Vol. 20 Iss. 38

Volume 20 Issue 38 - 10/05/2012

Still Sober: Painting Something Beautiful

The condensation glistens on the pint-sized glass of mahogany beer. A caption on the picture lists the type of beer, and above it, announces the day: National Beer Appreciation Day. It looks like one of those perfect autumn brews. I wish I was at that bar, with that beer in front of me, and the… Read more »

Write Stuff – Offbeat Topics

There’s some great non-fiction hitting the shelves these days, covering everything from deadly missions in Iraq to real-life Shades of Grey. But what about the reader who’s looking for something truly different? Well, fear not, eclectic book lover! No matter how offbeat or arcane the subject, chances are that someone, somewhere, has published a book… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – The Turin Horse

Film: The Turin Horse (Hungarian with subtitles) (2011) Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky Cast: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos Screenwriters: Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai ?Man is the cruelest animal.? Friedrich Nietzsche ?Acquire, debase, debase, acquire. Or I can put it differently if you’d like. To touch, debase, and thereby acquire, or touch, acquire, and… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Second Chance

Harvest 2012 was a thing of beauty. Never in 35 years of farming do I remember such a long stretch of absolutely perfect harvest weather. And That’s quite something for a farmer to admit! We began combining at 5 pm on Sunday, September 16, and worked almost without interruption until 1:30 on September 25. Each… Read more »

Health Matters – Healthy Thanksgiving

You’re probably in the midst of preparations for your Thanksgiving weekend?inviting friends and family and shopping or cooking. But before you worry about wrecking your diet, here’s some good news: did you know that several foods can significantly enhance the health potential of your Thanksgiving feast? And chances are, they’re already on the menu. Orange,… Read more »

In Conversation – A Syrian Kurd, Part II

?A red apple invites stones.? ?A heart in love with beauty never grows old.? Kurdish proverbs Part II: A Heart in Love With Beauty Moustafa Mala Bozan is a Kurdish poet and musician from the city of Kobany in northern Syria, not far from Aleppo. He’s been corresponding online with Wanda Waterman for the last… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Performance Art

Performance art is hardly new, but it never seems to get old, with innovative artists creating still more unique concepts every day. Spice up the dinner conversation this Thanksgiving by talking about some of these gems: Photoshoppers Need Not Apply Beijing artist Li Wei combines acrobatics and photography in his photos, which, unbelievably, haven’t been… Read more »

Did You Know? – Minding My Own Business

Most of us have at some time?even if only briefly?entertained the dream of running our own businesses. Maybe we already have a great idea, one that we’re sure would be at least a moderate success. But making the jump between idea and reality is such a drastic step that we get stuck at stage one;… Read more »