3.02.2017 Daily Links

                    This Day in History                  

Today, in celebration of the birth a hundred eleven years ago of the baby boy who became Dr. Seuss, is Read Across America Day, and Texas designates this date to commemorate Texas Independence Day; in Rome one thousand four hundred eighty years ago, Ostrogoth forces began their Siege of Rome which would eventually lead to brutal conflicts the upshot of which was the return of most of Italy to Roman rule and the disposition of Brittannia to the Ostrogoths; five hundred ninety years subsequently, in 1127, further North in Europe, pro-aristocrat plotters succeeded in assassinating the populist, anti-Jewish Flanders Count, Charles the Good; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

las vegas americana advertising vulgar Readily might one state that living without some measure of compulsion would likely seem a boring passage, so that pontificating about the ‘horrors of addiction’ and all such nonsensical stridency all too easily turns into an all too general attack on sensual pleasure and the sense of release that comes from altering one realm of reality and exchanging it for a decidedly different orientation to time and space and sense perceptions of the various sorts that so delight beastly mammals such as we are; equally pertinent in such an assessment, or perhaps even more apropos to ponder, are multiple inquiries about the motives and bona fides of those who cavil at the ‘gambling addicts,’ ‘sex addicts,’ ‘food addicts,’ and all kinds of other erstwhile ‘junkies’ whose behavior, whatever critique or correction a God’s-eye-view might convey about it, simply does not come close to matching, physiologically and scientifically, a useful operational definition of ‘addictive disorder,’ which must involve a desired and desirable metabolic state that occurs, quite naturally, in our bodies, but which some ‘foreign substance’ has usurped or replaced or otherwise taken over—that such subsumption has only occurred in the context of commodity production is especially relevant in such a deconstruction and contextualization, not only because ‘capital at play’ wants to set hooks deeply in the bodies and souls of all unwary ‘consumers,’ but also because those who would ‘control’ such ‘substances’ and activities always, without any notable exception, have profiteering, hypocritical, and imperious agendas that they are serving while they moralize about ‘helping’ and ‘health’ and other easy dodges for adopting schemes that enrich the already sated and attack those most in need of a little boost, the upshot of which is that the very machinations of management in this regard cause a deepening of the hunger to get high, to tune out and drop in on some other psychic space than what is the routine and rotten drudgery of the workaday world.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Ho Chi Minh, 1922, 1923, 1960.
2. Philip K. Dick, 1953.
3. Mikhail Gorbachev, 1991.

Numero Uno“France possesses a colonial empire of ten million square kilometres, inhabited by 56 million people of yellow and black races.  To turn all this to advantage, M. Albert Sarraut, Minister of Colonies, wants to find three or four thousand million francs.  To this end, he has ‘organized’ a big press campaign and made countless speeches.  The worthy Minister has also written a book of 656 pages (price 20 francs per volume).  Pending the arrival of these thousands of millions, we beg His Excellency to allow us to fill out his arguments a little.  MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Wednesday’s Files

Linus Pauling Peace Prize Lecture – http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-lecture.html

Boorstin & Simulation – http://www.transparencynow.com/boor.htm

Oxford Book of American Essays, 1914: Including Henry James – http://www.gutenberg.org/files/40196/40196-h/40196-h.htm





Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Aspen, CO

The 41st annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival will be held from June 18 to June 23 at the Gant Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. The conference features workshops, panels, readings, and a readers retreat,…

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Event Date: June 18, 2017


Southeast Review contests are open to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–winners in each genre receive $1,000.

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Condo.com is looking for a Writer – remote

Condo.com is publishing condo-centric articles for the benefit of condo residents and is looking for an experienced writer to provide articles monthly…

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Values and Reason

A potent piece from a thinker and organizer who always has powerful things to say about the state of the world and the state of our minds: “It is possible for people to be both good and bad. A politician may do something good, and then do something bad. It is even possible for a person who is evil overall (George Bush, Obama, Putin) to do the right thing, for the right reason. People can murder others one day, and rescue babies the next and rescue those babies out of the milk of human kindness.

If you do not understand any of the above, if you are not capable of disentangling your emotions or your tribal identities enough to reason like this, then you are incapable of rational thought when it matters.”

WRISSReporting Tools to Visualize Data

A Journalist’s Resource guide to navigating the oceans of economic data available: “A growing number of research organizations are not only placing their data online, but giving users free tools to help visualize it. This overview of a few of these resources focuses especially on economic and development indicators.”


Predatory Publishing as ‘Rational’ Response

A Scholarly Kitchen indictment of the academic climate that has allowed predatory practices to flourish: “ It is increasingly clear that there are authors who knowingly choose to publish with these sorts of outlets, with a full understanding of the journals’ poor practices and lack of anything resembling peer review. This is a deliberate choice being made, and given some incentive structures, one that actually makes sense.”


Richard Wright to Film

An ArtNews look at a new adaptation of a literary classic: “Now, one of this current generation’s most celebrated artists is taking the helm of a Hollywood-backed feature film. Rashid Johnson, the artist who most recently had a solo show at Hauser & Wirth in New York, will direct an adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel Native Son. The film will be produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment, which secured the rights to the book, and adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.”



Liberalism’s Fail

A Jacobin analysis of the ideological failures that led to the fascistic monster that threatens to arise: “Mine was the kind of town that a classless identity politics forgets. The kind of town where being male or white or Christian wasn’t synonymous with having decent housing, proper medical care, or a steady job.”