A Thought for the Day
Whatever a traveler’s erstwhile purpose or intention, whether for profit she sallies forth or for fun and adventure, fundamentally, he peregrinates to different climes, for at least a couple of reasons the notion of traversing the globe at will relates, clearly conceptually and likely linguistically, to the concept of travail, in the first place because prior to the last few decades the possibility of ‘safe transit’ was a luxury indeed, so that the fate of today’s clandestinos and refugees was closer at hand than the ‘first-class’ passage that advertisers so dearly love now to promise, and in the second place because the psychological insight is so incisive that only through trips of one sort and another can any of life’s sojourning trekkers achieve expanded, not to say empowered, consciousness.
This Day in History
Anathema to some small farmers, a few aggregations of capital, and aficionados of nicotine, this date marks World No Tobacco Day; meanwhile, marking ‘great’ advances along the Nile in Egypt three thousand two hundred ninety-six years ago, a second Ramesses ascended the throne to become a pharaoh of all his people in the Nineteenth Dynasty of the long Egyptian imperial sway; seventeen hundred thirty-three years subsequently, in the current era’s year 455, a very different royal fate befell Petronius Maximus when a mob of angry ‘subjects’ stoned him to death as he sought to flee Rome; seven hundred ninety-four years prior to the present, Mongol interlopers defeated forces of the Ukrainian seat of the Russian nation near Kiev, at the Battle of the Kalka River; just past thirty-seven decades later, in 1594, the masterful artist and teacher, Tintoretto, drew a final breath; MORE HERE
I’ve been searching for a genre that would be most adequate to my vision of the world to convey how my ear hears and my eyes see life.I tried this and that and finally I chose a genre where human voices speak for themselves. Real people speak in my books about the main events of the age such as the war, the Chernobyl disaster, and the downfall of a great empire. Together they record verbally the history of the country, their common history, while each person puts into words the story of his/her own life. Today when man and the world have become so multifaceted and diversified the document in art is becoming increasingly interesting while art as such often proves impotent. The document brings us closer to reality as it captures and preserves the originals. After 20 years of work with documentary material and having written five books on their basis I declare that art has failed to understand many things about people. Svetlana Alexievich
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UTAH WRITING COMPETITION
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The competition’s mission is to aid Utah writers on their path to publication and broader recognition. Submissions must be original works and, with some exceptions, cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. There is no entry fee, and it is open to all Utah residents age 18 and over. Deadline June 23, 2017. Multiple categories to include four first-book categories with $1,000 purses. Three shorter piece categories with $300 first places.
ART AND CHANGE GRANTS
The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.
RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY: HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Each of the more than 850 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest: Applications related to the theme of citizenship–local, national, and global–which is a two-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute; applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe’s unique history; and applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history. The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 14, 2017.
A Truth Out look at the reality of exiting and entering communities vis a vis the prison industrial complex: “I’ve lost two communities. The first is the one I grew up in, sitting on the lake, walking along “the rocks” just off Montrose Beach, being a student of the long-gone Uptown People’s Learning Center, working with the Heart of Uptown Coalition and the Chicago Area Black Lung Association as a teenager, going to the movies with my friends at the Uptown Theater and the Riviera, and buying my favorite music at Topper’s, a record store in the midst of what used to be a bustling shopping district. There was Survival Day, when the whole of Uptown would gather on the mall to celebrate another year of survival of our community.”
A Guardian look at a recent tome that gives sage and timely advice to all would-be writers: “Everybody who has ever felt the need to write knows the silent hour. I have come across many such people – and indeed many such hours – during my writing and teaching life. I’ve been teaching now for the best part of 20 years. That’s a lot of chalk and a lot of red pencil. I haven’t loved every minute of it, but I’ve loved most. There’s been a National Book award for one student. A Booker prize for another. Guggenheims. Pushcarts. Mentorships. Friendships. But let’s be honest, there has been burnout too. There’s been weeping and gnashing of teeth. There have been walkouts. Collapses. Regret.”
A Paul Craig Roberts analysis of the role of mainstream media’s creation of conformity so as to control explanations: “Speaking of cover stories, I wonder if that is what we are witnessing in the leaked information to the New York Times about the Manchester Bombing. The only point of the leak is to set the story in place. The British complaints about the leaked information serve to disguise the leak’s purpose.
Setting a story in place early crowds out other explanations. Remember, the government claims to have had no warning of 9/11 but knew instantly who did it and set the story in place. The same for the Paris events, the Nice event, the Boston Marathon bombing, and I think all the others.”