rosters were lifted when ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Trixie Mattel drew a huge crowd to the Austin City Limits Music Festival for her sparkling set. of ballads, pop ditties and costume reveals. Trixie’s teammate BenDeLaCreme won more challenges than any contestant in ‘Drag Race’ history when the two shared the screen on the third season of the franchise’s ‘All-Stars’ spin-off of reality TV. Self-described “terminally delicious,” Season 6’s Miss Congeniality beefs up her vaudevillian sensibility with some serious vocal chops. His new wedding-themed show mixes original songs, comedy and burlesque. $45 to $55. 7 p.m. emosaustin.com. —SSD

Who will play at ACL Fest 2022?We have a few guesses, with lineup and tickets next week

The Dave Matthews Band plays Wednesday at UT's Moody Center.

Wednesday: Dave Matthews Band at the Moody Center

It’s a new venue for one of America’s most popular musical acts, following three stops over the past decade at the Circuit of the Americas’ outdoor amphitheater. Expect the same blend of multiple genres in an organic sound that has placed DMB at the top of the jam band circuit since their birth in Virginia in the 1990s. $95-$1,176. 7:30 p.m. moodycenteratx.com. —PB

Tiburon author explores his sister’s murder amid 1970s Bay Area radicalism – Marin Independent Journal

  • Author Lee Darby in his home office space in Tiburon on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby says the new book ‘Stars in Our Eyes’ is a journey into the 1975 murder of his 28-year-old sister. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    Author Lee Darby holds a photo of his late sister Sally Voye at her home in Tiburon Friday, April 29, 2022. The photo is Voye’s 1968 graduation photo from the University of Santa Barbara. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – APRIL 29: A circa 1955 photo, rear standing, shows Sally Voye standing next to her sister, Tiburon author Lee Darby with their younger sister Anne standing in front of Lee at their home in Menlo Park. Photographed in Tiburon, Calif. Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby says his new book Stars in Our Eyes is a journey into the 1975 murder of his 28-year-old sister Sally. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – APRIL 29: Author Lee Darby tends to her garden at her home in Tiburon, Calif. on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby’s new book Stars in Our Eyes is a journey into the 1975 murder of her 28 years old – Big sister. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

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    TIBURON CA – April 29: A copy of Lee Darby’s new book Stars in Our Eyes, notes for future reading, photo of his late sister Sally Voye and other family photos on desk at space Darby’s work at her home in Tiburon, Calif., on Friday, April 29, 2022. Darby’s new book is a journey into the 1975 murder of her 28-year-old sister. The photo is Voye’s 1968 graduation photo from the University of Santa Barbara. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Lee Darby spent decades preparing to write his version of his family’s tragedy in the Bay Area. It wasn’t until she was quarantined at her home in Tiburon that the pages came together in her first book.

“Stars in Our Eyes” tells the story of the murder of Darby’s sister in 1975 at the age of 28 in San Francisco. The book explores the events leading up to her sister’s death, as well as connections to the highly publicized kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the attempted assassination of then-President Gerald Ford.

Darby will present the memoirs from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd.

Darby recounts how her family spent months in the dark about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. Sally Voye was a Vallejo teacher volunteering in a literacy program at San Quentin State Prison when she met Wilbert “Popeye” Jackson, a former inmate and prison activist in 1975. Voye s is involved with Jackson’s group, Black Prisoners’ Union, Darby said.

“We all knew that, because she would come and talk to anyone who wanted to listen,” Darby said. “She believed in their mission, which was to improve conditions in the prison. We knew she had been involved with him, but we had no idea it was going to come to this.

Voye and Jackson were shot several times early on June 8, 1975, while sitting in a car outside Jackson’s apartment in the Mission District. Darby said bullets were found on either side of the car, adding to the suspicion that there was more than one shooter involved.

The murder sparked weeks of local and national newspaper coverage and speculation about their deaths, as well as controversy in left-wing and prison circles. Darby’s book explores connections to their deaths and rumors that the two were FBI informants, which she denied.

Jackson was a recognized liaison between the radical group United Federated Forces of the Symbionese Liberation Army and the police, the FBI and the Hearst family during the kidnapping and ransom of Patty Hearst in 1974. According to Darby, Jackson has also was involved in the food program Hearst organized for the release of his daughter, People in Need – where FBI informant Sara Jane Moore volunteered before attempting to assassinate President Ford.

Richard London was convicted of the murders of Voye and Jackson at a trial in 1978 and recognized as a member of the union’s rival group, Tribal Thumb – a collective of ex-convicts and Berkeley radicals who moved to the peninsula. But Darby said his sentencing was “not at all satisfactory” and described in his book the level of anguish felt by the family.

“It was unsettling to think that these other murderers were out there, if we said something would they come after us?” Darby said. “It was a lot of heartache and we all huddled together. Our family was deeply shocked. We would never have encouraged her to get involved in something like this.

At the time, Darby was not ready to write about tragedy. It wasn’t until she was quarantined at the start of the pandemic in 2020 that she collected all the newspaper articles and books about her sister’s murder that she had collected, to write a book.

She was also motivated to tell the story from the family’s perspective after reading “Season of the Witch” by journalist and former Salon founder and editor David Talbot – which she said contained inaccurate portrayals of his sister.

“When my sister was murdered, it was front page news in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner for weeks,” Darby said. “Each group came out of the woods to comment on it in the newspaper. I just had to defend it and refute it.

Darby grew up in the Bay Area and lived in San Francisco in the 1970s, before settling with her husband in Tiburon in 1976. She wrote for her high school newspaper and yearbook and became then majored in English Studies at the University of the Pacific, writing for that college’s journal.

She then wrote part-time for Tiburon’s newspaper, The Ark, and took local writing lessons in the 1980s, including from Anne Lamott.

“I wrote some things down and I was like, I can do this,” she said.

Although her siblings were supportive, Darby said, “I wouldn’t have written it when my parents were still alive, because it’s painful – just to spare them more anguish.”

Elizabeth Holmes, a Healdsburg writer and former Marin resident who has been in the same writing group as Darby since 1984, laments that the book was “a trip down memory lane.”

“It captures a time in Northern California that I’m familiar with,” she said. “There is nothing like family ties to get the motivation to clarify the facts. I think she did a really good job of contrasting the way it was reported, with her experience of the people involved.

Wastewater research graduate to pursue career at Biodesign Institute

May 3, 2022

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable Spring 2022 graduates.

If someone gave Jasmine Nguyen $40 million to solve a problem, she would invest the money to create a scholarship fund that supports learning for generations to come.

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“I would strive to ensure that every student in Arizona has the opportunity to pursue higher education or an education in general by funding school supplies and necessities,” said Nguyen, a first-generation student who obtained his baccalaureate in biochemistry. from Arizona State University.

“As someone who relied on scholarships to go to school, I would like to give back to the community in this way,” said Nguyen, who received seven scholarships during his time at ASU, including the board of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Emerging Leaders Scholarship, which recognizes top juniors and seniors in the college.

As part of Barrett, The Honors College, Nguyen conducted her thesis work through the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Her project explored the use of wastewater to determine the prevalence of diabetes in a community. After working on her dissertation for over a year, she considers it her proudest achievement of her academic career. It allowed her to apply everything she learned in her classes and the time spent in the Biodesign lab and see the real results of her hard work.

Originally from Arizona, she plans to take a year off after graduation to travel, gain new experiences and visit family and friends. Eventually, she would like to pursue her graduate studies and pursue a career in the healthcare field as a physician assistant.

Question: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study biochemistry?

To respond: My “aha” moment was when I came home after finishing my freshman year at ASU and sat down and thought, “if I want to change majors, now is the time. to do so”, but it occurred to me that I could not see myself in any field of study other than the one in which I was. I was excited about the years of study to come and especially about the different disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry that I was going to learn. There really was nothing else I wanted to study as much as biochemistry and I’ve stuck with it ever since.

Q: What did you learn at ASU – in class or otherwise – that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: Something I learned from being in a lab at Biodesign was that things might not work out the way we thought they would. It’s important to recognize the things that aren’t working, but it’s more important to move past them and learn from the experience. During the development of the method for my project, I encountered many obstacles, but I was able to overcome them and use what I learned to improve my project as a whole.

Q: Why did you choose Biodesign?

A: To start, I chose Biodesign to gain more research experience in a lab. I had heard about various projects from my professors that got me interested in research. With my time there, I highly respect and would be happy to meet anyone at Biodesign because everyone works so hard there. It’s great to be in an environment where people are passionate about what they do and excited about teaching others their field.

Q: Which teacher taught you the most important lesson at ASU?

A: One of my freshman chemistry teachers pushed us to do the hard work the first time to navigate the second time. The idea was to take good notes the first time, so that revising would be easier and quicker to learn. However, I think this lesson can be applied to all parts of life. Get it right the first time, so you don’t have to worry about mistakes or extra work the second time around.

Q: Where was your favorite place on campus, whether to study, meet friends or just think about life?

A: By far my favorite place on campus has been Noble Library, especially the third floor tables near the stairs. My friends and I have always met at this exact location if we have late night study plans or just want to hang out with each other and catch up on our days. It’s been our designated meeting place for four years and nothing beats it.

Q: What is the best advice you would give to those still in school?

A: Have the dedication to achieve your goals. It’s hard to see the end goal and it’s easy to give up, but achieving what you’ve been striving for will be worth it. Also, get out of your comfort zone to try things. When you’re in college, especially at ASU, there are plenty of opportunities to explore new interests, but it’s up to you to commit to learning new things. With new experiences, you learn your likes and dislikes and can improve. I, for one, took a Saturday piano class at ASU and can now play a full line of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” without fail, and I’m proud of it.

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Context and common sense offered by a Danish author on climate change | Remark


As the climate change debate progresses, we continue to seek out people who offer a valid perspective on the issue.

For those who appreciate a calm, reasoned approach to controversial issues, consider the opinions of Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish author who is chair of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

A recent op-ed he wrote caught our attention for its insight and thoughtfulness. Here are some excerpts:

 Over the past decade, the obsession with climate change has taken precedence over the many other major issues facing the planet, as the invasion of Ukraine demonstrated most dramatically. Western European leaders should have spent the past decade diversifying energy sources and developing shale gas instead of shutting down nuclear power plants and becoming woefully dependent on Russia.

 Right now, we are still recovering from the worst pandemic in a century. Inflation, supply shortages and possibly even recession are weighing on the global economy. Yet major donors and development organizations are increasingly focusing on climate solutions. A month after the invasion of Ukraine, the head of the United Nations – an organization dedicated to ensuring world peace – has instead warned of the “climate catastrophe” that “addiction” to fossil fuels could cause.

* So how did the elites manage to get it so wrong? Today, almost all natural disasters are regularly blamed on the climate crisis. The real impact of climate change is much more nuanced. Global climate damages as a percentage of gross domestic product continue to decline, and deaths from climate-related disasters have fallen by 99% in a decade.

Mr. Lomborg suggests the need for a better understanding of the economic models used by the administration of President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama to measure the impact of global warming. This research reveals that the total global cost of climate change – not just to economies, but in every direction – will amount to less than 4% reduction in GDP by the end of the century.

It’s a concern, sure, but it’s far from the disaster liberal progressives and the national media constantly claim to be.

The world faces many challenges, and not just the ones that get the most media attention. The climate should be addressed more effectively by funding research and development on renewable energy sources to see if they can eventually supplant fossil fuels in the market.

Mr. Lomborg ended his op-ed by writing: “We must confront authoritarian expansionism in Ukraine and elsewhere. And to ensure long-term prosperity, the world needs more and cheaper energy, better education and more innovation. We need to regain our point of view to overcome the elitist hyperbole on climate change.

It’s hard to discuss.

From directing two female westerns to signing the next generation of Scream Queens!

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 03, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Writer/director Robert Christopher Smith is set to produce and film his first Slasher/Thriller for his own production company Lethal Voice Entertainment in September 2022. It’s in On the heels of her first two feature films, the two-part female western epic “Vengeance Turns: Volume One” and “Volume Two” have successfully screened at global film festivals beginning with the 22nd Annual Independent Film Festival Hollywood Reel in August on Day 7. This latest film, “Spread: Hogs to Slaughter” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19371340/ ), continues to focus on using diverse talented actors in stories featuring strong female characters.

As a critical step in his plan to keep the film 100% independent, Smith tackled the role of casting director personally. Casting is a role that Smith finds both fulfilling and challenging: “There’s nothing like making that personal connection with an actor when you’re discussing your film and the role you’d like them to play. . When you see that moment – the light in the good actor’s eyes when he “gets it” – it’s unbeatable. However, that means watching a lot of auditions, meeting and getting to know — and loving — a lot of great actors who ultimately won’t get the role. In that regard, Smith says he completely understands the extreme value that a great casting director brings to a project.

For this project, to satisfy not only his creative but professional vision of the film, Smith is happy to have endured the enormous effort. On May 26, 2022, Smith produced an event at his home studio to introduce the film and its entire cast to the world before they all got to work preparing to shoot in September. He says he can’t wait to introduce the world to what he calls the “next generation of Scream Queens” with Sarah Moliski as Eileen, Makenna Perkal as Mazzy, Baracha Walston as Jolly, Melody Parra as Amy and Erika Marks as the mysterious and deranged Florence.

Smith says he never suspected he would ever make a slasher movie, let alone that it would follow so directly on his 5-year mission to get all of the “Vengeance Turns” on screen. However, once he took on the challenge from his “Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” co-writer Kurt Belcher, everyone knew he wouldn’t do anything halfway. Smith wrote the casting notice and audition instructions in a way he hoped would scare off the cast, leaving only those who truly understood what he hoped to accomplish with the film on screen, as well as the responsibility of being the representatives of the film. in the world.

Each of the roles was designed to exploit typical horror movie “tropes” by taking the highly recognizable cardboard cutouts of nearly every slasher movie ever made, then fleshing them out fully in this story. Smith and Belcher felt it was essential to give each character not only an “on-screen purpose”, but also a full and satisfying arc in the larger story. In Smith’s mind, no one else could play “the good girl, Eileen” but Sarah Moliski, an LA actress, host and journalist who is currently best known for her roles as the recurring “Mean Girl” for Dhar Mann. Studios and Jenn in the Netflix movie “Lady-Like.” She has several other upcoming projects that she will share more about as soon as she is cleared. Moliski agrees with Smith that after a very horrific scene in this film, neither she nor the film will ever be forgotten. Neither Smith nor Moliski will provide any spoilers or additional details at this time, but the two promise, with a laugh, that other characters such as “Smashed Fruit Guy” and his scene with Perkal’s “Mazzy” are equally unforgettable. Perkal, literally cast before the real casting started, is a Los Angeles-based actor who is known for his work as Evelyn in “Love and Love Not” and Kaley in “Interface” and has such a passion for this project. that she will also dedicate her AD talents on the set.

Speaking of unforgettable scenes, Smith says each of the actors listed above has scenes that audiences will talk about when leaving the theater. Smith says, “The moment when Florence first appears on screen is something that will scare audiences, disturb them deeply, and then scare them again. Chicago-born Los Angeles actress Erika Marks is a “self-proclaimed horror fanatic who plans to scare audiences to their core while scaring them to death!” Smith says Jolly was fun and difficult to write, and only Baracha Walston could really bring him to life as the character finds himself deeply involved in some of the film’s most intense scenes. Walston brings a wealth of creative experience to the role that began with her years at Booker T Washington High School in Dallas, TX and led to her landing in Los Angeles where she has been hard at work since 2015. And every slasher movie has that character who you are. sure to survive and have an explosive scene at the film’s climax, and it has to be LA actress Melody Parra as Amy, right? No one spoils anything, but all laugh and guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat when you find out what Amy knows by this climax. The five actors will be producers of the film and partners on the commercial side as well.

“Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” will announce its entire cast and introduce its crew ahead of a private screening of “Vengeance Turns: Volume Two” on May 26 in Los Angeles. After that, filming is scheduled for the first two full weeks of September, then the film will be edited and in film festivals by early 2023. Smith and all the cast and crew plan to release a lot about what they are doing all over social media. media. The public is invited to follow the production on www.procrastagram.com and www.pigstoslaughter.com

Robert Christopher Smith is a writer, actor and director born in Louisville, Kentucky and based in Los Angeles. He earned his BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky and his MA in Applied Linguistics from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. After spending nearly two decades in professional sales and entrepreneurship, Smith boldly chose to leave behind his financial successes in this world to pursue his lifelong creative goals in the film world. His feature debut with “Vengeance Turns: Volume One” and its simultaneously filmed sequel “Volume Two” bring together his love of indie film, westerns and comic books. During the five years of development of “Vengeance Turns”, Smith wrote and/or directed a whole series of short films, including “Cut”, “TAKER”, “Her Own Demons”, “Maddest Love” and “Relatable”. (Honourable mention and featured in several festivals); with “Vengeance Turns” actors found in each. Smith continues to act while writing, developing, and directing her own shorts and features with two more feature scripts completed and filming “Spread: Pigs to Slaughter” for her new production company Lethal Voice Entertainment LLC in September 2022. .

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Sneakers, elastic pants: people are changing their office outfits amid COVID


Prior to COVID-19, Martin-Pence wore dress pants with blazers at the pharmaceutical company where she works. She’s gone back to heels, but they’re lower, and she says she’ll never wear dress pants to the office again.

Knit blazers, pants with drawstrings or elastic waistbands and polo shirts as a new button-up shirt.

Welcome to the post-pandemic dress code for the office.

After working remotely in tracksuits and yoga pants for two years, many Americans are rethinking their wardrobes to balance comfort and professionalism as offices reopen. They’re giving a spin to the structured suits, zippered pants and pencil skirts they wore before the COVID-19 pandemic and experimenting with new looks. This is forcing retailers and brands to race to meet workers’ fashion needs for the future of work.

“Being comfortable is more important than being super structured,” said Kay Martin-Pence, 58, who returned to her Indianapolis office last month in dress jeans and flowy tops after working remotely in leggings and slippers for two years. “Why feel buttoned up and stiff when I don’t have to?”

Prior to COVID-19, Martin-Pence wore dress pants with blazers at the pharmaceutical company where she works. She’s gone back to heels, but they’re lower, and she says she’ll never wear dress pants to the office again.

Even before the pandemic, Americans dressed more casually at work. The time spent in tracksuits has accelerated the transition from “business casual” to “business comfort”.

Still, dressing back to the office remains a social experiment, said Adam Galinsky, a social psychologist at Columbia Business School who coined the term “enveloped cognition,” or how what people wear affects the way they think.

“I guess it will be more casual, but maybe it’s not,” Galinsky said. “People are going to consciously ask themselves, ‘Am I wearing the right outfit to be in the office?’ They will reflect on what they are doing, the context in which they find themselves and the social comparisons of what others will do.

Steve Smith, CEO of outdoor sportswear brand LL Bean, said people are stepping out of their “typical uniform” – whatever form that may take.

“They’re going to expect more flexible hours, to be able to work in a hybrid model, and to be comfortable — as comfortable as they were at home,” he said. “Some of the office uniforms, office cabinets, change and change. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be permanent.

Data from market research firm NPD Group and retailers reflects changing trends.

Wire-free bras now account for more than 50% of the total non-sports bra market in the United States, reversing a long-term trend, according to NPD. Dress shoe sales have been rebounding since 2021, but are still 34% below 2019 levels and more likely fueled by the return of social occasions, not the office, NPD said. Instead, casual sneakers are now the most common footwear for work.

Clothing rental company Rent the Runway said blazer rentals nearly doubled in February from a year ago, reflecting a return to offices. But her customers choose colorful versions like pastel and fabrics like lightweight tweed, linen and twill. He said “formal business” rentals — traditional workwear like basic sheaths, pencil skirts and blazers — are about half of what they were in 2019, said Anushka Salinas, president and chief of operation.

Stitch Fix, a personal shopping and styling service, noted that men are increasingly choosing options like hiking and golf pants for the office. For the first three months of the year, revenues from this type of clothing almost tripled compared to a year ago.

Polo shirts have replaced button-down shirts for men, and there is strong demand for pull-on pants, the company said. The ratio of work pants with an elastic waistband to those with buttons or zippers on Stitch Fix was one to one in 2019; now it’s three to one.

Other workers, however, feel excited about dressing up again.

Emily Kirchner, 42, of Stevensville, Michigan, who works in communications for a major appliance maker, said she invests more in her wardrobe when she returns to the office. She used to wear Stitch Fix tunics and leggings in the pre-pandemic era. Now, she turns to the service of high-end jeans, blouses and blazers.

“It’s quite fun to dress up,” said Kirchner, who had a baby early in the pandemic and wants to wear clothes that don’t make her look like what she calls a “frumpy mom.” “It’s kind of like that back-to-school feeling.”

Retailers have had to adapt to the changing demands of Americans throughout the pandemic and now again with many returning to the office. High-end department store Nordstrom, for example, has opened women’s denim boutiques to showcase its expanded selection as it sees more and more women wearing jeans to work.

Even Ministry of Supply, a company striving to make workwear as comfortable as sportswear, had to make big changes. When the pandemic hit, she was stuck with piles of tailored pants and jackets in performance fabrics deemed irrelevant for a remote workforce.

The Boston-based company, founded by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, quickly redesigned the items, sticking on elastic waistbands and removing zippers. He also refined the hemlines of trouser suits to give them “sneaker” cuts.

As workers return to the office, the Department of Supply is keeping those casual looks and sneaker cuts and has eliminated zippers for good — all of its pants have elastic waistbands or drawstrings. It’s also about reinventing your tailor.

“The new challenge is: how do I look presentable when I’m in person without sacrificing comfort?” said Gihan Amarasiriwardena, co-founder and president.

The 200-year-old haberdashery Brooks Brothers had a bigger challenge: It never followed the office casual trend several years ago like its rivals. Under new owner and CEO, Ken Ohashi, the company succeeded in delivering casual styles in a post-bankruptcy reinvention.

Today, 45% of its offerings are casual sportswear like sweaters and polo shirts. Before the pandemic, that figure was 25%, Ohashi said.

He said dress shirts were making a comeback as workers returned to the office. But Brooks Brothers adds a twist: a stretch version of its cotton knit shirts with the comfort of a polo shirt. It also offers colorful jackets.

“The guy is attracted to novelty right now, the color of novelty, the feel of novelty, the pattern of novelty,” Ohashi said. “Historically this guy came in and he was buying a navy, charcoal and black suit. He absolutely wants to mix everything up. And I think it’s here to stay.


Associated Press writer David Sharp contributed from Freeport, Maine.


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Best-selling author to visit Park School of Buffalo this week | Local News


Best-selling author and podcast host Julie Salamon will visit Buffalo’s Park School this week to talk about her 1991 book, “The Devil’s Candy,” and offer writing tips to students.

“The Devil’s Candy” recounts the making and failure of the hit film, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, which starred Tom Hanks.

A podcast based on the book “The Plot Thickens: The Devil’s Candy,” developed with Turner Classic Movies, has been named by The New York Times as one of the best podcasts of 2021.

His book discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Park School Inquiry Center, 4625 Harlem Road, Amherst, is free and open to the public.

On Friday, she will work with junior and middle school students on the writing process, then lead a high school writing workshop for students taking the school’s Introductory Academic Writing course.

Salamon has served as a film and television critic for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and is the author of 12 books for adults and children. Her best-selling novel of 1996, “The Christmas Tree”, has been translated into eight languages.