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Today is International Translators Day and, for those who decry enforced obeisance, the last day of September is also Blasphemy Day; towards the end of the times of Ancient Rome, one thousand five hundred ninety-six years ago, the iconic priest and theologian who went through life doing good deeds and extolling the virtues of moral philosophy as Saint Jerome, died; sixty-nine years later, in 489, the Ostrogoths under king Theoderic the Great defeated the forces of Odoacer for the second time at Verona; in always conflict-ridden Central Asia one thousand two hundred seventy-nine years ago, an Ummayad invasion ran into a Turgesh brick wall that maintained Turkic control of the fringes of Tang China; forty-seven decades precisely after that point, in 1207, the infant male who matured to become the famous Persian poet Rumi came into the world; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
In and of itself, no degree of clever deconstruction can cure the ills that so evidently evolve in front of our eyes, since even the most ‘evolved’ understanding and highest expression of consciousness necessarily contain, on the one hand, a measure of ‘sympathy for the devils’ that have schooled us from our social inception and, on the other hand, easily enough devolve into the sorts of ‘paralysis of analysis’ that stop short of engaging and acting in relation to transformative possibility, the upshot of which is the foundational importance of combining mythos and doing, of placing psyche in conjunction with real sallies into conflict, of melding mediation with planned solutions to the problems under review.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
NAZI FACTIONS WITHIN CONTEMPORARY ‘INTELLIGENCE,’ ZERO ‘COVERAGE
From the stalwart and courageous geniuses at Radio Free America, a half hour or so about the life and career of Nazi intelligence officer Rienhard Gehlen, whose jurisdiction centered on Ukraine and the Soviet Union, and, far from facing legal or practical consequences for his participation in the vast depredation that characterized the Eastern Front, he instead found himself under the protection of the Office of Strategic Services at war’s end, and with the demise of that organization the recruitment by military and strategic thinkers in the U.S. command who soon enough morphed into the newly developed Central Intelligence Agency, which saw to Gehlen’s placement as the head, not an operative in but the administrative and political leader of West German Intelligence, a decision that needless to say did not occur in a vacuum and that guaranteed that one element of overall ‘allied’ spy strategy would be in the hands of a lifelong fascist and virulent anti-communist, conclusions at once enlightening and horrifying and that a much longer documentary investigation –over three hours–fleshes out in voluminous detail, delineating the role that big business and professional politics at the highest levels played in approving and deepening such and intersection between reactionary murderers and the agendas of the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave,’ points that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens need to note with profound clarity if they are to avoid a future that would be bleak or nonexistent, inasmuch as these same patterns continue right down to the present moment.
The Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop will be held from October 19 to October 23 at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, California. The program features daily workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panels, craft talks, student and faculty readings, and time to write. The faculty includes poet Ada Limón; fiction writers Richard Bausch, Pam Houston, Justin Torres, and Claire Vaye Watkins; and nonfiction writer Paul Lisicky. The cost of the program, which includes lodging at the Marconi Conference Center and most meals, is $1,750. Using the online submission manager, submit 5 poems of any length or 10 pages of prose along with a $25 application fee by October 15. Registration is first come, first served. E-mail or visit the website for more information.
The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2017-2018 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural and arts management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra).
A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge
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A Truth Dig piece that looks at the work of an iconic sports figure who has developed a thoughful and valuable perspective on race matters, culture, society, and healing the world’s inequality problems, in the context of sports figures’ protests, police shootings, and ongoing emiseration of entire swaths of human population: “In a discussion of how the idea of race was invented and is used to marginalize and oppress, Abdul-Jabbar concludes: “The word ‘race’ is ghettoizing language that perpetuates seeing people of color as a different species. The word encourages fear and distrust. Language is the fuel that feeds the great racist generator.” Race eventually “should become the new n——- and people will refer to it in hushed tones as the R-word.” Until then, he writes, “for the sake of sharing a common though inaccurate language in order to foster a solution, most of us, myself included, will continue to talk about race as if it actually existed—and racism because it does actually exist.””
A Tin House podcast that provides serviceable advise to those seekin to write expository writing: “Too often, when writers try to write an essay, they stumble on common pitfalls like cramming too much information into too small a space, giving too much back story, or trying to write an essay for a particular column rather than writing an emotionally true one. We all have read memoirs that take our breath away, but how does a writer manage to produce that effect in under 3,000 words?
In this lecture from our 2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop, Ann Hood offers up ten steps to help you write a kick-ass essay.”
A Fast Company look into ways that current technology can facilitate creative expression and connecting with readers: “Do you ever feel like your book and your phone are at odds with each other? You begin a new read, only to become distracted—by the ding of an email, a text notification, or the desire to Wikipedia something that piqued your interest in the very book you’re reading. Before you know it, the book is abandoned in favor of the device.
Instead of attempting to write a book that would defeat the distractions of a smartphone, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal decided to make the two kiss and make up with her new memoir.”
A Facing South post that exposes the corrupt core of the election process, in the face of a good win: “A good-government group has won its case against the Federal Election Commission for negligence in enforcing campaign finance laws against two conservative political groups that have ties to billionaire industrialists and conservative juggernauts Charles and David Koch and that were active in several Southern states.”
A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist article that looks at an artistic installation that deconstructs the futility of protesting nuclear war, energy, and armaments in a recent context of newly commissioned weaponry: “The yellow and the black. In response to all of this, A Provisional Memorial to Nuclear Disarmament places Morris’s fabric in another nuclear context, one prompted by the work of the British Marxist historian E. P. Thompson, who published the political biography William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary in 1955 then updated and republished it in the 1970s, when Thompson was a leading intellectual in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.”