Beauty’s ineffable pangs prick the heart through eye and ear and all the senses, glories of balance and vertigo, of sensory delight that mixes with the swoon of collapse, a grandeur that emanates as easily from a muddy puddle that reflects a moonlit night’s infinite reach toward the stars as from the rushing flow of climactic breath that twines one lover to another, an opportunity to fulfill eternity one moment at a time, drop by drop, throughout the thirty million seconds that speed by each year of an earthly passage around the sun.
Tonight is Mischief Night in the United States and around the globe marks International Orthopaedic Nurses Day; thirteen hundred seventy-eight years ago, following the Battle of Iron Bridge, Muslim armies accepted Antioch’s surrender, leading to over three centuries of Islamic rule; a century and twenty-one years hence, in 758, Persians joined Arab pirates in the sacking of Canton, China; the Siege of Tunis and the Eighth Crusade came to an end seven hundred forty-five years before the here and now by the mutual agreement of the combatants’ leaders; precisely seven decades later, in 1340, combined Portuguese and Castilian military forces stopped a Berber beachhead’s formation in the Iberian Peninsula, at the Battle of Rio Salado; Cesare Borgia’s banquet that included scores of prostitutes and courtesans to cavort with guests took place one hundred sixty-one years still later on, more or less to the day, in 1501, the so called Ballet of Chestnuts; thirty-three years
afterward, in 1534, England’s Parliament passed the law that appointed the King as supreme arbiter of the English church, throwing the pope out for good; more or less exactly a hundred twenty-three years past that juncture, in 1657, British supremacy in Jamaica resulted from the Spanish failure at the Battle of Ochos Rios to retake the Island from the English interlopers; two hundred sixty-four years prior to the present pass, that male infant shouted out whose destiny was to compose popular poems and dramas as Henry Sheridan; Venezuela first experienced Simon Bolivar’s rule a hundred ninety-eight years ago; Nat Turner, fourteen years after that, in 1831, two thousand miles North in Virginia, fell into the hands of his pursuers as the bloody uprising that Turner led near his plantation came to an end; Cecil Rhodes a hundred twenty-seven years back established his Central African presence with concessions from local leaders in Matabeleland, and the baby boy who would grow up to become poet and fascist sympathizer Ezra Pound was born; Czar Nicholas inaugurated Russia’s first constitution a hundred ten years ahead of the here and now, after a period of uprising that bordered on revolt; half a decade more proximate to today, in 1910, the noted Swiss activist and philanthropist who founded the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, drew a final breath; a baby boy came into the world another five years subsequently, in 1915, who would mature as journalist and broadcaster Fred Friendly; just a year farther along time’s arc, in 1916, Washington law enforcement thugs sent two score ‘Wobblies’ through a literal gauntlet for the ‘crime’ of speaking up and organizing; the First World War ended in Southwest Asia two years henceforth, in 1918, with the surrender of Ottoman forces to the allies; seven years down the road, in 1925, England operationalized its first television broadcasting facility; a broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds over the radio another thirteen years thereafter, in 1938, caused a panic among some listeners, who believed that a space invasion had actually begun; just three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1939, the female infant who became the Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer, Grace Slick, took her first breath; two more years along the temporal path, in 1941, Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation authorizing generous terms for ‘lend-lease’ to England and its allies,
ultimately including the Soviet Union, and 1,500 Jewish residents of Western Ukraine found themselves forced into the Belzec death camp; four years nearer to now, in 1945, Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in professional sports; seven hundred thirty days after that, in 1947, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which held sway for almost half a century, took effect as a way of administering international commerce, in passing laying the foundation for the World Trade Organization; six years past that point in time, in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower signed a National Security Council Directive that stipulated the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and expanding its nuclear arsenal; the largest-ever atmospheric nuclear test, a 50 megaton hydrogen bomb, took place over a Russian island at the far Northeast corner of Europe eight years subsequent to that day, in 1961, and Soviet overseers removed Stalin’s tomb from its proximity to Lenin’s remains; four years still closer to now, in 1965, Marines in Da Nang fought off guerilla attacks that amped up the Vietnamese conflict, and establishment historian Arthur Schlesinger died; just two years shy of a decade later, in 1973, construction crews completed their work and opened a bridge across the Bosporus that rejoined Turkey and Europe; just one year hence, in 1974, several thousand miles South the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ prize fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Zaire’s capital city; nine years afterward, in 1983, Argentina held elections for the first time after
seven years of junta rule by military terrorists; three years henceforth, in 1986, a different sort of fascist subterfuge unfolded as U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese advised corporate overseers and bosses in general to spy on employees in order to detect drug use; world famous mythologist Joseph Campbell breathed his last a single year after that, in 1987; eight years closer to our moment in time, in 1995, Quebec’s voters for a second time narrowly rejected secession from Canada; two years onward toward today, in 1997, the famed and prolific filmmaker and screenwriter Samuel Fuller died; eight years yet more proximate to our day and time, in 2005, a project in Germany completed the rebuilding of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, one of thousands of structures that burned to ashes in the massive firestorm of the bombing of Dresden during World War Two; another year later, in 2006, the acclaimed cultural anthropologist, Clifford Geertz, live through his final day; at age one hundred one, three years beyond that conjunction, in 2009, the great anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss died; and just last year, Sweden became the first European nation formally to recognize Palestine.
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“Nuclear weapons have long captured the imagination of writers and filmmakers as a symbol of humanity’s incredible yet terrifying potential, of its intelligence, hubris, and vulnerability. Much like other technological inventions, such as robots, nuclear weapons allow pop culture to explore the limits of human control over human creations. The general public might not always view comic books and graphic novels as a serious medium, yet they offer a fascinating perspective on the nuclear age. … Seventy years have passed since the world entered into the nuclear age, and nuclear weapons continue to be a source of inspiration in pop culture. They have allowed authors to reflect on humanity and raise important ethical and philosophical questions. Comic books and graphic novels provide an interesting and unique platform that allows authors to push barriers and tackle difficult topics. Art Spiegelman’s monumental graphic novel Maus (1991), which recounts his family’s life during the Holocaust, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (2000), which depicts her life as a little girl in revolution-era Iran, are a testament to their potential. Indeed, comics and graphic novels have provided a means of deep and nuanced thinking about nuclear weapons for decades, raising questions and offering perspectives many readers might still not expect from such a colorful medium.”—Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Wordstock Book Festival
November 7, 2015
The 2015 Wordstock Book Festival will be held on November 7 at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon. The festival features author discussions, readings, a book fair, and concerts. Admission is $15 for adults and free for high school students and attendees under the age of 17. All attendees receive a $5 voucher that is redeemable at the book fair. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY
Six scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 23rd Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 15-18, 2016 in the Atlantic City area. Recipients may choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and more, including special advanced sessions with Stephen Dunn and Thomas Lux. In addition, the conference also offers open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie. Deadlines are Nov. 15 and Nov. 30, 2016.
Film Consortium San Diego is calling for films from professional, independent, and student filmmakers for their 2016 San Diego Film Awards. Submissions are also eligible for screening at their Fall Film Fest, Winter Film Showcase, and other opportunities.
The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner. Submissions for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction will close on October 31st, 2015.
The £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. Click here to download The International Dylan Thomas Prize entry form and regulations 2016 Closing date for entries – 2 November 2015. The winner will be announced at the final awards ceremony in Swansea, Wales, on 14 May 2016.
FREELANCE JUNIOR COPYEDITOR
Centerpoint is looking for a long-term Freelance Junior Copywriter for our creative team. The position will require an estimated 15–20 hours per week, depending on volume of work. You will work with the Creative Director, Copy Supervisor, Art Directors and Designers on multiple projects in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Location Chicago, IL.
WEB CONTENT WRITER
Researches and writes online content for a company’s Web site. Stays abreast of current industry standards and techniques to ensure effective content that achieves the organization’s goals. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Location Peoria, IL.
We are the leader in web development in the Peoria area. We offer custom websites, SEO, PPC, reputation management and more. WebDesign309 started with a goal of offering superior websites at a cost small companies could afford. We have grown to be the #1 development firm with over 200 websites sold in the last 16 months.
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Candidate should be a clever and prolific web producer and have at least 2 years professional experience writing, editing and creating web content. Candidate must have experience culling content from social websites such as reddit, tumblr, twitter, youtube, facebook and imgur. Candidate must be creative (as it relates to both idea generation and writing skills), have solid communication skills, be a strong team player, and have the ability to work autonomously and in a fast-paced environment. Location Philadelphia, PA.
The Wisconsin State Journal is seeking a versatile, experienced copy editor for its news copy desk. Candidates must be able, under deadline pressure, to sharply edit stories, write engaging headlines, compile a daily wire report and strive to keep our websites fresh with the latest news. The ideal candidate will be proficient in InCopy and share a strong desire to produce “the perfect paper” every night. Three to five years’ experience at a daily newspaper is preferred, but we will consider candidates with less experience if they have the enthusiasm and drive to excel in this position. If you’re ready to join a veteran, award-winning team of editors, reporters, photographers and web producers, we want to hear from you.
Primarily responsible for producing compelling video stories about Wisconsin’s unique and intriguing people and places for Wisconsin Life, WPT’s statewide broadcast and online digital media project. Engaging and creative multi-media short-form storytelling skills mandatory. Must always maintain factual accuracy and uphold the highest principles of editorial integrity. Will also contribute stories and reports to a variety of other WPT productions. On-camera work, within stories, as well as show hosting, is a possibility. This position reports to the Executive Producer for News and Public Affairs (NPA).
A Tele Sur posting that introduces readers to a powerful group of Palestinian advocates in Chile, a function due to the high level of Palestinians in that region: “The Palestinian Federation of Chile, or FPC, officially requested Thursday that Israel’s Ambassador to Chile, Rafi Eldad, be labeled a persona non grata after he made false statements about the community, according to reports by the Jerusalem Post.
The newspaper alleges that tensions between the Palestinian and Israeli community have been on the rise in Chile in recent weeks since Palestinians in the South American country began protesting the recent spike in violence in the occupied territories.”
An Al Jazeera piece that showcases the fine work of a caring New York administration and grassroots groups which seek to bring connectivity to groups most lacking the ability to connect and thus improve their prospects: “Robinson is one of an estimated 2 million New Yorkers without Internet access at home. More than a third of households below the poverty line do not have home Internet access, according to the Center for Economic Opportunity. So for the city’s poorest, paying bills, doing homework and applying for jobs are harder still.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is focusing efforts this year on bridging this digital divide between the technology haves and have-nots as part of his broader agenda for economic justice.
Declaring that Internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity, his administration announced plans to spend $10 million bringing free high-speed broadband service to five public housing developments in the city.”
An Intercept report with multiple chapters that documents in exhaustive fashion the ins and outs of drone warfare, military intelligence, and where everybody’s tax dollars are going: “The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.”
An Atlantic piece by an insightful cultural writer who looks at the origins of the zombie idea, while noticing how yet again White privileged culture adopted this powerful symbol of resilience and horror in the face of acute oppression for its superficial entertainment needs: “But the zombie myth is far older and more rooted in history than the blinkered arc of American pop culture suggests. It first appeared in Haiti in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the country was known as Saint-Domingue and ruled by France, which hauled in African slaves to work on sugar plantations. Slavery in Saint-Domingue under the French was extremely brutal: Half of the slaves brought in from Africa were worked to death within a few years, which only led to the capture and import of more. In the hundreds of years since, the zombie myth has been widely appropriated by American pop culture in a way that whitewashes its origins—and turns the undead into a platform for escapist fantasy.”
A Common Dreams article by a distinguished professor of politics who seeks to deconstruct an oft-misunderstood term which ironically represents everything most Americans want for their country: “Although Sanders says that America needs a “grassroots political revolution,” he is actually a reformer, not a revolutionary. His version of democratic socialism is akin to what most people around the world call “social democracy,” which seems to make capitalism more humane.
This is why Sanders says that the U.S. should learn from Sweden, Norway and Denmark — countries with greater equality, a higher standard of living for working families, better schools, free universities, less poverty, a cleaner environment, higher voter turnout, stronger unions, universal health insurance, and a much wider safety net
Sounds anti-business? Forbes magazine ranked Denmark as the #1 country for business. The United States ranked #18.”
A semi-humorous look from Media Post at inexplicably common grammar and usage errors ubiquitously found in the world of digital publishing: “But lest anyone accuses me of being critical without being constructive, I have an idea I would like to share — and if you should capitalize on it, I hope you will at least give me credit. How about a browser extension or an app that, when activated, scours my content for inglourious basterds, highlights them, and shows a brief definition?
This would give me the opportunity to check discretely weather I maid a misteak.”
A New Yorker piece that, through the lens of examining his property and last effects, seeks to reconstruct the life and influence of James Baldwin, both the negative and the positive: “Now, nearly three decades after his death—as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., predicted and perhaps provoked in a 1992 essay recounting his own visit to Saint-Paul-de-Vence—James Baldwin is having a glorious moment. In numerous palpable ways, he has come to occupy a more hallowed, almost sacrosanct, position in the imagination of black readers and writers than he ever enjoyed among the audiences of his day—eclipsing in the twenty-first century his closest mentors, competitors, and peers. Some of this is surely the result of our culture’s general, unremitting tendency toward nostalgia for all things. But mostly it has to do with the man himself. Where his cosmopolitan, nonconformist interests and way of life rendered him suspect to many in his later years, he now appears prescient, too enlightened for his time. “
A Library of Congress look at a magnificent project that will make scores of digital artifacts of public broadcasting available to the public: “The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Project Team at WGBH and the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the launch of the AAPB Online Reading Room, providing access to nearly 7,000 digitized audio and video programs dating from the late 1940s through the present. The AAPB, a collaboration between WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library of Congress, seeks to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.”
A Rolling Stone piece that looks at the flak caught by a seminal filmmaker for speaking truth to police brutality, oppression, and overreaching: “The Los Angeles Police Department patrolmen’s union has joined the boycott of Quentin Tarantino‘s films after the filmmaker spoke at a rally against police brutality in New York City. Los Angeles Police Protective League president Craig Lally voiced his union’s support of the boycott initiated by the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association after the filmmaker’s remarks slamming “murdering cops.”
An Al Jazeera post that looks at the only rational solution to a stupid problem afflicting the island of Puerto Rico, which has long been the playground of the degenerate, the greedy, and the parasitic: ““If debt was issued in violation of the constitution that debt is illegal and subsequently should not be paid,” said Natal. “It should be put aside, because in legal terms, it’s like it never happened.”
This strategy, called “debt nullification,” has been used elsewhere in the U.S. to address fiscal crises. But in Puerto Rico’s case, it all but promises a legal showdown with Wall Street hedge funds that own a significant portion of the island’s debt — investors that the government is now trying to bargain with.”
An Op Ed News posting that takes a deeper look at the actual motivations for the long-term, expensive, oppressive, and ultimately useless ‘war on drugs’ that society has been subject to for ages: “The Drug War was officially born June 17, 1971, when Richard Nixon pronounced drugs to be “Public Enemy Number One.” In a nation wracked by poverty, racial tension, injustice, civil strife, ecological disaster, corporate domination, a hated Vietnam War and much more, drugs seemed an odd choice.
In fact, the Drug War’s primary target was black and young voters.
It was the second, secret leg of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” meant to bring the former Confederacy into the Republican Party.”