Vol. 20 Iss. 37

Volume 20 Issue 37 - 09/28/2012

Day Off

I wake up reluctantly, the loud tendrils of my alarm clock penetrating my brain like shards of glass. Wednesday. Wednesday? Aha! Today is the day that I get that essay out the door, all 2,000 words of it. It’s due at the end of the week, but I’ve got the day off work and I’m… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Dispatches from the Reno Front

In my first update from the front lines of the war zone known as my kitchen renovation, I blow the drywall dust off my glasses, keyboard, and hands to write this. Lest You’re tempted to remind me, I do remember saying I’d gladly live through six months of chaos than wait for the perfect moment… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Chico & Rita

Film: Chico & Rita (Music Box Films 2012) Directors: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando Music: Bebo Valdés Cast: Bebo Valdés, Idania Valdés, Estrella Morente, Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Mario Guerra ?All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics.? August Wilson How Politics Crush Love and Art It’s 1948 in… Read more »

In Conversation – A Syrian Kurd

Part I: The Smell of a Soul ?The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.? Meridel Le Sueur ?Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Punctuate It!

This past week the writing world celebrated National Punctuation Day?but It’s not too late to join in the appreciation of the lowly comma, apostrophe, and semicolon. In fact, It’s good to review grammatical rules from time to time, since web writing and poor usage can make even savvy writers forget the basics. Click through these… Read more »

Green Light – Driving Diabetes

It’s no secret that our automobile-dependent culture spells bad news for the planet. Our gas-guzzling vehicles deplete natural resources and sully the air with toxic gases, and our discarded vehicles frequently end up in landfills, with minimal recycling available. But the environmental impact isn’t the only concern. As The Atlantic reports, our health is on… Read more »