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This Day in History
People around the planet on this date celebrate World Tourism Day, while the United States marks National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day; in late Middle Ages Normandy nine hundred fifty years ago, William, who would soon sport the moniker ‘the Conqueror’, embarked with its invasion force from the mouth of the river Somme toward England and unlucky Edward; four hundred eighty-seven years in advance of today’s light and air, Ottomans neared the height of their imperial expansion with a renewed assault on Vienna, albeit one that was ultimately unsuccessful; fourteen decades after that contentious eventuality, in 1669, Ottoman fighters extracted a Venetian surrender at the fortress of Candia which had been under siege for over two decades; two hundred ninety-four years prior to today, a baby boy was born who would mature as the upper class American ‘patriot’ Samuel Adams; fifty-seven years further along the path to the present moment, in 1779, Sam’s cousin and frequent collaborator, John Adams, received an appointment to act as the chief negotiator who would seek a peace deal with the English;precisely forty-two years after that, in 1821, Mexican nationals succeeded in wresting control of their land from Spanish rule; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Though almost never an easy morsel to digest, its truth is nevertheless incontrovertible, that any soulful sort, or opportunistic angel, who would hope and pray and intend absolutely to rise to the the realm of light and heartfelt, joyous generosity cannot avoid the absolute necessity of lying down in darkness and grappling with all the devils in the universe who ever and always cohabit with the ‘higher’ sorts whom we hope to emulate and accompany forever more.
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The Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology offers year-round residencies of two to four weeks to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Hill House, located near the Mackinaw State Forest in East Jordan, Michigan. Residents are provided with a semi-secluded private cabin with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, work space, a back porch, a full kitchen, and food supplies. For residencies from December to May, submit a writing sample of 10 to 20 pages, an artist statement, and contact information for three references with a $25 application fee by October 1. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
A prize of £30,000 (approximately $38,700) is given annually for a short story by a writer who has been previously published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
Accepting submissions for Winter issue: October 1 – December 15
Please submit no more than 4 poems. There are no length restrictions on individual poems.
OPB is looking for a journalist for our SW Washington bureau to produce enterprise features and daily news stories covering the Washington coast to the east end of the Columbia River. These stories will appear on multiple platforms, including OPB’s radio broadcasts and opb.org. For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to: http://www.opb.org/about/careers/. OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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A Princeton Press offering by an incisive thinker and academician who has often extolled controversial ways of thinking about real-world ethical questions: “In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalized, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singer’s thoughts on one of his favorite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast.”
A Brevity post that suggests and instructs writers on how to get their creative works into podcasting: “Right now, podcasts are a thing. Podcasts about accused murderers, about science, about old Hollywood.And many, many podcasts about personal stories. Ever listen to This American Life or The Moth and thought, I have a story that would be great for that show?
You probably do.
So what’s the process? How does the story get from your head (or the essay you already wrote) to the airwaves?”
A Washington Post article that sheds a troubling light into the state of higher education today, as pragmatism, diminished expectations, and substandard educational reforms have led to in regards to college careers: “I was aware, of course, of the drift toward pre-professionalism on college campuses, of widespreadconcern over student debt, of stories about college-educated baristas living in basements, of governors threatening to cut off state funding for French literature and anthropology. Even so, I found it shocking that some of the brightest students in Virginia had been misled — by parents, the media, politicians and, alas, each other — into thinking that choosing English or history as a major would doom them to lives as impecunious schoolteachers.”
A Labor Notes look at ongoing developments in the VW plant that not too long ago voted to keep the UAW out: “Tennessee’s infamous anti-union union is fading away for lack of members. Will Volkswagen’s rationale for keeping out a real union crumble with it?
The American Council of Employees, a business-financed rival to the United Auto Workers at Chattanooga’s VW plant, no longer meets the minimum membership threshold to qualify for meetings with management as part of the company’s so-called “Community Organization Engagement” policy.”
A Project Syndicate look at new and unusual ways that fiscal policies can address current global financial doldrums without actually radically resolving any of the contradictions of capital: “As a result, analysts and policymakers have started mooting ideas for unconventional fiscal policy to supplement unconventional monetary policy. In particular, they are debating variations of so-called helicopter money, following a famous thought experiment by Milton Friedman in 1969, in which “one day a helicopter…drops an additional $1,000 in bills from the sky.” Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, among others, has offered influential support for “helicopter drops” to revive flagging economies.”